Excelsior Brussels vs. Essor Charleroi (Spirou B): 99-83
In their second game of the weekend, the young Spirou players remained close until half-time (they even won the second quarter: 17-22). Nevertheless, this was not enough to defeat a hard-working team of Excelsior Brussels which is still missing injured players Emmanuel Mampuya (200-F/C-79, agency: Promotex) and Jonathan Kabangu (191-F-87) and counting on Stephane Pelle (205-C/F-80, college: Colorado) whose role will be diminished in the future due to a coming surgery. Special mentions to Nick Verrept (192-SF-80) who scored 22 points, Jeroen Van Haevermaet (192-SG-86) and Xavier Collette (185-PG-85, agency: LBM Management) who had respectively 7 and 8 assists and to Kanefu Semijejero (195-PF-77) who grabbed 10 rebounds for the winners in this game. French players Yann Siegwarth (184-PG-93) and Arthur Zuccolini (210-F/C-91) had respectively 23 and 28 points and were well present in offense for Essor Charleroi. Score evolution: 28-23, 45-45, 72-63 and 99-83. Best scorers: Excelsior: X. Collette 17, N. Verrept 22, M. Depuydt 13, J. Van Haevermaet 6, G. De Pooter 6, L. Maesfrancx 12, J. De Schepper 7, S. Semijejero 16. Essor: Y. Siegwarth 23, A. Lambot 3, Y. Diop 1, J. Stas 6, A. Zuccolini 28, B. Penninck 18, M. Steenberghs 2, A. Eyenga 2.
Port of Antwerp Giants II vs. Sint-Niklase Condors: 68-80
The Condors' results keep being good this season. Although they did not win by a huge margin on Sunday, the Condors of Steve Ibens won at the Sporthal Roosendael of Merksem where their hosts, young Giants of coach Luc Smout, are always tough to beat.
BBC Haantjes Oudenaarde vs. Gembo BBC: 72-90
Despite missing Domien Loubry (186-G-85), Anthony Goetgeluck (182-G-92) and Yannick Desiron (204-C-92), the visitors of Gembo BBC had a nice win away at BBC Haantjes Oudenaarde of coach Alain Defraigne . The hosts always trailed behind but came back in the last quarter. It was nevertheless too late and the Gembo players, led offensively by Eli Van Aken (193-F-85) who scored 29 points, remained calm all the way. They finally won the game by 18 points and young Gembo players like Sten Van den Bergh and Zed Peeters were allowed to play in the last minutes. Score evolution: 12-15, 28-39, 49-64 and 72-90. Best scorers: Haantjes: N/A Gembo: N. Celis 8, E. Van Aken 29, W. Lemaire 9, M. Swinnen 5, L. Jansen 14 and P. Van Rillaer 14.
Bent Schoenen Waregem vs. Cuva Houthalen: 86-100
Although they had started well (15-10 after 5 minutes in the game), BS Waregem could not avoid the US players of Houthalen to play tougher and Belgian shooter Wietse Jacobs (194-F-91) to hit three-pointers to give the visitors a 10-point lead (31-41). From then on, BS Waregem missed a few easy lay-ups and had a few turnovers or bad passes. The scoreboard showed 43-55 and the home team reacted to come back at 62-65. It was nevertheless the last positive sequence for the hosts who could not stop their guests from Limburg who were again leading by 13 points with just 4 minutes left in the game. The tremendous efforts by Ahmet Gueye (203-C/F-82, college: Hawaii) and Bart Willy Samaey (199-C-87) at the rebound (respectively 17 and 10 boards in this game) were not enough for BS Waregem and Cuva Houthalen, led by former Bentley College duo Jason Westrol (191-G-88, college: Bentley) and Brian Tracey (195-F-88) who respectively scored 17 and 11 points, deserved the win. Score evolution: 20-20, 40-44, 62-68 and 86-100. Best scorers: BS Waregem: T. Foucart 25, A. Gueye 18, A. Steinbach 14, S. Dhondt 11, B. Samaey 6, O. Foucart 5, L. De Lepeleire 4, L. Loontiens 3. Cuva: J. Westrol 17, H. Vanwijn 14, W. Jacobs 14, O. Hodge 12, R. McCollum 11, B. Tracey 11, B. Maesen 9, D. Clemente 6, C. Koonings 4, E. Montanari 2.
Gent Dragons vs. Kangoeroes Boom: 47-67
Former football/soccer goelkeeper Jean-Marie Pfaff (ex-Beveren, Bayern Munich and Belgian National Team that finished second at the Euro 1980 in Italy and fourth at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico) was invited by the Gent Dragons' President to give the tip-off. It was a close game until half-time. The Dragons had then a very poor third quarter and scored only three points. It did not look very much better for the Kangoeroes who scored twelve points from the 20th to the 30th minutes but, al least, experienced Belgian players Dieter Souveryns (193-F/G-83) and Sebastien Bellin (205-C-78, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Oakland) were efficient for the visitors. The Dragons of coach Chris De Pauw never found any solution in the second half. Due to a good collective work, the Kangoeroes of Tom Poppe even took a 20-point advantage which they kept until the final buzzer. Score evolution: 16-20, 33-38, 36-50 and 47-67. Best scorers: Dragons: Jones 4, B. Heinle 8, R. Spaens 2, L. Tielens 4, F. Lat 3, T. Van De Vondel 15, Van Gelder, L. Enobakhare 7, K. Ongenaet 2, C. Thsimuanga 2 Kangoeroes: W. Dobbelaere 13, S. Bellin 15, S. Hemeleers 2, D. Souverijns 12, W. Van Schil 10, K. De Wit 2, M. Gorremans 6, D. Dhaens 7.
CEP Fleurus vs. BasKet Tongeren: 68-77
BasKet Tongeren can always count on experienced Belgian talents like Martijn Hendrix (183-G-86) and Jeroen Eskens (190-G-81) as well as tall players like Herbert Baert (204-F-75), Joeri Moonen (205-F-84) and Dean Dillen (210-C-88). Former Belgian LionHerbert Baert scored 13 points for BasKet Tongeren in the game played last Friday. CEP captain Christian Ilongo (194-F-85, agency: Promotex) was quickly called a second foul after just five minutes in the first quarter. In such situation, CEP should see former Ethias League players Kevin Jonniaux (198-G-83) and Thomas Bauwens (192-F-86) take their responsibilities but they both missed several attempts in the first minutes of the game instead. Poor team stats show that CEP Fleurus could never win the game this time: 16 turnovers, 7/16 from the free-throw line, 20/36 from two-point range and, most of all, 7/30 from three-point range. See free video highlights on Telesambre: http://telesambre.rtc.be/content/view/15895/166/ Score evolution: 15-17, 32-38, 45-57 and 68-77. Best scorers: CEP F: A. Marion 5, K. Jonniaux 11, C. Manzanza 7, L. Pourtoit 10, A. Chada 3, L. Hazard 17, S. Muric 1, C. Ilongo 14. Tongeren: P. Van Hoecke 6, Martijn Hendrix 13, J. Delva 8, Pipeleers 12, H. Baert 13, D. Dean Dillen 6, J. Joeri Moonen 12, J. Jeroen Eskens 7.
Belfius Mons Hainaut II vs. Essor Charleroi (Spirou B): 85-65
In the Hainaut Province's derby played on Friday evening, the young Foxes of Belfius Mons Hainaut II gave a hard time to their guests of Essor Charleroi. Special mention to Lorenzo Giancaterino (190-F/G-90) and Amaury Gorgemans (212-C-92) for the Foxes. Amaury Gorgemans played the Belfius Mons Hainaut vs. VOO RBC Verviers Pepinster game in Ethias League the next day and also scored 15 points (6/6 from two-point range, 1/2 from three-point range and 6 rebounds) in that game. Nikola Jankovic (205-PF-94) had 21 points for the losing side. Best scorers: Mons Hainaut II: L. Giancaterino 24, E. Lecomte 16, A. Gorgemans 22, L. Schwartz 11, K. Tumba 8, G. Vlamynck 4. Essor: Y. Siegwarth 14, N. Jankovic 21, A. Lambot 3, J. Stas 3, A. Zuccolini 8, B. Penninck 14, A. Eyenga 2.
Sint-Jan Antwerp vs. Point Chaud Sprimont: 85-48
On Friday night, the Jantjes, led in offense by Vincent Verbeeck (196-F-87), Ashley Druwez (192-G/F-89), Senne Geukens (190-G-83) and US center Mario Brown (202-F-84, college: Jacksonville), put an end to a series of four lost games. The visitors of coach Pascal Horrion had a poor offensive performance last weekend. Score evolution: 27-19, 47-24, 68-35 and 85-48. Best scorers: Sint-Jan: V. Haerbos 4, B. Hartshorne 2, V. Verbeeck 18, B. Raes 1, N. El Kounchar 2, A. Druwez 17, S. Geukens 16, L. Anthonis 4, V. Kesteloot 2, P. Smulders 2, M. Brown 17. Sprimont: R. Delhaye 2, G. Vrancken 2, J.-B. Thome 1, G. Hertay 19, F. Manset 5, F. Delsaute 10, G. Donnnay 4, A. Bousmanne 1, F. Forthomme 4.
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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