ASVEL crowned French basketball champion after their victory against Monaco (84-82) - DALTONHURD

ASVEL crowned French basketball champion after their victory against Monaco (84-82)

Villeurbanne, the craziest evening. ASVEL were crowned French basketball champions for the third time in a row by beating Monaco (84-82) in overtime on Saturday at home in the decisive fifth match of the final. Stunning and full of suspense, this duel was the apotheosis of a high quality final.

Yet led 2-1 in this Elite final, ASVEL relied on its collective strength on both sides of the floor to win its 21st title, the third in a row after 2019 and 2021. In 2020, the season had was interrupted due to the Covid-19 pandemic and no team had been crowned. Assistant during the coronation of 2019, TJ Parker added a second title to his counter as a coach.

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Howard’s decisive counter

Unbreathable this final offered the best in terms of suspense. While she has the opportunity to bend the match before the end of regulation, after having equalized at 85-85 thanks to a breakthrough, concluded by a double pass from Elie Okobo. Charged with scoring his free throw, after a foul by Mike James, Okobo missed at the wrong time.

Extra time looked like the game. ASVEL and Monaco played cat and mouse there. However, with just over two minutes remaining, the hosts had a +5 advantage. A lot and a little at the same time. Under the impetus of Will Thomas, Dwayne Bacon and Mike James, the Roca Team then came back in front (80-81).

This is when Will Howard made his appearance. He first put Lyon-Villeurbanne back in front with a shot, took advantage of Mike James’ 1/2 throw, then slammed a last-ditch counter on Paris Lee, who was going to score after a recovery, when the score was 83. -82.

The very end of the game summed up this match 5. Elie Okobo only passed a timid 1/4 in the throw, but this miss was without consequences, Dwayne Bacon, clumsy, having missed the last ball of the match. To the delight of the Astroballe, who came to celebrate this coronation on the floor. It was an evening out of time. At the top of French basketball, there is ASVEL.

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