While the Roca Team go from strength-to-strength in the EuroLeague, it is in the Betclic Elite that AS Monaco Basket is shining brightest: the team’s latest win against Boulogne-Levallois marks the 17th consecutive home win in the French league.
The weekend began with an away fixture in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy, where AS Monaco played Virtus Bologna on Friday 9th February.
It was a close contest, but the Italian side saw their 11-game winning streak at home brought to an end by a driven Roca Team intent on gaining a place in the EuroLeague Final Four. The game ended 78-81 in Monaco’s favour.
Post-match, Obradović praised his team’s performance, saying, “It’s an extraordinary win for us. It’s always very hard to beat this kind of team like Bologna at home. A real play-off match, with a big physical battle. We stood firm as a team, and we showed great chemistry tonight. We can dream big for the rest of the competition.”
Next came a Betclic Elite challenge against Boulogne-Levallois in the Salle Gaston Médecin on Sunday 11th February.
Here, AS Monaco excelled again, defeating the visitors 84-72 to extend their winning streak at home in the domestic French league to a stunning 17 games over the last two seasons.
Obradović used this game as an opportunity to rest key players, such Mike James, Alpha Diallo and Mam Jaiteh, ahead of a demanding upcoming schedule and thus allowed other members of the Roca Team to get their moment in the spotlight.
Petr Cornelie, who showcased his talents as a power forward, later emphasised the importance of winning such games.
“We expected it to be a tight game. You have to know how to win this kind of game, that’s the most important thing. And that’s the bottom line. For the group dynamic, it’s always good to stay on this winning streak,” he said after the match.
AS Monaco’s schedule continues with a Coupe de France match at home versus ASVEL on Tuesday 13th February before they face Le Mans in the Leaders Cup on Friday 16th February.
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