A Mons Mash As Valencia Crash In Belgium


Valencia Basket Club play in the celebrated Spanish ACB but Dexia Mons-Hainaut weren't in awe when the two sides met in Belgium on Tuesday night in the first game of their Eurocup Qualifying Round showdown.

12. Nando De Colo (Cholet Basket)
Nando De Colo proved he can be a differnce maker in last year's EuroChallenge but had trouble taking care of the ball in the loss against the Belgium giants

Kelvin Torbert drilled all five of his shots from long range and scored a game-high 25 points for Dexia, who won 78-63.

The triumph was the first for the club under new coach Arik Shivek, who recently replaced Chris Finch at the helm.

The Spanish team got 21 points from their France international Nando De Colo, but the point guard had nine of his team's 17 turnovers.

Trailing 24-19 early in the second quarter, Dexia got back-to-back three-pointers from Torbert and Craig Callahan to take the lead.

The home side went in front for good when Torbert buried another shot from behind the arc with just under six minutes to play in the first half to make it 31-28.

Dexia ended up taking a 42-35 lead to the break.

A flurry of points by the home side at the start of the third quarter made sure they kept the momentum.

Ben Ebong buried a jumper, Dominique Coleman dunked and Torbert made a three-point play the old fashioned way for a 49-35 lead.

6. Kelvin Torbert (Dexia)
Kelvin Torbert lifted his team over a Valencia side that features several european stars

Valencia reduced the arrears to 60-53 at the end of the third quarter on a De Colo three-ball, and Spain's EuroBasket gold-medal winner Victor Claver sank a jumper to start the fourth to cut the gap to just five points.

They got no closer.

The next basket came courtesy of Torbert, who made another three-pointer and Ben Ebong split a pair of free-throws to restore the nine-point lead.

Dexia ended up winning by 15 points, leaving Valencia with a mountain to climb when the second leg is played next week in Spain.


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