In a real thriller, Cuva Houthalen defeated last year's Division II champions of BBC Gembo Borgerhout on Sunday afternoon. It was a real propaganda for the Belgian Division II competition. Three-pointers, spectacular baskets, great defensive plays, fantastic percentage, score changes, all ingredients to make a great game of basketball! Although he had a slow start, Jason Westrol (191-G-88, college: Bentley) was quite decisive for the home team in the second half. He and Gembo's proactive Domien Loubry (186-G-85) were the two players who scored the 100th point on each side. In a last effort, Cuva's center Odell Hodge (204-C/F-73, college: ODU) blocked the last three-point attempt by Gembo to definitely offer his team the win. Score evolution: 18-24, 64-52, 83-81 and 119-116. Best scorers: Cuva: R. McCollum 28, J. Westrol 26, O. Hodge 24, W. Jacobs 9, C. Koonings 8, H. Vanwijn 8, D. Clemente 4, K. Schrooten 3. Gembo: D. Loubry 31 and N. Celis 33.
BBC Haantjes Oudenaarde vs. CEP Fleurus: 85-58
Great win for the Haantjes. In the local media last week, home team's center Mikhail Linskens (213-C-87, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Wyoming) had announced a warm welcome to the visitors of CEP Fleurus who have been unable to score much since the beginning of the season. The visitors always trailed behind and had a poor second quarter. Jean Salumu (193-F-90) will be a true leader this season for the Haantjes. Score evolution: 21-18, 39-26, 64-41 and 85-58. Best scorers: Haantjes: G. De Lepeleire 10, J. Bourdeaux 15, J. Salumu 23, G. Mestdag 23, M. Linskens 4, L. Lhote 10. CEP: A. Marion 2, R. Van Den Berghe 2, C. Manzanza 11, L. Pourtoit 12, M. Kouwijzer 3, T. Bauwens 5, L. Hazard 8, S. Muric 2, C. Ilongo 13.
Bent Schoenen Waregem vs. Belfius Mons Hainaut II: 69-76
In the first 20 minutes, Emmanuel Lecomte (180-G-95) and Loic Schwartz (198-G/F-92) were pretty impressive on the visitors' side. Loic Schwartz hit four important three-pointers in the second quarter of the game. Even if the third and fourth quarters were better for BS Waregem, the gap at the half (27-44) was already too big. BS Waregem, led by Thomas Foucart (195-F-84), could not come closer than 6 points behind their guests from Province Hainaut. Belfius Mons Hainaut II recorded therefore a first win in the current regular Division II season. Score evolution: 8-15, 27-44, 43-59 and 69-76. Best scorers: BS Waregem: A. Steinbach 5, B. Samaey 14, H. Loontiens 3, S. Naudts 14, O. Foucart 6, T. Foucart 15, L. De Lepeleire 2, A. Gueye 10. Mons Hainaut II: D. Walasiak 2, M. Pretto 5, E. Lecomte 26, G. Vlamynck 6, L. Schwartz 20, M. Renard 16, K. Tumba 4.
Gent Dragons vs. Port of Antwerp Giants II: 83-65
The young Belgian Giants of Coach Luc Smout showed their full potential in the first half at the Tolhuis Arena in Ghent. Nevertheless, the Dragons with freshly hired Leigh Enobakhare (206-C-86, agency: Court Side) and powerful US player Brian Heinle (205-F-78, agency: Court Side, college: CS Northridge) outrebounded the Giants 39-29 in this game. The hosts also hit crucial shots and maintained a rather good shooting percentage through the whole game: 27/48 from 2-pts range and 6/19 from 3-pts range. Score at half-time: 35-43 Best scorers: Dragons: J. Jones 2, B. Heinle 18, R. Spaens 16, F. Lait 11, T. Van De Vondel 13, M. Van Gelder 7, L. Enobokhare 14, C. Tshimuanga 2. Giants II: A. Rojas Palma 11, B. Van Den Broek 7, M. Van Steenwinkel 4, Ya. Schoepen 14, Yo. Schoepen 7, D. Marchant 16.
Sint-Jan Antwerp vs. BasKet Tongeren: 84-79
Senne Geukens and Vinnie Haerbos (both injured) were missing for Division II leading team Sint-Jan. BasKet Tongeren started well. Peter Pipeleers (202-F/C-80) and Jean Delva (197-F/G-87) showed the way to the basket for the visitors who led 6-11 after 4 minutes in the game. The Jantjes of Coach Steve Cornelis reacted well and, after 14-13, were in front at the end of the first quarter: 24-21 on the scoreboard. Just like last week, when Sint-Jan visited CEP Fleurus, the whole Sint-Jan side remained concentrated and put the visitors 13 points behind at the half: 48-35. Peter Pipeleers sat on the BasKet Tongeren's bench with 3 personal fouls through the second quarter. The guests quickly came back into the game in the third quarter via 48-45 and 52-50 but also missed some attempts later on. It was 63-54 after 30 minutes. When the scoreboard showed 69-70 in the final quarter, the home team made a last effort to take the lead again in the last minutes and finished with a win: 84-79. Ashley Druwez (192-G/F-89), Vincent Verbeeck (196-F-87), Naim El Kounchar (191-G-94) and Brett Hartshorne (199-C/F-92) particularly played well and helped their team record a perfect run (4 wins out of 4 games played) so far in this competition. Here are the game highlights broadcasted on ATV Scoren last Sunday: http://www.atv.be/item/sint-jan-haalt-4-op-4. Score evolution: 24-21, 48-35, 63-54 and 84-79.
Point Chaud Sprimont vs. Kangoeroes Boom: 76-78
Always very tough to play in Point Chaud Sprimont, a team with Belgian players only. The game was played on Friday, Sep. 28th at 21:00. Short but important win for the visitors after their surprising loss of last week in Sint-Niklaas. The home team of Coach Pascal Horrion has a record of 1 win and 2 losses so far. The two lost games were at home. Best scorers: Sprimont: G. Donnay 12, R. Delhaye 5, F. Delsaute 15, J. Flagothier 8, F. Forthomme 1, G. Hertay 13, G. Vrancken 14, J.-B. Thom 4, F. Manset 4. Kangoeroes: S. Bellin 19, W. Dobbelaere 15, D. Souveryns 18, W. Van Schil 5, Bessems 2, M. Gorremans 19.
Excelsior Brussels vs. Essor Charleroi (Spirou B) (to be played on 2012-11-18)
John Tofi extends deal with Aalstar - May 25, 2016
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Aalstar and John Tofi(203-C/F-84, college: UTEP, agency: Pensack Sports) agreed on terms of contract renewal. The centre has penned a new two-year deal with the team. John Tofi tallied 15.7 points, 7.2 rebounds per game last season. John Tofi has been playing for Aalstar since 2012. Previously he had stints with Leuven and Pepinster. [read more]
Aalstar and John Tofi (203-C/F-84, college: UTEP, agency: Pensack Sports) agreed on terms of contract renewal. The centre has penned a new two-year deal with the team. John Tofi tallied 15.7 points, 7.2 rebounds per game last season. John Tofi has been playing for Aalstar since 2012. Previously he had stints with Leuven and Pepinster.
21-year old domestic international forward Vincent Kesteloot (201-95, agency: Priority Sports) left Crelan Okapi Aalstar (Scooore League). In 32 games he had 8.5ppg and 2.6rpg this season. Kesteloot played there also last season. In 35 Scooore League games he recorded 3.5ppg and 1.4rpg. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. Kesteloot also played at Okapi Aalstar earlier that season. He played there also l... [read more]
21-year old domestic international forward Vincent Kesteloot (201-95, agency: Priority Sports) left Crelan Okapi Aalstar (Scooore League). In 32 games he had 8.5ppg and 2.6rpg this season. Kesteloot played there also last season. In 35 Scooore League games he recorded 3.5ppg and 1.4rpg. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. Kesteloot also played at Okapi Aalstar earlier that season. He played there also last season. Kesteloot also played 12 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded 3.0ppg and 2.0rpg. Despite young age Kesteloot had impressive career. He was voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Honorable Mention in 2015. He has been also a member of Belgian international program for some years. Kesteloot played for Belgian senior team this year and previously for U18 National Team between 2012 and 2013. He represented Belgium at the European Championships U20 in Lignano Sabbiadoro (Italy) last year. His stats at that event were 10 games: 15.3ppg, 6.7rpg, FGP: 50.8%, 3PT: 28.3%, FT: 76.6%. Kesteloot has played previously for another Belgian team Sint-Jans Antwerpen.
Crelan Okapi Aalstar (Scooore League) signed 25-year old domestic forward Thomas De Thaey (203-111kg-91, college: North Carolina State). He moved there from Stella Artois Leuven Bears (Scooore League) where he played this season. In 30 games he had 11.4ppg and 6.6rpg. The last season De Thaey played at Antwerp Giants. In 32 Scooore League games he recorded 4.6ppg and 3.1rpg. He helped them to make it to the supercup final. De Thaey also played 12 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded... [read more]
Crelan Okapi Aalstar (Scooore League) signed 25-year old domestic forward Thomas De Thaey (203-111kg-91, college: North Carolina State). He moved there from Stella Artois Leuven Bears (Scooore League) where he played this season. In 30 games he had 11.4ppg and 6.6rpg. The last season De Thaey played at Antwerp Giants. In 32 Scooore League games he recorded 4.6ppg and 3.1rpg. He helped them to make it to the supercup final. De Thaey also played 12 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded just 2.8ppg and 1.9rpg. The previous (13-14) season he played at Kangoeroes. In 34 Scooore League games he recorded 12.2ppg and 5.9rpg in 2013-14 season. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. In 12-13 season De Thaey played at Telenet BC Oostende. But in 15 Scooore League games he recorded only 1.6ppg and 1.3rpg in 2012-13 season. He contributed to his team winning the league title and the cup. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others De Thaey was voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Division B 2nd Team back in 2010 at his college time. De Thaey represented Belgium at the European Championships U20 Division B in Sarajevo (Bosnia) five years ago. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 8 games: 9.9ppg, 7.0rpg, FGP: 46.7%, 3PT: 29.6%, FT: 81.3%. De Thaey has played also professionally in Spain (Canarias Basketball Academy). He attended North Carolina State until 2013 and it is his third season as a professional player. De Thaey could be described:
Thomas is an extremly strong player who fights for every rebound. He is more SF/PF than classic PF or Center but he can play back to the basket as well he can shoot from the mid/long range. He can play defense against bigger players thanks to his strength and he can stop smaller SF thanks to his speed. Great player with a lot of skills and role modes. Can finnish above the rim. He is very good in transition - runs the floor very well. Great teammate to have!.
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