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.
John Tofi extends deal with Aalstar - May 25, 2016
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Aalstar and John Tofi(203-C/F-84, college: UTEP, agency: Pensack Sports) agreed on terms of contract renewal. The centre has penned a new two-year deal with the team. John Tofi tallied 15.7 points, 7.2 rebounds per game last season. John Tofi has been playing for Aalstar since 2012. Previously he had stints with Leuven and Pepinster. [read more]
Aalstar and John Tofi (203-C/F-84, college: UTEP, agency: Pensack Sports) agreed on terms of contract renewal. The centre has penned a new two-year deal with the team. John Tofi tallied 15.7 points, 7.2 rebounds per game last season. John Tofi has been playing for Aalstar since 2012. Previously he had stints with Leuven and Pepinster.
21-year old domestic international forward Vincent Kesteloot (201-95, agency: Priority Sports) left Crelan Okapi Aalstar (Scooore League). In 32 games he had 8.5ppg and 2.6rpg this season. Kesteloot played there also last season. In 35 Scooore League games he recorded 3.5ppg and 1.4rpg. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. Kesteloot also played at Okapi Aalstar earlier that season. He played there also l... [read more]
21-year old domestic international forward Vincent Kesteloot (201-95, agency: Priority Sports) left Crelan Okapi Aalstar (Scooore League). In 32 games he had 8.5ppg and 2.6rpg this season. Kesteloot played there also last season. In 35 Scooore League games he recorded 3.5ppg and 1.4rpg. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. Kesteloot also played at Okapi Aalstar earlier that season. He played there also last season. Kesteloot also played 12 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded 3.0ppg and 2.0rpg. Despite young age Kesteloot had impressive career. He was voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Honorable Mention in 2015. He has been also a member of Belgian international program for some years. Kesteloot played for Belgian senior team this year and previously for U18 National Team between 2012 and 2013. He represented Belgium at the European Championships U20 in Lignano Sabbiadoro (Italy) last year. His stats at that event were 10 games: 15.3ppg, 6.7rpg, FGP: 50.8%, 3PT: 28.3%, FT: 76.6%. Kesteloot has played previously for another Belgian team Sint-Jans Antwerpen.
Crelan Okapi Aalstar (Scooore League) signed 25-year old domestic forward Thomas De Thaey (203-111kg-91, college: North Carolina State). He moved there from Stella Artois Leuven Bears (Scooore League) where he played this season. In 30 games he had 11.4ppg and 6.6rpg. The last season De Thaey played at Antwerp Giants. In 32 Scooore League games he recorded 4.6ppg and 3.1rpg. He helped them to make it to the supercup final. De Thaey also played 12 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded... [read more]
Crelan Okapi Aalstar (Scooore League) signed 25-year old domestic forward Thomas De Thaey (203-111kg-91, college: North Carolina State). He moved there from Stella Artois Leuven Bears (Scooore League) where he played this season. In 30 games he had 11.4ppg and 6.6rpg. The last season De Thaey played at Antwerp Giants. In 32 Scooore League games he recorded 4.6ppg and 3.1rpg. He helped them to make it to the supercup final. De Thaey also played 12 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded just 2.8ppg and 1.9rpg. The previous (13-14) season he played at Kangoeroes. In 34 Scooore League games he recorded 12.2ppg and 5.9rpg in 2013-14 season. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. In 12-13 season De Thaey played at Telenet BC Oostende. But in 15 Scooore League games he recorded only 1.6ppg and 1.3rpg in 2012-13 season. He contributed to his team winning the league title and the cup. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others De Thaey was voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Division B 2nd Team back in 2010 at his college time. De Thaey represented Belgium at the European Championships U20 Division B in Sarajevo (Bosnia) five years ago. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 8 games: 9.9ppg, 7.0rpg, FGP: 46.7%, 3PT: 29.6%, FT: 81.3%. De Thaey has played also professionally in Spain (Canarias Basketball Academy). He attended North Carolina State until 2013 and it is his third season as a professional player. De Thaey could be described:
Thomas is an extremly strong player who fights for every rebound. He is more SF/PF than classic PF or Center but he can play back to the basket as well he can shoot from the mid/long range. He can play defense against bigger players thanks to his strength and he can stop smaller SF thanks to his speed. Great player with a lot of skills and role modes. Can finnish above the rim. He is very good in transition - runs the floor very well. Great teammate to have!.
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