Next Wednesday, they have to beat Oradea (98-76) on the final day of the group stage in the Schalk in Willebroek, otherwise they will be eliminated. Unless the Romanians let themselves be surprised today by weak brother Rilski Sportist.
Kangaroos Mechelen opened furiously with bombs from Jonas Foerts and Domien Loubry: 2-9. The shot selection was brilliant in the first quarter and so it went to 12-23.
Kangaroos Mechelen steamed through to 26-35 in the second quarter, but in the final phase of the first half there were some visiting sloppiness: 39-43.
Cholet came out of the dressing room sharp and took the lead for the first time in the match at 49-48. Kangaroos Mechelen had difficulty scoring against the aggressive French defense and lost control of the game. Cholet dominated the rebound and mainly brought physical play: 62-54.
Kangaroos Mechelen started the final quarter dramatically: 71-55. Coach Kristof Michiels tried to turn the tide with a time-out and substitutions, but at 76-55 the twenty-year-old was a fact. Kangoeroes Mechelen only scored its first field goal after six minutes: 81-60. It only scored 26 points in the second half and will have to work hard next week to spend the winter in Europe.
KANGAROO 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.