Wednesday's Round 1 clash between MoraBanc Andorra and AS Monaco is a rematch of their 2019-20 season opener. As such, it gives two experienced backcourt leaders, Andorra's Clevin Hannah and Monaco's Dee Bost, the chance to duel again.
These teams traded home wins last season. Monaco won their Round 1 matchup by 82-66 before Andorra returned serve with a 95-68 Round 6 blowout. Hannah and Bost each made 17 field goal attempts over the two games. Hannah scored 3 more points on higher accuracy, including 57.1% behind the arc. Bost had collected 1 more assist and clearly out-rebounded Hannah. In each case, Bost and Hannah were instrumental in leading their teams to respective victories.
In the first game, Bost piled up 12 points, 8 assists, 5 rebounds and 3 steals in 30 minutes. He made 3 of 7 two-point shots and 2 of 5 triples. Hanna played 21 minutes with 6 points, 7 assists and 2 steals, but also committed 5 turnovers. A month later, the tables turned. At home this time, Hannah starred with 16 points, making 4 of 8 two-pointers and 2 of 3 triples in 22 minutes. He added 4 assists and 2 rebounds in that 27-point victory. Bost had 7 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists along with 3 turnovers.
Both players are entering their fourth EuroCup seasons. Bost, 30, has helped three teams become quarterfinalsts: Buducnost Podgorica in 2012-13; Stelmet Zielona Gora in 2015-16; and Monaco last season. In 40 career EuroCup games, he averages 10.1 points, 3.7 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 1.3 steals. Hannah has played 38 EuroCup games since debuting with Bilbao Basket in 2015-16, helping Rytas Vilnius reach the Top 16 a year later, and joining Andorra last season. He averages 10.9 points for his career, with significantly better accuracy than Bost, including 43.4% on three-pointers and 92.5% on free throws. Hannah, 32, also edges Bost with 4.2 average assists, but averages less than half of Bost's rebounds and steals.
For a third straight year, Andorra and Monaco are in the same regular-season group. The home team has won all of their four games so far. If the last two are any indication, Bost and Hannah could be main factors in determining which team starts this season on the right foot.