If the Okobo-Faye tandem confirmed their recent good disposition (25 points and 3 rebounds for the first, 16 and 5 for the second), the Monegasques were able to rely on a prolific Dwayne Bacon (19 points) and a Mike James to the activity found (16 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists) to keep the advantage of the floor in this final of the French Championship.
At the end of a very busy first half, Monaco came into the locker room with five units ahead, Asvel managing to limit the break in the last minutes after ten minutes of care that counted the Roca Team in the middle second quarter.
The Roca Team holds it
At the start of the second half, the visitors were partly behind but were too feverish at three points (14%) to hope to get past Monaco. Despite a long-range killer basket from Motiejunas 45 seconds from time, the Asvel continued to believe in it until the last moment, but the locals did not fail in the exercise of free throws, to postpone this meeting, 83 to 80.
Sasa Obradovic’s men are therefore taking a match 3 as crucial as it is fiercely contested, and will have the opportunity to award themselves this series, and the title, in their lair of Gaston Medecin, as early as Wednesday (8:30 p.m.).