The young Giants of coach Luc Smout challenged their opponents in the first quarter. Very quickly, the Gembo guys responded with great plays inside, great shooting from the perimeter, quickness and efficiency in fastbreak situations, etc. Gembo center Laurens Jansen (200-C-83) had a great presence in the paint: he scored 26 points. Also a special mention to Dennis Donkor (194-G/F-91, agency: Three Eye Sports) who finished again as best scorer for the losing side. See free video highlights on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8z9oMZ9r-A&list=UUoSEPiDqNhOjhQW7eAC-isQ&index=1. Score evolution: 15-21, 27-46, 47-75 and 67-106. Best scorers: Giants II: A. Rojas Palma 13, D. Donkor 22, A. Van Vliet 6, R. Bogaerts 3, D. De Hooon 6, M. Rademakers 6, D. Marchant 11. Gembo: D. Loubry 13, N. Celis 8, T. Goethaert 2, E. Van Aken 16, A. Goetgeluck 9, T. Marien 8, W. Lemaire 2, M. Swinnen 5, A. Vermeersch 8, L. Jansen 26, Y. Desiron 8, P. Van Rillaer 2.
Excelsior Brussels vs. CEP Fleurus: 69-73
The game played in the beautiful facilities of Excelsior in Neder-over-Hembeek was scheduled on Sunday afternoon. Although the visitors have lost a few key players during the season, they managed to overcome lagain ast weekend. The Excelsior Brussels' nice comeback in the third quarter could have been the turning point in this thrilling game. The efforts of Excel's players Gregory De Pooter (196-F-84, 18 points and 6 rebounds), Xavier Collette (185-PG-85, agency: LBM Management, 10 points, 3 assists, 1 steal and 5 rebounds) and Randy Oveneke (201-F-86) (14 points, 2 steals and 3 rebounds) were not enough and CEP Fleurus of coach Paul Vervaeck recovered to finish strongly under the impulse of Christian Manzanza (193-F-85, college: Peninsula JC) but also of Amaury Marion (196-F-91) and Christian Ilongo (194-F-85, agency: Promotex). Double-double for CEP forward Christian Manzanza (12 points and 10 rebounds) who also defended like an intimidator in this game. Score evolution: 11-17, 30-36, 54-52 and 69-73. Best scorers: Excelsior: X. Collette 10, N. Verrept 8, M. Depuydt 6, S. Vlaeminck 2, G. De Pooter 18, L. Maesfrancx 4, J. De Schepper 3, S. Pelle 2, R. Oveneke 14, S. Semijejero 2. CEP F: A. Marion 12, K. Jonniaux 11, J. Vanesse 6, C. Manzanza 12, T. Bauwens 9, L. Hazard 5, S. Muric 6, C. Ilongo 12.
Bent Schoenen Waregem vs. Kangoeroes Boom: 75-82
Sebastien Vermeulen (207-F/C-81), currently playing for Sint-Niklase Condors, has signed with BS Waregem for next season. The Kangoeroes of coach Tom Poppe traveled to West Flanders and, despite the great resistance of BS Waregem, came back with a crucial win. Sebastien Bellin (205-C-78, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Oakland) and Dieter Souveryns (193-F/G-83) were particularly efficient in offense for Kabo last weekend. Score evolution: 19-23, 44-45, 60-62 and 75-82. Best scorers: BS Waregem: A. Steinbach 12, B. Samaey 15, O. Foucart 11, T. Foucart 23, A. Gueye 10, S. Naudts 4. Kangoeroes: S. Bellin 19, S. Hemeleers 3, W. Dobbelaere 2, D. Souveryns 21, M. Bessems 3, M. Gorremans 16, D. Dhaens 8, W. Van Schil 10
Gent Dragons vs. Sint-Niklase Condors: 65-77
After 11-7 on the scoreboard, the Condors of Dennis Bovoy (187-G/F-86) and Niels Maris (196-F-89) reacted well and led from the middle of the first to the middle of the second quarter (11-16, 14-21 and 20-25). The Dragons had missed free-throws and a few three-point attempts. Experienced player Thomas Van De Vondel (194-F/G-80) suddenly scored 13 points in a row and the score was close again: 27-27. It was actually the very last challenging moment in this game and the Condors quickly re-took the lead... all the way this time! The scoreboard showed 31-38, 37-40 on a basket by Leigh Enobakhare (206-C-86, agency: Court Side) for the Dragons, 50-57 by Elias Lasisi (192-G/F-92, agency: Court Side) from long range for the Condors, 56-72 and 65-77. Score evolution: 14-21, 31-38, 50-57 and 65-77. Best scorers: Dragons: B. Heinle 5, R. Spaens 8, L. Tielens 5, F. Lait 9, T. Van De Vondel 21, M. Van Gelder 6, L. Enobakhare 11. Condors: N/A
Sint-Jan Antwerp vs. Cuva Houthalen: 78-95
The hosts always trailed behind in this much awaited game of Round 25! The Jantjes, currently ranked fourth in Division II, will travel to Sprimont next Sunday and will welcome the competition's leaders of Kangoeroes Boom on 2013-03-23. See highlights and interview of Brian Lynch , who has just accepted a job of assistant coach at Port of Antwerp Giants involved in Ethias League, on atv.be: http://www.atv.be/item/brian-lynch-met-houthalen-op-bezoek-bij-sint-jan. Cuva was led by their US player Jason Westrol (191-G-88, college: Bentley) in offense. Score evolution: 22-28, 42-51, 57-72 and 78-95. Best scorers: Sint-Jan: V. Haerbos 7, B. Hartshorne 6, N. El Khounchar 4, A. Druwez 5, S. Geukens 24, L. Anthonis 7, V. Kesteloot 15, M. Brown 10. Cuva: J. Westrol 25.
Union Mons Hainaut II vs. BasKet Tongeren: 74-82
Third win in a row for the Limburgers. Joeri Moonen (205-F-84) of BK Tongeren had a double-double: 13 points and 12 rebounds in this win against Union Mons Hainaut II. Score at the half: 32-44. Best scorers: Mons Hainaut II: E. Lecomte 15, G. Vlamynck 4, L. Schwartz 17, D. Walasiak 8, M. Renard 11, T. Traversin 6, A. Gorgemans 13. BK Tongeren: J. Van Hoecke 12, M. Hendrix 9, K. Doukmani 2, J. Delva 13, P. Pipeleers 9, H. Baert 12, J. Moonen 10, J. Eskens 15.
Point Chaud Sprimont vs. Essor Charleroi (Spirou B): 95-68
Serbo-swiss player Stefan Petkovic (185-PG-92) has joined the Spirou squad and played with the Spirou B team last weekend. Spirou Charleroi (Ethias League) is trying out the 20-year old swiss international point guard with an option to adding him to the roster in the future. The MVP of the game was nevertheless top shooter Gilles Vrancken (192-PF) of PC Sprimont who had 30 points in this game. It was a rather easy success for the men of coach Pascal Horrion . Also to be noticed: Point Chaud Sprimont is the only home team to have won in this round played last weekend. Beside Petkovic who showed some good skills at playmaking, two other Essor players deserve a special mention: Anthony Lambot (184-G-94) who scored 21 points and Boris Penninck (202-C-88) who was well present inside. Best scorers: PC Sprimont: F. Manset 2, F. Delsaute 12, J.-B. Thome 13, G. Vrancken 30, Dispa 8, F. Forthomme 10, J. Flagothier 10, G. Hertay 10. Essor: A. Lambot 21, T. Lefvre 1, S. Petkovic 12, J. Stas 6, Y. Diop 6, M. Fusek 3, B. Penninck 17, M. Steenberghs 2.
Jason Clark claims Belgian Euromillions League weekly honour - 2 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 - 13 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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