The Base Cup final between Telenet BC Oostende and Port of Antwerp Giants was held in front of a nice attendance at the Heysel Palais 12 in Brussels this afternoon. The Base Cup Final Four has definitely been a real success and congratulations to the organizers and volunteers involved in this project for the very good job done. None of the teams on the floor was able to build a large advantage in the first quarter. After 6-6, BC Oostende took the lead via US player Ryan Thompson (198-G-89, college: Rider) and Serbian experienced guard Dusan Djordjevic (193-G-83, agency: Beo Basket), both pretty efficient in offense. The scoreboard showed 14-10 and 18-12 for the men of Coach Dario Gjergja (agency: Beo Basket ) but Belgian LionMaxime De Zeeuw (204-PF-87) as well as US scorer Ryan Pearson (198-F-90, agency: Court Side, college: George Mason) allowed their team to quickly come back in the race. Gjerga had to send his tall guy Wesley Wilkinson (206-PF-84, college: Nebraska) back on the bench because he had committed personnal fouls already. The Giants of Belgian Coach Paul Vervaeck played tough and, thanks to a very spectacular shot from mid-range by small guard Frank Turner (176-PG-88, agency: Court Side, college: Canisius) on the buzzer, were even on top (24-25) after 10 minutes in this game. Experienced BCO captain Veselin Petrovic (195-G/F-77, agency: Beo Basket) had a few minutes of play in the first and second quarters of the title game. He had not played in the semifinal against Liege Basket last Saturday. Belgian internationals Maxime De Zeeuw and Roel Moors (190-G-78) hit three-pointers to bring their team on top at 28-31. Mateusz Ponitka (197-F/G-93) for BCO and Roel Moors for the Giants showed their full potential and the game gained in intensity. The scoreboard showed 36-39 on a fastbreak finished in an impressive manner by Giants' playmaker Frank Turner. BCO Head Coach Dario Gjergja took a time-out right after Turner's spectacular action. Quentin Serron (190-G-90) converted a three-point shot and Veselin Petrovic stole the ball to lay it in and make 41-39. Roel Moors was still well present in all sectors of the game for Port of Antwerp Giants. Nevertheless, BC Oostende remained in front at the half mainly thanks to a last rush and a tough defense played against the Antwerpse guards: 45-42. Early in the third quarter, both teams hit great baskets and the game was tied again at 52-52. Playing a tough defense allowed BCO to take the lead again and the two repeated assists by Dusan Djordjevic to his Belgian mate Quentin Serron impressed many observers at the Heysel Palais 12. The Serbian guard was called a third personal foul right afterwards. Paul Vervaeck took a time-out at 58-53 after a dunk by BCO strong man Gregory Echenique (206-C-90, college: Creighton). The defending Belgian Cup winners of BC Oostende remained efficient while the Giants started to miss several attempts and forced some shots. Young talented Belgian international Quentin Serron even made 64-56 for BC Oostende right at the end of the third quarter, which was particularly marked by very low scoring (12-9). Jean Salumu (193-F-90) from long range (two three-pointers in a row) and nice assists by Niels Marnegrave (191-PG-87) pushed BCO to a 72-61 lead. Only Maxime De Zeeuw could respond for the Giants. The score evolved always in favour of BC Oostende (79-68) even if Giants' Coach Paul Vervaeck tried to find solutions (79-72 and 86-74). Gregory Echenique ended several BCO actions with tremendous dunks. Niels Marnegrave (7 assists) and Dusan Djordjevic controlled the game and were excellent at playmaking. The fifth personal foul of Djordjevic with only 38 seconds left in the game did not change anything and Telenet BC Oostende eventually won 88-79. 11 players scored for BCO in this game while only 5 scorers were recorded on the Giants' side. It is the 15th Belgian Cup title won by BC Oostende (the first one was won in 1962) and the second in a row.
Dusan Djordjevic of BC Oostende earned the honorary title of Base Cup Final Four MVP and experienced captain Veselin Petrovic could lift the cup to the joy of the many BCO fans who attended the Base Cup final in Brussels.
Telenet BC Oostende vs. Port of Antwerp Giants: 88-79 Score evolution: 24-25, 50-47, 62-56 and 88-79. Best scorers: BCO: J. Berggren 6, Q. Serron 13, G. Echenique 10, R. Thompson 13, N. Marnegrave 2, V. Petrovic 2, W. Wilkinson 5, P.-A. Gillet 4, J. Salumu 6, M. Ponitka 8, D. Djordjevic 19. Giants: R. Moors 11, F. Turner 19, R. Pearson 20, B. Stewart 7, M. De Zeeuw 22.
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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