Essor Charleroi (Spirou B) vs. Cuva Houthalen: 88-99
Despite the loss at home against top challengers Cuva Houthalen, Essor (Spirou) Charleroi of young Coach Sebastien Dufour had some good periods offensively. Essor had only scored 64 and 55 points respectively against Kangoeroes and Condors in their first two losses of the season. They are improving and, as time goes by, could become tough contenders in this competition.
Port of Antwerp Giants II vs. Bent Schoenen Waregem: 69-89
The Giants led by Dennis Donkor (194-G/F-91) had a very quick start. Nevrtheless, BS Waregem's big men won the battle of the rebounds: Thomas Foucart (195-F-84) rebounded 6 times, Stan Naudts (195-F-86) grabbed 9 of them, Ahmet Gueye (203-C/F-82, college: Hawaii) had 11 rebounds and Bart Willy Samaey (199-C-87) was untreatable with 14 boards. In the middle of the third quarter, the scoreboard still showed 51-48 for the Giants. The visitors recorded a 0-10 run before the Giants reacted well and came back into the game: 64-65. Thanks to a last 5-24, Waregem finished strongly and recorded a nice win away. Score evolution: 30-21, 40-38, 57-58 and 69-89. Best scorers: Giants II: Peeters 4, Rojas Palma 14, D. Donkor 14, Van Den Broek 2, De Hoon 7, Y. Schoepen 9, Rademakers 7, Marchant 12. BS Waregem: O. Foucart 10, A. Steinbach 19, S. Naudts 12, A. Gueye 25, B. Samaey 12, T. Foucart 8, L. Delepeleire 2.
BBC Haantjes Oudenaarde vs. Gent Dragons: 69-98
Although the Haantjes were particularly boosted after their Belgian Cup win of last week against Sint-Jan Antwerp, the home team could not reiterate this time in a regular Division II season game against last season's Ethias League representatives of Gent Dragons. Although the hosts played well in the first quarter (8-13, 19-17 and 23-26 on the scoreboard), they had to play against a tough defense set by the Dragons. Led by scorers Brian Heinle (205-F-78, agency: Court Side, college: CS Northridge) and Thomas Van De Vondel (194-F/G-80), the Dragons left no chance to their opponents from the beginning of the second quarter on. Score evolution: 23-26, 39-52, 53-74 and 69-98. Best scorers: Haantjes: N/A Dragons: B. Heinle 16, R. Spaens 17, L. Tielens 6, F. Lait 13, T. Van de Vondel 24, M. Van Gelder 14, M. Detiege 2, C. Tshimuanga 6.
St-Niklase Condors vs. Kangoeroes Boom: 78-65
The Division II Dream Team of Boom was defeated by the men of Coach Steve Ibens. This is probably the biggest surprise of 2012-13 Division II Round Three. The whole home team had a great performance and even if some Condors seemed nervous at the beginning of the game, they managed to record a third win (and no loss so far) in the competition.
BasKet Tongeren vs. Point Chaud Sprimont: 82-80
Karim Doukmani (178-G-83) scored the last basket of the game for the winning side and Point Chaud Sprimont missed a last three-point attempt. Score evolution: 12-20, 37-38, 53-56 and 82-80. Best scorers: Tongeren: P. Pipeleers 18, J. Moonen 15. Sprimont: N/A
Belfius Mons Hainaut II vs. Excelsior Brussels: 80-92
Excelsior players proved again that we should count on them to play a key role in the Division II competition this season. Thanks to a strong start and great team spirit, they left no chance to their rivals of last weekend. Week after week, Stephane Pelle (205-C/F-80, college: Colorado) seems to find a better rhythm and is getting very efficient in the paint: 15 points, 9 rebounds, 3 block shots and 1 steal. Score evolution: 18-30, 36-45, 59-64 and 80-92. Best scorers: Mons Hainaut II: N/A Excelsior: E. Mampuya 12, X. Collette 2, N. Verrept 8, M. Depuydt 11, J. Van Haevermaet 16, G. De Pooter 7, J. De Schepper 7, S. Pelle 15, S. Semijejero 14.
CEP Fleurus vs. Sint-Jan Antwerp: 63-76
CEP Fleurus' scorer Kevin Jonniaux (198-G-83), injured, sat on the bench and will still be missing the next two or three games. Senne Geukens (190-G-83) and Vinnie Haerbos (180-PG-90, out after 5 minutes in the game) did not play for Sint-Jan. CEP center Sead Muric (205-C-81) had a great start in this game but was quickly stopped by the Anwerp visitors' defense. Too many bad options chosen by the home team and too many second or even third chances offered by the hosts to Sint-Jan players Mario Brown (202-F-84, college: Jacksonville) or Ashley Druwez (192-G/F-89). The CEP guys of Coach Paul Vervaeck kept chasing behind the very well-balanced Sint-Jan team. Despite many efforts by CEP guards Mitchel Kouwijzer (190-G-87, agency: Court Side), Ludovic Pourtoit (182-G-88) and Thomas Bauwens (192-F-86) to bring their team to -4 in the last quarter, the visitors led by hardworking center Mario Brown and very efficient Bram Raes (211-C-86), Naim El Kounchar (191-G-94), Vincent Verbeeck (196-F-87) and Ashley Druwez recorded a very convincing win at the Salle Andre Robert. Score evolution: 17-21, 32-44, 47-60 and 63-76. Best scorers: CEP Fleurus: M. Kouwijzer 11, C. Manzanza 7, L. Pourtoit 17, T. Bauwens 9, C. Ilongo 7, S. Muric 10, J. Garvin 2. Sint-Jan: V. Haerbos 5, B. Hartshorne 6, V. Verbeeck 16, B. Raes 4, N. El Kounchar 17, A. Druwez 18, M. Brown 10.
Matt Lojeski selected the top Belgian playing abroad in last week's games - 1 hour 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 an easy Olympiacos' victory against one of league's weakest teams Apollon Patras 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 an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Apollon Patras (5-14) 87-70 in the Greek A1 in Monday night's game.
Lojeski recorded 9 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals in 25 minutes on the court.
Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (16-0) is placed first in the A1.
So far his team won all sixteen games in the Regular Season.
It's Lojeski's fourth season with the team.
He has relatively good stats this year: 12.5ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.7apg, 2FGP: 64.1%(41-64), 3FGP: 45.5%(35-77) and FT: 86.4% in 18 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 point guard Sam Van Rossom (188-86, currently plays in Spain). He managed to help Valencia Basket in a victory against one of league's weakest teams Joventut (6-15) 77-72 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Saturday night.
Van Rossom recorded 5 points and added 6 passes in 23 minutes.
Valencia Basket (15-5) is placed third in the Liga Endesa.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
Van Rossom has been at the team for four years.
This season he averages: 4.8ppg, 1.2rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 51.9%, 3FGP: 37.2% in 17 games.
Van Rossom is in the roster of the Belgian senior national team.
#3. The Belgian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced international forward Axel Hervelle (205-83, currently plays in Spain). He led RETAbet BB to a victory against the league outsider La ICL Manresa (3-18) 86-79 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game.
Hervelle recorded 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds.
RETAbet Bilbao Basket (10-10) is placed ninth in the Liga Endesa.
It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row.
Hervelle plays seventh season for the team.
His overall stats this year are: 6.0ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.8apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 45.8%, 3FGP: 27.9% and FT: 76.2%.
Hervelle is also a member of the Belgian senior national team.
#4. Swingman Elias Lasisi (192-92, currently plays in France) could not help Le Portel (8-12) in their last game. Despite his good performance Le Portel lost 66-76 on the road to the much higher-ranked (#4) JSF Nanterre.
Lasisi scored 13 points in 24 minutes. It was his first game for Le Portel this season.
Lasisi is also Belgian national team player.
#5. International point guard Jonathan Tabu (189-85, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Axel Hervelle and both played together in the last Spanish Liga Endesa game.
Tabu contributed to a RETAbet BB's victory against the league outsider La ICL Manresa (3-18) 86-79.
He recorded only 3 points and added 6 passes.
It's Tabu's first season with the team.
Tabu's overall stats this year are: 7.7ppg, 1.9rpg and 3.3apg.
He has a dual citizenship: Belgian and Congolese.
Tabu plays currently for the Belgian national team.
#6. Forward Kamal Tall (203-95, currently plays in NCAA2) was not able to help the Montana St. - Billings in their game against the Concordia University, OR in the NCAA2. Despite his very good performance last Thursday He recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 10 rebounds.
The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA2.
Tall's overall stats this season are: 6.5ppg and 4.9rpg.
He is a former U20 international player as he played for the Belgian team four years ago.
#7. International point guard Manu Lecomte (180-95, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Baylor win their game against the The University of Oklahoma (11-3) 60-54 in the NCAA in Tuesday night's game.
Lecomte scored 11 points and added 6 assists.
The Baylor University has a solid 9-4 conference record this season.
It was his team's 13th consecutive victory in a row.
There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
This season Lecomte has relatively solid stats: 12.4ppg, 1.9rpg and 3.9apg.
He is also Belgian national team player.
#8. Guard Quentin Serron (190-90, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Gravelines-Dunkerque (11-9) in their game against Strasbourg IG (11-9) in the French ProA. Serron cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones.
He scored only 2 points in 18 minutes. It was his first game for Gravelines-Dunkerque this season.
Gravelines-Dunkerque lost 64-72 in Strasbourg to the higher-ranked (#6) Strasbourg IG.
Serron plays currently for the Belgian national team.
The list of other players, who all have Belgian passport but never been selected to any of Belgian national teams:
#1.Andrija Coric (199-F/G-95, currently plays in Croatia) led Cibona to a victory over the league outsider Kvarner (2-16) 98-86 in the Croatian A1 last Friday.
He was MVP of the game. Coric scored 16 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists.
KK Cibona VIP Zagreb (14-4) is placed third in the A1.
It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row.
It's Coric's first season with the team.
This year he averages: 6.8ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.3apg.
Coric has a dual citizenship: Belgian and Croatian.
Despite his Belgian passport, Coric previously played for the Croatian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Belgian team.
#2.Christopher Jones (186-G-90, currently plays in Luxembourg) could not help T71 (12-9) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the fifth-placed T71 (12-9) lost 89-102 on the road to the lower-ranked (#6) Sparta in the Places 1-6 group.
Jones was the top scorer with 30 points. He also added 8 rebounds in 35 minutes.
Jones has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 19.3ppg, 5.8rpg, 3.0apg and 2.8spg in four games he played so far.
Jones is another player who holds two passports: Belgian and Luxembourg.
#3.Ruphin Kayembe (200-F/C-92, currently plays in France) was not able to help Souffelweyersheim in their game against Lorient (10-15) in the French NM1 (third division).
Kayembe recorded 8 points in only 9 minutes.
Souffelweyersheim lost 65-71 on the opponent's court to the much lower-ranked (#16) Lorient.
This year Kayembe has relatively solid stats: 11.9ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.6apg in 25 games.
He has both DR Congolese and Belgian nationalities.
#4.Jonathan Dubas (204-F/C-91, currently plays in Switzerland) was not able to secure a victory for Monthey (13-4) in their game against Boncourt (7-11) in the Swiss LNA. He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones.
Dubas recorded only 2 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.
Monthey was defeated 80-68 at home by the lower-ranked Boncourt (#8).
There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
Dubas' overall stats this season are: 7.9ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.9apg and 1.2spg.
He also holds two passports: Belgian and Swiss.
#5.Charly Pontens (190-PG-95, currently plays in France) managed to help ADA Blois Basket 41 in a victory against the 16th-ranked Saint-Quentin (8-11) 62-53 in the French ProB (second division) in Friday night's game.
Pontens recorded only 3 points in 12 minutes.
ADA Blois Basket 41 (10-9) is placed seventh in the ProB.
This year Pontens' overall stats are: 2.7ppg and 1.8apg in 16 games.
He has dual citizenship: Belgian and French.
In a short release published on the club's official website last week, the VOO Wolves Verviers-Pepinster staff announced that the club will not request a licence to the EuroMillions Basketball League for the 2017-18 season. Despite much energy spent and much dynamism displayed by the Wolves' staff, some partners and several supporters during the last few months, the necessary funds for the new project and for filing a licence application in order to join the EuroMillions League in 2017-18... [read more]
In a short release published on the club's official website last week, the VOO Wolves Verviers-Pepinster staff announced that the club will not request a licence to the EuroMillions Basketball League for the 2017-18 season. Despite much energy spent and much dynamism displayed by the Wolves' staff, some partners and several supporters during the last few months, the necessary funds for the new project and for filing a licence application in order to join the EuroMillions League in 2017-18 could not be gathered.
VOO Wolves Verviers-Pepinster had played in Belgium's top league for 31 consecutive seasons and reached the play-off finals in 2003. The club won the Belgian SuperCup in 2003. The Wolves also participated ten times in major European competitions. In 1993, Go Pass Pepinster also reached the Belgian Cup Final (defeated by Maes Pils Mechelen). Already at the end of the 2015-16 season, the club did not meet the conditions to stay in the pro league and eventually had to give up the idea of filing a EuroMillions League licence application.
Yves Defraigne (51) has handed in his resignation as head coach of Belfius Mons-Hainaut which the club's management has accepted. Current assistant coach Frank Demeulemeester will take over head coaching duties until the end of the season. Yves Defraigne coached Mons from 1999 until 2005 and from 2012 until present. He played with Belfius Mons-Hainaut from 1994 to 1999. Belfius Mons-Hainaut had a difficult season in the EuroMillions Basketball League. After 21 rounds it's rankend at spot... [read more]
Yves Defraigne (51) has handed in his resignation as head coach of Belfius Mons-Hainaut which the club's management has accepted. Current assistant coach Frank Demeulemeester will take over head coaching duties until the end of the season. Yves Defraigne coached Mons from 1999 until 2005 and from 2012 until present. He played with Belfius Mons-Hainaut from 1994 to 1999. Belfius Mons-Hainaut had a difficult season in the EuroMillions Basketball League. After 21 rounds it's rankend at spot number 8 with only 29 points.
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