It took a long time, but Dijon will see the quarter-finals of the Champions League! More than six months after winning the first leg 88-73 against Nizhny Novgorod and losing the second leg 88-79, the JDA won the support match 75-67 this Wednesday in its Sports Palace where 2000 people were able to take square. The Dijonnais waited until the last quarter (21-12) to make the difference in this very close match, but the essential is assured with this qualification for the Final 8 of Athens.
At the end of the last quarter, the score was 55-54 in favor of the Russians (35-32 for Dijon at half-time), but the Burgundians were able to find the resources to snatch victory. They first signed a 7-0 to lead 61-55, before conceding a 6-0 to lead only 67-65 to 2’14 from the end, but ended with an 11-8 to conclude this part without shaking too much.
And now, Ankara!
The JDA will be able to say thank you to its duo David Holston – Alexandre Chassang, authors of 20 points each. But in the quarter-finals, against Ankara, it will be necessary to lose fewer balls (20 this Wednesday!). The meeting will take place on September 30 in the hall of AEK Athens (Hapoel Jerusalem – Burgos, Zaragoza – Tenerife and Nymburk – AEK Athens will be the other quarterbacks), which means that Jeep Elite’s matches against Roanne and Châlons-Reims will be postponed. And from October 13, Dijon will play the 2020-21 edition of the Champions League, with in its group Zaragoza, Nymburk, Szombathely (Hungary), Nizhny Novgorod, Lublin (Poland), Bursa (Turkey) and a club from ‘a blocade.
Dijon markers: Johnson (8), Simon (11), Vanwijn (4), Alingue (6), Holston (20), Chassang (20), Galliou (1), Julien (5)