Impressive Monaco win opening leg at Banvit
BANDIRMA (Basketball Champions League) - Monaco spent the Regular Season proving they can go all the way in the Basketball Champions League, losing just once. After their Round of 16 triumph over Stelmet Enea Zielona Gora and now Wednesday's 85-77 win at Banvit, they should have even more believers.
The French league leaders got their noses in front for good in the second quarter in Bandirma and never let up against the club that beat them in the Semi-Finals in Tenerife last season.
.@ASMonaco_Basket just cannot be stopped, as they take down last season's finalist @BanvitBK in 🇹🇷! #BasketballCL #Road2Final4— #BasketballCL (@BasketballCL) March 28, 2018
Monaco locked in on defense and shared the ball on offense. DJ Cooper pulled many of the strings. He scored 13 points, handed out 10 assists and came up with 4 steals.
Banvit had to work for everything they got.
Of the many problems that teams face when going up against Monaco, one is how to cope against the second five. The club loses very little when the starters take a break, which was evident at Banvit as Monaco's bench poured in 32 points compared to just 10 for home side.
Banvit didn't help themselves at all at the free-throw line. Saso Filipovski's team was just 18 of 31 (58.1 percent) at the charity stripe compared to Monaco's 13 of 15 (86.7 percent).
Elmedin Kikanovic finished with a game-high 20 points for Monaco with his teammate Gerald Robinson scoring 18. Andy Rautins had 17 points before fouling out late for Banvit.
The second leg will be played next week at Monaco.