Dario Gjergja ends the first round as leader with Filou Oostende thanks to an easy victory in Charleroi: “It makes me happy that we won every quarter”


Damien Jefferson got the best computer evaluation. — © Belgian


The 60-83 victory on Friday evening in Charleroi is Filou Oostende’s most controversial competition result to date. The twenty-something was on the board early in the third quarter (33-54). The coastal team ends the first round as leader.

“I am very satisfied with our positions on the field. We were immediately quite good defensively,” coach Dario Gjergja pointed to the basis of the victory. The Spirous their baskets scored at just 29.7%. “In the opening quarter we were hit by good transitions. That translated into three three-pointers from Venskus. As soon as we solved that, we took a four-point lead (20-24) at the tenth minute, which could have been even higher. In fact, our lead could have been bigger at halftime (33-48). Our third quarter was good, until the last minute and a half. We won every quarter and that makes me happy. Yet I experienced six minutes in which we did not fully control the match. During that period we allowed the home team to score points in different ways. Charleroi grabbed 18 offensive rebounds. That’s great, but luckily it didn’t cost us many points. Charleroi played very physically, but we responded in the same way. That answer was very important. There is still one downside: you have to know how to end a match gracefully. This is important with a view to future assignments.”

Fifteen rebounds from Gillet

Ostend, which was by far the best team according to Charleroi coach Sam Rotsaert on Friday evening, led by a maximum of 23 points at 49-72. The coastal team finished under the basket at 73.7%. Damien Jefferson had the best computer evaluation with 22 points (10 of 13 two-pointers, 0 of 3 bombs and 2 of 3 free throws), 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Pierre-Antoine Gillet’s statistics were very striking: 9 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists. Ilimane Diop (12 points and 10 rebounds) achieved one double-double.

Jean Salumu (left) made his debut. — © Belgian

Jean Salumu made his debut in the shirt with number 11. In 7’40” he was good for three converted free throws (100%). His two three-point attempts did not land properly. Servaas Buysschaert, who had resumed group training a few days earlier, was already part of the match selection but did not yet play.

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