If the Okobo-Faye tandem confirmed its recent good dispositions (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 committed first half, Monaco returned to the locker room with a five-point lead, Asvel managing to limit the damage in the last minutes after the ten lead that Roca Team had in the middle of the second quarter.
The Roca Team held
At the start of the second half, the visitors made up part of their delay but were too feverish at three points (14%) to hope to pass in front of Monaco. Despite a killer long-distance basket from Motiejunas 45 seconds from time, Asvel continued to believe in it until the last moments, but the locals did not fail in the exercise of free throws, to win this meeting, 83 to 80.
Sasa Obradovic’s men therefore take a match 3 as crucial as it is fiercely disputed, and will have the opportunity to claim this series, and the title, in their den of Gaston Medecin, from Wednesday (8:30 p.m.).