What a difference a week makes. Over the course of seven days, Monaco point guard Dee Bost stewed over a game that he called "one of the worst of my career" in a 79-72 road defeat at Joventut Badalona. On Tuesday night, he recorded one of his very finest performances in leading Monaco to a record-setting 97-82 victory over the same team and into first place in their Top 16 group.
Bost pulled the strings with the first double-double of his 53-game EuroCup career in helping Monaco set a club scoring record. Bost amassed 17 points and 11 assists for a performance index rating of 32. What's more, Bost did that while only committing 1 turnover. His assists total was both a club record and a personal best. The PIR was also a career-high and tied teammate Mathias Lessort for the most ever by a Monaco player.
What a difference it was from Round 3 when Bost was blanketed by the Joventut defense and finished with a career-low 2 points. He also finished without an assist for the first time in his 29 EuroCup appearances with Monaco. Together, that led to a PIR of minus-5.
"I felt like I owed myself, my team, Monaco, for my performance last week. It was embarrassing, honestly," Bost said in the post-game press conference. "I actually thought about it every day up until today. It was terrible, but that's the game of basketball, you're up, you're down. But like I said, last week was embarrassing and I had to bounce back against a great team.
"We knew in order to beat this team, they move the ball really well, we had to be really aggressive. I feel like we still gave up too many points overall, but we were really aggressive. We caused them 16 turnovers. I felt like that was the key. We still gave up a lot, but it was the key."
Bost's assessment of his team's play was accurate. Not only was Monaco aggressive and forced many turnovers, but the hosts committed a mere 5 turnovers. Monaco used those turnovers to score 23 points, too.
"I think we started very well in the first quarter. But the turnovers and the rebounds [allowed] Monaco [to] tie the game," Coach Carles Duran said, confirming Bost's thinking. "The third quarter is the worst quarter for us. Monaco played very, very aggressive on offense and defense."
At halftime, Monaco held a slim 46-45 lead and Rob Gray had led the team's attack until then with 17 points. That's when Bost took charge as he went to 11 points and 6 assists – plus 2 rebounds and 1 steal – over 16 second-half points to fuel his team's charge to victory.
"We knew what we had to do coming into the game, me especially. I played a terrible game, one of the worst of my career there [in Badalona], and I knew in order for us to win I had to be more aggressive and 20 times better," Bost summed up. "Tonight, as a team, we got it done."