05 October, 2021
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Filou Oostende survive dunk of the season, win in France, but stay third

MIES (Switzerland) - With coach Dario Gjergja getting ejected in the fourth quarter, Gaelle Bouzin took over as the playcaller for Filou Oostende. She did a fine job to get a win over SIG Strasbourg, but could not reach the magical mark of six points. The French squad owns the tiebreaker, they remain in second spot, while Belgian champs reach the Play-In as the third-placed team from the group.

Oostende enjoyed a 77-64 lead early in the fourth, but DeAndre Lansdowne's defense inspired a comeback by the hosts. With Matt Mitchell helping offensively, Lassi Tuovi's men got to a one possession deficit, and after a pair of technical fouls, coach Gjergja had to leave the game.

Strasbourg's run was 19-2 to claim an 83-79 lead, but it still wasn't enough. In a close finish, Levi Randolph's free throws set the final score at 92-91 - Strasbourg had the final possession, but opted not to take a shot or drive, to avoid potential overtime, which would've given Oostende five more minutes to chase the six point gap.

"Mixed feelings," coach Bouzin said after the game.

"We got the win, but we would've rather won by (six). I'm proud of the guys for the result, it's not by (six), but it's still a win over an amazing team, that's what we need to remember and build on."

There was no time to panic when Gjergja handed her the reigns on his way out of the court. With the game on the line, she reacted perfectly to get the win, making her the first female coach to win a BCL game.

"There have been easier circumstances," she smiled. "But in the end, this is why you sit on the bench, you do the best you can. The guys did a great job, that's all I can say, they really supported me, we were one team. That's the main thing."

Phil Booth was the leader on the floor with 30 points and 8 assists. Randolph finished with 23 points, New arrival Amida Brimah is looking more and more comfortable in the middle with each game, he had 17 points and 8 rebounds with 3 blocks.

Oostende will not have the home court advantage in the Play-In series against PAOK mateco, ERA Nymburk or Igokea m:tel. But, they don't really need it.

"The fans were the biggest boost. Even on the road. It doesn't matter, we needed the noise. We've been playing the games in Belgium without the fans for a while, so coming to a place like this, packed, loud... You could see our team was feeding off of it. We kinda loved it," Booth explained.

Strasbourg will play with home court advantage in the Play-In series. John Roberson led the balanced offense with 18 points, Mitchell had 14, Lansdowne 12, including an amazing dunk for the lead in the final minute.

In the other group game, Kalev/Cramo completed the sweep over Tofas Bursa with a 72-70 win in Estonia. That's how close this group was, the eliminated team defeated the group winners twice, and still couldn't get through to the Play-In series.

Silas Melson had 23 points, including the game winning free throws with two seconds to play, which came after he grabbed his own rebound off of a missed free throw. Tomislav Zubcic had a chance to win it at the buzzer, but his three-pointer bounced off, keeping him at 16 points for the game, still the most for group winners.