AS Monaco Basketball was on their home turf this weekend taking on Boulazac-Perigord, beating them handily 76 to 69.
The Roca team opened scoring at Gaston Medecin in front of some 900 fans with a slam dunk by rising star Ibrahima Fall Faye, setting the tone for the entire evening. He was omnipresent the whole first quarter, scoring a total of 13 points on the night.
Monaco dominated the first quarter, but Boulazac, despite recently being relegated to Line B, wasn’t about to be completely crushed. They rallied during the second quarter and sent the Roca boys into the locker room with a slim two-point lead, the score sitting at 40 to 38.
Newcomer Rasid Mahalbasic, who was on the court for ASM for the first time, opened the second half with a solid two pointer and soon after followed it up with two more at the free throw line.
Despite being in charge most of the second half, Boulazac seemed to be best under pressure and rallyed towards the end of match where, with only a minute left on the clock, they are within one basket of evening up the score.
JJ O’Brien and Mathias Lessort leapt into action, though, and pulled the boys ahead. When the final buzzer sounded, they had the win, beating their opponents 76 to 69.
“Boulazac deserves better than last place,” Coach Zvezdan Mitrovic said after the game. “For us, the matches are linked, the context is particular and the analysis difficult.”
Team Captain Dee Bost followed up this sentiment saying, “Boulazac is a good team. We had to stay focused not to let this match slip away. It’s good to find the taste of victory in front of our supporters.”
Monaco made 30 shots out of 66 attempts, going only five for 22 in three point range. They had a massive 40 rebounds, with nine of those going to newbie Mahalbasic. They collected 14 stray balls, had 21 assists and stole the ball eight times.
Mathias Lessort was high scorer with 15 points to his name, followed by Fall Faye who had 13. Rob Gray came up next with 11 points and JJ O’Brien was close behind with 10.
There won’t be much rest for the Roca team as they go on the road to Nanterre on Monday 14th June before returning home two days later to take on Strasbourg.
Monaco Life with AS Monaco Basketball press release, photo by AS Monaco Basketball
The Prix Monte-Carlo “Woman and Sport,” under the High Patronage of Prince Albert of Monaco and under the Honorary Presidency of Princess Charlene, is an international award aimed at celebrating women from various parts of the world and various fields, who, thanks to their personal or professional actions, have had a positive impact on their own lives or on the lives of others.
The seventh edition of the award, created by the journalist Cinzia Sgambati-Colman in 2012, will take place on Monday, May 14 in Monaco, sponsored by Walgreens Alliance Boots, the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise in the world. The venue is Salle de la Mer, Fairmont Monte-Carlo.
This year the judging Committee will review the applications and will select two winning candidates, who will receive the award in a ceremony during the gala dinner.
As in past editions, the Committee will award two prizes: the first candidate will be rewarded for outstanding international projects and the second candidate will be recognised for her amazing initiatives within the Principality of Monaco.
The judging Committee of the Prix Monte-Carlo “Woman of the Year” includes: Cinzia Sgambati-Colman, President of the award committee and CEO of MonteCarloin; Stéphane Valeri, President of the National Council; Marietta Vinci Corsini, antique dealer and administrator of GIE-Point Art Monaco; Smadar Eisenberg, President of AOPMC (Amis de l’Orchestre Philarmonique de Monte-Carlo); Maria Betti, Director of the Institute for Transuranium Elements in Karlsruhe U.E; Maria Lefebvre d’Ovidio; José Giannotti, General Agent and Director of Personal Insurance at Generali Insurance; Vladimir Semenikhin, Honorary Consul of Kazakhstan in Monaco; Doriana Marzocco; Monika Assaraf, President of ERI; Beatrice Fresko- Rolfo, National Council; and Jack Anderson, international attorney.
After six days of motorised trekking in the mountains between Saint-Dalmas-de-Tende and Menton, the Raid Mercantour Dream Warrior, organised by the association "Beyond our Handicaps", will arrive on the Place du Palais on Saturday, July 1, at 6 pm.
Twelve wounded, including nine soldiers and three civilians, including a Monegasque, are currently riding along the military tracks constructed during the Second World War between France and Italy, travelling in Dream Mobiles, which are small electric quads.
The teams are composed of paraplegics or those with amputated lower limbs, military personnel with psychological injuries and young civilian adults with acquired disabilities.
"Beyond our Handicaps" is an association born from the experience of several of its members in the field of disability support, particularly in the areas of sports and accessibility: its objective is to support and promote rehabilitation and the reintegration of people with disabilities in the civil and defence sectors, in particular through the practice of outdoor activities.
Several Monegasque entities contributed to the operation, including the Prince’s Palace, the Directorate of Public Security, the Prince Albert II Foundation, the Directorate of Youth and Sports, the Princess Grace Hospital and the Monaco Yacht Club.
The sponsor of the association is a quadruple amputee Philippe Croizon, who swam across the Channel in 2010, and who has just completed the 2017 edition of the Dakar Rally in Argentina.