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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Main Nue--FFPB Championnat de France Elite Pro Individuel--Results of January 16, 2017

The Main Nue Individuel Elite Pro Championnat de France A and B competition is sponsored by the  Federation Francaise de Pelote Basque (FFPB). The competition began on December 23, 2016 and will end on February 20, 2017.You can follow its progress here. also provides A and B coverage. The tournament is a seeded ladder tournament.

* not listed on the Esku Pilota player pages at this time.

The A group consists of Antton Amulet, Philippe Bielle, Bixintxo Bilbao, Pascal de Ezcurra, Baptiste Ducassou, Peio Guichandut, Ximun Lambert, Peio Larralde, Matheiu Ospital, and Agusti Waltary. The seeds, from low to high are: Amulet and Ospital (1/8), Bilbao and Waltary (Quarter-finals), and Larralde and Ducassou ("Liguilla").

The B group consists of Gregory Aguirre, Jean-Philippe Benesse, Mickael Darmendrail, Vincent Elgart, Julien Etchegaray, Alexis Inchauspe, Laurent Lambert, Cedric Lucu, Alain Migueltorena, Antton Monce, Mattin Olcomendy*, and Mickael Palomes. The seeds, from low to high are: Darmendrail and L. Lambert (1/8), Palomes and Inchauspe (Quarter-finals), and Elgart and Monce ("Liguilla"). Note: Benesse was added to the Esku Pilota player pages sometime in January 2017.

The "Liguilla" phase is a round robin among the top 4 finishers (two who win their way in and two who are seeded in) which will determine the finalists.

Article describing the competition (Esku Pilota)

December 23 2016-January 2, 2017;    January 6, 2017January 9, 2017; January 14, 2017;

January 16, 2017

Le Garat, St. Jean-Pied-de-Port (1) (2)

Preview article for both matches (Pilota Ttiki)

Match statistics source: H. Ocafrain (Garat "Lundi" page). Note: the statistics will only be available until the next "Lundi" match. Occasionally, Esku Pilota copies these statistics into a spreadsheet. If that happens, I will link to it. If not, I will copy these out to preserve them here. 

A6. The scheduled A6 match between Ospital and Waltary was postponed due to Ospital's heel injury. It has been rescheduled for next Monday, January 23, 2017 at Le Garat.

In its place, a "lever de rideau" (curtain raiser)  between two amateurs was played.  

Cubiat defeated Iturbe 40-30.

Match statistics:

Equalities: 4-4; 7-7; 11-11; 12-12; 14-14; 16-16; 17-17; 18-18

Decade linescores: (winner always listed 1st)

4-6; 11-9; 16-14; 22-18; 27-23; 33-27

Time of the match: 58 minutes, 31 seconds. Actual playing time: 20:28.

Scoring: Cubiat +34 (12 service aces, 5 egindakoak, 4 xareat, 5 pumpa xare, 1 ziloat, 3 dejadez, 1 buruzgain, 1 motz, 2 izkin motz), -11 (including 1 service error)
                Iturbe: +19 (4 service aces, 4 egindakoak, 1 xareat, 3 pumpa xare, 4 dejadez, 2 buruzgain, 1 izkin motz), -6

From the scoring evidence, Cubiat did a little more of almost everything (including errors), but his service ace advantage was decisive. The first half of the match was very competitive before Cubiat slowly pulled away.

B7. Benesse defeated Palomes 40-31.

Match statistics:

Match statistics (Esku Pilota spreadsheet of Ocafrain statistics) (added January 18, 2017)


7-7; 9-9; 10-10; 13-13; 14-14; 15-15; 18-18; 19-19;

Decade linescores (winner always lised 1st)

7-3; 10-10; 15-15; 21-19; 28-22; 32-28; 39-31

Time of the match: 56:23. Actual playing time: 19:46

Scoring: Benesse +22 (5 service aces, 8 egindakoak, 2 xareat, 4 pumpa xare, 1 buruzgain, 2 izkin motz), -9 (including 1 service fault)
               Palomes: +22 (5 service aces, 4 egindakoak, 2 xareat, 5 pumpa xare, 1 ziloat, 2 dejadez, 3 izkin motz), -18 (including 3 service faults).

The first half of this match was even. Palomes was still in the match going into the 7th decade. At that point an 8-3 run sealed the match for Benesse.  A quick look at the scoring may be instructive. The difference in error totals was the exact difference in the match. Benesse advances to the Liguilla phase of the tournament.

Benesse will first face Monce (seeded into the tournament at this level) at Le Garat on on January 30. They played in a "lever de rideau" on  January 2. Monce won that match, 40-33. 

For cumulative records of Main Nue elite professionals see the "Cumulative records of EP players" on the recurring results page on the right side of the blog.