Lyon-Villeurbanne was beaten by CSKA Moscow on behalf of the 16th day of Euroleague (78-87). ASVEL has long competed with the leader of the regular season but the last five minutes of the match were fatal to Rhone ambitions.
With the reception of CSKA Moscow, ASVEL had the opportunity to win a third consecutive Euroleague match. A feat that would have been unprecedented for the French club in the modern history of the Euroleague. To achieve this, David Lighty’s partners could remember the victory snatched last year at Astroballe against the same Russian club. Unfortunately, that was not enough. The leader of the Euroleague was simply too strong for the Rhone (78-87). If the resident of Jeep Elite has long played eye to eye with the best team in Europe, all the details that make the difference at this level have benefited the team coached by Dimitris Itoudis. The Moscow team was able to take advantage of the scoring of Mike James (31 points), the double-double of Nikola Milutinov (17 points, 14 rebounds), the injury of Moustapha Fall and 14 offensive rebounds to win. A situation far too favorable to give TJ Parker’s men an opportunity to win. They still remained in the match and could have carried out a heist before the match refused to them in the last moments.
Four points apart five minutes from the buzzer
In this match, Lyon-Villeurbanne never led in the score but was never really won either. CSKA Moscow’s 15-point lead was reduced thanks to the efficiency of Guerschon Yabusele (16 points). At the start of the fourth quarter, there were only two possessions left. ASVEL then tried everything to make up for this delay, but a 3-point action by Tornike Shengelia between two Villeurbanne airballs definitively ended the match. On this match, Lyon-Villeurbanne was too fair to afford the reigning European champion and achieve a historic series on the continental scene.
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ASVEL scorers : Freeman (13), Kahudi (3), Diot (6), Fall (4), Hayes (5), Bako (8, Lighty (12), Yabusele (16), Cole (9), Strazel (2).