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Monaco (AFP) – Monaco, which had a 28-point lead, beat Fenerbahçe (92-78) in a good way, Friday evening in its Gaston-Médecin room during the 27th day of the Euroleague, and made its return to the Top 8 of the competition.
With 14 wins and 13 losses, ASM is seventh, qualifying position for the play-offs.
This great victory also allows the players of the “Roca Team” to keep a direct opponent at bay, ahead of them at the particular goal average.
If, through the referees, the Euroleague sent a clear message concerning the Russian invasion of Ukraine (“End the war”, in English) before the match, the composition of the grandstand was also symbolic.
For the first time during a meeting of the Monaco team, Prince Albert was accompanied by his young children, Gabriella and Jacques. Alongside the latter: Aleksej Fedoricsev, the new Russian president of the club, and the Ukrainian Sergeï Dyadechko, current vice-president and former president of the club.
Under the impetus of a gala Alpha Diallo (24 points, six rebounds) and a very collective Mike James (ten pts, four rebounds, four assists), the Monegasques offered a second quarter of high flight, won 36-13, with an iron defense.
Sasa Obradovic’s men lost a 16-0 to the Turks, going from +5 (35-30) to +21 (51-30).
But unlike their last outings against Kazan and Kaunas, they continued to keep their focus. At the break, the Monegasque lead was 22 units (55-33). She climbed to 28 at the start of the second period (61-33, 22nd).
Despite the return to the helm of its French star, Nando De Colo (19 pts, two assists), victim of a broken hand at the end of December, and despite the award-winning shots of Marko Guduric (18 pts), the “Fener” n never managed to catch up.
And Monaco, which travels to Barcelona on March 3, at the competition leader, managed its lead to finish at +14. All against a big European.
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