ASVEL crushes Monaco in Match 2

Mathieu WARNIER, Media365, published on Friday, June 17, 2022 at 10:20 p.m.

In a heavily dominated match, ASVEL won by a wide margin against Monaco (91-54) and came back with a victory in all the Betclic Elite Finals.

It is the reaction of a true champion! 48 hours after losing on their field against Monaco in the opening of the Betclic Elite Finals, the ASVEL players did not give the “Roca Team” the slightest chance in a Match 2 first leg like few times. Although the defenses prevailed over the attacks in the first moments of the match, Ibrahima Fall Faye’s equalizer (10 points, 5 rebounds) after the first goal signed by Youssoupha Fall (8 points, 5 rebounds) was the only moment of the match during that Monaco was up to ASVEL. Indeed, from then on, the constant aggressiveness of a villeurbannaise team transfigured into an Astroballe transformed into an oven brought out the best of the Monegasques far from the level shown this Wednesday during the first round. If Mike James (6 points) felt very quickly that his team was not there, the two fouls conceded very quickly did not allow the American to weigh in the match. ASVEL, meanwhile, multiplied the series in a masterfully directed first quarter and concluded with a sixteen point lead. A trend that was not denied in the ten minutes before the break.

ASVEL mercilessly for Monaco

Blocked on eleven points by a formidable Rhône defense, Jerry Boutsiele’s teammates (7 points, 5 rebounds) only suffered. TJ Parker’s players, meanwhile, rattled off their basketball, first overcoming a 20-point lead before flirting with a 30-length difference as the break approached. Before returning to the locker room, Elie Okobo struck one more blow to Monaco’s head with a successful last three-pointer that allowed ASVEL to reach 50 points scored at half-time… against only 23 for a pale “Roca Team” as always . . The return to the field of Astroballe was a real nightmare for Sasa Obradovic’s players. The latter, in fact, had to wait halfway through the third quarter to unlock their score thanks to two shots by Dwayne Bacon (4 points). Only, in this span of time, ASVEL has swept no fewer than thirteen points to reach a 40-point lead in an increasingly intense environment. Feeling that the match was over, the Rhône squad began to rotate their team against a demobilized rival who did everything possible to prevent further humiliation.

Obradovic lost his nerve

However, after having reduced the difference to 35 points at the beginning of the last ten minutes, then below 30 points at the beginning of the last quarter, the Principality’s players again lost the thread in defense, which allowed ASVEL reach a maximum. 44-point lead, thanks in particular to Dylan Osetkowski (13 points) and Marcos Knight (11 points). It was enough to knock Sasa Obradovic off his hinges. Very vehement against the refereeing body, the Serbian coach was convinced by one of his assistants to join the locker room prematurely, so as not to make a gesture that he might have regretted. The ‘Roca Team’, of which only one player exceeded ten points, fell very hard to the ground of an ASVEL team that gave the complete measure of its collective, the twelve players registered in the record having scored at least one point. match. even the ghost Antoine Diot (4 points). With this victory (91-54), the Rhône club once again triumphed everywhere in these Finals but the hardest part begins. President Tony Parker’s players will have to win at least once in Monaco, which will host the next two rounds, to continue to believe in a third successive title, something unheard of since 1990 and CSP Limoges.

From June 15 to 25, 2022

ASVEL (1) – MONACO (2): 1-1
Match 1 – ASVEL- Monaco : 74-82
Match 2 –ASVEL – Monaco: 91-54
Match 3 on June 20 at 8:30 p.m. in Monaco
Match 4 on June 22 at 8:30 p.m. in Monaco
Match 5 (if necessary) on June 25 at 8:30 p.m. in Villeurbanne

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