Roca team takes win over Limoges

AS Monaco Basketball secured another victory in their second of three straight away games as they blasted Limoges CSP out the water 75 to 59.

The Roca team took things in their stride against Limoges in the Salle Beaublanc on Saturday night, holding the lead in all but one quarter and ending the game with a solid 75 to 59 win.

The good news kept coming as Monaco’s Abdou Ndoye opened scoring and Mathias Lessort was able to return after his ankle injury, though Coach Zvezdan Mitrovic was not on hand after being suspended this game in the fallout from Le Mans.

After being behind in the initial minutes of the match, the Roca team quickly picked up the pace and took the lead after an inspiring layup from Marcos Knight gave them a one point advantage. Ibou Fall Faye followed that up with a three-pointer and it went on like this until the first quarter buzzer sounded, leaving Monaco in a good position with a healthy 23 to 12 lead.

The second quarter saw the boys lag behind, due largely to Limoges player Philip Scrubb’s superb efforts, but they held onto a one point lead as the halftime buzzer sounded.

After halftime, Monaco took back a more solid lead and continued the pace, never letting their advantage go and ending the third quarter with a score of 57 to 48. This lead continued to the end, and expanded, with the team winning 75 to 59.

“I would like to congratulate my players,” said Assistant Coach Mirko Ocokoljic after the game. “It is not easy to play every other day and it is always difficult to face CSP Limoges in the hall. It was important to be aggressive and that’s what we achieved. The team made the difference in the 3rd quarter and was able to retain this advantage for this important victory.”

ASM made 17 of 33 shots on the night, with seven for 24 in three point range. They recovered a huge 35 rebounds, had seven steals, picked up 10 stray balls and had nine assists.

Marcos Knight was high scorer with 16 points to his credit, followed by Brenden Frazier with 12 and Rob Gray with 11.

The Roca boys will see if their on-the-road winning streak continues on Tuesday when they play in Bourg-en-Bresse against JL at 6pm.

Monaco Life with AS Monaco Basketball press release, photo by AS Monaco Basketball