Kangoeroes better Feyenoord in home rematch
Last week, the Kangoeroes defeated Feyenoord in the BNXT League due to technical problems with the shot-clock in Rotterdam. Even though the game didn’t technically finish, a verdict was handed down that awarded Mechelen the win and the two points.
This weekend, they faced each other again – without any technical problems. Just like last week, it was clear from the get-go that Mechelen had more quality than Feyenoord.
In the first quarter, they smoothly built their game into a 24-14 lead, forcing 8 Feyenoord turnovers. The hosts also attempted far too many unsuccessful 3-pointers that wouldn’t fall.
The second quarter continued in the same vein. This time, Feyenoord had 6 turnovers and shot juts 25% from behind the arc. Feyenoord were awarded 12 free-throws to Mechelen’s none, but only managed to sink 50% of those. The gap at half-time was as wide as 19 points (50-31).
Last week, Feyenoord managed to close a gap of 20 points to one of 10, just before the game was abandoned. Mechelen learned from their sloppiness this week and didn’t allow that to happen again
They extended their lead to 30 points after Q3 (79-49). In Q4 they kept their foot on the pedal to reach 100 points, winning very comfortably in the end (104-74). The best performing player for Mechelen was Myles Stephens, who picked up 20 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists.
Oostende returns to winning ways
In the second phase of this BNXT League season, Oostende had initially struggled with away games in the Netherlands. But at home, in the COREtec Dome, they have barely had any problems. The closest were Leiden, who left with a losing margin of 8 points.
Den Bosch are also struggling, having lost each of their away games. In two of those games, they didn’t even reach 70 points. This weekend, their offense was absent yet again.
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In the first quarter, Den Bosch played decent, attacking basketball, but defensively they were disastrous. Oostende were able to shoot 89% from two-point range and out-rebounded their opponents 9-3. This lead to a Q1 score of 28-18. In Q2, the same pattern emerged, with the hosts out-rebounding Den Bosch 10-5. Beyond this, the visitors made far too many fouls, giving away 8 free-throws. Oostende went into half-time with an 18-point margin (53-35).
The third quarter carried on in the same fashion, but Den Bosch’s discipline descended even further – giving away 17 free-throws. Oostende ran out comfortable 100-69 winners in the end. Den Bosch gave away 34 free-throws across the entire game.