In the selection, with an average age of 23 years, of coach Roel Moors is the American guard Paris Lee the floorleader at Telenet Giants Antwerp.
Lee (24) starred in the Champions League at the top level, and led the Giants from the qualification to the Final Four. “The European circuit that we have this campaign took was insane. We as young “dogs” of Europe were astonished. Yes, that was a thrill. In the beginning, there was perhaps a question of underestimation, but in the course of the competition they took us seriously. The amazing thing is that we also continued to confirm and Murcia (1/8th finals) and Novgorod (quarter-finals) turned off,” says Paris Lee, who in Europe and in 22 matches, an impressive average of 13 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists left again.
For the Final Four of the Champions league is Paris Lee ambitious. “We won this season already, with the Cup of Belgium and have a taste. We are also the underdog. Everyone says that we can’t win. More we have not needed to re-to the surprise looking. Tenerife is a strong collective, and are the favorite. We want, however, with the support of the 17,000 fans in this handsome Sportpaleis us qualify for the final.”
Paris Lee left after the victory in the cup final to the bottom of the dreadlocks red dye after a bet with the fans. He now has a new bet ended. “If we make the Final Four of the Champions League win I leave the logo of the Giants tattoo. Everywhere I go, I will than this wonderful city, team and fans can remember,” knipoogde the new darling of the Antwerp fans. The whole core of Telenet Giants Antwerp is fit, so Tyler Kalinoski (beenblessure) that in the last days meetrainde. The team of coach Roel Moors drew Thursday in seclusion.
First European final since 1971 in Antwerp
Belgium was already several times the scene of a European final, with as absolute highlight the Final Four of the Euroleague in 1988 in Ghent (Flanders Expo) with winner Milan, Partizan Belgrade, Maccabi Tel Aviv and Aris Saloniki. For a European final in Antwerp we have been back to 1971. On 8 april of that year, in the Arenahal of the Deurne the final of the Cup referee appointments, suggested between CSKA Moscow, with Sergey Belov, at the Italian town of Varese, with Dino Meneghin.
17th basketball event in the Sportpaleis
In the 86-year-old history of the palace of sports is only the 17th time that there is a basketbalevenement continue. The crowd numbers for a basketbalpartij was last year at the ninth edition of the Night of the Giants listed. The Giants won in 2018 and for 17.255 spectators of Brussels. Watch or record this weekend at the Final Four of the Champions League killed?
1950 Harlem Globetroters
1961 Antwerp-Real Madrid (5,000 spectators)
1963 17 and 18 twice, Harlem Globetrotters
1964 Antwerp-Racing Mechelen (8,000 spectators)
2002 Harlem Globetrotters
2007 First Night of the Giants (11.000 spectators)
2009 Dennis Rodman and his Legends usa. Belgian ex-toppers (6.500)
2010 Night of the Giants (13.000 spectators)
2012 Night of the Giants (14.500 spectators)
2013 Night of the Giants (15.500 spectators)
2014 FIBA Europe Cup game usa. Samara (to 4,500 spectators)
2014 Night of the Giants (17,000 spectators)
2015 Night of the Giants (17.135 spectators)
2016 Night of the Giants (17.150 spectators)
2017 Night of the Giants (17,000 spectators)
2018 Night of the Giants (17.250 spectators)
2019 Final Four Champions League