AS Monaco won a prestigious victory on the floor of Real Madrid (94-95 ap), during the 12th day of Euroleague in particular thanks to James (28 points) and Jordan Loyd. The Monegasques made an impression in this clash between two contenders for the coronation. “It’s a big victory, it’s going to be a reference match for us. Few teams can come and win here. We’ll have to build on that” reacted the Monegasque Yacouba Ouattara.
Already victorious on October 27 (81-76) in the hall of Olympiakos, Monaco did it again in that of another club present at the last Final Four, the vice-champion of Europe and holder of the record for titles in C1 (10, the last in 2018). A Real Madrid who remained on a victory on the floor of Fenerbahçe, his sixth in a row.
Jordan Loyd evacuated on stretcher
And who thought he could hold a seventh by leading by four units (88-84) six seconds from the end of regulation time. It was without counting on the Monegasque X factor: Mike James (28 pts in total).
After a long stoppage of play to evacuate Monegasque leader Jordan Loyd on a stretcher, his nose broken after a duel with French winger Guershon Yabusele, the American scored a winning shot 4 sec 3/10ths from the buzzer despite the defense Cape Verdean pivot Walter Tavares (2.21 m), to whom he returns nearly 30 centimeters.
A shot scored by obtaining the fault, Madrid’s gross error sanctioned by a successful free throw sending the two teams to the floor for an additional five minutes. During these, Monaco inflicted a 5-0 in Madrid to lead 93 to 90, thanks in particular to the composure on the free throw line of James, author of a four out of four. Before, when Real had come back to two lengths (95-93) with 27 seconds remaining, to go after possession, to remove despite his missed shot any chance of equalizing for the Spanish club.