Bert went to a Top Division Men 1 game in Fleurus, Belgium on Dec. 11th, 2015: CEP Fleurus vs. Cuva Houthalen

After a nice ceremony in honor of Jean-Marie Barbier, a former excellent playmaker and head coach of CEP Fleurus who passed away at the age of 52 a few weeks ago, the game between CEP and Cuva started on a minor note at the Salle Andre Robert in Fleurus on Dec. 11th, 2015. The home squad faced difficulties in scoring and, although the CEPmen played a rather tough defense, U.S. experienced player Ronnie McCollum (1.92 m, guard, born in 1978, ex-Centenary, LA) found the way to the basket several times to give Cuva Houthalen a nice lead. Bart Maesen (198-F-89) and Lithuanian shooter Vidmantas Uzkuraitus also added some points for the visitors. CEP Fleurus reacted well at the end of the second quarter and were even offered a ball to reduce the gap at -6. They missed the opportunity and Cuva eventually finished on top with a rather large 10-point margin at the half. Despite nice efforts by Kevin Jonniaux (1.98 m, forward, born in 83) and Moussa Ouattara (2.02 m, center/forward, born in 1988), CEP Fleurus trailed behind most of the game. Chiel Koonings (1.80 m, point guard, born in 1990) and Darnell Snyers (1.81 m, point guard, born in 1998) boosted their team at the end of the third and in the fourth quarter. They were followed in their actions by Ronnie McCollum who put a final touch to offer a well-deserved win to the Cuva team. The lack of reaction of CEP players in the last quarter was rather puzzling and quite difficult to understand. They owe their supporters a response. Cuva coach Dirk D'Haese proves again that his team could play a great role in the play-offs scheduled next spring.
Score evolution: 13-21, 27-37, 43-52 and 49-72.
Best scorers:
CEPF: K. Jonniaux 16, T. Bauwens 5, C. Ilongo 4, T. Mertens 2, N. Cauchy 2, M. Ouattara 11, S. Njoya 9.
Cuva: B. Maesen 15, R. McCollum 25, Y. De Leeuw 2, V. Uzkuraitus 11, C. Koonings 2, W. Vandenweyer 8, D. Snyers 7, T. Ceyssens 2.
(Picture: yjl - Het Nieuwsblad)

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