Sint-Jan Antwerp vs. BBC Haantjes Oudenaarde: 97-66
The Haantjes started pretty well with active players like Mikhail Linskens (213-C-87, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Wyoming) and Maarten Brysse (205-C-86). The visitors even reached a 14-unit lead at some point in the second quarter. Nevertheless, Sint-Jan ended the second quarter with a 10-0 run and finished the period with a great shot from long range by Naim El Khounchar (193-G-94) on the buzzer to make it a tied game: 36-36. Unresponsive in defense, the Haantjes suddenly lost heart in this game and Sint-Jan's players Mario Brown (202-F-84, college: Jacksonville), Senne Geukens (190-G-83) and Leroy Anthonis (206-C-90) gave them no chance as they kept scoring. The fourth quarter looked easy for the Jantjes who never lost rhythm and even had some spectacular plays in the last minutes of the game. Great job by the 28-year-old US player Mario Brown who flew back the next day to America where he spent Christmas with his family. Score evolution: 15-22, 36-36, 69-55 and 97-66. Best scorers: Sint-Jan: B. Hartshorne 4, V. Verbeeck 4, B. Raes 2, N. El Khounchar 12, A. Druwez 15, S. Geukens 20, L. Anthonis 12, V. Kesteloot 3, P. Smulders 2, M. Brown 23. Haantjes: M. Linskens 22, M. Brysse 15, G. De Lepeleire 10, G. Mestdag 8, J. Bourdeaux 4, F. Moerman 4, L. Lhote 3.
Excelsior Brussels vs. Port of Antwerp Giants II: 96-77
Excelsior had a good start: +9 at the end of the first quarter. The second quarter was much better for the young Giants of coach Luc Smout but Excelsior was still ahead. In the third and fourth quarters, the Brussels' team remain concentrated and finished on top. Special mention to Excelsior's player Randy Oveneke (201-F-86) who had great stats in this game: 12 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 block shot, 7 steals and 13 points. Score evolution: 24-15, 44-39, 70-59 and 96-77. Best scorers: Excelsior: N. Verrept 4, M. Depuydt 13, J. Van Haevermaet 13, G. De Pooter 13, L. Maesfrancx 8, J. De Schepper 26, R. Oveneke 13, S. Semijejero 6. Giants II: D. Donkor 37, A. Rojas Palma 16, Y. Schoepen 10.
Gent Dragons vs. Cuva Houthalen: 80-87
Lars Tielens (190-G-88) and Maarten Van Gelder (194-F-83) were missing on the Dragons' side. Under the lead of Ronnie McCollum (192-G-78, agency: Two Points, college: Centenary, LA) in offense, Cuva Houthalen took a rather large lead in the first quarter: after 11-18, the visitors had a 0-10 which gave them some reasons to strongly believe in a possible win away at the Tolhuis Arena in Ghent. Brian Heinle (205-F-78, agency: Court Side, college: CS Northridge) and Thomas Van De Vondel (194-F/G-80) reacted well for the Dragons but US player Jason Westrol (191-G-88, college: Bentley) of Cuva was still very efficient from all ranges. Thomas Van De Vondel and Leigh Enobakhare (206-C-86, agency: Court Side) put their team even closer in the third quarter when the scoreboard showed 63-66. Thanks to their great efficiency from behind the three-point line, the Dragons even took the lead (77-75) in the fourth quarter but it was without counting on an excellent Jason Westrol who re-boosted his Cuva mates. The Limburgers were stronger in the money time and eventually deserved the win. Score evolution: 13-30, 36-46, 63-66 and 80-87. Best scorers: Dragons: J. Jones 4, B. Heinle 10, R. Spaens 15, F. Lait 13, T. Van De Vondel 20, L. Enobakhare 11, M. Detiege 3, C. Tshimuanga 4. Cuva: C. Koonings 8, Maesen 18, R. McCollum 11, W. Jacobs 2, J. Westrol 30, Vanwijn 2, B. Tracey 5, O. Hodge 11.
Belfius Mons Hainaut II vs. Sint-Niklase Condors: 59-77
The young Foxes of coach Patrick Verdun had been surfing on the wave of success in the last few weeks but it was not the same story this time. Due to the live Ethias League's TV-broadcasting of the Belfius Mons Hainaut vs. Liege Basket game played at the mons.arena last Friday, this game had been postponed to Saturday 2012-12-22 at 20:00. Best scorers: Mons Hainaut II: L. Giancaterino 13, E. Lecomte 16, G. Vlamynck 3, L. Schwartz 10, A. Gorgemans 13, K. Tumba 4. Condors: B. De Beukeleer 7, E. Lasisi 3, J.-P. Dedecker 25, B. Bogaert 2, S. Vermeulen 11, D. Bovoy 3, N. Maris 6, J. Gerlo 20.
Kangoeroes Boom vs. CEP Fleurus: 91-79
Around 60 joyful and enthusiastic CEP supporters traveled by bus or by car to De Schalk in Boom to cheer on their favourite team last Saturday. The tip-off was given by Belgian basketball legend Eric Struelens (ex-Racing Maes Pils Mechelen, Paris SG Basket, Real Madrid, etc.). Other (former or current) Belgian basketball stars were seen in the attendance: Kurt Mollekens, Christian and Toni Marion, Thomas Foucart, Boualem Chekaba, etc. After 9-9, the Kangoeroes took a first lead at 13-9. CEP F of coach Paul Vervaeck nevertheless stayed in the race. Dieter Souveryns (193-F/G-83) entered then into the game at the end of the first quarter and, within one minute, hit two three-pointers in a row to give the Kangoeroes a 26-18 lead. The second quarter turned into a Kangoeroes' demo at some point. Kabo's center Sebastien Bellin (205-C-78, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Oakland) was very convincing in the paint and CEP players missed too many free-throws and forced too many complicated plays. Dieter Souveryns and Witse Van Schil (188-G-83) were unstoppable and converted many shots for the Kangoeroes. Wim Dobbelaere (198-F/C-85) also proved to be a key player for the Kangoeroes. The attendance and observers were sometimes annoyed by referees' obnoxious calls on both sides. Despite two great drives in the paint by Sebastien Bellin for the home team in the first seconds of the third quarter, the whole second half looked quite different. CEP F recovered well after the break and reduced the gap rather quickly after two consecutive three-pointers hit by Thomas Bauwens (192-F-86): 59-47 and even 59-49 a few seconds later. Young Belgian talents Louis Hazard (199-F-94), who had a very difficult time from the free-throw line in the second quarter (3/10), as well as Amaury Marion (196-F-91) showed the way to their CEP mates. Kangoeroes' coach Tom Poppe had to take a time-out after 70-65 on an impressive dunk by Amaury Marion concluding a great fastbreak situation for CEP Fleurus early in the fourth quarter. Several players on both sides were in foul trouble. Once again, the home team was able to raise its level of play and reached +10. Last efforts by Amaury Marion (again a great dunk), Christian Ilongo (194-F-85, agency: Promotex) and Ludovic Pourtoit (182-G-88) were not sufficient for CEP F. Dieter Souveryns remained very efficient through the whole game and Witse Van Schil put the last touch by hitting two three-point shots in a row for the Kangoeroes, right before the final buzzer. Score after 40 minutes: 91-79. CEP Fleurus' President Giovanni Mureddu was rather happy about the nice reaction that his guys had in the third and fourth quarters while Kangoeroes Boom's President Luc Katra repeatedly told observers that his club's ambition is to reach the Ethias League very soon. Free video highlights on RTV Kempen/Mechelen: http://www.rtv.be/artikels/sport/sport-op-zondag/2012122300114775_kangoeroes-boom-verslaat-fleurus-91-79. Score evolution: 26-18, 53-36, 68-59 and 91-79. Best scorers: Kangoeroes: S. Bellin 9, W. Dobbelaere 13, K. De Wit 6, D. Souveryns 30, W. Van Schil 26, M. Gorremans 7. CEP F: A. Marion 11, K. Jonniaux 8, C. Manzanza 2, L. Pourtoit 16, A. Chada 5, T. Bauwens 12, L. Hazard 11, C. Ilongo 14.
Gembo BBC vs. BasKet Tongeren: 108-71
Gembo of coach Stefan Sappenberghs has finished the year 2012 with a large win against BasKet Tongeren. Gembo is now ranked fourth in Division II. Qualifying for the Division II play-offs at the end of the season remain Gembo's ambition. BasKet Tongeren had a good first half with well-present Joeri Moonen (205-F-84). The 23 turnovers by the visitors clearly showed that there was nevertheless a huge difference between the two teams last weekend. Two young talents of Gembo BBC were also given some time to play in this game: Anthony Vermeersch (202-C-90) and Thierry Marien. Special mention again this week to Domien Loubry (186-G-85) who scored 30 points for Gembo BBC. Score evolution: 26-17, 48-40, 74-55 and 108-71. Best scorers: Gembo: D. Loubry 30, P. Van Rillaer 11, E. Van Aken 19, N. Celis 12. Tongeren: N/A
Scooore League Round 4 of Semi-Finals. Wins for Brussels and Limburg United - May 27, 2016
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Brussels - Aalstar 75-66 Brussels held off Aalstar to force the decisive fifth game in the series. The game without a history. Basic-Fit Brussels led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international point guard Guy Muya (193-83) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and the former international point guard Domien Loubry (186-... [read more]
Brussels held off Aalstar to force the decisive fifth game in the series. The game without a history. Basic-Fit Brussels led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international point guard Guy Muya (193-83) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and the former international point guard Domien Loubry (186-85) who added 13 points during the contest. At the losing side international forward Vincent Kesteloot (201-95, agency: Priority Sports) responded with 20 points and 8 rebounds and Samoan-American power forward John Tofi (203-84, college: UTEP, agency: Pensack Sports) scored 16 points and 7 rebounds. Okapi Aalstar's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Top scorers: Brussels: G.Muya 18+5reb+1ast, D.Loubry 13+3reb+3ast, D.Sims 11+3reb+4ast, B.Ubel 10+6reb+1ast, J.Gamble 8+8reb+1ast, A.Lichodzijewski 7+6reb+5ast Aalstar: V.Kesteloot 20+8reb, J.Tofi 16+7reb, L.Cummard 8+1reb, N.El Khounchar 5+2reb+4ast, J.Anderson 4+2reb+3ast, A.Lodwick 4+7reb+2ast
Limburg United nipped visiting Oostende to even things up in the semifinal series. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 25-14 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American Scott Thomas (198-89, college: Bowling Green, agency: Inception Sports) who helped to win the game recording 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. The other American import guard Jordan Hulls (180-90, college: Indiana) contributed with 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Limburg United's coach Brian Lynch used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. American forward Dominique Archie (200-87, college: S.Carolina) replied with 19 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and Serbian center Rasko Katic (208-80, agency: BeoBasket) added 12 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Oostende. Top scorers: Limburg United: S.Thomas 17+5reb+4ast, J.Love 12+5reb, J.Hulls 12+5reb+4ast, R.Loe 8+1reb, S.Kidd 6+4reb+2ast, E.Lasisi 6+2reb Oostende: D.Archie 19+4reb+1ast, R.Katic 12+6reb+1ast, K.Gibson 11+4reb+2ast, K.Boukichou 8+5reb+1ast, J.Salumu 6+1reb, D.Djordjevic 5+2reb+1ast
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.
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