Antwerp Giants

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Antwerp Giants
Antwerp Giants logo
Leagues Belgian League
Founded 2005
Arena Lotto Arena
Arena Capacity 5,218
Location Antwerp, Belgium
Team colors White, Red
         
President Belgium Roger Roels
Championships Belgian Championships (1):
2000
Belgian Cups (2):
2000, 2007
Website www.antwerpgiants.be
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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Team colours
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Logo of the Antwerp Giants, without sponsor

Antwerp Giants, named Port of Antwerp Giants for sponsorship reasons, is a Belgian professional basketball club based in Antwerp. Their home arena is Lotto Arena. The club was created from the merger of Sobabee and Racing Mechelen BC. Then named Racing Basket Antwerpen, it was renamed Antwerp Giants in 2005.

History[edit]

In 1995, Sobabee from Antwerp and Racing Mechelen B.C. merged into Racing Basket Antwerpen. The club made its debut on the highest stage in Belgium in the 1998–99 season. Antwerp was one of the top 3 teams till 2001. In the 1999–2000 season the club won its first national championship as Telindus Antwerpen, by beating Oostende 3–1 in the Finals. The team had a setback after the championship year and ended on the 6th, 7th or 8th place for five seasons in a row. In 2007 the club won its third trophy, by winning the Belgian Basketball Cup for the second time.

The team holds the attendance record for a basketball game in Belgium with 17.135 spectators on 31 January 2015 during their match against Spirou Charleroi in the Sportpaleis.[1]

Trophies[edit]

2000
2000, 2007

Names[edit]

Due to sponsorship reasons, the name of the club has frequently changed:

  • 1996–1999: Racing Basket Antwerpen
  • 1999–2004: Racing Basket Antwerpen Telindus
  • 2005–2006: Racing Basket Antwerpen Daewoo
  • 2006–2008: Antwerp Giants Sanex
  • 2008–2011: Antwerp Diamond Giants
  • 2011–present: Port of Antwerp Giants

Roster[edit]

2014–15[edit]

Team 2014-2015
# Player Pos HT Date of birth Country
4 Roel Moors G 190 cm 16/12/1978  Belgium
5 DeAndre Kane G 193 cm 10/06/1989  United States
6 Thomas Akyazili PG 188 cm 15/01/1997  Belgium
7 Ben Simons F 203 cm 20/11/1989  United States
8 Ryan Pearson PF 198 cm 27/02/1990  United States
9 Andy Van Vliet C 210 cm 27/07/1995  Belgium
10 Kyle Fogg G 190 cm 27/01/1990  United States
11 Brandon Ubel C 209 cm 29/08/1991  United States
12 Jean-Marc Mwema PF 195 cm 05/12/1989  Belgium
13 Thomas De Thaey PF 203 cm 15/03/1991  Belgium
14 Kirk Archibeque C 205 cm 27/09/1984  United States
15 Dorian Marchant F 198 cm 24/04/1993  Belgium
20 Yannick Schoepen PF 198 cm 14/02/1992  Belgium
21 Ordane Kanda G 183 cm 09/09/1996  Belgium
22 Yoeri Schoepen PF 201 cm 30/03/1994  Belgium

Head coach : Paul Vervaeck ( Belgium)

Assistant coach : Eddy Faus ( Belgium)

Season by season[edit]

Season Tier League Pos. Postseason Belgian Cup Tier European competitions
2010–11 1 Ethias League 5 Quarterfinalist Semifinalist 3 EuroChallenge – Last 16
2011–12 1 Ethias League 2 Semifinalist Runner-up 3 EuroChallenge – Last 16
2012–13 1 Ethias League 5 Quarterfinalist Last 16 3 EuroChallenge – Regular season
2013–14 1 Ethias League 6 Semifinalist Runner-up 3 EuroChallenge – Last 16

Former players[edit]

Note: Scroll down to see more players.

A list of former players of Antwerp Giants since 2000.

United States Jordan Callahan (2014)

Belgium Dennis Donkor (2008-14)

Belgium Maxime De Zeeuw (2012-14)

Belgium Yannick Driesen (2012-14)

Serbia Marko Špica (2013-14)

United States Barry Stewart (2013-14)

United States Scott Thomas (2013-14)

United States Frank Turner (2013-14)

United States Clayton Vette (2013-14)

United States Tim Black (2008-13)

United States Bryan Hopkins (2008-13)

Belgium Maarten Rademakers (2009-13)

United StatesBelgium Ralph Biggs (2010-13)

United States Jason Love (2012-13)

United States LaMarcus Reed (2012–13)

United States Gregg Thondique (2012-13)

Tunisia Salah Mejri (2010–12)

United States Michael Roll (2010–12)

United States Darnell Wilson (2010–12)

United States Mike Morrison (2011–12)

Belgium Andreas Rojas Palma (2011–12)

United States Julian Vaughn (2011–12)

United States Alan Wiggins (2011–12)

Belgium Randy Oveneke (2008–11)

United States Graham Brown (2009–11)

Belgium Brecht Guillemyn (2009–11)

United States Trent Strickland (2009–11)

Belgium Jef Vander Jonckheyd (2001–03, 2010–11)

Belgium Wim Vandenweyer (2010–11)

Belgium Alexander Lichodzijewski (2006–10)

United States Brandon Gay (2007–10)

Belgium Christophe Beghin (2008–10)

United States Thomas Gardner (2009–10)

Belgium Thomas De Thaey (2009–10)

Belgium Thomas Lamot (2005–09)

Belgium Yves Dupont (2006–09)

Netherlands Nick Oudendag (2007–09)

Belgium Lee Wouters (2007–09)

United States Brian Lynch (2008–09)

Slovakia David Toya (2005–08)

Montenegro Mladen Sekularac (2005–08)

Belgium Vincent Verbeeck (2005–08)

United States Ryan Sears (2007–08)

United States Ian Hanavan (2007–08)

Belgium Kris Sergeant (2007–08)

United States Ayinde Ubaka (2007–08)

Argentina Gabriel Mikulas (2007–08)

Belgium Gianni Fiermans (2007–08)

Belgium Frederik Biot (2007–08)

United States Ed Norvell (2003–07)

United States Len Matela (2003–07)

Israel Gur Shelef (2005–07)

Belgium Senne Geukens (2005–07)

Belgium Thomas Dreesen (2005–07)

Democratic Republic of the Congo Bob Tshitenge (2005–07)

United States Dwayne Archbold (2006–07)

United States Kelley McClure (2006–07)

Belgium Pieter Loridon (2000–06)

Belgium Domien Loubry (2001–06)

Belgium Sebastien Bellin (2003–06)

Hungary Peter Lorant (2005–06)

Croatia Damir Milacic (2005–06)

Belgium Duke Tshomba (2003–05)

Belgium Sam Rotsaert (2003–05)

Belgium Paul Bayer (2000–02, 2004–05)

Belgium Ron Ellis (2004–05)

Belgium Piet De Bel (2004–05)

Belgium Jozef Casteels (2001–04)

Germany David Arigbabu (2003–04)

Croatia Igor Starcevic (2003–04)

United States Charles Bennett (2003–04)

Belgium Niels Vinckx (2003–04)

Belgium Lennert Swaeb (2003–04)

Belgium Joeri Moonen (2003–04)

Belgium Michael Krikemans (2000–03)

Belgium Maarten Goethaert (2000–03)

United States Tezale Archie (2002–03)

United States Chris Young (2002–03)

Poland Miroslaw Lopatka (2002–03)

Netherlands Francisco de Miranda (2002–03)

Belgium Hugo Sterk (2002–03)

Ukraine Bogdan Karebin (2002–03)

Netherlands Vincent Krieger (2002–03)

Republic of Macedonia Ilia Bocevski (2002–03)

Belgium Stefan Sappenberghs (2000–02)

United States Darius Hall (2001–02)

Belgium Gerben Van Dorpe (2001–02)

United States Gyasi Cline-Heard (2001–02)

Ukraine Kostyantyn Galenkin (2001–02)

Italy Joe Ingegneri (2001–02)

United States Nakiae Miller (2001–02)

United StatesItaly Shaun Stonerook (2000–01)

United States Otis Hill (2000–01)

Republic of Ireland John O'Connell (2000–01)

Serbia Milos Babic (2000–01)

Belgium Vinny Arrendell (2000–01)

Belgium Dave d'Haens (2000–01)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Roundup: Magical 'Night of the Giants'". Retrieved February 3, 2015. 

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