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The Belgian Lions show an excellent performance in the European Championships, but still lose to first country Germany after biting nails |  Belgian black

The Belgian Lions show an excellent performance in the European Championships, but still lose to first country Germany after biting nails | Belgian black

With the World Cup preliminary round match against Great Britain on August 25 and the European Championship from September 1, the Belgian Lions have a few important weeks ahead. In any case, there was an interesting test in the program with a training match against the mighty Germany.

At Alverberg in Hasselt, home of Limburg United, the visitors, Daniel Theis (centre with the Indiana Pacers), Dennis Schroeder (playmaker with the Houston Rockets) and Franz Wagner (Orlando Magic) took with them no less than 3 NBA players.

The visitors took a 19-29 lead after the first quarter, driven by strongman Dennis Schroeder, but the Belgians gradually regained the balance.

Pierre-Antoine Gillet scored 14 points before the break and gave Retin Obasuhan the lead for the Lions for the first time, 38-37. The second quarter was for the Lions (31-17), who were allowed to rest with a small lead (50-46).

After the appeal, thanks to the wonderful tandem of Thies and Schroeder, Germany advanced in the third (19-20) and fourth (14-21) quarters. Obasuhan raised the score to 83-86 in the last minute, but the Germans did not let the win slip from their hands.

For Lions, this was the third training bowl in a handful of days. Last week they played twice in and against Finland, resulting in a 71-74 win and an 80-71 loss.

On Friday and Sunday, the Lions train in Estonia, and on August 17, a final prep match in and against mighty France will follow.

The friendly matches are a rehearsal for national coach Dario Gergaga and his forces to participate in two matches of the preliminary round of the World Cup later this month. In it, the Belgians will play at home against Great Britain (FIBA 45) on August 25, and three days later they will face Greece (FIBA 9) while they are away. These are the first matches of the second qualifying round for the 2023 World Cup.

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The training matches are also in preparation for the European Championship, which kicks off on September 1 in Tbilisi, Georgia. In the European Championship, the Belgian Lions will meet Spain, Montenegro, Georgia, Turkey and Bulgaria in Group A.