Élan Béarnais beats Monaco and restarts its semi-final

Back to the wall after losing match 2 on the Rock on Saturday (79-72), Elan Béarnais was condemned to the feat this Tuesday evening to hope to stay alive in this Betclic ELITE playoff semi-final. Driven by a Palais des Sports full as an egg, Eric Bartecheky’s men managed to overthrow the Roca Team (82-76) and offered themselves the right to play a match 4 Thursday evening at home.

Pau shows a conquering face and stands up to Monaco at the break

From the start of the match, Elan Béarnais showed a conquering face. In success behind the arc (4/6 in this first quarter), the Pau started this meeting ideally (8-4, 3 ‘). If the Monegasques remained in contact thanks to a big presence in the offensive rebound, the Elan Béarnais relied on a very good Gregor Hrovat (19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for 23 evaluation) to keep the controls in this first quarter (23-21, 10 ‘).

Dominating the rebound, Sasa Obradovic’s players started this second quarter in the best possible way. In the wake of the duo Dwayne Bacon (18 points and 1 rebound for 12 rating) – Donta Hall (5 points and 7 rebounds for 14 evaluation), the Roca Team widened the gap, forcing Eric Bartecheky to stop the game (26-32, 14 ‘). Combative and efficient, the Palois relied on an excellent outside address to regain the advantage in this first act (38-36, 18 ‘). Solid defensively, the Béarnais stood up to the Monegasques at half-time (42-42, 20 ‘).

Justin Bibbins and Gregor Hrovat guide Elan Béarnais to a match 4

On returning from the locker room, Sasa Obradovic’s troops started very strong and regained their distance (43-47, 21′). Jostled since the resumption, the Pau still remained in contact with the Roca Team (54-54, 27 ‘). Hung in this third quarter, Eric Bartecheky’s men rested on the tandem Justin Bibbins (16 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists for 16 rating) – Vitalis Chikoko (12 points and 8 rebounds for 14 evaluation) to go back in front (61-58, 28 ‘). Ten minutes from time, Elan Béarnais maintained a three-point lead (65-62, 30’).

Discreet in the first half, Mike james (21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for 21 evaluation) settled the sights and allowed his team to maintain hope. But Gregor Hrovat and Justin Bibbins did not hear it that way. Carried by this very effective duo and thanks to a last 3-point shot from Brandon Jefferson (14 points), Eric Bartecheky’s men finally won 82 to 76 and offered themselves a match 4 Thursday at the Palais des Sports in Pau.

At the microphone of BeIN Sports, Justin Bibbins, one of the great architects of the Pau victory, was satisfied with the face of the team but also expects a reaction from Monaco from the next match:

“We wanted to fight a real fight. We lost twice in Monaco and we didn’t want to lower our heads in front of our supporters. Monaco will come back strong in the next match but we are at home and we will have to play on our strong points.”

The Roca Team will have to pull themselves together on Thursday if they want to join ASVEL in the final. For its part, Elan Béarnais will have the opportunity to equalize in two sets everywhere.

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