Asfel, miraculously, wins the third consecutive title for the French champion

next. The decisive fifth match in the 2021-2022 season final between Asvel and Monaco kept its massive promises. The two starring masters presented a meeting on Saturday night, their stakes amplified by actions of a colossal degree, which came to fuel the insanity scenario.

Who, after seven minutes of play, would have suspected that Asvel, who were playing at home in Strobel, would be pushed to their limit, ignoring defeat for a few tenths of a second, to finally achieve the hat-trick not seen since 1990 and Limoges – After a breathless extension? Because at the end of the first quarter, Roca team kept showing the most frustrating face, the face of a team with strong personalities unable to become a collective. Like its brilliant leader Mike James, he was silent in the first quarter (0 points), and even in the second half (2 points). After seven minutes of play, Asvel had a 17-point lead (24-7, 7) and a jaw-dropping basketball allowing him to crush games 2 and 4 of the series.

Make James Asvil doubt

In the break, Villeurbannais led by ten points (43-33, 20), but still knew they were at the mercy of an opponent who had so far avoided drowning thanks to his aggressiveness which was rewarded with several free throws (13 out of 18). When they returned from the locker room, the tone frankly changed in favor of Sasa Obradovic’s men. Jerry Botselli’s proficiency in the indoor sector (9 points) brought the Imperial Club into one possession at the end of the third quarter (54-53, 30), to make way for the final picks.

On two Bandarella at Three Points, his only feats of the evening, Mike James plunged Furn Leon into doubt (55-59, 32). Hands up, the American leader (16 points, 5 out of 21) personified renewal to his people while fellow countryman Dwayne Bacon took office (14 points). On the ropes, led by 8 points on the edge of money time (60-68, 35), Asvel relied on William Howard for a 7-0 pass which revived everything.

Okubo, trembling hand

High stratified procedures – eg, distilled laser pass-through have been linked by Paris Lee (67–70, 38). At 74-71 and then 75-73 in their favour, and just a few seconds away from their first title in their history, Monaco missed. With a perfectly felt penetration, Eli Okubo equaled (20 points, 7 rebounds, 9 assists) and even earned an extra free throw, with 1″ 8 to play. Definitely the winning shot, which the playmaker left too quickly, sending both teams exhausted , to overtime. History happily stretches this last high block of the season, brilliantly.

The extra period definitely saw more mistakes than successful baskets. Nevertheless, she was faithful to the course of the game and played on the nerves of the spectators. Rodanese’s team left a 5-point lead (80-75, 43) but ended up causing James’s fifth foul, who from his people’s bench attended the locals’ success, saved by Howard, author of Lee’s Countercapital. Still shaking his hand, Okubo failed to get his team to safety at the penalty line. An anecdote since Lyon beat the ball lost to Monaco, sending Astrobel into the sky.

“We played with our hearts, we gave everything for the title. Monaco is a great team. What a chain.”

For Monaco, whose apparent inconsistency in the final was regretted by Leo Westermann, the train is passing but does not look ready to face Roca because it failed for the third time in the fifth game in the final since 2018 – against Le Mans – (with 2019 against Asvel already and 2022 So).

“HeyWe played hard, gave everything for the title,” Okobo told us into the beIN Sport mic at the final whistle. . Monaco is a great team. What series… »

Three in a row, rare

Then her boss, Tony Parker, fell into his arms to thank him for keeping his promise. ” He told me he’d get me an address, it’s overexclaimed the former San Antonio Spurs player. This final is great for French basketball. A dream final match madness. Thus his club achieved the treble, which has so far only been done three times in the history of the tournament (Assele between 1955 and 1957, Limoges between 1983-1985 and 1988-1990). ” It’s hard to date the sport, we’re celebrating the history of French basketball tonight Parker concluded. A note that should also apply to this amazing game 5 alone.

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