Circus Brussels misses the opportunity to enter the top five after defeat against Mechelen: “It was not good defensively”

Basketball BNXT League Circus Brussels – Kangaroos Mechelen 74-88

Louis Hazard lost with Brussels against Kangaroos Mechelen. — © Gregory Van Gansen


Circus Brussels did a bad job in the BNXT League last matchday. The club from the capital lost at home to Kangaroos Mechelen 74-88. “It wasn’t good defensively,” says a disappointed Louis Hazard.

After the win against Leuven Bears, Circus Brussels wanted to confirm on the one hand and on the other hand to push a direct competitor further away in the rankings. “A win against Kangaroos Mechelen would put us in fourth place. We would therefore count two more wins than the people of Mechelen. Unfortunately, things turned out differently,” says Louis Hazard.

Without Terry Deroover (ankle injury) and with Alex Libert (hip) at half strength and only ten minutes on the court, Brussels also fell short in rotation. The people of Brussels had to chase the entire match against a strong Kangaroos Mechelen and were down in almost all statistics. It therefore suffered a logical 74-88 defeat. With 6 out of 11, Brussels is now in a shared fifth place with Kangaroos Mechelen and Liège and only one win more than Spirou Charleroi.

“So the opportunity to establish ourselves more firmly in the top five is gone,” realizes Louis Hazard. “Where it went wrong? Defensively it was not good. We also suffered a lot of ball losses (19 stuks, red.) allowing Kangaroos Mechelen to deliver fast basketball. In the fourth quarter we were able to recover. We got back to six points, but then slipped out of the match again. The fact that we lost by fourteen points is also a bad thing. If we finish in the same place, the goal difference counts. However, those are concerns for later. There is also a return match in Kangaroos Mechelen. We are looking at it step by step and continue to aspire to Elite Gold. Hopefully we will have a complete selection soon. This will be necessary with a busy schedule.”

Quarter final

The BNXT League will be put on hold for a while next weekend. The quarter-finals of the Belgian Cup are on the program and Brussels will face Spirou Charleroi. On Friday, December 8 (8:30 p.m.) they will travel to the Dôme of Charleroi, where they will play the first leg. The return is on Sunday (4 p.m.) in Neder-Over-Heembeek. If Brussels qualifies for the semi-finals (19-21 January) of the Belgian Cup, a double confrontation awaits with the winner of the match between Kangaroos Mechelen and Telenet Giants Antwerp. The final of the Belgian Cup will take place on Sunday, March 10 in Vorst Nationaal.

Brussels-Kangaroos Mechelen 74-88

Quartz: 16-21, 16-18, 14-21, 25-25

Brussels: Watson-Gayle 5, Harris 20, Hazard 11, Horvath 9, Desiron 10, Libert 0, Kotrulja 2, Ntesa Bunzu 2, Hanquiez 7, Ambrose 8, Tshimanga 0

Kangaroos Mechelen: Loubry 19, Mukubu 17, Peciukevicius 7, Palinckx 10, Brandwijk 7, Whyte 11, Van Den Eynde 8, Van Eyck 0, Dammen 3, Lightfoot 6

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