Basketball: Roca Team score dramatic win over Valencia before triumphing against Strasbourg

In a weekend of high stakes games, the Roca Team clinched two important victories on home turf to extend their unbeaten run at the Salle Gaston Médecin.

It all began with a closely contested EuroLeague game against Valencia on Friday 22nd March, which came down to just one point: 79-78.

The win was a crucial one after the team’s previous defeat at the hands of Milan, and Coach Sasa Obradovic reflected on the importance of their narrow success post-game, saying, “I can’t explain the stress there was tonight. To win, we were able to show character despite an obvious accumulated fatigue.”

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The Roca Team’s relentless spirit was on full display again as they hosted SIG Strasbourg in the Betclic Elite on Sunday 24th March. It was a game that ended in victory again for the Rouges et Blancs: 92-78.

This win was particularly sweet, avenging a recent defeat in the Coupe de France semi-finals.

Obradovic praised his team’s execution, saying, “We got the job done. This match was very physical, with both teams often on the verge of fouling on several plays.”

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Yakuba Ouattara, Captain of the Roca Team, said, “We were a little more mentally prepared than last time. And this revenge side was indeed there, against Strasbourg who deprived us of a second final in the Coupe de France a week ago.”

After securing back-to-back wins, the Roca Team has re-established itself as a strong competitor in both the EuroLeague and the domestic Betclic Elite.

Coming up are games against LDLC Asvel, a EuroLeague fixture, on 28th March, and a Betclic Elite challenge with Saint-Quentin on 30th March.


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