After two defeats in a row, moreover at home, his only two in the Championship this season (Dijon, 84-95; Limoges, 80-84), we had to expect a reaction from Monaco. The big team of Betclic Elite, which dreams of winning everything this season, on the national scene as in Europe where it aims at least the Final Four, set the record straight on Tuesday, as part of the 10th day of Betclic Elite, on the floor of Le Mans (81-90).
The MSB, which has a third setback in a row for the first time in a successful start to the season, several times thought it could tickle the ogre of the Rock. But each time he struggled to come back and blow on the backs of the Monegasque necks, Sasa Obradovic’s men accelerated. Entry distances, in particular thanks to a found Adrien Moerman (9 points at 3/3 at 3 points in 12 minutes, enough to put his people in orbit -28-46, 18th on a float by Elie Okobo followed by two points by Matthieu Strazel).
The defensive aggressiveness of the visitors (10 interceptions), who came out of a narrow but precious success over Bayern Munich (80-79), was widely recognized by the 21 balls lost by the Manceaux, who despite everything, on series of Tres Tinkle (12 points), Matt Morgan (20) or the ghost Kaza Kajami-Keane (16 points, 3/4 to 3 points) believed in the hold-up. In particular, they recovered to 43-49 just before the break on a 3 + 1 from the last city, whose last match dated back to November 6, and came back from -16 in the 32nd minute (62-78) to -5 at the end. 35th (73-78).
James just passed
A time-out was enough for the Roca Team, where Mike James only passed (6 minutes, 1 point), to kill what was left of suspense by hitting twice at 3 points, by Elie Okobo (15 points, 5 assists, 4 steals) then Jaron Blossomgame (12 points).
With 8 wins and 2 losses, Monaco is only third in Betclic Elite behind the duo Boulogne – Cholet (8-1). A good way to get back on your feet before the shock that awaits him in two days: the remake of the Championship final, lost in June against Asvel in a legendary match 5 on the parquet floor of the Astroballe, which ASM will tread on Thursday in a clash counting for the Euroleague.