BELGIAN LIONS ABROAD. Bako and Obasohan down in EuroLeague, Lecomte debuts with defeat in EuroCup

Retin Obasohan put in a strong performance but lost to ASVEL Villeurbanne. — © EPA-EFE

Manu Lecomte goes in search of European success in Montenegro. FIBA

thumbnail: Retin Obasohan put in a strong performance but lost to ASVEL Villeurbanne.
thumbnail: Manu Lecomte goes in search of European success in Montenegro.  FIBA

No success for three Belgian Lions in the two strongest European club competitions. Retin Obasohan (ASVEL Villeurbanne) and Ismael Bako (Virtus Bologna) went down in the EuroLeague, while Manu Lecomte made his debut with KK Buducnost and in the EuroCup with a loss.

Patrick Ceulemans

Ismael Bako scored 8 points and picked up 2 rebounds and lost with the Italian Virtus Bologna 75-92 against the Spanish Barcelona. Retin Obasohan was good for 11 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists and lost to Monaco 87-75 with the French ASVEL Villeurbanne. Virtus Bologna is in twelfth place with 11 out of 24 and ASVEL Villeurbanne is in seventeenth place with 8 out of 24. Valencia sparkles with 13 out of 24 in eighth place. No Sam Van Rossom with the Spanish team yet. Van Rossom is in full rehabilitation after knee surgery. The top 8 of the 18 teams in the EuroLeague have qualified for the quarter-finals (best of five) after 34 match days. The Final Four will take place on May 19 and 21 in Kaunas, Lithuania.

In the EuroCup, Manu Lecomte made his debut with Buducnost Podgorica (Montenegro) and with a 103-87 loss at the French Paris Basket. Lecomte, who just arrived from Israel (Hapoel Eilat), came into action for four minutes and gave 1 assist. Buducnost is in sixth place in group B with 8 out of 14. The top-8 of the two groups of ten has qualified for the 1/8th finals after eighteen match days. From that moment on, the EuroCup is played with a knock-out system.

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