November 01, 2014
Telenet Ostend
Roster
No.PlayerCountryPos.HeightBorn
4 BERGGREN, JARED United States of America Center 2.08 1990
5 SERRON, QUENTIN Belgium Guard 1.90 1990
6 ECHENIQUE, GREGORY Venezuela Center 2.06 1990
7 THOMPSON, RYAN United States of America Forward 1.98 1988
9 MARNEGRAVE, NIELS Belgium Guard 1.91 1987
10 PETROVIC, VESELIN Serbia Forward 1.95 1977
11 WILKINSON, WES United States of America Forward 2.06 1984
12 GILLET, PIERRE ANTOINE Belgium Forward 2.01 1991
13 SALUMU, JEAN Belgium Guard 1.93 1990
14 PONITKA, MATEUSZ Poland Forward 1.97 1993
15 BOUKICHOU, KHALID Belgium Center 2.06 1992
20 DJORDJEVIC, DUSAN Serbia Guard 1.93 1983
21 WRIGHT, BRENT United States of America Forward 2.03 1978
EL MAHSINI, YASSINE Belgium Guard 1.86 1993
 Head Coach    
  GJERGJA, DARIO Croatia    

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Mateusz Ponitka, Telenet Ostend‏

Telenet Ostend returns to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds with the goal of climbing one step higher than last season. Ostend knocked off heavy favorites Khimki Moscow Region and Banvit Bandirma before losing against Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius in its own court, Siemens Arena. A year later, Ostend hosts the Qualifying Rounds and returns with the core of players that did so well last season, conquering the Belgian double - league and cup titles - and winning three games in a Eurocup Last 32 group that featured both finalists - Valencia Basket and Unics Kazan. One of its main pillars is young, but ready small forward Mateusz Ponitka. At age 21, Ponitka was a key factor for Ostend off the bench last season with 8.9 points and 3.2 rebounds per game. He brings a year of Euroleague experience with him; Ponitka played the 2012-13 Euroleague regular season with Asseco Prokom Gydnia and saw significant playing time (22 minutes per game) to go with 8.8 points and 3.5 rebounds. Ponitka already tasted Euroleague action and wants more, as he told us in this Euroleague.net interview. "I played 10 games, not so many, but I know how it feels to play against the best teams in Europe," Ponitka told Euroleague.net. "It is a great motivation and I am really looking forward to fighting for it. It is something special."

Club info
Telenet Ostend showed itself to be a rising force in continental basketball last season and now looks to reach the highest level via the Turkish Airlines Euroleague qualifying rounds. Ostend almost got there last year after knocking off favored Khimki and Banvit in the first games and leading host Lietuvos Rytas at halftime of the qualifying rounds finale, but ultimately fell short. However Ostend advanced to the Last 32 and conquered its second straight Belgian League and Cup double to add to its rich history. The club was founded in 1970 and has been among the winningest in Belgian basketball. Ostend needed just nine years to win its first title, the Belgian Cup, and that was just the beginning. Before that, Ostend made its debut in European competitions in 1974-75 and reached the Korac Cup group stage. Ostend dominated Belgian basketball in the 1980s with seven league titles – including six straight from 1981-86 – and five Belgian Cups. The next decade started strong with another cup triumph in 1991. It won the league in 1995, the cup in 1997 and 1998 and climbed to the 1999 Korac Cup semifinals. Ostend celebrated back-to-back Belgian League titles in 2001 and 2002 and another Belgian Cup in 2001. Euroleague and ULEB Cup appearances followed, though without any major runs. More league titles in 2006 and 2007 marked another peak for the club and Ostend claimed the Belgian Cup in 2008 and 2010. In 2010-11, Ostend competed for all titles available; it reached the FIBA EuroChallenge final four at home and advanced to the Belgian League semifinals and the Belgian Cup finals. Despite hosting the EuroChallenge final four, Ostend lost against Krka Novo Mesto in the semifinals. However, the next season started another Ostend run as it returned to the Eurocup and reclaimed the Belgian League crown. With domestic dominance under its belt as well as experience in European competition, Coach Dario Gjergja’s men now target a long-awaited Euroleague ticket.
Trophy Case
Belgian National League: 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
Belgian National Cup: 1979, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1989, 1991, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2014
President Arthur Goethals
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