Kangaroos Mechelen beats Athens in EuroCup basket after a comeback in the final minutes and remains group leader


Kangaroos Mechelen recorded an 80-84 victory at Panathinaikos on the fourth day of the EuroCup women’s basketball. At halftime, the Belgian national champions were still 50-41 in debt.


In the third quarter (19-21) the Kangaroos chipped away at their deficit and in the final quarter (11-22) they went up and over the Greeks. The home team still had the advantage until 1:40 from the buzzer (80-79), but was unable to score in the final phase. The last Greek point was scored at 3:35 from the end. Catherine Reese (21 pts, 11 rbds), Rae Burrell (20 pts), Heleen Nauwelaers (15 pts), Laure Resimont (10 pts, 7 rbds) and Elina Aarnisalo (10 pts, 9 assists) won.

In the other match in group E, Besiktas won 43-87 at bottom Slavia Banska Bystrica. Mechelen is the leader in the group after three wins and a defeat, Besiktas is on the same level. A win with a five-point difference in Athens had already given Mechelen absolute certainty of a place in the top two – they lost to Panathinaikos with a four-point difference at home – but with a points difference of plus 45, compared to minus five for the Greeks, we see it looks exceptionally good.

In group A, Elise Ramette (8 pts, 3 rbds, 2 assists) recorded a 69-66 win with her Spanish club Cadi La Seu against the Czech Zabiny Brno. Kyara Linskens contributed with 13 points and 9 rebounds to a 70-81 win for Lattes-Montpellier at Sosnowiec, Poland. It gave the French club certainty of a place in the first two and qualification for the sixteenth finals in group D. Billie Massey also secured qualification with Estudiantes Madrid. With a 54-47 win against the Italian Sassari, the Madrid team remained undefeated in group K. Massey had 9 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. Marjorie Carpréaux (2 pts, 5 rbds, 2 assists) suffered a 71-62 defeat at Kornut Istanbul with the Swiss Fribourg, red lantern in group L. Coach Philip Mestdagh’s Arka Gdynia won 86-61 against Roche Vendée in the same group.

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