Monaco continued its good series by aligning a fourth success, this Thursday at home at the expense of Bologna (81-68), without Mike James, suspended. A new victory which allows the “Roca Team” to temporarily invite themselves into the Top 3.
Stopped for a weekend in the Leaders Cup, Monaco has since started again. In Betclic Elite, the “Roca Team”, at the top of the standings, has just won two victories, in Nanterre and against Roanne. On the European scene, the tempo set by the club from the Principality is even more impressive.
On Thursday, Monaco, by beating Bologna (81-68) on its floor in the Salle Gaston-Médecin during the 29th day, indeed continued its very good series, with a fourth success in a row which allows Sasa Obradovic and his players to settle temporarily in the Top 3 of the Euroleague, knowing that a place in the first four at the end of the regular season (there are five days left before the start of the play-offs) ensures team questioned the home advantage during the final stage. Everything but a detail for these Monegasques who suffered in the first half on Thursday against Virtus, 12th in the standings, before gradually taking off.
Okobo allows Monaco to take the lead
At the break, the lead of the “Roca Boys” (41-37, +4) however prevented them from relaxing. And again, it took a slump for the Italians, who remained silent for six minutes, for Monaco to take the lead. On the other hand, once the ASM, carried in particular once again by Elie Okobo, author of 21 points (and author of a devastating counter on the opposing pivot Tornike Shengelia in the second half) in the absence of Mike James, suspended by his club for a drunken outing last weekend, stepped on the accelerator and treated himself to a comfortable mattress on the scoreboard, there really wasn’t a match anymore.
And Jordan Lloyd, another strong man of the evening on the Monegasque side with 15 points, and his teammates were able to calmly manage their lead. Monaco finally wins by 13 points, eight days from perhaps confirming its good momentum at the moment when Valencia arrives.