Chris Jones and Paul Lacombe lift ASVEL over Zvezda in comeback fashion


By the Eurohoops team / info@eurohoops.net

In a low-scoring match, which has been quite characteristic for Crvena Zvezda this season, the Serbian side were effectively overtaken by LDLC ASVEL who made a comeback and secured a 69-67 home win.

Paul Lacombe and Chris Jones led the winning effort with 17 points each, while James Gist added nine. For Zvezda, Ognjen Dobric scored 20 record points while Aaron White scored 12.

ASVEL has improved to 9-11 in the rankings while Zvezda now holds a record of 7-12, with an inconsistent schedule in the competition recently due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

ASVEL could not count on Elie Okobo (shoulder injury) and this made their attacking tasks more difficult against Zvezda’s always overwhelming defensive pressure when the visitors held a 35-22 lead towards halftime.

However, the stubborn French team, led by Lacombe, Jones and Gist recovered and, in a close match, completed the comeback. Jones scored the winning brace while Dobric was unable to respond with a triple on the other side.

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The boys had a fight, it’s not easy

“I am just happy to have achieved the victory at home after the disappointing defeat a couple of days ago. We didn’t have our top scorer Elie, but we found a way to win. We’ve had guys like Paul come forward. It was really just a team effort. We made the stops we needed along the stretch and made some shots. I’m just happy we got the win “, Jones said.

Manager TJ Parker was happy with how his boys fought to victory but would like his team to start the game much better.

“The boys fought. We raised our defense and that’s how we found some easy baskets. It went much better in the second half. But we have to start the game differently. It’s not easy. We’ve been through a lot – guys walking in and out. Sometimes you have to readjust every time. We had Charles today [Kahudi] to the three – has not played the three all season. We just have to adapt and win the games. “

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