The Monegasques however snatched a real chance of winning at the end of the game. Or rather three consecutive chances: led 75-73, Sasa Obradovic’s men chained three three-point shots, in less than 20 seconds, missed by Mike James, Jaron Blossomgame then Elie Okobo. The symbol of a match that the Rock club has never mastered in the game, only facing its resistance to a very large number of free throws obtained (38 attempts, 31 converted).
53 fouls were committed during the game, including 32 whistled against Valencia.
Chris Jones, significant reunion
Despite a missed start to the evening (20-12 at the end of the first quarter), Jordan Loyd (24 points, Monaco’s top scorer) and his team held on for almost 25 minutes, sometimes obtaining a very short advantage (26-27 and 45-46), before collapsing at the end of the third quarter (64-54, 30th). The fault, in particular, of leaders lacking inspiration, like James (12 points to 2 out of 11 in shooting, 4 in evaluation) or even Adrien Moerman, mute (0 point in 21 minutes of Game).
The gap in stray bullets between Monaco and Valence did not allow ASM to dominate the game. However, the Monegasques only returned 9 possessions, compared to 22 for Alex Mumbru’s men
Opposite, it is a former French championship who recalled the bad memories of visitors. Chris Jones, author of 27 points (33 of evaluation), former player of Asvel, had actively participated in obtaining the third title of national champion for the Villeurbannais last June, at the expense of … Monaco (3 wins at 2). The leader also found in James Webb III a formidable relay at the end of the game since the latter (15 points), scored two three-point baskets in the left corner, at 80-77 then 84-81 in order to kill hopes of the ASM.
Monaco will have a week of work to try to get back to winning ways. Next Friday, at home, the reception of Vitoria (4 wins, 3 losses), largely beaten this evening at Panathinaikos Athens (98-83), does not look very easy.