Without Lecomte, Obasohan and Bako (resting), the Belgian Lions lose in Finland (80-71)

After Thursday’s fine victory on Finnish soil (71-75), Belgium was unable to confirm this success this Saturday evening. A defeat all the same quite logical, Dario Gjergja having decided to rotate his workforce for this second friendly match. Manu Lecomte (18 points and 5 assists on Thursday), Ismaël Bako (13 points and 9 rebounds) as well as Retin Obasohan were rested.

Difficult in these conditions to compete with the Finns but in this kind of match, the result is certainly not the most important. At the start of the match, Dario Gjergja was able to count on an excellent Pierre-Antoine Gillet (18 points including 4×3) to stay in the game (20-14 and 43-37 at the break) and respond to the Nkamhoua duo (19 points and 5 rebounds) – Valtonen (15 points and 8 rebounds). Dominated on the rebound, the Belgian Lions nevertheless let their hosts take off with a 15-point lead (61-46).

But even if he decided to rotate his workforce to give playing time to his whole group, Dario Gjergja had not come to take a cap. Thanks to a last act won 18-22, the Belgians limit the damage with a defeat of less than ten points (80-71).

Level satisfaction, in addition to the confirmation of the important leadership of Pierre-Antoine Gillet, we note the good performance of another Ostend: Haris Bratanovic. The Belgian pivot ends the meeting with 16 points and 6 rebounds.

Next deadline for the Belgians: a prestigious meeting this Wednesday (in Hasselt) against the Germany of the Wagner brothers, Daniel Theis and Dennis Schroder. Then, the Belgian Lions will fly to Estonia for two friendly games before a final one, just as prestigious, against France.

Finland 80

Belgium 71

Finland: 28 by 64 (12×3); 12 lf by 16; 39 rows; 26 ass; 21 fps.

Nkamhoua 19, Valtonen 15, Huff 9, Maxhuni 8, Kantonen 7, Salin 6, Seppala 5, Lindbom 2, Polla 1, Hopkins 0, Koponen 0.

Belgium: 25 of 57 (9×3); 12 by 18; 31 rows; 20 ass; 20 fps.

Gillet 18, Bratanovic 16, Serron 12, Bleijenbergh 6, Tabu 6, Tumba 4, De Zeeuw 3, Libert 3, Mwema 0, Salumu 0, Vanwijn 0.

Quarters: 20-14/23-23/19-12/18-22.

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