Eurobasket recently had the pleasure os sitting and chatting with famed Israeli coach Arik Shivek (agency: Avi Zilberman ). Recently completing the season in the Belgium Ethias League, he was able to share some of this thoughts, as we sat with a living legend.
EU: Coach, it is a true joy to be able to chat with you. How have you found this last tour of duty in the Belgian League? AS:level is lower than last year...competition was bigger because Charleroi was a bit weaker than last year, Antwerp and Oostende really upgraded their level both teams controlled the league all season. There were both teams controlling the league all season, those three teams, then 4-6 and lastly 7-9 was how I viewed the way the things came out....lets go team by team Charleroi was very unlucky with injuries early in the season. Oostende-made changes with players that really fit the system and they were the best team . With those great moves they deserved the title, even though they won with a lucky basket. Antwerp-should be quite disappointed because in the money time, they failed in both competitions, they had home advantage in the playoffs and lost in the semifinals and they had home advantage in the cup and they lost it. They played good basketball in the season And after leading the league all season, they failed and were really disappointing. They had home court advantage in the Cup and lost in the semifinals,. In the league they were really good but in the playoffs and in the Cup, they were really disappointing. Us (Mons), Aalst, Lueven- these three teams were ok but not more than ok my team was suffering what happened with juan carter and sean singletary., these two really affected our season, but we did the unbelievable in the end we stepped up reaching the final four The last 3- Ghent,Liege and Pepinster it was all about budget. The teams with low budget showed it in how they finished in the league.
EU: Having coached abroad, not only in your home country of Israel, but also in Holland and most recently in Belgium, what is your view of the level of play across the different regions? AS: Its hard to compare the Israeli league with the Dutch and Belgian, mainly due to the number of foreigners. I think that Israeli players are better, most of them, than the Belgian and the Dutch players. In addition to the Dutch and Belgian players,you add in the American players; and the Belgian league is a very competitive and a good league. Now the Dutch league in my times, now now, 4-5 years ago was a very competitive league with 5 or 6 good teams, with very god Americans. Proof of that is what we did in Europe; quarterfinals, we beat Jerusalem, Dynamo Moscow Region, we beat very good teams..we beat Mons. But these days the leagues are very similar, the Dutch league has gotten weaker but it was much stronger in my days.
EU: What is your take on recent rule changes? For example. The moving blocks that become prevalent in almost every league imaginable, Can you tell us more on that? AS: I like them (rule changes)..each year they (FIBA) emphasize one rule and you can see its impact in the games. I would like the refs to look closely at these rules but not as its the Bible. They should take them on their own interpretation, that is what makes the job of being a ref so difficult. When the calls affect the way that the coach can coach games, I don't think its the right thing. If you have to change the way that you coach the games, it is the wrong thing. But like I said, I like the new rules.
EU: How do you see the evolution of the game, over the course of your career? Having been a part of epic games in Euro competition and also National Team Games. AS: I see the game becoming more up tempo, with individual skills taking a larger role now than when I started coaching. We see a lot of one on one play, I actually use a lot of one on one play, the level of individual skill has affected the game positively. The key is to see coaches adapt to the changes in the speed of the game and other ways, the best coaches are also changing as the game changes.
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? AS: Basketball, as we both knw is an emotional game. I think that in the course of the action, players can say or do what they do and when dealing with a coach or a ref it is ok to say things in their ear or up close, but making a cinema out of the situation is unacceptable.
EU: We have heard rumblings of you rejoining the Israeli National Team in the weeks to come. Can you tell us more about this? AS: Yes, I have returned to the National Team and we will be preparing for the European Qualifiers later this year.
EU: What are you plans for the upcoming season 2012/2013? AS: I have signed on with the Israeli National Team, long term and I will also be the CO of ALL junior national teams as well.
EU: Do you want to share anything with your fan base, not only in Israel but also in Holland and in Belgium and across the globe? AS: Speaking of the fans, I have a great appreciation for them, and I know that as they cheer and support you, they can also take that support from you and boo. As such, they are very important and I appreciate what they do to the game.
EU: Any other closing thoughts? AS: As long as OUR hobby is our job, we have to shut up ad say thanks to GOD
EUROBASKET WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THIS TIME TO CONGRATULATE COACH SHIVEK ON ANOTHER SEASON IN BELGIUM. WE WOULD ALSO LIKE TO WISH HIM THE VERY BEST IN HIS NEXT ENDEAVORS, WHEREEVER THEY MAY BE AND WE LOOK TO HERE GREAT THINGS FROM HIM IN THE VERY NEAR FUTURE. BEST SWISHES COACH!
Belgian Top Division I round 22 best performance: Francois Lhoest (by Court Side) - 7 hours ago
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Former international Power forward Francois Lhoest (196-F/C-85) put on an amazing game in the last round for Ninane, receiving a Court Side Top Division I Player of the Week award for round 22. The 31-year old player had a double-double of 27 points and 19 rebounds, while his team beat Ieper (#11, 8-13) 94-87. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on top of the standings. Ninane is placed at 10th position in Belgian Top Division I. Ninane is rather... [read more]
Former international Power forward Francois Lhoest (196-F/C-85) put on an amazing game in the last round for Ninane, receiving a Court Side Top Division I Player of the Week award for round 22. The 31-year old player had a double-double of 27 points and 19 rebounds, while his team beat Ieper (#11, 8-13) 94-87. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on top of the standings. Ninane is placed at 10th position in Belgian Top Division I. Ninane is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 8-12 record. In the team's last game Lhoest had a remarkable 58.3% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Ninane, through which he has constantly improved. Francois Lhoest has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (3rd best: 18.8ppg), assists (6th best: 3.3apg) and averages impressive 53.5% FGP.
The second best player in last round's games was young Sam Hemeleers (180-G-95) of Gistel Oostende. Hemeleers had a very good evening with 24 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course he led Gistel Oostende to another comfortable win outscoring the higher-ranked Waregem (#2, 15-6) 86-64. This victory allowed Gistel Oostende to leave bottom place moving a little bit up to 13th position in the standings. 15 lost games are too many comparing to just six victories Gistel Oostende managed to get this year. Hemeleers is well-known at Gistel Oostende and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.
Third on the list of top players last round was center Mark De Meyer (194-C-88) of Oxaco (#3). De Meyer scored 21 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Oxaco, leading his team to a 92-68 easy win against the lower-ranked RPC Anderlecht (#12, 6-14). Oxaco needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 15 victories and 6 lost games. De Meyer has a very solid season. In 19 games in Belgium he scored 11.0ppg. He also has 5.5rpg and and 3PT: 42.0%.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Mitchel Gorremans (191-F/G-85) of Soba - 19 points and 12 rebounds 5. Justin Kohajda (203-C-96) of Gistel Oostende - 17 points and 7 rebounds 6. Gilles Dierickx (213-C-92) of Ieper - 21 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists 7. Nick Celis (196-G-88) of Oxaco - 15 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists 8. Patrick Hilliman (206-F/C-82) of Melsele - 20 points and 12 rebounds 9. Marius Mwendanga (179-PG-98) of Giants B - 13 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists 10. Jens Bouckaert (PF-91) of Gembo BBC - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
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At Forest National (6,000 spectators) BC Oostende won versus Hubo Limburg United the Final of the Bpost Cup with 60-76 (halftime 29-35). It was Ostend 18th Belgian Cup, the fifth in a row. For coach Dario Gjergja the tenth price, even with five consecutive Belgian titles. Corey Walden was topscorer with 13 points at telenet Ostend. Dusan Djordjevic (193-G-83, agency: BeoBasket) (9 points, 5 rebounds, 9 assists) was MVP of the game. Seth Tuttle from Hubo Limburg United accounted for 17 poi... [read more]
At Forest National (6,000 spectators) BC Oostende won versus Hubo Limburg United the Final of the Bpost Cup with 60-76 (halftime 29-35). It was Ostend 18th Belgian Cup, the fifth in a row. For coach Dario Gjergja the tenth price, even with five consecutive Belgian titles. Corey Walden was topscorer with 13 points at telenet Ostend. Dusan Djordjevic (193-G-83, agency: BeoBasket) (9 points, 5 rebounds, 9 assists) was MVP of the game. Seth Tuttle from Hubo Limburg United accounted for 17 points and 8 rebounds. Telenet Ostend is with 18 wins in 64 editions record holder in the Belgium Cup. Hubo Limburg United-Telenet Oostende 60-76 Hubo Limburg United: Mukubu 4, Proesmans 0, Lemaire 0, Simons 8, Jansen 5, Vanwijn 7, Tuttle 17, Swing 11, Anderson 4, Desiron 0, Miltenburg 0, Lodwick 4 Telenet Oostende: Lambrecht 0, Walden 13, Hemeleers 0, Mwema 10, Keselj 3, Gillet 2, Katic 6, Boukichou 11, Djordjevic 9, Kuridza 4, Kesteloot 9, Newill 9 Quarters: 18-25, 11-10, 14-14, 17-27
Matt Lojeski selected the top Belgian playing abroad in last week's games - 19 hours ago
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We bring you last week's top performances from Belgians who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level. This week's number one is an international guard Matt Lojeski (198-85, agency: Pensack Sports). He contributed to Olympiacos' victory against the sixth-ranked Kolossos HH in the Greek A1 in Monday night's game.
We bring you last week's top performances from Belgians who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.
#1. This week's number one is an international guard Matt Lojeski (198-85, agency: Pensack Sports, college: Hawaii, currently plays in Greece). He contributed to Olympiacos' victory against the sixth-ranked Kolossos HH (10-8) 70-59 in the Greek A1 in Monday night's game.
Lojeski scored 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 22 minutes on the court.
Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (15-0) is placed first in the A1.
So far his team won all fifteen games in the Regular Season.
It's Lojeski's fourth season with the team.
He has relatively good stats this year: 12.7ppg, 5.1rpg, 2.7apg, 2FGP: 65.0%(39-60), 3FGP: 46.6%(34-73) and FT: 85.7% in 17 games he played so far.
Lojeski is a naturalized American.
He is currently a member of the Belgian senior national team. Lojeski used to play for Okapi Aalstar in Belgian league.
#2. Second place goes to an international guard Retin Obasohan (185-93, college: Alabama, currently plays in Italy). He contributed to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked VL Pesaro (6-13) 79-62 in the Italian Serie A last Sunday.
Obasohan recorded 8 points and grabbed 7 rebounds.
Scandone Avellino (13-6) is placed second in the Serie A.
This season Obasohan averages: 6.5ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 45.6%, 3FGP: 26.5% and FT: 65.4%.
He has a dual citizenship: Belgian and Nigerian.
Obasohan is in the roster of the Belgian senior national team.
#3. The Belgian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Sam Van Rossom (188-86, currently plays in Spain). He contributed to an easy victory against the 13th-ranked Zaragoza (7-13) crushing them 100-67 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Sunday night.
Van Rossom scored 9 points and added 3 assists in only 12 minutes.
Valencia Basket (14-5) is placed fourth in the Liga Endesa.
Van Rossom has been at the team for four years.
This season his overall stats are: 4.8ppg, 1.1rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 52.0%, 3FGP: 38.5% in 16 games.
Van Rossom is also a member of the Belgian senior national team.
#4. Point guard Jonathan Tabu (189-85, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a RETAbet BB's victory against the closely-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (9-11) 82-76 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game.
He scored 6 points and added 4 assists.
RETAbet Bilbao Basket (9-10) is placed ninth in the Liga Endesa.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
Tabu's total stats this season are: 7.9ppg, 1.8rpg and 3.2apg.
He is another player who holds two passports: Belgian and Congolese.
Tabu is also Belgian national team player.
#5. International power forward Kevin Tumba (205-91, currently plays in Spain). He could not help one of league's weakest teams UCAM Murcia (6-14) to beat Joventut (6-14).
Tumba scored 6 points, had 4 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 24 minutes.
UCAM Murcia was edged 86-84 on the road by the higher-ranked (#14) Joventut.
This year Tumba's total stats are: 3.5ppg and 4.0rpg in four games.
He has both DR Congolese and Belgian nationalities.
Tumba plays currently for the Belgian national team.
#6. An experienced forward Axel Hervelle (205-83, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jonathan Tabu and both played together in the last Spanish Liga Endesa game.
Hervelle managed to help RETAbet Bilbao Basket to win against the closely-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (9-11) 82-76.
He scored only 4 points and grabbed 7 rebounds.
Hervelle plays seventh season for the team.
Hervelle has averaged so far 5.8ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.8apg and 1.2spg.
He is an international player who is currently on the senior Belgian National Team roster.
#7. International point guard Manu Lecomte (180-95, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the one of league's weakest teams one of league's weakest teams Baylor (9-4) in their last game. Despite Lecomte's very good performance the Baylor was edged 67-65 in Lawrence by the University of Kansas.
He scored 16 points in 39 minutes.
There are only four games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
This year Lecomte has relatively solid stats: 12.8ppg, 1.9rpg and 4.1apg in 26 games.
He is also Belgian national team player.
#8. Forward Kamal Tall (203-95, currently plays in NCAA2) helped Montana St. - Billings win their game against the St.Martin's University 92-83 in the NCAA2 last Saturday.
He recorded 7 points in 21 minutes.
The Montana St. - Billings have 7-9 record this season.
There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA2 Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial.
Tall has averaged so far 5.8ppg and 4.9rpg in 19 games.
He used to play for the Belgian U20 national team
back in 2013.
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). Kayembe could not help Souffelweyersheim (17-7) to beat Orchesien BC (15-9).
He scored 8 points and blocked 2 shots.
Souffelweyersheim was defeated 74-69 on the road by the lower-ranked Orchesien BC (#5).
It's Kayembe's first season with the team.
Kayembe has reliable stats this year: 12.1ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.7apg.
He has a dual citizenship: DR Congolese and Belgian.
#2.Jonathan Dubas (204-F/C-91, currently plays in Switzerland) contributed to Monthey's victory against the closely-ranked Geneve Lions (10-6) 90-79 in the Swiss LNA on Wednesday night.
Dubas scored 7 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 36 minutes.
It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BBC Monthey (13-3) is placed second in the LNA.
It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row.
There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
Dubas has averaged so far 8.3ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.9apg and 1.3spg in 16 games he played so far.
He is another player who holds two passports: Belgian and Swiss.
#3.Leigh Enobakhare (206-C-86, agency: Court Side, currently plays in Holland) managed to help Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden to win against the sixth-ranked Amsterdam (7-13) 79-66 in the Dutch Eredivisie in Thursday night's game.
Enobakhare scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden (14-6) is placed second in the Eredivisie.
It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row.
It's Enobakhare's first season with the team.
He has averaged so far 4.7ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.3bpg.
Enobakhare has both Nigerian and Belgian nationalities.
#4.Christopher Jones (186-G-90, currently plays in Luxembourg) contributed to T71's victory against the fifth-ranked Etzella (6-9) 78-69 in the Luxembourg Total League on Sunday night.
Jones recorded 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
T71 Dudelange (12-8) is placed third in Places 1-6 group.
It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row.
Jones has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.7ppg, 5.0rpg, 3.3apg and 2.3spg.
Jones also holds two passports: Belgian and Luxembourg.
#5.Alhassan Barrie (196-F-95, currently plays in NAIA) was not able to help the Goshen College (0-0) in their game against the Marian University, IN in the CrRdsL.
He recorded only 4 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 21 minutes.
The Goshen College lost 74-78 in Indianapolis to the Marian University, IN.
Barrie has very impressive stats this year: 15.7ppg, 5.0rpg, 3.3apg and 2.3spg in three games.
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