Monaco was scared but won its first match of the 2019/2020 season of Pro A against Gravelines-Dunkerque (67-62), while Nanterre 92 and Strasbourg missed their entry on Saturday during the first day of the tournament. championship.
Led in the first two quarters, the Monegasques managed to tear themselves away to clinch victory. In particular, they were able to count on Anthony Clemmons and Dylan Ennis, who notably allowed the ASM to come back in front.
This success, coupled with that of Tuesday in the preliminary round of the Coupe de France against Le Mans (87-79), is nonetheless a satisfactory start if not sparkling for the Principality, which with a largely renewed workforce, aims its first consecration national after two lost finals.
Another good news on the side of the Rock: in their quest for the Grail, the men of Sasa Obradovic will also be able to rely on Paul Lacombe, international rear French bronze medalist at the last World Basketball Championships, who re-engaged Saturday with the Rock for a third season.
The entry in contention of Strasbourg was more disappointing: while they thought to have the game in hand, the Alsatians were overwhelmed by Bourg-en-Bresse, who finally outclassed (80-72).
Nanterre 92 also missed his chance. After a good start to the match, the Parisians allowed Chalon to take the lead and, despite all their attempts in the last quarter, have failed to recover (75-73).
Another disappointment of the evening: Le Mans, champion of France 2018, was surprised by Boulazac (78-72).
Cholet has meanwhile crushed Roanne (85-59).
Sunday will see the entry into play of the champion of France in title, the Asvel, favorite to his own succession and is aiming for a twentieth consecration, despite a calendar that promises to be overloaded between Elite and Euroleague championship. For his debut in the league, Villeurbanne will be opposed to Limoges.
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