AS Monaco won this Friday evening against a solid team from Bayern Munich (80-79). Two days after a reverse course against FenerbahçeSasa Obradovic’s proteges find the taste of victory and settle firmly in the top 5 of the Euroleague.
For this fourth consecutive match at Gaston-Médecin, the Roca Team got scared in front of their fans. Faced with Bavarians who did not come to make up the numbers, AS Monaco put an end to their series of defeats and get back on the right track. His team’s top scorer this evening, Elie Okobo (16 points) was one of the architects of this precious victory. As often in recent times, his entry on the floor did the greatest good to weaklings from Monaco at the end of the first quarter.
Mike James, the storm before the calm
Barely 20 seconds is the time it took Mike James to score the first points of the game behind the line. 7 points in the first quarter, present in all the good shots, the American allows the Roca Team to quickly lead 15-4. Freddy Gillespie sounded the alarm at the end of the quarter and took advantage of Monaco’s loss of balls to miraculously come out 3 points behind. Behind, Mike James will gradually slip away, preferring to attempt shots alone, with little success.
Behind the line, the precision is not there. At half-time, the Monegasques only converted 30% of their shot behind the line, against 25 for Bayern Munich. However, Donta Hall continues to stand out thanks to this dunk allowing him to obtain the fault in addition.
In the final quarter, Roca Team relied on Okobo’s exploits behind the line to take the lead. While they had a time dropped in the third quarter, a timeout from Obradovic puts everyone back on the right track. Despite a controversy over a ball that would have touched the hoop, the Monegasques are not distracted. Rubit’s 14 points aren’t enough for a Bavarian comeback either.
The Monegasques will travel to Le Mans this weekend in Betclic Elite before making the short trip to Villeurbanne for the 11th day of Euroleague. With 7 wins for 3 losses, Sasa Obradovic’s men intend to maintain this momentum in the weeks to come.
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