Rampant Oostende Face Tough Schedule

15 April 2011

Van Den Spiegel - Armani Jeans Milano
The good news for BC Oostende is that big name signing Tomas Van Den Spiegel seems to have recovered from his injury trouble and is finding his rythm

BC Oostende struggled and scraped a narrow win in a recent game at Ghent but they had no such problems with Belgacom Liege Basket this week.

The EuroChallenge Final Four hosts thrashed Liege 86-56 after racing into a 46-20 half-time lead.

Matt Lojeski led five Oostende players in double figures with 16 points.

"Honestly, I was afraid of this game, especially after the performance in Ghent," said Oostende coach Jean-Marc Jaumin.

"I congratulate my players for their hard work during the first half. That gave me the opportunity to rest players after the break.

"This is very important in a heavy schedule."

The good news for Oostende is the way Tomas Van Den Spiegel, a mid-season signing, and Trevor Huffman have been playing of late.

Veteran guard Huffman went down with a serious hamstring injury in mid-October while center Van Den Spiegel was absent recently when he wasn't 100% healthy.

Both look to be finding their rhythm.

Also back this week from time off to rest a knee injury was Stephane Pelle.

Huffman is just glad to be back on the court after missing several months of action.

"It's especially gratifying to be able to play again without pain," he said.

"I am trying as hard as I can to get my normal level back as quickly as possible.

"Just what I need is to get back to the hard style of play. But I feel that we are sometimes slow to make decisions.

"I'm also playing with too many highs and lows.

"The big advantage is that I've been able to observe my teammates for six months (because of injury) ...

"My only concern is trying to make them better. This way, I do my bit for the team to help get the victory."

Next up for Oostende is a game at Generali Okapi Aalstar on Saturday and then an April 22 game at Antwerp.

Israel Head Coach Zvi Sherf
Spartak head coach Zvi Sherf was not a happy man after the defeat at BC Khimki in the Russian league and didn't make any excuses for his players

Their last game before hosting the EuroChallenge Final Four is a Belgium Cup Final showdown with Dexia Mons-Hainaut on April 25.

Dexia had designs on reaching the Final Four themselves but missed out on reaching the Quarter-Finals.

Still, they beat Euroleague outfit Spirou Charleroi over two legs in the Belgian Cup last four and that has given them a chance to win the Cup.


Sherf Still Hot

Spartak Saint-Petersburg coach Zvi Sherf is still seething about the lack of desire his team showed in their 104-95 defeat at BC Khimki on Tuesday.

Giving up 100 points is never a good sign, especially for a team that has designs on winning the EuroChallenge.

Sherf didn't want to hear any excuses for his team's poor showing, which came a couple of days after a win over CSKA Moscow.

"You can find a bunch of different explanations for the defeat," he said.

"But this is not worth it.

"The calendar is a calendar, and we play on those days, which are provided to them (the players). They know about them in advance."

Pero Antic, one of Spartak's leading players, said: "To win any game, you have to be well-prepared and not make mistakes. We just made a lot of mistakes and lost."

Spartak, who are third in the Russian PBL at 13-8, will attempt to return to winning ways when they go up against Dynamo Moscow on April 19.


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