Eurobasket recently had the pleasure of sitting and chatting with Serbian-Belgium international coach Aleksander Peldic . Recently completing the season in Belgium, he was able to share some of this thoughts.
EU: Coach, it's a pleasure to sit with you today. How have you found this latest season in Belgium? SP: I had an oportunety to follow several Euroleague teams on they trainings, preparation and games and learn how are things done on highest level, travelled a lot and have talked with coaches, seen many games in first division in Serbia, Belgium, Holland and Duitsland. It was fantastic expieriance becuse I always want to learn and improve myself.
EU: Having coached abroad, not only in your home country of Serbia, but also here in Belgium, what is your view of the level of play in comparison? SP: Young players in Serbia train much more but they also get early a chance to play at highest level , so you have a lot of guys at age of 18 with serious playing time in first division, and at 22 they become leaders. There are not many foreign players (mostly two) and they must fit in our philosophy. Media coverage is enormous because basketball is National sport and we where World en European Champions. To compare with Belgium - when National team qualified directly to European Championship (personaly think a great achievement) you could not see any game on tv while in Serbia you can watch everything from domestic thry all European competitions till NBA, daily and live.
EU: What is your take on recent rule changes? For example. Defensive 3 seconds, or the moving blocks that become prevalent in almost every league imaginable, Can you tell us more on that? SP: Deffensive 3 seconds will allow more 1 on 1 game in the paint and its possitive new rule. Many moving screens you can see on all levels nowdays. Flat screens and screen and rescreen make reffery's job really difficult but also gave them a possibilitty and responsibility to subjectively decide. Also deffence is adapting very quick so I dont see that anything wil be changed.
EU: How do you see the evolution of the game, over the course of your career? SP: European basketball is following NBA in terms that game is becoming extremelly intensive and physical - Euroleague teams are using 10-12 top players and the best are averiging about 25 min/game because its so intense. Deffence is highly tactical with constant help, shadowing and many rotations and offense is strictly controled and fastbreak is barely run, unfortunatelly.
EU: From scouting and observing games, one can see a type of shift in focus from a focus on coaching to a more focus on players and their wants/desires,etc. Not only in the NBA, but also in countries like Holland and France we have seen players doing things quite out of character on the part of a player. How do you feel this type of behavior impacts the game? SP: That is thry, and a pitty that coaches have to pay more attention to a individual needs of players, managers and people around the court then doing they job on court itself. Finding a right measure of protecting players from everything that weakens their focus (and the are so many things) and emphasize on importance of working and behaving as a TEAM is sometimes difficult but if you want to achieve something, to be a champion that's the only way.
EU: What are you plans for the upcoming season 2012/2013? SP: Basketball is my life and after many years in Belgium I feel that is time to move to another country, soo I am still looking for a club with clear vision for a future, where I can work professionaly and win prices and championships like I did in every club that I have been coaching.
EU: Do you want to share anything with your fans? SP: Clubs and players have fans, coaches get thry their career some followers that apricciate they way of working. I am lucky to have some within young coaches and people that like my determination, integrity and fact that i live for the game.
EU: Any other closing thoughts? SP: Well, I have been following Eurobasket site for so many years and get a lot of help and information so it's a real pleasure to learn more about people that are doing such a fine job.
EUROBASKET WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THIS TIME TO CONGRATULATE COACH SASHA PELDIC ON ANOTHER SEASON IN BELGIUM. WE WOULD ALSO LIKE TO WISH HIM THE VERY BEST IN TE FUTURE, AND WE LOOK TO HEAR GREAT THINGS FROM HIM IN THE VERY NEAR FUTURE. BEST SWISHES COACH!
Coach coach Eddy Casteels and his staf present in preparation for Eurobasket 2017 (August 31-September 17) that mainly plays abroad. The last week of July there is a camp in Iceland with two games against the host country. On August 5, the Lions practice in Germany. From Germany, it goes straight to Spain. On August 7th there is a game against Tunisia and on August 9 versus Spain.From August 17 to August 20 there is the four-country tournament in Toulouse. 17 against Italy, 18 against Fra... [read more]
Coach coach Eddy Casteels and his staf present in preparation for Eurobasket 2017 (August 31-September 17) that mainly plays abroad. The last week of July there is a camp in Iceland with two games against the host country. On August 5, the Lions practice in Germany. From Germany, it goes straight to Spain. On August 7th there is a game against Tunisia and on August 9 versus Spain.From August 17 to August 20 there is the four-country tournament in Toulouse. 17 against Italy, 18 against France and 19 versus Montenegro is the program there. Last but not least, European Champion Spain comes to Belgium for a gam. Spain won the silver medal at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games and last year in Rio the Bronze Medal. This game will continue on Wednesday, August 23rd. The management of the Belgian Lions is currently making the final move towards this world top team with its stars from the NBA, Real Madrid and Barcelona. On August 29, coach coach Eddy Casteels leaves with the Belgian Lions to Turkey / Istanbul. The Lions take part at Eurobasket for the fourth time in a row. The Belgian Lions, which appear in group D, will open their campaign on Friday, September 1 against Britain. On Saturday 2/9 they play against Latvia, 4/9 against Russia and 5/9 against home countryTurkey. Their final group match will be played on Serbia on September 7th. A press conference with more information about the training program and the preselection will take place in late May / early June. For more information: www.basketbelgium.be.
Jonathan Tabu selected the top Belgian playing abroad in last week's games - 11 hours ago
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Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Belgians who are currently playing abroad. This week's number one is an international point guard Jonathan Tabu (189-85). He could not help RETAbet BB (12-15) in their last game. Despite Tabu's very good performance RETAbet BB lost 85-90 at home to the lower-ranked (#14) Blusens Monbus.
Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Belgians who are currently playing abroad.
#1. This week's number one is an international point guard Jonathan Tabu (189-85, currently plays in Spain). He could not help RETAbet BB (12-15) in their last game. Despite Tabu's very good performance RETAbet BB lost 85-90 at home to the lower-ranked (#14) Blusens Monbus.
He was the second best scorer with 18 points. Tabu also added 5 assists in 28 minutes on the court.
There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
This year Tabu averages: 9.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.5apg, 3FGP: 37.8% and FT: 81.5% in 24 games he played so far.
He has a dual citizenship: Belgian and Congolese.
Tabu is currently a member of the Belgian senior national team.
#2. Second place goes to an international power forward Maxime De Zeeuw (206-87, currently plays in Germany). He was not able to help EWE Baskets in their game against Bayern Muenchen (27-3) in the German BBL.
De Zeeuw scored 7 points and added 4 passes in 17 minutes.
EWE Baskets lost 83-90 on the road to the higher-ranked (#3) Bayern Muenchen.
There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial.
It's De Zeeuw's first season with the team.
This year his overall stats are: 9.5ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 55.3%(47-85), 3FGP: 43.4% and FT: 83.6% in 26 games.
Ex-Verviers-Pepinster player is in the roster of the Belgian senior national team.
#3. The Belgian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Kevin Tumba (205-91, currently plays in Spain). Tumba contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (11-17) crushing them 99-62 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game.
He scored 9 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks.
Universidad Catolica de Murcia CB (12-16) is placed tenth in the Liga Endesa.
There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important.
Tumba's total stats this season are: 3.3ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.3bpg and FT: 70.4%.
He is another player who holds two passports: DR Congolese and Belgian.
Ex-Belfius Mons-Hainaut 2nd Team player is also a member of the Belgian senior national team.
#4. An experienced forward Axel Hervelle (205-83, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jonathan Tabu. But that was another game of his team in Spanish Liga Endesa which we would like to mention.
Hervelle was not able to secure a victory for RETAbet BB (12-15) in their game against Joventut (10-19).
He scored 8 points, had 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks.
RETAbet BB was crushed 82-55 in Badalona by the lower-ranked Joventut (#13).
Hervelle has been at the team for seven years.
Hervelle's total stats this season are: 6.2ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.9apg.
He is also Belgian national team player.
#5. Former international point guard Dimitri Lauwers (187-79, currently plays in Italy) contributed to Bergamo's victory against the 11th-ranked Milano Hikkaduwa (12-18) 88-79 in the Italian Serie B (third division) on Saturday night.
Lauwers scored 6 points.
Bergamo Basket 2014 (24-6) is placed second in Group B.
There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season.
Lauwers' total stats this season are: 4.2ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.3apg.
He has both Belgian and Italian nationalities.
Lauwers used to play for the Belgian national team
five years ago.
The list of other players, who all have Belgian passport but never been selected to any of Belgian national teams:
#1.Ruphin Kayembe (200-F/C-92, currently plays in France) led Souffelweyersheim to a victory over the ninth-ranked ALS Basket (17-17) crushing them 74-49 in the French NM1 (third division) last Sunday.
He was MVP of the game. Kayembe recorded 17 points and grabbed 8 rebounds.
BC Souffelweyersheim (23-11) is placed third in the NM1.
It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row.
The Regular Season already ended.
It's Kayembe's first season with the team.
He has relatively good stats this year: 12.1ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.7apg.
Kayembe has a dual citizenship: DR Congolese and Belgian.
#2.Tyler Haws (193-G-91, college: BYU, currently plays in Poland) contributed to Anwil's victory against the fifth-ranked Rosa (19-11) 80-74 in the Polish PLK last Monday.
Haws recorded 9 points in 17 minutes.
Anwil Wloclawek (24-7) is placed first in the PLK.
It was his team's 14th consecutive victory in a row.
They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical.
This year Haws' total stats are: 9.3ppg and 2.0rpg in 23 games he played so far.
He is a naturalized American.
Despite Haws' Belgian passport, he previously played for the USA university national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Belgian team.
Strangely Haws has never played in Belgium.
#3.Andrija Coric (199-F/G-95, currently plays in Croatia) contributed to Cibona's victory against the closely-ranked KK Split (21-5) 76-70 in the Croatian A1 in Sunday night's game.
Coric scored 6 points in only 7 minutes.
It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. KK Cibona VIP Zagreb (20-6) is placed fourth in the A1.
It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row.
There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season.
This year Coric's total stats are: 5.7ppg and 2.5rpg in 23 games.
He is another player who holds two passports: Belgian and Croatian.
Despite Coric's Belgian nationality, he previously played for the Croatian U20 national team and probably cannot be called to the Belgian team.
#4.Leigh Enobakhare (206-C-86, agency: Court Side, currently plays in Holland) managed to help Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden to win against the closely-ranked Amsterdam (9-19) 75-56 in the Dutch Eredivisie last Thursday.
Enobakhare scored only 3 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden (19-9) is placed third in the Eredivisie.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
Enobakhare's total stats this season are: 3.5ppg and 4.4rpg.
He has both Nigerian and Belgian nationalities.
#5.Jonathan Dubas (204-F/C-91, currently plays in Switzerland) contributed to Monthey's victory against the fifth-ranked Neuchatel (13-12) 81-76 in the Swiss LNA on Saturday night.
Dubas scored only 4 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 18 minutes.
BBC Monthey (18-7) is placed second in Places 1-6 group.
It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row.
There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage.
This year Dubas' total stats are: 9.0ppg, 7.0rpg, 2.0apg and 1.2spg in 25 games.
He also holds two passports: Belgian and Swiss.
#6.Stan Leemans (205-C-92, currently plays in Switzerland) contributed to Fribourg's victory against the third-ranked Lugano Tigers 74-69 in the Swiss LNA in Saturday night's game.
Leemans scored only 2 points.
Leemans' total stats this season are: 1.3ppg and 1.2rpg.
He has dual citizenship: Belgian and Swiss.
#7.Charly Pontens (190-PG-95, currently plays in France) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Boulazac Basket 75-56 in the French ProB (second division) last Friday.
Pontens scored only 2 points in 20 minutes.
This year Pontens' total stats are: 3.4ppg and 1.5apg in 25 games.
He holds both Belgian and French passports.
Top Division I Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Wins for Waregem and Gent Hawks - 1 day ago
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Oxaco - Waregem 77-90 Waregem cruised past Oxaco on the road to open win count in the series. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 90-77. Waregem made 17-of-18 free shots (94.4 percent) during the game. Forward Thomas Foucart (192-84) fired a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Brecht Guillemyn (192-87) chipped in 20 points. Four Waregem player... [read more]
Waregem cruised past Oxaco on the road to open win count in the series. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 90-77. Waregem made 17-of-18 free shots (94.4 percent) during the game. Forward Thomas Foucart (192-84) fired a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Brecht Guillemyn (192-87) chipped in 20 points. Four Waregem players scored in double figures. Forward Christopher Pegg (185-82) produced 19 points and 5 rebounds and Sam Van-Hoey (190-91) added 19 points respectively for lost side. Oxaco's coach Tony van den Bosch rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Top scorers: Waregem: T.Foucart 21+10reb+3ast, B.Guillemyn 20+4reb+1ast, S.Naudts 19+2reb+4ast, B.Willy Samaey 12+5reb+3ast, A.Steinbach 9+2ast, T.Bruyneel 3+3reb+1ast Oxaco: C.Pegg 19+5reb+3ast, S.Van Hoey 19+3reb+1ast, N.Celis 15+4reb+2ast, M.De Meyer 9+2reb+1ast, E.Derby 4+4reb+1ast, G.Nau 4+4reb+1ast
Gent Hawks overcame Gembo BBC in the opener. The game was mostly controlled by Gent Hawks. Gembo BBC was better in fourth quarter 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Gembo BBC to just 4 points in third quarter. Gent Hawks players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Gembo BBC's players. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Laurent Lhote (182-84) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 8 assists. Power forward Joren Vermoessen (201-93) contributed with 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Gent Hawks players scored in double figures. Gent Hawks' coach Eric Rogiers felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Jens Bouckaert (-91) answered with 18 points and 9 rebounds and center Anthony Vermeersch (202-90) added 13 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Gembo BBC. Top scorers: Gent Hawks: J.Vermoessen 19+5reb+1ast, L.Lhote 16+2reb+8ast, R.Spaens 15+4reb+4ast, J.Vermoessen 12+5reb+5ast, G.De Pooter 11+3reb+1ast, R.Van den Berghe 8+9reb Gembo BBC: J.Bouckaert 18+9reb, A.Vermeersch 13+6reb, T.Beaujean 8+4reb+4ast, T.Goethaert 3+4reb+2ast, P.Van Rillaer 3+5reb+1ast, S.De Bruyn 3+2reb
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