Excelsior Brussels vs. BasKet Tongeren: 89-90 (after OT)
It was a real thriller in Neder-over-Hembeek (a suburb of Brussels) last Sunday... Fans had to hold on to their hat for a great finish in this game. Despite a great presence of Excelsior's Emmanuel Mampuya (200-F/C-79, agency: Promotex), Maxime Depuydt (192-F-92) and Kanefu "Sam" Semijejero (195-PF-77) in rebounding, stealing and scoring, BasKet Tongeren's experienced players like Peter Pipeleers (202-F/C-80), Herbert Baert (204-F-75) and Jeroen Eskens (190-G-81) made the difference in the crucial moments of the game. The visitors could have concluded the game sooner with a win if Martijn Hendrix (183-G-86) had not missed a lay-up on the final buzzer, when the scoreboard showed 81-81. The overtime started well for BK Tongeren but Excelsior Brussels came back into the race at 89-88 with only 28 seconds remaining on the clock. A steal and a last shot hit by former Ethias League player Jeroen Eskens allowed the visitors to enjoy an unexpected triumph away. Excelsior is still in the race for the play-offs but has lost some crucial points lately. Excelsior's injured player Randy Oveneke (201-F-86) should be back in action next week. Score evolution: 20-22, 42-41, 66-60, 81-81 and 89-90. Best scorers: Excelsior: E. Mampuya 12, X. Collette 11, N. Verrept 4, M. Depuydt 11, J. Van Haevermaet 16, G. De Pooter 11, J. De Schepper 8, S. Pelle 2, S. Semijejero 14. BK Tongeren: J. Van Hoecke 8, M. Hendrix 14, K. Doukmani 9, J. Delva 8, P. Pipeleers 15, H. Baert 16, J. Eskens 20.
BBC Haantjes Oudenaarde vs. Port of Antwerp Giants II: 71-79
The Haantjes welcomed the last ranked team of the competition. Before the game, the local press had mentioned that the Haantjes could not lose that game otherwise it would have been a tricky situation for them. Luc Smout and his Giants II have eventually recorded their second win of the season.
Bent Schoenen Waregem vs. CEP Fleurus: 67-61
The visitors were ahead until early in the fourth quarter. With their great duo of brothers Thomas Foucart (195-F-84) and Olivier Foucart (195-G-84), the home team took the lead with 6:29 remaining in the fourth quarter (48-46). On one hand, Ludovic Pourtoit (182-G-88) was disappointing and Amaury Marion (196-F-91) did not score for CEP F last Sunday. On the other hand, Kevin Jonniaux (198-G-83) had a very good second half and Thomas Bauwens (192-F-86) looked particularly fit and well in offense through the whole game for the Yellows. It did not help and the men of coach Sven Declercq finished on top after 40 minutes. Special mention to double-affiliated player Arne Steinbach (182-PG-92, agency: Court Side) who played well with Okapi Aalstar on Friday night and scored 11 points with BS Waregem on Sunday afternoon. Score evolution: 15-21, 24-28, 40-43 and 67-61. Best scorers: BS Waregem: A. Steinbach 11, Destadsbader 4, B. Samaey 6, O. Foucart 11, T. Foucart 24, S. Dhondt 7, A. Gueye 4. CEP F: K. Jonniaux 9, C. Manzanza 4, T. Bauwens 18, L. Hazard 6, S. Muric 8, C. Ilongo 16.
Gent Dragons vs. Befius Mons Hainaut II : 71-67
So far, the Dragons have played only home games at the Tolhuis in 2013. They hosted Belfius Mons Hainaut II and had a hard time to get rid of the young Foxes led by Loic Schwartz (195-G/F-92) who scored 23 points last Saturday. After a good start at 13-4, the Dragons of coach Kris De Pauw could not avoid a very convincing 0-16 run by the Foxes. Faycal Lait (190-G-88, agency: Promotex) was a key player for the Dragons, especially when he hit a three-pointer on the buzzer at the end of the third quarter to make 47-44. A good defense in the last seconds of the game helped the Dragons keep a small advantage at the end. Final score: 71-67. Score evolution: 23-23, 34-35, 47-44 and 71-67. Best scorers: Dragons: B. Heinle 8, R. Spaens 5, F. Lait 15, T. Van De Vondel 14, M. Van Gelder 16, L. Enobakhare 6, C. Tshimuanga 7. Mons Hainaut II: E. Lecomte 14, G. Vlamynck 3, L. Schwartz 23, D. Walasiak 8, M. Renard 7, K. Tumba 12.
Sint-Jan Antwerp vs. Essor Charleroi (Spirou B): 100-51
Thanks to an efficient full court press concluded with spectacular plays, the Jantjes of coach Steve Cornelis gave no chance to the young Spirou team of coach Pascal Angilis. Free video highlights of the game on www.atv.be (in Dutch): http://www.atv.be/item/sint-jan-op-kop-na-zevende-overwinning. After seven wins in a row, Sint-Jan has now taken the lead in the Division II competition. Although the whole home team played well, one man deserves a special mention on the SJBA side: Mario Brown (202-F-84, college: Jacksonville) who was particularly proactive at the rebound and in scoring. Score evolution: 28-10, 53-23, 72-37 and 100-51. Best scorers: Sint-Jan: V. Haerbos 11, B. Hartshorne 2, V. Verbeeck 11, B. Raes 4, N. El Khounchar 9, A. Druwez 17, S. Geukens 21, L. Anthonis 2, P. Smulders 4, M. Brown 21. Essor: Y. Siegwarth 10, T. Lefevre 5, N. Jankovic 12, J. Stas 5, M. Fusek 4, B. Penninck 5, J. Charles 2, M. Steenberghs 4, A. Eyenga 4.
Point Chaud Sprimont vs. Gembo BBC: 77-105
The Gembo guys took a large lead only in the third quarter. Thomas Goethaert (183-G-83) was particularly efficient for Gembo in the last minutes of the game. He scored the 100th point of his team and deserves a special mention this week. Again a good performance in offense for Gaetan Hertay (195-F-88) on the losing side. Free video highlights of this game on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoI4rnbJQKQ&list=UUoSEPiDqNhOjhQW7eAC-isQ&index=4. Score evolution: 24-24, 40-44, 60-80 and 77-105. Best scorers: PC Sprimont: F. Manset 3, F. Delsaute 13, J.-B. Thome 7, G. Vrancken 14, A. Bousmanne 3, F. Forthomme 5, G. Hertay 20, R. Delhaye 2, G. Donnay 10. Gembo: N/A
Belgium squeeze past Poland in Anwil - 11 hours ago
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Poland - Belgium 55:58 Belgium advanced into the title game at the Anwil Basketball Challenge international friendly tournament. Jean Salumu (193-F-90) scored 18 points to lead the Lions. Poland jumped to a 16:13 lead ten minutes into the game. They held Belgium to just 7 points in the second frame to secure a 10-point halftime lead. The teams traded baskets throughout the third quarter as Poland entered the fourth frame by 10 points. But Belgium triggered a decisive 21:8 run in the fin... [read more]
Poland - Belgium 55:58
Belgium advanced into the title game at the Anwil Basketball Challenge international friendly tournament. Jean Salumu (193-F-90) scored 18 points to lead the Lions. Poland jumped to a 16:13 lead ten minutes into the game. They held Belgium to just 7 points in the second frame to secure a 10-point halftime lead. The teams traded baskets throughout the third quarter as Poland entered the fourth frame by 10 points. But Belgium triggered a decisive 21:8 run in the final ten minutes to snatch the victory. Jonathan Tabu (189-PG-85) had 11 points, while Loic Schwartz (197-G/F-92) contributed 8 points for the visitors. Adam Waczynski (199-G/F-89) answered with 12 points for Poland. Aleksander Czyz (201-PF-90, college: Nevada) netted 9 points in the loss.
Stella Artois Leuven Bears (Scooore League) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old American power forward Jon Horford (208-113kg-91, college: Florida). He played most recently at Canton Charge (D-League) in the U.S. In 35 games he recorded 4.5ppg and 6.8rpg last season. Horford helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in Central Division. They also advanced to the league semifinals. He was called during the season by the Milwaukee Bucks. Horford has trie... [read more]
Stella Artois Leuven Bears (Scooore League) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old American power forward Jon Horford (208-113kg-91, college: Florida). He played most recently at Canton Charge (D-League) in the U.S. In 35 games he recorded 4.5ppg and 6.8rpg last season. Horford helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in Central Division. They also advanced to the league semifinals. He was called during the season by the Milwaukee Bucks. Horford has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015. His team won Big Ten Regular Season in 2014. Horford has played previously professionally in Dominican Rep. and Dominican Republic (Indios de San Francisco). He attended University of Florida until 2015 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.
Three teams involved in the next Basketball Champions League (BCL) and hosting squad Basic-Fit Brussels with their four new recruits Chris Dowe (193-G/F-91, college: Bellarmine), Jeremy Jeremy Simmons (204-F-89, college: Charleston), Chavaughn Lewis (196-G/F-93, college: Marist) and Augustas Augustas Peciukevicius (192-G-91) will participate in the Brussels European Tournament 2016 to be held at Complexe sportif in Neder-Over-Heembeek on Sep. 14th and 15th. Scooore! League 2016 title owni... [read more]
It should be a nice occasion for Belgian basketball fans to attend high-level basketball games at the Complexe sportif in Neder-over-Heembeek, in the Brussels area. Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt will most probably come to the Belgian capital with their new German center Daniel Mayr (217-C-95), arriving from Bayern Munich, and their Canadian guard Philip Scrubb (190-G-92), who previously played for AEK Athens. KK Cibona VIP Zagreb, the club of former superstar Drazen Petrovic and many other Yugoslav legends like Kresimir Cosic or Danko Cvjeticanin, should also come to Brussels with an impressive roster, including Zagreb-born Zeljko Sakic (204-F-88, agency: BeoBasket) who just returns from Rio where he played for Croatia in the Olympics as well as Emir Sulejmanovic (204-F/C-95) who has been included on the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team this summer.
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