Basketball: AS Monaco hold off Nanterre’s late surge to win a narrow victory in Paris

In a closely contested match at the Paris La Défense Arena, AS Monaco withstood a formidable comeback from Nanterre 92 to claim an 80-86 win, with Mike James delivering a standout performance.

The high stakes Betclic Elite league fixture, which took place on 28th February, attracted a record crowd of over 15,000.

In a game of fluctuating momentum, AS Monaco, led by Mike James’ career-high 31 points, initially dominated, but saw their 18-point lead diminish as Nanterre rallied in the final quarter before a home crowd.

Nanterre, led by Justin Bibbins, managed to narrow the gap to a single possession. Yet, guided by coach Sasa Obradovic and powered by Mike James’ key plays in the final moments, AS Monaco held off the surge to take the important victory.

Reflecting on the match, James said, “Nanterre has one of the teams with the most quality in our league. It’s obviously a challenge to manage all these competitions, the important thing is to keep up the pace and stay healthy.”

The Monegasque side will now be looking ahead to their next away game, this time in the Euroleague, against FC Barcelona on Friday 1st March.


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