It’s the feeling of the evening and the start of the season! Struck on Saturday at Le Mans (83-65) for the start of the Betclic Elite season, Boulogne-Levallois reacted perfectly. The partners of Lahaou Konaté have retained, in great width and to everyone’s surprise, Monaco and its stars (108-81). A real correction. Four days before the hot and always eagerly awaited derby from Hauts-de-Seine to Nanterre, the Metropolitans have launched their season.
What you must remember
Zvezdan Mitrovic, the coach of Monaco, was right to be wary of the trip to Boulogne-Levallois, to fear the reaction of Ile-de-France after the slap received at Le Mans. But he certainly hadn’t expected such a bitch. Three days after this spanking Le Mans, it is a metamorphosed, over-motivated team, which welcomed this Tuesday evening the ogre Monaco, the biggest budget of the championship (15 million euros) and its bloated workforce (15 players). A real armed armada for the Euroleague jousting.
But in front of their public, back after a long withdrawal due to the health crisis, it was the metropolitan people who showed the muscles. For his first at home on the bench of Boulogne-Levallois Vincent Collet could not hope to start better. Euphoric in attack, multiplying 3-point shots and dunks, Vince Hunter’s partners miss nothing. The gap widens quickly, widely (25-11 to 9th). David Michineau (16 pts), absent at Le Mans, and his comrades reach the bar of 50 units from the 16th minute (50-29). A real offensive festival. 7 players from Boulogne-Levallois will finish at 12 points or more.
Sent off during the second quarter, Mitrovic did not even witness the sinking of his players. The phenomenon Mike James, the highest paid player in the history of the championship (we are talking about the sum of 1.4 million euros over 9 months), tries to keep the Monegasques afloat. But if his 22 points allow him to finish top scorer in the game, they will not be enough to reverse the situation. Monaco, which has two matches – and two victories (Euroleague and Elite) – in the legs cannot keep up the imposed rhythm and crumbles as the match progresses. Collet even allows himself to launch his young Hopes in the last minutes.
The player: Miralem Halilovic
The Bosnian international was hungry. After an almost blank season last year (only 5 games) due to an injury then the aggression of Boubacar Cissé in the middle of a match (fractured jaw) and a mixed match at Le Mans (5 pts, 5 rebounds ), the 30-year-old interior had regained its young man’s legs and vista. In just 20 minutes, the former top scorer in the League with Orléans showed off his talent, his dexterity and won in the racket. He ends the game with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
The number: 37
Like the maximum gap created by Boulogne-Levallois against his opponent. Vincent Collet’s players had a 37-point lead in the 38th minute (106-69).
Vincent Collet, Boulogne-Levallois coach: “We had a big game after the poor copy at Le Mans where we lacked intensity, it was clearly our fault. We played a great game unlike our opponent who made our job easier. Even if it was not the real Monaco, the one we will see all season, we had very little weak time, we showed high quality and performances, especially Cummings (14 pts and 13 assists). “
Léo Westermann, Monaco leader: “We were beaten on the intensity, it’s not even a question of basketball. We may have been blinded by our start to the season. We knew we were going to have a revengeful team but we weren’t prepared enough. Levallois played very well. “
Nanterre for its part bowed (86-75), this Tuesday evening, at Le Mans. Paris Basketball is going to Gravelines this Wednesday evening at the end of the second day.