April 17, 2024

Monaco relapses

Monaco falls back into its old ways. After a pride-stricken performance against Zalgiris Kaunas following their defeat at Partizan Belgrade, the Roca Team’s third consecutive trip to the Euroleague didn’t go in Sasa Obradovic’s favor. Although Donatas Motiejunas (8 points) enabled the Principality’s club to draw level with the Stambouliotes at the start of the game, it didn’t l…

Monaco falls back into its old ways. After a pride-stricken performance against Zalgiris Kaunas following their defeat at Partizan Belgrade, the Roca Team’s third consecutive trip to the Euroleague didn’t go in Sasa Obradovic’s favor. Although Donatas Motiejunas (8 points) enabled the Principality’s club to draw level with the Stambouliotes at the start of the game, it didn’t last. A three-pointer from Scottie Wilbekin (13 points, 5 assists), followed by a basket from Nigel Hayes-Davis (2ahçe gave Monaco a hard time. A 6-0 run with Sertac Sanli (9 points, 7 rebounds) at the helm enabled the Stamboulian outfit to surpass the ten-point mark for the first time in the match. But it took more than that to unnerve the Roca Team, who closed the gap without panicking.

Monaco still in touch but never in front

Two seconds before the break, Mike James (24 points, 5 rebounds) cooled down the Ulker Sports And Event Hall with a three-pointer that brought the reigning French champions to within a single point. However, this trend did not continue when the team returned to the court. While the defenses were able to mute the attacks for more than a minute and a half, Nick Calathes (7 points, 10 rebounds) fa1 Despite this, it was Fenerbahçe who took the lead going into the final ten minutes with an eleven-point margin. Elie Okobo (14 points) struggled at the start of the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough for the Roca Team to believe in victory. Back within seven points with just under three minutes to play, the Monegasques saw the money time turn in their opponents’ favor. With a twelve-point lead, Fenerbahçe prevailed (86-74), ending their two-game losing streak. With this setback, Monaco slips back to