Basketball League Belgium Division I

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Scooore League
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2015–16 Belgian Basketball League
Scooore League logo.png
Formerly Ethias League
Sport Basketball
Founded 1928
No. of teams 11
Country Belgium Belgium
Continent FIBA Europe (Europe)
Most recent champion(s) Oostende
(16th title)
Most titles R.C. Mechelen
Oostende
(16 titles)
Related competitions Belgian Cup
Belgian Supercup
Level on pyramid 1st tier
Relegation to Basketball League Belgium Division II - 2nd tier
Domestic cup(s) Belgian Cup
Official website scoooreleague.be

The Basketball League Belgium (BLB) Division I, for sponsorship reasons, known as the Scooore League, is the highest tier professional basketball league in Belgium. Through 2014, for sponsorship reasons, the league was previously known as the Ethias League.

The most successful team currently active in the league is BC Oostende, which holds the record for most titles (15), along with the defunct team R.C. Mechelen.

Sponsorship names[edit]

  • 0000 – 2014: Ethias League
  • 2014 – present: Scoore League
Ethias League logo

Format and rules[edit]

The BLB is played by the international FIBA rules. Since 2014–15 the BLB season has a new format. In the regular season, all teams play each other first home and away. After that first round the league is divided in two groups based on standings; in the first group teams ranked 1–6 play and in the second 7–11. After the split each team plays all others in its group once home and once away. After that the Playoffs are played by eight teams. The quarterfinals consist of best-of-three series and the semi- and finals are played in a best-of-five format.

Licensing[edit]

Teams that play in the BLB all have to get a license to play in the league. There are three types of licenses:[1][2]

  • A-license: for teams who have more than a 1 million budget. A-licensed team can qualify for European competitions.
  • B-license: teams with at least a €750,000 budget. B-licensed teams can't qualify for European play.
  • C-licence: given to teams that are on the rise, with a budget of at least €400,000. C-licenses do not allow teams to qualify for European play and have to get replaced by B-licenses after two years.

Teams[edit]

Club City Arena Capacity
Basic-Fit Brussels Brussels Piscine de Neder-Over-Hembeek 1,200
Limburg United Hasselt Alverberg-sporthal
1,730
Belfius Mons-Hainaut Mons Mons Arena 4,000
Belgacom Spirou Charleroi Spiroudome 6,200
Kangoeroes Basket Willebroek Willebroek Sporthal de Schalk 1,000
Liège Basket Liège Country Hall Ethias 5,000
Okapi Aalstar Aalst Okapi Forum 2,800
Port of Antwerp Giants Antwerp Lotto Arena 5,218
Stella Artois Leuven Bears Leuven Sportoase 3,400
Telenet BC Oostende Ostend Sleuyter Arena 5,000
VOO Wolves Verviers-Pepinster Verviers Halle du Paire 4,000

Finals[edit]

Note: Sponsorship names are not included.
Season Champions Score Runners-up
2004–05
Bree
3–1
Spirou Charleroi
2005–06
Oostende
3–1
Mons-Hainaut
2006–07
Oostende
3–2
Bree
2007–08
Spirou Charleroi
3–0
Bree
2008–09
Spirou Charleroi
3–0
Mons-Hainaut
2009–10
Spirou Charleroi
3–1
Liège Basket
2010–11
Spirou Charleroi
3–0
Okapi Aalstar
2011–12
Oostende
3–2
Spirou Charleroi
2012–13
Oostende
3–0
Mons-Hainaut
2013–14
Oostende
3–2
Okapi Aalstar
2014–15
Oostende
3–1
Mons-Hainaut

Appearances by team[edit]

Note: Only included starting from the 2004–05 season.
Team Total W L
Oostende 6 6 0
Spirou Charleroi 5 4 2
Mons-Hainaut 4 0 4
Bree 3 1 2
Okapi Aalstar 2 0 2
Liège Basket 1 0 1

League champions[edit]

Performance by club[edit]

Key
+
Denotes a team that has been dissolved.
Titles Team Seasons
16
Oostende 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1995, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
15
R.C. Mechelen+ 1965, 1966, 1967, 1969, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1980, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994
10
Spirou Charleroi 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
8
Racing Ford Antwerpse+ 1956, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1973
7
Royal IV+ 1939, 1942, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1957, 1958
6
Semailles+ 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951
4
Fresh Air+ 1937, 1938, 1978, 1979
4
Brussels A.C.+ 1928, 1930, 1931, 1933
3
Daring B.C.+ 1929, 1932, 1934
3
Standard Liège+ 1968, 1970, 1977
2
Bus Fruit Lier+ 1971, 1972
2
Amicale Sportive+ 1935, 1936
1
Bree B.B.C.+ 2005
1
Port of Antwerp Giants 2000
1
Hellas Gent+ 1955

Individual awards[edit]

Not all awards are official ones handed out by the league itself, but all are regarded and respected as BLB awards. As example the Belgian Player of the Year award is handed out by the Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad, but the league itself reports the winner on its website.

References[edit]

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