Historic! Brussels reached the EBL playoff final after its victory in Antwerp this Thursday evening.
Everything started out well for the guys of Crevecoeur, especially thanks to their strong frontcourt with the duo Ubel-Simmons. Only Gavin Ware was able to carry the Antwerp team in this first quarter (9 points for him in 10 minutes) and it was 19-15 at the end of the 1st quarter. The Bruxellois, pushed by a magnificent public, opened the second quarter with a first gap (23-15) and expanded the lead on a big dunk by Simmons.
Time for coach Moors to set up a zone defense that allowed the Giants to get back into their rhythm and go off on a 2-11 run. But then it was time for Domien Loubry to enter the scene to ignite the venue of Neder-over-heembeek. The former Antwerp player woke up and sanctioned the Giants with his 3 point shooting, but also with his penetrations, which allowed Brussels to finish the second quarter with a 10-0 run. 42-32 at halftime. On the side of the Giants MVP Jason Clark (2 points) did not produce his usual numbers and Ryan Anderson (0 pts) remained completely absent and didn't even play in the 2nd half.
Brussels counted on the entire team to further widen the gap to 13 points before the final quarter (60-47). In the wake of Demetrius Conger (23 points in total in only 25 minutes) the Giants finally showed character and returned to within 6 points at the start of money time (68-62). But that wouldn't be enough to come back. The exclamation point came in the form of a stratospheric alley oop finish by Chris Dowe to end the game with the 87-73 score.
The season ends there for the Giants and coach Moors: "We are disappointed but today Brussels was stronger. However, I am pleased with the season where we remained in 2nd place for most of the year. But with such a group I'm sure we could have gone to the finals."
On the Brussels side it was a party in the stands. Coach Crevecoeur: "I am satisfied today with the qualification and also very proud of my players." When they asked him about Loubry "I'm happy for Domien tonight. It must be said that he was very well defended in this series but it is good for him."
Onto the finals for Brussels now and as the coach of Brussels said: "I think we can beat Oostende. In any case we will try everything we can." Also note that Serge Crevecoeur confirmed to have been in discussion with the club of Pau Orthez, while at the same time emphasizing that the only thing that occupies his mind at the moment is the finals.
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