#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.
Victories for Ostende and Charleroi in Champions League - 2 days ago
On the seventh rond of the Champions League BC Telenet Oostende and Proximus Spirou Charleroi realised handsome victories. After the first round the Belgian champion and Spirou Charleroi count 3 on 7 and remain in the running for qualification for the second round. BC Oostende (group D) won 82-70 (halftime 46-39) from the Croatian Cibona Zagreb. Proximus Spirou Charleroi (group E) won on the road and with 74-79 (31-36 halftfime) at Hungarian champion Szolnoki
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On the seventh rond of the Champions League BC Telenet Oostende and Proximus Spirou Charleroi realised handsome victories. After the first round the Belgian champion and Spirou Charleroi count 3 on 7 and remain in the running for qualification for the second round. BC Oostende (group D) won 82-70 (halftime 46-39) from the Croatian Cibona Zagreb. Proximus Spirou Charleroi (group E) won on the road and with 74-79 (31-36 halftfime) at Hungarian champion Szolnoki Telenet Oostende-Cibona Zagreb 82-70 Telenet Oostende: Walden 10, Mwema 0, Keselj 5, Gillet 13, Salumu 7, Katic 10, Boukichou 20, Djordjevic 1, Kuridza 6, Kesteloot 3, Newbill 7 Quarters: 25-17, 21-22, 12-18, 24-13 Szolnoki-Spirou Proximus Charleroi 74-79 Spirou Proximus Charleroi; Libert 21, Fusek 1, Iarochevitch 8, Lambto 0, Marnegrave 4, Harris 5, Richardson 0 , Gaudoux 2, Bowman 15, Shepherd 16, Kemp 3, Schwartz 4 Quarters: 16-25, 15-11, 24-20, 19-23
Tony Gugino (ex Liege) joins Phoenix Galati - 2 days ago
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CS Phoenix Galati (Liga Nationala) agreed terms with 30-year old American power forward Tony Gugino (207-96kg-86, college: Hillsdale). He started the season at betFIRST Liege Basket in Belgian Euromillions League. In 7 games he had 9.6ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.9apg, 1.3spg and 1.0bpg this season. The last season Gugino played at Rilski in Bulgarian NBL where in 33 games he recorded 13.0ppg, 9.2rpg, 1.3apg and 1.4spg. He helped them to win the cup and make to league semifinals. Quite impressive seaso... [read more]
CS Phoenix Galati (Liga Nationala) agreed terms with 30-year old American power forward Tony Gugino (207-96kg-86, college: Hillsdale). He started the season at betFIRST Liege Basket in Belgian Euromillions League. In 7 games he had 9.6ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.9apg, 1.3spg and 1.0bpg this season. The last season Gugino played at Rilski in Bulgarian NBL where in 33 games he recorded 13.0ppg, 9.2rpg, 1.3apg and 1.4spg. He helped them to win the cup and make to league semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com Bulgarian League All-Imports Team, Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game. Gugino also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 12.7ppg, 7.8rpg (#3 in the league), 1.2apg and 1.2spg. Gugino has played previously professionally in Switzerland (Monthey, Massagno and Boncourt) and Bulgaria (Yambol). He attended Hillsdale College until 2009 and it is his eighth season as a professional player.
Ubel's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - 5 days ago
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25-year old power forward Brandon Ubel (209-F/C-91, agency: Pensack Sports) had a very impressive game in the last round for Brussels and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10. He had a double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Aalstar (#4, 6-4) 88-81. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Brussels is placed at 3rd position in Belgian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this sea... [read more]
25-year old power forward Brandon Ubel (209-F/C-91, agency: Pensack Sports) had a very impressive game in the last round for Brussels and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10. He had a double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Aalstar (#4, 6-4) 88-81. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Brussels is placed at 3rd position in Belgian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Brussels will need more victories to improve their 6-3 record. In the team's last game Ubel had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Brussels and it's hard to imagine this team without him. University of Nebraska graduate has very impressive stats this year. Ubel is in league's top in points (9th best: 14.7ppg), rebounds (8th best: 6.3rpg) and averages solid 66.2% FGP.
Second best performed player last round was Seth Tuttle (203-F-92) of Limburg United. He is American forward in his first season at Limburg United. In the last game Tuttle recorded impressive 13 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Of course he led Limburg United to another comfortable win 93-75 over slightly higher-ranked Leuven (#9, 3-7) being unquestionably team leader. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Limburg United is still at the dead bottom 10th position. 8 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories Limburg United managed to get this year. Tuttle is a newcomer at Limburg United and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.
Third place about best performers goes to John Tofi (203-C/F-84, agency: Pensack Sports) of Aalstar (#4). Tofi showcased his all-around game by recording 20 points, seven rebounds and five assists in the last round. Despite Tofi's great performance Aalstar lost 81-88 to #3 ranked Brussels. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Aalstar needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 6 victories and 4 lost games. Tofi has a great season in Belgium. After 10 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.6ppg (6th best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Jason Clark (188-G-90) of Antwerp - 28 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists 5. Codi Miller-McIntyre (190-G-94) of Leuven - 25 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists 6. Domien Loubry (186-PG-85) of Brussels - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 9 assists 7. Jordan Swing (198-F-90) of Limburg United - 13 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists 8. Vincent Simpson (185-PG-88) of Liege - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists 9. Wesley Channels (190-PG-88) of Kangoeroes - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists 10. Pape Badji (208-F/C-92) of Kangoeroes - 15 points and 7 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)
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