Aurélien CANOT, Media365, published on Friday, October 22, 2021 at 11:46 p.m.
Winner of its first two matches, Monaco lost again on Friday on the floor of the Spaniards in Vitoria (78-66). The third loss in a row for the Roca Team, which marked time.
Third defeat in a row for Monaco, Friday night against the Basques of Saski Baskonia (78-66), and, this time, there really wasn’t a match. Winners of their first two games for their debut in the Euroleague, the Roca Team lost in their next two outings. But whether against Real Madrid or Barcelona, the winner of the last Eurocup was not unworthy. Better: he had come close to the feat both times. Friday night, however, the men of the Rock were not up to the task. First of all after the break. In the first half the Monegasques, signaled by the inevitable Mike James, still very good (18 points, 2 interceptions), resisted the Spaniards of Vitoria on their floor during this match counting for the 5th day. At the break, Monaco is also still in contact (40-37) with 8th in the standings and could legitimately hope to return to success after the two defeats of a breath against Real and Barça.
Monaco collapses in the third quarter
Unfortunately for Zvezdan Mitrovic and his family, to be able to clinch a third victory at the expense of Vitoria on Friday, the Roca Team would have had to do at least well in the first half. Instead, everything went sour and she completely collapsed on the restart, catching up in the third quarter, lost 22-11, far too far behind to be able to make up afterwards despite Jerry’s best efforts. Boutsiele (11 points, 10 rebounds), Léo Westermann (6 assists) or Ibrahima Fall, still impressive in defense (2 blocks). Monaco, led by a time of 18 points, tried to sound the revolt. Returned at one point to -7, he also emerged victorious in the last quarter (20-18). But in view of their performance on Friday, the Monegasques could not hope for better than this third setback. It’s confirmed: after a great start, the Principality club, now 13th in the standings, falls into line.
Monegasque scorers: James (18 points), Andjusic (15), Boutsiele (11), Motiejunas (10), Ouattara (5), Diallo (3), Lee (2), Thomas (2)