Sports round-up: Battles on court for the Roca Team, a win against Rennes for AS Monaco

Three closely-fought games last week earned AS Monaco Basket a win in the Betclic Elite, but a rollercoaster experience in the EuroLeague. The Principality’s football team, meanwhile, secured a landmark 300th victory since Dmitry Rybolovlev took over as President in 2011.

A contest in the Serbian capital of Belgrade between Partizan Mozzart Bet Belgrade and AS Monaco on 5th December saw the home team emerge as victors, with a final score of 89-85.  

AS Monaco put up a strong fight, however, and Donatas Motiejunas led the team in scoring with 23 points, closely followed by Mike James with 16 points and eight rebounds.

In another EuroLeague pitting held on 8th December between Zalgiris Kaunas and AS Monaco at the Zalgiris Arena in Kaunas, Lithuania, AS Monaco secured a victory with a final score of 83-79.

Key contributors for AS Monaco included James, who led the team with an impressive 25 points and eight rebounds, and Elie Okobo, who added 12 points and contributed significantly with four assists. Alpha Diallo also played a pivotal role, contributing 11 points and five rebounds. 

Mike James is pictured in the game against Zalgiris Kauna on 8th December. Photo credit: AS Monaco Basket

Closer to home, a thrilling Betclic Elite match-up between AS Monaco and Le Portel on 10th December saw the Monegasque side take the winning position, with a final score of 74-67.  

The game unfolded in the north of France, where AS Monaco displayed a well-rounded performance, clinching crucial statistics with 35 total rebounds, 17 assists and five interceptions. Regarding their shooting accuracy, they achieved a 48% success rate. 

Okobo was a stand-out player, with 16 points, as well as Petr Cornelie, who contributed nine rebounds. The team’s defensive efforts were highlighted by Matthew Strazel, who achieved six interceptions.  

Resilient triumph over Rennes marks 300th win and second-place position 

In a resilient performance against Stade Rennais on 9th December, AS Monaco secured a crucial 2-1 victory in the Ligue 1. It marks the 300th win for the football team since President Dmitry Rybolovlev’s arrival in December 2011.  

The recent win against Rennes is the 300th since Dmitry Rybolovlev took over as the president of the club. Photo via AS Monaco Foot, Facebook

Despite facing a well-organised Rennes team, AS Monaco’s patience paid off with a first goal by Vanderson de Oliveira Campo. Despite Vanderson’s later red card, Monaco showcased determination, doubling their lead through Youssouf Fofana in the 85th minute. Rennes earned a late penalty, converted by Bourigeaud, but AS Monaco were already ahead and have now climbed to second place in Ligue 1 with 30 points in the 2023/24 season. 


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Main photo credit: AS Monaco Foot, Facebook