BC Oostende 70 STB Le Havre 71

14.10.2003

BC Oostende had their hearts broken on opening night of the FIBA Europe League, going down by 1-point to French outfit Le Havre (70:71), despite leading by as much as 20-points during the contest.

Le Havre coach Eric Girard described the victory as "robbery" after guard Aymeric Jeanneau hit the winning basket with just 4 seconds on the clock.

Everything looked rosy for Oostende in the first half, as Christophe Begin (18 points in the first 2 quarters) and Tony Dorsey (9 points and 5 assists) took control of the game for the home side.

A 10-4 run in the first quarter was extended to 38-25 by the second, in which the Oostende defense limited Le Havre to just 5 points.

New Zealand point guard Mark Dickel hit a 3-pointer for Oostende just after halftime, to extend his team's lead to 20, but it proved to be the beginning of the end for the Belgians.

From that point on, Oostende were not able to bring their game together as Le Havre gradually worked their way back into the contest. Dickel was guilty of missing 3 consecutive shots and center Joey Beard fouled out, further limiting their offense.

The final second heroics were left to 1.85m guard Jeanneau. He scored just 4 points in 30 minutes on the court but 2 of them were enough to complete the "robbery" and gift his team the 1-point victory.

Beghin finished with 26 points to lead all scorers and Dorsey added 20 for Oostende.

Le Havre got 17 points from guard Jermaine Guice and 16 from center Patrick Durham.


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