By Eurohoops Team/ email@example.com
Metropolitans 92 lost in the last seconds to Cholet Basket 69-68 in a postponed match of Round 30 of French Betclic Elite, despite another big performance from Victor Wembanyama.
Cholet won in the last second thanks to Perry Ellis’ free throw with three seconds to go. Wembanyama tried to win the game with a half-court shot but wasn’t successful.
The French wunderkind, projected to be the No. 1 pick at the upcoming NBA draft, finished the game with 17 points and 15 rebounds for a PIR of 24, but it wasn’t enough.
DeVante Jones added 15 points, and Bilal Coulibaly 14 for Vincent Collet’s team.
Boris Dallo had a brilliant game with 27 points and nine rebounds for a PIR of 32 and led the winning side. T.J. Campbell added 14 and Dominic Artis 10 points for Cholet.
Monaco conceded 101 points and lost without Loyd and James
At the same time, the second-placed LNB Pro A team lost to Cholet, and leaders Monaco suffered a defeat at home to Le Mans, 95-101.
Sasa Obradovic decided to rest Jordan Loyd and Mike James after a Game 5 win over Maccabi that helped Monaco advance to the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four in Kaunas.
Alpha Diallo took over in their absence and finished the match with 28 points, while Elie Okobo added 16. Chima Moneke and Donatas Motiejunas also finished in double digits with 13 points each.
Still, Monaco suffered defensively, as the final score indicates. Le Mans had six double-digit players, with Abdoulaye Ndoye leading the way with 19 points.
Josh Carlton and Kaza Kajami-Keane added 14 points each, Williams Narace added 13, Tres Tinkle 11, and Terry Tarpey finished the match with 10 points.
LNB Pro A, Round 32 results:
Strasbourg – Pau-Orthez 90-70
Nanterre – Metropolitans 92 72-82
Nancy – Fos-sur-Mer 79-65
ASVEL – Ada Blois 102-77
Cholet – Le Portel 77-85
Dijon – Gravelines-Dunkerque 95-85
Limoges – Roanne 90-104
Paris – JL Bourg 82-78
Monaco – Le Mans 95-101
Postponed Round 30 match:
Cholet – Metropolitans 92 69-68
Standings: 1. Monaco 26-7, 2. Metropolitans 22-11, 3. ASVEL 21-11, 4. Dijon 21-12…