Gembo quickly left the Dragons behind (17-3 after a few minutes in this game). Despite efforts by Faycal Lait (190-G-88, agency: Promotex) who had a great day for the visitors, Gembo and his succesful coach Stefan Sappenberghs managed to keep the lead even when the Dragons came closer at 51-46, 55-51, 64-60 and even 73-69. The Gembo guys, again under the lead of their top-scorer Domien Loubry (186-G-85), remained concentrated and finished strongly in the fourth quarter. Score evolution: 23-12, 51-38, 70-62 and 89-81. Best scorers: Gembo: N/A Dragons: J. Jones 2, B. Heinle 6, R. Spaens 11, L. Tielens 3, F. Lait 29, T. Van De Vondel 16, L. Enobakhare 9, M. Detiege 3, C. Thsimuanga 2.
Excelsior Brussels vs. Point Chaud Sprimont: 89-81
Nice win for the Brussels' team! Playing Point Chaud Sprimont is never easy and, again, the visitors proved it by taking the lead in the first quarter (11-16 after 8 minutes). Especially efficient from long range, Point Chaud Sprimont remained in front until the end of the first quarter. Maxime Depuydt (192-F-92) first and Joris De Schepper (187-G/F-83) in the second half managed to hit crucial three-pointers to put Excelsior on the right track. Even if Point Chaud took the lead again in the third quarter after a series of three consecutive three-pointers hit by Gilles Vrancken (192-PF), Max De Puydt (3/4 from two-point range, 5/6 from three-point range and 1/1 from the free-throw line in this game), Gregory De Pooter (196-F-84) and Jo De Schepper readjusted their shot which made their Excelsior mates believe in a well-deserved success this time. The Brussels' squad (without Mampuya, Kabangu and Pelle who are on the injured reserve list) did not give up in the last quarter and the whole Excelsior staff could enjoy a nice win indeed. Score evolution: 18-19, 42-34, 67-63 and 89-81. Best scorers: Excelsior: X. Collette 8, N. Verrept 2, M. Depuydt 22, J. Van Haevermaet 5, G. De Pooter 12, L. Maesfrancx 11, J. De Schepper 18, R. Oveneke 9, S. Smijejero 2. Sprimont: N/A
Port of Antwerp Giants II vs. Essor Charleroi (Spirou B): 84-74
Both teams, with most players also involved in the BDL-Belgian Development League, are currently in the lower Division II rankings. The Giants II of Dennis Donkor (194-G/F-91, agency: Three Eye Sports), one of the Division II best scorers, won this game played last Saturday in Merksem. Essor Charleroi clearly remains an experimental team linked with the Spirou Charleroi youth program. The idea is to give some playing time to young Spirou talents who, for some of them, played in Regional I or II divisions last season.
Bent Schoenen Waregem vs. Sint-Jan Antwerp: 75-56
The Jantjes always trailed behind in this game. Even when Sint-Jan came closer at 46-41, Thomas Foucart (195-F-84), Olivier Foucart (195-G-84) and Ahmet Gueye (203-C/F-82, college: Hawaii) were able to raise their level of play. With their mates, they had great sequences and managed to keep the lead until the end of the game. The fourth and fifth (technical) fouls called against BS Waregem's playmaker Arne Steinbach (182-PG-92) did not change anything. Score evolution: 20-10, 35-25, 59-46 and 75-56. Best scorers: BS Waregem: O. Foucart 18, T. Foucart 12, A. Steinbach 11, A. Gueye 11, B. Samaey 10, L. De Lepeleire 7, S. Dhondt 5, Loontiens 1. Sint-Jan: B. Hartshorne 17, A. Druwez 12, M. Brown 9, N. El Khounchar 5, V. Verbeeck 3, S. Geukens 3, P. Smulders 2, B. Raes 2, M. Goethaert 2, V. Kesteloot 1.
BBC Haantjes Oudenaarde vs. Cuva Houthalen: 93-97
Coaching duo Sam Verstraete (185-SG-81) and Johan Meirlaen have worked hard last week to correct some of the weaknesses their team had in the previous regular season games. They could nevertheless not do much at rebounding against an excellent team of Houthalen with top-rebounder Odell Hodge (204-C/F-73, college: ODU). The Limburgers could go back home with a nice win last Saturday night. Coach Brian Lynch's Cuva Houthalen will welcome CEP Fleurus next Sunday.
BasKet Tongeren vs. Sint-Niklase Condors: 71-82
The hosts of BasKet Tongeren started poorly in offense in the first quarter but, under the lead of Karim Doukmani (178-G-83), managed to come back before half-time. The visitors of coach Steve Ibens managed to stay in front in the second half and eventually recorded a win by 11 points. Score evolution: 15-24, 43-46, 53-59 and 71-82.
Belfius Mons Hainaut II vs. Kangoeroes Boom: 104-96
The young players of coach Patrick Verdun work hard every week. They earn not only some playing time in Ethias League on a regular basis but also start to get excellent results in Division II. Emmanuel Lecomte (180-G-95), Lorenzo Giancaterino (190-F/G-90), Loic Schwartz (198-G/F-92) and mates surprisingly defeated the Kangoeroes of coach Tom Poppe who had never imagined how it turned out at the mons.arena last Friday. Efforts in offense by Dieter Souveryns (193-F/G-83), Wim Dobbelaere (198-F/C-85) and former Belfius Mons Hainaut player Sebastien Bellin (205-C-78, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Oakland) were not sufficient for the Kangoeroes: Belfius Mons Hainaut II eventually defeated their guests by 8 points. Best scorers: Mons Hainaut II: E. Lecomte 31, L. Giancaterino 28, G. Vlamynck 7, L. Schwartz 22, K. Tumba 1, T. Traversin 3, A. Gorgemans 12. Kangoeroes: S. Bellin 22, S. Hemeleers 2, W. Dobbelaere 21, D. Souveryns 28, W. Van Schil 11, D. Dhaens 4, A. Mollekens 8.
CEP Fleurus vs. Gembo BBC: 97-85
Gembo started very fast in this game played on Tuesday. CEP Fleurus' coach Paul Vervaeck probably knew that his team had to limit Gembo's star Domien Loubry to less than 20 points in offense in order to keep a good chance in this match-up. When Loubry nevertheless hit a three-pointer right before the break to make 40-46, several CEP supporters could have had doubts. But the CEP players remained confident and hit a grand total of 14 three-pointers in this game! Led by their valiant captain Christian Ilongo (194-F-85, agency: Promotex) who scored 32 points, CEP Fleurus could also count on the hard work of Sead Muric (205-C-81), Amaury Marion (196-F-91) and Ludovic Pourtoit (182-G-88). Kevin Jonniaux (198-G-83) also played very well and hit crucial shots in what could be considered by many local observers as the best game played by CEP Fleurus so far this season. Ilongo hit a shot to give the lead to his team at 70-69 in the fourth quarter. With Yannick Desiron (204-C-92) and Nick Celis (194-G-88) having four fouls in this final quarter, Gembo never came back in this game. Domien Loubry finished with 19 points for Gembo. Score evolution: 19-24, 40-46, 66-67 and 97-85. Best scorers: CEP F: C. Ilongo 32, K. Jonniaux 19. Gembo: D. Loubry 19, N. Celis 13, T. Goethaert 10, E. Van Aken 14, W. Lemaire 2, A. Goetgeluck 4, L. Jansen 2, Y. Desiron 13, P. Van Rillaer 8.
Victories for Ostende and Charleroi in Champions League - 2 days ago
On the seventh rond of the Champions League BC Telenet Oostende and Proximus Spirou Charleroi realised handsome victories. After the first round the Belgian champion and Spirou Charleroi count 3 on 7 and remain in the running for qualification for the second round. BC Oostende (group D) won 82-70 (halftime 46-39) from the Croatian Cibona Zagreb. Proximus Spirou Charleroi (group E) won on the road and with 74-79 (31-36 halftfime) at Hungarian champion Szolnoki
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On the seventh rond of the Champions League BC Telenet Oostende and Proximus Spirou Charleroi realised handsome victories. After the first round the Belgian champion and Spirou Charleroi count 3 on 7 and remain in the running for qualification for the second round. BC Oostende (group D) won 82-70 (halftime 46-39) from the Croatian Cibona Zagreb. Proximus Spirou Charleroi (group E) won on the road and with 74-79 (31-36 halftfime) at Hungarian champion Szolnoki Telenet Oostende-Cibona Zagreb 82-70 Telenet Oostende: Walden 10, Mwema 0, Keselj 5, Gillet 13, Salumu 7, Katic 10, Boukichou 20, Djordjevic 1, Kuridza 6, Kesteloot 3, Newbill 7 Quarters: 25-17, 21-22, 12-18, 24-13 Szolnoki-Spirou Proximus Charleroi 74-79 Spirou Proximus Charleroi; Libert 21, Fusek 1, Iarochevitch 8, Lambto 0, Marnegrave 4, Harris 5, Richardson 0 , Gaudoux 2, Bowman 15, Shepherd 16, Kemp 3, Schwartz 4 Quarters: 16-25, 15-11, 24-20, 19-23
Tony Gugino (ex Liege) joins Phoenix Galati - 2 days ago
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CS Phoenix Galati (Liga Nationala) agreed terms with 30-year old American power forward Tony Gugino (207-96kg-86, college: Hillsdale). He started the season at betFIRST Liege Basket in Belgian Euromillions League. In 7 games he had 9.6ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.9apg, 1.3spg and 1.0bpg this season. The last season Gugino played at Rilski in Bulgarian NBL where in 33 games he recorded 13.0ppg, 9.2rpg, 1.3apg and 1.4spg. He helped them to win the cup and make to league semifinals. Quite impressive seaso... [read more]
CS Phoenix Galati (Liga Nationala) agreed terms with 30-year old American power forward Tony Gugino (207-96kg-86, college: Hillsdale). He started the season at betFIRST Liege Basket in Belgian Euromillions League. In 7 games he had 9.6ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.9apg, 1.3spg and 1.0bpg this season. The last season Gugino played at Rilski in Bulgarian NBL where in 33 games he recorded 13.0ppg, 9.2rpg, 1.3apg and 1.4spg. He helped them to win the cup and make to league semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com Bulgarian League All-Imports Team, Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game. Gugino also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 12.7ppg, 7.8rpg (#3 in the league), 1.2apg and 1.2spg. Gugino has played previously professionally in Switzerland (Monthey, Massagno and Boncourt) and Bulgaria (Yambol). He attended Hillsdale College until 2009 and it is his eighth season as a professional player.
Ubel's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - 5 days ago
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25-year old power forward Brandon Ubel (209-F/C-91, agency: Pensack Sports) had a very impressive game in the last round for Brussels and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10. He had a double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Aalstar (#4, 6-4) 88-81. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Brussels is placed at 3rd position in Belgian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this sea... [read more]
25-year old power forward Brandon Ubel (209-F/C-91, agency: Pensack Sports) had a very impressive game in the last round for Brussels and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10. He had a double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Aalstar (#4, 6-4) 88-81. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Brussels is placed at 3rd position in Belgian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Brussels will need more victories to improve their 6-3 record. In the team's last game Ubel had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Brussels and it's hard to imagine this team without him. University of Nebraska graduate has very impressive stats this year. Ubel is in league's top in points (9th best: 14.7ppg), rebounds (8th best: 6.3rpg) and averages solid 66.2% FGP.
Second best performed player last round was Seth Tuttle (203-F-92) of Limburg United. He is American forward in his first season at Limburg United. In the last game Tuttle recorded impressive 13 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Of course he led Limburg United to another comfortable win 93-75 over slightly higher-ranked Leuven (#9, 3-7) being unquestionably team leader. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Limburg United is still at the dead bottom 10th position. 8 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories Limburg United managed to get this year. Tuttle is a newcomer at Limburg United and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.
Third place about best performers goes to John Tofi (203-C/F-84, agency: Pensack Sports) of Aalstar (#4). Tofi showcased his all-around game by recording 20 points, seven rebounds and five assists in the last round. Despite Tofi's great performance Aalstar lost 81-88 to #3 ranked Brussels. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Aalstar needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 6 victories and 4 lost games. Tofi has a great season in Belgium. After 10 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.6ppg (6th best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Jason Clark (188-G-90) of Antwerp - 28 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists 5. Codi Miller-McIntyre (190-G-94) of Leuven - 25 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists 6. Domien Loubry (186-PG-85) of Brussels - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 9 assists 7. Jordan Swing (198-F-90) of Limburg United - 13 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists 8. Vincent Simpson (185-PG-88) of Liege - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists 9. Wesley Channels (190-PG-88) of Kangoeroes - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists 10. Pape Badji (208-F/C-92) of Kangoeroes - 15 points and 7 rebounds
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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