Basketball: AS Monaco’s Coup de France title defence ends in defeat at semifinal

In a tense Coupe de France semifinal, AS Monaco fell short against a determined Strasbourg, exiting the tournament with a 93-89 loss.

Despite a comeback attempt, Monaco’s basketball team, the Roca Team, was unable to defend their title on 17th March, succumbing to SIG Strasbourg in a closely contested Coupe de France semifinal at the Arena Loire de Trélazé. This defeat means AS Monaco won’t advance to the final at Bercy. Strasbourg’s victory, with a final score of 93-89, sends them to face Dijon in the final, ending AS Monaco’s hopes of repeating last year’s success.

The match was a rollercoaster of emotions, with AS Monaco struggling to find their footing from the outset. Strasbourg took advantage of this, quickly establishing a lead.

Matthew Strazel, AS Monaco’s guard, pointed out the team’s early game shortcomings: “We lacked aggressiveness at the beginning. Strasbourg played a complete game.” He continued, “It’s a setback for us, especially as we had been on a good pace in the Euroleague.”

AS Monaco’s shooting percentage was a significant issue, with the team hitting only 27 of 62 from the field. Strasbourg, on the other hand, displayed efficient shooting and resilience, managing to maintain their lead despite AS Monaco’s aggressive comeback attempt in the final quarter.

This defeat ends AS Monaco’s title defence and casts doubt on their national performance, especially after missing the Leaders Cup. Looking forward, they’re focusing on the Euroleague, with an important match against EA7 Emporio Armani Milan on 20th March.


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