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Trier upset reeling Bayern / Vote for ALLSTAR teams / Germany get Group of Death © Helmut Thewalt

Trier upset reeling Bayern / Vote for ALLSTAR teams / Germany get Group of Death

— David Hein

While Bayern Munich lose yet again, ALBA BERLIN and ratiopharm ulm both continue their winning ways. The German national team was drawn into a Group of Death for EuroBasket 2015 while the Beko BBL welcomes back two players in Jimmy McKinney and Dino Gregory.

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:

Trier upset reeling Bayern

Sure, Bayern Munich have been reeling of late and they were playing on the road, but TBB Trier had lost six of their last seven games. But that’s why they play the game. Trier pulled off a major upset by knocking off the reigning Beko BBL champions 79-74 at home. Jermaine Bucknor was outstanding with four three-pointers and 18 points and Trier played tough defense in holding Munich to just 39 percent shooting from the field. Munich shot just 24 percent from the three-point line and have now lost seven of their last 10 competitive games. Still Bayern are second in the Beko BBL with a 9-3 record while Trier are 16th at 4-8. So, how did Trier beat Munich? With wild threes, hustle and lots of emotion, as you can see here: 

Berlin and Ulm continue to roll

While Bayern are struggling, the two hottest teams in the Beko BBL are the run-away leaders ALBA BERLIN and ratiopharm ulm. Berlin still have not lost in the Beko BBL after a 97-58 blowout of Artland Dragons. Berlin dominated Quakenbrück 42-24 on the boards and held Artland to just 4-of-22 (18 percent) from three-point range. Offensively, six players scored in double figures and two more scored at least eight points (check the highlights). Berlin are now 11-0 and seem to be on a clear path to home court advantage throughout the playoffs already. Besides Berlin, the team no one wants to play right now would be Ulm, who beat Crailsheim Merlins 88-80 for their fifth straight victory to improve to 8-4. Ulm also showed their balance with five players in double figure scoring. Here are the highlights.

Neumann leads Oldenburg comeback

EWE Baskets Oldenburg trailed at home 73-71 against northern German rivals Eisbären Bremerhaven. And then Philipp Neumann took over the game, making 2-of-3 shots from the field and 2-of-3 free throws for six points to go with two assists, two offensive rebounds and two defensive rebounds in Oldenburg’s 21-2 run to build a 92-75 lead. In the end, Neumann had nine points, eight rebounds, three assists and one steal in 10:30 minutes in the 98-84 victory. Here a great buzzer beater by Lorenzo Williams:

Rubit gives Tübingen win over Ludwigsburg

Augustine Rubit hit a layup with three seconds to play to give WALTER Tigers Tübingen a 72-70 victory at MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg for just their second win in the last six games. Shawn Huff had a chance to win the game but missed a three at the buzzer. Watch the highlights and a nice trick shot from Bogdan Radosavljevic:

Beko BBL welcomes back Jimmy McKinney, Dino Gregory

Tübingen are fighting against relegation and Phoenix Hagen are battling to get into the playoffs. Both teams reacted to problematic personnel situations and brought in players who know the Beko BBL. Tübingen could use some veteran leadership and signed the 31-year-old Jimmy McKinney until the end of the season, though Tübingen can terminate the contract after one month. McKinney has played in 253 Beko BBL games in seven seasons for FRAPORT SKYLINERS and s.Oliver Baskets Würzburg and gives Tübingen a legitimate shooter who can score in bunches. Hagen meanwhile have struggled all season without a true presence at the center position. They had hoped that Ray Turner would work on a try-out but the big man injured his thigh before he was even able to play a game. Hagen went back to someone they know well and signed former Phoenix player Dino Gregory, who played for Hagen between 2012 and 2014. Hagen had originally tried to bring Gregory back but his Polish club Wilke Morski Stettin wouldn’t release him. But the Polish team allowed Gregory to go and Hagen signed him until the end of the season. The arrival of Gregory means Urule Igbavboa, who has been playing very well, can move to power forward and Larry Gordon can excel at small forward. And you can expect more highlights like this one from Hagen’s Todd Brown:

Tübingen release Wiggins, Ludwigsburg bring in Kennedy

Tübingen freed up space for McKinney by releasing Nick Wiggins after the Canadian struggled to produce at a high clip. The 23-year-old averaged 5.6 points and 1.8 rebounds in 11 games. MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg made another move this season by signing D.J. Kennedy until the end of the season. The 25-year-old small forward was with Russian Eurocup club Krasny Oktyabr (Red October) Volgograd until the middle of November and played his first game against Tübingen, collecting eight points and five rebounds in 34 minutes.

Player of the Week

Angelo Caloiaro was a regular in this segment last season and now another Mitteldeutscher BC player get the week’s top honors as Patrick Richard had a great game against medi bayreuth. But his 32 points including six three-pointers, three rebounds and two assists for an efficiency were not enough as MBC lost. Richard scored 27 of his 32 points in the second half. Here some of the highlights of the game.

Vote for Beko BBL ALLSTAR Game teams

You only have until December 11 to vote for the starting fives of the Beko BBL ALLSTAR Game. Right now, Brose Baskets’ Daniel Theis and ALBA BERLIN’s Jamel McLean are the leading vote-getters in the current fan vote. The other players leading the voting for the National team are ratiopharm ulm’s Per Günther, Tim Ohlbrecht and Philipp Schwethelm as well as Berlin’s Niels Giffey. The other Germans in the top 10 are MBC’s Christian Standhardinger, Berlin captain Alex King, Bayern Munich’s Anton Gavel and Heiko Schaffartzik and Bamberg’s Elias Harris. The leading voters for the International team are Berlin’s Reggie Redding, Ulm’s Will Clyburn, John Bryant of Munich and Artland Dragons’ David Holston. Still close are Cliff Hammonds from Berlin, Oldenburg’s Rickey Paulding and Adam Chubb, Bamberg’s Ryan Thompson and Bayern’s Nihad Djedovic. Go here to vote – also for both teams’ coaches.

German Top Five of the Week

Here are the top five German players of the week with another appearance by David Brembly.

G: David Brembly, medi bayruth

The Bayreuth guard scored a career-high 15 points against MBC in hitting 6-of-9 shots and also picked up three rebounds and three assists as the 21-year-old continues to have a fine season, scoring at least 14 points in three of the last five games.

G: Akeem Vargas, ALBA BERLIN

Vargas came off the bench to score 14 points including three three-pointers in the blowout win over Artland.


Danilo finally broke out for SKYLINERS with a season-high 22 points, hitting all four of his three-point attempts and 8-of-13 from the field. He also had four rebounds, two assists and a steal. He had been scoring 8.7 points per game coming into the game against Braunschweig.

F: Urule Igbavboa, Phoenix Hagen

Igbavboa returns after another solid performance as he scored 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting while also grabbing six rebounds, two assists and one steal in Hagen’s win over Bonn.

C: Jannik Freese, Crailsheim Merlins

Freese is also back in the Top Five again – but again in a loss. The Crailsheim big man collected 12 points on 4-of-11 shooting, 10 rebounds and one assist in the team’s loss against the red-hot Ulm.

Young Guns:

Johannes Richter, 20, C, FRAPORT SKYLINERS

SKYLINERS continue to roll with their third straight win over Braunschweig and fourth in the last five games. A big part of that success has been Richter, who collected eight points on 4-of-8 shooting, six rebounds, one assist and one block in 18:34 minutes.

Bogdan Radosavljevic, 20, C, WALTER Tigers Tübingen

Radosavljevic came off the bench for 11 points, one rebound, three blocks, two turnovers and four fouls in 20:26 minutes in the win over Ludwigsburg.

Ismet Akpinar, 19, PG, ALBA BERLIN

While Paul Zipser starting for Bayern Munich (three points and two rebounds in 10:09 minutes) was also considered, it seemed right to give some recognition to Berlin’s 19-year-old point guard Akpinar, who picked up two points on 1-of-3 shooting as well as one assist in 6:10 minutes in his third appearance this season – after a combined 5:36 minutes in his first two. 

Germans Overseas Watch

Bayer Giants Leverkusen product Martin Breunig is playing well in his first eligible season at the University of Montana. The 22-year-old 2.03m forward, who had to sit out last season due to NCAA transfer rules, scored 23 points to go with five rebounds, two blocks and a steal in Montana’s loss to California on December 3 and followed that up with 18 points, seven rebounds and one assist in a win over North Dakota State on December 7. In case you don’t know, Breunig has some jumps:

Ulm coach Leibenath talks EuroChallenge and Beko BBL

Ulm coach Thorsten Leibenath recently visited Sport Eagle TV’s Basketball Insiders to talk about the EuroChallenge and the Beko BBL. He also discusses a tough stretch of up-coming road games. Watch the interview here.

Germany get Group of Death at EuroBasket 2015

Group of Death is an overused term at FIFA World Cups, so let’s use it here: New German national team coach Chris Fleming will have his work cut out for him as Germany were drawn into a very difficult Group B for EuroBasket 2015. Starting September 5, Germany will face in order Iceland, Serbia, Turkey, Italy and Spain in Berlin. Here are some reactions to the draw.

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