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.
Telenet Oostende-Hubo Limburg United: final Bpost Cup - 13 hours ago
The final of the Belgium Cup on Sunday, February 19th (Forest National) is a clash between BC Oostende and Hubo Limburg United. Oostende was in the semifinals to strong for Basic Fit Brussels. The team from coach Dario Gjergja won twice against Brussels: 74-62 and 64-74. It is the fifth consecutive finals for Ostend. The club from West Flanders can win the Cup for the 18th time. For Hubo Limburg United it is the first final in the club history. The team of coach Brian Lynch lost the first... [read more]
The final of the Belgium Cup on Sunday, February 19th (Forest National) is a clash between BC Oostende and Hubo Limburg United. Oostende was in the semifinals to strong for Basic Fit Brussels. The team from coach Dario Gjergja won twice against Brussels: 74-62 and 64-74. It is the fifth consecutive finals for Ostend. The club from West Flanders can win the Cup for the 18th time. For Hubo Limburg United it is the first final in the club history. The team of coach Brian Lynch lost the first game (95-90) from Crelan Okapi Aalstar. The second game brought a 89-80 win. More info about the Bpost Final: www.bpost.cup.be. Brussels-Oostende 64-74 Brussels: PECIUKEVICIUS 0-0, MUYA 4-3, DOWE 4-8, LICHODZIJEWSKI 4-0, SIMMONS 9-5, Loubry 5-6, Depuydt 0-0, Ubel 6-6, Bray 0-4 Oostende: DJORDJEVIC 0-6, SALUMU 8-3, GILLET 3-9, KESTELOOT 4-0, KATIC 8-0, Walden 4-7, Mwema 0-4, Keselj 4-0, Boukichou 2-2, Kuridza 0- 0, Newbill 6-4 Quarters: 21-24, 11-15, 18-21, 14-14 Limburg United-Okapi Aalstar 89-80 Limburg United MUKUBU 7-5, LODWICK 11-8, SWING 7-2, ANDERSON 4-5, TUTTLE 5-16, Simons 0-2, Jansen 3-0, Lasisi 5-2, Van Wijn 3-2 Desiron 2-0, Lemaire 0-0 Okapi Aalstar: EL KHOUNCHAR 8-9 TROISFONTAINES 0-0, TOFI 8-4, V. TAYLOR 5-15, AMIS 7-0 De Thaey 0-0 Landis 0-8, R. Taylor 0-0; Geukens 12-8 Quarters: 29-23, 18-17, 26-25, 16-15
Port of Antwerp Giants picked up on the fourth day of the FIBA Europe Cup with a brilliant comeback. The Giants won after a 33-44 disadvantage halfway against the Turkish Demir Insaat: 86-64. Six players were in the double figures. The selection of coach Roel Moors is now leader in group L. The six group winners and the best second runners up of the six groups qualify for the 1 / 8th finals of the FIBA Europe Cup.
Port of Antwerp Giants-Demir Insaat 86-64
Port of Antwerp Giants: Kanda 0... [read more]
Port of Antwerp Giants picked up on the fourth day of the FIBA Europe Cup with a brilliant comeback. The Giants won after a 33-44 disadvantage halfway against the Turkish Demir Insaat: 86-64. Six players were in the double figures. The selection of coach Roel Moors is now leader in group L. The six group winners and the best second runners up of the six groups qualify for the 1 / 8th finals of the FIBA Europe Cup. Port of Antwerp Giants-Demir Insaat 86-64 Port of Antwerp Giants: Kanda 0, Beghin 8, Peeters 0, Clark 12, Ware 10, Hawkins 13, Anderson 11, Yoeri Schoepen 11, Marchant 10, Smith 0, Rogiers 0 , Conger 6 Demir Insaat: Johnson 10, Yildizli 16, Stipanovic 10, Erulku 0, Eldridge 12, Hayes 6, Caloiaro 9, Tekin 1, Quarters: 20-22, 13-22, 24-9, 29-13 Result group L: Prievidza (Svk)-Gravelines (Fra) 68-79 Standings group L FIBA Europe Cup: 1. Port of Antwerp Giants 4-7; 2. Demir Insaat 4-7; 3. Gravelines 4-5; 4. Prievidza 4-5
Maccabi Kiryat Gat (Winner League) agreed terms with 33-year old American forward Brandon Bowman (206-84, college: Georgetown). He just played at Spirou in Belgian Euromillions League. In 12 games he had very impressive stats: 16.7ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.8apg and 1.5spg this season. Bowman also played 11 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 13.2ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.2apg and 1.3spg. He also spent pre-season at Al Rayyan (D1) in Qatari league earlier that year. In 2006 Bowman was drafted... [read more]
Maccabi Kiryat Gat (Winner League) agreed terms with 33-year old American forward Brandon Bowman (206-84, college: Georgetown). He just played at Spirou in Belgian Euromillions League. In 12 games he had very impressive stats: 16.7ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.8apg and 1.5spg this season. Bowman also played 11 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 13.2ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.2apg and 1.3spg. He also spent pre-season at Al Rayyan (D1) in Qatari league earlier that year. In 2006 Bowman was drafted by Yakama Sun Kings (CBA) in third round (30th overall). The former Georgetown University staris in his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball. He is quite experienced player. Bowman's career allowed him to visit five different continents, while he played in eleven different countries. Bowman tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia, Latin America, Australia and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Bulgaria, Cyprus (Petrolina AEK Larnaca), France (Le Mans), Germany (BBC Bayreuth and SC Rasta Vechta), Italy, Korea (Samsung Thunders and Dongbu Promy), New Zealand (Saints), Puerto Rico (Manati), Serbia (Crvena Zvezda), Turkey and Israel (Galil Gilboa and Maccabi Rishon). On Bowman:
A very versatile player who can spend time in either forward slot. Good shooter and quick runner, can score in traffic or create his shot from the dribble. Goes well to the offensive rebounds, has a great leaping ability. Above all, he' s a very good defender on every kind of opponent, with a relentless mentality that makes him a very good player for the European leagues.
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