Next week the first major prize of Dutch Hoops will be target of play in a game between Lekdetec.nl from Bemmel and Probuild Lions Landsmeer. In Landsmeer the teams will tip off for the supercup, an annual event that will include presentation of all league teams.
A few years ago season started in Utrecht with 5 games between ten teams but so far Dutch basketball has seen a serious decline of number of teams. This year the Dutch eredivisie features national champion Probuild Lions, cupwinner Lekdetec.nl , Dosy Den Helder, De Wit Grasshoppers, Challenge Sports Binnenland and CTO Amsterdam. International players such as Zera Butter, Rachel Roubehie-Fissa (175-G-89) and Marianne van der Hoek were looking for international transfers but all came back to the Dutch league, due to a variety of reasons.
Two teams replaced their headcoaches: De Wit Grasshoppers has Ivo Boom at the reigns, whereas Challenge Sports Binnenland is led by Joost van Rangelrooij who did magnificent things with the men's team in the passed years. Seven days to go, the league will be stunning!! As is said in Holland: Dames eredivisie, where amazing happens
Worthy de Jong selected the top Dutch players playing abroad in last week's games - 2 days ago
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Here is the weekly review of the top performing Dutch players, who play currently abroad. Kim Tillie (210-PF-88) could not help Baskonia (17-13) in their last game. Despite his good performance Baskonia was edged 84-82 on the road by the second-ranked CSKA.
Here is the weekly review of the top performing Dutch players, who play currently abroad.
#1. This week's number one is an international shooting guard Worthy de Jong (194-88, currently plays in France). de Jong could not help SO Maritime Boulogne (10-18) in their last game. Despite his very good performance SO Maritime Boulogne lost 73-86 on the road to the higher-ranked (#13) Chorale de Roanne.
de Jong was the top scorer with 21 points. He also added 3 assists and 3 steals in 22 minutes on the court.
It's de Jong's first season with the team.
This year de Jong averages: 9.9ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.0apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 46.5%, 3FGP: 34.9% and FT: 63.8% in 28 games he played so far.
He is currently a member of the Dutch senior national team.
#2. Second place goes to former U20 international center Jito Kok (206-94, agency: Court Side, college: San Diego, currently plays in Estonia). Kok led Rapla to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Valga (12-20) crushing them 99-70 in the Estonian Alexela KML in Thursday night's game.
He scored 12 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists.
AVIS UTILITAS Rapla (20-12) is placed second in the Alexela KML.
Kok's overall stats this season are: 5.6ppg, 3.4rpg, 2FGP: 49.1% and FT: 59.4%.
He played for the Dutch U20 national team in 2014.
#3. The Dutch player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Josh Duinker (209-89, college: Richmond, currently plays in New Zealand). Duinker was the major contributor in Saints' victory against the closely-ranked Rangers (4-3) crushing them 103-67 in the New Zealand NBL last Friday.
He scored 18 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 20 minutes.
It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Wellington Saints (9-0) are placed first in the NBL.
So far his team won all nine games in the Regular Season.
Duinker has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.1ppg, 7.4rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 58.6%(51-87) and FT: 86.2% in nine games.
Duinker has a dual citizenship: Dutch and Australian.
Former Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden starter played for the Dutch national team four years ago.
#4. Power forward Roeland Schaftenaar (211-88, college: Oregon St., currently plays in Greece) managed to help A.G.O Rethymno Aegean to win against the league outsider Doxa Lefkadas (4-22) 80-67 in the Greek A1 on Thursday night.
He scored 5 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 4 assists.
A.G.O Rethymno Aegean (13-13) is placed sixth in the A1.
Schaftenaar's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical.
Schaftenaar's overall stats this season are: 5.7ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.1apg.
He is also Dutch national team player.
#5. International guard Charlon Kloof (190-90, agency: Octagon Europe, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in FYR Macedonia) contributed to a MZT Skopje's victory against the fourth-ranked Kozuv (2-5) 79-75 in the FYR Macedonian Prva Liga in Friday night's game.
Kloof recorded 10 points and added 5 assists in 23 minutes.
KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom (7-0) is placed first in Places 1-6 group.
So far his team won all seven games in the Second Stage.
There are only three games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game is very crucial.
Kloof has relatively good stats this year: 10.4ppg, 4.1rpg, 4.4apg and 1.4spg in seven games.
He is another player who holds two passports: Surinamese and Dutch.
Kloof plays currently for the Dutch national team.
#6. Center Nicolas de Jong (210-88, currently plays in France) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Chalons-Reims (9-19) in their last game on Friday. Despite his good performance Chalons-Reims was defeated 82-69 in Antibes by the higher-ranked Olympique (#15).
de Jong recorded 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
This season de Jong has relatively solid stats: 12.6ppg and 3.3rpg.
He is an international player who is currently on the senior Dutch National Team roster.
#7. Former international power forward Jeroen van der List (213-89, college: Indian Hills CC, currently plays in Japan) led Shinshu BW to a victory against the second-ranked Toyotsu FE (38-16) 82-78 in the Japanese B League D2 on Saturday night.
van der List had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 4 blocks in 25 minutes.
Shinshu Brave Warriors Nagano (13-41) is placed sixth in Central group.
They ended the series of thirteen consecutive loses.
van der List has reliable stats this year: 14.0ppg, 8.9rpg, 1.5apg and 1.6bpg in 22 games.
He used to play for the Dutch national team
three years ago.
#8. Center Henk Norel (213-87, currently plays in Spain) helped Zaragoza edge the closely-ranked Joventut (9-19) 71-69 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game.
Norel scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
Tecnyconta Zaragoza (9-19) is placed 15th in the Liga Endesa.
It was his team's first victory after four consecutive loses.
There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important.
Norel is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Zaragoza's roster.
His overall stats this season are: 9.1ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.2apg.
Norel used to play for the Dutch national team
back in 2015.
#9. Former international point guard Leon Williams (189-91, currently plays in Germany) helped BG Goettingen win their game against the ninth-ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (15-15) 84-75 in the German BBL last Monday.
He recorded 8 points in 16 minutes.
BG Goettingen (19-3) is placed first in the BBL.
It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row.
There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season.
This year Williams' overall stats are: 5.4ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.4apg in 27 games.
He used to play for the Dutch national team
two years ago.
#10. Center Kevin Bleeker (208-93, also represented by Court Side, college: Canisius, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Navarra (15-14) in their game against Zamorano (10-19) in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division).
Bleeker scored 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 18 minutes.
Navarra lost 62-72 at home to the lower-ranked (#12) Zamorano.
His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season.
This year Bleeker's total stats are: 6.6ppg and 5.0rpg in 29 games.
He is a former international player as three years ago he still played for the Dutch senior national team.
#11. Former U16 international forward Kevin van Wijk (203-89, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Melilla Baloncesto in their game against Gipuzkoa in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). van Wijk cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones.
He scored only 3 points.
His team was edged 78-76.
van Wijk has averaged so far 5.9ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.1apg.
He used to play for the Dutch U16 national team
twelve years ago.
The list of other players, who all have Dutch passport but never been selected to any of Dutch national teams:
#1.Kim Tillie (210-PF-88, college: Utah, currently plays in Euroleague) could not help Baskonia (17-13) in their last game. Despite his good performance Baskonia was edged 84-82 on the road by the second-ranked CSKA.
Tillie scored 10 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 22 minutes.
This year Tillie averages: 7.1ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.1apg in 31 games he played so far.
He has a dual citizenship: Dutch and French.
#2.Ryan Broekhoff (200-F-90, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in VTB United League) was the major contributor in Lokomotiv's victory against the seventh-ranked VEF Riga (10-12) 80-69 in the VTB United League last Thursday.
Broekhoff scored 18 points and grabbed 8 rebounds.
Lokomotiv Kuban (18-5) is placed fourth in group A.
It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row.
They will play only one more game in the VTB United League Regular Season. And that game will be critical.
This season Broekhoff averages: 7.9ppg and 5.0rpg.
He is another player who holds two passports: Australian and Dutch.
#3.Tom Slutsky (193-G-92, currently plays in Israel) led Hapoel Afula to an easy victory against the second-ranked Hap.Haifa (10-16) crushing them 96-71 in the Israeli National League (second division) on Saturday night.
Slutsky scored 14 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists.
It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Play-Downs. Hapoel Afula (12-14) is placed first.
Slutsky's total stats this season are: 4.3ppg and 1.1rpg.
He has both Dutch and Israeli nationalities.
Despite Slutsky's Dutch passport, he previously played for the Israeli U18 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Dutch team.
#4.Jamal Smith (197-F-92, college: Chattanooga St, currently plays in Belgium) was not able to help Houthalen in their game against Waregem (18-7) in the Belgian Top Division I (second division). Smith cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones.
He scored only 2 points in 26 minutes.
Houthalen lost 79-85 at home to the higher-ranked (#3) Waregem.
Smith has averaged so far 8.8ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.2apg and 1.1spg in 27 games.
He is a naturalized American.
Smith used to play for The Bright Kings Den Helder in Dutch league.
Eredivisie Round 3 of Quarter-Finals. Leiden complete semifinal picture - 2 days ago
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Leiden - Amsterdam 75-56 Leiden outgunned Amsterdam in the decisive third game of the series and advanced into Eredivisie semifinal stage. The game was mostly controlled by Leiden. Amsterdam managed to win fourth quarter 15-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Leiden looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Leiden made 8 blocks. The best player for the winners was internat... [read more]
Leiden outgunned Amsterdam in the decisive third game of the series and advanced into Eredivisie semifinal stage. The game was mostly controlled by Leiden. Amsterdam managed to win fourth quarter 15-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Leiden looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Leiden made 8 blocks. The best player for the winners was international forward Mohamed Kherrazi (200-90) who scored 12 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. The former international Jessey Voorn (197-90, agency: Court Side) chipped in 22 points. Four Leiden players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international swingman Dimeo Van-Der-Horst (197-91) who recorded 20 points and Surinamese Sergio de-Randamie (201-84, college: Houston) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Top scorers: Leiden: J.Voorn 22+2reb+1ast, M.Kherrazi 12+8reb+6ast, T.Koenis 10+12reb+1ast, R.Jansen 10+1reb+8ast, D.Draper 9+7reb+1ast, J.Lee 5+4reb+4ast Amsterdam: D.Van Der Horst 20+4reb+3ast, S.de Randamie 12+6reb+2ast, S.Mulder 9+2reb+1ast, A.Roye 6+5reb+3ast, G.Slagter 5+6reb, M.Bruining 2
Eredivisie Round 2 of Quarter-Finals. Den Bosch enter semifinal stage - 5 days ago
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Amsterdam - Leiden 70-78 Leiden rallied past Amsterdam on the road to even the semifinal series at 1-1. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-12. But Amsterdam won second period 21-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Leiden dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Amsterdam's 22. The best player for the winners was international forward Mohamed Kherrazi (200-90) who scored 9 poi... [read more]
Leiden rallied past Amsterdam on the road to even the semifinal series at 1-1. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-12. But Amsterdam won second period 21-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Leiden dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Amsterdam's 22. The best player for the winners was international forward Mohamed Kherrazi (200-90) who scored 9 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists. American point guard Jonathan Lee (188-90, college: Northeastern, agency: Court Side) chipped in 21 points and 4 assists. The former international point guard Aaron Roye (184-88) produced 23 points and 7 rebounds and Surinamese Sergio de-Randamie (201-84, college: Houston) added 16 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Top scorers: Amsterdam: A.Roye 23+7reb+2ast, D.Van Der Horst 17+2reb+3ast, S.de Randamie 16+6reb+2ast, J.Markusse 6+3reb, G.Slagter 6+3reb+2ast, H.Kherrazi 2+1reb+1ast Leiden: J.Lee 21+2reb+4ast, D.Draper 19+6reb+1ast, T.Koenis 12+8reb+2ast, M.Kherrazi 9+13reb+7ast, J.Voorn 7+2reb+2ast, R.Jansen 5+2ast
Den Bosch knocked down Rotterdam away from home to sweep the series. The game was mostly controlled by Den Bosch. Rotterdam was better in second period 13-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Den Bosch had a 33-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. American forward Charles Mitchell (203, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Three Eye Sports) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 15 rebounds. Point guard Maarten Bouwknecht (185-94) contributed with 19 points, 5 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Four Den Bosch players scored in double figures. Den Bosch's coach Sander van der Holst allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Jermaine Marshall (193-90, college: Arizona St.) replied with 19 points and his fellow American import forward Greg Mays (203-93, college: Green Bay) added 8 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Rotterdam. Top scorers: Rotterdam: J.Marshall 19+4reb+3ast, S.Van Dijk 10+4reb+3ast, T.Theeuwkens 9+3reb+2ast, G.Mays 8+11reb+1ast, L.Steijn 6+4reb, M.Kok 6+1reb+1ast Den Bosch: M.Bouwknecht 19+4reb+5ast, J.Watts 17+3reb+4ast, C.Mitchell 16+15reb+2ast, D.Balentine 11+2reb+1ast, S.Wessels 9+10reb+2ast, K.Akerboom 5+6reb+1ast
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