Basketball: Roca Team gears up for a busy January after rollercoaster results on court

AS Monaco Basket ended 2023 with a win, but lost out to tough opponents Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv in the EuroLeague in their first game of the new year.  

It was a bittersweet end to the year for the Roca Team, who suffered defeat to Panathinaikos in the EuroLeague on 20th December with a final score sheet of 90-91 despite strong performances from Alpha Diallo and Mike James.  

Then came a more positive pitting against FC Bayern Munich on 22nd December, which the Monaco side won fairly comfortably –  80-91 – thanks James’ 28 points and Elie Okobo’s 19. 

Next was a Betclic Elite away game against Boulogne-Levallois on 26th December. That ended in victory for the Roca Team, with a score of 77-85 and standout performances from Okobo, who contributed 20 points and eight assists, and Matthew Strazel, with 21 points.   

Then it was time for the final game of the year; a EuroLeague fixture at home in Monaco against FC Barcelona that the Monegasque side won with relative ease (91-70). The game featured a stellar offensive and defensive display led by a dynamic duo in the form of James and Diallo.  

INTO 2024 

The new year began with a EuroLeague game against fearsome opponents Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv at the Bloomfield Stadium in Israel. AS Monaco finished 10 points behind their rivals: 93-83.  

Despite the defeat, the team’s performance was commendable. On each side of the court, James and Maccabi’s Bonzie Colson both stood out with 27 points apiece, and the game was marked by similarly intense competition throughout. 


AS Monaco’s next EuroLeague fixture at home will be against Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz on 9th January. The Monegasque side will also play Real Madrid at the Salle Gaston Médecin on 19th January.  

In the French Betclic Elite league, the closest home game will be against Le Mans on 21st January.

For all fixtures, home and away, click here.  


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