B.C. Oostende

Basketball Club Oostende, for sponsorship reasons Filou Oostende, is a Belgian professional basketball team. The club is based in Ostend and was founded in 1970. The club competes domestically in the BNXT League and internationally in the Basketball Champions League. Oostende is the most successful basketball club in Belgian history, as the club's honour list includes a record twenty-two Belgian League championships, a record nineteen Belgian Cups and eleven Belgian Supercups.

Filou Oostende
Filou Oostende logo
NicknameBCO
LeaguesBNXT League
Champions League
Founded25 May 1970; 51 years ago (1970-05-25)
History
List
  • Sunair Oostende
    (1970–1999)
    Telindus Oostende
    (1999–2008)
    Base Oostende
    (2008–2010)
    Telenet Oostende
    (2010–2017)
    Oostende
    (2017–2018)
    Filou Oostende
    (2018–present)
ArenaVersluys dôme
Capacity5,000
LocationOstend, Belgium
Main sponsorVan Honsebrouck Brewery
PresidentJohan Verborgh
Head coachDario Gjergja
Championships22 Belgian Championships
20 Belgian Cups
11 Belgian Supercups
1 BNXT Supercup
1 BeNeLux Cup
Retired numbers1 (10)
Websitewww.bcoostende.be

HistoryEdit

The club was founded on 25 May 1970 and started playing as Sunair Oostende. The team colors were blue and yellow. BCO – a nickname of the club – started in the Belgian Second Division but promoted in its first season after it took the title. But in the First Division the team relegated immediately. But BCO bounced back and promoted once again and got its final spot in the First Division, as they never relegated since.

In the 1974–75 season the club made its first appearance in Europe, when it played 10 games in the Korać Cup. In 1979 the first trophy was won by Oostende: the Belgian Basketball Cup with Ron Adams as head coach. In 1981 the first national title became a fact for BC Oostende, Roger Dutremble was head coach. The club eventually won 6th straight titles in a row in Belgium. In 1988 the club won the first and only BeNeLux Cup.

Before the 1999–2000 season the club got its first name change, as the name of the club became Telindus Oostende, which referred to the new main sponsor. After the club won some more trophies to add to its honour list, the club got a new arena in the Sea'rena – that was named the Sleuyter Arena after one season[1] and had a capacity of 5,000 people – in 2005.

Ten consecutive championships (2011–2021)Edit

 
The original BCO logo, used during the 2017–18 season

Before the start of the 2010–11 season the club name was changed in Telenet (BC) Oostende. In the second Telenet season Jean-Marc Jaumin was fired by the club and the Croatian coach Dario Gjergja took over his tasks.[2][3] After that the club won the national title, by beating Spirou Charleroi 3–2 in the Finals, Game 5 ended in 75–74 after overtime.[4]

 
The logo of the team when it was known as Telenet Oostende

The championship in 2011 was the start of a nice streak for Gjergja, as BCO won the double in 2012–13.[4][5] Star player of the team was Matt Lojeski, who was named League MVP.[6]

In 2013–14, the club won the double once again, as BCO beat Okapi Aalstar 3–2 in the Finals.[7] Oostende earlier beat Antwerp Giants in the Cup Final.[8] The Serbian point guard Dušan Đorđević shined for Oostende, as he was the Belgian Cup MVP and the league MVP.[9][10]

On September 23 (2014), the club retired Veselin Petrović's number 10.[11]

In 2017, the club won its sixth-consecutive championship.[12] After the 2016–17 season, main sponsor Telenet left the club in order to sponsor Antwerp Giants instead.[13]

In 2018, the club set a new record by winning its seventh consecutive championship. [1] In the 2018–19 season, the team was named Filou Oostende after a sponsorship agreement with beer brand Filou, brewed by Van Honsebrouck Brewery.[14]

In 2019 Ostend became champions again, for the eighth time in a row. They beat Antwerp in the finals.

In 2020 Ostend was declared champions when the 2019–20 season was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They were leading the standings at that time.[15] On July 2nd 2020, head coach Dario Gjergja extended his contract for five more year.[16] On July 7th, team captain Đorđević extended his contract for two more years until 2022.[17]

On 9 June 2021, Ostend secured their 10th consecutive domestic title. By beating Mons-Hainaut in the final series (3-1) Ostend brought home the 7th double in 10 years, as they beat Mechelen in the cupfinal earlier in the season.

Since the 2021–22 season, Oostende plays in the BNXT League, in which the national leagues of Belgium and the Netherlands have been merged.[18]

Sponsorship namesEdit

For sponsorship reasons, the name of the club has been frequently changed.

  • Sunair Oostende: (1970–1999)
  • Orange Oostende: (1999–2000)
  • Telindus Oostende: (2000–2008)
  • Base Oostende: (2008–2010)
  • Telenet Oostende: (2010–2017)
  • Filou Oostende:[14] (2018–present)

HonoursEdit

Domestic competitionsEdit

Champions (22): 1980–81, 1981–82, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1984–85, 1985–86, 1987–88, 1994–95, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18, 2018-19, 2019–20[note 1], 2020–21
Winners (20): 1961–62, 1978–79, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1982–83, 1984–85, 1988–89, 1990–91, 1996–97, 1997–98, 2000–01, 2007–08, 2009–10, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18, 2020–21
Winners (11): 1981, 1982, 1988, 1989, 1998, 2000, 2006, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018

Regional competitionsEdit

Winners (1): 2021
Winners (1): 1987–88

European competitionsEdit

Third place (1): 2010–11

RosterEdit

Current rosterEdit

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

Filou Oostende roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Age
SG 2   Randolph, Levi 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 29 – (1992-10-03)3 October 1992
F 4   Buysse, Simon 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 24 – (1997-08-25)25 August 1997
G 5   Booth, Phil 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 25 – (1995-12-31)31 December 1995
PG 6   van der Vuurst de Vries, Keye 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 19 – (2001-12-29)29 December 2001
G 9   Kediambiko, Salim 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 20 – (2001-06-03)3 June 2001
PF 14   Buysschaert, Servaas 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) 22 – (1999-03-19)19 March 1999
C 16   Bratanovic, Haris 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 20 – (2001-04-20)20 April 2001
PF 17   Pintelon, Xander 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 18 – (2003-01-10)10 January 2003
PF 18   Jantunen, Mikael 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 21 – (2000-04-20)20 April 2000
PG 20   Đorđević, Dušan (C) 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 38 – (1983-03-29)29 March 1983
C 25   Waleson, Jesse 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) 20 – (2001-05-25)25 May 2001
PF 30   Gillet, Pierre-Antoine 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 30 – (1991-04-16)16 April 1991
C 44   McCoy, Brandon 2.13 m (7 ft 0 in) 23 – (1998-06-11)11 June 1998
F 89   Troisfontaines, Olivier 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 31 – (1989-10-26)26 October 1989
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (FA) Free agent
  •   Injured

Updated: 29 September 2021

Depth chartEdit

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2 Bench 3
C Brandon McCoy Haris Bratanovic Jesse Waleson
PF Pierre-Antoine Gillet Mikael Jantunen Servaas Buysschaert Xander Pintelon
SF Levi Randolph Olivier Troisfontaines Simon Buysse
SG Phil Booth Salim Kediambiko
PG Dušan Đorđević Keye van der Vuurst de Vries

Retired numbersEdit

BC Oostende retired numbers
No Nat. Player Position Tenure
10   Veselin Petrović SF 2005–2014

Season by seasonEdit

Season Tier League Pos. Belgian Cup European competitions
2000–01 1 BLB 1st Champion 1 SuproLeague EF
2001–02 1 BLB 1st 1 Euroleague RS
2002–03 1 BLB 3rd 2 ULEB Cup RS
2003–04 1 BLB 4th Runner–up 3 Europe League EF
2004–05 1 BLB 4th 2 ULEB Cup RS
2005–06 1 BLB 1st
2006–07 1 BLB 1st 2 ULEB Cup RS
2007–08 1 BLB 5th Champion 2 ULEB Cup RS
2008–09 1 BLB 7th 3 EuroChallenge RS
2009–10 1 BLB 3rd Champion
2010–11 1 BLB 4th Runner-up 3 EuroChallenge 3rd
2011–12 1 BLB 1st 2 Eurocup RS
2012–13 1 BLB 1st Champion 2 Eurocup RS
2013–14 1 BLB 1st Champion 2 Eurocup L32
2014–15 1 BLB 1st Champion 2 Eurocup L32
2015–16 1 BLB 1st Champion 3 Europe Cup R16
2016–17 1 BLB 1st Champion 3 Champions League RS
4 Europe Cup SF
2017–18 1 BLB 1st Champion 3 Champions League RS
4 Europe Cup R16
2018–19 1 BLB 1st Runner-up 3 Champions League RS
4 Europe Cup QF
2019–20 1 BLB 1st Semifinalist 3 Champions League R16
2020–21 1 BLB 1st Champion 3 Champions League RS

Notable playersEdit

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

Criteria

To appear in this section a player must have either:

  • Set a club record or won an individual award while at the club.
  • Played at least one official international match for their national team at any time.
  • Played at least one official NBA match at any time.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Sea'rena wordt omgedoopt tot Sleuyter Arena". Nieuwsblad.be. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  2. ^ 13u04 (30 November 2011). "Basketclub Oostende ontslaat coach Jean-Marc Jaumin". Nieuwsblad.be. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  3. ^ "Gjergja vervangt Jaumin als coach (Oostende) - Het Nieuwsblad". Nieuwsblad.be. 1 December 2011. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  4. ^ a b Justin Hamilton. "Oostende is basketkampioen na bloedstollende finale". Sporza.be. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  5. ^ "BC Telenet Oostende wint Belgische beker basketbal | Snap!" (in Dutch). Snap.telenet.be. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  6. ^ "Amerikaan Lojeski (BC Oostende) MVP". HLN.be. 16 February 2013. Retrieved 22 May 2014.
  7. ^ "Oppermachtig Oostende verlengt zijn basketbaltitel". Sporza.be. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  8. ^ "BC Oostende bekerkampioen basket | Focus & WTV" (in Dutch). Focus-wtv.be. 21 April 2014. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  9. ^ "Dusan Djordjevic verkozen tot MVP van de reguliere competitie". Bcoostende.be. 18 May 2014. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  10. ^ "Telenet BC Oostende wins the Base Cup 2014 at the Heysel Palais 12". Eurobasket.com. 22 April 2014. Retrieved 22 April 2014.
  11. ^ ROSSEL, PETER. "'BCO voelt aan als familie'".
  12. ^ Telenet Oostende is voor zesde keer op rij kampioen in het basketbal
  13. ^ TELENET SPONSORT VOORTAAN ANTWERP GIANTS IN PLAATS VAN OOSTENDE
  14. ^ a b "Basketbalclub Oostende stelt nieuwe hoofdsponsor voor". BC Oostende (in Dutch). 31 August 2018. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  15. ^ "EuroMillions Basketball League cancelled due to coronavirus". 14 March 2020. Retrieved 14 March 2020.
  16. ^ "Oostende keeps Dario Gjergja for five more years". Eurohoops.net. 2 July 2020. Retrieved 7 September 2020.
  17. ^ "Dusan Djordjevic twee jaar langer bij kampioen Filou Oostende". 7 July 2020.
  18. ^ "Licenties BNXT League 2021-2022 toegekend". Basketball League (in Dutch). Retrieved 10 July 2021.

NotesEdit

  1. ^ The 2019–20 Pro Basketball League season was ended on 13 March 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. As such, Oostende were named champions based on standings at that time.

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