Monaco emerges and Le Mans sinks Limoges
In this Wednesday’s Betclic Elite matches, Monaco won mainly in Dijon (65-80), while Le Mans beat Limoges (77-71).
It’s only a few days. Barring an unlikely change of circumstances, Monaco will finish the regular season in first place in the Betclich Elite. Roca’s side made it five wins over Boulogne-Lévalua with six games to go after their 65-80 success in Dijon. In this advanced match of the 30th day, there was no photo between the leader and the third in the championship. The Monegasques gave JDA a basketball lesson. Dijonnais held it to 9-9 in the first quarter, but then they started to take the water, ending the quarter 4-11 (15-22, 10th). They got back to -2 early in the second period (20-22), but Monaco once again hit the accelerator and went into halftime with an eleven-point lead (30-41)..
Dijonnais then suffered a real scare after returning from the locker room after dropping 12-23 (42-64, 30) in the third quarter. Roca’s team eased the pressure a little at the end of the match (10-0 for Dijon), won the victory without any problems and finally got fifteen points. Mike James and Donatas Motiejunas finished with 15 points apiece, and Monaco can think about Friday’s trip to Anadolu Efes Istanbul. Marquis McDuffie also finished with 15 points for Dijon, who are still ahead of Chole and Bourg-en-Bresse but have played a game more.
Limoges can’t do that anymore
The other match of the evening, counting the 24th, pitted Le Mans (7th) against Limoges (13th) and logic was honored with a 77-71 victory for MSB. Having been ridiculed last Saturday on the floor of Nancy (100-80), Manso offered good revenge to his public, but it was not easy. CSP actually started the match 2-11, but only led 16-18 at the end of the first quarter. Le Mans continued its awakening by taking control 30-28 and going into the locker room with a seven-point lead (41-34).
Le Mans’ lead increased from +15 to +5 in the third quarter, CSP continued to build on it and even took the lead early in the final quarter. But even though the Limogods took a 58-62 lead, they completely fell apart as they went on a 12-0 run that proved to be a ban as they never got below four points. Matt Morgan finished with 23 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for Le Mans, which is slowly getting closer to the playoffs. Nicolas Lang’s 17 points and 5 assists weren’t enough for Limoges, who suffered a fourth straight loss and will have to hope for a combination of circumstances to see out the final stretch.
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