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AS Monaco Basketball have gone eight for eight in Jeep Elite play at away games after their Friday night victory over SIG Strasbourg, 82 to 70.
The Roca team thundered onto the court in Rhénus, taking on a Strasbourg team that barely knew what hit them. Despite taking a little time to build, they hit their stride and by the third quarter were utterly dominating the game. Monaco had an exceptionally brilliant third quarter, where they added 27 points to the scoreboard over their opponent’s 12.
This gave the team their 16th Jeep Elite win, retaining the top spot in the league.
The night was full of good play, but one player stood out. Ibou Fall Faye added 11 points to the team’s score and had 12 rebounds, making him the undisputed MVP of the game.
“It was a good game to prepare for the final,” said teammate co-high scorer Mathias Lessort. “It was not our best face in the 1st half. Then, when we defend like we do did it in the 2nd half, we had all the assets to make the difference. We will now have a few days to rest and prepare for Tuesday’s (Euro Cup 7) final. With the adrenaline going, I don’t think that we will feel the fatigue.”
The Euro Cup must certainly have been on the minds of the players in Strasbourg, with the impending matches against the Kazan Unics at home on the 27th, and again on the road on the 30th.
The trip to the Euro Cup finals wasn’t even on the radar at the start of the season, but Coach Zvezdan Mitrovic and his team worked hard and made their way up the ladder in a tough first division league.
“Monaco was in a good position and the goal was to get promoted to the first division,” the coach told Euro Cup Basketball. “Thoughts about playing in European competitions at that time were very far away. It was more of trying to move up, avoid relegation the next season because oftentimes, promoted teams struggle to stay up. We were probably not even dreaming about this at that time.”
The Roca boys return Tuesday at home at 6:30pm to take on Russian giants Unics Kazan in Euro Cup 7 action.
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The 20-year-old was thrust into the spotlight this time last year after the Red Devils agreed a deal worth a potential £58 million to sign him from AS Monaco. He was forced to relocate with almost no notice and brought his wife and newborn baby with him, givemesport.com reports.
But while Martial started to flourish on the pitch for the Red Devils, his relationship with Samantha started to break down. His new lifestyle, bolstered by a massive weekly wage, only served to destroy the close connection they shared. Speaking to The Sun on Sunday, Ms Jacquelinet claimed Martial struggled to deal with the attention he was getting from girls, eventually leading to the alleged affair he had.
She said: “Everything changed. Footballers in England are like kings. They have so much money and attention it’s like they live in a different world. He was thrust into the limelight and it all just exploded. Young girls were throwing themselves at him.”
Finally, Jacquelinet revealed that Martial has so far refused to give her much of his fortune despite being the mother of his only child. The £95,000-a-week star is accused of offering to give her just £3,000 every month, a figure she is clearly unhappy with.
She said: “When we split I tried to work things out. He said I only wanted him for his money.“But he was so stingy. Anthony told me he would rent a house for me. I found one outside Paris, but when I got the keys he said he was only going to give me £3,000 a month. “He earns £420,000 every month. “Anthony has changed completely from the modest, shy and loving young man I met in Monaco and I firmly believe if we’d stayed there then we would still be together.”