American Derek Raivio (190-SG-84) had a very impressive game in the last round for Aalstar and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20. The 28-year old shooting guard had the game-high 33 points adding four rebounds and three assists for Aalstar in his team's victory, helping them to beat Verviers-Pep. (#8, 4-16) 94-86. Aalstar maintains the 4th position in Belgian Ethias League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Aalstar will need more victories to improve their 13-7 record. In the team's last game Raivio had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range and got five three-pointers out of 9 attempts. He turned to be Aalstar's top player in his first season with the team. Gonzaga University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Raivio is in league's top in points (3rd best: 17.1ppg), assists (9th best: 3.4apg) and averages solid 53.2% FGP and 43.3% from behind 3-point line.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 31-year old American point guard Timothy Black (178-PG-81, agency: Limelight Hoops) of Antwerp. Black impressed basketball fans with 22 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists. Of course he lead Antwerp to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Leuven (#6, 6-13) 89-66. Antwerp's 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 10-10 record is not bad and everything may still change. Black is one of the most experienced players at Antwerp and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.
The third best performed player last round was international guard Niels Marnegrave (191-PG-87) of Leuven (#6). Marnegrave scored 19 points and grabbed six rebounds. Despite Marnegrave's great performance Leuven lost 66-89 to slightly higher-ranked Antwerp (#5, 10-10). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Leuven not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 13 games, recording just six victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Marnegrave could try to bring Leuven's a little bit higher in the standings. Marnegrave has individually a great season in Belgium. After 17 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 5.1apg (2nd best). He also has 2.7spg and FGP: 51.5%.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Lee Cummard (201-SG-85) of Aalstar - 14 points and 10 rebounds 5. Jerime Anderson (187-PG-89) of Verviers-Pep. - 25 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists 6. Justin Cage (198-F-85) of M.Hainaut - 18 points and 9 rebounds 7. Christopher Young (206-F/C-79) of Aalstar - 8 points and 9 rebounds 8. Roel Moors (190-G-78) of Antwerp - 13 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists 9. Bryan Hopkins (183-PG-83) of Antwerp - 18 points and 4 rebounds 10. Josh Bostic (196-F-87) of M.Hainaut - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
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)
Axel Hervelle selected the top Belgian playing abroad in last week's games - May 20, 2013
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Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Belgians who are currently playing abroad. This week's number one is an international forward Axel Hervelle (205-83), who plays in the Spanish ACB. He could not help Gescrap BB (19-15) to beat Valencia Basket (22-12).
Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Belgians who are currently playing abroad.
#1. This week's number one is an international forward Axel Hervelle (205-83, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB. He could not help Gescrap BB (19-15) to beat Valencia Basket (22-12).
Hervelle scored 9 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in 32 minutes on the court.
But Gescrap BB lost 61-72 at home to the higher-ranked (#4) Valencia Basket.
There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
This year Hervelle averages: 7.9ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 54.8%, 3FGP: 36.8% and FT: 85.7% in the 33 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 an easy victory against the 13th-ranked UCAM Murcia (13-21) crushing them 108-74 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday.
He recorded 13 points.
CAI Zaragoza (21-13) is placed fifth in the ACB.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial.
Van Rossom's overall stats this season are: 8.9ppg, 3.2rpg, 3.0apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 54.5%, 3FGP: 44.7% and FT: 84.3%.
He is in the roster of the Belgian senior national team.
#3. The Belgian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Jonathan Tabu (190-85, currently plays in Italy). Tabu contributed to a 2-point Cantu's victory against the second-ranked Banco di Sardegna Sassari (22-8) 73-71 in the Italian SerieA on Monday night.
He scored 9 points in only 14 minutes.
FoxTown Cantu (17-13) is placed seventh in the SerieA.
This year Tabu's overall stats are: 8.6ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.2apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 44.0%, 3FGP: 35.9% and FT: 81.1% in the 36 games.
He is also a member of the Belgian senior national team.
#4. An experienced guard Dimitri Lauwers (187-79, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a Tezenis VE's victory against the closely-ranked Novipiu Casale (18-10) 85-73 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) in Friday night's game.
Lauwers scored 8 points.
Tezenis Verona (15-13) is placed seventh in the Lega2.
Lauwers' total stats this season are: 4.4ppg and 2.1rpg.
He has a dual citizenship: Belgian and Italian.
Lauwers is also Belgian national team player.
Ethias League Round 2 of Quarter-Finals. Aalstar and M.Hainaut sweep respective series - May 18, 2013
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Leuven - M.Hainaut 69-92
M.Hainaut toppled Leuven on the road and advanced into the Ehtias League semifials. The game without a history. Belfius Mons-Hainaut led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Leuven Bears' 24. Belfius Mons-Hainaut had a 25-13 advantage in offensive rebounds [read more]
M.Hainaut toppled Leuven on the road and advanced into the Ehtias League semifials. The game without a history. Belfius Mons-Hainaut led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Leuven Bears' 24. Belfius Mons-Hainaut had a 25-13 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Belfius Mons-Hainaut especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. The best player for the winners was American forward Josh Bostic (196-87, college: Findlay, OH) who scored 18 points and 4 assists. The other American import guard Quincy Taylor (196-82, college: UAB) chipped in 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Naturalized American forward Ian Hanavan (202-80, college: Evansville, agency: Interperformances) produced 15 points and American swingman Bradford Burgess (198-90, college: VCU, agency: Interperformances) added 14 points respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Top scorers: Leuven: I.Hanavan 15+4reb, B.Burgess 14+3reb, E.Lasisi 13+2reb+2ast, G.Robinson 10+2reb+2ast, I.Aska 6+5reb, T.Deroover 6+1reb+1ast M.Hainaut: J.Bostic 18+3reb+4ast, Q.Taylor 13+5reb+4ast, J.Cage 12+1reb+2ast, B.Qvale 12+3reb+2ast, J.Wallace 9+3reb+3ast, L.Giancaterino 8+1ast
Aalstar had little problems against Antwerp to sweet the quarterfinal series. The game without a history. Okapi Aalstar led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 34-of-38 charity shots (89.5 percent) during the game, while Antwerp Giants only scored sixteen points from the stripe. Antwerp Giants were plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. American Derek Raivio (190-84, college: Gonzaga) orchestrated the victory by scoring 28 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). The other American import guard Ryan Thompson (198-89, college: Rider) contributed with 26 points for the winners. The former international guard Roel Moors (190-78) replied with 25 points and American point guard Timothy Black (178-81, college: Barton, NC) added 20 points in the effort for Antwerp Giants. Four Okapi Aalstar and five Antwerp Giants players scored in double figures. Top scorers: Antwerp: R.Moors 25+4reb+2ast, T.Black 20+3reb+2ast, B.Hopkins 13+4reb+2ast, J.Love 12+8reb, J.Mwema 11+6reb, R.Biggs 3+2reb Aalstar: D.Raivio 28+5reb+3ast, R.Thompson 26+3reb+2ast, A.Ruoff 14+4reb, L.Cummard 13+10reb+1ast, C.Young 9+6reb+2ast, J.Tofi 8+3reb+1ast
Excelsior signs rookie Brandon Ubel - May 17, 2013
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Royal Aera Excelsior Brussels (Division II) inked 22-year old American forward Brandon Ubel (208-106kg-91). He just graduated from Nebraska (NCAA). In 31 games he recorded 11.5ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.6apg this season. The last season Ubel also at the University of Nebraska in Big Ten Conference in the NCAA. In 30 games he averaged 6.7ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.3apg.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it is his first season in pro basketball [read more]
Royal Aera Excelsior Brussels (Division II) inked 22-year old American forward Brandon Ubel (208-106kg-91). He just graduated from Nebraska (NCAA). In 31 games he recorded 11.5ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.6apg this season. The last season Ubel also at the University of Nebraska in Big Ten Conference in the NCAA. In 30 games he averaged 6.7ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.3apg. As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it is his first season in pro basketball. Ubel received Big 12 All-Academic 1st Team award in 2011 at his college time.
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