Miraculous Asvel wins a third consecutive French title

Apotheosis. The decisive match 5 of the final of this season 2021-2022, between Asvel and Monaco, kept its immense promises. The two ogres of the Championship delivered on Saturday night a masterpiece of the match, the stakes of which were magnified by actions of immense class, which came to feed a scenario of madness.

Who, after seven minutes of play, would be good to go to Asvel, who played at home in Astroballe, was going to be pushed into his recesses, close to defeat for a few tenths of a second, to finally succeed the triple – that the we hadn’t seen Limoges since 1990 – after a breathless extension? Because at the end of the first quarter, the Roca Team still displayed its most frustrating face, that of a team with strong individuals unable to transform into a team. Like his great leader, Mike James, mute in the first quarter (0 points), and even at the break (2 points). After seven minutes of play, Asvel led by 17 points (24-7, 7th) and played this basketball that allowed him to crush games 2 and 4 of this series.

James doubted the Asvel

At the break, Villeurbannais led by ten points (43-33, 20th), but savam still at the mercy of an opponent who had so far avoided the wreckage thanks to his aggressiveness rewarded by many lancieri franci (13 of 18) . ). When the locker room returned, the tone changed frankly, in favor of Sasa Obradovic’s men. Jerry Boutsiele’s efficiency in the home sector (9 points) brought the Principality club back to possession at the end of the third quarter (54-53, 30th), to make way for an anthology final.

On two three-point flags, his only two feats of the evening, Mike James plunged the Lyon oven into doubt (55-59, 32nd). Hands raised, the American leader (16 points to 5 out of 21 in the end) embodied the renewal of his own while his compatriot Dwayne Bacon took over (14 points). In the ropes, led by 8 points at the edge of money-time (60-68, 35th), the Asvel relied on William Howard to pass a 7-0 care relaunched everything.

Okobo, the trembling hand

High-class actions – like a laser pass distilled by Paris Lee (67-70, 38th) – followed one another. At 74-71 and then 75-73 in her favor, and only a handful of seconds separating her from the first title in her history, AS Monaco missed out. With a perfect penetration felt, Élie Okobo (20 points, 7 rebounds, 9 assists) equalized and even got a free throw bonus, with 1”8 to play. The shoot of the victory for sure, that the leader-back released a little too quickly, sending both formations, exhausted, in prolongation. Story to extend, happily, this last great mass of the season, with panache.

The additional period has certainly seen more loopholes than successful baskets. She was, however, true to the course of the game and played with the nerves of the spectators. Les Rhodaniens managed to record a 5-point lead (80-75, 43rd) but ended up causing the fifth foul by James, who was assisted by the bench des siens au succes des locaux, saved by Howard, auteur d ‘ a counter-capital on Lee. With his hand still shaking, Okobo failed to keep his team safe on the repair line. Anecdotal since the Lyonnais won on a ball lost by the Monegasques, sending the Astroballe to the firmament.

“We played with our hearts, we gave our all for the title. Monaco is an amazing team. Those series. »

For Monaco, of which Léo Westermann regretted the too visible inconsistency on this final, the train passes but does not seem ready to embark the Roca Team since it fails for the third time in game 5 in the final since 2018 – against Le Mans – ( with 2019 against Asvel already and therefore 2022).

« Free throws don’t matter, laughed Okobo at the beIN Sport microphone at the final whistle. Adid not play with the heart, thoroughly, we gave everything for the title. Monaco is an amazing team. What series … »

Three in a row, a rarity

Its president, Tony Parker, then fell into his arms to thank him for keeping his promise. « He had told me he would bring me back a title, that’s itexulted the former San Antonio Spurs player. This final is great for French basketball. A dream finale, a match of madness. His club thus managed to triple, which until then had been successful only three times in the history of the Championship (Asvel between 1955 and 1957, Limoges between 1983-1985 and 1988-1990). « It’s hard to mark the history of sport, we mark the history of French basketball tonight Parker concludes. A finding that will also have to be applied to this single game 5, breathtaking.

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