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.
Top Division I Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Gembo BBC and Oxaco post victories - 9 hours ago
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Gembo BBC - Gent Hawks 74-69 Gembo BBC outgunned Gent Hawks to even the semifinal series at 1-1. The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back winning next two quarters and won the game by 5 points. Gembo BBC made 25-of-30 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Gembo BBC made 9 blocks. The best player for the winners was guard Theo Beaujean (188-97) who scored 12 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assist... [read more]
Gembo BBC outgunned Gent Hawks to even the semifinal series at 1-1. The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back winning next two quarters and won the game by 5 points. Gembo BBC made 25-of-30 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Gembo BBC made 9 blocks. The best player for the winners was guard Theo Beaujean (188-97) who scored 12 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Forward Eli Van-Aken (193-85) chipped in 14 points. Forward Maxime Verspeeten (194-94) produced 23 points and guard Laurent Lhote (182-84) added 12 points, 8 assists and 4 steals respectively for the guests. Top scorers: Gent Hawks: M.Verspeeten 23+3reb+1ast, L.Lhote 12+3reb+8ast, G.De Pooter 9+3reb, J.Vermoessen 8+8reb, R.Van den Berghe 6+4reb+1ast, J.Vermoessen 5+3reb+2ast Gembo BBC: E.Van Aken 14+4reb, B.Iliaens 14+2reb, T.Beaujean 12+6reb+6ast, A.Vermeersch 9+6reb+1ast, J.Bouckaert 9+6reb, S.Renier 8+4reb+1ast
Oxaco topped Waregem to force the decisive third game in the series. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Sam Van-Hoey (190-91) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Center Dieter De-Hoon (199-94) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Oxaco's coach Tony van den Bosch allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Thomas Foucart (192-84) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and point guard Lars De-Lepeleire (175-91) added 16 points in the effort for Waregem. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Top scorers: Waregem: L.De Lepeleire 16+1reb+2ast, T.Foucart 16+10reb, S.Naudts 13, B.Willy Samaey 12+4reb, B.Guillemyn 11+2reb+4ast, A.Van Vooren 3+1reb+1ast Oxaco: D.De Hoon 19+4reb, S.Van Hoey 17+4reb+2ast, C.Pegg 16+5reb+1ast, N.Celis 10+7reb+4ast, M.De Meyer 10+5reb, E.Derby 8+2reb
Ccoach Eddy Casteels and his staff present the 24-player pre-selection for Eurobasket 2017 in Turkey / Istanbul. The Belgian Lions take part in the European Championships for the fourth time in a row. European players like Sam Van Rossom (Valencia), Axel Hervelle (Bilbao) and Matt Lojeski (Olympiakos Piraeus) have been in the selection for the first time since 2015 and celebrate their comeback. Of the 2016 qualifiers Lionel Bosco (Bergen) is the only absentee.
Preselection Belgian Lions
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Ccoach Eddy Casteels and his staff present the 24-player pre-selection for Eurobasket 2017 in Turkey / Istanbul. The Belgian Lions take part in the European Championships for the fourth time in a row. European players like Sam Van Rossom (Valencia), Axel Hervelle (Bilbao) and Matt Lojeski (Olympiakos Piraeus) have been in the selection for the first time since 2015 and celebrate their comeback. Of the 2016 qualifiers Lionel Bosco (Bergen) is the only absentee. Preselection Belgian Lions Thomas Akyazili (University of Colorado-USA); Ismael Bako (Leuven Bears); Khalid Boukichou (Oostende); Maxime De Zeeuw (Oldenburg-GER); Pierre-Antoine Gillet (Oostende) ;Amaury Gorgemans (Mons) ;Axel Hervelle (Bilbao-ESP) ;Ioann Iarochevitch (Charleroi) ;Vincent Kesteloot (Oostende) ;Elias Lasisi (Le Portel-FRA); Manu Lecomte (Baylor University-USA); Matt Lojeski (Olympiakos-GRE); Dorian Marchant (Antwerp Giants); Niels Marnegrave (Charleroi); Jean-Marc Mwema (Oostende);Retin Obasohan (Avellino-ITA); Jean Salumu (Oostende);Loic Schwartz (Charleroi);Quentin Serron (Gravelines-FRA);Jonathan Tabu (Bilbao-ESP);Olivier Troisfontaines (Okapi Aalstar);Kevin Tumba (Murcia-ESP);Sam Van Rossom (Valencia-ESP);Hans Vanwijn (Limburg United) More info::www.basketbelgium.be
Belgian Euromillions League round 32 best performance: Brandon Ubel - 2 days ago
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American Power forward Brandon Ubel (209-F/C-91, agency: Pensack Sports) put on an amazing game in the last round for Brussels, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 32. The 25-year old player was the main contributor (25 points, nine rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass Kangoeroes (#4, 17-15) with 40-point margin 114-74. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Brussels maintains the 3rd position in Belgian Eu... [read more]
American Power forward Brandon Ubel (209-F/C-91, agency: Pensack Sports) put on an amazing game in the last round for Brussels, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 32. The 25-year old player was the main contributor (25 points, nine rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass Kangoeroes (#4, 17-15) with 40-point margin 114-74. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Brussels maintains the 3rd position in Belgian Euromillions 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 19-13 record. In the team's last game Ubel had a remarkable 81.8% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Brussels and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Former University of Nebraska star has very solid stats this year. Ubel is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 6.6rpg) and averages impressive 57.5% FGP.
The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American Seth Tuttle (203-F-92) of Limburg United. Tuttle had a very good evening with 22 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Of course he led Limburg United to another comfortable win outscoring slightly higher-ranked Aalstar (#5, 17-16) 100-73. Limburg United's 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 16-16 record is not bad and everything may still change. Tuttle is a newcomer at Limburg United, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.3ppg (#5). His other stats are also decent: 5.9rpg and 3.6apg.
Third on the list of top players last round was American Gavin Ware (206-C/F-93) of league's second-best Antwerp. Ware scored 19 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Ware's great performance Antwerp lost 78-83 to the lower-ranked Spirou (#7, 15-17). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Antwerp needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 20 victories and 12 lost games. Ware has a great season in Belgium. After 32 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 13.6ppg (9th best) and rebounds with 6.5rpg (6th best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Aleksander Lichodzijewski (204-PF-84) of Brussels - 25 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists 5. J.J. Mann (198-G/F-91) of Mons-Hainaut - 19 points and 12 rebounds 6. Corey Walden (188-G-92) of Oostende - 14 points and 6 assists 7. Pape Badji (208-F/C-92) of Kangoeroes - 22 points and 9 rebounds 8. Jordan Swing (198-F-90) of Limburg United - 13 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists 9. D.J. Richardson (190-G-91) of Spirou - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists 10. Jerime Anderson (187-PG-89) of Limburg United - 11 points, 2 rebounds and 13 assists
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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