Double for AS Monaco since after their victory on the Rock against Panathinaikos, they won in Russia against UNINCS Kazan, 88-80, after 45 minutes of play.
Two seconds from the end of regulation time, Mike James benefited from two free throws, but transformed only one, so that the two teams were tied at 74. As in the last quarter (16 -24), the Monegasques were then superior (6-14).
The defeat of pivot Donta Hall (2.08m), author of 16 points at 7/9 on shots and 8 rebounds was decisive throughout the meeting.
“First, it’s like fate. We ended our European season here and now we are starting our first EuroLeague trip to Kazan. I’m really happy because we won, especially in overtime. It’s the start of the season and I think the teams are new. It’s a completely different team from the one we played in the EuroCup final. I think we will be analyzing after the game, but my first impression is that I am really, really happy: we started with two EuroLeague wins, ”said Roca Team coach Zvezdan Mitrovic.
Mike James a chained:
“We won, and that’s what we wanted to do. Winning away in EuroLeague is always difficult, so I’m glad we were able to, really. Our defense was decisive. We started to split the ball too, to get better shots. We played together, as a team, it creates a great energy and it leads to good things. “
The Monegasques must now return to the Principality. From Sunday, a Betclic Elite match assists them against Le Mans. They must redeem themselves from their disappointment at Levallois.
The box score is HERE.
Photo: Mike James (Euroleague)