This Monday at home, the Monaco team got out of a trap perfectly set by Strasbourg during the support match of the quarter-finals where it was necessary to wait for extra time (82-80 ap) to know the opponent of Pau-Lacq-Orthez in the semi-finals of the Betclic Elite play-offs.
After coming close to elimination in Alsace on Saturday, the Monegasques were not far from really leaving the competition and not reaching the last four. Faced with Strasbourgers who came on a mission to the Rock, Sasa Obradovic’s men took more than a half before entering the match and feared the worst by being trailing by nineteen points after twenty minutes of game (48-29).
Mike James again and again
After the break, the Principality’s players returned with better intentions in order to avoid another defeat in their Gaston-Médecin room. Led by an impressive Mike James -despite the author of a mediocre 1/10 from three points- Monaco finally found its cruising speed to pick up the slew of points lost during the first period. After being unable to find offensive solutions, Mike James and his comrades managed to overthrow the SIG of Yannis Morin, yet imperial on Monday evening, and snatched an equalizer (72-72) four seconds from the end of regulation time.
Like Saturday in match 2, Monaco did not tremble and ended up winning by two points (82-80) after having suffered terribly throughout the meeting.
The number of points scored on Monday by Mike James, the game’s top scorer. He also had 5 rebounds and 2 assists in 39 minutes.