Jean-Marc Mwema’s clutch steal hands Oostende first win

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Stefan Djordjevic

24/Oct/18 22:47

Tomas Delininkatis almost led Neptunas to a comeback win but Oostende’s strong defense didn’t allow an upset in the end.

By Eurohoops team/

Filou Oostende had a big lead, then lost it but still managed to make it through all the chaos in the exciting finish against Neptunas Klaipeda and get a 91-89 win on Day 3 of Basketball Champions League.

Tomas Delininkatis could be a hero for Neptunas as he led their comeback with game-high 26 points but he was also the one who turned the ball over twice in the last 30 seconds when the score was tied at 89. Oostende managed to get away with a win thanks to a steal and two easy points by Jean-Marc Mwema.

Dusan Djordjevic, TJ Williams and Elias Lasisi contributed with 14 points each for the winning side while for Neptunas, Osvaldas Olisevicius and Kyle Weaver helped Delininkatis with 13 points each.

After a fairly balanced first ten minutes (26-24), Oostende stepped it up a notch and went ahead by a 15-point margin (52-37) but the guests managed to soften the blow before the halftime break (54-46).

The hosts managed to keep a significant lead (73-59) until late in the third quarter but then it fell apart as Neptunas made a 15-2 run decreasing the deficit to just one point (75-74) and eventually bring the game to an interesting finish.

Both teams now stand with a 1-2 record in Group D.

Photo Credit: Basketball Champions League