Two out of two!  Belgian Lions 3 x3 way too strong for Egypt at the World Cup in Antwerp

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The 3×3 Lions also won the second group match at the World Cup at the Antwerp Groenplaats. The Belgians won 21-12 against Egypt. Earlier in the day they triumphed against Slovenia (16-21). “This is a perfect scenario and still brings some peace to the shack. The healthy nervousness was there and now we can calmly prepare the two remaining group matches on Thursday against America (FIBA 5) and Austria (FIBA 12),” said Thibaut Vervoort.

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Maxime Depuydt, who managed no less than 13 points, set the Belgians on their way to a bonus after the study round (6-6): 11-6. Egypt didn’t really want to give way, but the class of Thibaut Vervoort, the vista of Nick Celis and the energy of Bryan De Valck propelled the 3×3 Lions to a decisive 16-9 score.

Maxime Depuydt continued to score and managed the 21-12 final score with a two-pointer. “Confirm Thursday against Austria and America is now the message. We now have every chance to qualify directly for the last eight. It’s up to us to fill this in,” Nick Celis added.

Wednesday evening the 3×3 Cats (Julie Vanloo, Laure Resimont, Becky Massey and Ine Joris) will make their first appearance. They will face Mongolia (FIBA 6) in group C at 5.30 pm and Egypt (FIBA 12) at 9.35 pm. “We have little 3×3 experience, but we know each other from the Belgian Cats. That in turn is an advantage”, winked the experienced Julie Vanloo.

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Wednesday Cats

The Belgian women open on Wednesday in their group against Mongolia (5:30 PM) and Egypt (9:35 PM) and will meet Poland (5:30 PM) and the Dominican Republic (9:35 PM) on Friday.

The group winner qualifies for the quarter-finals. The numbers two and three still have to compete in the eighth finals. The eighth and quarterfinals will be played on Saturday. The semi-finals and the bronze and gold matches will follow on Sunday. The women play their final at 8.55 pm, the men at 9.30 pm.

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