Baskonia loses its punch in Monaco
Those of Peñarroya pay for the disconnection in their fourth defeat in the last five games
MADRID, 18 Nov. (EUROPA PRESS) -
Cazoo Baskonia fell (79-74) this Friday against AS Monaco on matchday eight of the Euroleague, a match at the Salle Gaston Medecin that the visiting team could have taken to Vitoria, if not for a bad last quarter and a day without hit
Joan Peñarroya's team succumbed in a direct duel, two teams in the 'playoff' zone, missing their favorite weapon this season. The artillery of three did not come to light in the Basques and, despite a good defense, they conceded the second defeat in a row, the fourth in the last five games.
Elie Okobo (22 points) was the differential factor in a duel that threatened to break Baskonia on several occasions. Pierria Henry (17) was unleashed for three quarters, but they did not have the usual leadership of Markus Howard (3), or Giedraitis (0), or Marinkovic (0). Dani Díez gave good minutes, like Kotsar and Costello, given the losses in the inner zone, but in the last quarter the baskets did not enter in a tight finish.
At the beginning it was already difficult for the Barça team, with Dani Díez in that improvement of the last games, Howard scoring his only moment and Henry already connected (20-24). The team from Vitoria woke up from a timeout, the triples seemed to come, even with Costello, but more defense was needed for the second half.
Ouattara and Motiejunas were the visitor's biggest problem, in addition to a James eager against his former team. Again in the third quarter, Baskonia threatened to break the score (48-53) with a great run that Monaco was able to abort. The local team began to believe, to also raise the level in defense, and the last quarter ended in an exchange of attacks without Basque success.
Henry ran out of gas and aid, although he had more ideas than Thompson, and Howard did not improve the night in his connection. The American striker left almost empty, while Monaco celebrated in style a victory to be 6-2 in the table, by the Basques 4-4, dreaming of repeating 'Final Four'. Those of Peñarroya lose strength in Europe although the road is long.
--RESULT: AS MONACO, 79 - CAZOO BASKONIA, 74. (48-45, at halftime).
AS MONACO: James (10), Ouattara (9), Loyd (12), Brown (2) and Motiejunas (11) --starting five--; Okobo (22), Diallo (4), Moerman (2), Strazel (-), Hall (7).
CAZOO BASKONIA: Thompson (13), Marinkovic (-), Díez (12), Giedraitis (-) and Kotsar (11) --starting five--; Henry (17), Howard (3), Costello (12), Raieste (-), Sedekerskis (6), Kurucs (-).
--REFEREES: Belosevic, Dragojevic and Trawicki. Fouled out Thompson.
--PAVILION: Salle Gaston Medecin.