BNXT League

The battle for the top 5 continues

Six games are on the schedule of the betFIRST BNXT League between Friday and Sunday. Phoenix Brussels Basketball and Kangoeroes Basket Mechelen will play twice in three days.

After three consecutive away games, Phoenix Brussels will be back in N-o-H this Friday when they play Belfius Mons-Hainaut (Fri. 20:30). It will also be Jean-Marc Jaumin’s first game as coach of the team in front of the Brussels public. With only one win in seven games, Brussels is in last place in the standings and needs to win. Several players in the Brussels ranks are not fully healthy as they have a daunting task ahead of them. The Foxes, still without Pasalic and Cage, also need to get back on track after three consecutive defeats in the league.

After their success against Limburg, Kangoeroes Basket Mechelen’s players will want to follow up with another win at home against Liège Basket (Fri. 20h30). Liège will have to be solid in the basket against the American Nate Grimes who had another great performance last week and is averaging 21.1 points and 13.3 rebounds this season. With a win, the Kangoeroes can move back into the top 5.

The Leuven Bears are also fighting for a place in the top 5 after a successful start to their season. However, coach Eddy Casteels’ troops suffered a setback on Tuesday at the Dome of Charleroi when they were dominated by Spirou (75-64). Leuven will now play another dangerous game at Hubo Limburg United (Fri. 8:30 pm) who will be able to count on their new American Casey Benson. In the Limburg ranks, it will be a special game for Joris Fauconnier. The 23 year old Belgian back had left Leuven at the end of last season and is back in the core of the A team to face his former running mates.

On Saturday (20:30), Okapi Aalst and Filou Oostende will play each other. Aalst has lost two games in a row, one of them in Liège. Their confidence is not at an all-time high as they face Oostende that is still unbeaten in the league this season. A difficult mission for the Okapis who will need their fanse to try to force the upset at the Forum.

On Sunday (3pm), Telenet Giants Antwerp will host Spirou Basket Charleroi with their sights set on soliddifying their second place in the league. The Giants were beaten in Mons in the European Cup on Wednesday, but now they have to confirm at home. Christophe Beghin’s players have already lost two games at the Lotto Arena in the league this season (against Mechelen and Ostend) and they came close to disaster against Brussels earlier this month. Charleroi, on the other hand, is coming off a convincing win against Leuven and will not have any pressure in this game. Vincent Kesteloot will be back at the Lotto Arena, but this time in the visitors’ locker room.

A sixth game is exceptionally scheduled for the weekend. Phoenix Brussels Basketball and Kangoeroes Basket Mechelen, who have games in hand, will meet on Sunday at 3 pm in the capital. A second game in three days for both teams.

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