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Brandon Thomas nailes three-pointer at the buzzer / Oldenburg can’t knock off Berlin / Micic goes down injured © Rolf Kamper

Brandon Thomas nailes three-pointer at the buzzer / Oldenburg can’t knock off Berlin / Micic goes down injured

— David Hein

EWE Baskets Oldenburg were the next team to lose to the undefeated Beko BBL leaders ALBA BERLIN while Phoenix Hagen put their fans through yet another nail-biter. Artland Dragons showed Hagen how to win with big shots and ratiopharm ulm pulled away late. Bayern Munich meanwhile lost another guard as Vasilije Micic went down for six weeks.

In this section, we break out our English language skills and inform you about the latest news from the German Beko Basketball Bundesliga. If you’re short on time but still want your fill of Germany’s top basketball league then you are in the right place. Every week David Hein (www.heinnews.com) brings you up-to-date in German basketball – the Beko BBL short and sweet:

Oldenburg can’t stop on-fire Berlin

ALBA BERLIN remained undefeated in the Beko BBL with a 93-86 victory at EWE Baskets Oldenburg to move to 10-0. Berlin shot 69 percent from three-point range, making 9-of-13 from beyond the stripe, led by Alex Renfroe, who nailed all four of his long balls for a team-high 18 points. Oldenburg dropped to 7-3 for fifth place. Here a recap of the top showdown of the game day.

Phoenix Hagen fans’ nerves must be shot – another nail-biter

Phoenix Hagen fans must have nerves of steel this season. Hagen put their fans through yet another nail-biter this weekend with a heart-breaking 79-78 loss at home vs. medi bayreuth. It was Hagen’s fifth game decided by two points or fewer in 11 games thus far this season. Hagen are 2-3 in those games with both wins coming on the road and the team being 0-2 at home. They started the season with a 105-104 overtime win at FRAPORT SKYLINERS and then lost two days later 85-84 at home to Eisbären Bremerhaven. In the fifth round, they lost 80-79 at Mitteldeutscher BC before beating MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg 87-85 on the road in the 10th round. Here are the highlights of Hagen’s latest nail-biter – Bayreuth’s first road victory of the season.

Thomas buzzer-beater leads Artland to win

Artland Dragons thrilled their fans last week with a last-second victory and this week Brandon Thomas nailed a three-pointer at the buzzer to force overtime against Eisbären Bremerhaven before pulling away for a 103-94 win at home – Quakenbrück’s first home victory over Bremerhaven in six games. Watch Thomas’ big shot:

Stats Corner

Don’t look now, but besides Berlin, ratiopharm ulm have the longest winning streak in the Beko BBL at four games after a 93-77 win over TBB Trier to jump to 7-4. Ulm took over the game in the fourth quarter with a 14-0 run in which Boris Savovic scored five of his team-high 21 points and grabbed two offensive rebounds while Will Clyburn had five of his 18 points as well as two assists in the run. Ulm made 24-of-28 free throws compared to 3-of-3 (!!!) for Trier. Check the highlights.

Offensive fireworks in Munich

Offense was the name of the game in Munich as Bayern Munich beat Telekom Baskets Bonn 112-107 in overtime. Thirteen players scored in double figures for both teams topped by Dusko Savanovic and Tadas Klimavicius both with 22 points, the latter who also scored the basket to force overtime. Bo McCalebb had by far his best game for Bayern with 14 points to go with 13 assists, five steals and four rebounds. Here the highlights.

Bayern injury bug hits again – Micic goes down for six weeks

Bo McCalebb was just signed and Paul Zipser had finally made his season debut when the injury bug struck Bayern Munich again as point guard Vasilije Micic went down with a partial rupture of the collateral ligament in his right elbow. The 20-year-old Serbian playmaker will miss six weeks after suffering the injury in Munich’s Euroleague loss to Panathinaikos. Bayern captain Bryce Taylor has yet to play this season and Anton Gavel is still out with an ankle injury. At least Micic has more time to work on his German – though it’s not too bad:

Player of the Week

Basketball Löwen Braunschweig snapped a two-game losing streak with an 89-73 win over Crailsheim Merlins. Tim Abromaitis played a major role in Braunschweig’s fourth win of the season with 24 points, eight rebounds, three assists and three steals for an efficiency of 31. Watch the highlights.

Beko BBL continues to fly high

Once again, the Beko BBL continues to be a hugely exciting league, especially with the above-the-rim play. Buckle your safety belts and get ready to take off:

Beko BBL clubs elect Reil as new Bundesliga president

The German Basketball Bundesliga has a new man in charge as representatives from the Beko BBL clubs voted for Alexander Reil as new AG Basketball Bundesliga president. The 47-year-old chairman of MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg won out over Hans-Jürgen Appelrath and received a contract until September 2015 when the next annual assembly will be held and a new vote as well. Reil, who has been a member of the league’s executive board since 2008, takes over from Thomas Braumann, who stepped down on June 30. Reil promised to work on continuing the positive development of the clubs and the league.

Frankfurt sign point guard Cobbs, Hagen give try-out to center Turner, Bamberg extend with Bagaric

FRAPORT SKYLINERS reacted to on-going injury concerns at the point guard position and signed 23-year-old playmaker Justin Cobbs until early January with an option until the end of the season. Cobbs last played at Latvian club VEF Riga. During his college career for the University of California, Berkeley he made this famous shot. Phoenix Hagen hope to have found their new man in the paint as they are giving a two-week tryout to 24-year-old center Ray Turner. The athletic 2.06m big man was on hand for Hagen’s loss to Bayreuth. Brose Baskets meanwhile have extended their contract with veteran big man Dalibor Bagaric until the end of the season. Bamberg originally signed the 34-year-old role player for four weeks and then extended the Croatian until the end of November. Mitteldeutscher BC also decided to keep a player until the end of the season as the club extended their deal with Ryan Nicholas until season’s end.

German Top Five of the Week

Here are the top five German players of the week with Maurice Stuckey doing his best in a loss.

G: Per Günther, ratiopharm ulm

The Ulm playmaker is back in the top five with 14 points – on 3-of-9 shooting and 6-of-6 free throws – to go with one rebound, seven assists and one steal vs. TBB Trier.

G: Maurice Stuckey, EWE Baskets Oldenburg

Stuckey came off the bench to score 18 points in a tough loss at home against ALBA BERLIN. The guard shot 6-of-10 from the field including three three-pointers while also collecting three rebounds and one assist.

F: Urule Igbavboa, Phoenix Hagen

Igbavboa has had a solid season, including a nice outing in Hagen’s heart-breaking home loss to Bayreuth. He scored 14 points while also grabbing six rebounds to go with one assist and a block.

F: Johannes Voigtmann, FRAPORT SKYLINERS

JoVo is back yet again – and once again in the forward position as he’s been playing almost like a point guard of late. A week after dishing four assists against Tübingen, the Frankfurt big man had five assists against MBC while also scoring 14 points (on 6-of-11 shooting) and grabbing six rebounds. Here he is at the receiving end of a nice play:

C: Jannik Freese, Crailsheim Merlins

Freese is doing all he can to get Crailsheim some wins. The big man had 12 points on 6-of-12 shooting as well as seven rebounds, three steals, one block and zero turnovers in the loss to Braunschweig.

Young Guns: Johannes Richter, 20, C, FRAPORT SKYLINERS

A big reason for SKYLINERS winning three of their last four games has been the emergence of Richter, who had another strong game against MBC with nine points on 4-of-4 shooting while he also had three rebounds, one assist, two turnovers and three fouls in 14:36 minutes.

Germans Overseas Watch

Tibor Pleiß is beginning to earn more minutes at FC Barcelona and the big man had a strong game in the Liga Endesa against UCAM Murcia with 10 points and nine rebounds in 22 minutes. The 22 minutes represented Pleiß’s most this season for the Spanish powerhouse while it was the third time he scored in double digits. The nine rebounds were also a season high.

Germany will play warm-up vs. Croatia in Bremen, against France in Cologne; seeded in fifth grouping for draw.

Planning for the build-up to EuroBasket 2015 is taking shape as Germany’s national team lined up three warm-up games in August as Chris Fleming’s team will take on two co-hosts of the tournament. Germany will face off against Croatia on August 16 in Bremen. They will also host reigning European champions France on August 30 in Cologne. Germany and France will play each other on August 28 as well in Strasbourg. Germany will find out what other nations will be in their group on Monday December 8, when the EuroBasket 2015 draw takes place in Disneyland in Paris. Germany have been seeded into the same grouping as Israel, Georgia and Czech Republic. The Germans will definitely have Turkey in their six-team group in Berlin. The first round group will also include either Lithuania or Spain as well as either Ukraine or Serbia.

Youth European Championship draws

The draws for the 2015 youth European Championships have also been made. In the U20 European Championship, Germany have been drawn into Group D with Lithuania, Slovenia, Great Britain and Turkey. Germany return to Division A at the U18 level and were drawn together with Serbia, Montenegro and Latvia in Group B for the U18 European Championship. For the U16 European Championship, Germany will face off against Turkey, England and Russia in Group A.

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