All Gembo players of coach Stefan Sappe Sappenberghs showed that they were ready for the next important games of the season. All players have played and scored against Essor Charleroi last weekend. Sappe's team definitely remains one tough Division II play-off candidate. The young Spirou squad was like chewy toffee for the home team. The first quarter was quite balanced and Essor managed to remain close. There was nevertheless no problem for Gembo from the second quarter on. Only Boris Penninck (202-C-88) tried to challenge his opponents but he remained very lonely through the whole game. Gembo was too strong and outscored Essor -- twice as much as the guests (112-56). Gembo never faced any problem in this game. Free video highlights on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pt1tAVsKjYE&list=UUoSEPiDqNhOjhQW7eAC-isQ. Score evolution: 25-22, 50-34, 81-41 and 112-56.
Excelsior Brussels vs. Bent Schoenen Waregem: 74-62
A scoop has recently filtered and was relayed on the official website of BS Waregem: Brecht Guillemyn (192-F-87) will join the Flemish team next season. Moreover, both experienced players Stan Naudts (195-F-86) and Stijn Dhondt (197-F-79, college: Boston U.) have also signed an agreement with BS Waregem for one extra season. It was also announced by the BS Waregem staff that the contract of Ahmet Gueye (203-C/F-82, college: Hawaii) had been broken last week. For professional reasons, Ahmet Gueye decided to put an end to his cooperation with BS Waregem. According to the Flemish press, it also seems that the 2012-13 Division II play-offs are not a priority for coach Sven Declercq and his club. On the other side, Excelsior Brussels remains one of the three applicants willing to join the Ethias League. Last weekend's win over BS Waregem also allows Excelsior Brussels to stay in the play-off race. Special mention to former Ethias League's players of Excelsior in this game: Xavier Collette (185-PG-85, agency: LBM Management) with 12 points, 1 assist and 3 rebounds; Stephane Pelle (205-C/F-80, college: Colorado) with 10 points, 3 assists and 10 rebounds as well as Randy Oveneke (201-F-86) with 14 points, 2 steals, 3 assists and 4 rebounds. Score evolution: 12-8, 31-25, 50-48 and 74-62. Best scorers: Excelsior: X. Collette 12, M. Depuydt 8, J. Van Haevermaet 11, G. De Pooter 2, L. Maesfrancx 11, J. De Schepper 2, S. Pelle 10, R. Oveneke 14, S. Semijejero 4. BS Waregem: N/A
Cuva Houthalen vs. Belfius Mons Hainaut II: 99-67
Cuva's US player Jason Westrol (191-G-88, college: Bentley) was pretty efficient in assists in this game. The young visitors of coach Patrick Verdun had a real off-day and a rather poor game on the whole. Beside their American squad, Cuva Houthalen could also count on great performances by Chiel Koonings (180-PG-90) and Hans Van Wijn (197-F-95) last Sunday. After a 0-7 run, the young Foxes of Mons Hainaut II came closer at 43-35 in the second quarter but the home team never seemed to have any doubts and eventually won the game by a 32-point margin. Special thanks to Manon Meurant (of Belfius Mons Hainaut) who sent us the statistics of the game. With a rather poor 27/75 (36%) from the field, the Foxes could certainly never win this game. Score evolution: 35-20, 56-37, 76-51 and 99-67. Best scorers: Cuva: C. Koonings 19, B. Maesen 2, R. McCollum 25, S. Delalieux 7, J. Westrol 15, H. Van Wijn 9, B. Tracey 9, G. Camps 2, D. Clemente 5, O. Hodge 6. Mons Hainaut II: M. Pretto 2, L. Giancaterino 22, E. Lecomte 13, L. Schwartz 12, M. Renard 5, A. Gorgemans 11, K. Tumba 2.
Gent Dragons vs. Sint-Jan Antwerp: 74-82
The Dragons recorded a poor 13/23 from the free-throw line. The home team was ahead by 8 points (42-34) in the first half mainly thanks to a nice presence by Faycal Lait (190-G-88, agency: Promotex), Thomas Van De Vondel (194-F/G-80) and Leigh Enobakhare (206-C-86, agency: Court Side) in offense. Nevertheless, Senne Geukens (190-G-83) was also well present for the Jantjes. After several turnovers by the Dragons, Sint-Jan was in front: 57-64. Faycal Lait and Robin Spaens (180-G-92) reacted efficiently but Senne Geukens helped his team reach a large beneficial margin: 63-75. The last efforts made by the Dragons were not sufficient. A winning streak at 8 is now held by SJBA. Also a special mention to Vinnie Haerbos (180-PG-90) with 17 points for the Jantjes. The basketball clubs Gent Dragons and Blackhawks Gent Laarne also met with J.R. Holden (185-G-76, college: Bucknell), the quick and athletic ex-guard of BC Oostende, last week. They talked about the possible merging of the two clubs. The aim is to form one single team in the short term which could make the big jump to the Ethias League in the future (2013-14?). The project's name is 'Gent Evolution'. As a matter of fact, the people of the Ethias League would like to get back to a competition with ten teams as soon as possible. Stay tuned for more news on this project. Score evolution: 24-22, 47-42, 60-64 and 74-82. Best scorers: Dragons: J. Jones 7, B. Heinle 4, R. Spaens 3, F. Lait 21, T. Van De Vondel 20, M. Van Gelder 8, L. Enobakhare 10, C. Tshimuanga 1. Sint-Jan: V. Haerbos 17, B. Hartshorne 7, B. Raes 3, N. El Khounchar 6, A. Druwez 10, S. Geukens 32, L. Anthonis 5, V. Kesteloot 2.
Sint-Niklase Condors vs. CEP Fleurus: 69-61
13/23 from the free-throw line seems to be a common figure in Division II - Round 21 (see previous summary: Gent Dragons vs. Sint-Jan Antwerp): the CEP players have missed too many free-throws again this week. On the other side, the Belgian trio formed by Bjorn De Beukeleer (185-G/F-89), Elias Lasisi (192-G/F-92, agency: Court Side) and Niels Maris (196-F-89) was absolutely complementary and efficient for the Klaasjes. The men of coach Steve Ibens made the difference in the third quarter (won by the Condors: 24-15). Special mention to CEP player Christian Manzanza (193-F-85, college: Peninsula JC) for his second half. A big decision was taken by the CEP staff last week: Ludovic Pourtoit (182-G-88) was cut and released. Local experienced player Jeremy Vanesse (198-F-80) is now back to business until the end of the Division II season and replaces Pourtoit. Score evolution: 14-15, 30-31, 54-46 and 69-61. Best scorers: Condors: B. De Beukeleer 18, E. Lasisi 19, B. Bogaert 5, S. Vermeulen 6, D. Bovoy 4, N. Maris 17. CEP F: A. Marion 7, K. Jonniaux 7, C. Manzanza 10, T. Bauwens 13, L. Hazard 12, S. Muric 3, C. Ilongo 9.
Kangoeroes Boom vs. BasKet Tongeren: 111-73
After only 3 minutes, the scoreboard already showed 12-2 for the home team. Dieter Souveryns (193-F/G-83) scored 13 points for the Kangoeroes in the first quarter. One anecdote: BK Tongeren's Karim Doukmani (178-G-83) unexpectedly arrived very late for the game (at 58-36) because of a car breakdown. He and his mates were never able to come back on the right track and the Kangoeroes deserved the win. To be noted: Tom Poppe will remain coach of Kangoeroes Boom even if the club is granted the right to compete in the Ethias League next season. The club of Kangoeroes Boom remains one strong candidate (together with Gent Dragons and Excelsior Brussels) for joining the Ethias League in the very near future. Score evolution: 29-18, 58-36, 92-53 and 111-73.
Point Chaud Sprimont vs. BBC Haantjes Oudenaarde: 100-65
What an amazing start by the home team: 21-1 with Florian Forthomme (194-F) and Gilles Vrancken (192-PF) who were particularly efficient in the first six minutes of the game! HaantjeMikhail Linskens (213-C-87, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Wyoming) had an off-day and did not score one single point in this game. Only Jean Salumu (193-F-90) and Gillis Mestdagh (197-F/C-80, college: Siskiyous JC) could react in a rather challenging way against a very good team of PC Sprimont. The men of Pascal Horrion left no chance to the visitors and even put a last touch in the fourth quarter by hitting shots from all ranges. Also to be mentioned: Gaetan Hertay (195-F-88) and Frederic Delsaute (191-F-86) scored over 20 points again this week. Score evolution: 28-8, 55-30, 74-49 and 100-65. Best scorers: PC Sprimont: R. Delhaye 2, G. Vrancken 16, J.-B. Thome 7, G. Hertay 26, F. Delsaute 21, G. Donnay 10, A. Bousmanne 2, F. Forthomme 5, J. Flagothier 11. Haantjes: J. Salumu 30, J. Bourdeaux 9, G. Mestdag 18, L. Lhote 3, F. Moerman 3, N. De Lepeleire 2.
Proximus Spirou Charleroi (Scooore League) landed 24-year old American forward Darnell Harris (203-105kg-92). He just graduated from Middle Tennessee State University (NCAA). In 35 games he averaged 11.7ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.2apg last season. He helped them to win C-USA Tournament and end the regular season as the second best team in the conference. As mentioned above Harris is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball. He received All-Panhandle Conference 1st... [read more]
Proximus Spirou Charleroi (Scooore League) landed 24-year old American forward Darnell Harris (203-105kg-92). He just graduated from Middle Tennessee State University (NCAA). In 35 games he averaged 11.7ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.2apg last season. He helped them to win C-USA Tournament and end the regular season as the second best team in the conference. As mentioned above Harris is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball. He received All-Panhandle Conference 1st Team award in 2014 at his college time.
Proximus Spirou Charleroi (Scooore League) landed 25-year old American guard D.J. Richardson (190-88kg-91, college: Illinois, agency: Inception Sports). He played last season atKouvot in Finnish Korisliiga. In 46 games Richardson was fifth best scorer with impressive 16.6ppg and recorded 3.4rpg, 1.5apg and 1.3spg last season. He helped them to win the league title. It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Finnish Korisliiga Import Player of the Ye... [read more]
Proximus Spirou Charleroi (Scooore League) landed 25-year old American guard D.J. Richardson (190-88kg-91, college: Illinois, agency: Inception Sports). He played last season at Kouvot in Finnish Korisliiga. In 46 games Richardson was fifth best scorer with impressive 16.6ppg and recorded 3.4rpg, 1.5apg and 1.3spg last season. He helped them to win the league title. It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Finnish Korisliiga Import Player of the Year, selected to 1st Team and selected to All-Imports Team. He graduated from University of Illinois in 2013 and it is his fourth season in pro basketball.
EWE Baskets Oldenburg (BBL) agreed terms with 29-year old Belgian international power forward Maxime De Zeeuw (204-108kg-87). De Zeeuw managed to play in three leagues last year. He played last season at CEZ Nymburk in NBL league in Czech Republic. In 19 games he had 7.8ppg, 4.5rpg and 2.1apg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Czech Rep. League Honorable Mention and All-Bosmans Team. He also played 11 games in FIBA Europe Cup where De Zeeuw recorded 7.2ppg, 4.5... [read more]
EWE Baskets Oldenburg (BBL) agreed terms with 29-year old Belgian international power forward Maxime De Zeeuw (204-108kg-87). De Zeeuw managed to play in three leagues last year. He played last season at CEZ Nymburk in NBL league in Czech Republic. In 19 games he had 7.8ppg, 4.5rpg and 2.1apg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Czech Rep. League Honorable Mention and All-Bosmans Team. He also played 11 games in FIBA Europe Cup where De Zeeuw recorded 7.2ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.6apg. He also played 30 games in VTB United League where De Zeeuw recorded 8.4ppg, 4.6rpg and 2.1apg. He won Czech Republic League championship title. The previous (14-15) season he played at Virtus Roma (Serie A2) in Italian league. In 26 games De Zeeuw recorded 8.0ppg and 4.2rpg. He also played 16 games in Eurocup where De Zeeuw recorded 6.3ppg and 4.2rpg. The 2013-14 season he played at Antwerp Giants (Scooore League) in Belgium. In 40 games De Zeeuw recorded 12.4ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.4apg and 1.1spg. He helped them to make it to the cup final and to the league semifinals. It was another spectacular season as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League Domestic Player of the Year, named to 2nd Team and named to All-Domestic Players Team. De Zeeuw also played 11 games in FIBA Europe Cup where De Zeeuw recorded 14.2ppg, 8.0rpg (leader !!!), 1.9apg and 1.4spg. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others De Zeeuw was voted Eurobasket.com All-EuroChallenge European Player of the Year in 2014. He has been also a member of Belgian international program for some years. De Zeeuw has regularly played for Belgian senior team since 2008 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2007. He represented Belgium at the European Championships last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 6.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 54.5%, 3PT: 22.2%, FT: 66.7%. De Zeeuw has played also professionally for other Belgian teams like VOO Verviers-Pepinster and Basic-Fit Brussels.
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