Belfius Mons Hainaut II vs. Cuva Houthalen: 102-98
One more evidence that going to the mons.arena on a Friday night is definitely not easy. The Belfius Mons Hainaut II team with great young talents like Lorenzo Giancaterino (190-F/G-90), Emmanuel Lecomte (180-G-95), Amaury Gorgemans (212-C-92), Loic Schwartz (198-G/F-92) and mates have already won three games in this Division II competition. Cuva Houthalen was still quite efficient in offense but, again, could not avoid their opponents' highscoring of 102 points. Cuva's stats show that the team of Province Limburg has had "612 points against" in 6 games played (average: 102.00). Also to be mentioned: the debut of US player Brian Tracey (195-F-88) for Cuva Houthalen. Best scorers: Mons Hainaut II: N/A Cuva: B. Tracey 11.
CEP Fleurus vs. Sint-Niklase Condors: 72-69
CEP player Kevin Jonniaux (198-G-83) warmed up but did not play in this game. He should be back in action soon and will have a new team mate: CEP eventually did not sign Karim Nesba (188-G-86, agency: Promotex, college: Auburn-Montgomery) but inked Anthony Chada (196-G/F-89) instead. Chada convinced the CEP staff after some try-outs. The Sint-Niklase Condors of coach Steve Ibens started strongly in this game. Sebastien Vermeulen (207-F/C-81) gave a hard time to the CEP big men in the paint. In the first quarter, Anthony Chada played his first minutes with CEP Fleurus but this was not enough to put an end to the visitors' efficiency in the paint and in fastbreak situation: 11-19 after ten minutes. The Condors played very well during two third of the game. CondorElias Lasisi (192-G/F-92) hit big three-pointers at the end of the second and third quarters: 27-41 and 51-57. Christian Ilongo (194-F-85, agency: Promotex), Louis Hazard (199-F-94), Amaury Marion (196-F-91) and Ludovic Pourtoit (182-G-88) had boosted their team in the third quarter but CEP was still behind after thirty minutes. Fans of both sides were thrilled by the game but also annoyed by obnoxious referees' calls in the final quarter. The home team tied the game at 57-57 but Steve Ibens' well-balanced squad, although counting some players in foul trouble, quickly re-took the lead at 57-64 with 6'21" remaining in the game. Christian Ilongo, physically fit and very spectacular through the whole game, gave the advantage to his team at 67-66. The Condors lost Joao-Pedro De Decker (190-F-83) and Jeroen Gerlo (193-C-85) who were fouled out in the last quarter while Christian Manzanza (193-F-85, college: Peninsula JC) of CEP also had a fifth foul. The visitors made 67-69 but the CEPmen reassured their fans by hitting important shots and free-throws in the last minute. Ilongo fixed the final score from the line at 72-69 and the Condors missed a last attempt from long range. See free video highlights (comments in French) on Telesambre: http://telesambre.rtc.be/content/view/15718/471/. Score evolution: 11-19, 27-41, 51-57 and 72-69. Best scorers: CEP: A. Marion 10, C. Manzanza 3, L. Pourtoit 10, T. Bauwens 9, L. Hazard 10, S. Muric 2, C. Ilongo 26, A. Chada 2. Condors: N/A
Essor Charleroi (Spirou B) vs. Gembo BBC: 72-91
After a good start by Essor (21-17) led by Boris Penninck (202-C-88), BBC Gembo came back slowly in the race. Ward Lemaire (196-F-80) showed the way to his Gembo mates but the young hardworking Essor players remained on top at the half: 44-43. Thanks to a tremendous job offensively in the third quarter, Stefan Sappenberghs' guys took a large lead and left the home team almost without reaction: 49-73. Essor managed to slightly reduce the gap in the last quarter but it was too late for them to avoid a new defeat at home: 72-91 on the scoreboard after 40 minutes.
Sint-Jan Antwerp vs. Gent Dragons: 80-89
Head to head in the first minutes of this game: 4-6, 7-6 and 9-9. The visitors then took a larger lead and even recorded +13 just after half-time (45-58). Nevertheless, Senne Geukens (190-G-83) led the Jantjes to a fantastic come-back and made 58-58 in the third quarter. It was a whole new game from then on but the strong defense of the visitors made the difference in the end. With strong men like Brian Heinle (205-F-78, agency: Court Side, college: CS Northridge), Leigh Enobakhare (206-C-86, agency: Court Side) and Constantin Mukole Tschimuanga (86) in the paint, the Dragons are quite impressive as far as defending and rebounding are concerned. Sint-Jan was left behind and remained silent as the Dragons defended very well. The visitors benefited therefore of fastbreak situations: 63-65, 65-77, 66-82, 74-83 and finally 80-89 on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter. Score evolution: 16-27, 41-47, 63-65 and 80-89. Best scorers: Dragons: B. Heinle 6, R. Spaens 15, L. Tielens 12, F. Lait 8, T. Van De Vondel 17, M. Van Gelder 9, L. Enobakhare 18, M. Detiege 2, C. Tshimuanga 7. Sint-Jan: V. Haerbos 5, B. Hartshorne 16, V. Verbeeck 2, B. Raes 2, N. El Khounchar 10, A. Druwez 8, S. Geukens 23, L. Anthonis 2, V. Kesteloot 4, P. Smulders 4, M. Brown 4.
Bent Schoenen Waregem vs. Excelsior Brussels: 81-84
The home team (without Stan Naudts and Stijn Dhondt, two main players) always trailed behind in this game. After a crucial time-out taken by BS Waregem's coach Sven Declercq when the scoreboard showed 47-60, the hosts came closer and closer. After 59-62 indeed, the visitors (without injured players Emma Mampuya, Stephane Pelle and Jonathan Kabangu) relaunched the machine and had interesting offensive plays to make 74-81. Despite missing last attempts, the Excelsior team remained ahead in the last seconds of the game and had gained sufficient advantage to eventually win it: 81-84 (final score). Serge Grevecoeur, the Brussels' coach, told the press last week that Excelsior experienced player Stephane Pelle ( (205-C/F-80, college: Colorado, injured) could miss quite a few games. Special mention to Gregory De Pooter (196-F-84) who scored 26 points for the winners and Ahmet Gueye (203-C/F-82, college: Hawaii) and Bart Samaey (199-C-87) who recorded "double doubles" on the losing side. Score evolution: 17-20, 33-40, 61-67 and 81-84. Best scorers: BS Waregem: A. Gueye 18 (19 rebounds), B. Samaey 15 (14 rebounds), T. Foucart 14, O. Foucart 13, L. Loontiens 12, A. Steinbach 6, L. Delepeleire 3. Excelsior: X. Collette 8, N. Verrept 13, M. Depuydt 7, G. De Pooter 26, L. Maesfrancx 11, J. De Schepper 11, S. Semijejero 8.
BBC Haantjes Oudenaarde vs. Point Chaud Sprimont: 89-78
It is undoubtedly always tough to play Point Chaud Sprimont, a true run-and-shooting team. The first half remained close and the visitors played well to stay in the race. The Haantjes did not fall into the trap. They were more efficient in offense in the third quarter and eventually won the game at the Sporthal Rode Los. Laurent LHote (182-PG-84), with 20 points, led the Haantjes in scoring. Special Mention to Frederic Delsaute (191-F-86) who had 21 points for the losing team. It is the fifth win in a row for BBC Haantjes Oudenaarde. Score evolution: 17-18, 35-35, 65-56 and 89-78. Best scorers: Haantjes: G. Delepeleire 9, J. Bourdeaux 5, F. Moerman 4, J. Salumu 19, G. Mestdag 15, M. Linskens 17, L. Lhote 20. Sprimont: G. Vrancken 1, J.-B. Thome 8, G. Hertay 11, F. Manset 4, F. Delsaute 21, J. Flagothier 17, G. Donnay 8, F. Forthomme 6, A. Bousmanne 2.
BasKet Tongeren vs. Kangoeroes Boom: 91-84
This game was played on November 1st. Thanks to an excellent second half, the home team deserved the win. Jean Delva (197-F/G-87) and Martijn Hendrix (183-G-86) hit crucial shots for BasKet Tongeren while the Kangoeroes could not avoid several turnovers in the second half of the game. Score at the half: 34-45. Best scorers: Tongeren: M. Hendrix 26, J. Delva 25. Kangoeroes: S. Bellin 26, S. Hemeleers 3, W. Dobbelaere 11, D. Souveryns 19, W. Van Schil 10, K. De Wit 2, M. Gorremans 6, D. Dhaens 3, Verlinden 2, A. Mollekens 2.
Ethias League Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Victories for Mons-Hainaut and Oostende - May 25, 2013
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M.Hainaut - Spirou 74-66
M0ns-Hainaut claimed the second straight win over Spirou to step closer to the Ethias League Finals. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 19-9 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Belfius Mons-Hainaut forced 20 Spirou Charleroi turnovers. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was guard Quincy Taylor (196-82, college: UAB) who scored 26 points and 6 assists [read more]
M0ns-Hainaut claimed the second straight win over Spirou to step closer to the Ethias League Finals. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 19-9 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Belfius Mons-Hainaut forced 20 Spirou Charleroi turnovers. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was guard Quincy Taylor (196-82, college: UAB) who scored 26 points and 6 assists. Guard Jonathan Wallace (187-86, college: Georgetown, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 12 points. Belfius Mons-Hainaut's coach Yves Defraigne used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. point guard Jerome Randle (178-87, college: California) produced 16 points and 6 rebounds and swingman Devin Green (201-82, college: Hampton) added 17 points respectively for the guests. Top scorers: Spirou: D.Green 17+3reb, J.Randle 16+6reb+1ast, A.Riddick 7+6reb, C.Beghin 6+1ast, S.Massot 6+6reb, D.Allen 6+2reb M.Hainaut: Q.Taylor 26+4reb+6ast, J.Wallace 12+3reb, G.Muya 10+2reb+1ast, B.Qvale 8+5reb, J.Bostic 7+2ast, J.Cage 6+6reb+2ast
Oostende overcame Aalstar to even the semifinal series. It looked good early as Okapi Aalstar took an 14-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Base Oostende took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 6 points. They made 19-of-21 charity shots (90.5 percent) during the game. Serbian-Montenegrin guard Dusan Djordjevic (195-83, agency: Beo Basket) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 6 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). International guard Quentin Serron (190-90) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Samoan-American power forward John Tofi (203-84, college: UTEP) replied with 23 points and 7 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) and American guard Ryan Thompson (198-89, college: Rider) added 18 points and 4 assists in the effort for Okapi Aalstar. Top scorers: Aalstar: J.Tofi 23+7reb+3ast, R.Thompson 18+3reb+4ast, D.Raivio 13+3reb, C.Young 7+6reb+1ast, A.Ruoff 6+6reb+2ast, L.Cummard 5+5reb+3ast Oostende: Q.Serron 20+3reb, D.Djordjevic 19+4reb+6ast, D.Drobnjak 12+2reb+4ast, M.Lojeski 9+4reb+2ast, V.Petrovic 7+1reb+1ast, M.Stojic 6+2reb
Aalstar keep John Tofi for the next season - May 24, 2013
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Okapi Aalstar have extended the contract with John Tofi (203-F/C-84, college: UTEP). The Samoan centre will enter his second straight season with the team. This current season John Tofi notched 12.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game in the EuroChallenge. He also tallies 12.4 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.7 assists per appearance in the Ethias League. Previously John Tofi played for Leuven Bears and Pepinster. He was named into All-Belgian League 2nd Team in 2011. [read more]
Okapi Aalstar have extended the contract with John Tofi (203-F/C-84, college: UTEP). The Samoan centre will enter his second straight season with the team. This current season John Tofi notched 12.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game in the EuroChallenge. He also tallies 12.4 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.7 assists per appearance in the Ethias League. Previously John Tofi played for Leuven Bears and Pepinster. He was named into All-Belgian League 2nd Team in 2011.
Ethias League Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Mons-Hainaut and Aalstar earn wins - May 22, 2013
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Spirou - M.Hainaut 53-64
Mons-Hainaut surprised Spirou away from home to take 1-0 lead in the semifinal series. It looked good early as Spirou Charleroi took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Belfius Mons-Hainaut had a 16-9 second period charge getting the lead and Spirou Charleroi was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 53-64. The game was dominated by American players [read more]
Mons-Hainaut surprised Spirou away from home to take 1-0 lead in the semifinal series. It looked good early as Spirou Charleroi took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Belfius Mons-Hainaut had a 16-9 second period charge getting the lead and Spirou Charleroi was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 53-64. The game was dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Quincy Taylor (196-82, college: UAB) who helped to win the game recording 12 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Justin Cage (198-85, college: Xavier, agency: Priority Sports) contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Devin Green (201-82, college: Hampton) answered with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds and point guard Jerome Randle (178-87, college: California) added 14 points in the effort for Spirou Charleroi. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Top scorers: Spirou: J.Randle 14+3reb+3ast, D.Green 13+11reb+2ast, J.Hamilton 7+2reb+1ast, C.Beghin 7+1reb+1ast, S.Massot 4+3reb, D.Allen 4+2reb M.Hainaut: J.Cage 14+5reb, Q.Taylor 12+6reb+2ast, M.Randle 11+5reb, J.Bostic 9+5reb+2ast, G.Muya 9+5reb+1ast, B.Qvale 5+3reb
Aalstar shot down Oostende on the road to gain the lead in the series. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 95-84. Okapi Aalstar made 25-of-29 free shots (86.2 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Base Oostende helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Ryan Thompson (198-89, college: Rider) fired 28 points for the winners. His fellow American import Derek Raivio (190-84, college: Gonzaga) chipped in a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 assists. Four Okapi Aalstar players scored in double figures. American guard Matt Lojeski (198-85, college: Hawaii) produced 32 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals and Serbian-Montenegrin guard Dusan Djordjevic (195-83, agency: Beo Basket) added 17 points respectively for lost side. Base Oostende's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Top scorers: Oostende: M.Lojeski 32+5reb+6ast, D.Djordjevic 17+4reb+3ast, M.Stojic 13+3reb, B.Wright 7+2reb+1ast, S.Singletary 6+2reb+2ast, Q.Serron 3+1reb Aalstar: R.Thompson 28+3reb+1ast, D.Raivio 19+1reb+11ast, J.Tofi 16+6reb+2ast, A.Ruoff 14+2reb+1ast, C.Young 8+13reb, T.Dreesen 6
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