Dans une belle ambiance, l'AS Monaco se fait étouffer à l'Olympiakos

Dans une belle ambiance, l’AS Monaco se fait étouffer à l’Olympiakos

Of peace and friendship, the lair of Olympiakos bears only the name. An inviolable room, where only Red Star Belgrade has won in 21 EuroLeague games this season, the lair of Olympiakos also celebrated Vassilis Spanoulis, inducted “legend” of the EuroLeague before the inter- two, under the clamor of an already white-hot public…

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It was in this volcanic atmosphere that AS Monaco played the first match of the EuroLeague playoffs in its history. With the intimate ambition of achieving what none of the small thumbs in C1 has succeeded: qualifying for the Final Four, in Belgrade from May 28 to 30.

Solid first ten minutes

Impressive defensively, the Roca Team initially played to perfection. On all the passing lines, touching the balls on each of the opposing systems, the Monegasques have long disrupted the good offensive execution of the Greeks. Adroit on the periphery, all in control, the Roca Team however lost their luster from the dawn of the 2nd quarter. Counting up to seven lengths ahead (8-15, 10 ‘), the princely formation suffered the battering Greeks (33-22, 18’), with Yorgos Printezis and Shaquielle McKissic off the bench.

Helpless Monegasques

Not aggressive enough in the racket (no free throws at halftime!), Sasa Obradovic’s proteges struggled to find the loophole to stop the Greek machine. Like a transparent Dwayne Bacon, almost frightened by the Greek atmosphere, the Roca Team was simply without an offensive solution (46-32, 27 ‘).

“Our defense was very solid, validates Georgios Bartokas, the coach of Olympiakos, at the microphone of EuroLeague TV. Everyone did the job, we protected the basket well, we avoided the baskets in transition. It’s only the first game of the series, we will have to limit the lost balls in game 2, be more patient and remember our first quarter. »

Lowest points total this season

Apart from a few preposterous Mike James, Roca Teams fans didn’t have much to get their teeth into. In agony offensively, the best attack (84 points on average) in the EuroLeague scored only 10 points in the 2nd quarter, 11 in the 3rd, before returning to ten points at the start of the money time (54-44, 34′) but ASM was never able to make the switch.

Beaten only once outside in 2022 (88-83 at Barça, March 3), AS Monaco failed to sublimate and lost 71-54. After their 65 points scored in the first leg in Piraeus (86-65), AS Monaco had not scored so few points in the entire regular phase. Mandatory reaction from Friday (6 p.m.), still at Olympiakos, under penalty of being obliged to win next Wednesday at Gaston-Médecin.

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