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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.
   #1. This week’s number one is an experienced international power forward Maxime De Zeeuw (206-87, currently plays in Basketball Champions League). He could not help Hapoel Holon (2-1) to beat Pinar Karsiyaka (2-1).
De Zeeuw scored 7 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 31 minutes on the court.
The third-placed Hapoel Holon (2-1) lost 63-72 on the road to the leading Pinar Karsiyaka in the group I of Basketball Champions League.
It was Hapoel Holon’s first loss after five consecutive victories.
There are only three games left until the end of the Basketball Champions League Top 16. So now every game will be critical.
This year De Zeeuw averages: 9.0ppg, 5.8rpg, 2.8apg, 2FGP: 44.8%, 3FGP: 27.6% and FT: 66.7% in six games he played so far.
Ex-Verviers-Pepinster player is currently a member of the Belgian senior national team.
   #2. Second place goes to former international swingman Elias Lasisi (191-92, currently plays in Germany). He was not able to help Crailsheim Merlins in their last game on Sunday. Despite Lasisi’s good performance Crailsheim Merlins was defeated 79-74 in Muenchen by the leading Bayern.
He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Lasisi also added 4 rebounds.
It’s Lasisi’s first season with the team.
He has relatively good stats this year: 10.8ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 56.0%(28-50), 3FGP: 51.7%(61-118) and FT: 79.2%.
Lasisi played for the Belgian national team in 2018.

   #3. The Belgian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international small forward Matt Lojeski (198-85, agency: Pensack Sports, college: Hawaii, currently plays in Basketball Champions League). He managed to help AEK Athens in a victory against the fourth-ranked SIG Strasbourg (0-3) 77-68 in the Basketball Champions League on Tuesday night.
Lojeski scored 5 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 25 minutes.
AEK Athens (2-0) is placed first in group K.
There are only three games left until the end of the Basketball Champions League Top 16. So now every game is very crucial.
This year Lojeski has relatively solid stats: 10.3ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.3apg, 2FGP: 66.7%(12-18) in seven games.
He is a naturalized American.
Lojeski played for the Belgian national team four years ago.
He used to play for Okapi Aalstar in Belgian league.

   #4. Center Ismael Bako (208-95, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (13-2) in their game against Le Mans (7-5) in the French Jeep ELITE ProA.
Bako recorded 6 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks.
The league leader ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket was defeated 105-96 in Le Mans by the lower-ranked Le Mans (#6).
Bako’s overall stats this season are: 5.7ppg and 3.4rpg.
He is also Belgian national team player.

   #5. International power forward Andy Van Vliet (213-95, college: William & Mary, currently plays in Lithuania) led Siauliai to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Neptunas (8-17) crushing them 99-68 in the Lithuanian LKL on Sunday night.
Van Vliet scored 14 points; not bad, considering it’s only his third season in pro basketball. BC Siauliai (7-18) closes the standings in the LKL.
Van Vliet has reliable stats this season: 10.8ppg, 5.2rpg and 2.2apg.
He plays currently for the Belgian national team.

   #6. Guard Quentin Serron (190-90, currently plays in Spain) couldn’t help Bilbao (6-20) in their last game. Despite Serron’s good performance the bottom-ranked Bilbao was edged 75-72 at home by the much higher-ranked (#3) Baskonia.
He was the second best scorer with 10 points in 15 minutes.
This year Serron’s overall stats are: 4.2ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.2apg in 14 games.
He is an international player who is currently on the senior Belgian National Team roster.

   #7. International center Khalid Boukichou (208-92, currently plays in France) couldn’t help Gravelines-Dunkerque (6-7) in their game against SIG Strasbourg (9-4) in the French Jeep ELITE ProA.
He recorded only 4 points and added 3 passes in 18 minutes.
Gravelines-Dunkerque was edged 81-78 in Strasbourg by the higher-ranked (#5) SIG Strasbourg.
This year Boukichou’s total stats are: 9.6ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.4apg in eight games.
He is also Belgian national team player.

   #8. Point guard Emmanuel Lecomte (180-95, college: Baylor, currently plays in Lithuania) couldn’t help one of league’s weakest teams Prienai CBet (9-16) in their game against P.Zvaigzdes (10-14) in the Lithuanian LKL.
Lecomte scored 6 points and added 3 passes in 19 minutes.
Prienai CBet lost 71-76 on their home court in Prienai to the higher-ranked (#5) P.Zvaigzdes.
Lecomte has averaged so far 10.0ppg, 1.3rpg and 5.0apg in three games.
He plays currently for the Belgian national team.

   #9. International guard Thomas Akyazili (190-97, college: Colorado, currently plays in Turkey) couldn’t help Acibadem (3-3) in their game against Galatasaray (22-3) in the Turkish BSL. Akyazili cannot count Saturday’s game as one of the best ones.
He scored only 2 points.
Acibadem was defeated 101-90 in a derby game by the second-ranked Galatasaray.
Akyazili’s team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important.
Akyazili has averaged so far 3.3ppg and 1.4rpg.
He is also in the roster of the Belgian national team.

   #10. Point guard Sigfredo Casero-Ortiz (185-97, currently plays in Spain) couldn’t help Moron (7-14) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Casero-Ortiz’s very good performance Moron (#13) was defeated 85-79 on their home court in Morón de la Frontera by the second-ranked Estela in the West group.
He was the top scorer with 15 points. Casero-Ortiz also added 4 rebounds (made all of his six free throws).
There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important.
Casero-Ortiz has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.7ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.4apg.
Casero-Ortiz is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the Belgian senior national team.

   #11. Former U20 international center Justin Kohajda (204-96, currently plays in Spain) contributed to Valladolid‘s victory against the tenth-ranked Almansa 86-79 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) on Sunday night.
He recorded only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
Kohajda has averaged so far 4.9ppg and 3.6rpg.
He used to play for the Belgian U20 national team
five years ago.

   #12. Former U20 international center Xavier-Robert Francois (204-94, currently plays in Luxembourg) contributed to a 3-point Residence‘s victory against the closely-ranked T71 75-72 in the Luxembourg Total League in Saturday night’s game.
Francois recorded 7 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 24 minutes.
Francois has averaged so far 9.9ppg and 6.8rpg in 10 games.
He used to play for the Belgian U20 national team
back in 2014.

   #13. Former U16 international small forward Nicolas Hittelet (200-98, currently plays in Luxembourg) contributed to Contern‘s victory against the closely-ranked Larochette 87-77 in the Luxembourg Total League on Saturday night.
He recorded 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 25 minutes.
Hittelet has averaged so far 5.3ppg and 2.9rpg in nine games.
Despite he played previously for the Luxembourg U16 national team, Hittelet is currently in the Belgian U16 national team roster.

The list of other players, who all have Belgian passport but never been selected to any of Belgian national teams:

   #1. David Kralj (191-G-99, college: Coastal, currently plays in Slovenia) led Sencur Gorenjska gradbena druzba Kranj to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked KK Cedevita Olimpija Ljubljana (2-3) crushing them 100-63 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM last Thursday.
Kralj recorded 16 points in 24 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it’s only his second season in pro basketball. Sencur Gorenjska gradbena druzba Kranj (2-3) is placed fifth in Places 1-6 group.
Kralj has reliable stats this year: 12.4ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.4apg and 1.2spg in 21 games he played so far.
He has a dual citizenship: Slovenian and Belgian.
Despite Kralj’s Belgian passport, he previously played for the Slovenian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Belgian team.

   #2. Marshall Nelson (188-G-94, college: WBU, currently plays in Iceland) was the major contributor in Grindavik‘s victory against the league outsider Haukar (3-13) 81-76 in the Icelandic Dominos League last Thursday.
Nelson recorded 17 points, 8 assists and 3 steals (made all of his five free throws).
U.M.F. Grindavik (5-4) is placed second in the Dominos League.
Nelson has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 18.8ppg, 3.8rpg, 5.3apg and 1.7spg.
Nelson is another player who holds two passports: Belgian and Australian.

   #3. Experienced Cedric Dedecker (183-G-0, currently plays in Holland) could not help Leeuwarden (2-12) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Leeuwarden (#4) was crushed 91-69 on the road by the second-ranked BAL Weert in the Places 7-12 group.
Dedecker was the second best scorer with 18 points in 23 minutes.
It was Leeuwarden’s 11th consecutive loss in a row.
This year Dedecker’s total stats are: 9.4ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.2apg in 10 games.

   #4. Alhassan Barrie (196-F-95, college: Goshen, currently plays in Holland) was not able to help Hague (1-13) in their last game on Thursday. Despite his good performance Hague (#6) was edged 82-81 at home by the higher-ranked Almere (#5) in the Places 7-12 group.
Barrie scored 12 points and grabbed 9 rebounds.
Barrie’s total stats this season are: 8.1ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.1spg.

   #5. Ruphin Kayembe (201-F/C-92, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for Denain Voltaire (8-5) in their game against Paris (7-5) in the French ProB (second division).
Kayembe scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
Denain Voltaire was defeated 80-72 on the opponent’s court by the lower-ranked Paris (#7).
Kayembe averaged so far 11.8ppg and 5.6rpg.
He has both DR Congolese and Belgian nationalities.

   #6. Jonathan Dubas (204-PF-91, currently plays in Germany) couldn’t help Gladiators in their game against Artland Dragons in the German ProA (second division). Dubas cannot count Saturday’s game as one of the best ones.
He scored only 3 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 21 minutes.
His team lost 77-89.
Dubas has averaged so far 9.3ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1spg in 11 games.
He also holds two passports: Belgian and Swiss.

   #7. Benjamin Janssens (198-F-98, currently plays in Spain) contributed to Avila‘s victory against the seventh-ranked Filipenses 71-62 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) last Saturday.
He scored 10 points (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line) in only 11 minutes.
Janssens has averaged so far 9.3ppg, 8.0rpg, 2.1apg and 1.1spg in 10 games.

   #8. Rikkert De Maertelaere (190-G-97, college: Lassen CC, currently plays in Holland) is a teammate of previously mentioned Cedric Dedecker. But that was another game of his team in Dutch DBL which we would like to mention.
De Maertelaere couldn’t help Leeuwarden in their game against Yoast United. He cannot count Thursday’s game as one of the best ones.
De Maertelaere scored only 3 points.
His team was crushed by 27 points 100-73.
This season De Maertelaere averages just 0.3ppg.




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