By Johnny Askounis/ email@example.com
Less than 24 hours after competing in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague, both LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne and AS Monaco moved to Traloze but recorded opposite results in the French Cup Quarterfinals.
Kenny Kadji made the game-winning buzzer-beater sending BCM Gravelines-Dunkerque to the win, 79-78, opposite Villeurbanne Saturday night. The experienced big man ended up with 20 points. Jeremiah Hill went for 27 points, five rebounds, and four assists at Arena Loire.
Le @BCMBasket est en demi-finale de cette Coupe de France après avoir été mené quasiment tout au long de la rencontre. Ils ont gagné ce match sur un buzzerbeater de leur numéro 35 Kenneth KADJI (20 points). #CDFBasket pic.twitter.com/2VdUTM7KeE
— FFBB (@ffbasketball) March 26, 2022
Villeurbanne went up by 17 points early in the second half but did not hold on through the quick turnaround following the home loss to Olympiacos Friday evening. Chris Jones scored a team-high 18 points in the losing effort. Marcos Knight after his injury versus the Reds was sidelined along with Paul Lacombe and Kostas Antetokounmpo.
Monaco squandered a double-digit lead as well but weathered the storm in the fourth period to take down JL Bourg, 74-65. Paris Lee generated 16 points, three assists, three rebounds, and two steals. Donta Hall and Danilo Andjusic added 12 points each. Dwayne Bacon, Will Thomas, Alpha Diallo, Donatas Motiejunas, and Mike James sat out.
In his Bourg debut, two-time NBA champion Norris Cole fueling the comeback bid finished with a game-high 19 points and also recorded five assists. His side launching a 13-1 run generated a 61-59 lead in the fourth quarter. The team coached by Sasa Obradovic recovered to advance to the next round.
Basketball Champions League quarterfinalist SIG Strasbourg held on to knock out Betclic Elite LNB Pro A co-leader Boulogne Metropolitans 92 with a 95-87 victory. Gaylor Curier scored 16 points and Kameron Taylor followed with 15 points.
Opening the four-game schedule, Elan Bearnais Pau-Lacq-Orthez routed Fos-sur-Mer, 93-72. Dominique Archie and Gregor Hrovat shared a team-high 12 points. Brandon Jefferson, Justin Bibbins, and Giovan Oniangue added 11 points each.
French Cup Quarterfinals:
Elan Bearnais Pau-Lacq-Orthez – Fos-sur-Mer 93-72
SIG Strasbourg – Boulogne Metropolitans 92 95-87
AS Monaco – JL Bourg 74-65
LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne – BCM Gravelines-Dunkerque 78-79
The third game in as many days for Monaco will be against Strasbourg and BCM will collide with EBPLO at Arena Loire tomorrow, Sunday. The Final will take place in Paris on April 23.
Photo Credit: EuroLeagueBasketball.net