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A look back at the Belgian derby in Group E of the FIBA Europe Cup: Spirou Basket Charleroi vs. Phoenix Brussels Basketball – Game day 5 on Nov. 19th, 2019

Phoenix Brussels defeated Spirou Basket Charleroi by a close margin of 3 points (104-101 after overtime) in the first Belgian derby of the 2019-20 FIBA Europe Cup in Neder-over-Hembeek on Oct. 30th, 2019. Bert and his son Théo went to the Dome in Charleroi to attend the second act of the Belgian derby on Nov. 19th. It looked hard for the local organizing committee to attract basketball fans and enthusiasts and only a very sparse crowd joined the arena for what was nevertheless a very attracting game on paper. The first cold temperatures combined with the Belgian national team’s soccer game against Cyprus broadcasted on the public television did not really help in boosting the fans to travel to the Dome . Former Belgian Lion Khalid Boukichou , who was hired by Spirou Charleroi a few days before the contest, had an impressive start in the game. He controlled the traffic in the paint and actually scored the first 9 points of his team, to the joy of the few local fans who

Round Three of the 2019-20 EuroMillions League - Group A on Sep. 27th, 2019 - Defensive derby game between Spirou Basket Charleroi and Union Mons-Hainaut

Around 19:00 on Friday, Sep. 27th, 2019, many local basketball fans queued up outside the Dome in Charleroi with the hope to attend a first great Province Hainaut's derby game between Spirou Basket Charleroi and Union Mons-Hainaut in the 2019-20 EuroMillions Basketball League . The attendance was estimated at 2,750 and you could feel excitement among the supporters and enjoy the nice atmosphere in the aisles and on the terraces of the arena. After a minute of applause in honour of a few Spirou fans who passed away over the summer, the game started in a very physical and defensive way. Bert and his son quickly understood that they would not attend a high-scoring game this time. It woud be an understatement to write that the contest was rather defensive. Spirou Basket of Belgian Coach Pascal Angillis faced a hard time in offense during the first quarter and the Foxes of Union Mons-Hainaut did not miss the chance to dig a first gap at 6-12 after 6 minutes of action. Belgia

---20-20-20--- Two decades of basketball writing - ---20-20-20---

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Virtus Bologna lift the Basketball Champions League trophy at Antwerps Sportpaleis; Kevin Punter is the MVP of the Final Four on May 5th, 2019

Virtus Segafredo Bologna vs. CB Canarias Iberostar Tenerife : 73-61 Score evolution: 20-8, 38-24, 58-44 and 73-61 This final definitely had the taste and the look of top level European basketball... Just like in the semi-final against Brose Bamberg of Germany two days before, the Virtus team started strongly: 7-0. Tim Abromaitis had the chance to score the first points of CB Canarias Iberostar Tenerife from the free-throw line 7-2. A few moments later, Virtus Bologna 's star Kevin Punter already hit his third three-pointer of the match...13-2! His French mate Amath Mbaye , also pretty efficient, hit a basket to make 15-4. After 4'55" in the game, a first time-out was asked by the CB Canarias Head Coach Jesus Vidorreta . Only the US big man Colton Iverson managed to put the V defense into trouble. The Iberostar guys coming off the bench still made a good job, a little bit like what they did in their semi-final matchup against the Antwerp Giants on Friday,

NCAA basketball - 2018-19 Men's All-America Team and other awards (May 2019)

The 2018-19 NCAA basketball season has now been over since mid-April. The 2019 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament ended with a nice win of the Virginia Cavaliers ( De’Andre Hunter 27 points) who defeated the Texas Tech Red Raiders of 77-85 in the championship game played in front of 72,000 fans at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN on 2018-04-08. Just like every year, Bert was asked to select All-America players (regardless of position). Here is therefore the 2018-19 Men's College Basketball All-America Team : Men's All-America 1  Zion Williamson , Duke - forward, 2.02 m - 6'8", born in 2000, USA Men's All-America 2  Carsen Edwards , Purdue - guard, 1.85 m - 6'1", born in 1998, USA Men's All-America 3  R.J. Barrett Jr. , Duke - forward, 2.01 m - 6'7", born in 2000, Canada Men's All-America 4  Rui Hachimura , Gonzaga - forward, 2.03 m - 6'8", born in 1998, Japan Men's