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.
Belgian Top Division I round 22 best performance: Francois Lhoest (by Court Side) - 1 day 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
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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 - 2 days 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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