By Johnny Askounis/ firstname.lastname@example.org
A double-digit lead went to dust but SIG Strasbourg bounced right back down the stretch to secure the win, 82-74, against LDLC ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne on Sunday.
Debuting in France’s Betclic Elite LNB Pro A, Tony Crocker went for 24 points with 6/9 triples to go along with seven rebounds and two assists in the Regular Season Round 4 contest. Captain DeAndre Lansdowne added 13 points and Yannis Morin chipped in 12 points.
Off to a 2-0 start in Group F of the Basketball Champions League Regular Season, Lassi Tuovi’s side finally got off the mark at the domestic level upping its French League record to 1-2.
Elie Okobo finished with a team-high 13 points in the first domestic loss of the 2021-22 season for ASVEL. David Lighty got nine points in his season debut after being excused to attend a personal matter through the first chunk of the season. James Gist, Raymar Morgan, and Victor Wembanyama were out.
The loss forced the visitors to 3-1 and a six-way tie on top of the standings. The team coached by T.J. Parker, also 3-1 in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague, will visit AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milano in Regular Season Round 5 action scheduled for Thursday.
Meanwhile, AS Monaco got to 3-1 in the French League with a win, 93-73, against JDA Dijon. The hosts dominated the Round 4 game despite resting Mike James along with Will Thomas and Brock Motum.
The team coached by Zvezdan Mitrovic coming off two losses in the first two-game week of the 2021-22 EuroLeague edition enjoyed Donatas Motiejunas and Danilo Andjusic sharing a game-high 16 points. Alpha Diallo followed with 11 points. Back in EuroLeague, Monaco is set to visit Baskonia on Friday.
Experienced point guard David Holston combined 15 points with eight assists as Dijon fell to 1-2. La Jeanne is also 0-1 in Basketball Champions League Regular Season Group C with a home game opposite Nizhny Novgorod coming up on Tuesday.
The other teams currently at 3-1 in the LNB are Elan Bearnais Pau-Lacq-Orthez, Metropolitans 92, JL Bourg, and Chalons-Reims.
AS Monaco – JDA Dijon 93-73
SIG Strasbourg – LDLC ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne 82-74
Photo Credit: Basketball Champions League