Mathieu WARNIER, Media365, published on Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 8:42 p.m.
A few months after its victory in the Eurocup, Monaco discovered the Euroleague with success on its floor on the Panathinaikos (75-63).
Monaco did better than respond present! Invited to the Euroleague thanks to its success in the Eurocup last season, the Principality’s club made its debut on the most prestigious European stage with a success on the Panathinaikos … and with style! In front of their audience at the Salle Gaston-Médecin, Zvezdan Mitrovic’s players have already shown that their place in the 18 teams invited to the Euroleague this season is not usurped. During the 40 minutes, the teammates of Ioannis Papapetrou (16 points, 6 rebounds) and Daryl Macon Jr (13 points) simply never led in the score. Thanks to the first five points of their flagship rookie Mike James (11 points, 6 rebounds), the Monegasques immediately took control of operations. If the “Pao” returned to two lengths, Leo Westermann (8 points) allowed the ASM to resume the wide, the gap being established at seven points at the end of the first quarter. The bar of ten units was reached at the start of the second quarter thanks to Will Thomas (5 points). The gap then fluctuated between eight and thirteen lengths, Westermann allowing the “Roca Team” to find its locker room with a lead of ten points.
Monaco never let the Panathinaikos hope
Five points in five minutes, that’s what Dimitris Priftis’ players scored on their return to the floor for the second half of the match. The bit between the teeth, the Monegasques engaged thanks to Paris Lee (10 points, 5 assists) to quickly reach the fifteen point lead and even 17 just under two minutes from the third of the quarter. However, Jehyve Floyd (8 points, 6 rebounds) and Howard Saint-Roos (6 points) brought the Panathinaikos to twelve lengths with ten minutes still to play in this meeting. With Danilo Andjusic (17 points) and Donatas Motiejunas (10 points), Monaco was able to erase this difficult end of the third quarter to continue its march forward. Very solid defensively, with only seven points conceded in just over five minutes, Zvezdan Mitrovic’s players are offered a smooth end to the game. With 22 points ahead and less than four minutes to play, the Monegasques eased off a bit, conceding a 10-0 which was not called into question the result patiently built during this meeting. The “Roca Team” won with a twelve point lead (75-63) and brilliantly made their debut in the Euroleague.
BASKET – EUROLIGUE (H) / DAY 1
Thursday, September 30, 2021
Monaco – Panathinaikos: 75-63
Maccabi Tel Aviv – Bayern Munich: 69-68
Olympia Milan – CSKA Moscow: 84-74
real Madrid – Anadolu Efes Istanbul: 82-69
Friday October 1, 2021
6:00 p.m .: Unics Kazan – Zenit Saint-Petersburg
7:45 p.m .: Fenerbahçe – Red Star of Belgrade
8:00 p.m .: ASVEL – Zalgiris Kaunas
8:00 p.m .: Olympiacos Piraeus – Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz
9:00 p.m .: FC Barcelona – Alba Berlin