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Liège chasing the playoffs, Lublin and Zwolle battling for the fifth place




First full week of February offers two games. Royal Liège Basket will face the Šiauliai, while Polski Cukier Start Lublin will host the Landstede Hammers Zwolle.



Royal Liège Basket vs Šiauliai


Series history: Royal Liège Basket and Šiauliai will face each other for the first time.


Royal Liège Basket will qualify with a win.


Seriös Group Newcastle Eagles will qualify with a Šiauliai win.


Šiauliai will top the Group B with a win.



Key matchup: Kevin Tumba averages 9.0 points and 10.0 rebounds for the Royal Liège Basket.


Big man shoots 71.9% from the field and 42.1% from the free throw line.


Tomaš Pavelka averages 11.5 points and 6.0 rebounds.


He shoots 69% from the court and 100.0% from the charity stripe.



National championships: Royal Liège Basket are 10-7 at the BNXT league.


They occypy the fourth place behind Oostende (15-2), Antwerp (14-3) and Limburg (12-5).


Royal Liège Basket are 2-0 in the ENBL home games.


Šiauliai are 5-14 at the Betsafe LKL.


Žydrūnas Urbonas men are two wins behind the playoffs zone.


Šiauliai are 1-1 in the ENBL road games.



Know your referees

Crew chief: Renaud Geller (Belgium) – FIBA referee 2005-2020, Euroleague referee 2008-2020, has worked at the EuroBasket 2011 (Lithuania), 2013 (Slovenia) and 2015 France; has worked at the 2014 World Championship for Women in Turkey.


Umpire 1: Gabrielius Simonavičius (Lithuania) – FIBA referee from 2023, LKL referee from 2020; has worked at the 2023 Betsafe Women`s Baltic Basketball league Final 4 and the 2023 ENBL Final 4.


Umpire 2: Ridouan Elaachouch (Belgium) – a referee from 2005, third year in the BNXT league, first season in the Belgium and Netherlands league.


Observer: Oskars Lucis (Latvia).



ENBL access: follow the game on YouTube live stream




Polski Cukier Start Lublin vs Landstede Hammers Zwolle


Series history: Polski Cukier Start Lublin will face the Landstede Hammers Zwolle for the first time.


Both teams are out of a playoff race.


Polski Cukier Start will finish fifth with a win, while the Bristol Flyers will climb up to the third place.


Landstede Hammers will finish fifth with a win.




Key matchup: Jabril Durham averages 11.8 points, 5.6 assists and 3.2 steals for Polski Cukier Start Lublin.


He shoots 45.5% from the two point line and 53.5% from the three point line.


Jack Pagenkopf averages 10.0 points, 3.0 assists and 2.8 steals for the Landstede Hammers.


He shoots 42.1% inside the three point line and 40.0% from the three point line.



National championships: Polski Cukier Start Lublin are 12-7 at the PLK.


Anwil Wloclawek lead the table with a 17-2 record, followed by Trefl Sopot (13-6).


Eleven teams have at least 10 wins.


Polski Cukier Start Lublin are 1-2 in the ENBL road games.


Landstede Hammers Zwolle defeated Den Helder Suns, 80-64, to reach the 2024 Toto Basketball Cup final.


The final against Heroes Den Bosch will take place on March 24, at the Top Sports Center Almere.


Landstede Hammers are 0-2 in the ENBL road games.



Know your referees

Crew chief: Ewa Matuszewska (Poland) – FIBA referee from 2019, a referee at the Polish Top division from 2014, has worked at many Basket Liga Kobiet finals.


Umpire 1: Martin Westerhof (Netherlands) – has played on national level until his 19th birthday; started officiating due to injuries; has worked at the Dutch highest level for eight years.


Umpire 2: Bartlomiej Kucharski (Poland) – FIBA referee from 2021, PLK referee from 2016, has worked at the 2022 and 2022 ENBL Final Four.


Observer: Oskars Lucis (Latvia).



ENBL access: follow the game on YouTube live stream



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