Basketball/Qualifiers: ‘A question about aggressiveness,’ insists Ilan Bernier captain Jeremy Lellop.

“Monaco is a team with 12 highly qualified players in the squad. Once the change is made, the returning player is better and more powerful. If he does not do the job, he goes out. We were not in the enthusiasm we showed throughout the quarter-finals. It is also a story of envy.”

Do you think the team can react?

“We are competitors, we have pride, and the desire to do better should take precedence. We know how to play…

“Monaco is a team with 12 highly qualified players in the squad. Once the change is made, the returning player is better and more powerful. If he does not do the job, he goes out. We were not in the enthusiasm we showed throughout the quarter-finals. It is also a story of envy.”

Do you think the team can react?

“We are competitors, we have pride, and the desire to do better should take precedence. We know how to play basketball, it’s just a matter of big aggression.”

What guiding principle should make you hope to stay in the game for as long as possible?

“We have to inevitably raise our level of play so we don’t repeat the same performance on Saturday. We have to show that from the start, not waiting for a response. In match 1, we showed it by stopping a few times at one point, and we started to get back in the scoring by showing skill as well. In attack, but not constantly. Whereas against a team of the level of Monaco it has to be shown by forty minutes or else we will hold the match in the same way. Anyway, we must turn the page quickly, minus thirty or minus one, that makes them only 1-0. »

Unlike the quarter-final against Strasbourg, Monaco showed no arrogance by jumping down your throat from the first minute to the 40th…

“Losing the first game at home to SIG, then falling 20 points in the first half in a beautiful match, was not normal for a team of Monaco’s caliber. They corrected the situation and we are the first to realize that it was not the same.”

Do you still have reason to derive satisfaction from the first match?

We’ve found some solutions regarding their multiple defenses. We can also see that Brandon (Jefferson) is being closely watched. So let’s be as collective as possible to pass the ball. Anyway, this half is not over yet. »

We have seen Monaco feast on wings with a relentless but profitable slaughter of Diallo, Bacon or Thomas…

“They push where it can hurt. I was also targeted because physically I’m not as strong as for example Will Thomas. I have to be tougher, we all have to be tougher, we all have to make the effort together, for example in defensive maneuvers, While maintaining confidence in ourselves.”

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Basketball / Qualifiers: An Invitation to Watch the Ilan Revolution

Outrageously dominated by Balois in the opening match, he must show an even tougher face if he is to stay in the semi-finals, whose second match takes place this Saturday (4:20pm) still on the Monaco floor.

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Basketball/Qualifiers: Elan Béarnais did not make the net

Basketball/Qualifiers: Elan Béarnais did not make the net

He was afraid that would happen. Burning out in the slow quarter-final, Monaco showed their best face to easily win the first round of the semi-final (94-65). Ilan poked both cheeks instead of trying to retaliate. A reaction is expected on Saturday, still in Monaco (4:20 pm).

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Three keys to hope to see Ilan’s resistance

I. Better recoil control
On average this season, Elan has collected just over 33 rebounds per game, 33.2 to be exact. On Thursday, the total held steady at 22, the lowest level since September, when Monaco finished at its usual benchmark, 37 against an average of 36.6. Palois accounted for only 56% of the rebounds that fell under their own circle, which was dominated by the opposite intensity shown by 6 joint offensive rebounds between Faye, Diallo and Hall. To resist, Elan must actually communicate better and be solid in a “box-out”, meaning blocking his opponent on the other side to prevent him from going into the offensive rebound.
secondly. take care of the ball
Very predictable and mechanical in attack, Palois allowed the Monaco defense to take control with ease. The result, only 12 assists for the most missed balls. Numbers that contrast with the victorious quarter-final against Levallois: 46 assists for 20 losers. The key lies in part with Jefferson and Pepins’ ability to control opposing claws. Thursday, Bibbins, who is usually decisive off the bench, was not there: 2 of 10 shots, 2 assists for 3 stray shots.
Third. Energy spread without counting
This is the basis of basketball that has been paraphrased during the interviews of all the players in the game: intensity. Without the frenzied will to play each possession as if it were the last, Elan wouldn’t get out of it. In the deficit of number and talent, the bottom line is the rivalry in the desire to fight.
J.

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