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
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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