In the BNXT playoffs, Telenet Antwerp Giants and Okapi Aalst were already assured of their qualification for the third round thanks to a great result in the first leg. In the other two duels, Hubo Limburg United and Zeeuw & Zeeuw Feyenoord were the winners.
Telenet Giants Antwerp – Phoenix Brussels 85-92
Beaten at home by 32 points by Telenet Giants Antwerp in the first game, Phoenix Brussels lost all chances of qualification. But the Brussels team made it a point to end their season on a positive note by snatching a prestigious win in the return. The Giants played without Markel Brown and Mike Tiby but started the game very well (25-13 at the end of the first quarter). Brussels was able to count on Terry Deroover (20 points) to come back in the game and lead at the half (39-41). The visitors then took the lead until the end of the game. Four Giants players finished in double figures but the bench was not productive enough. For the Brussels, Sergio Llorente cumulated 19 points and 7 assists. The Giants will face Landstede Hammers in the next round.
Okapi Aalst – Aris Leeuwarden 83-67
Okapi Aalst confirmed their superiority against Aris Leeuwarden in the second leg. The Dutch team managed to resist during three quarters (53-52) before seeing their opponent take the lead in the last 10 minutes. Aris Leeuwarden committed 22 costly turnovers. In Aalst, American wing Shavon Coleman was the top scorer with 21 points. For Leeuwarden, Nigel Pruitt finished with 15 points and Logan grabbed 12 rebounds. Okapi Aalst doesn’t yet know its opponent in the next round as it will be the loser of the Belgian playoffs series between Kangoeroes Mechelen and Leuven Bears.
Spirou Charleroi – Hubo Limburg United 61-76
After their great run in the Elite Silver with 10 consecutive wins and a top position, Spirou Charleroi had a disappointing playoff. The team of coach Sam Rotsaert, eliminated from the Belgian playoffs by Leuven, was hoping to get back into the BNXT playoffs. But the season of Spirou has already ended with a double defeat against Hubo Limburg United. In the first leg, Charleroi had the game in hand before wasting everything in the last quarter. In the second game, at home, Spirou was chasing the score for most of the game. Dominant on the rebound, Limburg United took advantage of their opponent’s low percentage of success to take the lead. After 33-41 at halftime, the gap grew to 21 points. Vincent Kesteloot ended his season with 21 points. For Limburg United, who will face Donar Groningen in the next round, Spencer Littleson scored 17 points.
Zeeuw & Zeeuw Feyenoord – Basketbal Academie Limburg 90-69
Beaten by one point in the first game, Zeeuw & Zeeuw Feyenoord made up for their deficit with a big win in the second game against Basketbal Academie Limburg. The visitors still had a 9 point lead in the first quarter. But Feyenoord could count on a very good game from Jeroen Van Der List (24 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists) off the bench to take the lead at halftime (46-42). After the break, the gap continued to climb in favor of the home team who finished the game without stress. For BAL, Christophe Hudson was the top scorer with 16 points. In the next round, Feyenoord will face the Belgian team Mons-Hainaut.