A champion's reaction for ASVEL which humiliates Monaco

A champion’s reaction for ASVEL which humiliates Monaco

“Come on, let’s continue” seemed to say Youssoupha Fall to James Gist when giving up his place. An explicit movement of the arm to express the need to keep the foot on the accelerator, even though ASVEL had already won the match (58-23) and remained on an 8-0 since the return from the locker room. Message well understood by the American veteran, who went there with his and-one on the next possession (61-23). A revealing sequence of the state of mind of the evening in Lyon-Villeurbanne, that of a champion upset by his inaugural defeat on Wednesday (74-82), already back to the wall but animated by a formidable desire for revenge. Does the perfect match exist? Maybe not, but TJ Parker’s men at least had the perfect evening. Everyone contributed, even Antoine Diot, happy as a youngster when seeing his name called for the first time at the very end of the third quarter (7 in 12 minutes), even Chris Jones, uncertain but terribly precious during his short time on the floor (7 points and 4 assists in 9 minutes).

The biggest victory in the history of the finals!

“I saw 12 players, all played hard until the end and I’m very proud of the team,” said the Rhone coach. “It’s the best answer we could give. That of a team determined to correct its mistakes on Wednesday, to undertake all necessary efforts to erase its weaknesses against the Monegasque armada. A highlight? Massacred in Match 1 under the panels (27 to 41), the locals this time won the rebound battle (39 to 34). “The rebound was the number one instruction,” agreed TJ Parker. “Since we are undersized compared to them, we have to do the work on the ground and there, we saw the desire. “Too “soft”, too “nice” in the terms used by Youssoupha Fall 48 hours ago, the Villeurbannais approached this second meeting with completely different intentions, this time with the desire to put themselves in the shoes of the assailant. “We wanted to come back with so much aggression,” admitted Elie Okobo, in all the right moves (10 points at 2/5, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in 20 minutes, +34, biggest differential of the match). “We wanted to show another face, it was not acceptable to start like that. We did what we should have done since the start of the final: put a lot of defensive aggression, make stops and run for easy baskets. A performance like this gives us confidence. »

To tell the truth, if we expected a reaction of pride from ASVEL, such a magnitude was totally unsuspected. In fact, the 37-point difference on the scoreboard (91-54) constitutes the biggest victory in the history of the finals of the French championship (info signed Arnaud Lecomte, from L’Équipe). A deserved punishment for Monegasques who, after having accomplished what was expected of them on the road on Wednesday, came as tourists, rewarding the Astroballe with a performance of rare weakness: a game all in isolation until the caricature (only 8 assists), no desire, no intensity, a catastrophic “body-language”, stars with absent subscribers with Mike James (6 points at 1/9) and Dwayne Bacon (4 points at 1/ 7) who left it to Ibrahima Fall Faye to finish as the evening’s top scorer (10 points at 4/6). “Tonight was hot for us,” summed up the Senegalese interior. “ASVEL was more ready than us, wanted it more than us. »

Admittedly crushed, the Roca Team still remains in a position of strength

If the coaches logically managed the playing times in view of the rest of the final by seeing the turn of events in the second half, the score nevertheless took on embarrassing proportions per sequence: +40 from the 25th minute of play (63 -23), and up to +44 at the very end of the game (91-47), after Sasa Obradovic was voluntarily excluded by putting his nerves on Joseph Bissang. “It was a problem of approach tonight,” admitted his deputy Mirco Ocokoljic, sent to take on media duties in place of his superior. “We didn’t approach this match in the right way but in the end it was one of those nights where nothing works. “And if we can wonder about the face displayed by the Roca Team, the truth is that the players of the Principality keep the keys to the series in their hands. -1 or -37, it doesn’t change anything: who remembers that JSF Nanterre began their Homeric final of 2013 with an absolute rout against Strasbourg (55-89)? “We do not count the difference in points in the playoffs,” tweeted Mike James, after expressing his exasperation from the Astroballe locker room with the messages from supporters received at the end of the evening. AS Monaco has effectively accomplished its job in Villeurbanne: to regain the advantage of the field. But since this team is too easily allowed to fall asleep on its laurels, it did not know how to kill the suspense and put both hands on the final. However, in a series in five innings, one can quickly find oneself regretting having let slip the opportunity to complete the debates. Especially against a champion…

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June 17, 2022 at 10:21 am

“Come on, let’s continue” seemed to say Youssoupha Fall to James Gist when giving up his place. An explicit movement of the arm to express the need to keep the foot on the accelerator, even though ASVEL had already won the match (58-23) and remained on an 8-0 since the return from the locker room. Message well understood by the American veteran, who…

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