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.
Belgium nip Sweden to win Anwil Basketball Challenge - 1 day ago
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Belgium - Sweden 56:55 Belgium claimed the Anwil Basketball Challenge tournament title. They outscored Sweden behind 14 points from Jean Salumu (193-F-90). Belgium grabbed a 20:15 lead after the opening quarter. They maintained the lead throughout the second term. The Lions secured a 35:29 halftime advantage. Belgium stretched the gap in the third term. They piled up an 8-point advantage at the final intermission. Sweden held their opponents to just 8 points in the final quarter but cou... [read more]
Belgium - Sweden 56:55
Belgium claimed the Anwil Basketball Challenge tournament title. They outscored Sweden behind 14 points from Jean Salumu (193-F-90). Belgium grabbed a 20:15 lead after the opening quarter. They maintained the lead throughout the second term. The Lions secured a 35:29 halftime advantage. Belgium stretched the gap in the third term. They piled up an 8-point advantage at the final intermission. Sweden held their opponents to just 8 points in the final quarter but could not rescue the game. Retin Obasohan (185-G-93, college: Alabama) netted 11 points, while Maxime De Zeeuw (204-PF-87) produced 9 points for the winners. Alexander Lindqvist (205-F-91, agency: Interperformances) answered with 11 points for Sweden. Nicholas Spires (210-C-94) provided 9 points in the loss.
Neptunas Klaipeda (LKL) signed 30-year old American guard Jimmy Baron (191-89kg-86, college: Rhode Island). He played last season at Spirou in Belgian Scooore League. In 29 games he had very impressive stats: 15.5ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.6apg. Baron helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. Baron also played 9 games in Eurocup where he recorded 14.7ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.7apg. The previous (14-15) season Baron played at Banvit in TBL. In 18 games he averaged 5.8ppg an... [read more]
Neptunas Klaipeda (LKL) signed 30-year old American guard Jimmy Baron (191-89kg-86, college: Rhode Island). He played last season at Spirou in Belgian Scooore League. In 29 games he had very impressive stats: 15.5ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.6apg. Baron helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. Baron also played 9 games in Eurocup where he recorded 14.7ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.7apg. The previous (14-15) season Baron played at Banvit in TBL. In 18 games he averaged 5.8ppg and 1.7rpg. He also played 8 games in Eurocup where he got 3.1ppg, 1.0rpg and 1.3apg. Baron contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. The other team he played that season for was Baloncesto Fuenlabrada in Liga Endesa. In 16 games he got 12.3ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.1apg. Baron has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015. He was voted All-Atlantic 10 1st Team back in 2009 at his college time. Baron is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Italy (Roma Virtus), Russia (Lokomotiv), Spain (Gipuzkoa) and Turkey (Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi). Baron attended Rhode Island University until 2009 and it will be his eighth season as a professional player.
Poland - Belgium 55:58 Belgium advanced into the title game at the Anwil Basketball Challenge international friendly tournament. Jean Salumu (193-F-90) scored 18 points to lead the Lions. Poland jumped to a 16:13 lead ten minutes into the game. They held Belgium to just 7 points in the second frame to secure a 10-point halftime lead. The teams traded baskets throughout the third quarter as Poland entered the fourth frame by 10 points. But Belgium triggered a decisive 21:8 run in the fin... [read more]
Poland - Belgium 55:58
Belgium advanced into the title game at the Anwil Basketball Challenge international friendly tournament. Jean Salumu (193-F-90) scored 18 points to lead the Lions. Poland jumped to a 16:13 lead ten minutes into the game. They held Belgium to just 7 points in the second frame to secure a 10-point halftime lead. The teams traded baskets throughout the third quarter as Poland entered the fourth frame by 10 points. But Belgium triggered a decisive 21:8 run in the final ten minutes to snatch the victory. Jonathan Tabu (189-PG-85) had 11 points, while Loic Schwartz (197-G/F-92) contributed 8 points for the visitors. Adam Waczynski (199-G/F-89) answered with 12 points for Poland. Aleksander Czyz (201-PF-90, college: Nevada) netted 9 points in the loss.
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