Basketball: AS Monaco overcomes Olympiacos in EuroLeague battle

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AS Monaco achieved a notable 85-77 victory over Olympiacos Piraeus in the 2023-24 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Round 11 that was held at their home court of Salle Gaston Médecin on 30th November, moving their record to 7-4. The win served as a redemption for their last season’s Final Four loss and has strengthened their position in the race for the playoffs. 

AS Monaco’s coach, Saša Obradović, reflected on the team’s performance at the press conference after the game, where he emphasised their defensive efforts.  

“We defended pretty good, but we still failed on some situations,” he said, acknowledging both the team’s strengths and areas needing improvement.  

The game saw Monaco finishing strong with a 12-4 run in the final two minutes, a testament to their resilience and tactical skills. 

A need for sustained intensity 

Mike James was instrumental, scoring 10 of his 24 points in the final three minutes, while Elie Okobo contributed 11 points. Obradović also praised the team’s rebounding ability, which was crucial in maintaining their lead. 

Despite individual standouts, the game was a collective victory. Olympiacos, though they fought hard, saw their three-game winning streak snapped, dropping to 6-5. Isaiah Canaan led their scoring with 20 points, supported by Thomas Walkup and Alec Peters. 

Obradovic highlighted the need for sustained intensity in his comments, saying, “[It] can be a bit mentally draining after this win as we’ve put all the energy in, but we have to keep the same intensity and aggressiveness throughout the season.” 

The victory was a combination of strategic execution and teamwork for AS Monaco. With this morale-boosting win, they avenged a past defeat and solidified their position in the EuroLeague standings. Under Obradović’s leadership, the team is ready to tackle the challenges of a long and unpredictable season. 


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