Kangaroos Mechelen will be looking for a stunt in Cholet on Tuesday evening with the leader in the strong French Pro A. When the Mechelen achieve their fourth European victory, the qualification for the second round (Last 16) is a fact. In the event of a defeat, the decision will be made next Wednesday in the home game against the Romanian Oradea.
Kangaroos Mechelen has left for Cholet with a fit core, including Jo Van Buggenhout. The 19-year-old Malinois is the back-up guard of the experienced Sinjoor Domien Loubry. Just like Godwin Tshimanga and Joppe Mennes, Van Buggenhout comes out with a double license for second division club Guco Lier. Last season Guco Lier was champion and this season it is in the lead with 7 out of 8. On Sunday, Van Buggenhout led Guco Lier to a 67-76 win at Antwerp Giants Two with 22 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. “I feel good in this role,” says Van Buggenhout. “If I get few minutes here with the first team, I can maintain my match rhythm with Guco Lier. This season, with many derbies, that is also a nice challenge.”
The guard of the Maneblussers was out for a while with a foot injury, but is now fit again. “I am looking forward to the European matches. This is a first introduction to the FIBA Europe Cup for both the club and myself. If we win tonight, we’ll be qualified, but it’s going to be a tough one. Cholet is in the lead in the strong French Pro A and will certainly want to take revenge for the 88-85 defeat we suffered.”
If Kangaroos Mechelen loses, it will do better with less than three points. Then it remains positive towards Cholet.