Efes put an end to Monaco’s winning streak with big star Larkin


She went through fire and iron from her headquarters Monaco with MVP Larkin n Effects!

In an exciting game with many changes in the score, the visitors withstood the pressure of the home team and eventually prevailed with 89-82improving their record to 4-4 and celebrating a second consecutive victory in the Euroleague. On the other hand, Monaco suffered their first defeat after a five-game winning streak, falling to 5-3.

Top for the winners are Larkin (25p, 4 assists and just one mistake), Bobois (21pts, 5 assists) and Thompson (16 points, 5 assists), while for Monaco the standouts were Lloyd (19p), Brown (13π) and Moteyounas (13p.).

The match

Sasa Obradovic started the match with James, Lloyd, Ouattara, Brown and Motejunas, while Erdem Can chose Thompson, Larkin, Beaubois, Willis and Zizic in his starting five. After going scoreless in the first two minutes, Monaco fell behind 6-2, with Thompson scoring Efes’ first points before Beaubois made it 8-2. A fast-paced and exciting build-up with constant lead changes in the first period, which ended with a buzzer-beater 3-pointer by Okobo and Efes leading 28-25.

Both teams went cold offensively in the second period, scoring only on shots in the first three minutes and with Monaco taking a 29-28 lead before Larkin and Beaubois hit back-to-back 3-pointers to put Ephesus back up +4 ( 33-29). Starring the two guards, the visitors continued to find consistent offensive solutions, taking their biggest lead of the game (+8, 44-36), while the first half ended with Efes having a four-point lead (48-44 ) and with James not having scored a single point, heading into the locker room.

Monaco came within striking distance early in the third quarter, with Motejunas scoring 13 personal points and James scoring his first points of the game to cut the deficit to 50-53 for the home team. However, Efes continued to find solutions offensively with … forwards Beaubois, Larkin and Thompson, thus maintaining the margin in favor of safety (55-63), before Obradovic’s team reacted again, reducing for 66-69 in the third period .

The fourth and decisive quarter at “Gaston Medecin” began with ideal ball movement and a well-timed 3-pointer by Thompson for Efes, with Lloyd immediately answering for 70-72. However, Larkin and Beaubois had a big night offensively, putting Ephesus back up +6 (72-78) with back-to-back 3-pointers with 4:55 left in the final! They were down 80-83 and 82-85 entering the “final stretch” of the match, but Larkin declared himself “present” again by scoring with a very difficult basket for 82-87, 38” before the end, essentially giving away the victory in Ephesus!

The quarters: 25-28, 44-48, 66-69, 82-89

The match statistics

Source: Sport Fm

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