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Perfect 10 as Monaco seal play-off place

197   //    11 Jan 2018, 04:21 IST
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Monaco secured their place in the FIBA Basketball Champions League last 16 after maintaining their perfect record in Group A this season.

The leaders overcame Enisey Krasnoyarsk 94-65 in Russia on Wednesday to make it 10 wins from 10 outings in 2017-18.

Despite being shorn of captain Amara Sy due to an arm injury, while Ali Traore missed out because of a delay over his visa, Monaco eased to a comfortable success.

They trailed by two at the break but turned on the style in the second half, Christopher Evans starring with 19 points as well as seven rebounds and two assists, while Elmedin Kikanovic top-scored with 20 points and added four boards.

"The team showed character in the second half, with good defensive stops and fast play, we found our game," said coach Zvezdan Mitrovic.

"In the first period Enisey were very clever, I am very satisfied with this second period, the rotation was limited in the absence of Amara and Ali Traore."

Elsewhere in Group A, UCAM Murcia edged out Dinamo Sassari 94-88 while in Group B defending champions Iberostar Tenerfie saw off Gaziantep 72-53 and Ventspils overcame Elan Chalon 75-69.

There was a win for Group C leaders Banvit - 78-71 over AEK Athens - as well as a victory for Petrol Olimpija. In Group D, Oostende lost 61-51 to Avellino.

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