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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 plays in the Pro Basketball League (PBL), the highest tier of Belgian basketball. The club was created from the merger of Sobabee and Racing Mechelen. Then named Racing Basket Antwerpen, it was renamed Antwerp Giants in 2005.

Telenet Giants Antwerp
Telenet Giants Antwerp logo
LeaguesPro Basketball League
Basketball Champions League
Founded1995; 24 years ago (1995)
HistoryRacing Antwerpen
1995–2006
Antwerp Giants
2006–present
ArenaLotto Arena
Capacity5,500
LocationAntwerp, Belgium
Team colorsYellow, Red, White
              
PresidentRoger Roels
Head coachChristophe Beghin
Championships1 Belgian Championships
3 Belgian Cups
2 Belgian Supercups
Retired numbers1 (4)
Websitewww.antwerpgiants.be
Logo of the Antwerp Giants, without sponsor

HistoryEdit

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 game 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]

In the 2018–19 season, Antwerp had its most successful season ever. In Europe, it qualified for the Basketball Champions League (BCL) after advancing past three qualifying rounds. Antwerp was the surprise of the BCL season, as the team beat Murcia and Nizhny Novgorod in the round of 16 and quarterfinals. It qualified for the Final Four which was hosted in the city of Antwerp in the Sportpaleis. In the semi-finals, Antwerp lost to Iberostar Tenerife, and it won the third place game over Brose Bamberg. Domestically, Antwerp won the Belgian Basketball Cup for the first time in 12 years. In the PBL, Antwerp lost to Filou Oostende 1–3 in the finals.

TrophiesEdit

 
The Port of Antwerp Giants logo (used until 2017)

Domestic competitionsEdit

Champions (1): 1999–2000
Winners (3): 1999–2000, 2006–07, 2018–19
Winners (2): 2007, 2016

European competitionsEdit

NamesEdit

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

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

PlayersEdit

Retired numbersEdit

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

Current rosterEdit

As of 10 July 2019[4]

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

Telenet Giants Antwerp roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Age
PG 1   van den Eynde, Bastiaan 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 19 – (2000-02-22)22 February 2000
PF 5   Klassen, Owen 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 28 – (1991-10-31)31 October 1991
PF 10   Vanwijn, Hans 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 24 – (1995-02-15)15 February 1995
G 11   Sanders, Victor 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 24 – (1995-02-16)16 February 1995
F 12   Bleijenbergh, Vrenz 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 19 – (2000-10-14)14 October 2000
C 13   De Ridder, Niels 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 18 – (2001-02-07)7 February 2001
C 14   Rogiers, Roby 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 22 – (1997-06-14)14 June 1997
F 22   Kesteloot, Vincent 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 24 – (1995-03-23)23 March 1995
PF 23   Dudzinski, Dave 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 27 – (1992-05-26)26 May 1992
C 28   Fall Faye, Ibrahima 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in) 22 – (1997-01-10)10 January 1997
SG 32   Donkor, Dennis 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 28 – (1991-07-15)15 July 1991
PG 55   Rupnik, Luka 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 26 – (1993-05-20)20 May 1993
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  •   Injured

Updated: 10 April 2019

Depth chartEdit

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2
C Owen Klassen Ibrahima Fall Faye Roby Rogiers
PF Hans Vanwijn Dave Dudzinski Niels de Ridder
SF Vincent Kesteloot Vrenz Bleijenbergh
SG Victor Sanders Dennis Donkor
PG Luka Rupnik Vrenz Bleijenbergh Bastiaan Van den Eynde

Colours: Blue = homegrown player; Red = non–FIBA Europe player

Season by seasonEdit

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 2nd 31–12 Quarterfinalist 3 Champions League
QR3
5–1
4 FIBA Europe Cup
RS
3–3
2018–19 1 Division I Champion 3 Champions League 3rd 15–9

Head coachesEdit

Name Nat. Tenure
Arik Shivek   2005–2007
Sven van Camp   2007–2008
Eddy Casteels   2008–2013
Paul Vervaeck   2013–2015
Roel Moors   2015–2019
Christophe Beghin   2019–

Former playersEdit

A list of former players of Antwerp Giants since 2000.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Roundup: Magical 'Night of the Giants'". Retrieved February 3, 2015.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Telenet komende drie jaar hoofdsponsor van Antwerp Giants
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Spelers

External linksEdit