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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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 an easy Olympiacos' victory against one of league's weakest teams Apollon Patras 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 an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Apollon Patras (5-14) 87-70 in the Greek A1 in Monday night's game.
Lojeski recorded 9 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals in 25 minutes on the court.
Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (16-0) is placed first in the A1.
So far his team won all sixteen games in the Regular Season.
It's Lojeski's fourth season with the team.
He has relatively good stats this year: 12.5ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.7apg, 2FGP: 64.1%(41-64), 3FGP: 45.5%(35-77) and FT: 86.4% in 18 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 point guard Sam Van Rossom (188-86, currently plays in Spain). He managed to help Valencia Basket in a victory against one of league's weakest teams Joventut (6-15) 77-72 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Saturday night.
Van Rossom recorded 5 points and added 6 passes in 23 minutes.
Valencia Basket (15-5) is placed third in the Liga Endesa.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
Van Rossom has been at the team for four years.
This season he averages: 4.8ppg, 1.2rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 51.9%, 3FGP: 37.2% in 17 games.
Van Rossom is in the roster of the Belgian senior national team.
#3. The Belgian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced international forward Axel Hervelle (205-83, currently plays in Spain). He led RETAbet BB to a victory against the league outsider La ICL Manresa (3-18) 86-79 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game.
Hervelle recorded 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds.
RETAbet Bilbao Basket (10-10) is placed ninth in the Liga Endesa.
It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row.
Hervelle plays seventh season for the team.
His overall stats this year are: 6.0ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.8apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 45.8%, 3FGP: 27.9% and FT: 76.2%.
Hervelle is also a member of the Belgian senior national team.
#4. Swingman Elias Lasisi (192-92, currently plays in France) could not help Le Portel (8-12) in their last game. Despite his good performance Le Portel lost 66-76 on the road to the much higher-ranked (#4) JSF Nanterre.
Lasisi scored 13 points in 24 minutes. It was his first game for Le Portel this season.
Lasisi is also Belgian national team player.
#5. International point guard Jonathan Tabu (189-85, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Axel Hervelle and both played together in the last Spanish Liga Endesa game.
Tabu contributed to a RETAbet BB's victory against the league outsider La ICL Manresa (3-18) 86-79.
He recorded only 3 points and added 6 passes.
It's Tabu's first season with the team.
Tabu's overall stats this year are: 7.7ppg, 1.9rpg and 3.3apg.
He has a dual citizenship: Belgian and Congolese.
Tabu plays currently for the Belgian national team.
#6. Forward Kamal Tall (203-95, currently plays in NCAA2) was not able to help the Montana St. - Billings in their game against the Concordia University, OR in the NCAA2. Despite his very good performance last Thursday He recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 10 rebounds.
The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA2.
Tall's overall stats this season are: 6.5ppg and 4.9rpg.
He is a former U20 international player as he played for the Belgian team four years ago.
#7. International point guard Manu Lecomte (180-95, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Baylor win their game against the The University of Oklahoma (11-3) 60-54 in the NCAA in Tuesday night's game.
Lecomte scored 11 points and added 6 assists.
The Baylor University has a solid 9-4 conference record this season.
It was his team's 13th consecutive victory in a row.
There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
This season Lecomte has relatively solid stats: 12.4ppg, 1.9rpg and 3.9apg.
He is also Belgian national team player.
#8. Guard Quentin Serron (190-90, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Gravelines-Dunkerque (11-9) in their game against Strasbourg IG (11-9) in the French ProA. Serron cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones.
He scored only 2 points in 18 minutes. It was his first game for Gravelines-Dunkerque this season.
Gravelines-Dunkerque lost 64-72 in Strasbourg to the higher-ranked (#6) Strasbourg IG.
Serron plays currently for the Belgian national team.
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 Croatia) led Cibona to a victory over the league outsider Kvarner (2-16) 98-86 in the Croatian A1 last Friday.
He was MVP of the game. Coric scored 16 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists.
KK Cibona VIP Zagreb (14-4) is placed third in the A1.
It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row.
It's Coric's first season with the team.
This year he averages: 6.8ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.3apg.
Coric has a dual citizenship: Belgian and Croatian.
Despite his Belgian passport, Coric previously played for the Croatian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Belgian team.
#2.Christopher Jones (186-G-90, currently plays in Luxembourg) could not help T71 (12-9) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the fifth-placed T71 (12-9) lost 89-102 on the road to the lower-ranked (#6) Sparta in the Places 1-6 group.
Jones was the top scorer with 30 points. He also added 8 rebounds in 35 minutes.
Jones has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 19.3ppg, 5.8rpg, 3.0apg and 2.8spg in four games he played so far.
Jones is another player who holds two passports: Belgian and Luxembourg.
#3.Ruphin Kayembe (200-F/C-92, currently plays in France) was not able to help Souffelweyersheim in their game against Lorient (10-15) in the French NM1 (third division).
Kayembe recorded 8 points in only 9 minutes.
Souffelweyersheim lost 65-71 on the opponent's court to the much lower-ranked (#16) Lorient.
This year Kayembe has relatively solid stats: 11.9ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.6apg in 25 games.
He has both DR Congolese and Belgian nationalities.
#4.Jonathan Dubas (204-F/C-91, currently plays in Switzerland) was not able to secure a victory for Monthey (13-4) in their game against Boncourt (7-11) in the Swiss LNA. He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones.
Dubas recorded only 2 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.
Monthey was defeated 80-68 at home by the lower-ranked Boncourt (#8).
There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
Dubas' overall stats this season are: 7.9ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.9apg and 1.2spg.
He also holds two passports: Belgian and Swiss.
#5.Charly Pontens (190-PG-95, currently plays in France) managed to help ADA Blois Basket 41 in a victory against the 16th-ranked Saint-Quentin (8-11) 62-53 in the French ProB (second division) in Friday night's game.
Pontens recorded only 3 points in 12 minutes.
ADA Blois Basket 41 (10-9) is placed seventh in the ProB.
This year Pontens' overall stats are: 2.7ppg and 1.8apg in 16 games.
He has dual citizenship: Belgian and French.
In a short release published on the club's official website last week, the VOO Wolves Verviers-Pepinster staff announced that the club will not request a licence to the EuroMillions Basketball League for the 2017-18 season. Despite much energy spent and much dynamism displayed by the Wolves' staff, some partners and several supporters during the last few months, the necessary funds for the new project and for filing a licence application in order to join the EuroMillions League in 2017-18... [read more]
In a short release published on the club's official website last week, the VOO Wolves Verviers-Pepinster staff announced that the club will not request a licence to the EuroMillions Basketball League for the 2017-18 season. Despite much energy spent and much dynamism displayed by the Wolves' staff, some partners and several supporters during the last few months, the necessary funds for the new project and for filing a licence application in order to join the EuroMillions League in 2017-18 could not be gathered.
VOO Wolves Verviers-Pepinster had played in Belgium's top league for 31 consecutive seasons and reached the play-off finals in 2003. The club won the Belgian SuperCup in 2003. The Wolves also participated ten times in major European competitions. In 1993, Go Pass Pepinster also reached the Belgian Cup Final (defeated by Maes Pils Mechelen). Already at the end of the 2015-16 season, the club did not meet the conditions to stay in the pro league and eventually had to give up the idea of filing a EuroMillions League licence application.
Yves Defraigne (51) has handed in his resignation as head coach of Belfius Mons-Hainaut which the club's management has accepted. Current assistant coach Frank Demeulemeester will take over head coaching duties until the end of the season. Yves Defraigne coached Mons from 1999 until 2005 and from 2012 until present. He played with Belfius Mons-Hainaut from 1994 to 1999. Belfius Mons-Hainaut had a difficult season in the EuroMillions Basketball League. After 21 rounds it's rankend at spot... [read more]
Yves Defraigne (51) has handed in his resignation as head coach of Belfius Mons-Hainaut which the club's management has accepted. Current assistant coach Frank Demeulemeester will take over head coaching duties until the end of the season. Yves Defraigne coached Mons from 1999 until 2005 and from 2012 until present. He played with Belfius Mons-Hainaut from 1994 to 1999. Belfius Mons-Hainaut had a difficult season in the EuroMillions Basketball League. After 21 rounds it's rankend at spot number 8 with only 29 points.
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