Monaco lost 87 to 83 to Olympiacos in the third match of the Euroleague quarterfinals.

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Paris (AFP) – The Monaco basketball players lost 87-83 to Olympiacos on Wednesday night in the 3rd match of the Euroleague quarterfinals and are now 2-1 behind in a top five series.

To compete in the final 4 of the European Basketball Queen Tournament, the Monegasque Roca team will have to win on Friday (9pm) in their Gaston-Médecin room, next Wednesday in Piraeus, in the Peace and Boiling Room. Friendship.

Only two French clubs have reached the final 4 of C1 basketball in the 1990s: Limoges (1990, 1993, 1995) and Villeurbanne, most recently in 1997.

Sasa Obradovic’s players who were in contact with the Greeks at the beginning of the third quarter lost a little bit of their shooting ability like their star Mike James in the middle of this quarter, and were immediately punished by experienced Olympiacos (71-56, 29).

But Monegasques Greece took advantage of the level drop of the joint game to take the score and move forward in the last minutes of the meeting (80-79, 38th).

Finally, Olympiacos, who had failed in this field at the start of the game, secured his victory in the last two minutes only through free throws.

Thanks to the experience of Euroleague winner Costas Slogas with Olympiacos in 2012 and 2013, the Piraeus team got out of it. The 32-year-old Greek finished the game with 21 points, four points ahead of Sasha Vesenko.

Greek back Costas Slocas cheer after Olympiacos’ victory over Monaco in the 1st match of the Euroleague quarterfinals in Athens on April 20, 2022 Angelos Tzortzinis AFP / Archives

“I think we controlled the game except for the fourth quarter. We have a lot of respect for the Monaco team and they have been playing well since the start of the season,” Vesenkov said.

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For Monaco, Mike James was limited to 13 points and was quickly penalized for two errors in the first three minutes of the game. Twain Bacon wasted no time with his award-winning shots (5/9 from three points).

American fullback Mike James and Olympiacos beat Thomas Walkup in the first leg of the Euroleague quarterfinals against Monaco on April 20, 2022 in Athens.
American fullback Mike James and Olympiacos beat Thomas Walkup in the first leg of the Euroleague quarterfinals against Monaco on April 20, 2022 in Athens. Angelos Tzortzinis AFP / Archives

The Monacos who made their debut at Euroleek this season no longer have the right to make mistakes.

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