Lyon-Villeurbanne won with the manner this Friday evening on the floor of Monaco (98-73) for the last day of the regular season of the French basketball championship, two days before the start of the play-offs.
With this 27th success during this particular year, turned upside down by the Covid-19 pandemic, Asvel finished in second place, counting three more victories than its evening opponent, who fell one rank in the standings and finished finally fourth in Jeep Elite.
TJ Parker's men did not give the “Roca Team” a chance for their 16th victory in their last 17 league games: after a balanced start to the match, the Villeurbanne were much sharper from the second quarter-time, like this impressive dunk from Belgian pivot Ismael Bako followed by a three-point basket from David Lighty following a stolen ball (39-31, 17th).
A rain of three points
Faced with Monegasques lacking inspiration and less quick on the ball, Asvel took advantage of its good three-point success, with an 11/21 at long distance, to maintain and then increase the gap after the mid-point. time, punctuating their phases of possession with pretty spectacular movements. The American Kevarrius Hayes (17 points, 5 rebounds) and the French Paul Lacombe (15 points, 6 rebounds) were among the main architects of the success of the Lyonnais.
During the play-off quarter-finals, with a revised formula since they will be played in a single match, Orléans, 8th, will go to the leader of the regular season, Dijon, Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Monaco will host the JL Bourg (6th) on Monday at 7:00 p.m. Lyon-Villeurbanne will host Le Mans (7th) on Monday at 9:00 p.m., while Strasbourg will play at home against Boulogne-Levallois, at the same time. A Final 4 will be held in Rouen on June 24 and 26 to get to know the French champion.