The Belgian Lions to their two-year long-term world cup kwalificatiecampagne started with a defeat. In the Antwerp Lotto Arena, for the eye of a tweeduizendtal spectators, lost to Belgium from France with 59-70 (rest: 38-25). Monday play the Lions their second qualifier match, in and against Russia.
With a tight defense, so began the Belgian Lions, but it was a somewhat nervous beginning, to the Belgians that their free driepuntshots not received and the French in a series of shots were missing under the ring. After a very quick first quarter was 15-13. France had it very difficult against the stiff defensive Belgium and scored only 25 points in the first half. From antwerp, but Retin Obasohan, who due to an injury lump sum had to provide for the european CHAMPIONSHIPS in september, spoiled his hometown audience with fierce drives: Belgium unexpectedly 38-25 for the rest.
After the break were the first minutes of disastrous. More than six minutes it took for Obasohan the first points for Belgium, but France was already on edge: 38-39 and coach Casteels already had two of his three time-outs should stand. France could then in a while a narrow bonus hold, to Belgium with seven minutes on the clock on lead came. A lead that is immediately countered by France, and this time remained ‘Les Bleus’ on the head. Triples of Edwin Jackson meant the death blow for the home team. 59-70. Best man for the Belgians was Retin Obasohan with 16 points.
In the other match in the pool of the Belgians, there was a surprising result. Bosnia-Herzegovina won 81-76 of Russia. The first three teams in the group qualify for the second and last part of the world cup qualifications in september 2018.