Credit: FIBA
Credit FIBA

AS Monaco saw guests SIG Strasbourg get away with a big 100-87 (24-24, 25-20, 20-19, 31-24) victory at the Gaston-Medecin in the two teams' first playoff clash ever. 

2-pointers this season

Points made: 22,0
Accuracy: 54,5%
Place in standings: 1
Record max: 32
Record min: 15
Most made 2FGs: Donatas Motiej┼źnas

The team coached by Lassi Tuovi took the EuroLeague team by storm and got the upper and ahead of Game 2 scheduled for Saturday May 28 at 15:15 CET. In case Strasbourg win again, the 2005 French champs will qualify for the semifinals. 

As expected, John Roberson, who had averaged 14.8 pts and 4.5 assists in the regular season, made things work on the offensive end for the winning side. The American guard, who had led Chalon to the title five years ago, scored 20 points on an immaculate 7/7 from the field. 

Yannis Morin and Amine Noua followed with 17 and 16 points, respectively. For Monaco, who played without Mike James, Alpha Diallo came back from a one-month absence with a 22-point performance, which wasn't enough.

Paris Lee, who already has an agreement in place with Panathinaikos OPAP Athens for next season, added 17 points, but Monaco were defensively vulnerable, conceding almost 50 (49 and 51) points in each of the two halves.

That was Roca Team's third loss in the season to Strasbourg in a total of four outings, including one in the French Cup). 

AS Monaco: Alpha Diallo 22 (6/11 FG, 10/13 FT, 6 REB, 5 AST), Paris Lee 17 (5/10 FG, 6/6 FT, 2 AST), Leo Westermann 12 (5/8 FG), Ibrahima Faye 12 (5/8 FG), Donatas Motiejunas 8.

SIG Strasbourg: John Roberson 20 (7/7 FG, 2/2 FT), Yannis Morin 17 (8/9 FG, 1/1 FT), Amine Noua 16 (6/12 FG, 1/3 FT, 3 AST), DeAndre Lansdowne 14 (5/9 FG, 2/2 FT).


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