Fourth success in a row in the Euroleague for Monaco. The Roca Team won on the 22nd day this Thursday against Zenit Saint-Petersburg (86-77), in Russia, and now occupies eighth place, qualifying for the final phase.
An inspired trio
As two days earlier during the ride against Asvel (100-75), this victory bears the seal of the magic trio James-Bacon-Motiejunas, author of 57 points, two thirds of the ASM total.
It was the Lithuanian pivot Donatas Motiejunas (sixteen points in the end) who started this festival, scoring ten points in the first quarter, finished in the lead by a hair by the Monegasques (18-17).
A quarter later, the Monegasques joined the locker room with an advantage almost as short (36-32), thanks to an insolent address: 47.8% at two points, 50% at three points (four out of eight). Only downside: defensive faults, sanctioned by the address of the Russians on the free throw line (eleven out of fourteen).
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In the second period, it was the American duo Mike James-Dwayne Bacon who took over, as the Lithuanian disappeared. After a complicated first period, marked by two blocks lost by Jordan Mickey, James (21 points) set off in the third quarter, managing to create shots of which he has the secret. His compatriot Bacon (20 points) also weighed on the Roca Team attack, as usual, in the game at mid-distance or by attacking the opponent’s racket.
Real Madrid looms
At the end of the match, he even failed to gratify the spectators of the Sibur Arena with a “poster dunk”, but ended up being a bit short. Regardless, it was James, another NBA veteran, who wrapped up the senses success in spectacular fashion, scoring an award-winning swing shot.
La Roca Team, who won their third on the road in a week, after those in Munich (83-78) and Villeurbanne, to receive Orléans on Saturday in the league (7.30 p.m.), before challenging Real Madrid, second in the Euroleague, on Friday January 28.