Basketball - Betclic Elite (Semi-finals): Pau-Lacq-Orthez stays alive against Monaco - Sport 365

Published on June 7, 2022 at 10:26 p.m. – updated on June 7, 2022 at 10:44 p.m.

Mathieu WARNIER

After two defeats in the Principality, Pau-Lacq-Orthez responded to Monaco in front of their home crowd (82-76) and kept the suspense going in the second Betclic Elite semi-final.

ASVEL does not yet know its opponent. The day after the Rhone club qualified for the Betclic Elite final, Pau-Lacq-Orthez found solutions to put Monaco in difficulty and keep a hope of playing for the title for the first time since 2004. Back to the wall after their two defeats on the floor of the “Roca Team”, Elan Béarnais players took control on the scoreboard from the very first moment but Eric Bartecheky’s proteges failed to create a distance with the Monegasques, who were never more than six points behind. Will Bacon’s teammates (18 points) then signed an 8-2 to come back up to Pau in the last moments of the first quarter. The latter, if they turned in the lead by two lengths, saw Monaco raise their voices at the start of the second. A 6-0 put Sasa Obradovic’s players in front but the indecision remained total. In the free throw game before returning to the locker room, the two teams separated by a parity score.

Jefferson keeps Pau-Lacq-Orthez afloat

Back on the floor, Monaco once again took the lead in the score but the difference between the two formations remained tenuous. However, thanks in particular to Gregor Hrovat (19 points, 9 rebounds), Elan Béarnais was able to put the intensity that had been lacking in the first two games and did more than stand up to the Monegasques. Better in place, the Palois have given themselves the means to believe in victory by leading by three lengths ten minutes from the end of the meeting. Faced with an undisciplined “Roca Team”, Pau-Lacq-Orthez maintained a gap of between four and six points for most of the last quarter of this meeting. However, thanks in particular to Mike James (21 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists), Monaco has never given up on the idea of ​​ending the series from this Match 3. The answer came from Brandon Jefferson (14 points, 6 assists). Taking the game on his own in the last 30 seconds of the match, the American leader ended the match with a perfect three-point shot that capsized the Palais des Sports. With this victory of six points (82-76), the Elan Béarnais keeps all its chances but will have to repeat such a performance this Thursday.

Betclic Elite Play-Offs BASKETBALL – BETCLIC ELITE / SEMI-FINALS
From June 1 to 12, 2022

MONACO (2) – PAU-LACQ-ORTHEZ (5): 2-1
Match 1 – monaco – Pau-Lacq-Orthez: 94-65
Match 2 – monaco – Pau-Lacq-Orthez: 79-72
Match 3 – Pau-Lacq-Orthez – Monaco: 82-76
Match 4 on June 9 in Pau
Match 5 (if necessary) on June 12 in Monaco


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