Three Division II games scheduled last Sunday have been postponed due to bad weather in Belgium. Unplayed games will be rescheduled and new dates shall be fixed soon.
Essor Charleroi (Spirou B) vs. Excelsior Brussels (postpoend)
Gembo BBC vs. Cuva Houthalen (postponed)
Port of Antwerp Giants II vs. Gent Dragons (postponed)
BasKet Tongeren vs. Sint-Jan Antwerp: 84-88
Great game for Brett Hartshorne (199-C/F-92) and Naim El Khounchar (193-G-94) who hit crucial shots from long range for Sint-Jan. One player also had a fantastic game on the losing side: Karim Doukmani (178-G-83) who scored 22 points for BK Tongeren. The first half was well-balanced but Naim El Khounchar showed the way to his mates just after the break: 56-65 on the scoreboard after 30 minutes. Martijn Hendrix (183-G-86) and Dean Dillen (210-C-88) worked hard in the final minutes of the game but the Jantjes never seemed to panic and eventually won the game with a 4-point margin. The Jantjes now share second rank with Cuva Houthalen and BBC Gembo (but both teams have had their game postponed last weekend) in the 2012-13 Division II competition. Score evolution: 21-19, 37-39, 56-65 and 84-88. Boxscores:
BK Tongeren: J. Van Hoecke 9, M. Hendrix 16, K. Doukmani 22, J. Delva 9, P. Pipeleers 7, H. Baert 8, D. Dillen 12, J. Moonen 2, J. Eskens 2. Sint-Jan: B. Hartshorne 21, V. Verbeeck 9, B. Raes 3, N. El Khounchar 18, A. Druwez 10, S. Geukens 16, L. Anthonis 2, V. Kesteloot 5, M. Brown 4.
CEP Fleurus vs. BBC Haantjes Oudenaarde: 94-84
It felt good for the CEP supporters to see their team win again. It was nevertheless far from being easy for the home team last Friday. The Haantjes, led by a very proactive Mikhail Linskens (213-C-87, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Wyoming) who was challenged several times in the paint by hardworking CEP center Sead Muric (205-C-81), remained very close during more than 30 minutes. Important three-pointers by Thomas Bauwens (192-F-86) (3 in a row) and a great presence in offense by Louis Hazard (199-F-94) and Christian Ilongo (194-F-85, agency: Promotex) allowed the men of coach Paul Vervaeck to take a decisive lead in the last quarter. CEP F stayed up front and last efforts by Guy Decleer's Haantjes were not enough for a comeback. Score evolution: 22-23, 47-46, 67-68 and 94-84. Boxscores: CEP F: A. Marion 4, C. Manzanza 8, L. Pourtoit 9, T. Bauwens 13, L. Hazard 23, S. Muric 10, C. Ilongo 27. Haantjes: G. Delepeleire 4, J. Bourdeaux 2, J. Salumu 14, G. Mestdag 9, M. Linskens 26, L. Lhote 13, M. Brysse 16.
Kangoeroes Boom vs. Point Chaud Sprimont: 90-73
After two losses in a row, the men of Kabo's coach Tom Poppe reacted well and left almost no chance to their opponents of Point Chaud Sprimont. Without being particularly brilliant, the Kangoeroes led by Dieter Souveryns (193-F/G-83) who scored 21 points digged a large gap especially in the third quarter. This was enough for the home team to win the game. Due to the several game postponements because of bad weather conditions last Sunday and thanks to the success against the Greens of Sprimont last Saturday, Kangoeroes Boom is Number One in the competition again. Score evolution: 28-15, 50-36, 73-59 and 92-73. Boxscores:
Kangoeroes: W. Van Schil 16, W. Dobbelaere 14, M. Gorremans 14, A. Mollekens 9, D. Dhaens 10, S. Bellin 9, D. Souveryns 21. PC Sprimont: N/A
Belfius Mons Hainaut II vs. Bent Schoenen Waregem: 83-72
The great work done by Belfius coach Patrick Verdun pays off again. His young Foxes recorded again a nice win at the mons.arena. The names of Stan Naudts (195-F-86) and Lars Delepeleire (175-G-91) did not appear on the BS Waregem's roster last Friday. The team of coach Sven Declercq will host CEP Fleurus at the Sportcentrum De Treffer in Waregem next Sunday (17:00) and the young Foxes will face the Dragons at the Tolhuis in Ghent next Saturday evening. Score evolution: 25-17, 53-38, 69-50 and 83-72. Boxscores:
Mons Hainaut II: N/A BS Waregem: A. Steinbach 12, B. Samaey 21, H. Loontiens 5, O. Foucart 10, T. Foucart 17, S. Dhondt 2, A. Gueye 5.
Jason Clark claims Belgian Euromillions League weekly honour - 4 hours ago
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American Jason Clark (188-G-90) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Antwerp and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21. The 26-year old guard got a double-double of 18 points and ten assists, while his team beat Leuven (#9, 6-15) 93-81. Antwerp maintains the 2nd position in Belgian Euromillions League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Antwerp will need more victories to... [read more]
American Jason Clark (188-G-90) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Antwerp and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21. The 26-year old guard got a double-double of 18 points and ten assists, while his team beat Leuven (#9, 6-15) 93-81. Antwerp maintains the 2nd position in Belgian Euromillions League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Antwerp will need more victories to improve their 14-7 record. Clark turned to be Antwerp's top player in his first season with the team. Georgetown University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Clark is league's best scorer averaging so far 19.0ppg. Clark is in league's top in assists (5th best: 4.2apg) and averages solid 56.4% FGP and 40.4% from behind 3-point line.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was another Antwerp's star - 23-year old American Gavin Ware (206-C/F-93). Ware impressed basketball fans with 21 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course Antwerp cruised to a 93-81 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Leuven (#9, 6-15). Antwerp's second position in the standings has not changed. His team's 14-7 record is not bad at all. Ware is a newcomer at Antwerp and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 14.5ppg (#7). He also registered 6.8 boards per game.
The third best performed player last round was former international swingman Olivier Troisfontaines (192-G/F-89, agency: LBM Management) of Aalstar (#7). Troisfontaines scored 25 points. He was a key player of Aalstar, leading his team to a 93-66 easy win against the lower-ranked Liege (#10, 6-16). Aalstar needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 11 victories and 11 lost games. Troisfontaines has a very solid season. In 21 games in Belgium he scored 14.2ppg. Troisfontaines attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Ryan Anderson (206-F-92) of Antwerp - 21 points and 12 rebounds 5. Pierre-Antoine Gillet (201-F-91) of Oostende - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists 6. Seth Tuttle (203-F-92) of Limburg United - 13 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists 7. John Tofi (203-C/F-84) of Aalstar - 14 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists 8. Demitrius Conger (196-F-90) of Antwerp - 16 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists 9. Wesley Channels (190-PG-88) of Kangoeroes - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists 10. Pape Badji (208-F/C-92) of Kangoeroes - 12 points and 8 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)
Matt Lojeski selected the top Belgian playing abroad in last week's games - 15 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.
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