Essor Charleroi (Spirou B) vs. BasKet Tongeren: 83-82
In front of a very sparse attendance on Sunday morning, the young Spirou talents won their second game of the season. Visiting team's forward Peter Pipeleers (202-F/C-80) was called a fourth foul in the third quarter. Despite last efforts by Karim Doukmani (178-G-83) who converted several three-point attempts for BasKet Tongeren in the last minutes of the game, Essor finished on top. Essor Charleroi won the game after hitting one of the two free-throws earned after a last personal foul by BasKet Tongeren's Jean Delva (197-F/G-87) on the buzzer. It was also announced last weekend that Boris Penninck (202-C-88) would stay in Charleroi for the rest of the season and, contrarily to what the Belgian media had told in the last few weeks, will eventually not play for the Leuven Bears. Score evolution: 23-20, 43-44, 62-59 and 83-82.
Gembo BBC vs. Belfius Mons Hainaut II: 95-77
The young visitors of Belfius Mons Hainaut II gave the 2012 Belgian Division champions of Gembo BBC a hard time in the first half. Several three-pointers were hit by both teams in the second quarter. The young Foxes of Mons Hainaut, led by Lorenzo Giancaterino (190-F/G-90), stayed close and offered a very good tempo in the first 20 minutes of the game. Gembo's Domien Loubry (186-G-85) and his mates came back with better intentions after the break. Gembo played quick and ended fastbreak situations with easy baskets to take a much larger lead after 30 minutes: 72-61. Gembo managed very well in the last period and, after a few spectacular plays, finally deserved the win. See free highlights on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggjujy5q3_8&list=UUoSEPiDqNhOjhQW7eAC-isQ&index=1. Score at the half: 24-19, 43-42, 72-61 and 95-77.
Cuva Houthalen vs. CEP Fleurus: 97-68
Special mention to Cuva's Belgian talent Wietse Jacobs (194-F-91) who was particularly efficient from shooting range this weekend. Cuva of coach Brian Lynch never gave a chance to the opponents who could not reiterate their great performance of last Tuesday (against Gembo). Even the electricity cut at half-time was not of any help for CEP Fleurus (the second half had to be played on another court). CEP F will travel to Boom on December 22nd. Cuva will face BasKet Tongeren in a Limburg derby on December 16th. Score evolution: 29-10, 49-30, 74-47 and 97-68. Best scorers: Cuva: N/A CEP F: A. Behaderovic 1, A. Marion 8, K. Jonniaux 4, C. Manzanza 4, L. Pourtoit 17, A. Chada 4, T. Bauwens 7, L. Hazard 12, S. Muric 5, C. Ilongo 6.
Sint-Niklase Condors vs. BBC Haantjes Oudenaarde: 90-72
No doubt about it, Joao-Pedro De Decker (190-F-83) was the Division II MVP of the Week this time! The Condors hit several crucial three-pointers in the first half but the Haantjes' defense was rather good. It got worse in the second half for the visitors and the zone defense they played could not stop Condors De Decker and Bjorn De Beukeleer (185-G/F-89) who had then some clutch plays. The Condors of coach Steve Ibens took a larger lead in the third quarter and never allowed BBC Haantjes Oudenaarde to come back in the game. Score evolution: 25-23, 46-44, 75-58 and 90-72. Best scorers: Condors: B. De Beukeleer 22, E. Lasisi 18, J.-P. De Decker 34, B. Bogaert 2, S. Vermeulen 4, D. Bovoy 4, N. Maris 3, J. Gerlo 3. Haantjes: G. Delepeleire 4, J. Bourdeaux 5, J. Salumu 10, G. Mestdag 16, M. Linskens 13, L. Lhote 9, M. Brysse 15.
Sint-Jan Antwerp vs. Excelsior Brussels: 78-72
It was a rather close game all the way and the Brussels' team was even ahead in the third quarter (when the scoreboard showed 40-44). Nevertheless, the big men of Sint-Jan and the poor free-throw percentage (11/23) of Excelsior made the difference. Sint-Jan's player Leroy Anthonis (206-C-90) had an excellent game with impressive stats: 7/11 in field goals, 3/4 from the free-throw line, 8 rebounds and 3 blocks in only 15 minutes of play last Saturday night. Score evolution: 21-19, 38-35, 56-49 and 78-72. Best scorers: Sint-Jan: B. Hartshorne 6, B. Raes 7, N. El Khounchar 4, A. Druwez 15, S. Geukens 16, L. Anthonis 17, V. Kesteloot 2, P. Smulders 4, M. Brown 7. Excelsior: X. Collette 8, N. Verrept 7, M. Depuydt 6, G. De Pooter 18, L. Maesfrancx 4, J. De Schepper 11, R. Oveneke 14, S. Semijejero 4.
Kangoeroes Boom vs. Port of Antwerp Giants II: 85-77
Short win by 8 points but no surprise in this Antwerp derby. The Kangoeroes of coach Tom Poppe remain the only leaders in Division II with a record of 10 wins and 3 losses so far. Due to the fact that Essor Charleroi defeated BasKet Tongeren last Sunday, the young Giants of coach Luc Smout are currently ranked last in Division II with a record of 1 win and 12 losses.
Point Chaud Sprimont vs. Gent Dragons has been postponed due to bad weather conditions.
Belgian Top Division I round 22 best performance: Francois Lhoest (by Court Side) - 3 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
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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
Matt Lojeski selected the top Belgian playing abroad in last week's games - 4 days ago
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We bring you last week's top performances from Belgians who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level. This week's number one is an international guard Matt Lojeski (198-85, agency: Pensack Sports). He contributed to Olympiacos' victory against the sixth-ranked Kolossos HH in the Greek A1 in Monday night's game.
We bring you last week's top performances from Belgians who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.
#1. This week's number one is an international guard Matt Lojeski (198-85, agency: Pensack Sports, college: Hawaii, currently plays in Greece). He contributed to Olympiacos' victory against the sixth-ranked Kolossos HH (10-8) 70-59 in the Greek A1 in Monday night's game.
Lojeski scored 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 22 minutes on the court.
Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (15-0) is placed first in the A1.
So far his team won all fifteen games in the Regular Season.
It's Lojeski's fourth season with the team.
He has relatively good stats this year: 12.7ppg, 5.1rpg, 2.7apg, 2FGP: 65.0%(39-60), 3FGP: 46.6%(34-73) and FT: 85.7% in 17 games he played so far.
Lojeski is a naturalized American.
He is currently a member of the Belgian senior national team. Lojeski used to play for Okapi Aalstar in Belgian league.
#2. Second place goes to an international guard Retin Obasohan (185-93, college: Alabama, currently plays in Italy). He contributed to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked VL Pesaro (6-13) 79-62 in the Italian Serie A last Sunday.
Obasohan recorded 8 points and grabbed 7 rebounds.
Scandone Avellino (13-6) is placed second in the Serie A.
This season Obasohan averages: 6.5ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 45.6%, 3FGP: 26.5% and FT: 65.4%.
He has a dual citizenship: Belgian and Nigerian.
Obasohan 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). He contributed to an easy victory against the 13th-ranked Zaragoza (7-13) crushing them 100-67 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Sunday night.
Van Rossom scored 9 points and added 3 assists in only 12 minutes.
Valencia Basket (14-5) is placed fourth in the Liga Endesa.
Van Rossom has been at the team for four years.
This season his overall stats are: 4.8ppg, 1.1rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 52.0%, 3FGP: 38.5% in 16 games.
Van Rossom is also a member of the Belgian senior national team.
#4. Point guard Jonathan Tabu (189-85, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a RETAbet BB's victory against the closely-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (9-11) 82-76 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game.
He scored 6 points and added 4 assists.
RETAbet Bilbao Basket (9-10) is placed ninth in the Liga Endesa.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
Tabu's total stats this season are: 7.9ppg, 1.8rpg and 3.2apg.
He is another player who holds two passports: Belgian and Congolese.
Tabu is also Belgian national team player.
#5. International power forward Kevin Tumba (205-91, currently plays in Spain). He could not help one of league's weakest teams UCAM Murcia (6-14) to beat Joventut (6-14).
Tumba scored 6 points, had 4 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 24 minutes.
UCAM Murcia was edged 86-84 on the road by the higher-ranked (#14) Joventut.
This year Tumba's total stats are: 3.5ppg and 4.0rpg in four games.
He has both DR Congolese and Belgian nationalities.
Tumba plays currently for the Belgian national team.
#6. An experienced forward Axel Hervelle (205-83, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jonathan Tabu and both played together in the last Spanish Liga Endesa game.
Hervelle managed to help RETAbet Bilbao Basket to win against the closely-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (9-11) 82-76.
He scored only 4 points and grabbed 7 rebounds.
Hervelle plays seventh season for the team.
Hervelle has averaged so far 5.8ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.8apg and 1.2spg.
He is an international player who is currently on the senior Belgian National Team roster.
#7. International point guard Manu Lecomte (180-95, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the one of league's weakest teams one of league's weakest teams Baylor (9-4) in their last game. Despite Lecomte's very good performance the Baylor was edged 67-65 in Lawrence by the University of Kansas.
He scored 16 points in 39 minutes.
There are only four games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
This year Lecomte has relatively solid stats: 12.8ppg, 1.9rpg and 4.1apg in 26 games.
He is also Belgian national team player.
#8. Forward Kamal Tall (203-95, currently plays in NCAA2) helped Montana St. - Billings win their game against the St.Martin's University 92-83 in the NCAA2 last Saturday.
He recorded 7 points in 21 minutes.
The Montana St. - Billings have 7-9 record this season.
There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA2 Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial.
Tall has averaged so far 5.8ppg and 4.9rpg in 19 games.
He used to play for the Belgian U20 national team
back in 2013.
The list of other players, who all have Belgian passport but never been selected to any of Belgian national teams:
#1.Ruphin Kayembe (200-F/C-92, currently plays in France). Kayembe could not help Souffelweyersheim (17-7) to beat Orchesien BC (15-9).
He scored 8 points and blocked 2 shots.
Souffelweyersheim was defeated 74-69 on the road by the lower-ranked Orchesien BC (#5).
It's Kayembe's first season with the team.
Kayembe has reliable stats this year: 12.1ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.7apg.
He has a dual citizenship: DR Congolese and Belgian.
#2.Jonathan Dubas (204-F/C-91, currently plays in Switzerland) contributed to Monthey's victory against the closely-ranked Geneve Lions (10-6) 90-79 in the Swiss LNA on Wednesday night.
Dubas scored 7 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 36 minutes.
It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BBC Monthey (13-3) is placed second in the LNA.
It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row.
There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
Dubas has averaged so far 8.3ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.9apg and 1.3spg in 16 games he played so far.
He is another player who holds two passports: Belgian and Swiss.
#3.Leigh Enobakhare (206-C-86, agency: Court Side, currently plays in Holland) managed to help Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden to win against the sixth-ranked Amsterdam (7-13) 79-66 in the Dutch Eredivisie in Thursday night's game.
Enobakhare scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden (14-6) is placed second in the Eredivisie.
It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row.
It's Enobakhare's first season with the team.
He has averaged so far 4.7ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.3bpg.
Enobakhare has both Nigerian and Belgian nationalities.
#4.Christopher Jones (186-G-90, currently plays in Luxembourg) contributed to T71's victory against the fifth-ranked Etzella (6-9) 78-69 in the Luxembourg Total League on Sunday night.
Jones recorded 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
T71 Dudelange (12-8) is placed third in Places 1-6 group.
It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row.
Jones has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.7ppg, 5.0rpg, 3.3apg and 2.3spg.
Jones also holds two passports: Belgian and Luxembourg.
#5.Alhassan Barrie (196-F-95, currently plays in NAIA) was not able to help the Goshen College (0-0) in their game against the Marian University, IN in the CrRdsL.
He recorded only 4 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 21 minutes.
The Goshen College lost 74-78 in Indianapolis to the Marian University, IN.
Barrie has very impressive stats this year: 15.7ppg, 5.0rpg, 3.3apg and 2.3spg in three games.
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