Two days after their elimination from the European Cup, Strasbourg created a sensation Thursday evening during the 26th day of Betclic Elite by bringing down after extra time (98-89) on their floor the leader Monaco, who had lost only five time this season in the league and had not experienced a setback in his hall in this competition since November 20 last.
Monaco would have done well without it. Two days away from finding ASVEL in the final of the Coupe de France, Saturday on the floor of the Accor Arena, the Roca Team, which had not lost since the defeat of March 26 in Limoges and whose last setback at home in the league dates back to November 20, again against the CSP, fell from above, on its floor, against Strasbourg on behalf of the 26th day of Betclic Elite. Everything but the ideal preparation for Sasa Obradovic and his men, who imagined rather continuing their series of invincibility (five victories in a row before Thursday) and refueling confidence before heading for Paris with the objective of winning their first title of the season.
Paradoxically, it was these people from Strasbourg who you might think were groggy after their elimination from the European Cup (against the Germans in Bonn) two days earlier who came to play a nasty trick on the leader, who suffered, after extra time (98 -89), his sixth defeat of the season against the 12th in the standings before this match and now 11th. Moreover, the feat of the SIG does not suffer from any dispute as the Alsatians, carried all evening by the former… Monegasque Paul Lacombe (21 points on 7 out of 12 on shots including 3 out of 4 on three points, 2 assists, 2 rebounds and 19 evaluation), constantly jostled the Monegasques of a Mike James however unleashed (25 points to 9 out of 16 on shots, including 4 out of 7 three-pointers, 4 rebounds, 4 assists).
Lacombe: “It wasn’t Monaco’s toughest opposition”
The first quarter had also given rise to a demonstration of the visitors (29-19), giving there the time of the evening, especially since Strasbourg had returned to the locker room with a fifteen-point lead (54-39) . Monaco recovered well afterwards (48-33 for the “Roca Boys” in the second half), however it took a basket on the wire of the inevitable James for the first in the standings to snatch the right to play an extension . The SIG then resumed its demolition business, with a ruthless Lacombe as executioner. The hero of the evening, to know this team perfectly, nevertheless did not hide afterwards, at the microphone of the LNB, that he expected to face Monegasques of another caliber.
“When you come to play against Monaco, you know it’s going to be a tough fight, it wasn’t Monaco’s toughest opposition, I think they’re focused on the Coupe de France match and the play-offs. Euroleague and we were able to take advantage of it with a very serious match and a deserved victory. A success that allows the people of Strasbourg to regain hope. “We are trying to garner the most victories and we will see what can happen”, prefers to think the French international, not unhappy however with the nice coup achieved by his team, which could not better recover from the disillusionment of Tuesday in Good.