Will Basket Brussels take a new step towards Elite Gold for its own people on Sunday? If the people of Brussels manage to win against Okapi Aalst, that place in the top five is as good as secured. “We must not fall into the trap and underestimate the Onions,” says Alex Libert.
With three games left in the regular competition, things look good for Basket Brussels. After last week’s brilliant victory at Kangaroos, it is in fourth place and seems to be on its way to Elite Gold. After the arrival of Okapi Aalst on Sunday, two more away games will follow. A visit to Limburg United follows on February 9 and a move to Bergen awaits on the last match day on February 17. After a few bad seasons, Brussels appears credible again and qualifying for the Elite Gold would be a huge boost.
There’s a catch
“That would be a nice reward for the entire club,” says 34-year-old Axel Libert. “With a group of young talents and some experienced players, including myself, we played at a consistent level for almost the entire season. We’re not there yet, but it looks good. We cannot deny that either. But if we really want to have a chance at that Elite Gold, we have to keep the points at home against Okapi Aalst on Sunday. Okay, they are in last place and have only won once this season, so a win should not be a problem. But that’s where the catch lies. Okapi has lost many times this season by just a few points and is above all a good team with strong young players. They get better as the season progresses. If we play casually, we are in for a tough afternoon. If we play with the same healthy aggressiveness as in Mechelen, we should not get into trouble.”
A win for Brussels, in combination with a loser among the competitors in the Kortrijk Spurs-Liège match and a logical defeat of Kangaroos Mechelen in Ostend and the people of the capital could smell the Elite Gold after Sunday.