Ismael Bako only Belgian in the quarterfinals of the Champions League basketball

After the elimination of Ostend, Ismael Bako is the only Belgian who qualified for the quarterfinals of the Champions League. The Belgian Lion, who did not play with a hand injury, qualified for the last eight with the Spanish Manresa. An analysis also shows that Belgian men’s basketball has had little success this season in the four European club competitions. Besides Bako, there is only Sam Van Rossom with the Spanish Valencia who scores in the Eurocup.

Patrick Ceulemans in Valencia

European basketball has four European competitions. The Euroleague and EuroCup are an organization of Euroleague and are the two strongest formats. FIBA Europe organizes the Champions League and FIBA ​​Europe Cup. Unlike last season with Sam Van Rossom and Ismael Bako, there are no Belgians active in the Euroleague. In the EuroCup there is one compatriot with Belgian Lion Sam Van Rossom. Van Rossom, currently in full rehabilitation after a hamstring injury, counts 11 out of 15 in group B with Valencia and is already sure of a place in the 1/8th finals in a group of ten teams (18 match days). “These will be completed on April 19/20. I hope to celebrate my return then,” said Van Rossom.

In the Champions League, vice champion Bergen was dropped in the qualifications and champion Ostend reached the Round of 16. The coastal team was eliminated by Romanian Cluj yesterday. Retin Obasohan did not survive the first round with the Israeli Hapoel Jerusalem. Belgian Lion Ismael Bako is the only Belgian who still plays in the Champions League. Manresa won 85-70 against Turkish Tofas Bursa in group J on the final day of play and is sure of a place in the quarterfinals with a 4 out of 6 score. The 27-year-old and 2m08 center did not play with a hand injury. Bako has a strong debut season in the Spanish ACB and European. In the Champions League, he is Manresa’s best player with a computer rating of 14.3 and averages of 9.3 points and 7.2 rebounds. The quarter-finals of the Champions League are a best of three and start on April 5/6. Bako therefore hopes to celebrate his comeback. The Final Four of the Champions League will take place in Bilbao, Spain. In the FIBA ​​Europe Cup, Bergen did not survive the group stage. Belgian Lion Hans Vanwijn was also eliminated in the first round with the Spanish Zaragoza. For Telenet Giants Antwerp, the second round was the end point. Elias Lasisi was knocked out in the quarterfinals with the German Craislheim.

Third EuroCup for Van Rossom, first Champions League for Bako? For European success this season, all Belgian hopes are again pinned on Sam Van Rossom (EuroCup) and Ismael Bako (Champions League). Both strongmen of the Belgian Lions were already active in the Euroleague and are the best Belgian players on the road. Van Rossom won the EuroCup with Valencia (2014 and 2019) and in 2019 Ismael Bako reached the Final Four of the Champions League with Telenet Giants Antwerp and captured bronze. Looking to see whether Van Rossom and Bako can win a European club title with Valencia and Manresa respectively this season?

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