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ASVEL punishes Monaco again and offers itself a Match 5!

Monday evening, just before the end of the warm-up, Marcos Knight had attempted a three-point shot before joining the Villeurbannais huddle. Missed. So he quickly took a second, then a third. Still missed, and he finally joined his teammates without having succeeded in his last training shot, the premise of ASVEL’s terrible evening (0/16 at three points in the 38e minute). This Wednesday, he put it on. And inevitably, all the rest of the evening went in its direction: the Rhodaniens piled up the long distance arrows (10/20) and the “bull” (© Michel Veyronnet) of the Rhône was exceptional. “It is he who must be put forward,” suggested the sports director in the bowels of Gaston-Médecin, before returning to the bus. “He had a mammoth game, he was incredible. “The winner of the EuroCup 2021 was perhaps particularly keen to deprive AS Monaco of its first title of champion of France, he who should have been part of the princely workforce this season, without the “administrative concerns” which then opened the door to the arrival of Mike James. “There is perhaps a small additional psychological dimension with Monaco”, agrees the Norman. “I think he sent a message to everyone to show them what he was capable of. »

The exasperation of Obradovic

Afterwards, if Marcos Knight was indeed imperial in his old garden (19 points at 8/14 and 6 rebounds), if Chris Jones was royal (19 points at 6/11), if William Howard was a welcome X factor in piling up a few extremely distant shots (13 points at 4/6, 7 rebounds and 2 steals) after their poor performance on Monday, ASVEL still had the task made easier by the attitude of the Monegasques. ASM delivered the true copy of its Match 2, forcing its game in isolation to caricature and approaching this meeting, which could have crowned it, as a dilettante. “Yes, ASVEL has shots but how do they find their address? asked Yakuba Ouattara, before taking charge of the answer himself. “We are the ones who give them confidence. Defensively, we didn’t have the same aggressiveness as in the game before. They only attacked the racket in the first quarter, they gained confidence and a confident team then returned their shots. “Until the end, this AS Monaco will remain completely incomprehensible, without equivalent in terms of talent in the championship, practically unplayable when it decides to devote itself seriously to the task but also at the limit of the ridiculous when it disconnects.

“I really don’t understand,” breathed Sasa Obradovic, visibly marked, close to exasperation at the schizophrenia of his group. “We have seen these two faces since the start of the season. Everything we talked about before, everything we said we had to do, disappeared… For me, it’s very hard. We had a plan and if we do the opposite, I can’t coach under these conditions. “At the height of the storm, AS Monaco Basket was up to 26 points behind (36-62, 29th minute), giving rise to a few sporadic boos in the stands. “Losing is one thing but there is a way,” regretted Yakuba Ouattara. “We do not honor our supporters by producing a match like this. “At least they will have been able to attend the awakening of Mike James, author of 19 points in the last quarter (34 units at 10/19 in total) to soften the note. “It’s easy to arrive when the match is folded and to play like that”, sighed Yakuba Ouattara, evoking the defensive intensity found in his money-time. But the idea was there: you can’t hope to win the first title in its history by producing basketball mush for 30 minutes before starting to fight at -25.

“A Match 5, we couldn’t have dreamed of better”

“A match is played over 40 minutes,” said the Monegasque winger, before leaving the microphones. The Roca Team will be able to follow the example of ASVEL, which came to Gaston-Médecin to deliver two admirable performances: one certainly marred by chronic clumsiness, then another reference from all points of view. As always since the slap in Match 1, the Villeurbannais attacked hard (2-12, 5th minute then 14-30, 13th minute). “When you put that tone in defense, it’s not the same thing,” appreciated TJ Parker. Behind, the champions of France did not panic when Dwayne Bacon brought ASM closer via his only good sequence of the evening (23-30, 16th minute). The moment chosen by William Howard to send two saving arrows (28-41, half-time). “I had to bring more to the team,” admitted the Ligerian. “Offensively, I didn’t weigh enough on Monday and I had to correct that. Marcos Knight then took over, with 13 units in the second half, and ASVEL gradually soared to another strong victory, extending the final to a decisive fifth game for the fifth time in a row in this format. “A Match 5 between the two EuroLeague teams for the title is the apotheosis of the championship”, savored Michel Veyronnet. The Villeurbannais will have the weight of history on their side, they who have already shattered Monaco’s dreams of greatness three times, including once during the epilogue in 2019 (66-55). But with such an unpredictable Roca Team, the weight of the numbers won’t matter. “A Match 5 between the two best of Betclic ÉLITE, we could not have dreamed of better”, concluded Chris Jones. There is no doubt that the Monegasques had another preferred scenario in mind. Still had to come with clear ideas on the floor…

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June 22, 2022 at 10:38 am

Monday evening, just before the end of the warm-up, Marcos Knight had attempted a three-point shot before joining the Villeurbannais huddle. Missed. So he quickly took a second, then a third. Still missed, and he finally joined his teammates without having succeeded in his last training shot, the premise of the terrible evening of the…

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