Ahead at the break (40-42), AS Monaco missed out on their second half on the floor of Fenerbahçe this Thursday evening (96-86) and lost Mike James in the dying seconds. Zvezdan Mitrovic’s team (5-8) suffered their fourth defeat in the Euroleague and moved away from the top 8.
Sales period for AS Monaco. After their cruel defeat against ASVEL at the buzzer, the Roca Team suffered their fourth consecutive defeat in the Euroleague on the floor of Fenerbahçe this Thursday evening (96-86). However, the Principality team has long seemed in the game, was even ahead at the break (40-42) thanks to its tightrope walker Mike James (31 points). But she could not resist the accelerator boosted by the gang to Jan Vesely (20 points, 10 rebounds) and Marko Guduric (18 points in the second half) after returning from the locker room. Fenerbahçe thus puts an end to his series of four defeats in a row.
Still deprived of Léo Westermann, Jerry Boutsiele and Rob Gray, Monaco started better than their evening opponent, whistled by their own supporters in the opening minutes. Lacking confidence, Fenerbahçe relied on Nando De Colo off the bench to stay in the game (16-18 after ten minutes). Indiscipline, the Roca Team then team five faults after … only 90 seconds in the second quarter, and could not take off, leaving Jan Vesely and his partners to regain control of the match (38-33, 17th). Thanks to Mike James, author of 19 points in the first half, Monaco was still ahead at the break (40-42).
Guduric catches fire, Mike James comes out again with injury
It was after returning from the locker room that the equation was impossible to resolve. Completely extinct until then, Marko Guduric caught fire and scored 11 points in four minutes (53-43, 25th). ASM relied on Yakuba Ouattara (15 points, 6 rebounds) and took the advantage for a time (58-59, 28th). Before an offensive demonstration by the Turks with renewed confidence, from Pierria Henry to Achille Polonara via Devin Booker.
If Nando De Colo alternated the good (15 points, 4 assists) and the less good (5 ball losses, 4/7 throws), he nevertheless unlocked the situation at 3-points (73-66, 33rd). His team was never worried again, taking advantage of the huge air holes left by the Monegasque defense. From yet another 2 + 1, Mike James had to get the Roca Team back on track (79-83, 38th) but Marko Guduric and Nando De Colo once again killed the match with their long distance skill (79-90, 39th) before controlling the final moments (86-96).
The bad came at 90 of the second term when Mike James, Monegasque hero of the evening (31 points at 10/19 on shots, 4 assists, 4 interceptions for 33 evaluation) – already hit in the ankle at the end of the match against ASVEL – came out of the field touching his thigh. An injury that does not herald better days on the Rock, while Monaco will face in Betclic Élite Champagne Basket on Saturday (5 p.m.) then… ASVEL on Tuesday (6 p.m.), for a revenge in the French championship, and finally against the ‘Olimpia Milan Friday (8 p.m.) in the Euroleague.
Jan Vesely, interior of Fenerbahçe : “Today, everyone stayed focused from start to finish. We had some ups and downs, but we corrected our mistakes and fought well, eventually wearing them out defensively. We just have to learn from this game and continue like this. “
Photo: Mike James (Monaco)