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Basketball League Belgium Division I

Scooore League
Current season, competition or edition:
2014–15 Belgian Basketball League
Formerly Ethias League
Sport Basketball
Founded 1928
No. of teams 11
Country Belgium
Continent FIBA Europe (Europe)
Most recent champion(s) Oostende
(15th title)
Most titles R.C. Mechelen
Oostende
(15 titles)
Related competitions Belgian Cup
Belgian Supercup
Level on pyramid 1st tier
Relegation to Basketball League Belgium Division II - 2nd tier
Domestic cup(s) Belgian Cup
Official website scoooreleague.be

The Basketball League Belgium (BLB) Division I, for sponsorship reasons, known as the Scooore League, is the highest tier professional basketball league in Belgium. Through 2014, for sponsorship reasons, the league was previously known as the 'Ethias League'.

The most successful team currently active in the league is BC Oostende, which holds the record for most titles (15), along with the defunct team R.C. Mechelen.

Sponsorship names

  • 0000 – 2014: Ethias League
  • 2014 – present: Scoore League
Ethias League logo

Format and rules

The BLB is played by the international FIBA rules. Since 2014–15 the BLB season has a new format. In the regular season, all teams play each other first home and away. After that first round the league is divided in two groups based on standings; in the first group teams ranked 1–6 play and in the second 7–11. After the split each team plays all others in its group once home and once away. After that the Playoffs are played by eight teams. The quarterfinals consist of best-of-three series and the semi- and finals are played in a best-of-five format.

Licensing

Teams that play in the BLB all have to get a license to play in the league. There are three types of licenses:[1][2]

  • A-license: for teams who have more than a 1 million budget. A-licensed team can qualify for European competitions.
  • B-license: teams with at least a € 750,000 budget. B-licensed teams can't qualify for European play.
  • C-licence: given to teams that are on the rise, with a budget of at least € 400,000. C-licenses do not allow teams to qualify for European play and have to get replaced by B-licenses after two years.

Teams

Colors Club City Arena Capacity
          Basic-Fit Brussels Brussels Piscine de Neder-Over-Hembeek 1,200
         
Limburg United Hasselt Alverberg-sporthal
1,730
          Belfius Mons-Hainaut Mons Mons Arena 4,000
          Belgacom Spirou Charleroi Spiroudome 6,200
          Kangoeroes Basket Willebroek Willebroek Sporthal de Schalk 1,000
          Liège Basket Liège Country Hall Ethias 5,000
          Okapi Aalstar Aalst Okapi Forum 2,800
          Port of Antwerp Giants Antwerp Lotto Arena 5,218
          Stella Artois Leuven Bears Leuven Sportoase 3,400
          Telenet BC Oostende Ostend Sleuyter Arena 5,000
          VOO Wolves Verviers-Pepinster Verviers Halle du Paire 4,000

Finals

Key
Indicates the team won the league along with the Belgian Cup in the same season
Season Winner Result Runner-up Top seed Record Champions' coach
2005–06
Oostende (Telindus)
3–1
Mons-Hainaut (Dexia) Oostende (Telindus)
24–8
Mihailo Uvalin
2006–07
Oostende (Telindus)
3–2
Bree (Euphony) Spirou Charleroi
25–11
Sharon Drucker
2007–08
Spirou Charleroi
3–0
Bree (Euphony) Spirou Charleroi
27–9
Dražen Anzulović
2008–09
Spirou Charleroi
3–0
Mons-Hainaut (Dexia) Spirou Charleroi
26–6
Dražen Anzulović
2009–10
Spirou Charleroi
3–1
Liège Basket Spirou Charleroi
23–9
Giovanni Bozzi
2010–11
Spirou Charleroi
3–0
Okapi Aalstar (Generali) Spirou Charleroi
25–7
Giovanni Bozzi
2011–12
Oostende (Telenet)
3–2
Spirou Charleroi (Belgacom) Oostende (Telenet)
23–9
Dario Gjergja
2012–13
Oostende (Telenet)
3–0
Mons-Hainaut (Belfius) Oostende (Telenet)
20–8
Dario Gjergja
2013–14
Oostende (Telenet)
3–2
Okapi Aalstar Oostende (Telenet)
29–7
Dario Gjergja

League champions

Performance by club

Key
+
Denotes a team that has been dissolved.
Titles Team Seasons
15
R.C. Mechelen+ 1965, 1966, 1967, 1969, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1980, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994
15
Oostende 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1995, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2012, 2013, 2014
10
Spirou Charleroi 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
8
Racing Ford Antwerpse+ 1956, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1973
7
Royal IV+ 1939, 1942, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1957, 1958
6
Semailles+ 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951
4
Fresh Air+ 1937, 1938, 1978, 1979
4
Brussels A.C.+ 1928, 1930, 1931, 1933
3
Daring B.C.+ 1929, 1932, 1934
3
Standard Liège+ 1968, 1970, 1977
2
Bus Fruit Lier+ 1971, 1972
2
Amicale Sportive+ 1935, 1936
1
Bree B.B.C.+ 2005
1
Port of Antwerp Giants 2000
1
Hellas Gent+ 1955

Individual awards

Not all awards are official ones handed out by the league itself, but all are regarded and respected as BLB awards. As example the Belgian Player of the Year award is handed out by the Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad, but the league itself reports the winner on its website.

References

  1. ^ "A, B en C-licentie in 2009-2010 in Ethias League". Nieuwsblad.be. 12-03-2009. 
  2. ^ "Licentiereglement vzw BLB ter deelname aan competitie – Types van licentie". BLB. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Eurobasket.com League Page
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