AS Monaco came into its big road game against UNICS Kazan as the worst shooting team from the outside in the 7DAYS EuroCup, having hit just 28.1 percent of its three-pointers. On Tuesday, the Monaco shooters had their best night of the season in producing a critical victory.
Monaco knocked down 7 of 16 three-pointers in picking up a 78-84 win in Kazan to improve to 1-1 in Group G after a disappointing loss to Galatasaray Digo Sigorta Istanbul to open the Top 16. Dee Bost and Anthony Clemmons both hit a pair of tripes while Paul Lacombe, Norris Cole and Landing Sene all connected once from long range; the 43.8% shooting was the best percentage for Coach Sasa Obradovic’s team this season.
Monaco seemed to go back to its early shooting ways as it made 7 of 17 threes (41.2%) and 6 of 14 (42.9%) in its first two games of the season - both victories and what were the team’s top two shooting nights in the EuroCup this season. It was just the sixth time that Monaco made at least 7 three-pointers in a game, but the 16 threes taken were the third-fewest.
Coach Obradovic has watched his team go through some pretty poor shooting performances from outside this season: hitting just 3 of 23 (13.0%) in a loss at Segafredo Virtus Bologna and a 4 of 23 (17.4%) showing versus Virtus at home. Monaco, however, managed twice to win games while shooting 25.0% or lower - in Rounds 7 and 8 at home against Promitheas Patras and Maccabi Rishon LeZion.
"We have good creators and we found good mismatches that we wanted to attack. We knew who we wanted to attack and we did this pretty good,” Obradovic said after the win.
Monaco could use more of that efficient shooting if it wants to prevail and advance through the Top 16.