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Category: TIB Throwbacks

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#TBT – Christopher Copeland (’84 – SF – 2m02)

In their 70 years of existence Okapi Aalstar arguably had their most successful season in the EMBL during the 2011-’12 season. During that season they won their first (and so far only) Belgian Cup after defeating the Antwerp Giants with the 96-89 victory in overtime. And although their success in the Cup didn’t translate all…

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Basketball legend Rik Samaey looks back on his period as a player for Sunair Oostende

On May 25th Basketball Club Ostend celebrates its 50th anniversary. The past nine years, Filou Oostende turned out to be unbeatable in the Finals of Belgian basketball. In the last century, there was yet another period of success. Ostend was not exactly a top team in the seventies, until a young talented player – Rik…

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Rik Samaey (’60 – F/C – 2m04) (Video)

In this #ThrowBackThursday we highlight the career of one of Belgium’s most honored basketball players and ultimate teammate: Rik Samaey. What is there to say about a man who achieved pretty much everything there is to achieve in Belgian basketball? In a career that spanned from 1977 to 1996 in the Belgian First Division (EuroMillions Basketball) Samaey won…

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Tony Marion (’63 – PF – 2m02)

In this #ThrowbackThursday we take a look back at the career of Castors Braine’s 2m02 tall Power Forward Tony Marion. Born in Zaïre in 1963 Marion came over to Belgium at a very young age as the family settled at Neder-Over-Heembeek. Inspired by his brother Christian, he quickly picked up playing basketball and joined Racing Club de…

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Kerry Trotter (Braine) – Game Highlights vs Mechelen (Video)

In this #ThrowBackThursday we take you back to the finals of the 1988-’89 season in which the old Royal Castors Braine faced Racing Maes Pils Mechelen, and more specifically the third game of that best-of-five series. In game 3 it was Castors Braine hosting Racing Mechelen with the series tied 1-1. After a huge loss in Mechelen in Game 2,…

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Jon Heath (’52 – F – 1m99) (Video)

In this episode of our #ThrowBackThursday we take it all the way back to the mid-seventies and eighties as we take a closer look at one of the most renowned US players to ever grace the Belgian courts: Jon Heath. The lanky athletic forward started his professional basketball career after he finished his studies in geography at…

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Bill Varner (’60 – SF – 1m98) (Video)

In this episode of our #ThrowBackThursday we take a look at the outstanding career of the American/Belgian Small Forward Bill Varner. The 1m98 lanky forward was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 1983 NBA Draft after graduating from Notre Dame with strong stats in his junior and senior years. Despite getting drafted by the Bucks, Varner…

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Ronny Bayer (’66 – PG – 1m86) (Video)

In this #ThrowBackThursday we take a look back at the career of one of Belgium’s top Point Guards: Ronny Bayer. In a playing career that spanned from 1985 to 2003 it didn’t take long for the Belgian fans to fall in love with the 1m86 tall athletic point guard that made his debut as a pro with the…

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Andre Riddick (’73 – C – 2m08)

In our #ThrowBackThursday we take a look back at some of the players who have impacted First Division basketball in Belgium. This time around we’ll look back at a very charismatic and humble big man who dominated the Belgian paints with his defensive presence: none other than Andre Riddick, also known as “The Rejector”. Never before did…

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Ralph Biggs (’76 – SF – 1m98)

It has already been 4 years since the always smiling Ralph Biggs decided to put an end to his playing career.In this #ThrowBackThursday we take a look back at the players who have impacted First Division basketball in Belgium. It is safe to say that Ralph Biggs undoubtedly belongs in that category: The lanky swingman started his…