The Poles also opened the second quarter with two bombs, this time from McCallum and Berzins. After 16-30, the Ostend players approached 29-35 halfway through that quarter. But at halftime Warsaw led with a considerable difference of nine units: 35-44.
In the third company, Ostend realized the first basket via Tyree. The coast team approached 41-46, but the Poles answered firmly: 43-53. At the half hour, Warsaw was still leading 51-58.
In an intense fourth quarter, Thurman first dropped a bomb (54-58) but Tyree and Barcello didn’t find the right direction. Marble again took distance (54-62), time for an Ostend time-out with just under seven minutes left on the clock. Marble widened the gap to 54-64, Troisfontaines and Thurman three-pointed to 60-66. After 60-70, Thurman brought the West Flemish to five points with a fifth bomb, 66-71. But in the last 55 seconds score didn’t change anymore. The sturdy Poles deserved to win this hard duel. Ostend won in Warsaw with nine points and lost at home with five. There are still two days left.
OSTEND: (21 of 59 of which 10 of 26 three-pointers, 14 of 16 free throws, 19 fouls) TYREE 7-2, VAN DER VUURST 4-0, BLEIJENBERGH 5-3, BRATANOVIC 6-6, GILLET 3-3, Buysse 0- 2, Barcello 0-0, Thurman 8-12, Waleson 0-0, Troisfontaines 2-3.
QUARTZ: 16-24, 19-20, 16-14, 15-13.
The eight group winners immediately qualify for the second round. All second and third places play in jump-off matches for the remaining places in the second round. In that second round, the 16 remaining clubs will be divided into four groups of four. The top two of those groups qualify for the quarter-finals. The winners of these will qualify for the Final Four and will decide who will succeed defending champion Tenerife.
Kangaroos Mechelen not sure of second round FIBA Europe Cup after French pandering
Not yet a second round (Last 16) in the FIBA Europe Cup for Kangaroos Mechelen. On the fifth match day, the Maneblussers went naked after a strong first half and took another French blunder in Cholet. Kangaroos Mechelen is immediately negative towards Cholet. Next Wednesday, it must win the final match day in the Schalk van Willebroek with more than 22 points (98-76). Otherwise it is disabled. Or the Romanians will have to be surprised by the weak brother Rilski Sportist in Bulgaria on Wednesday.
The Belgian vice-champion opened furiously in Cholet. Jonas Foerts dropped a bomb and Domien Loubry immediately added two three-pointers: 2-9. The French team was nervous and was caught cold by an efficient Kangaroos Mechelen. The shot selection was brilliant in the first quarter and with Brian Fobbs and Mattias Palinckx also, it went to a 12-23 bonus from Mechelen in combination with a tight defense after 7-13.
The 2m16 tall Justin Patton scored and TJ Campbell and Gaylor Curier unleashed bombs. Kangaroos Mechelen did not lose its “cool” and from 18-30 it went to 26-35. In the final phase of the first half there were some visiting sloppiness. Ball losses were punished by the French team and Cholet mitigated with an 11-5 intermediate sprint to a 39-43 deficit halfway.
Cholet came out of the dressing room sharply and took the lead for the first time in the match at 49-48. Kangaroes Mechelen also found it difficult to score against the aggressive French defense and lost control of the game after 51-51. Kim Tillie and Dominic Artis guided Cholet to 58-51 and with dominance in the rebound and especially physical play, it entered the final quarter with a 62-54.
Kangaroos Mechelen also started that final slide dramatically. From 65-54 it went to 71-55. Coach Kristof Michiels tried to turn the tide with a time-out and substitutions, but at 76-55 the French player in his twenties was a fact. Kangoeroes Mechelen only scored its first field goal after six minutes in the fourth quarter: 81-60. The calf had drowned, Kangoeroes Mechelen only scored 26 points against a sharp Cholet in the second half, suffered a clear defeat and will have to work hard next week to spend the winter in Europe.
Cholet Kangaroos Mechelen 89-69
Quartz: 12-23, 27-20, 23-11, 27-15
Kangaroos Mechelen: Aririguzoh 5, Kotrulja 5, Mennes 6, Thomas 8, Tshimanga 0, Davis 2, Fobbs 11, Foerts 6, Loubry 14, Mukubu 5, Palinckx 6, Van Buggenhout 1