#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.
Victories for Ostende and Charleroi in Champions League - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 4 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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