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.
Top Division I Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Gembo BBC and Oxaco post victories - 12 hours ago
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Gembo BBC - Gent Hawks 74-69 Gembo BBC outgunned Gent Hawks to even the semifinal series at 1-1. The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back winning next two quarters and won the game by 5 points. Gembo BBC made 25-of-30 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Gembo BBC made 9 blocks. The best player for the winners was guard Theo Beaujean (188-97) who scored 12 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assist... [read more]
Gembo BBC outgunned Gent Hawks to even the semifinal series at 1-1. The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back winning next two quarters and won the game by 5 points. Gembo BBC made 25-of-30 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Gembo BBC made 9 blocks. The best player for the winners was guard Theo Beaujean (188-97) who scored 12 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Forward Eli Van-Aken (193-85) chipped in 14 points. Forward Maxime Verspeeten (194-94) produced 23 points and guard Laurent Lhote (182-84) added 12 points, 8 assists and 4 steals respectively for the guests. Top scorers: Gent Hawks: M.Verspeeten 23+3reb+1ast, L.Lhote 12+3reb+8ast, G.De Pooter 9+3reb, J.Vermoessen 8+8reb, R.Van den Berghe 6+4reb+1ast, J.Vermoessen 5+3reb+2ast Gembo BBC: E.Van Aken 14+4reb, B.Iliaens 14+2reb, T.Beaujean 12+6reb+6ast, A.Vermeersch 9+6reb+1ast, J.Bouckaert 9+6reb, S.Renier 8+4reb+1ast
Oxaco topped Waregem to force the decisive third game in the series. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Sam Van-Hoey (190-91) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Center Dieter De-Hoon (199-94) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Oxaco's coach Tony van den Bosch allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Thomas Foucart (192-84) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and point guard Lars De-Lepeleire (175-91) added 16 points in the effort for Waregem. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Top scorers: Waregem: L.De Lepeleire 16+1reb+2ast, T.Foucart 16+10reb, S.Naudts 13, B.Willy Samaey 12+4reb, B.Guillemyn 11+2reb+4ast, A.Van Vooren 3+1reb+1ast Oxaco: D.De Hoon 19+4reb, S.Van Hoey 17+4reb+2ast, C.Pegg 16+5reb+1ast, N.Celis 10+7reb+4ast, M.De Meyer 10+5reb, E.Derby 8+2reb
Ccoach Eddy Casteels and his staff present the 24-player pre-selection for Eurobasket 2017 in Turkey / Istanbul. The Belgian Lions take part in the European Championships for the fourth time in a row. European players like Sam Van Rossom (Valencia), Axel Hervelle (Bilbao) and Matt Lojeski (Olympiakos Piraeus) have been in the selection for the first time since 2015 and celebrate their comeback. Of the 2016 qualifiers Lionel Bosco (Bergen) is the only absentee.
Preselection Belgian Lions
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Ccoach Eddy Casteels and his staff present the 24-player pre-selection for Eurobasket 2017 in Turkey / Istanbul. The Belgian Lions take part in the European Championships for the fourth time in a row. European players like Sam Van Rossom (Valencia), Axel Hervelle (Bilbao) and Matt Lojeski (Olympiakos Piraeus) have been in the selection for the first time since 2015 and celebrate their comeback. Of the 2016 qualifiers Lionel Bosco (Bergen) is the only absentee. Preselection Belgian Lions Thomas Akyazili (University of Colorado-USA); Ismael Bako (Leuven Bears); Khalid Boukichou (Oostende); Maxime De Zeeuw (Oldenburg-GER); Pierre-Antoine Gillet (Oostende) ;Amaury Gorgemans (Mons) ;Axel Hervelle (Bilbao-ESP) ;Ioann Iarochevitch (Charleroi) ;Vincent Kesteloot (Oostende) ;Elias Lasisi (Le Portel-FRA); Manu Lecomte (Baylor University-USA); Matt Lojeski (Olympiakos-GRE); Dorian Marchant (Antwerp Giants); Niels Marnegrave (Charleroi); Jean-Marc Mwema (Oostende);Retin Obasohan (Avellino-ITA); Jean Salumu (Oostende);Loic Schwartz (Charleroi);Quentin Serron (Gravelines-FRA);Jonathan Tabu (Bilbao-ESP);Olivier Troisfontaines (Okapi Aalstar);Kevin Tumba (Murcia-ESP);Sam Van Rossom (Valencia-ESP);Hans Vanwijn (Limburg United) More info::www.basketbelgium.be
Belgian Euromillions League round 32 best performance: Brandon Ubel - 2 days ago
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American Power forward Brandon Ubel (209-F/C-91, agency: Pensack Sports) put on an amazing game in the last round for Brussels, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 32. The 25-year old player was the main contributor (25 points, nine rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass Kangoeroes (#4, 17-15) with 40-point margin 114-74. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Brussels maintains the 3rd position in Belgian Eu... [read more]
American Power forward Brandon Ubel (209-F/C-91, agency: Pensack Sports) put on an amazing game in the last round for Brussels, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 32. The 25-year old player was the main contributor (25 points, nine rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass Kangoeroes (#4, 17-15) with 40-point margin 114-74. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Brussels maintains the 3rd position in Belgian Euromillions 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 19-13 record. In the team's last game Ubel had a remarkable 81.8% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Brussels and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Former University of Nebraska star has very solid stats this year. Ubel is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 6.6rpg) and averages impressive 57.5% FGP.
The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American Seth Tuttle (203-F-92) of Limburg United. Tuttle had a very good evening with 22 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Of course he led Limburg United to another comfortable win outscoring slightly higher-ranked Aalstar (#5, 17-16) 100-73. Limburg United's 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 16-16 record is not bad and everything may still change. Tuttle is a newcomer at Limburg United, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.3ppg (#5). His other stats are also decent: 5.9rpg and 3.6apg.
Third on the list of top players last round was American Gavin Ware (206-C/F-93) of league's second-best Antwerp. Ware scored 19 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Ware's great performance Antwerp lost 78-83 to the lower-ranked Spirou (#7, 15-17). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Antwerp needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 20 victories and 12 lost games. Ware has a great season in Belgium. After 32 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 13.6ppg (9th best) and rebounds with 6.5rpg (6th best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Aleksander Lichodzijewski (204-PF-84) of Brussels - 25 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists 5. J.J. Mann (198-G/F-91) of Mons-Hainaut - 19 points and 12 rebounds 6. Corey Walden (188-G-92) of Oostende - 14 points and 6 assists 7. Pape Badji (208-F/C-92) of Kangoeroes - 22 points and 9 rebounds 8. Jordan Swing (198-F-90) of Limburg United - 13 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists 9. D.J. Richardson (190-G-91) of Spirou - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists 10. Jerime Anderson (187-PG-89) of Limburg United - 11 points, 2 rebounds and 13 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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