Mons eliminated after defeat to Sporting Lisbon
The Mons were unable to win at home against the Portuguese Sporting de LisboaPortugal (68-75) on Wednesday night on behalf of the 5th day in the FIBA Europe Cup basketball. A defeat which is also synonymous with elimination for the Foxes who are the last of their group F. After a balanced first quarter (16-16), the Montois struggled to meet the physical challenge imposed by the visitors who turned in lead at the break (32-38). The Portuguese who even inflicted a 4-19, straddling the end of the second quarter and the start of the third, to increase the gap to 40-58. Moment chosen by Emmanuel Nzekwesi (19 points) to rekindle the flame (52-58 in the 32nd). But a minute later, the Dutch pivot made his fifth fault and the Montois had to let their opponents slip away to victory 68-75.
This defeat relegates the Borains to last place in their group with a record of one victory for 4 losses. The pool is dominated by Sporting Portugal (4-1), followed by Antwerp (3-2) and Ionikos (2-3). Next Wednesday, Mons will host Antwerp on Matchday 6 of the group stage.
For his part, Elias Lasisi and the Germans from Crailsheim won on the Belarusian court in Tsmoki Minsk (72-95). The Belgian international ended the game with 8 points (1/2 to 2 points, 0/3 to 3 points and 6/6 throwing) and 2 rebounds in 18 minutes.
The top two from each group, made up of four teams, qualify for the second round of the FIBA Europe Cup.
Ostend continues with a second consecutive success and revives
Ostend won Wednesday night at home (99-66) against the Estonians of Kalev / Cramo in the match of the fourth day of group F in the Basketball Champions League and is relaunched in the race for qualification for the next round. Already winners of the first leg, after extra time, the Ostend have confirmed their success, but in a much larger way this time. Well led by their perfectly oiled collective, Dario Gjergja’s players slightly took control in the first quarter (25-22) before accelerating in the second act, under the leadership of Levi Randolph (24 points and 6 rebounds) to dig the gap at the break (49-34).
Comfortably in control, the Ostend continued on their pace after returning from the locker room, with 4 players with more than ten units, to finally win without discussion 99-66. Thanks to this success, Ostend goes back to 3rd place with a record of 2 wins and 2 defeats, just like the 2nd, the French from Strasbourg. The group is still dominated by the Turks of Tofas Bursa (3-1) while the Estonians of Kalev / Cramo bring up the rear (1-3).
For his part, Retin Obasohan and the Israelis of Hapoel Jerusalem won their first victory in the competition in Group B by winning at home against the Poles of Ostrow (83-76). The Belgian international ends the game with 20 points (4/5 to 2 points, 2/8 to 2 points and 6/7 to throws), 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 1 interception in 36 minutes.
The first of each group, composed of four formations, is qualified for the second round of the Champions League while the second and third will have to go through a qualifying tournament.
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European Basketball Cups: Ostend goes on and relaunches, Mons eliminated