#1. This week's number one is an international shooting guard Jonathan Tabu (184-85, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Italy. He could not help Cantu (2-5) in their last game. Despite Tabu's very good performance the sixth-placed Cantu was edged 71-69 at home by the higher-ranked (#4) Panathinaikos in the group A of Euroleague.
He was the second best scorer with 17 points. Tabu also added 8 assists in 28 minutes on the court.
There are only three games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
This year Tabu averages: 7.4ppg, 1.7rpg, 4.0apg, 2FGP: 45.5%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 45.5% in the seven games he played so far.
He is currently a member of the Belgian senior national team.
#2. Second place goes to an international forward Axel Hervelle (205-83, currently plays in Eurocup). Hervelle contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Lukoil Academik (1-2) crushing them 85-64 in the Eurocup last Wednesday.
He scored 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.
It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket (3-0) is placed first in the Eurocup.
So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season.
There are only three games left until the end of the Eurocup Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial.
Hervelle is currently fourth on the list of best rebounders.
He has very reliable stats this season: 10.7ppg, 8.0rpg, 2.7apg, 1.7spg, 3FGP: 28.6% and FT: 66.7%.
Hervelle 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 16th-ranked Cajasol (1-8) crushing them 86-55 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night.
Van Rossom scored 8 points and added 5 passes in 24 minutes.
CAI Zaragoza (6-3) is placed fifth in the ACB.
It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row.
But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen.
This year Van Rossom's overall stats are: 8.2ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.7apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 64.0%(16-25), 3FGP: 48.1%(13-27) in the nine games.
He is also a member of the Belgian senior national team.
#4. An experienced guard Marcus Faison (196-78, college: Siena, currently plays in EuroChallenge) was not able to help Armia (0-3) in their game against Telekom Baskets (3-0) in the EuroChallenge.
He scored 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.
But Armia (#4) was defeated 75-71 on the road by the leading Telekom Baskets in the group H of EuroChallenge.
So far Armia lost all three games in the Regular Season.
There are only three games left until the end of the EuroChallenge Regular Season. So now every game will be important.
Faison's total stats this season are: 7.0ppg and 3.0rpg.
He is a naturalized American.
Faison used to play for the Belgian national team
He played also for TEC Spirou Charleroi in Belgian league.
#5. Former U20 international swingman Gael Hulsen (193-90, agency: LBM Management, currently plays in United Kingdom), who plays in the British BBL was not able to secure a victory for the league outsider Liverpool Mersey Tigers (0-11) in their last game. Despite his good performance the bottom-ranked Liverpool Mersey Tigers was crushed 86-60 in London by the higher-ranked (#6) Lions.
Hulsen scored 11 points and added 3 passes in 36 minutes.
So far Liverpool Mersey Tigers lost all eleven games in the Regular Season.
But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go.
It's Hulsen's first season with the team.
He has relatively good stats this year: 11.4ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.7apg in the 10 games.
Hulsen used to play for the Belgian U20 national team
three years ago.
#6. Forward Thomas De Thaey (203-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the N.Carolina St. in their game against the Oklahoma State University (0-0) in the NCAA.
He recorded 5 points in 15 minutes.
The N.Carolina St. was badly defeated 76-56 in Stillwater, OK by the Oklahoma State University.
This year De Thaey has relatively solid stats: 11.6ppg, 6.2rpg, 2.8apg and 2.4spg in the nine games.
He is U20 international player as he played for the Belgian team one years ago.
The list of other players, who all have Belgian passport but never been selected to any of Belgian national teams:
#1.Tyler Haws (196-G, currently plays college basketball in the States) led BYU to a victory against the Cal State - Northridge 87-75 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game.
Haws recorded 32 points (!!!) and grabbed 6 rebounds (made all of his twelve free throws !!!).
The Brigham Young University has conference record this season.
It's Haws' fourth year with the team.
His total stats this year are: 8.2ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.7apg and 1.3spg.
#2. Experienced Ryan Hoover (187-PG-74, agency: SportsTalent, college: Notre Dame, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division) could not help Fileni BPA Jesi (3-5) in their last game. Despite Hoover's good performance Fileni BPA Jesi lost 78-83 at home to the league outsider (#15) Upea CdO.
He recorded 14 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists in 34 minutes.
But the season just started, so everything may happen.
Hoover has relatively good stats this year: 10.8ppg, 4.9rpg, 3.5apg and 1.6spg in the eight games he played so far.
He is a naturalized American.
Strangely Hoover has never played in Belgium.
#3.Ronrico White (190-G-92, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the Chattanooga in their last game. Despite White's good performance the Chattanooga (#2) lost 61-68 on their home court in Chattanooga, TN to the Troy University.
He scored 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 31 minutes.
This year White's total stats are: 7.0ppg and 3.0rpg in the three games.
He is a naturalized American.
Strangely White has never played in Belgium.
#4.Douglas Tshomba (201-F-83, college: Tusculum, currently plays in France) was the major contributor in an overtime JA Vichy's victory against the closely-ranked Blois (6-2) 75-73 in the French NM1 (third division) last Saturday.
He recorded 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
JA Vichy Val d'Allier Auvergne basket (6-4) is placed sixth in the NM1.
But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen.
It's Tshomba's first year with the team.
Tshomba has relatively good stats this season: 11.6ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.4spg.
#5.Christopher Jones (186-G-90, currently plays in Luxembourg), who plays in the Luxembourg Diekirch League was not able to secure a victory for Contern (5-5) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance Contern was defeated 91-79 on the road by the lower-ranked Soleuvre (#8).
Jones scored 14 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 4 assists.
Jones belongs to league's most steals and is ranked #3.
This season he has very good stats: 11.6ppg, 6.2rpg, 2.8apg and 2.4spg.
Jones has a dual citizenship: Belgian and Luxembourg.
Elias Lasisi (ex Limburg United) joins Le Portel - 1 day ago
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ESSM Le Portel Cote d'Opale (ProA) agreed terms with 25-year old Belgian international swingman Elias Lasisi (192-92). He played recently at Limburg United in Belgian Euromillions League, but left the team last month. In 13 games he had 7.8ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.9apg this season. Lasisi also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded 10.2ppg, 2.2rpg and 2.3apg. The last season he played also at Limburg United (Scooore League) in Belgium. In 34 games he averaged 8.4ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.2a... [read more]
ESSM Le Portel Cote d'Opale (ProA) agreed terms with 25-year old Belgian international swingman Elias Lasisi (192-92). He played recently at Limburg United in Belgian Euromillions League, but left the team last month. In 13 games he had 7.8ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.9apg this season. Lasisi also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded 10.2ppg, 2.2rpg and 2.3apg. The last season he played also at Limburg United (Scooore League) in Belgium. In 34 games he averaged 8.4ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.2apg. Lasisi helped them to make it to the semifinals. He has been also a member of Belgian international program for some years. Lasisi has regularly played for Belgian senior team since 2014 and previously for U18 National Team back in 2010. He represented Belgium at the European Championships U20 Division B in Sofia (Bulgaria) five years ago. Lasisi has played also professionally for other Belgian teams like Leuven Bears, Kangoeroes and St-Niklase.
Belgian Top Division I round 22 best performance: Francois Lhoest (by Court Side) - 5 days 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
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