Telenet Giants Antwerp won, but is eliminated in the FIBA ​​Europe Cup.
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Telenet Giants Antwerp won, but is eliminated in the FIBA ​​Europe Cup. © GOYVAERTS/GMAX AGENCY

Telenet Giants Antwerp won 87-75 against the Turkish Gaziantep on the fifth day of the FIBA ​​Europe Cup, but has been eliminated in Europe. After all, it should have cheered with more than 19 points and was therefore … eight points short. In a fierce camp, the Sinjoren even had a bonus of 22 points in their pocket, but could not hold on to it. Next week, Telenet Giants Antwerp will bid farewell to the FIBA ​​Europe Cup in Hapoel Haifa, Israel.

Patrick Ceulemans

The win against a strong opponent like Gaziantep confirmed Telenet Giants Antwerp’s great performance against Brussels last weekend. The new Americans Spencer Butterfield (13 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists) and Desonta Bradford (15 points, 4 assists) also delivered a great performance for the second time in a row. “We played strong collectively. Otherwise after a strong opening quarter (18-10, 31-17) you can’t take twenty points away,” said Desonta Bradford. 45-24 indeed flashed on the scoreboard after five minutes in the second quarter. After beautiful collective basketball and via Roby Rogiers, Reggie Upshaw and also Jean-Marc Mwema, the Giants were immediately positive towards the Turks and expanded that bonus to 50-28. The Giants went to the locker room with a 54-36 bonus.

“We knew they would tighten up their defense. We wanted to cheer with a big bonus, but realized that after a Turkish remonte (70-59 and 72-68) we first had to secure the victory. Fortunately, we did that and now we can continue to focus on new challenges”, says Desonta Bradford.

In the final phase, Royce Hamm, Seppe D’Espallier and Reggie Upshaw (12 points, 9 rebounds) secured the deserved Antwerp win. The Sinjoren also dominated the rebound (40-22) and were also precise at the free throw line (12 on 14). Roby Rogiers dropped five of five free throws and that is also a boost. Saturday there will be a trip to Liège. The Giants now have to confirm there in the BNXT League in the first instance. They can therefore count on Brandon Anderson, the new American guards, who is normally eligible to play.

Telenet Giants Antwerp-Gaziantep 87-75

Quartz: 31-17, 23-19, 16-23, 17-16

Telenet Giants Antwerp: Smout 3, Hamm 10, D’Espallier 7, De Ridder 6, Butterfield 13, Bradford 15, Rogiers 15, Mwema 6, Upshaw 12

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