Basketball. Lucas Lenoir: “We don’t have to have an inferiority complex”

The CS Bayeux team gets the ESC Trappes this Saturday (20:00) in the Yvan Mainini room.
The CS Bayeux team gets the ESC Trappes this Saturday (20:00) in the Yvan Mainini room. (©Renaissance)

News: Lucas, barely two months since your arrival at CS Bayeux, and your scoring statistics are already very impressive. Are you satisfied with the integration into your new team?

Lucas Lenoir: I think I know how to fit in easily, but this time the group was already living well. I simply had to fit into the team. CS Bayeux is a family club with only good people. I hope for the coach [Gilles Bailluet, ndlr] and the office are satisfied with me. I always strive to improve myself. I try to give them what they wanted me to give them.

Since the victory, before the break, at Barjouville SCL (62-88), CS Bayeux is in fourth place in the championship…

LL: I know from experience that clubs do not like to show their ambitions too early in the season. There are many factors beyond my control, but, like all my teammates, I am a competitor who plays every game to win. You see it in every training session. We don’t have to have an inferiority complex. We have good players and we are well trained. I don’t see why we should put up barriers.

This weekend you will get ESC Trappes. Are you expecting a big game considering your opponent’s third place?

LL: We want to win all the games we play at home because we know our crowd will be behind us and support us. It is up to us to come to the floor with a knife between our teeth, answer those present and not make a mistake that would be paid for in money.

Already at the opening of the championship, you lost to Levallois Sporting Club, which everyone presents as the big favorite of the championship…

LL: I’m sure we can win, but it was the first game of the season. Levallois SC is a very good team with ten players who are ready to play for the top of the championship. I think there was a little bit of pressure or anxiety on our part. We haven’t felt competition in a while and had to start all over again. We managed to limit the fracture. We’ll see how the second leg goes, but I’m not making ogres out of this team.

Does this mean that the defeat against Avenir Saint-Pavin should be analyzed differently?

LL: I deeply regret the defeat at Avenir Saint-Pavin because we did not show our true colors. No doubt we felt the backlash of Bodgan’s absence [Jovanovic, bless√©, ndlr] and we were figuring out how to play without him. Faced with a team in full euphoria, the defeat is difficult, but not in vain. Thanks to it, we understand our strengths and weaknesses. It will serve us for the future.

Therefore, faced with a team of the caliber of ESC Trappes, should the Bayesian answer go through a strong collective?

LL: Our losses or the close games we’ve had show what we’re missing. If we want to go forward and beat the big teams, everyone has to be there. Our response must be collective. If we want our individual talents to be fully expressed, our base must be strong. Success in the season obviously requires good individuals, but above all a team that lives well.

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