The Louvanists had the best start, slipping from 5-5 to 12-19 and 16-24 after ten minutes. The Malinois found the answer early in the second period, especially in transition (17 points in total), by inflicting a 9-0 (25-24) to the Bears. Louvain again briefly took control 30-33 but at the break the Kangoeroes were ahead 40-37.
Master of the rebound (29-41), Louvain found the key after the break. The scorer went one way 40-44 under the impetus of Thibault Vanderhaegen (15 pts) and Jakob Cebasek (21 pts, 8 rebs). The Leuven defense also did its job (Mechelen only shot at 38% against 45% at the Bears) and after 30 minutes the biggest gap of the match was recorded: 49-60.
Mechelen tried to react in the last ten minutes. Domien Loubry, formidable efficiency (6/7 including 5/6 at 3 pts for 21 pts) but too lonely, allowed the Kangoeroes to nibble their delay after 56-66 and come back to 63-66 with 69 seconds remaining Match. But the Malinois did not succeed in getting closer.
The 2nd leg will be played Thursday evening in Louvain.
The other semi-final brings together defending champion BC Ostend in Mons-Hainaut. It started Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. at La Côte.