The final score at Valence was 77-76, and Asvel won thanks to a free throw that was made with two seconds remaining.
Asvel secured its first win of the season in the Euroleague on Friday with a breath on the turf of Valencia (77-76) following a thrilling finale to the match. This triumph came after Asvel suffered its first loss of the season in the opening game.
The Villeurbannais, who were defeated by Milan (69-62) at home the previous week, won on a free shot by Jonah Matthews with 2.5 seconds remaining in the game. This was acquired after an offensive foul was whistled on Valencia player Jared Harper when he had possession of the winning ball (76-76).
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Asvel, who had a four-point advantage with less than two minutes remaining (76-72), thought they had blown their chance when Nando De Colo missed his shot 16 seconds from the end of the game. However, this latest turn of events changed their minds.
The leader or rear of the Blues, who returned to France in the off-season after 13 years abroad, most notably crowned with two Euroleague titles (with CSKA Moscow), was the man of the end of the match by registering eight of his team’s last nine points. He was the man of the end of the match by registering eight of his team’s last nine points. But it was Matthews who ended up scoring the game-winning goal at the very end.
Next Tuesday, during Matchday 3, Villeurbanne will play on the pitch that belongs to Fenerbahce.