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SYLVESTER MORGAN'S BLOG
209cm / 6'10'' - Center - 1983
Sylvester Morgan Basketball Career
Born: Feb.22, 1983 in Atlanta, Ga. |
One of four sons of Antionette Morgan and has an older brother (Emmitt Thomas) and two younger brothers (Michael and Joseph Massarrachia).
Sylvester is an experienced professional that never quits. A legit 6’10 left-hander with a wingspan of (7’5in/226cm). Ultimately known for his NCAA leading shot blocking records, he scores in a variety of ways. Will knock down the mid-range shot if left open and operates effectively in the low post. Rebounds and defends exceptionally well. Naturall position is power forward(Amare Stoudamire, Andre Kirelenko, Kevin Garnett). Runs the floor extremely well, as noted in college running a 5:18 mile, first on his team. Relentless, tireless, aggressive and passionate as noted by nba scouts. Very coachable. consummate team player that possesses a tremendous amount of mental toughness and potential that has not even been reached yet
2002-2003: Atlanta Metro JC: 14.6ppg, 10.4rpg, 5.0bpg
2004-2005: Georgia St. (NCAA): 29 games: 6.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 12ast, 2.8bpg, FGP: 56.1%
2005: Rome Gladiators (WBA): left in May
2005-2006: In Jan.'06 joined TS Goppingen (Germany-Oberliga): 6 games: 18.8ppg, next month moved to Birmingham Magicians (ABA): 5 games: 14.0ppg, 12.0rpg, 2.0apg
2005: June: NBA Hawks Workout
2006: Marietta Storm (WBA), then joined Reales de La Vega (Dominican Republic-LIDOBA): 5 games: 9.0ppg, 7.4rpg, 3.0bpg
2006 July: Southern California Summer Pro League (Play 2 Win Delta Jammers team)
2006: Marietta Storm (SEBL): 21.9ppg, 11.0apg, 6.3rpg
2006-2007: Omonia Nicosia (Cyprus-A1), left before the season started, then joined Birmingham Magicians (ABA), then moved to ESC Trappes Saint Quentins en Yvelines (France-N1, starting five): 14 games: 19.1ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.0bpg, 2FGP: 41.0%, 3FGP: 17.0%, FT: 44.0%, left in Jan.'07, then signed at Georgia Gwizzlies (ANBL)
2007 July: Summer Pro-Am League in Long Beach (Play2Win Delta Jammers)
2007-2008: $25K/month Drafted #12 by Mobis Phoebus (South Korea-KBL): 3 games: 20.1ppg. 9.8rpg, 5.0bpg, Nov.'07 signed at Caballeros de Sinaloa (Mexico-LNBP, starting five)
2008: Caballeros de Culiacan (Mexico-CIBACOPA, starting five): 24 games: 12.9ppg, 8.7rpg, 2.2bpg, FGP: 50.0%, FT: 68.8%, in March moved to Gatos de Monagas Cats (Venezuela-LPB, starting five), Venezuelan League: 2 games: 4.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.0spg, 1.0bpg; injured later that month, was released in June
2009 July: Korean KBL Pre-Draft Camp in Las Vegas, NV
2009-2010: In Feb.'10 signed at Fukuoka Rizing (Japan-BJ League): 26 games: 5.7ppg, 5.1rpg, FGP: 42.0%, FT: 61.5%
2010-2011: Kryvbasbasket-Lux Kryvyi Rih (Ukraine-Superleague): 7 games: 3.0ppg, 2.4rpg; in Jan.'11 moved to GIE Morrow Disciples (UBA, starting five): 7 games: 14.9ppg, 13.1rpg, 2.1apg, 5.0bpg, FGP: 53.7%, 3PT: 50%, FT: 63%
2011: In March signed at Caballeros de Culiacan (Mexico-CIBACOPA): 29 games: 10.3ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 54.7%, 3PT: 12.5%, FT: 74.6%
2011-2012: in Oct.'11 joined Pieno Zvaigzdes Pasvalys (Lithuania-LKL): Baltic League: 17 games: 8.5ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 50.8%, FT: 70.6%; Lithuanian League: 21 games: 8.7ppg, 4.5rpg, FGP: 55.5%, FT: 74.1%
2012-2013: TGI D-Rise Tochigi (Japan-JBL2, starting five), in Dec.'12 signed at Link Tochigi Brex (Japan-JBL): 6 games: 8.0ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.3bpg, 2FGP: 44.2%, FT: 76.9%
2013: In March signed at Global Port Batang Pier (Philippines-PBA, starting five): Commissioner's Cup: 5 games: 17.6ppg, 15.0rpg, 1.4apg, 1.8bpg, FGP: 44.4%, 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 48.0%
2013-2014: In Dec.'13 signed at Gunma Crane Thunders (Japan-BJ League): 15 games: 10.7ppg, 7.9rpg, FGP: 45.7%, 3PT: 10.0%, FT: 65.2%, left in Feb.'14
13th Leading Shot Blocker in the Nation (NCAA) -05
Dominican Rep. LIDOBA All-Star Game -06 (Slam Dunk Contest Winner)
Southern California Summer Pro League Champion -06
UBA All-Star Selection -11
Mexican CIBACOPA Regular Season Runner-Up -11
Mexican CIBACOPA Semifinals -11
Lithuanian Cup Finalist -12
| Round Twenty- Jan.27, 2015 (by Bert)|
Basics Melsele vs. Oxaco Boechout: 74-79
Although the men of Coach Ronny Bayer had the best start in front their supporters (10-3), Oxaco was able to get open shots and came back in the race immediately afterwards (20-19). No team could really take the advantage and, even if Basics was still in front by 5 points at the break, the game was far from being over. Players on both sides showed signs of frustrations and referees called technical fouls after half-time. The home squad with an e... [read more]
Basics Melsele vs. Oxaco Boechout: 74-79
Although the men of Coach Ronny Bayer had the best start in front their supporters (10-3), Oxaco was able to get open shots and came back in the race immediately afterwards (20-19). No team could really take the advantage and, even if Basics was still in front by 5 points at the break, the game was far from being over. Players on both sides showed signs of frustrations and referees called technical fouls after half-time. The home squad with an efficient Niels Hofmans (184-PG-91) and a strong Mario Brown (202-F-84, college: Jacksonville) remained on top by only three points after 30 minutes. Nevertheless, top scorers Vincent Kesteloot (201-F-95) and Sam Van Hoey (190-SF-91) led Teamgreen to a great come-back (70-71 with 3'39'' remaining) and a final success (74-79). Physical condition also made the difference and the Oxaco guys of Coach Raf Vervoort were able to get on top by grabbing rebounds and controlling the paint.
Score evolution: 20-19, 38-33, 60-57 and 74-79.
Basics: N. Hofmans 15 T. Lamot 9, H. Sterk 6, N. Xhaet 8, N. Dhooge 6, M. Brown 12, D. Dhaens 10, W. Leten 4, C. Tshimuanga 4.
Oxaco: S. Van Hoey 18, T. Van Hoey 2, C. Pegg 8, V. Kesteloot 28, D. Van Den Brande 9, M. De Meyer 7, G. Nau 5, D. De Hoon 2.
Kon. BC Gistel Oostende vs. CEP Fleurus: 71-67
Despite the fact that former Belgian Lion Sebastien Bellin (205-C-78, agency: Prossin Sports Management Inc., college: Oakland) was ejected from the game by the referees early in the game, the visitors managed to work hard and remained concentrated through the whole game. They were on top at the end of the first quarter (20-23) as well as after of the first half (33-40). The home squad of Coach Sam Rotsaert was nevertheless always close and was even able to finish on top by the closest margin after 30 minutes. The Duva boys hit long range shots. The very nice perfomance of CEP playmaker Arne Steinbach (182-PG-92, agency: Court Side) was not sufficient for the visitors to keep their advantage during 40 minutes. The hosts, able to play as a collective unit, eventually deserve the win (71-67) after a good basketball game. CEP players missed too many free-throw attempts in this game (11/21) and, except Thomas Bauwens (193-F-86), were not precise enough from long range.
Score evolution: 20-23, 33-40, 54-53 and 71-67.
CEPF: K. Jonniaux 10, T. Bauwens 9, C. Ilongo 7, E. Vangu 12, A. Steinbach 24, L. Maesfrancx 5.
Port of Antwerp Giants II vs. Soba Antwerpen: 84-74
Soba player Glenn Mannaerts (86) did a great job in the first minutes of the game to put his team in front at 15-19. Thomas Akyazili (188-PG-97) and Philippe Peeters (188-PG-95) were able to reverse the score: 33-26 and 35-33 after a nice 2-7 run for Soba. The Giants of Coach Luc Smout were able to start better in the third quarter and, despite missing shots from long range, could count on their big men Yoeri Schoepen (196-C-94) and Andy Van Vliet (210-C-95) in the paint to make the difference. After 63-48, Soba had a last reaction but it was not enough to challenge the Giants who did not look stressed in the final minutes. Port of Antwerp Giants II won the game 84-74 and their big young man Andy Van Vliet had 19 rebounds and 24 points in this match-up. Thomas Akyazili added 19 points and had a great offensive game for the Giants too. Special mention to Dries Bogaerts (200-F-86) who scored 22 points for the losing side. Giant Ordane Kanda-Kanyinda (184-PG-96) missed the game due to a back injury.
Score evolution: 15-19, 35-33, 63-48 and 84-74.
Giants II: A. Van Vliet 24, T. Akyazili 19, D. Marchant 13, P. Peeters 12, Yo. Schoepen 10, B. Van De Broeck 4, Ya. Schoepen 2.
Soba: D. Bogaerts 22, G. Mannaerts 14, D. Van Heesch 14, A. Ibens 6, R. Haerbos 5, V. Vanden Berghe 5, P. Smulders 5, J. Boeckaert 3.
Sint-Niklase Condors vs. Melco Ieper: 65-84
The Condors believed they could win the game until the beginning of the last quarter. Melco, with a strong and efficient duo of shooters formed by Bram Deceuninck (198-F-79) and Ruben Luyten (195-F-91), digged a first gap in the second quarter (36-48) but the Klaasjes came back at 42-47 at the break and were still competitive after 30 minutes (54-63). The Condors committed more and more fouls and the Melco guys, led by Kjell Devacht (185-G-91), did not miss opportunities to make the difference: 61-72 and 65-84 (as final score). Marcus Faison (196-G-78, college: Siena) was missing on the Sint-Niklase Condors' side.
Score evolution: 20-20, 42-47, 54-63 and 65-84.
Melco: C. Benoot 4, K. Devacht 20, T. De Backer 2, R. Luyten 16, R. Naudts 6, B. Deceuninck 12, B. Heinle 8, A. Schepens 8, M. Ouattara 8.
Gent Hawks vs. Cuva Houthalen: 90-59
Those who went to the Tolhuis with the hope to attend a real thriller were disappointed last weekend. After 10-8 displayed on the scoreboard, the Hawks were able to take a large lead. They played fast and Gregory De Pooter (196-F-84) was finishing fastbreak situations with easy lay-ups. With a 17-point lead at the break, the Hawks of Coach Wim Meiresonne could rather easily control the second half. Efforts by Ronnie McCollum (192-G-78, college: Centenary, LA) and Dario Clemente (204-C-86) for the Limburgers did not help and Cuva never looked able to challenge the hosts. Final score: 90-59 for the impressive Gentenaars.
Free video highlights available on the website of TV Limburg: http://www.tvl.be/nl/sport/recente-afleveringen/2015-01-25/cuva-houthalen-verliest-topper-bij-gent-hawks-2015-01-25/#content_top_l.
Score evolution: 27-14, 44-27, 73-43 and 90-59.
Hawks: W. Dobbelaere 8, J. Debrock 2, R. Spaens 11, M. Verspeeten 6, G. De Pooter 21, G. Mestdag 10, J.-P. De Decker 14, L. Lhote 10, S. Caron 6, H. Vanlangenhove 2.
Cuva: C. Koonings 6, B. Maesen 4, R. McCollum 14, D. Souveryns 9, M. Hendrix 8, S. Vermeulen 3, G. Camps 2, D. Clemente 13.
BAVI Vilvoorde vs. Gembo BBC: 89-107
The young squad of BAVI was leading 28-25 after 13 minutes in the game. The Orangemen of Yvan De Vreught looked good but could not avoid a fantastic 2-11 run by the Gembo boys just before half-time to make 38-49. The Gembo system (quick transition, full-court press, etc.) set by Coach Stefan Sappenberghs proved to be very efficient once more... The home team was 16 points behind after 30 minutes (64-80). BAVI Captain Ivan Perez (186-PG-90) and his mates could not do much to challenge a very well-organized Gembo team. The visitors finished even stronger and eventually deserved the easy win: 89-107.
Score at the half: 38-49.
NBC Alsavin Belgrade vs. Port of Antwerp Giants II: 64-75
The Giants of Coach Luc Smout won their second game of the weekend in Belgrade (near Namur) but it was far from being an easy win. Thomas Akyazili had almost a perfect first half (16 points before the break) for the Giants to keep his team in the race. NBC Alsavin Belgrade was in front (34-31) as both teams went back to the locker rooms at half-time. It was encouraging for the home side but the men of Coach Julien Marnegrave had too many turnovers after the break to be able to stay in the race. The Giants did not miss the chance to dig the gap and were on top after the third quarter (49-60). The margin remained equal after the final buzzer and last attempts by Selim Beca (189-G-85), Thomas Depouhon (195-F-90) and their NBC Alsavin mates did not change things much. Local player Armand Kabeya (197-F-88, agency: Promotex) did not play due a foot injury. The mature Giants showed also great potential and, most of all, were able to control the game in the last minutes. Final score: 64-75.
Score evolution: 14-15, 34-31, 49-60 and 64-75.
NBC Alsavin: S. Beca 19, J. Van Landschoot 4, R. Recko 3, T. Depouhon 16, S. Deheneffe 4, V. Mommer 8, J.-B. Thiry 10.
Giants II: N/A
| Division II Round Nineteen- Jan.21, 2015 (by Bert)|
Gembo BBC vs. Bent Schoenen Waregem: 102-93
The visitors of Coach Sven De Clercq started rather well, with Alex Tuluka (193-G/F-89, agency: Promotex, college: Missouri Western), Thomas Foucart (194-F-84) and Bart Samaey (199-C-87) who were well present on both ends of the court, but quickly felt powerless when the Greens of Coach Stefan Sappenberghs started to hit consecutive three pointers. Gembo BBC also raised the tempo and played tougher in defense, allowing some quick plays in tra... [read more]
Gembo BBC vs. Bent Schoenen Waregem: 102-93
The visitors of Coach Sven De Clercq started rather well, with Alex Tuluka (193-G/F-89, agency: Promotex, college: Missouri Western), Thomas Foucart (194-F-84) and Bart Samaey (199-C-87) who were well present on both ends of the court, but quickly felt powerless when the Greens of Coach Stefan Sappenberghs started to hit consecutive three pointers. Gembo BBC also raised the tempo and played tougher in defense, allowing some quick plays in transition offense in the continuity. The Gembo boys scored 69 points and looked unchallenged in the first half of the game. Nicolas Wachowiak (200-F/G-91) and Sam Renier (187-G/F-92) looked quite efficient for the home team in the first amazing twenty minutes of the contest. The guests had nevertheless made some nice efforts to come back from 31-17 to 43-31. The end of the second quarter was less positive for the visitors who actually stayed 25 points behind their hosts. After half-time, Thomas Foucart and Alex Tuluka managed to reboost their squad which came back in the race via 85-58 (end of the third quarter) and 87-66 (early in the fourth quarter). The local players coud not keep the same pace like in the first half and even started to be doubtful when Brecht Guillemyn (192-F-87), Bart Samaey and Alex Tuluka brought their team close to the Greens: 91-81 and 96-84. The team of Coach "Sappe" eventually managed to stay in front until the final buzzer: 102-93.
Free video available on YouTube (source: moekeontour): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGDxk-uO9aY.
Score evolution: 31-17, 69-44, 85-58 and 102-93.
Gembo: P. Van Rillaer 9, T. Goethaert 2, A. Goetgeluck 8, E. Van Aken 14, S. Renier 24, N. Wachowiak 22, T. Marien 11, A. Vermeersch 8, M. Swinnen 2, P. De Cock 2.
BS Waregem: L. Delepeleire 11, B. Samaey 14, B. Vanhulle 4, B. Guillemyn 17, T. Foucart 10, S. Dhont 8, A. Tuluka 23, M. Linskens 6.
Kon. BC Gistel Oostende vs. NBC Alsavin Belgrade: 88-79
None of the teams could make the difference in the first half. The home squad of Sam Rotsaert was able to dig a gap early in the third quarter. Despite an encouraging 8/11 from three-point range, NBC Alsavin Belgrade of Coach Julien Marnegrave trailed behind until the end of the game afterwards. The hosts with proactive players like Renzy Berquin (197-F-93) and Sam Hemeleers (180-PG-95) managed to stay on top despite nice efforts by Thomas Depouhon (195-F-90) who had 23 points for the losing side.
Score evolution: 20-19, 44-43, 66-57 and 88-79.
NBC Alsavin: M. Beca 17, J. Van Landschoot 14, R. Recko 2, M. Andre 10, F. Prinsen 6, T. Depouhon 23, T. Jeanquart 5, S. Deheneffe 6, V. Mommer 2, J.-B. Thiry 4.
Sint-Niklase Condors vs. Basics Melsele: 79-81
There were loads of ups and downs in the first and second quarters of this East Flanders' derby. After a good start for the visitors (0-6), the Condors of Witse Van Schil (190-G-83) and Marcus Faison (196-G-78, college: Siena) reacted pretty well but remained behind at the end of the first period (22-27). In the second quarter, the Basics players committed several fouls and Niels Maris (196-F-89) converted a few crucial free-throws for the Condors. Nonetheless, Basics Melsele was still one point ahead at the break thanks to a nice shot from downtown by Vinnie Haerbos (180-PG-90). The Klaasjes of Coach Wim Van Britsom remained well concentrated and digged the gap in the third quarter: 65-58 after 30 minutes in the game. Despite some nice shots from long range by Tom Van den Bosch (190-G/F-84), the home team completely lost the control of the game in the last quarter. Dave D'Haens (210-C-81) managed to tie the game at 79-79 after hitting a three-pointer for Basics with just 6 seconds remining in the game. A steal and an assist by Vinnie Haerbos right afterwards allowed US player Mario Brown (202-F-84, college: Jacksonville) to finish the work with a dunk right on the final buzzer for the visitors: 79-81 after a thrilling end of game!
Free video highlights posted on the TV Oost website: http://www.tvoost.be/nl/2015-01-18/basics-kloppen-condors-in-slotseconden/#.VLwB4oNVdzh.facebook.
Gent Hawks vs. Soba Antwerpen: 84-63
From the very first minutes of the game, Soba trailed behind the Hawks who played efficiently. The Gentenaars of Coach Wim Meiresonne looked fit and well and were quickly 10 points in front in this game (25-15 at the end of the first quarter). The home squad kept doing well in the second period and, via 34-15 and 41-18, were decisive before half-time. The Soba players of Coach Glenn De Boeck came with better intentions early in the third quarter but it was not sufficient to outscore their opponents. Soba Antwerpen nevertheless won this third quarter (13-19). The Soba players lost duels at the rebound and the Hawks finished on top after 40 minutes: 84-63. Gregory De Pooter (196-F-84), who has already been pretty efficient for a few weeks, was the Hawks' best scorer with 22 points last weekend. Special mention also to Jens Bouckaert who had 21 points for Soba Antwerpen.
Score evolution: 25-15, 51-31, 64-50 and 84-63.
Hawks: W. Dobbelaere 9, R. Spaens 13, Makengo 2, M. Verspeeten 2, J.-P. Dedecker 17, G. De Pooter 22, G. Mestdag 8, L. Lhote 6, S. Carron 3, H. Vanlangenhove 2.
Soba: R. Haerbos 11, Y. Deville 1, D. Van Heesch 12, G. Mannaerts 5, J. Bouckaert 21, D. Bogaerts 7, V. Vanden Berghe 4, P. Smulders 2.
Melco Ieper vs. Cuva Houthalen: 81-77
Robin Mestdagh (195-G-88, college: E.Kentucky), injured, was still missing on the Melco side. Another news filtered earlier this week: Fabrice Martin will stay at the head of the Melco team until the end of the season. The new Head Coach recorded a first great result last weekend: after two losses since the start of the new year, Melco recorded its first win over Cuva Houthalen in 2015. Melco, with Moussa Ouattara (202-C/F-88) as a true leader, had a very strong start (6-2, 18-7 and 21-8). Melco player Cederik Benoot (192-G-92) finished the first quarter with a nice basket to make 23-11. In the second quarter, the Limburgers had a fantastic reaction and recorded an impressive 0-13 run. Ronnie McCollum (192-G-78, college: Centenary, LA), Dieter Souveryns (193-F-83) and their mates were not far behind anymore even if Melco Ieper had a new jump forward to make 28-24, 33-26 and even 40-30. The visitors managed to reduce the gap right before half-time and stopped Melco's momentum to make 40-36. With Kjell Devacht (185-G-91) and Ruben Luyten (195-F-91) in action, Melco Ieper stayed in front through the whole third quarter: 48-38, 48-44, 60-51 and 63-53. The Ieperse defense was tough and Cuva could not avoid an 11-point margin for Melco early in the last quarter: 67-56. After a time-out taken by Cuva's Head Coach Dirk D'Haese, the motivated Limburgers were again able to come back closer and closer and even took the lead (76-77) with just one minute left on the clock. Kjell Devacht hit a crucial and decisive three-pointer to make 79-76 with 5 seconds left. The last attempts by Cuva were missed. Alexander Schepens (192-G/F-93) did not miss the last free throws and secured the win for Melco Ieper.
Score evolution: 23-11, 40-36, 63-53 and 81-77.
Melco: C. Benoot 5, T. De Backer 5, K. Devacht 25, R. Luyten 9, R. Naudts 8, B. Deceuninck 4, B. Heinle 3, A. Schepens 10, M. Ouattara 12.
CEP Fleurus vs. Oxaco Boechout: 92-80
Many observers would have picked Sam Van Hoey (190-SF-91) as MVP of the game after his great shooting and high scoring performance of last Friday but his team lost in the end. CEP Fleurus' Captain Christian Ilongo (194-F-85, agency: Promotex) was in fact the key player in the contest. He managed to set the tone very quickly in this match-up. Especially in the first half, Christian Ilongo and his mate Kevin Jonniaux (198-PF-83) looked pretty inspired and pushed their team to a large 44-28 advantage at the break, when players and staff of each squad walked to the locker rooms with mixed feelings. Kevin Jonniaux already scored 11 points and Christian Ilongo had 21 points in the first twenty minutes of action. Through the whole game, the CEP players of Coach Jean-Marie Barbier were able to outrebound their opponents. Lars Maesfrancx (197-F/C-90, agency: Promotex), Estime Vangu (195-C-88, agency: Promotex) and Sebastien Bellin (205-C-78, agency: Prossin Sports Management Inc., college: Oakland) usually work hard in the paint and, when needed, can make the difference for CEP Fleurus. It was also the case against Oxaco Boechout, despite the splendid resistance shown by Sam Van Hoey who had 42 points for Teamgreen in Friday's game. The third and fourth quarters were well balanced (24-24 in the third and 24-28 in the fourth) but CEP Fleurus always looked able to control the debate. Although CEP clutch players Arne Steinbach (182-PG-92, agency: Court Side), Kevin Jonniaux and Christian Ilongo did not finish the contest because each of them was called a fifth foul, Oxaco never seemed capable of overpassing the home side. Young talent Thomas Mertens (190-F-93) took his chance again and scored 10 points for CEP last Friday. The CEPmen could also keep Oxaco's Mark De Meyer (192-G/F-88) scoreless and managed to stay on top until the final buzzer: 92-80. CEP is in the middle of a nice comeback in the current Division II competition. The Oxaco boys of Coach Raf Vervoort proved that they remain really tough challengers in this competition.
Free video highlights on the official website of regional television Telesambre: http://telesambre.be/basket-cep-fleurus-belle-victoire-du-cep-fleurus-face-a-boechout-_d_12376.html.
Score evolution: 29-17, 44-28, 68-52 and 92-80.
CEPF: C. Ilongo 27, E. Vangu 13, A. Steinbach 10, L. Maesfrancx 5, L. Bearzotti 2, T. Bauwens 9, K. Jonniaux 14, S. Bellin 2, T. Mertens 10.
Oxaco: S. Van Hoey 42, C. Pegg 12, V. Kesteloot 8, T. Dekkers 2, D. Van Den Brande 12, G. Nau 4.
| Division II Round Eighteen- Jan.13, 2015 (by Bert)|
Soba Antwerpen vs. Sint-Niklase Condors: 87-68
Via 12-0 and 24-11, Soba proved that they started right on time to record a new win in Division II last Sunday. The scoreboard even showed 29-13 after the first quarter. The first twenty minutes of the game looked sufficient for the hosts to build their success last weekend. The Waaslanders with Marcus Faison (196-G-78, college: Siena) were unable to stop their hosts in their run to a rather easy success. The whole Soba team of Coach Glenn... [read more]
Soba Antwerpen vs. Sint-Niklase Condors: 87-68
Via 12-0 and 24-11, Soba proved that they started right on time to record a new win in Division II last Sunday. The scoreboard even showed 29-13 after the first quarter. The first twenty minutes of the game looked sufficient for the hosts to build their success last weekend. The Waaslanders with Marcus Faison (196-G-78, college: Siena) were unable to stop their hosts in their run to a rather easy success. The whole Soba team of Coach Glenn De Boeck played well in the first half. Both teams went back to the locker rooms at the break when the score reached 49-28. Dries Bogaerts (200-F-86), Glenn Mannaerts (86) and Jens Bouckaert had been among the most proactive Soba players thus far. The third and fourth quarters were less pleasant to watch. Soba never looked threatened and, despite many efforts by Niels Maris (196-F-89) in offense for the Condors, kept the lead through the whole second half of the game. Two technical fouls assessed against Soba player Dimitri Van Heesch in the second half are also worth being mentioned. Despite several turnovers and bad passes, the Antwerpenaars managed to control the game and Dries Bogaerts as well as Axel Ibens (190-F-96) put the last touch to the Soba job last weekend.
Score evolution: 29-13, 49-28, 64-43 and 87-68.
Soba: D. Bogaerts 20, G. Mannaerts 17, D. Van Heesch 5, R. Haerbos 9, J. Bouckaert 16, P. Smulders 12, A. Ibens 5.
Condors: N. Maris 32.
Cuva Houthalen vs. Gembo BBC: 90-106
Cuva and Gembo have developed excellent basketball plays and offered the assistance a fantastic game at the Lakerveld last weekend. After an excellent start for the Limburgers (14-2), the visitors found a better rhythm and almost closed the gap by the end of the first quarter (28-26). The Gembo boys even made 28-29 and 30-31 early in the second quarter. The Greens could count on Eli Van Aken (193-F-85) who was back from injury. Cuva Houthalen, with Ronnie McCollum (192-G-78, college: Centenary, LA), Chiel Koonings (180-PG-90), Bart Maesen (198-F-89) and Dieter Souveryns (193-F-83), suddenly became flawless and muted their hosts to lead 64-41 by the end of the second quarter. The hosts had displayed top quality basketball plays and looked pretty efficient during the first twenty minutes. After the break, Martijn Hendrix (183-G-86) on the Cuva side and Anthony Goetgeluck (182-PG-92) voor Gembo BBC were rather precise in their shot attempts and the scoreboard showed 69-47. Afterwards, it was an impressive 2-19 run for Gembo of Coach Stefan Sappenberghs. Goetgeluck hit a three-pointer to give his team the lead at 80-82 a little bit later. Nobody knew then that it would be for good indeed... After the fifth foul committed by Cuva scorer Bart Maesen, the guests had a new decisive 0-15 run which gave no more chance to the local squad. The Gembo players who came off the bench scored 43 points in this game while Cuva could count on 11 points from players coming off the bench. Special mention to Ronnie McCollum who scored 21 points and played 40 minutes in this game as well as to Thomas Goethaert (183-G-83) who had 5 points and 11 assists for Gembo BBC. The scoreboard showed 90-106 as final score and the basketball lovers were delighted to have attended such an intense and spectacular Division II game. See free video highlights made available on YouTube (source: moekeontour): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jAk__MrNRgE.
Score evolution: 28-26, 64-41, 75-68 and 90-106.
Cuva: B. Maesen 18, R. McCollum 21, D. Souveryns 21, M. Hendrix 11, D. Clemente 8, C. Koonings 8, E. Montanari 1, N. Coleman 2.
Gembo: E. Van Aken 15, N. Wachowiak 21, T. Goethaert 5, A. Goetgeluck 15, P. De Cock 2, T. Marien 11, P. Van Rillaer 13, S. Renier 9, A. Vermeersch 3, Z. Peeters 12.
Basics Melsele vs. Port of Antwerp Giants II: 94-87
The first quarter finished on a nice shot from mid-court hit by Basics player Niels Hofmans (184-PG-91) to set the score at 20-26. In the scond quarter, the hosts of Coach Ronny Bayer took the lead at 35-33 but were unable to keep their advantage by the end of the first half. Port of Antwerp Giants II, with Andy Van Vliet (210-C-95) and Dorian Marchant (198-F-93), had a last jump in the second quarter and managed to go back to the locker rooms with a 5-point advantage (41-46). After a pretty bad start in the third quarter, Basics reacted well and tied the game at 56-56. The talented Giants of Coach Luc Smout were courageous and stayed in the race until the end of the third quarter, despite two shots hit from downtown by Dave D'Haens (210-C-81) and Thomas Lamot (190-F-87) for Basics Melsele (66-62). Thomas Lamot, well present through the whole game, made 75-72 for the Basics. Vinnie Haerbos (180-PG-90) and Ward Leten (207-C-89) made 85-77 for the home squad afterwards. Niels Hofmans had everything under control and managed to lead his team to a 94-87 victory. Special mention to Giant young player Andy Van Vliet who gave a hard time to the hosts in the paint. Thomas Lamot finished with 28 points for the winners.
Score evolution: 20-26, 41-46, 66-62 and 94-87.
Basics: V. Haerbos 9, N. Hofmans 8, T. Lamot 28, H. Sterk 13, M. Brown 2, D. Dhaens 17, W. Leten 7, C. Tshimuanga 8.
Giants II: P. Peeters 12, T. Akyazili 17, A. Baptista , B. Van De Broeck 2, O. Kanda-Knayinda 6, A. Van Vliet 25, Yo. Schoepen 3, Ya. Schoepen 1, D. Marchant 19.
Oxaco Boechout vs. BAVI Vivoorde: 71-82
Oxaco Boechout played without Mark De Meyer (192-G/F-88) and Tom Van Hoey (185-PG-94). A total of 23 offensive rebounds for Oxaco did not make any difference. BAVI of Coach Yvan De Vreught finished strongly in the last quarter and eventually came back from Boechout with a third win in the current Division II season. Oxaco looked disorganized in the last period and, especially after the loss of Christopher Pegg (185-PG-82) due to injury (bleeding from head wound), could not resist to the last BAVI run (12-27). Ivan Perez (186-PG-90) finished as best scorer with 20 points for the visitors in this game.
Score evolution: 15-19, 41-37, 59-55 and 71-82.
Oxaco: S. Van Hoey 18, C. Pegg 4, V. Kesteloot 15, D. Van Den Brande 8, G. Nau 13, E. Derby 13.
BAVI: F. Marbaix 10, K. Tall 14, S. Van Caeneghem 6, J. Brancart 9, T. Vervoort 8, J. Riahi 9, T. Van Roy 6, I. Perez 20.
Bent Schoenen Waregem vs. Gent Hawks: 92-78
The Gentenaars needed a first time-out after two minutes in the game to make 12-4, right after 9-0. It was nevertheless not enough to challenge the hosts in the first quarter: 17-4 on two consecutive three-pointers for the home squad. The Hawks finished the first quarter in a stronger way but remained behind: 21-11. The visitors trailed behind in the second and third quarters too: 30-17, 41-24, 45-28, 56-42 and 69-47. The Hawks did not play as a team while BS Waregem made the difference under the lead of Lars De Lepeleire (175-PG-91) at playmaking. After 70-43, the Hawks had a nice reaction and came back at 72-62. Thomas Foucart (194-F-84) and his mates nevertheless showed much efficiency and were still in front. Last Hawks' attempts, especially by Gregory De Pooter (196-F-84), did not change anything and BS Waregem finally won the contest 92-79. With this win, the 2014 Division II champions show that they are still very competitive and can still dream of a play-off participation next spring. Lars De Lepeleire, with 15 points, was the game's MVP.
Score evolution: 21-11, 45-28, 68-47 and 92-79.
BS Waregem: L. De Lepeleire 15, B. Samaey 10, B. Van Hulle 10, B. Guillemyn 17, T. Foucart 18, S. Dhondt 4, A. Tuluka 12, M. Linskens 6.
Hawks: W. Dobbelaere 12, R. Spaens 6, M. Verspeeten 6, G. De Pooter 23, G. Mestdag 17, J.-P. Dedecker 11, L. Lhote 3, H. Vanlangenhove 1.
CEP Fleurus vs. Melco Ieper: 91-71
Robin Mestdagh (195-G-88, college: E.Kentucky) was missing on the Melco side and, as already announced last week, Peter Castelein was not present at the head of the visiting team anymore. The home team played well in front of a few delighted CEP fans: 25-12 after ten minutes and even 40-20 in the middle of the second quarter. Kevin Jonniaux (198-PF-83) and Arne Steinbach (182-PG-92, agency: Court Side) played as true leaders for the home squad. Nevertheless, Melco Ieper came back at 48-37 at half-way. CEP Fleurus looked strong again in the third quarter. They finished the period on a convincing note: 72-51! The local attendance was really happy to see the duo of shooters Kevin Jonniaux and Thomas Bauwens (193-F-86) play well. Each of them hit 4 three-pointers in last Friday's game. Former Belfius Mons Hainaut player Moussa Ouattara (202-C/F-88) was the only Melco player who tried to challenge their opponents. CEP Fleurus of Coach Jean-Marie Barbier was able to control the game in the last quarter. After 40 minutes and three baskets in a row by local young player Nicolas Bertouille (190-F-93), the scoreboard showed 91-71.
Free video highlights on the Telesambre website: http://telesambre.be/basket-cep-fleurus-le-cep-fleurus-pouvait-signer-sa-premiere-victoire-de-2015-face-a-ypres_d_12291.html.
Score evolution: 25-12, 48-37, 72-51 and 91-71.
CEPF: K. Jonniaux 21, T. Bauwens 18, T. Mertens 4, N. Bertouille 6, L. Bearzotti 5, S. Bellin 4, E. Vangu 12, A. Steinbach 15, L. Maesfrancx 6.
Melco: C. Benoot 6, T. De Backer 4, K. Devacht 14, R. Naudts 14, B. Deceuninck 2, B. Heinle 4, A. Schepens 6, M. Ouattara 14, R. Luyten 7.
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