Port of Antwerp Giants II vs. BasKet Tongeren: 77-92
The game remained close in the first quarter: 8-8, 18-14 and 22-22. Neither club took a large lead in the first minutes of the second quarter: 28-30 and 35-36. BasKet Tongeren's scorer Jeroen Eskens (190-G-81) suddenly boosted his team which ended the first half with a 12-point advantage. Joeri Moonen (205-F-84) also played well in offense and helped his team dig the gap: 48-63 and 53-72. On a dunk by BasKet Tongeren's Dean Dillen (210-C-88), the scoreboard showed 59-79 in the fourth quarter. The young Giants eventually reduced the gap and finished 15 points behind: 77-92 after 40 minutes. Score evolution: 22-22, 39-51, 53-72 and 77-92. Best scorers: Giants II: D. Donkor 20, D. Marchant 13, R. Bogaerts 11. Tongeren: J. Eskens 20, J. Moonen 20, K. Doukmani 11.
Excelsior Brussels vs. Sint-Niklase Condors: 80-85
There was a real lack of defense for Excelsior in the first half. Despite having lost four times in row, the Condors of coach Steve Ibens played well offensively on the other side. They even recorded a large advantage (+12) at the half. The Condors, led by their center Sebastien Vermeulen (207-F/C-81), outrebounded the Brussels' squad through the whole game: 7/17 in offensive rebounds. The men of coach Serge Crevecoeur, led by Lars Maesfrancx (197-F-90) in offense, reacted well in the third and fourth quarter. Nick Verrept (192-SF-80) and Sam Semijejero (195-PF-77) were also efficient for the home team and the scoreboard showed 66-66 early in the fourth quarter when Steve Ibens took a crucial time-out. His Condors had then a 0-5 run afterwards. The second half was really pleasant. The visitors kept scoring and took a large lead again: 68-76. Last efforts by the Brussels' players were not enough and the Condors eventually stayed ahead. Score evolution: 17-25, 36-48, 58-66 and 80-85. Best scorers: Excelsior: X. Collette 11, N. Verrept 17, M. Depuydt 5, J. Van Haevermaet 7, G. De Pooter 4, L. Maesfrancx 18, J. De Schepper 2, S. Semijejero 16. Condors: N/A
BBC Haantjes Oudenaarde vs. Kangoeroes Boom: 74-89
The Haantjes could not avoid a large loss by a margin of 15 points against the Kangoeroes of coach Tom Poppe last weekend. This puts an end to a nice record of five wins in a row for BBC Oudenaarde of coach Alain Defraigne . Special mention to former Belgian LionSebastien Bellin (205-C-78, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Oakland) who scored 24 points for the Kangoeroes in this game. Best scorers: Haantjes: N/A Kangoeroes: S. Bellin 24, W. Dobbelaere 2, D. Souveryns 15, W. Van Schil 11, K. De Wit 4, M. Gorremans 17, D. Dhaens 16.
Bent Schoenen Waregem vs. Gembo BBC: 94-85
Five technical fouls were called in this game. Gembo led by 8 points in the first quarter of the game: 20-28. Thanks to Olivier Foucart (195-G-84) and Arne Steinbach (182-PG-92), BS Waregem came back in front in the second quarter: 48-42 and 56-50. Despite many efforts by Nick Celis (194-G-88), the visitors remained behind in the third and fourth quarters: 65-54, 73-67, 82-72, 89-84 and 94-85 as final score. Free game video highlights (in Dutch) available here: http://www.focus-wtv.tv/video/waregem-uit-op-revanche-tegen-gembo. Score evolution: 23-28, 56-50, 75-67 and 94-85. Best scorers: BS Waregem: O. Foucart 31, A. Steinbach 22, A. Gueye 16, T. Foucart 9, L. Delepeleire 7, B. Samaey 4, L. Loontiens 3, T. Delmulle 2. Gembo: N. Celis 26, T. Goethaert 13, L. Jansen 12, P. Van Rillaer 12, W. Lemaire 7, A. Goetgeluck 7, D. Loubry 5, E. Van Aken 2, A. Vermeersch 1.
Gent Dragons vs. Essor Charleroi (Spirou B): 90-57
Despite leading 21-22 in the beginning of the second quarter, the young visitors of Essor Charleroi and their coach Dufour Sebastien could not do much against Division II leaders of Gent Dragons afterwards. Three-pointers hit by Thomas Van De Vondel (194-F/G-80) and Lars Tielens (190-G-88) as well as strong plays by the Dragons' big men Brian Heinle (205-F-78, agency: Court Side, college: CS Northridge), Constantin Mukole Tshimuanga (86) and Leigh Enobakhare (206-C-86, agency: Court Side) in the paint helped the Gentenaars win this game. Young DragonsEdward Van Herzele (189-G-92), William Van Herzele (189-PG-94), Gregory Claeys and Mathieu Detiege (192-F/G-89), off the bench, were given the chance to show all their potential in the last minutes of this game. Score evolution: 21-19, 39-28, 64-43 and 90-57. Best scorers: Dragons: E. Van Herzele 1, W. Van Herzele 2, B. Heinle 7, R. Spaens 3, L. Tielens 13, F. Lait 3, T. Van De Vondel 34, M. Van Gelder 4, L. Enobakhare 10, G. Claeys 2, M. Detiege 3, C. Tshimuanga 8. Essor: Y. Siegwarth 15, A. Lambot 7, B. Penninck 9, L. Louves 2, J. Stas 7, A. Zuccolini 14, M. Steenberghs 3.
Point Chaud Sprimont vs. Cuva Houthalen: 74-72
The largest lead for the home team was 56-45 in the second half. Odell Hodge (204-C/F-73, college: ODU) played very well inside for the visitors. In the last minutes of the game, two players of the home team as well as one for Cuva Houthalen have been sent out of the game and excluded by referees after a fight. The visitors eventually lost the game by a two-point margin and leaves the current Division II lead to Gent Dragons. Highlights of the game (in French) on RTC Tele Liege: http://www.rtc.be/sport/rtc-sports/1452009-2. Best scorers: Sprimont: R. Delhaye 2, G. Vrancken 10, J.-B. Thome 6, G. Hertay 9, F. Manset 2, F. Delsaute 10, J. Flagothier 2, G. Donnnay 20, F. Forthomme 6, A. Bousmanne 7. Cuva: N/A
Belfius Mons-Hainaut II vs. CEP Fleurus: 67-79
Many CEP fans went to the mons.arena to support their favourite team. Some of the players of Mons Hainaut II already had the Ethias League shock of Saturday between Belfius Union Mons and Belgacom Spirou in mind. CEP shooter Kevin Jonniaux (198-G-83) is now back in action (already in Belgian Cup vs. VOO RBC Verviers Pepinster last week) after a rather long period of inactivity due to injury. The young Belfius players of coach Patrick Verdun trailed behind during most of the game but came back at 67-71 with 52 seconds left on the clock. The visitors reassured their traveling fans by hitting important free-throws and spectacular baskets in the final seconds. Score evolution: 14-21, 34-44, 49-63 and 67-79. Best scorers: Mons Hainaut II: E. Lecomte 22, L. Giancaterino 18, L. Schwartz 11, Renard 5, A. Gorgemans 9, K. Tsumba 2. CEP: C. Manzanza 17, L. Hazard 13, C. Ilongo 18, K. Jonniaux 11, T. Bauwens 7, L. Pourtoit 7, S. Muric 6.
Bye: Sint-Jan Antwerp
Cuva Houthalen vs. Port of Antwerp Giants II: 95-68 (played on 2012-10-31)
Scooore League Round 4 of Semi-Finals. Wins for Brussels and Limburg United - May 27, 2016
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Brussels - Aalstar 75-66 Brussels held off Aalstar to force the decisive fifth game in the series. The game without a history. Basic-Fit Brussels led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international point guard Guy Muya (193-83) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and the former international point guard Domien Loubry (186-... [read more]
Brussels held off Aalstar to force the decisive fifth game in the series. The game without a history. Basic-Fit Brussels led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international point guard Guy Muya (193-83) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and the former international point guard Domien Loubry (186-85) who added 13 points during the contest. At the losing side international forward Vincent Kesteloot (201-95, agency: Priority Sports) responded with 20 points and 8 rebounds and Samoan-American power forward John Tofi (203-84, college: UTEP, agency: Pensack Sports) scored 16 points and 7 rebounds. Okapi Aalstar's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Top scorers: Brussels: G.Muya 18+5reb+1ast, D.Loubry 13+3reb+3ast, D.Sims 11+3reb+4ast, B.Ubel 10+6reb+1ast, J.Gamble 8+8reb+1ast, A.Lichodzijewski 7+6reb+5ast Aalstar: V.Kesteloot 20+8reb, J.Tofi 16+7reb, L.Cummard 8+1reb, N.El Khounchar 5+2reb+4ast, J.Anderson 4+2reb+3ast, A.Lodwick 4+7reb+2ast
Limburg United nipped visiting Oostende to even things up in the semifinal series. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 25-14 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American Scott Thomas (198-89, college: Bowling Green, agency: Inception Sports) who helped to win the game recording 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. The other American import guard Jordan Hulls (180-90, college: Indiana) contributed with 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Limburg United's coach Brian Lynch used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. American forward Dominique Archie (200-87, college: S.Carolina) replied with 19 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and Serbian center Rasko Katic (208-80, agency: BeoBasket) added 12 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Oostende. Top scorers: Limburg United: S.Thomas 17+5reb+4ast, J.Love 12+5reb, J.Hulls 12+5reb+4ast, R.Loe 8+1reb, S.Kidd 6+4reb+2ast, E.Lasisi 6+2reb Oostende: D.Archie 19+4reb+1ast, R.Katic 12+6reb+1ast, K.Gibson 11+4reb+2ast, K.Boukichou 8+5reb+1ast, J.Salumu 6+1reb, D.Djordjevic 5+2reb+1ast
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.
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