Bourges boss Pierre Vincent attempted to lower the temperature in a heated atmosphere after his team's 66-52 win at Villeneuve d'Ascq over the weekend.
His counterpart, ESB coach Abdou N'Diaye, took exception to the physical play of Bourges at the Palacium Villeneuve d'Ascq and even picked up a technical foul during the contest.
He fumed about the lack of free-throw opportunities his team received compared to Bourges, with the home side three of four at the charity stripe and Bourges 19 of 27.
Bourges twice built substantial leads and Villenueve d'Ascq reacted with increased pressure on defense but that approach led to fouls.
"Shame!" N'Diaye said in the press conference.
"When we decided to tighten the game, we were denied the right to defend hard. In the end, that's 27 free-throws to four!"
N'Diaye's rant continued before he stormed out of the room.
|Emmeline Ndongue once again proved to be an important part of Pierre Vincent's Bourges side|
Vincent, who is also the France national team coach, said: "Above all, I would like to point out that I salute my rivals at the end of games, whether I win or lose.
"I understand the frustration.
"When you have a lot of pressure, you commit fouls, it's normal.
"The game was hard and it got harder. I told my players that they (fouls) would be called."
Vincent had kind words for the referees.
"In any case, I am all for those who call the fouls, those who apply the rules because that gives quality to the game," he said.
Emmeline Ndongue was five of six from the line and had 11 points to lead Bourges, who are 7-2 and in third place in the French top flight.
Villeneuve d'Ascq dropped to 6-3 and are now in fifth place.
Bourges travel to Poland this week to take on KSSSE AZS-PWSZ Gorzow in the EuroLeague Women while ESB Lille Metropole visit Salamanca, Spain, to take on Halcon Avenida.
Tarbes Pull Away From Aix-en-Provence
Tarbes warmed up for their trip to Vidnoje to take on Spartak Moscow Region with a 93-69 home triumph over Aix-en-Provence.
Francois Gomez's side trailed for much of the first half and only led 52-49 midway through the third quarter but then blew away the visitors with Charde Houston and Fatimatou Sacko doing much of the damage for Tarbes.
Houston scored a game-high 18 points and Sacko added 17.
Sweden international Frida Eldebrink had another fine shooting day, making three of four from long range on her way to 15 points.
Tarbes lead the French league at 8-1 with Arras also 8-1 after their 85-56 victory at Limoges.