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Mbenga, Driesen Dominate As Belgium Beat CBA Selection

20 July 2009

Belgium have played in two friendly games against a selection of CBA players in Dallas, Texas, and won both games.

Preparing for the Additional Qualifying Round of the EuroBasket, the Belgians won the first game 82-66 after Los Angeles Lakers center Didier Mbenga poured in 18 points and hauled in five rebounds.

Yannick Driesen contributed 15 points and five boards and Thomas Dreesen scored 11 in that victory.

Then, in an 83-77 triumph, Mbenga again stood tall with 14 points while Doum Lauwers poured in 11 and Christophe Beghin 10.

Belgium will play in Group A of the Additional Qualifying Round next month against Bosnia and Herzegovina and Portugal.

The side that finishes top will go up against the Group B winners (France, Italy or Finland) in a home-and-away tie to determine the last side to reach September's EuroBasket in Poland.

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