Asvel made short work of Monaco (91-54) on Friday and returned to 1-1 in the final of the French Championship. Aggressive and solid on Wednesday during the first confrontation (74-82), the Monegasques could not cope with the Villeurbanne steamroller. Annoyed, the locals started with a knife between their teeth, inflicting a scathing 28-12 on the Roca Team in the first quarter, without ever taking their foot off the game again, counting up to 40 points in advance.
A reaction of obligatory pride
Before moving to Gaston Médecin for two games, this confrontation was described as a “must win” by TJ Parker, the coach of Asvel. Especially since after Wednesday’s disappointment, doubt could have settled in the heads of the reigning French champions, after the injury exit of Chris Jones, uncertain until the last minute on Friday. ” We will try it. It’s gonna be him and his pain “, prayed the Villeurbannais coach before the match.
The American was finally present on the floor of the Astroballe but left the keys to the truck to another leader, Elie Okobo. Author of a very good performance (10 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists), the Frenchman knocked out the Monegasques with a counterattack concluded by a 3-point basket, a few seconds before half-time to give an advantage of 37 points to his team. 50-23 at the break.
It’s the Monegasques’ turn to react before the third confrontation of the series, which will take place at home on Monday evening. At 1-1, anything is still possible. The 21st French championship title for Asvel, or the first for the Roca Team.