Basketball: Roca Team squeak past FC Bayern for big EuroLeague win ahead of the playoffs

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With less than two weeks to go before the playoffs begin, AS Monaco’s Roca Team have finished off their regular EuroLeague season on a high note, beating FC Bayern Munich 89-85 in a nail-biter of a game at home in the Salle Gaston Médecin.  

The Roca Team is now in a comfortable third place in the EuroLeague standings, a premium position bolstered by their 89-85 win on Thursday 11th April against FC Bayern Munich.  

With the EuroLeague playoffs fast approaching, AS Monaco Basket only has a short time to reflect on and recover from a solid season so far in the European league. To date, the Roca Team have 23 wins and just 11 losses behind them.  

This latest win, though, was harder fought than many, and saw the Monaco side play against a determined FC Bayern, who didn’t give an inch.   

“I am very happy with our results in the EuroLeague this year, it’s a great success.,” gushed Coach Sasa Obradovic after the game. “We faced many difficulties. We faced incredible teams. It’s not easy to play this match against a team that had nothing to lose. We found a way to deal with the difficulties. Congratulations to my players who also make me better.”  

The Serbian coach continued, “Whoever the opponent is [in the playoffs], I have no preference, there will be no easy victory, it will be another physical fight. We learned from last year. We will have an even better mental approach. It was a long season, mentally and physically.” 

Alpha Diallo was the top scorer of the game, with an incredible 20 points to his name, followed closely by Mike James, who sank 17. Élie Okobo rounded out the podium with a solid showing, scoring 14 points.  

The win ensures a home advantage in the playoffs, which start on 23rd April between the top six teams and two runners-up.  

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