Defeated Tuesday by Olympiacos after extra time, Asvel returned to success on Thursday night at Astroballe against Valencia (90-77). The Rhone, always penultimate, were never worried by the Spaniards.
ASVEL was quick to react. Showered in extra time by Olympiacos two days earlier (101-93) after a match he should never have lost (the Greeks had snatched the extra five minutes of play at the very last second of the regulation time), our only representative in the Euroleague immediately knew how to raise his head and win (90-77) during this meeting counting for the 21st day of the Euroleague.
Very close to bringing down Valence last October at the start of the season before finally losing, the reigning French champion did not experience the same mishap this time. Never worried by the Valencians yet led by the formidable Nikola Kalinic (18 points), who arrived from the Turkish club Fenerbahçe last summer, the Villeurbannais have built their success (the 7th this season for ASVEL) over the periods , with great seriousness and efficiency, like Antoine Diot (9 points, 6 rebounds) apparently not at all destabilized by the reunion with his ex-teammates.
But it is above all collectively that the Rhone residents have built this victory. Evidenced by the statistics sheet, with four players with 10 points or more : Derrick Walton (10), David Lighty (10), Guerschon Yabusele (12) and William Howard (17 points). The prize also goes to the former Limoges player, top scorer in Villeurbanne and very prominent Thursday during this match which allows ASVEL to present a slightly more flattering record, with now 7 wins for 14 losses. Next meeting for the Green and White: January 27 against another Spanish team the Saski Baskonia, 13th in the standings. The opportunity at home for the penultimate of the standings to make a success of the pass of two.
Thursday, January 21, 2021
Zenit St. Petersburg – Anadolu Efes Istanbul: 85-78
Panathinaikos – Khimki Moscow: 94-78
Maccabi Tel Aviv – Real Madrid: 86-84
ASVEL – Valence: 90-77
Milan – Bayern Munich: 75-51
Friday 22 January 2021
6:00 p.m .: CSKA Moscow – Fenerbahçe
7:00 p.m .: Red Star of Belgrade – Barcelona
7:00 p.m .: Zalgiris Kaunas – Olympiakos
9:00 p.m .: Saski Baskonia – Alba Berlin