Belgian men’s basketball scored their second consecutive defeat in the preliminary round of the World Cup. After a thriller, Latvia again became an on-duty executioner.
After nail biting on Friday, the Belgian lions were delighted with their beautiful revenge against Latvia tonight.
The Belgians were lagging behind in the first quarter. But thanks to a triple of Mwema’s throws, the Lions tied again.
Then came the penultimate minute haunted. Obasuhan missed two free throws, while Latvians were effective at two free throws. At a later stage, the Belgian defense acted like cheese with holes that a Latvian knife was allowed to cut.
From 61-61 to 65-61 disability. This caused an uproar for national coach Dario Gerga. On top of that, Gillette clumsily lost the ball in a counterattack.
The Belgian Lions slipped to third in their group, and the top three advance to the next qualifying round. On June 30, the confrontation with the vulnerable sister Slovakia is still waiting. On July 3, the Lions will appear in the eyes of Serbia in their last group game.
Moima: “We lose because of some bad decisions and rebounds that we forget”
After that, the coach of the national team, Dario Gergeja, praised the Belgian lions. “My group fought to the end. I am very proud of the players.”
Just like last Friday, the Lions’ squad with Sam Van Rossum and Ismael Paco once again missed key players. “It was a difficult evening. During the match, two other players (including Hans Vanwen) withdrew, but we kept playing for the win.”
Gergja regretted the inefficiency of the free throws. “We missed a lot of free throws (17/26) and allowed a lot of offensive rebounds (12 for Latvia). When we excelled, we made some small mistakes.”
Same voice with Jean-Marc Moema. “It was a tough match but like Friday we fought for it. Details made the difference. We lost the game because of some bad decisions and rebounds that we forgot.
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