Monaco almost offered Real

Monaco lost 84-90 after two extra periods against Real Madrid, leaders of the Euroleague, at the end of a meeting which will leave regrets for the Roca Team. ASM nevertheless remains in the race for the Top 8.

The Monegasques dreamed of offering a prestigious victory to their new president Aleksej Fedoricsev, who succeeded Sergey Dyadechko on Thursday, in office since 2015. It failed, but by little. Opposed to the ogre Real Madrid, leader of the Euroleague, the Roca Team lost 84-92 after two extensions, coming close to a great feat. This meeting was close, and Real Madrid has never had a lead of more than nine points and Monaco eight. After a sluggish start to the game (0-5), the Roca Team quickly got on the right track and took control in the fourth minute (6-5), counting up to eight points in advance ( 27-19, 14th) and stayed ahead until the sixteenth minute (28-27). But Trey Thompkins finally allowed Real to return to the locker room with a one-point lead (34-35). The third quarter was dominated by Madrid, who took a nine-point lead (47-56, 28th), before conceding a 10-0, including seven points in 80 seconds from a Danilo Andjusic on fire (57 -56, 30th). Very few points were scored in the last quarter, however, where Monaco led 66-60 2’33 from the end, before completely breaking down, conceding two 3-point shots from Guerschon Yabusele and Rudy Fernandez (66-66 ). No points were scored in the last 65 seconds despite attempts by Alpha Diallo, Dwayne Bacon and Yabusele, and so extra time had to be played.

Regrets for Monaco

An extension which started badly for the Monegasques (67-70), but they reacted perfectly with an 8-0. Real came back in turn (75-75) and it was finally at the end of the second extension that the people of Madrid won. If Alpha Diallo had answered Rudy Fernandez long distance (80-80), Jeffery Taylor restored a good lead to Merengue (80-85), and Monaco never managed to come back. Sasa Obradovic’s men will be able to harbor regrets, in particular over the management of the end of the fourth quarter, but this defeat also offers good prospects for the future because they have done more than worry the best team in Europe. Alpha Diallo and Dwayne Bacon both finish with 19 points. On the other hand, Mike James missed his match, with a terrible 3/19 on shots, including 1/7 from 3 points. Opposite, the French Real shone with 18 points for Guerschon Yabusele, and 10 for Thomas Heurtel and Vincent Poirier (who also took 14 rebounds). In the standings, Real is a solid leader with a victory in advance (and a game more to play) over Barça, while Monaco is tenth, with the same number of victories as the eighth, Efes Istanbul. Next match for the Roca Team: at Panathinaikos (penultimate) on Tuesday.

Monegasque markers: Bacon (19), Thomas (7), Diallo (19), Boutsiele (2), Motiejunas (10), Ouattara (2), Andjusic (14), James (11)

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