#1. This week's number one is an international shooting guard Jonathan Tabu (184-85, currently plays in Italy). He led Cantu to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked Angelico Biella (3-8) crushing them 85-62 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game.
Tabu scored 14 points, grabbed 6 boards, passed 9 assists and added 3 steals in 32 minutes on the court.
Mapooro Cantu (7-4) is placed fourth in the SerieA.
Tabu has relatively good stats this year: 11.6ppg, 5.2rpg, 4.2apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 51.2%, 3FGP: 47.7%(21-44) and FT: 91.3%(21-23) in the 11 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 Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB. Hervelle could not help Gescrap BB (8-3) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance Gescrap BB was edged 79-76 at home by the much lower-ranked Cajasol (#15).
Hervelle scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen.
This year Hervelle averages: 7.5ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 56.3%(36-64) and FT: 84.6%.
He 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). Van Rossom was not able to help CAI Zaragoza (7-4) in their game against Real Madrid (11-0) in the Spanish ACB, despite his very good performance on Sunday night.
He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Van Rossom also added 4 rebounds and 6 assists in 27 minutes.
But CAI Zaragoza lost 79-94 on the road to the leading Real Madrid.
But the season just started, so everything may happen.
This year Van Rossom's overall stats are: 8.8ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.9apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 65.6%(21-32) and FT: 77.8% in the 11 games.
He is also a member of the Belgian senior national team.
#4. Center Aleksander Lichodzijewski (202-84, currently plays in Poland) was not able to secure a victory for Polpharma (3-8) in their game against Asseco Prokom Gdynia (7-3) in the Polish TBL, despite his good performance last Sunday.
He was the second best scorer with 12 points. Lichodzijewski also added 4 rebounds and 3 assists in a mere 17 minutes.
But Polpharma lost 77-82 on their home court in Starogard to the higher-ranked (#4) Asseco Prokom Gdynia.
It was Polpharma's third consecutive loss in a row.
It's Lichodzijewski's first season with the team.
This year his total stats are: 5.4ppg and 2.9rpg in the seven games.
Lichodzijewski has a dual citizenship: Belgian and Polish.
He used to play for the Belgian national team
back in 2008.
#5. An experienced international guard Marcus Faison (196-78, college: Siena, currently plays in Georgia) couldn't help Armia (5-2) in their game against Energy Invest (7-1) in the Georgian Superleague. He cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones.
Faison scored only 3 points in 11 minutes.
Armia was edged 79-77 in Rustavi by the leading Energy Invest.
There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
Faison has averaged so far 7.3ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.9apg in the seven games.
He is a naturalized American.
Faison used to play for the Belgian national team
He played also for TEC Spirou Charleroi in Belgian league.
#6. Swingman Gael Hulsen (193-90, agency: LBM Management, currently plays in United Kingdom) couldn't help the league outsider Liverpool Mersey Tigers (0-13) in their game against Sheffield One Health Sharks (4-8) in the British BBL, despite his good performance last Friday.
He scored 10 points in 34 minutes.
But the bottom-ranked Liverpool Mersey Tigers was badly defeated 94-74 in Sheffield by the higher-ranked (#9) One Health Sharks.
So far Liverpool Mersey Tigers lost all thirteen games in the Regular Season.
This year Hulsen has relatively solid stats: 10.7ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.7apg in the 12 games.
He is a former U20 international player as he played for the Belgian team three years ago.
#7. U20 international point guard Retin Obasohan (185-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Alabama in their game against the University of Dayton (0-0) in the NCAA. Obasohan cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones.
He scored only 2 points.
The Alabama was defeated 81-76 on their home court in Tuscaloosa, AL by the University of Dayton.
Obasohan has reliable stats this season: 10.7ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.7apg.
He is also Belgian U20 national team player.
The list of other players, who all have Belgian passport but never been selected to any of Belgian national teams:
#1. 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 (3-7) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Hoover's very good performance Fileni BPA Jesi was badly defeated 92-75 on the road by the much higher-ranked Sigma Barcellona (#4).
He recorded 15 points and had 3 steals.
This season Hoover has relatively solid stats: 11.1ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.9apg and 2.0spg.
He is a naturalized American.
Strangely Hoover has never played in Belgium.
#2.Tyler Haws (196-G, currently plays college basketball in the States) led BYU to a 3-point victory against the University of Utah 61-58 in the NCAA on Saturday night.
Haws scored 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!).
The Brigham Young University has conference record this season.
Haws has been at the team for four years.
He has averaged so far 5.4ppg and 2.9rpg.
#3.Douglas Tshomba (201-F-83, college: Tusculum, currently plays in France) was the major contributor in a JA Vichy's victory against the closely-ranked Sorgues (6-5) 82-75 in the French NM1 (third division) in Saturday night's game.
Tshomba recorded 17 points and added 5 assists in 29 minutes.
JA Vichy Val d'Allier Auvergne basket (8-4) is placed fifth in the NM1.
It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row.
This year Tshomba has relatively solid stats: 11.4ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1spg in the seven games he played so far.
#4.Ronrico White (190-G-92, currently studies in the States) was not able to help the Chattanooga (0-1) in their game against the Eastern Kentucky University in the NCAA.
He scored 6 points, made 5 passes and 3 steals.
The Chattanooga (#17) was defeated 63-52 in Richmond, KY by the Eastern Kentucky University.
But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen.
This season White has relatively solid stats: 11.4ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1spg.
He is a naturalized American.
Strangely White has never played in Belgium.
#5.Christopher Jones (186-G-90, currently plays in Luxembourg) led Contern to a victory against the closely-ranked Residence (5-7) 80-73 in the Luxembourg Diekirch League in Saturday night's game.
Jones scored 13 points, had 7 boards, dished 5 assists and stole 5 balls.
AB Contern (6-6) is placed fourth in the Diekirch League.
Jones is currently first on the league's list of most steals.
He has very reliable stats this season: 12.0ppg, 6.1rpg, 3.3apg and 2.8spg.
Jones has a dual citizenship: Belgian and Luxembourg.
Elias Lasisi (ex Limburg United) joins Le Portel - 2 days 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) - 6 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)
The Player of the Week awards are presented by Court Side. Court Side is the global leader in basketball management, and is widely regarded as the most dynamic and innovative company of its kind. It was the first Basketball Agency to launch its own website, and the first to have its own database. Court Side has more agents and manpower within its organization, than any other competitor, and its international network of basketball contacts is still unparalleled.
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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