The four best teams of the regular season of Jeep Elite (Dijon, ASVEL, Strasbourg, Monaco) have qualified for the semi-finals of the Final Four, which will take place Thursday in Rouen.
We know the poster for the first semi-final of the 2020-21 Jeep Elite season! While Dijon, first in the regular season, quietly disposed of Orleans, eighth, Sunday, Monaco, fourth, did the same with Bourg-en-Bresse, fifth. If this quarter-final was the closest on paper, it turned in favor of the Roca Team without too much suspense. The men of Zvezdan Mitrovic, who after the match received the trophy for best coach of the regular season, won 91-72 thanks in particular to a fiery third quarter, won 36-19. Even if they were deprived of Danilo Andjusic, retained with the Serbian selection, and Zachery Peacock, affected by the death of his brother, the Ain players started the game very well and led 19-24 at the end of the first quarter. But the Monegasques started their second quarter with a 15-0, which allowed them to pass in front. The JL however did not let go and managed to return to -1 at half-time (40-39). The return to the locker room did good for the Monegasques, who will have returned with the will to fold this match definitively, and they succeeded with this 36-19 which left no hope for the Burgiens. Monaco managed their lead in the last quarter to secure this rather easy qualification. Marcos Knight finished as Monaco’s top scorer with 21 points and Zack Wright as Bourg’s top scorer with 22 points. The season ends there for the JL, which will turn a page in its history this summer with the departure of its coach Savo Vucevic and several emblematic players. As for the Monegasques, they will now take the road to Normandy to face Dijon, a team against which ASM won at home and lost away in the regular season.
The SIG will also be on the trip to Rouen! Third in the regular season, Strasbourg eliminated Boulogne-Levallois, sixth, by a score of 79-68, after a game full of twists and turns. The Alsatians, who played in Gries, and not in their room at Rhénus, where the women’s Eurobasket is played, started the game well by winning the first quarter 22-16. Then they counted eleven points ahead of the quarter of an hour of play, before seeing the Metropolitans return to -6 at halftime (37-31). But the Parisians signed a big start to the third quarter and managed to equalize in the 24th (41-41) and even take an eight point lead at the end of the quarter (48-86). Strasbourg hung on and managed to equalize in turn (58-58), just over six minutes from the end and the suspense was then at its height. For three minutes, the two teams took a short lead in turn, then the SIG decided to step on the accelerator as money-time approached and signed a 9-0 which turned out to be crippling for the Hauts-de-Seine players (73-64, 38th). Ishmail Wainright illuminated the meeting with his talent, with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for an evaluation of 24. In front, three Metropolitans (Brown, Owens and Chikoko) finish with 11 points, but the season is over for them.
Sacred champion of France in 2019, ASVEL will again be at the rendezvous of the semi-finals, after its victory against Le Mans at the Astroballe: 97-79. The Villeurbannais, opposed to Manceaux deprived of many players but who sold their skin dearly, did not really tremble during this game and have also won all quarters. They were leading 25-16 at the end of the first quarter, 47-35 at halftime and 69-55 at the end of the third quarter, before winning by 18 points. A formality for the men of TJ Parker, who was able to afford to bring in the young people at the end. Valentin Bigote scored 25 points for the MSB (5/9 to 3pts), which still qualified for the play-offs but fell harder. On the side of ASVEL, Paul Lacombe finished with 19 points, and Moustapha Fall, elected best defender of the season, with 9 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. The Villeurbannais will therefore challenge Strasbourg on Thursday in Rouen, a team against whom they won at home and lost away in the regular season. But the four teams present at the Final Four will be deprived of their internationals, left to prepare for the Olympics or the TQO. And that could make a big difference against ASVEL.
BASKET – JEEP ELITE / FINALE QUARTS
Sunday, June 20, 2021
Dijon (1st) – Orleans (8th): 83-59
Monday, June 21, 2021
Monaco (4th) – Bourg-en-Bresse (5th): 91-72
Strasbourg (3rd) – Boulogne-Levallois (6th): 79-68
ASVEL (2nd) – Le Mans (7th): 97-79
FINAL FOUR (A ROUEN)
Thursday June 24
3.30 p.m .: Dijon (1st) – Monaco (4th)
20h50 : Strasbourg (3rd) – ASVEL (2nd)
Final on Saturday June 26 at 1:35 p.m.