Basketball-Elite. A much -anticipated final between Monaco and Villeurbanne

A 21st record title for Villeurbanne or a first crown for Monaco? The poster of the final of the French Elite Basketball Championship against its “old lady”, double trophy holder, to the “Roca Team” enthusiast, a logical epilogue between the only two hexagonal representatives in Euroligue.

This is the second time in three editions that Asvel and the Rocher club have clashed in the final in a competition where the champion has often changed heads before returning to the top of the Rhodesian club.

The 2019 final had turned in Villeurbanne’s advantage at the end of the suspense after a decisive fifth match. But Monaco, after slightly missing out on qualifying for the European Championships Final Four, is dreaming of finally signing his name to the palm fronds and has given up the means of his ambitions after getting his hands on the Eurocouple last season. , the “small” European Cup.

Eighth consecutive final in Elite for Paul Lacombe

In four confrontations this season, the two teams are equal: each has indeed prevailed abroad in Euroligue and at home in Elite.

“It wasn’t a big loss because there were other matches later. There, every match is a match, ” points to Asvel’s back Paul Lacombe, who will be playing in his eighth consecutive final in Elite.

Three unlucky finalists of the championship (1950, 2018 and 2019), the Monegas, including Americans Dwayne Bacon, Donta Hall and Mike James, had the trouble to recover from the elite after being eliminated in the Euroligue quarter -finals at the end of an epic duel against Greek club Olympiakos.

Nevertheless, despite regular concentrations and a collective less oily than in the European Cup, the “Roca Team” has overcome the bar after a surprise inaugural defeat against Strasbourg.

Depuis, Monaco reste sur cinq victoires in six against the play-offs. However, the team seems to be less performing globally. In the image of his last quarter during his qualification at Pau. After having led by 16 points, the “Roca Boys” were terrified with the exclusion of Leo Westermann, one of the team’s collective cement.

On the monastic side, physical and especially mental fatigue is felt and important players are no longer immovable for Sasa Obradovic. The Serbian coach no longer counts neither on his compatriot Danilo Andjusic nor on Australian Brock Motum. And even more surprisingly, Obradovic is also not visibly more confident in American leader Paris Lee, the Panathinaïkos side announced according to the media.

The influence is often decisive by Mike James

While, on the other hand, Alpha Diallo’s performances have been less good since his injury in Athens last month, Mike James has found his influence often decisive.

On the other hand, Asvel will be backing Elie Okobo, who could join the Principality team next season. She will not be able to spare the hopeful Victor Wembanyama (18), a victim of a muscular injury.

Pour leur entraîneur TJ Parker, “These are two major players who have toured a lot during the season.” who will confront each other. The episode of the episode expected this week could also play a role.

“The heat at the Stroballe is complicated. It’s not easy and in the room it can rise very high “, coach’s assurance. Tiniyak ni The cadet brother of Asvel President Tony Parker in case Monaco had this season of travel “Easier than the notes”, for insured in private flights.

“At the beginning of the beginning of the beginning and beginning”, TJ Parker also responds on the subject of the advantage he is supposed to receive for the first two meetings.

“Define a favorite?” Monaco has never won the title (…) L’Asvel is the French champion in the title to defend his trophy “, reminiscent of his side Westermann. How to put pressure on his opponents.

“Untitled, there will be a taste of inachevé”, adding the French international.

“Everything has to be given for the last ten days of the season. History of ending in apotheosis ”, Westermann’s conclusion.

> The final program

Match 1
: Wednesday, June 15 (delivery at 8:30 p.m.); Villeurbanne-Monaco; Match 2: Friday, June 17 (8:30 p.m.), Villeurbanne-Monaco; Match 3: Monday, June 20 (8:30 p.m.) Monaco-Villeurbanne; Match 4 (if necessary): Wednesday, June 22 (8:30 p.m.), Monaco-Villeurbanne; Match 5 (if required): Saturday, June 25 (8:30 p.m.); Villeurbanne-Monaco

> The last 10 champions

2021: Villeurbanne; 2020: title not revoked due to the Covid-19 pandemic; 2019: Villeurbanne; 2018: Le Mans; 2017: Chalon-sur-Saône; 2016: Villeurbanne; 2015: Limoges; 2014: Limoges; 2013: Nanterre; 2012: Chalon-sur-Saône; 2011: Nancy



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