Essor Charleroi (Spirou B) vs. Sint-Niklase Condors: 77-56
The surprising performance of the week comes from Charleroi. Essor Charleroi defeated the Condors of coach Steve Ibens by 21 points. It is the third win for Essor Charleroi this season. Serbian player Nikola Jankovic (205-PF-94), who scored 22 points, was the leader of the young Spirou squad last Sunday morning. Best scorers: Essor: A. Lambot 16, Y. Diop 2, N. Jankovic 22, J. Stas 11, A. Zuccolini 1, J. Charles 4, M. Steenberghs 8, A. Eyenga 13. Condors: B. De Beukeleer 4, S. De Bock 2, E. Lasisi 4, J.-P. De Decker 10, B. Bogaert 4, S. Vermeulen 14, D. Bovoy 2, N. Maris 5, J. Gerlo 11.
Gembo BBC vs. Kangoeroes Boom: 79-74
Domien Loubry (186-G-85) was sick and did not play much for Gembo in the first half. Nevertheless, Eli Van Aken (193-F-85) and his mates gave the hosts a great 17-point lead by the end of the second quarter. The Kangoeroes of coach Tom Poppe looked quite nervous in the first half. The second half of the game turned out to be quite different. Kangoeroes' shooter Dieter Souveryns (193-F/G-83) suddenly found the way to the bucket. With a great Witse Van Schil (188-G-83) at playmaking, Kabo came back into the race. When the scoreboard showed 76-74, a last turnover after misunderstanding between Witse Van Schil and Mitchel Gorremans (191-G/F-85) in the last seconds costed Kabo the game. Score evolution: 23-16, 43-26, 57-50 and 79-74. Best scorers: Gembo: N. Celis 12, E. Van Aken 14, Y. Desiron 17, D. Loubry 11. Kangoeroes: M. Gorremans 11, W. Van Schil 17, D. Souveryns 24.
Port of Antwerp Giants II vs. Cuva Houthalen: 78-87
Currently ranked second in Division II, Cuva Houthalen of Brian Lynch had a rather hard time to beat the young Giants of Luc Smout. So far in the Division II regular season, Cuva stands second with a record of 11 wins and 5 losses while the Giants II are ranked fifteenth with a record of 1 win and 15 losses. Best scorers: Giants II: D. Donkor 30, M. Rademakers 15, A. Rojas Palma 12. Cuva: N/A
BC Haantjes Oudenaarde vs. Bent Schoenen Waregem: 81-68
The start of the game was clearly in favour of the Haantjes. Their new (but experienced) coach Guy Decleer saw his players quickly take a 7-2 lead. Nevertheless, BS Waregem of coach Sven Declercq hit 9 points in a row and, all of a sudden, it was a close game again. Despite low scoring in the first and second quarters, it remained an intense game until it showed 43-47 on the scoreboard in the third quarter. The Haantjes, with a very efficient Mikhail Linskens (213-C-87, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Wyoming), finished strongly in the last minutes of the third period (51-47) and played tough in the beginning of the fourth quarter (59-49). Great rebounding by BS Waregem's players Ahmet Gueye (203-C/F-82, college: Hawaii), Bart Willy Samaey (199-C-87) and Stijn Dhondt (197-F-79, college: Boston U.) was not sufficient for the visitors. The last time-outs taken by Sven Declercq did not change anything and BC Oudenaarde, led by Jean Salumu (193-F-90) in offense, won the game: 81-68 (via 80-60). Score evolution: 18-17, 32-29, 51-47 and 81-68. Best scorers: Haantjes: J. Salumu 21, M. Linskens 19, J. Bourdeaux 18, M. Brysse 10, G. Mestdag 6, L. Lhote 4, G. De Lepeleire 3. BS Waregem: T. Foucart 17, A. Steinbach 13, L. De Lepeleire 12, O. Foucart 8, A. Gueye 8, B. Samaey 6, S. Dhondt 3, H. Loontiens 1.
Gent Dragons vs. Excelsior Brussels: 88-73
Excelsior Brussels had a rather poor second quarter. This is a convincing victory for the Dragons in this important game between two play-off candidates. Maxime Depuydt (192-F-92) and Sam Semijejero (195-PF-77) had brought the Brussels' team from 56-41 to 62-54 in the third quarter. Dragon scorer Faycal Lait (190-G-88, agency: Promotex) put a last touch from long and mid-range to set the final score at 88-73. Special mentions to Thomas Van De Vondel (194-F/G-80) with 23 points scored for the winning side and to Sam Semijejero with great stats on the losing side (7 rebounds, 4 assists, 5 steals and 21 points). Score evolution: 23-25, 45-35, 68-57 and 88-73. Best scorers: Dragons: J. Jones 4, B. Heinle 15, R. Spaens 12, F. Lait 12, T. Van De Vondel 23, M. Van Gelder 4, L. Enobakhare 8, C. Tshimuanga 10. Excelsior: X. Collette 2, N. Verrept 2, M. Depuydt 11, J. Van Haevermaet 4, G. De Pooter 9, L. Maesfrancx 4, J. De Schepper 18, R. Oveneke 2, S. Semijejero 21.
Belfius Mons Hainaut II vs. Sint-Jan Antwerp: 81-90 (after OT)
Sint-Jan comes back from the Borinage Region with a nice win. Efforts by Lorenzo Giancaterino (190-F/G-90) and Emmanuel Lecomte (175-G-95) were not enough to stop the Jantjes. SJBA's centers Bram Raes (211-C-86) and Mario Brown (202-F-84, college: Jacksonville) controlled the air in the last minutes of the game and, with Senne Geukens (190-G-83) as top-scorer, the visitors won the overtime 4-13. Sint-Jan will welcome CEP Fleurus at the Arenahal in Deurne at 20:45 next Saturday (2013-01-12, also the birthday of SJBA's coach Steve Cornelis ). As announced on Sint-Jan's website, it will be free entrance for all fans of basketball. Score evolution: 16-16, 36-39, 62-58, 77-77 and 81-90. Best scorers: Mons Hainaut II: L. Giancaterino 32, E. Lecomte 20, L. Schwartz 5, A. Gorgemans 15, K. Tumba 9. Sint-Jan: B. Raes 4, N. El Khounchar 17, A. Druwez 16, S. Geukens 34, L. Anthonis 2, V. Kesteloot 3, M. Brown 14.
CEP Fleurus vs. Point Chaud Sprimont: 64-74
There was a big difference of energy level in the last minutes of the game. Great shooting performance by Gaetan Hertay (195-F-88) from long range on the visitors' side. The Greens of Sprimont played without their experienced center Jerome Flagothier (210-C) last weekend. Gilles Vrancken (192-PF) felt particularly at ease last Friday at the Salle Andre Robert in Fleurus: he hit crucial shots in the last quarter to give his team a well-deserved win. 23 turnovers were recorded for the home team! The only CEP players who left a positive impression were Amaury Marion (196-F-91) and Louis Hazard (199-F-94). The CEP team was punished and invited to attend a training and running session at 7:00 am on Saturday morning. Another bad news for CEP Fleurus has also filtered lately: Anthony Chada (196-G/F-89), still annoyed by an injury, has decided to give up and quits playing for CEP F this season. Free video highlights on Telesambre: http://telesambre.rtc.be/content/view/16268/166/. Score evolution: 19-19, 34-33, 49-48 and 64-74. Best scorers: CEP F: A. Marion 19, C. Manzanza 3, L. Pourtoit 5, A. Chada 6, T. Bauwens 9, L. Hazard 2, S. Muric 6, C. Ilongo 14. Sprimont: R. Delhaye 5, G. Vrancken 15, J.-B. Thome 5, G. Hertay 20, F. Manset 7, F. Delsaute 15, G. Donnay 7.
Matt Lojeski selected the top Belgian playing abroad in last week's games - 10 hours ago
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Here is the weekly review of the top performing Belgian players, who play currently abroad. This week's number one is an international guard Matt Lojeski (198-85, agency: Pensack Sports). He led Olympiacos to a victory over the eighth-ranked Kymis in the Greek A1 in Monday night's game.
Here is the weekly review of the top performing Belgian players, who play currently abroad.
#1. This week's number one is an international guard Matt Lojeski (198-85, agency: Pensack Sports, college: Hawaii, currently plays in Greece). He led Olympiacos to a victory over the eighth-ranked Kymis (5-8) 90-72 in the Greek A1 in Monday night's game.
Lojeski was MVP of the game. He recorded 17 points and added 3 assists in 23 minutes on the court.
Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (10-0) is placed first in the A1.
So far his team won all ten games in the Regular Season.
It's Lojeski's fourth season with the team.
Lojeski has relatively good stats this year: 13.2ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.5apg, 2FGP: 68.2%(30-44), 3FGP: 50.8%(31-61) and FT: 78.3% in 13 games he played so far.
He is a naturalized American.
Lojeski is currently a member of the Belgian senior national team. He used to play for Okapi Aalstar in Belgian league.
#2. Second place goes to an international power forward Maxime De Zeeuw (206-87, currently plays in Germany). De Zeeuw was the major contributor in a EWE Baskets' victory against the 16th-ranked Walter Tigers (3-14) 86-82 in the German BBL last Sunday.
He scored 18 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
EWE Baskets Oldenburg (9-8) is placed sixth in the BBL.
It's De Zeeuw's first season with the team.
This year De Zeeuw averages: 9.4ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 53.3%, 3FGP: 42.6% and FT: 81.8%.
Ex-Verviers-Pepinster player 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 a Valencia Basket's victory against the closely-ranked Movil Estudiantes (9-5) 93-85 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Sunday night.
Van Rossom scored 13 points in a mere 16 minutes.
Valencia Basket (12-4) is placed second in the Liga Endesa.
It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row.
Van Rossom has been at the team for four years.
This season his overall stats are: 4.2ppg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 45.0%, 3FGP: 34.4% in 13 games.
Van Rossom is also a member of the Belgian senior national team.
#4. Guard Retin Obasohan (185-93, college: Alabama, currently plays in Italy) helped Scandone AV win their game against the 13th-ranked Dolomiti En. TR (6-9) 79-69 in the Italian Serie A in Sunday night's game.
He scored 8 points and added 3 assists.
Scandone Avellino (11-4) is placed third in the Serie A.
It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row.
Obasohan's total stats this season are: 5.7ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.9apg.
He has a dual citizenship: Belgian and Nigerian.
Obasohan is also Belgian national team player.
#5. International point guard Jonathan Tabu (189-85, currently plays in Spain). Tabu could not help RETAbet BB (6-9) to beat Baskonia (11-5).
He scored 8 points, made 3 passes and 4 steals.
RETAbet BB was crushed 84-63 on the road by the higher-ranked Baskonia (#5).
It was RETAbet BB's third consecutive loss in a row.
Tabu's total stats this season are: 7.3ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.4apg.
He is another player who holds two passports: Belgian and Congolese.
Tabu plays currently for the Belgian national team.
#6. Point guard Manu Lecomte (180-95, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Baylor win their game against the Kansas State University (1-2) 77-68 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game.
He scored 26 points (!!!) in 28 minutes.
The Baylor University has 1-0 conference record this season.
This year Lecomte has relatively solid stats: 12.4ppg, 1.6rpg, 4.5apg and 1.2spg in 17 games.
He is an international player who is currently on the senior Belgian National Team roster.
#7. An experienced international 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 was not able to help RETAbet BB in their game against Baskonia (11-5). He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones.
Hervelle scored only 3 points and grabbed 6 rebounds.
RETAbet BB was crushed 84-63 in Vitoria by the higher-ranked Baskonia (#5).
Hervelle plays seventh season for the team.
His total stats this year are: 6.1ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.1apg and 1.1spg.
Hervelle is also Belgian national team player.
#8. Forward Kamal Tall (203-95, currently plays in NCAA2) helped Montana St. - Billings edge the University of Alaska at Anchorage 69-68 in the NCAA2 on Thursday night.
Tall scored 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds.
It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. The Montana St. - Billings have a solid 5-2 record this season.
Tall's total stats this year are: 6.4ppg and 4.6rpg.
He used to play for the Belgian U20 national team
back in 2013.
#9. Former U20 international swingman Gael Hulsen (193-90, currently plays in Germany) managed to help EN Baskets Schwelm in a victory against the sixth-ranked Salzkotten (9-7) 83-67 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) in Saturday night's game.
Hulsen recorded only 4 points in 9 minutes on the court.
EN Baskets Schwelm (13-3) is placed second in West group.
It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row.
This year Hulsen's total stats are: 9.2ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.8apg in 10 games.
He used to play for the Belgian U20 national team
eight years ago.
The list of other players, who all have Belgian passport but never been selected to any of Belgian national teams:
#1.Andrija Coric (199-F/G-95, currently plays in ABA League) contributed to Cibona's victory against the league outsider MZT Skopje (5-13) 87-79 in the ABA League last Sunday.
He scored 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 23 minutes.
KK Cibona VIP Zagreb (11-7) is placed fifth in the ABA League.
This year Coric's total stats are: 3.3ppg and 1.7rpg in nine games he played so far.
He has a dual citizenship: Belgian and Croatian.
Despite Coric's Belgian passport, he previously played for the Croatian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Belgian team.
#2.Tyler Haws (193-G-91, college: BYU, currently plays in Poland) contributed to an easy victory against the league leader Twarde Pierniki (13-2) 91-73 in the Polish PLK last Saturday.
Haws scored 9 points.
It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Anwil Wloclawek (10-6) is placed third in the PLK.
Haws' total stats this season are: 9.9ppg and 2.1rpg.
He is a naturalized American.
Despite Haws' Belgian passport, he previously played for the USA university national team and probably cannot be called to the Belgian team.
Strangely Haws has never played in Belgium.
#3.Jonathan Dubas (204-F/C-91, currently plays in Switzerland) led Monthey to an easy victory against the league outsider Winterthur (0-12) crushing them 104-81 in the Swiss LNA on Sunday night.
He had a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting the same number of rebounds in 25 minutes.
BBC Monthey (10-2) is placed first in the LNA.
It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row.
This year Dubas' total stats are: 9.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.9apg and 1.2spg in 12 games.
He is another player who holds two passports: Belgian and Swiss.
#4.Ruphin Kayembe (200-F/C-92, currently plays in France). He could not help Souffelweyersheim (14-4) to beat Lourdes-Tarbes (10-8).
Kayembe scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 24 minutes.
Souffelweyersheim was edged 74-72 on the road by the lower-ranked (#8) Lourdes-Tarbes.
Kayembe has reliable stats this year: 11.0ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.5apg in 18 games.
He has both DR Congolese and Belgian nationalities.
#5.Alhassan Barrie (196-F-95, currently plays in NAIA) was not able to help the Goshen College in their game against the Mt.Vernon Nazarene University (2-2) in the CrRdsL.
Barrie scored only 4 points and grabbed 6 rebounds.
The Goshen College was defeated 83-69 in Mount Vernon, OH by the Mt.Vernon Nazarene University.
Barrie has averaged so far 9.2ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.8apg.
The final of the Belgium Cup on Sunday, February 19th (Forest National) is a clash between BC Oostende and Hubo Limburg United. Oostende was in the semifinals to strong for Basic Fit Brussels. The team from coach Dario Gjergja won twice against Brussels: 74-62 and 64-74. It is the fifth consecutive finals for Ostend. The club from West Flanders can win the Cup for the 18th time. For Hubo Limburg United it is the first final in the club history. The team of coach Brian Lynch lost the first... [read more]
The final of the Belgium Cup on Sunday, February 19th (Forest National) is a clash between BC Oostende and Hubo Limburg United. Oostende was in the semifinals to strong for Basic Fit Brussels. The team from coach Dario Gjergja won twice against Brussels: 74-62 and 64-74. It is the fifth consecutive finals for Ostend. The club from West Flanders can win the Cup for the 18th time. For Hubo Limburg United it is the first final in the club history. The team of coach Brian Lynch lost the first game (95-90) from Crelan Okapi Aalstar. The second game brought a 89-80 win. More info about the Bpost Final: www.bpost.cup.be. Brussels-Oostende 64-74 Brussels: PECIUKEVICIUS 0-0, MUYA 4-3, DOWE 4-8, LICHODZIJEWSKI 4-0, SIMMONS 9-5, Loubry 5-6, Depuydt 0-0, Ubel 6-6, Bray 0-4 Oostende: DJORDJEVIC 0-6, SALUMU 8-3, GILLET 3-9, KESTELOOT 4-0, KATIC 8-0, Walden 4-7, Mwema 0-4, Keselj 4-0, Boukichou 2-2, Kuridza 0- 0, Newbill 6-4 Quarters: 21-24, 11-15, 18-21, 14-14 Limburg United-Okapi Aalstar 89-80 Limburg United MUKUBU 7-5, LODWICK 11-8, SWING 7-2, ANDERSON 4-5, TUTTLE 5-16, Simons 0-2, Jansen 3-0, Lasisi 5-2, Van Wijn 3-2 Desiron 2-0, Lemaire 0-0 Okapi Aalstar: EL KHOUNCHAR 8-9 TROISFONTAINES 0-0, TOFI 8-4, V. TAYLOR 5-15, AMIS 7-0 De Thaey 0-0 Landis 0-8, R. Taylor 0-0; Geukens 12-8 Quarters: 29-23, 18-17, 26-25, 16-15
Port of Antwerp Giants picked up on the fourth day of the FIBA Europe Cup with a brilliant comeback. The Giants won after a 33-44 disadvantage halfway against the Turkish Demir Insaat: 86-64. Six players were in the double figures. The selection of coach Roel Moors is now leader in group L. The six group winners and the best second runners up of the six groups qualify for the 1 / 8th finals of the FIBA Europe Cup.
Port of Antwerp Giants-Demir Insaat 86-64
Port of Antwerp Giants: Kanda 0... [read more]
Port of Antwerp Giants picked up on the fourth day of the FIBA Europe Cup with a brilliant comeback. The Giants won after a 33-44 disadvantage halfway against the Turkish Demir Insaat: 86-64. Six players were in the double figures. The selection of coach Roel Moors is now leader in group L. The six group winners and the best second runners up of the six groups qualify for the 1 / 8th finals of the FIBA Europe Cup. Port of Antwerp Giants-Demir Insaat 86-64 Port of Antwerp Giants: Kanda 0, Beghin 8, Peeters 0, Clark 12, Ware 10, Hawkins 13, Anderson 11, Yoeri Schoepen 11, Marchant 10, Smith 0, Rogiers 0 , Conger 6 Demir Insaat: Johnson 10, Yildizli 16, Stipanovic 10, Erulku 0, Eldridge 12, Hayes 6, Caloiaro 9, Tekin 1, Quarters: 20-22, 13-22, 24-9, 29-13 Result group L: Prievidza (Svk)-Gravelines (Fra) 68-79 Standings group L FIBA Europe Cup: 1. Port of Antwerp Giants 4-7; 2. Demir Insaat 4-7; 3. Gravelines 4-5; 4. Prievidza 4-5
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