Despite playing to an empty house, the Roca Team had what it took to blow by UNICS Kazan on Wednesday night, securing the top spot in Group G of the EuroCup Top 16, and qualification to the quarter finals.
It must have been a surreal night for AS Monaco Basketball and UNICS Kazan playing at Gaston-Medecin on Wednesday night. Not a single supporter, VIP or even unnecessary staff member were allowed inside to watch the game due to coronavirus restrictions on crowds. Luckily, for fans of both sides, the eerie scene was televised giving them a chance to see all the action.
As winners of Group G, AS Monaco beat out three former EuroCup winners, UNICS Kazan, Rytas Vilnius and Galatasaray. This win sends them to the quarter finals, which begin 17th March.
The Roca Team’s defence set the pace for the evening, keeping them firmly in the lead all night. By the 8thminute in, AS Monaco was ahead 21-9 due primarily to three off-the-charts plays by the dynamic duo of Ouattara and Clemmons. By the end of the first quarter, which was capped off by a brilliant three-pointer by Ouattara, the score was 27-11.
Sasa Obradovic’s players were on fire and made shot after shot. Just before the halftime buzzer, Ouattara made a picture-perfect layup, sending them to the locker rooms with a 44-26 score.
After the break, things weren’t much different. In the end, AS Monaco won with a score of 85-60, sending them onward to the next stages of the EuroCup.
“We played with great intensity, it was important to finish first,” said coach Sasa Obradovic after the match. “The disappointment is that we could not share this historic moment for the club with our supporters. I want to dedicate this victory to our fans.”
The team will be back on Saturday night against Dijon, this time with the fans in attendance.
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Let’s be honest, January usually means a long a list of unrealistic goals and resolutions that fall flat by mid-month. For years I did this, too, going crazy at Christmas, telling myself that in January I would get back on track with healthy eating and exercise. And, because I am ambitious, a perfectionist and an optimist, my New Year’s resolutions were always hugely far removed from achievable reality, which only lead to failure and disappointment. Not such a great start to the Happy New Year!
These days, I begin the year in a much more positive and fun mindset with no diet or strict exercise regime in sight. Everyday I make a promise (a daily resolution) to myself to do the best I can, which is quite straightforward and much easier to accomplish, making my goals more achievable while leaving me feeling more positive about myself. With this method, I can celebrate the small changes rather than beat myself up for big failures – a simple but empowering shift.
With the pressure of unachievable goals gone, the doorway to a more optimistic start to the year opens, which leads me to today’s blog: Vision Boards, a space that serves as a visual exercise to remind you every day what you want out of life.
The New York Times did a piece a few years back – “Olympians Use Imagery as Mental Training” – about elite athletes using visual exercises to improve their performance, and The Secret, the best selling self-help book, claimed, “When you are visualising, you are emitting a powerful frequency out into the Universe.”
So, over the last four years, visualising has been a lovely practice that I have enjoyed and even involved my children in. To create your own 2017 Vision Board, follow these simple steps, set aside some time and explore your own creative flow.
A board: cork, hard or large cardboard.
Craft tools: scissors, tape, glue, markers, stickers, decorations, and pins.
Inspiration material: mantras, quotes, postcards, pictures, places you want to go, images, personal photos, anything really.
Time: Give yourself a good hour to put it together but, more importantly, plenty of time beforehand to get clear on your intentions.
Before you start
Spend some time visualising what is most important to you in your life.
Grab a pen a paper and answer these questions: “What “unrealistic dream” do I want to achieve this year?
What phase, quote or motto resonates with me to inspire and encourage me this year?
Challenge yourself to think outside your comfort zone about your most unrealistic dream, as these are the most powerful ones.
When you are collecting your material to create your vision board cut out pictures (try Googling images for inspiration), phases or photo’s that you like and represent your vision.
Focus on times in your life when you felt your best; what memories are connected to these feelings, smells, people, places, tastes?
Putting together your board
When you have collected all the items you want to include, create a space to bring your vision to life on the board. Burn a candle and listen to music, if you want.
Place the materials roughly where you want and then move them around until you feel comfortable and content with the layout. The rearranging can take a little time but enjoy the experience, tap into your creative flow. Pin it when you are happy with the position.
Put your board somewhere you will see it on a daily basis, and use it as a base for visualisation and meditation practices. If this is a new concept to you, my advice is to experiment with having fun and be open-minded to the possibilities this powerful tool can bring.