Weather
20 ° C
20°C
13°C
Sunny Intervals
Breaking News

3 Covid cases 13 May, 2 in ICU, 15 home monitored, 2,428 recoveries, 32 deaths, 57 incidence rate, 36% population vaccinated

Roca team’s razor thin win

Roca team’s razor thin win

By Stephanie Horsman - April 28, 2021

AS Monaco Basketball has taken the first of two games in the Euro Cup 7 finals with a slim 89 to 87 win over the Kazan Unics at home at Gaston Médecin.

The Roca team now have a one game lead over the Unics of Kazan after their hard-fought and hard-won victory on Tuesday night at home.

“We expected this kind of match, very physical,” said Coach Zvezdan Mitrovic. “Their coach had announced it, it happened. We lead 1-0. We are happy but nothing is done. In Kazan it will be a very good game to play.”

The game was a battle from the start. Monaco dominated the first three minutes of play, but by the sixth, the score had nearly evened up. It remained this way all the way through the first half of play and when the buzzer went off signalling halftime, it was the Russians who were in the lead by two with a score of 42 to 44.

The third quarter was a near-disaster for Monaco as they found themselves with a 10 point deficit in the 24thminute of play. This forced them to tighten up their defence, which proved effective, and less than five minutes later, the Roca boys had not only caught up, but took the lead.

The last quarter was a nail-biter as the two powerhouses played cat and mouse with each other, taking one point leads over the other throughout. With only 27 seconds on the clock, Monaco lead 88 to 87, but the Unics were far from giving up.

Jordan Theodore had possession of the ball, but a skilful move by Abdoulaye Ndoye thwarted the shot giving Rob Gray possession. His little one-pointer made it through the hoop, ending the game with an 89 to 87 score.

“In Kazan it will be a very good game to play,” said Coach Mitrovic about their upcoming game on the Russian’s home turf. “There will be tension and a room with an audience. It will be good. Both teams have spent a lot of energy on this game. Until the end, we stayed very focused on the defensive side. Yes, the players have gone to the end of themselves. But at this level, if you want to win trophies, you have to know how to go after yourself.”

Monaco made 29 shots out 58, with eight out of 20 in three-point range. They had 30 rebounds, with Marcos Knight having six one his own, 13 assists, six of which were attributed to Captain Dee Bost, six steals and eight stray balls and four blocks.

Rob Gray was high scorer on the night with 23 points to his name, Mathias Lessort scored 17 points, Bost had 16 and Knight came up with 14.

The Roca team go on the road now to Russia where they will face off against the Unics once more on 30thApril. If they win, they will be the Euro Cup 7 champs. If they lose, they go to a sudden death match to decide the victor.

 

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

 

 

shares
SHARE
Previous articleWho is doing it best?
Next article9,300 workers now using Klaxit in Monaco

daily

May 14, 2021 | Local News

Revealed: The new Villa Lamartine

Stephanie Horsman

Mayor Georges Marsan has unveiled plans for the refurbishment of the beautiful Villa Lamartine, which will eventually be used as a multi-purpose entertainment and cultural venue.

0
Stephanie Horsman

Team Malizia is commissioning of a new 60-foot boat built to better handle waves and maintain faster average speeds, whilst being highly sustainable, reliable and sturdy.

0
Stephanie Horsman

For the first time in 11 years, AS Monaco has made it to the Coupe de France finals after a win over Rumilly Vallières. They will now head to Stade de France to take on the mighty PSG.

0
May 14, 2021 | Local News

‘The Era of Luxtainable’

Cassandra Tanti

The International University of Monaco will be hosting the first edition of the Sustainable Luxury Conference on Monday 17th May, a digital event that all are invited to join in.

0