Essor Charleroi (Spirou B) vs. Sint-Jan Antwerp: 83-81
First success this season for the young talents of Essor Charleroi also involved in the BDL-Belgian Development League under the Belgacom Spirou bannner. On Sunday morning, the young guys of coach Sebastien Dufour surprisingly finished on top over Sint-Jan -- still without injured Vinnie Haerbos (180-PG-90) -- after 40 minutes of play. Despite efforts in offense by Senne Geukens (190-G-83, back in action after a few recovery days following injury), Brett Hartshorne (199-C/F-92) and Mario Brown (202-F-84, college: Jacksonville), the Jantjes could not avoid a first loss in the regular Division II season. French players Yann Siegwarth (184-PG-93), Arthur Zuccolini (210-F/C-91) and Luc Louves (207-C/F-89, agency: Three Eye Sports), helped by their Belgian team mate Boris Penninck (202-C-88), found the right rhythm and were always challenging in this game. They led Essor (Spirou B) to a very first victory in this competition. Watch for this young team in the future as they get better and better each week. Score evolution: 25-20, 42-37, 58-64 and 83-81. Best scorers: Essor: Y. Siegwarth 23, A. Lambot 2, J. Dedave 3, J. Stas 11, A. Zuccolini 16, A. Eyenga 3, B. Penninck 17, L. Louves 8. Sint-Jan: B. Hartshorne 20, V. Verbeeck 1, B. Raes 4, N. El Kounchar 9, A. Druwez 9, S. Geukens 23, L. Anthonis 2, M. Brown 13.
CEP Fleurus vs. Bent Schoenen Waregem: 79-63
CEP President Giovanni Mureddu was unhappy after the loss of his team in Oudenaarde last week. He cannot wait to see his team leader Kevin Jonniaux (198-G-83, still injured and unavailable for a while) come back in action. In the meantime, the CEPmen welcomed last season's play-off finalists of BS Waregem on Friday night. Stijn Dhondt (197-F-79, college: Boston U.) was sidelined with some injury for the visitors. After a slow start and easy lay-ups missed, CEP Fleurus trailed behind in the first minutes of the game but finished well the first quarter to tie the game: 18-18. Arne Steinbach (182-PG-92) in fastbreak situation as well as Ahmet Gueye (203-C/F-82, college: Hawaii) and Bart Willy Samaey (199-C-87) in the paint had been incisive for the visitors. Unexpectedly, BS Waregem looked nevertheless completely unable to react in the second quarter when CEP's young talent Louis Hazard (199-F-94) showed the way to the victory to his mates. Experienced CEP players Thomas Bauwens (192-F-86, nice reaction after last week's rather poor performance) and Sead Muric (205-C-81) (very efficient inside and from mid-range) had some strong plays. Spectacular forwards Christian Ilongo (194-F-85, agency: Promotex) and Christian Manzanza (193-F-85, college: Peninsula JC) also made the local attendance enthusiastic in the second and third quarters. Special mention to two other CEP players: Amaury Marion (196-F-91) for his excellent second half and to Ludovic Pourtoit (182-G-88) who hit crucial shots at the right time. Efforts by Arne Steinbach (who, thanks to a double affiliation, played with Okapi Aalstar against Spirou Charleroi in Ethias League the next day), Stan Naudts (195-F-86) and Ahmet Gueye (15 rebounds) in the last minutes of the game allowed BS Waregem to reduce the gap. Final score: 79-63.
See TV report on Telesambre: http://telesambre.rtc.be/content/view/15474/471/ Score evolution: 18-18, 45-29, 66-40 and 79-63. Best scorers: CEP: A. Marion 12, M. Kouwijzer 3, C. Manzanza 8, S. Muric 10, L. Pourtoit 12, L. Hazard 11, T. Bauwens 9, C. Ilongo 14. BS Waregem: A. Steinbach 21, A. Gueye 15, S. Naudts 7, B. Samaey 11, H. Loontiens 7, T. Delmulle 2.
Gembo BBC vs. Point Chaud Sprimont: 92-101
The visitors led by Frederic Delsaute (191-F-86) have won away against last season's Division II champions. Gembo's coach Stefan Sappenberghs will have to focus on his team's defense in the next few weeks.
Port of Antwerp Giants II vs. BBC Haantjes Oudenaarde: 66-89
Under the lead of Mikhail Linskens (213-C-87, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Wyoming), Gilles Mestdag (197-F/C-80, college: Siskiyous JC) and Jean Salumu (193-F-90), the Haantjes gave no chance to their hosts of Port of Antwerp Giants II. A strong defense by Salumu on Dennis Donkor (194-G/F-91) and nice presence by the "big Haantjes" in the paint allowed the visitors to win their second regular season game in a row. Score evolution: 16-27, 28-43, 44-60 and 66-89. Best scorers: Giants II: N/A Haantjes: G. Mestdag 27, J. Salumu 22, J. Bourdeaux 2, N. De Lepeleire 4, L. Lhote 6, M. Linskens 23, S. Vande Walle 2, S. De Lepeleire 3.
Sint-Niklase Condors vs. Cuva Houthalen: 111-80
Cuva Houthalen recorded its first loss of the season in Sint-Niklaas on Saturday night. The Condors looked quite superior through the whole game. The Cuva players of Head Coach Brian Lynch should work on their defense. Their opponents have resp. scored 93, 88, 116 and 111 points so far in Cuva's first four games of the regular Division II season. The Condors remain undefeated in this competition.
BasKet Tongeren vs. Excelsior Brussels: 77-94
The home team of Coach Ludo Horions could not do much against Excelsior. BasKet Tongeren only scored 6 points in the first quarter of the game and never came close to Excelsior. Again this weekend, the club from the Belgian capital clearly showed that it has great ambitions in 2012-13. The stats of the visitors were quite exceptional (e.g. the team had 56 rebounds and 30 assists) in the contest against BasKet Tongeren. Special mention to Lars Maesfrancx (197-F-90) who had 17 points, 12 rebounds, 1 assist and 2 steals in this game for the Brussels' team. Royal Excelsior Brussels is undefeated so far in the Belgian Division II competition. Score evolution: 6-26, 31-52, 48-73 and 77-94. Best scorers: Tongeren: N/A Excelsior: E. Mampuya 17, X. Collette 8, N. Verrept 14, M. Depuydt 5, J. Van Haevermaet 5, G. De Pooter 10, L. Maesfrancx 17, S. Pelle 12, S. Semijejero 6.
Belfius Mons Hainaut II vs. Gent Dragons: 76-84
A great start (0-5, 2-12 and 16-31) and more experience in the last minutes allowed the Dragons to travel back from Mons with a nice win. The young team of Belfius Mons Hainaut II with excellent Lorenzo Giancaterino (190-F/G-90), Amaury Gorgemans (212-C-92), Kevin Tumba (192-F/G-91) and Emmanuel Lecomte (180-G-95) finished strongly in this week's game but it was not sufficient to create a surprise. It was eventually a close game but great defense by Leigh Enobakhare (206-C-86, agency: Court Side) and his mates as well as great offensive plays by Thomas Van De Vondel (194-F/G-80) made the difference in favour of Gent Dragons. In the press last week, Dragons' US player Brian Heinle (205-F-78, agency: Court Side, college: CS Northridge) said that he and his mates were playing for the title this season (source: De Gentenaar). Score evolution: 14-22, 25-47, 48-62 and 76-84. Best scorers: Mons Hainaut II: L. Giancaterino 21, E. Lecomte 16, L. Schwartz 8, A. Gorgemans 15, K. Tumba 16. Dragons: B. Heinle 18, F. Lait 9, T. Van De Vondel 33, M. Van Gelder 11, M. Detiege 2, C. Tshimuanga 7, L. Enobakhare 4.
Victories for Ostende and Charleroi in Champions League - 10 hours ago
On the seventh rond of the Champions League BC Telenet Oostende and Proximus Spirou Charleroi realised handsome victories. After the first round the Belgian champion and Spirou Charleroi count 3 on 7 and remain in the running for qualification for the second round. BC Oostende (group D) won 82-70 (halftime 46-39) from the Croatian Cibona Zagreb. Proximus Spirou Charleroi (group E) won on the road and with 74-79 (31-36 halftfime) at Hungarian champion Szolnoki
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On the seventh rond of the Champions League BC Telenet Oostende and Proximus Spirou Charleroi realised handsome victories. After the first round the Belgian champion and Spirou Charleroi count 3 on 7 and remain in the running for qualification for the second round. BC Oostende (group D) won 82-70 (halftime 46-39) from the Croatian Cibona Zagreb. Proximus Spirou Charleroi (group E) won on the road and with 74-79 (31-36 halftfime) at Hungarian champion Szolnoki Telenet Oostende-Cibona Zagreb 82-70 Telenet Oostende: Walden 10, Mwema 0, Keselj 5, Gillet 13, Salumu 7, Katic 10, Boukichou 20, Djordjevic 1, Kuridza 6, Kesteloot 3, Newbill 7 Quarters: 25-17, 21-22, 12-18, 24-13 Szolnoki-Spirou Proximus Charleroi 74-79 Spirou Proximus Charleroi; Libert 21, Fusek 1, Iarochevitch 8, Lambto 0, Marnegrave 4, Harris 5, Richardson 0 , Gaudoux 2, Bowman 15, Shepherd 16, Kemp 3, Schwartz 4 Quarters: 16-25, 15-11, 24-20, 19-23
Tony Gugino (ex Liege) joins Phoenix Galati - 14 hours ago
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CS Phoenix Galati (Liga Nationala) agreed terms with 30-year old American power forward Tony Gugino (207-96kg-86, college: Hillsdale). He started the season at betFIRST Liege Basket in Belgian Euromillions League. In 7 games he had 9.6ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.9apg, 1.3spg and 1.0bpg this season. The last season Gugino played at Rilski in Bulgarian NBL where in 33 games he recorded 13.0ppg, 9.2rpg, 1.3apg and 1.4spg. He helped them to win the cup and make to league semifinals. Quite impressive seaso... [read more]
CS Phoenix Galati (Liga Nationala) agreed terms with 30-year old American power forward Tony Gugino (207-96kg-86, college: Hillsdale). He started the season at betFIRST Liege Basket in Belgian Euromillions League. In 7 games he had 9.6ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.9apg, 1.3spg and 1.0bpg this season. The last season Gugino played at Rilski in Bulgarian NBL where in 33 games he recorded 13.0ppg, 9.2rpg, 1.3apg and 1.4spg. He helped them to win the cup and make to league semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com Bulgarian League All-Imports Team, Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game. Gugino also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 12.7ppg, 7.8rpg (#3 in the league), 1.2apg and 1.2spg. Gugino has played previously professionally in Switzerland (Monthey, Massagno and Boncourt) and Bulgaria (Yambol). He attended Hillsdale College until 2009 and it is his eighth season as a professional player.
Ubel's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - 3 days ago
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25-year old power forward Brandon Ubel (209-F/C-91, agency: Pensack Sports) had a very impressive game in the last round for Brussels and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10. He had a double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Aalstar (#4, 6-4) 88-81. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Brussels is placed at 3rd position in Belgian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this sea... [read more]
25-year old power forward Brandon Ubel (209-F/C-91, agency: Pensack Sports) had a very impressive game in the last round for Brussels and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10. He had a double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Aalstar (#4, 6-4) 88-81. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Brussels is placed at 3rd position in Belgian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Brussels will need more victories to improve their 6-3 record. In the team's last game Ubel had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Brussels and it's hard to imagine this team without him. University of Nebraska graduate has very impressive stats this year. Ubel is in league's top in points (9th best: 14.7ppg), rebounds (8th best: 6.3rpg) and averages solid 66.2% FGP.
Second best performed player last round was Seth Tuttle (203-F-92) of Limburg United. He is American forward in his first season at Limburg United. In the last game Tuttle recorded impressive 13 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Of course he led Limburg United to another comfortable win 93-75 over slightly higher-ranked Leuven (#9, 3-7) being unquestionably team leader. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Limburg United is still at the dead bottom 10th position. 8 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories Limburg United managed to get this year. Tuttle is a newcomer at Limburg United and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.
Third place about best performers goes to John Tofi (203-C/F-84, agency: Pensack Sports) of Aalstar (#4). Tofi showcased his all-around game by recording 20 points, seven rebounds and five assists in the last round. Despite Tofi's great performance Aalstar lost 81-88 to #3 ranked Brussels. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Aalstar needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 6 victories and 4 lost games. Tofi has a great season in Belgium. After 10 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.6ppg (6th best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Jason Clark (188-G-90) of Antwerp - 28 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists 5. Codi Miller-McIntyre (190-G-94) of Leuven - 25 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists 6. Domien Loubry (186-PG-85) of Brussels - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 9 assists 7. Jordan Swing (198-F-90) of Limburg United - 13 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists 8. Vincent Simpson (185-PG-88) of Liege - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists 9. Wesley Channels (190-PG-88) of Kangoeroes - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists 10. Pape Badji (208-F/C-92) of Kangoeroes - 15 points and 7 rebounds
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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