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Rain man Lecomte guides Royal Liège Basket to historic win

Royal Liège Basket scored 14 three pointers enroute to a convincing 102-79 home win over Zastal Zielona Gora on Tuesday, October 17, at the Country hall.

Players of the game

Emmanuel “Manu” Lecomte once again showed his sniper hand.

A Miami record holder for three point percentage in ACC play and the best Baylor shooter went 5/6 from the three point line.

Lecomte was hot from the start as he scored 14 of his 22 points in the first half.

Guard dished out six assists and forced five fouls.

AJ John Junior followed in Manu steps with 21 points on 6/9 shooting from the field, including 3/6 from the deep.

University of California at Davis star grabbed six rebounds.

Bram Bogaerts dropped 17 points for the winners.

Darious Hall led Zielona Gora with 18 points and 10 rebounds.

A former Arkansas and DePaul player went 8/14 inside the three point line.

Hall stole the ball twice and blocked two shots in all around effort.

James Washington had 15 points.

Key stats

Royal Liège Basket shot 52% in the first half, including 8/18 from three point line.

Alex Zampier`s men scored 56 points in the first half as Lecomte, Bogaerts and John Jr reached double figures early in the game.

The hosts led by 17 points after the first 20 minutes, 56-39.

Liège never stopped and finally hit the century mark for memorable 102 points.

The home team connected 14-of-35 three pointers, not far from the ENBL record (17 threes).

Zastal went 4/21 from the three point line.

Liège scored more second chance points, 19-8.

Game notes

Tuesday`s match marked the first ENBL game in Belgium.

It was the first European win for head coach Alex Zampier.

The game was played at the Country Hall Liège – a historic arena which hosted the 1973 European Champions Cup final between Ignis Varese and CSKA Moscow.

Royal Liège Basket improved to 1-0, while Zastal dropped to 1-1.

Standings, as of October 17, 2023

Group A

Uniclub Casino Juventus 1-0 (+30)

Bristol Flyers 1-0 (+17)

Spartak Pleven 0-1 (-17)

Polski Cukier Start Lublin 0-1 (-30)

Hapoel Beer Sheva

Landstede Hammers Zwolle

Tartu Ulikool Maks&Moorits

Svendborg Rabbits

Group B

Šiauliai 2-1 (-16)

Zastal Zielona Gora 1-1 (+3)

Royal Basket Liège 1-0 (+23)

Seriös Group Newcastle Eagles 0-1 (-2)

CSO Voluntari 0-1 (-8)

Basket Brno

Keila KK

Valmiera Glass ViA


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