From the start, Giants coach Christophe Beghin’s players put their physical play on the game (41 rebounds to 36) while moving the ball well (22 assists). The Giants took the lead after one half (20-13 and 42-37 at the break). It was in the third quarter that the duo of Seppe D’Espallier (12 points and 8 rebounds) and Elvar Fridriksson (18 points and 7 assists) widened the gap to 68-51. The spectators in the Lotto Arena saw how the Giants almost gave up their first victory in the European Cup thanks to a good last quarter of the Portuguese (80-75).
Antwerp is now in the lead in the standings, ahead of the Greek Ionikos, Mons-Hainaut and the Portuguese Sporting. Next Wednesday, the Giants travel to Greece for the game against Ionikos.
The top two teams from each group, which consists of four teams, will qualify for the next round.