The Roca boys took a rare beating on Monday night in their Jeep Elite match against Cholet just two days after a spectacular win against Buducnost Podgoria in the Euro Cup quarterfinals.
The Roca team was uncharacteristically not “on” Monday night when they faced off against Cholet in a Jeep Elite game at home at Gaston Médecin. Perhaps it was exhaustion, as they had just come off a tough away game in Ljubljana two days prior, but in any case, it simply wasn’t their night.
It wasn’t a total disaster at first, in fact Monaco started off strong, staying well in the lead. At the end of the first quarter, the score was a comfortable 24 to 16.
The second quarter brought a strong Cholet team into play. They scored an astonishing 21 free throws in the first half with 17 in the second quarter alone.
From the third quarter, Monaco started losing their stride, and Cholet took full advantage taking, and then extending, their lead until the final buzzer went off with a crushing 76 to 97 loss for the Roca boys.
“We are called out for 17 free throws during the second quarter, that must be a European record,” said Coach Mitrovic. “These throws put Cholet back in the match, they gained confidence and then they deserved their victory. Damien Inglis’ injury in the first half? It is a blow to the head. He will take tests, we will know on Tuesday if he is able to play against Podgorica. We hope so. otherwise, it would be problematic.”
Monaco made 30 out of 60 shots, going eight for 16 in three point range. They had 22 rebounds, 19 assists and five steals. Abdou Ndoye and JJ O’Brien were high scorers with 11 points each followed by Ibrahima Faye and Will Yeguete with 10 each.
No rest for the Roca boys as they next play on 31st March in their second face off against Buducnost at home for Euro Cup 7 play.
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[caption id="attachment_18672" align="alignnone" width="701"] Photo: Arie Zief, Vice-President of the Federation of Chambers of Commerce of Israel and Michel Dotta, President of the Monaco Economic Board, sign cooperation agreement between the two organisations.[/caption]
The Monaco Economic Board (MEB) has reported that its economic mission to Tel Aviv from June 19 to 22 was a considerable success. Twenty-six people representing 19 companies from the Principality made the trip in search of new opportunities. Multiple meetings, conferences, and networking sessions allowed the entire delegation to discover the "Startup Nation".
Work began in the conference rooms of the Royal Beach Hotel, where the MEB organised a business forum in partnership with the Federation of Chambers of Commerce of Israel (FICC). After the bilateral presentations and the signing of a cooperation agreement between the MEB and the FICC, participants took part in an intense B2B appointment session that lasted almost three hours.
In total, no less than 160 contacts were established, 42 percent of which were described as useful, which is a very promising ratio, the MEB said. A total of ten projects were initiated during the mission.
The next day, Wednesday, June 21, delegates witnessed the extraordinary dynamism of the new economy in Israel, the country that has the most startups per capita in the world and which has seen the birth of many unicorns.
A session hosted on the Google Campus saw entrepreneurs from the Principality attending a conference in which several high-quality speakers outlined the recipes for their success, such as Zvi Limon, partner in the venture capital fund Magma VC, specialising in ICT investments. According to him, the success of the country is explained by its corporate culture with a true taste of risk and the excellence of training.
With this positive image, access to capital is relatively easy. Investment in ICT in Israel has gone from €339 million ($385 million) in 2010 to nearly €4.4 billon ($5 billion) in 2016.