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18th and final round of National 2 Qualification. Arantia Still without a loss, Black Frogs without a win. - Jan 22, 2018


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The last round of the National 2 Qualifications were played last weekend. Four teams emerge to the top and will now fight to go up to the Total League for next season. They are: Arantia Larochette 18-0, Kordallsteelers 15-3, Telstar Hesperange 11-7 and BC Mess 10-8. Here are the results of the final round.
Kordallsteelers - Telstar Hesperange 91-89
Third-ranked Telstar Hesperange (11-7) made a dramatic second half comeback against second ranked Kordallsteelers (15-3) in Differdange on Saturday. Kordallsteelers managed to secure a two-point 91-89 victory with Yvan Neves' three pointer at the buzzer. With a comfortable 51-38 halftime lead, the Steelers let up letting Telstar back in the game with a big 3rd quarter. Kordallsteelers (33 points) celebrated at the final buzzer and maintained a strong second place position, just three points behind the leader Arantia (36 points) Telstar Hesperange who lost three of their last four games finishes the qualification round in 3rd place with 29 points. Kordall's Marcus Neal (196-PG-86, college: Delaware St.) led all scorers with 31 points. Antonio Bivins (198-F-92, college: Mass.-Lowell) had 27, followed by Yvan Neves with 12. For Telstar Pierce Cumpstone (203-F-94, college: Stonehill) had 21, Prince Foster (193-G) 19, Tom Donnersbach 17 and Gary Pleimling 13. Next up for Kordallsteelers will a be a trip to Larochette on Saturday, the 3rd of February. Telstar will face BC Mess on the road in Mondercange as the playoffs begin.
Bascharage - Black Star 79-81
Black Star (8-10) grabbed a 2-point victory on the road edging Bascharage (6-12) 81-79. Black Star, who is still playing with three American players, ends the qualification round with a solid series of three victories in a row. Just one game behind Grengewald (9-9) in 7th place. Despite losing 4 games in a row to end the qualification round, Bascharage is still three points ahead of Avanti Mondorf in the standings and is looking like a team that can stay in the league. Three Americans, Duane Johnson (201-G/F-91, college: E.Stroudsburg), 31 points, John Irwin 27 points and James Fleming (185-G-91, college: Ft.Hays State), 17 accounted for 92% of Black Star's scoring which is raising many eyebrows around the Luxembourg basketball world. Flemming hit two big free throws in the final seconds to help Black Star get the win. The only other scorer for Black Star was captain Pol Rodesch's 6 points. Veteran Aaron Harrison was the leader for Bascharage with 29 points. Steve Mersch chipped in with 16 and import Tory Butler added 14. On the first weekend in February, Black Star will host Soleuvre and Bascharage will entertain Mondorf in the N2 Poule Mantien.
Grengewald - Avanti 101-92
There was no surprise in Niederanven where Avanti Mondorf (3-15) was defeated by sixth ranked Grengewald (9-9) 101-92. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Grengewald. Newly promoted Avanti Mondorf finishes the qualification round the ninth position, despite winning 2 of their last four matches. The Greens were led once again by Ronald March Jr., who tallied 32 points, Shaquille Dance added 27, Laurent Majerus and Yannick Julien scored 15 points each. Mondorf's Trent Weaver (202-F/C-94, college: Ohio Dominican) led all scorers 35, Walter Clark (185) added 22 and Pedrag Cavor 12. Kevin Kalmes hit 3 three pointers and a free throw for 10 points as well. Mondorf must travel to Bascharage on February 3rd and Grengewald will grab another victory in Schieren against Black Frogs who are still searching their first win.

BC Mess - Arantia 75-83

Arantia Larochette, the undefeated N2 leader delivered their eighteenth consecutive win last Saturday night. This time they beat 4th ranked BC Mess (10-8) 83-75 in Mondercange. Arantia (18-0) remains the clear favorite to once again promote to the Total League. BC Mess finishes the qualification round with a four game losing streak. They somehow kept the 4th position to find their way into the N2-Total League Playoffs. Xavier Pollard (193-G-91, college: Kent St.), Larochette's lerading scorer remained just that knocking down 35 points and Ladarius Tabb (196-G/F, college: Alabama A&M) wasn't far behind with 27. BC Mess got 30 points from Richard Ross Jr. New import Dylan Talley added 27. BC Mess will play host to Telstar in the first game of the playoffs and Arantia will entertain the Kordallsteelers at Filano gym in Larochette.

Soleuvre had to play two games back to back during the week and won them both. However, they didn't have a wide enough margin of victory to break the tie between them and BC Mess who both finished with a 10-8 record. So, Soleuvre is once again in the playdowns.

Soleuvre - Bascharage 95-89

Soleuvre won by only 6 at home vs Bascharage (6-12). It wasn't enough. They won the 3rd quarter by 7 points in an otherwise very close matchup between the two teams from the south. Bryan Jefferson (201-F-94, college: Mary) was the leader as usual for Soleuvre with 34 points. Aiden Davis-Howard was close with 31. Philippe Kerschen was the only other Soleuvre player in double figures with 10.

Black Frogs - Soleuvre 86-120

Bottom-ranked Black Frogs (0-18) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 120-86 loss to fifth ranked Soleuvre (11-8) in Schieren. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Soleuvre. They end up in fifth place in the qualification round. Black Frogs lost their 18th game in a row. Black Frog's Stefan Stefanovic (193-G-90) score 24 points. Veteran Luxembourg player Felix Hoffmann returned to the squad to add 16 points and Max Brouscher scored 13. Bryan Jefferson knocked down 34 for Soleuvre. Adding 28 was Aiden Davis-Howard and Jerome Kafer (3 from beyond the arc) had one of his best games ever with 20 points. Soleuvre will play at Black Star in the first game of the playdowns and Black Frogs will host the heavily favored Grengewald.


  



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