The Monaco basketball players won at the last second on the floor of the Spaniards of Gran Canaria 76 to 74, and qualified for the final of the Eurocup, the second European competition behind the Euroleague, on Friday evening. The Monegasques will seek the title against Bologna or Kazan.
Monaco in history! After their success in the Principality on Tuesday (82-77), the Roca Team won in Gran Canaria on Friday in the second leg of the Eurocup semi-finals (74-76). Zvezdan Mitrovic’s men made the hole in the second quarter as in Game 1 (24-9 against 24-5 Tuesday) before being caught in QT3 and experiencing a QT4 of indescribable stress concluded by a Rob Gray shoot one tenth from the buzzer (while the buzzer light was on!)
Driven by defensive solidarity (14 rebounds for Inglis and Lessort), gunners like Dee Bost (15 pts) or JJ O’Brien (15 pts) and a huge Marcos Knight (17 pts, 8 rebounds, 5 assists), the Roca Team therefore qualifies for the first Eurocup (C2) final in its history. This will be the 20th participation of a French club in the European Cup (Euroleague and Eurocup combined for eleven clubs).
Bologna or Kazan in the final
First of its Top 16, winner of Podgorica in the quarterfinals, the Roca Team continues its fantastic ride and will face in the final either Bologna or Kazan, the Russians having pushed the Italians to a match 3 by winning this evening (85-81).
He is almost promised a ticket for the next Euroleague. This will require winning in the final or losing and at the same time Valencia (ESP) does not finish in the Top 8 of Euroleague this year. However, Zenith, winner of Tel Aviv this Friday evening is only one victory away (against Panathinaikos on Monday) to dislodge Valencia from the play-offs.