Antwerp Giants

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Telenet Giants Antwerp
Telenet Giants Antwerp logo
Leagues Belgian League,
FIBA Europe Cup
Founded 1995; 22 years ago (1995)
History Racing Antwerpen
(1995–2006)
Antwerp Giants
(2006–present)
Arena Lotto Arena
Arena Capacity 5,218
Location Antwerp, Belgium
Team colors White, Red
         
President Roger Roels
Head coach Roel Moors
Championships 1 Belgian Championships
2 Belgian Cups
2 Belgian Supercups
Retired numbers 1 (4)
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
Away


Logo of the Antwerp Giants, without sponsor

Antwerp Giants, named Telenet Giants Antwerp for sponsorship reasons, are 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. Then named Racing Basket Antwerpen, it was renamed Antwerp Giants in 2005.

History[edit]

In 1995, Sobabee from Antwerp and Racing Mechelen 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 second team of the club plays in the Belgian Second Division, while the women's team participates in the regional competition.

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]

In June 2017, it was announced that Telenet would become the main sponsor of the team for three seasons.[2]

Trophies[edit]

The Port of Antwerp Giants logo (used until 2017)
2000
2000, 2007
2007, 2016

Names[edit]

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

  • 1996–1999: Racing Basket Antwerpen
  • 1999–2004: Telindus Racing Antwerpen
  • 2005–2006: Daewoo Racing Antwerpen
  • 2006–2008: Antwerp Giants Sanex
  • 2008–2011: Antwerp Diamond Giants
  • 2011–2017: Port of Antwerp Giants
  • 2017–present: Telenet Giants Antwerp

Players[edit]

Retired numbers[edit]

Antwerp Giants retired numbers
Nat. Player Position Tenure Retired
4 Belgium Roel Moors PG 2000–2002, 2009–2015 October 8, 2015[3]

Current roster[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

Port of Antwerp Giants roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Age
G 5 Belgium Kanda, Ordane 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 20 – (1996-09-09)9 September 1996
PG 6 Belgium Rojas Palma, Andreas 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 25 – (1992-05-12)12 May 1992
C 7 United States Waldow, Brad 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 25 – (1991-12-30)30 December 1991
PF 8 United States Basabe, Melsahn 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 25 – (1992-05-29)29 May 1992
F 9 United States Smith, Mike 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 30 – (1987-07-17)17 July 1987
PG 10 United States McKinney, Mikh 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 25 – (1992-01-26)26 January 1992
G 11 Belgium Vervoort, Thibaut 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 19 – (1997-12-10)10 December 1997
F 12 Belgium Mwema, Jean-Marc (C) 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 27 – (1989-12-05)5 December 1989
PF 13 Belgium Schoepen, Yoeri 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 23 – (1994-03-30)30 March 1994
G 14 United States Vaughn, Kwame 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 26 – (1991-05-31)31 May 1991
G 15 Belgium Marchant, Dorian 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 24 – (1993-04-24)24 April 1993
G 20 Belgium Peeters, Philippe 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 22 – (1995-01-10)10 January 1995
PF 22 United States Scott, Carleton 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 28 – (1988-10-09)9 October 1988
PF 23 Belgium Schoepen, Yannick 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 25 – (1992-02-14)14 February 1992
C 24 United States Langford, Kevin 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) 31 – (1985-12-21)21 December 1985
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • Belgium Eddy Faus

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Updated: March 29, 2016

Season by season[edit]

Season Tier League Pos. W–L Belgian Cup European competitions
2010–11 1 Division I 5th
18–17
Semifinalist 3 EuroChallenge
L16
4–1–3
2011–12 1 Division I 3rd
23–11
Runner-up 3 EuroChallenge
T16
6–6
2012–13 1 Division I 5th
17–13
Last 16 3 EuroChallenge
RS
4–2
2013–14 1 Division I 4th
21–21
Runner-up 3 EuroChallenge
T16
7–5
2014–15 1 Division I 6th
16–17
Semifinalist 3 EuroChallenge
T16
6–6
2015–16 1 Division I 5th
14–16
Runner-up 3 FIBA Europe Cup
QF
13–4
2016–17 1 Division I 3rd
25–17
Quarterfinalist 4 FIBA Europe Cup
R2
8–4
2017–18 1 Division I 3 Champions League

Former players[edit]

A list of former players of Antwerp Giants since 2000.

References[edit]

External links[edit]