The expected basketball champion: Filou Oostende takes tenth title in a row

On Wednesday evening, Ostend crowned itself Belgian champion basket for the 22nd time in club history and for the tenth time in a row.

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In the fourth game of the final, they defeated Bergen 62-69, making the score in this final, which was played to a best-of-five, an unbridgeable 1-3 in favor of the Coastal Team. Ostend only took a 1-2 lead on Monday, after a 74-68 victory. Last week the defending champion started with a 68-65 win, last Saturday Bergen was too strong in his own room with 71-59.

Bergen started the game well on Wednesday, but it was the reigning champion who turned the first quarter to his will after a while. Led by a strong Schwartz, Ostend led 14-18 after the first ten minutes. Bergen, however, was not impressed. In a balanced second quarter, in which the difference was never more than five points, coach Bosnic’s team came back to 33-34 (14-18, 19-16).

After the break, Ostend pushed through its will a little more. Schwartz continued his momentum and caused the coastal team to cut a seven-point gap after the third quarter: 45-52. But the team from Hainaut did not give in. In the fourth and final quarter, Bergen, thanks to a strong Smith, fought back into the game and came back to 60-61. Ostend, however, was not surprised and pressed on even more in the last minutes. It won the match, and a tenth consecutive title, 62-69 (12-18, 17-17). Schwartz became the top scorer with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists.

Some highlights of the deciding game:

Earlier this season, Ostend already crowned itself as cup winner. Bergen was chasing his first title. The Hainaut played the final three times before. Two times Ostend (2006 and 2013) and one time Charleroi (2009) proved too strong.

Fifth title for Mwema and Gillet, fourth for MVP Schwartz

Coach Dario Gjergja and Dusan Djordjevic celebrated their tenth title in a row with Ostend. For Jean-Marc Mwema and Pierre-Antoine Gillet it was the fifth title with the coastal team. Loïc Schwartz won his fourth title with the West Flemish basketball pride. It was a really great season for Schwartz. He was also named Belgian Player of the Year in a referendum by Het Nieuwsblad, and also received the trophy of MVP of the final.

The expected basketball champion: Filou Oostende takes tenth title in a row
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