#1. This week's number one is an international point guard Jonathan Tabu (190-85, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA. He could not help Cantu (13-8) in their last game. Despite Tabu's good performance Cantu lost 52-63 on the road to the much lower-ranked (#14) Air Avellino.
He was the second best scorer with 11 points. Tabu also added 4 boards, passed 4 assists and added 6 steals in 31 minutes on the court.
Tabu has relatively good stats this year: 11.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 4.0apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 46.4%, 3FGP: 42.6% and FT: 86.5% in the 21 games he played so far.
He is currently a member of the Belgian senior national team.
#2. Second place goes to an international point guard Sam Van Rossom (188-86, currently plays in Spain). Van Rossom led CAI Zaragoza to a victory over the closely-ranked Valencia Basket (13-10) 76-62 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday.
He was MVP of the game. Van Rossom recorded 17 points and added 3 passes.
CAI Zaragoza (13-10) is placed sixth in the ACB.
This season Van Rossom averages: 9.7ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.0apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 57.4%(39-68), 3FGP: 45.8%(38-83) and FT: 86.1%.
He is in the roster of the Belgian senior national team.
#3. The Belgian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Aleksander Lichodzijewski (202-84, currently plays in Poland). Lichodzijewski contributed to Polpharma's surprising victory against the league leader PGE Turow (15-6) 85-79 in the Polish TBL on Friday night.
He recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 11 rebounds.
SKS Polpharma-Pakmet Starogard Gd. (10-11) is placed seventh in the TBL.
Lichodzijewski's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical.
Lichodzijewski's overall stats this season are: 8.7ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 41.9%, 3FGP: 39.3% and FT: 83.3%.
He has a dual citizenship: Belgian and Polish.
Former Sanex Antwerp Giants starter played for the Belgian national team five years ago.
#4. Point guard Retin Obasohan (185-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the Auburn University (3-13) 61-43 in the NCAA in Tuesday night's game.
Obasohan scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 21 minutes.
The The University of Alabama has a solid 11-5 conference record this season.
There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial.
It's Obasohan's first year with the team.
This season his overall stats are: 8.7ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.1apg in the 16 games.
Obasohan is another player who holds two passports: Belgian and Nigerian.
He is also Belgian U20 national team player.
#5. An experienced former international guard Marcus Faison (196-78, college: Siena, currently plays in Finland), who plays in the Finnish Korisliiga was not able to help KTP-Basket (26-8) in their last game. Despite his good performance the league leader KTP-Basket was badly defeated 83-63 in Kouvola by the lower-ranked (#6) Kouvot.
Faison scored 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 25 minutes. It was his first game for KTP-Basket this season.
Faison is a naturalized American.
He used to play for the Belgian national team
two years ago.
Faison played also for TEC Spirou Charleroi in Belgian league.
#6. Guard Julien Rahier (193-83, currently plays in Switzerland) was not able to secure a victory for Starwings (6-15) in their game against Monthey (11-9) in the Swiss LNA.
Rahier scored 8 points, made 3 passes and 3 steals.
Starwings was badly defeated 81-65 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked Monthey (#4).
His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important.
It's Rahier's first season with the team.
This year Rahier has relatively solid stats: 10.3ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.6apg and 1.1spg.
He is a former U18 international player as he played for the Belgian team thirteen years ago.
#7. Former U20 international swingman Gael Hulsen (193-90, agency: LBM Management, currently plays in United Kingdom) couldn't help the league outsider Liverpool Mersey Tigers (0-24) in their game against Newcastle Eagles (0-0) in the British BBL.
Hulsen scored only 4 points, made 3 passes and 4 steals in 29 minutes.
The bottom-ranked Liverpool Mersey Tigers was crushed 100-57 in Newcastle by the higher-ranked (#6) Eagles.
So far Liverpool Mersey Tigers lost all twenty four games in the Regular Season.
Hulsen has reliable stats this year: 11.6ppg, 2.2rpg and 3.3apg in the 23 games.
He used to play for the Belgian U20 national team
four years ago.
The list of other players, who all have Belgian passport but never been selected to any of Belgian national teams:
#1.Tyler Haws (196-G, currently plays college basketball in the States) led BYU to a 3-point victory against the Loyola Marymount University (1-15) 73-70 in the NCAA on Saturday night.
Haws recorded 24 points and grabbed 6 rebounds (made all of his fourteen free throws !!!) in 32 minutes.
The Brigham Young University has a solid 10-6 conference record this season.
The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA.
It's Haws' fourth year with the team.
This season his overall stats are: 9.7ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.0apg and 1.2spg in the 23 games he played so far.
#2. Experienced Ryan Hoover (187-PG-74, agency: SportsTalent, college: Notre Dame, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division) could not help Fileni BPA Jesi (8-12) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Hoover's very good performance Fileni BPA Jesi was defeated in an overtime 94-90 on the road by the second-ranked Novipiu Casale.
He was the second best scorer with 25 points. Hoover also added 4 passes.
This season Hoover has relatively solid stats: 11.9ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.7apg and 1.8spg.
He is a naturalized American.
Strangely Hoover has never played in Belgium.
#3.Jonathan Dubas (202-SF-91, currently plays in Switzerland) led Monthey to a victory over the closely-ranked Starwings (6-15) 81-65 in the Swiss LNA last Wednesday.
He was the best player in that game. Dubas scored 26 points (!!!), grabbed 9 boards, dished 3 assists and stole 4 balls in 35 minutes.
BBC Monthey (11-9) is placed fourth in the LNA.
It was his team's first victory after five consecutive loses.
They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical.
This year Dubas has relatively solid stats: 11.4ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.7spg in the 20 games.
He has a dual citizenship: Belgian and Swiss.
#4.Ronrico White (190-PG-92, currently studies in the States) contributed to Chattanooga's victory against the Western Carolina University (9-9) 81-72 in the NCAA last Thursday.
White scored 19 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
The Univ.of Tennessee - Chattanooga has 8-10 conference record this season.
The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA.
White's total stats this year are: 8.7ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.1apg.
He is a naturalized American.
Strangely White has never played in Belgium.
#5.Douglas Tshomba (201-F-83, college: Tusculum, currently plays in France) contributed to a 3-point JA Vichy's victory against the fifth-ranked Quimper UJAP (14-7) 80-77 in the French NM1 (third division) in Saturday night's game.
He scored 9 points.
JA Vichy Val d'Allier Auvergne basket (17-5) is placed first in the NM1.
It's Tshomba's first season with the team.
This year Tshomba has relatively solid stats: 11.1ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.1apg and 1.1spg.
#6.Ruphin Tshiabu Kayembe (200-F-92, currently plays in Slovenia) managed to help KK Maribor Messer in a 3-point victoryagainst the closely-ranked Elektra 62-59 in the Slovenian Telemach League last Saturday.
He scored only 2 points in 9 minutes on the court.
This year Tshiabu Kayembe's total stats are: 3.4ppg and 2.3rpg in the seven games.
He is another player who holds two passports: DR Congolese and Belgian.
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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