Monaco blows Olympiacos to get closer to the playoffs
By the Eurohoops team/ [email protected]
Mike James scored a game-high 25 points in an effective 7-10 from the field to lead AS Monaco to a 92-72 rout against Olympiacos Piraeus at home. The Monegasque team bounced back from their victories and took another step in their efforts to qualify for the playoffs while earning a reward from their opponents for a nasty first leg defeat on the road.
It was the first defeat for Olympiacos, already in contention for the playoffs, after two straight wins. The Reds led 19-22 late in the first half but Monaco were bosses for the rest of the game, starting in the second quarter.
Monaco went on a 11-0 run and overpowered Olympiacos 29 – 9 on 10 minutes to close the half 48 – 31. Sasha Obradovic’s players were particularly effective from the 3-point line, finishing the first half time with 8 – 10.
Olympiacos reacted a little after the break to reduce the gap to 10 (50 – 40) but Monaco again took the lead by 20 points and widened the gap again in the fourth period to even lead 27, 88 – 61 with three minutes remaining.
Dwayne Bacon contributed 15 points plus five rebounds in Monaco’s win, Paris Lee had 13 points and five assists while Donta Hall finished with 12 points.
Moustapha Fall (18 points, six rebounds), Sasha Vezenkov (18 points) and Tyler Dorsey (15 points) scored in double figures for Olympiacos.