In second nationwide, it is already East Flanders at the top that counts. Sparta Laarne B leads the peloton in group A with a perfect six out of six after Waregem C held off 53-48. In group B, Gembas (5 out of 7), Feniks (5 out of 6), Houtem (5 out of 6) and Wildcats Gavere (5 out of 6) compete for the highest place.
Today at 3:59 PM
We asked Michel Jespers whether Sparta Laarne B is unbeatable in group A. The coach is clear: “Certainly not. That was proven against Waregem C. It is a fact that we are still missing two guards, which makes it more difficult than expected. However, the finish last weekend was below par. This immediately becomes clear when I add that Freija Huys scored fifteen of our twenty-five points in the first half. The rest of the squad shot together a historically low 1 in 27 at the time. Throughout the match, our forwards were completely absent, while opponent Waregem fought for every ball. A special mention for youth player Bo Rombaut. Her eight points and her performance gave us the win. She will also be out at Kortrijk Spurs C. I have to admit that this Kortrijk is the only team I haven’t seen yet. Since this mainly concerns U19 and even U16 players, we know that their playing style will overlap that of Waregem C. I expect a very aggressive defense and a lot of speed from this very young team. Offensively they will always be looking for the one-on-one situation. We urgently need to raise our level anyway. If not, we will run into the lamp.”
Everyone fit at Wildcats
With 39-57, Wildcats Gavere took a big distance from Blankenberge last weekend. A satisfied coach Ronald Grunewald, who was not there due to flu, looks back with satisfaction. “I was adequately replaced by Axel Michiels. We put up a strong first half and immediately walked away by fifteen points. In the third quarter, we deepened that gap further. The intention was never to let Blankenberge get into the match and we succeeded. We must not forget that this team beat Houtem by two points. Saturday we play at home against Avanti at 8 pm. If we impose our own game and can put a lot of pressure, it will be fine. Everyone is fit. The aim remains to secure a place in the top four.”