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.
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
The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
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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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