Betclic Elite: Game 2 defeat sends Roca Team to Paris for finals tie-breaker

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A disappointing defeat at the hands of Paris Basketball means that the Roca Team will now have to travel to the French capital for Game 3 of the Betclic Elite finals. It will be the deciding game, one that will determine the outcome of the league.  

Following a strong 90-80 win in the opening match, the Roca Team were off their stride for Game 2, which was held at Salle Gaston Médecin on Thursday 6th June. 

Despite a third-quarter comeback, the Monaco side still came up short, with the fixture ending 70-77 in favour of the French team. 

Though frustrated by the defeat, the team was courteous to the Parisians, with Coach Sasa Obradovic saying, “We must say congratulations to Paris, who deserved to win this match.” 

His displeasure with the result was clear, however, with the Serbian coach adding, “This was not the case for us. We didn’t deserve it tonight. That’s all. We cannot hope by starting this way, by missing throws like this, by not being focused as we have seen. This has happened to us several times. If we don’t wake up in the final, when will we? I hope the players do more in Paris.” 

To add insult to injury, individual scores were also down in this game. Élie Okobo led the charge with 15 points on the night, followed by Alpha Diallo, who scored 14. Petr Cornelie rounded out the Top 3 with 11 points.  

“We got off to a very bad start,” said Cornelie, the Roca Team’s power forward, post-game. “We conceded a gap in the first five minutes… It’s a series, we have to go get this Game 3.”  

And that game is only just around the corner. On Sunday 9th June, the Roca Team will need to put their talent and skills to work at Paris Basketball’s impressive Adidas Arena if they hope to retain the Champions of France title that AS Monaco Basket claimed in 2023.  

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