William Howard caps off career-night with game-winner

By Johnny Askounis/ [email protected]

Despite an extremely limited rotation, LDLC ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne prevailed, 85-84, against AS Monaco on Friday evening. From way downtown, William Howard banked in the game-winning buzzer-beating three-pointer.

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Howard, 28, was already beyond his personal high in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague and ended up with 23 points after making the logo shot. He was assigned to inbound the ball with only two seconds left but backtracked after a Paris Lee deflection to pick up the ball and hit the game-winner from nearly 15 meters out. After reviewing the play, the referees confirmed the crazy shot counted.

“The guys made a great effort tonight,” said head coach T.J. Parker after his side snapped the three-game losing streak to improve to 7-5, “Crazy end, but when you see it, the ball leaves his hand before the shot clock is over, so it counts.”

The hosts were fresh off Mike James exiting with a left ankle injury. He was helped off the court with 23 seconds remaining in the first EuroLeague meeting between two French teams this century.

ASVEL survived the excruciating test with extremely limited options. Besides Antoine Diot, Marcos Knight, David Lighty, Raymar Morgan, Dylan Osetkowski, and Victor Wembanyama remaining out, Paul Lacombe was in action with the French national team.

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