Sports round-up: AS Monaco draw with Olympique Marseille, Roca Team secure back-to-back wins

It was another busy weekend on the court for the Roca Team, who first played Anadolu Efes in Istanbul then Chalon at home in the Principality, while AS Monaco travelled to the Stade Vélodrome for a tense draw with Olympique Marseille.  

The EuroLeague game in Turkey got AS Monaco Basket an important win on 26th January, although it was touch and go until the last moment: 78-80.  

Two days later, and back on home soil in the Principality, the Roca Team met Chalon in the Salle Gaston Médecin for a Betclic Elite face-off that was won by a much stronger margin: 82-69. Mike James and Elie Okobo demonstrated their combined ability to stunning effect as the former racked up 28 points in 15 minutes while the latter took 24.  

The next Euroleague fixture will take place in Monaco on 31st January against Partizan Mozzart Bet Belgrade, while an away clash in the Betclic Elite is scheduled for 4th February against Bourg-en-Bresse. 

In-between the two basketball games, there was time for a major meeting between Riviera rivals AS Monaco and Olympique Marseille, which took place at the Stade Vélodrome.  

AS Monaco managed a draw with Olympique Marseille despite being two men down by the end of the game. Photo credit: AS Monaco

The result was a draw, despite AS Monaco being reduced to just nine players by the end due to some eyebrow-raising decisions from the referee.  

“I don’t want to talk too much about the refereeing of the match this evening,” AS Monaco’s manager, Adi Hütter, told the press in the aftermath. “I am responsible for my team, and I want above all to compliment my players for the play the produced this evening and for their reaction after certain moments of the match which unduly influenced the outcome… We were the better team tonight.” 

The next match for AS Monaco will be a Ligue 1 home game on 4th February against Le Havre AC. 


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