Monaco torpedoes Élan Béarnais and joins the last four

Photo credit: Tuan Nguyen

Still deprived of Mike James, AS Monaco did not go into detail against Élan Béarnais (78-98) at Trélazé in the quarter-finals of the Coupe de France. Sasa Obradovic’s men relied on a Blossomgame – Diallo duo in good shape to easily dispose of their evening opponents and reach the semi-finals.

AS Monaco did not shake this Saturday in the quarter-finals of the Coupe de France. The players of the Rock took out the Élan Béarnais (98-79), defending champions, and joined Strasbourg and Le Mans in the last four while waiting for the last meeting of the evening between ASVEL and Cholet.

Like Strasbourg against Bourg and Le Mans against Dijon, the game was quickly devoid of any suspense. If the Palois resisted during the first 15 minutes of the game, they were then overwhelmed by a Roca Team in steamroller mode. CJ Williams (11 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists) tried to restore the drive to the Bearnais, helped by Darel Poirier (8 points and 3 rebounds) but nothing helped. Often limited to reduced playing time in the EuroLeague, Jaron Blossomgame (20 points and 3 assists) shone and twice found the target behind the arc just before the break. The Monegasques were already leading by 10 units (37-47, 20′).

Pau did not keep up the pace

Matthew Strazel AS Monaco 22-23
Matthew Strazel seized his chance perfectly in the absence of Mike James. (Photo credit: Tuan Nguyen)

When they returned from the locker room, Sasa Obradovic’s men put on a new boost. Vitalys Chikoko (scooped his third personal foul and the Elan let go a little more despite the efforts of Garett Sim (12 points, 9 assists and 2 steals for 21 evaluation). The 17-3 Monegasques in the in the middle of the third act put an end to the suspense (44-68, 27′) Elie Okobo, in the wake of his new superb performance in the EuroLeague, continued in his works (11 points, 2 rebounds, 6 assists while Matthew Strazel ( 13 points at 2/3 at 3-points and 4 assists for 15 of evaluation) came out of his box at the lead in the absence of Mike James just like Alpha Diallo (16 points and 6 rebounds) prolific. winning baskets from Landing Sané (11 points at 3/6 at 3-pointers) had given hope to the EBPLO a few minutes from the end, Monaco once again cut short to go straight in the semi-finals and take revenge on last season.

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March 18, 2023 at 7:51 am

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Theo Tetard


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