Christophe Beghin sees Kortrijk Spurs narrowly lose to his former team Antwerp Giants despite a great recovery: “Proud that we fought until the last second”


Latest signing Brevin Prizl showed promising things, especially in the final quarter. — © Bart Vandenbroucke

Kortrijk Spurs had recently shown against Ostend that it can be quite difficult for a top club at home and on Friday evening against Antwerp Giants they fully intended to sell their skin dearly again. That worked, but the cup winner still took away a 73-76 victory.

The match started at a scorching pace. Less than twenty seconds had been played in the Lange Munte when the first three-pointer was already scored by Paul Jr. Atkinson. After the first quarter the score was 22-23. So at the same time. Brevin Prizl, Spurs’ newest signing, came into the team for the first time after about seven minutes. In the second and third periods Kortrijk failed somewhat with a substandard finish. At the start of the final quarter, the home team faced a deficit of no less than 16 points. Game over, you think, but then Prizl got into his element. An unlikely recovery actually gave Spurs a 70-66 lead with two minutes to play. Small imperfections still resulted in a defeat for the courageous home team, which was committed to customer loyalty.

“Of course we are a bit disappointed,” said coach Christophe Beghin. “That is normal, but I am still satisfied. We have shown character. I especially remember that last quarter, where we played super aggressively. I’m really proud of that. My players fought until the last second. It’s a shame about the absolute final phase, but it shows that we still lack a bit of experience. A few stupid losses of the ball were detrimental to the end result. But come on, it remains a learning process. And it was against a team that will play for the title. Yes, it is a shame for me, with my past with the Giants, but also especially a shame for Niels De Ridder and Seppe D’Espallier. It was also a special match for them.”

Niels De Ridder tries to persevere between two visitors. — © Bart Vandenbroucke

“It is indeed a shame,” concluded Niels De Ridder. “We got ourselves into trouble. It was great that we were able to come back during that last quarter, but the mistake was that we had to make up no fewer than sixteen points. Just too much of a good thing. We wanted to push things too much in the second and third quarters. We have to do that better.”

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