High visitors at the Groenplaats: basketball Emperor Willy Steveniers and Vrenz Bleijenbergh were present, Antwerp mayor Bart De Wever and Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs Annelies Verlinden also attended the game. In a real thriller, the 2,000 fans fully supported themselves. the 3X3 Belgian Lions. The match evolved from 4-4 in a bit of a duel to 8-7 and 13-12 in favor of the Belgians.
The Americans were athletically strong, but missed free throws. The Belgians got many mistakes and saw Bryan De Valck disappear for a while after an elbow bump and a wound to the nose (with a lot of blood). Just before that, De Valck had unpacked with a flashy dunk. He gave support to the strong inside playing Nick Celis.
After regular time, an 18-18 score flashed on the scoreboard. In overtime it is to score two points first. The Americans made a mistake on Thibaut Vervoort and “Must See TV” got both free throws perfectly: 20-18.
The fantastic 20-18 victory for the 3X3 Lions was immediately a fact and the Groenplaats exploded. “I really enjoyed it, but this is not good for the heart,” said Mayor Bart De Wever. Thibaut Vervoort beamed after the great performance of the 3X3 Belgian Lions. “America played hard, but I was still able to unpack a few times with two-pointers. Collectively we played great basketball and the fans did the rest. The incident with the American players? It was a foul foul on De Valck. He lay on the ground and received another kick. I no longer defended my teammate. We are here in our city. In Antwerp we don’t step aside,” Thibaut winked “Must See TV” Vervoort.