Antwerp Giants

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 BNXT League, 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
LeaguesBNXT League
FIBA Europe Cup
Founded1995; 26 years ago (1995)
HistoryRacing Antwerpen
1995–2006
Antwerp Giants
2006–present
ArenaLotto Arena
Capacity5,500
LocationAntwerp, Belgium
Team colorsRed, White, Black, Yellow
       
PresidentRoger Roels
Head coachChristophe Beghin
Team captainJean-Marc Mwema
Championships1 Belgian Championships
4 Belgian Cups
2 Belgian Supercups
Retired numbers1 (4)
Websiteantwerpgiants.be
Logo of the Antwerp Giants, without sponsor

Antwerp has won the Belgian championship once, in 2000. The team has won four Belgian Cups, in 2000, 2007, 2019 and 2020.

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] The signing of this sponsor, previously main sponsor of Oostende, made the Giants one of the favorites in Belgian basketball.

In the 2018–19 season, Antwerp had its most successful season in club history. 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.[3] Domestically, Antwerp won the Belgian Basketball Cup for the first time in 12 years.[4] In the PBL, Antwerp lost to Filou Oostende 1–3 in the finals.

Since the 2021–22 season, Antwerp plays in the BNXT League, in which the national leagues of Belgium and the Netherlands have been merged.[5]

TrophiesEdit

 
The Port of Antwerp Giants logo (used until 2017)

Domestic competitionsEdit

Champions (1): 1999–2000
Winners (4): 1999–2000, 2006–07, 2018–19, 2019–20
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[6]

Current rosterEdit

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 0   Friðriksson, Elvar Már 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 26 – (1994-11-11)11 November 1994
PF 5   Tiby, Matthew 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 28 – (1992-12-19)19 December 1992
PG 9   Van Den Eynde, Niels 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 20 – (2000-12-27)27 December 2000
SF 10   D'Espalier, Seppe 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) 22 – (1999-03-27)27 March 1999
SF 11   De Ridder, Thijs 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 18 – (2003-01-31)31 January 2003
PF 13   De Ridder, Niels 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 20 – (2001-02-07)7 February 2001
C 14   Rogiers, Roby 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 24 – (1997-06-14)14 June 1997
PF 15   Cofer, Phil 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 25 – (1996-06-19)19 June 1996
PG 17   Hands, Jaylen 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 22 – (1999-02-12)12 February 1999
SG 22   Brown, Markel 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 29 – (1992-01-29)29 January 1992
C 25   Krutwig, Cameron 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 22 – (1998-12-21)21 December 1998
F 29   Mwema, Jean-Marc (C) 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 31 – (1989-12-05)5 December 1989
SG 32   Donkor, Dennis 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 30 – (1991-07-15)15 July 1991
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Team manager

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  •   Injured

Updated: October 12, 2021

Depth chartEdit

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2
C Cameron Krutwig Roby Rogiers
PF Phil Cofer Matthew Tiby Niels De Ridder
SF Jean-Marc Mwema Seppe D'Espalier Thijs De Ridder
SG Markel Brown Dennis Donkor
PG Jaylen Hands Elvar Már Friðriksson Niels Van Den Eynde

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 2nd
35–9
Champion 3 Champions League 3rd
15–9
2019–20 1 Division I
3rd[a]
11–6
Champion 3 Champions League
RS
4–10
2020–21 1 Division I 3rd
20–11
Quarterfinals 2 EuroCup
RS
1–9
  1. ^ The 2019–20 PBL season was cancelled early because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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. ^ "Antwerp use home support to stun Bamberg for third place". Basketball Champions League. 5 May 2019. Retrieved 25 December 2020.
  4. ^ "Antwerp Giants troeven Charleroi af in spannende bekerfinale". Sporza.be (in Dutch). 8 March 2020. Retrieved 25 December 2020.
  5. ^ "Licenties BNXT League 2021-2022 toegekend". Basketball League (in Dutch). Retrieved 10 July 2021.
  6. ^ [1]

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