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Dino Gregory and Bryce Taylor are back! / Lucky No. 13 for Berlin / Ulm and Frankfurt keep winning © Digitalfoto Matthias

Dino Gregory and Bryce Taylor are back! / Lucky No. 13 for Berlin / Ulm and Frankfurt keep winning

— David Hein

Number 13 proved to be lucky for ALBA BERLIN while Ulm and Frankfurt both kept winning. Big man Dino Gregory celebrated his comeback for Phoenix Hagen and Bayern Munich finally got their captain Bryce Taylor on the floor for the first time this season. And the Beko BBL ALLSTAR and NBBL ALLSTAR squads are announced.

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:

Lucky number 13 for ALBA BERLIN

ALBA BERLIN keep winning and winning and winning. Berlin first booked their spot in the Top 16 of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague then registered another win in the Beko BBL to move to a perfect 13-0 atop the league. Lucky number 13 was a dominant 90-68 win at WALTER Tigers Tübingen – even though Reggie Redding did not play. Vojdan Stojanovski led the way with 17 points. All 11 players who played for Berlin scored at least four points, including Jamel McLean, who had 10 points and six rebounds – not to mention this nice highlight:

Ulm fend off Artland for sixth straight win

The second-hottest team in the Beko BBL is ratiopharm ulm, who got 21 points from Boris Savovic and a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds from Tim Ohlbrecht in an 88-86 win over Artland Dragons for their sixth straight win. Per Günther split two free throws with 4.0 seconds left to give Artland one more chance and David Holston was ever so close to another huge game-winner.

Frankfurt ease past Oldenburg

The third-longest winning streak belongs to FRAPORT SKYLINERS as Frankfurt took down EWE Baskets Oldenburg 93-74 for their fourth win in a row and fifth in their last six games to jump to 6-7 in the Beko BBL. New point guard Justin Cobb had 17 points and eight assists in his third game to lead six SKYLINERS players in double figures. Here are the highlights, though here is one nice display of passing by Oldenburg which proved to be not enough.

Bonn give up 16-point fourth quarter lead, win at MBC in double OT

Telekom Baskets Bonn looked like they had the road victory wrapped up easy with a 16-point fourth quarter lead 61-45 at Mitteldeutscher BC. But MBC actually led 70-69 with 28 seconds left when Eugene Lawrence split two free throws to force overtime. With MBC up by two points, Christian Standhardinger missed two free throws with 14 seconds left in the first extra period and Steve Wachalski made two free throws to force a second overtime where Bonn came back to win, thanks to 5-of-6 free throws made in the final 46 seconds for a 99-96 road victory. Five players scored in double figures for both teams. Check out the highlights.

Bayern captain Taylor comes back, Benzing out six weeks, Bayern considering keeping McCalebb

Bayern Munich finally got their captain back as Bryce Taylor played for the first time this season in the Beko BBL in a 102-75 win. Taylor collected 12 points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals as Bayern bounced back from their loss at Trier. But the reigning champs just can’t get and stay healthy. German forward Robin Benzing is the latest to go down as he will miss the next six weeks with a right ankle ligament injury. In the meantime, Bo McCalebb’s one-month contract with Bayern will expire on Friday December 19, and the champs are reportedly thinking about keeping the veteran playmaker. McCalebb, who was unable to help Munich reach the Top 16 of the Euroleague, said: “I have improved physically in the past month and got to know the team and the system better. I like it here – I would like to stay.” One thing is certain, Bo knows hustle, as he proved in this highlight.

Bayern trying not to laugh

Maybe laughing is the best way for Bayern Munich to stay healthy – though here a quartet of players try hard NOT to laugh. How long can you not laugh!?!?

Bremerhaven finally win again, Ludwigsburg can’t win at all, Hagen can’t win at home

Streaks are made to be broken – some sooner than others. Eisbären Bremerhaven snapped a five-game losing streak with an 86-66 win over TBB Trier. MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg have now lost five straight after being defeated 82-78 at Basketball Löwen Braunschweig. And Phoenix Hagen are still waiting for their first win at home, dropping to 0-7 in front of their home fans after a 93-88 loss against BG Göttingen. Dino Gregory made his presence felt in his return to Hagen’s rotation with 13 points, 10 rebounds, two steals and two blocks. But his five dunks were not enough – exciting as they may have been in a game full of highlights:

Theis and McLean top vote-getters for ALLSTAR Game; four starters for hosts Ulm

Daniel Theis from Brose Baskets Bamberg and ALBA BERLIN’s Jamel McLean were the leading vote-getters for Team National and Team International, respectively, for the 2015 Beko BBL ALLSTAR Game on January 10, 2015 in Ulm. Host club ratiopharm ulm will have four starters in the game, including Per Günther, Tim Ohlbrecht and Philipp Schwethelm while Berlin’s Niels Giffey will also start the game for the National side. The other Team National players are Christian Standhardinger from Mitteldeutscher BC, medi bayreuth’s David Brembly, Danilo Barthel and Johannes Voigtmann from FRAPORT SKYLINERS, Heiko Schaffartzik and Anton Gavel from Bayern Munich and Elias Harris from Bamberg.

The Team International starters will be McLean, Berlin teammate Reggie Redding, Ulm’s Will Clyburn, Bayern’s John Bryant and David Holston from Artland Dragons. The other players will be BG Göttingen’s Ray Morgan, MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg’s Kerron Johnson, Adam Chubb from EWE Baskets Oldenburg, Bamberg’s Brad Wanamaker, Bryce Taylor from Bayern Munich, MBC’s Pat Richard and Javon McCrea von Bayreuth.

Team National will be coached by Ulm’s Thorsten Leibenath, who beat out Oldenburg’s Sebastian Machowski and Henrik Rödl from TBB Trier; while Berlin’s Sasa Obradovic will coach Team International, winning the vote over Artland’s Tyron McCoy and MBC’s Silvano Poropat.

Beko-BBL.TV will broadcast the ALLSTAR Game live for free starting at 8 p.m. Here are highlights from the 2014 ALLSTAR Day in Bonn:

Five U18 European Division B champions in NBBL ALLSTAR Game

The future of German basketball will be on display before the Beko BBL ALLSTAR Game with the NBBL ALLSTAR Game. The teams feature five players who helped Germany win the Division B of the 2014 U18 European Championship and promotion to Division A – Moritz Wagner and Jan Niklas Wimberg from the North and Sebastian Schmitt, Niklas Kiel and Mahir Agva from the South. In addition, Isaiah Hartenstein and Lars Lagerpusch played for the German U16 national team this past summer. Despite the NBBL game being one for 1996-born players, 13 of the 21 players were born in either 1997 or 1998. Here is a link to the full rosters of the team and some highlights from the 2014 NBBL ALLSTAR Game.

Possible slam dunk for ALLSTAR Day

With the Beko BBL ALLSTAR Day coming up in a couple weeks, now is the time for the Slam Dunk contestants to prepare some new dunks. This spectacular Scorpion Dunk by Jordan “Mission Impossible” Kilganon is definitely quite impressive.

Player of the Week

Raymar Morgan was great for Göttingen in their 93-88 victory at Hagen with 28 points on 9-of-11 shots and 10-of-12 free throws while also grabbing 10 rebounds, two blocks and one steal with zero turnovers and an efficiency of 37.

JoVo Watch

All right, it’s time for a new segment. Last season we had the Kleber Watch for Maxi Kleber and now we’re going to add the JoVo Watch – looking at the weekly development of 22-year-old big man Johannes Voigtmann from the FRAPORT SKYLINERS. Against Oldenburg, JoVo collected 16 points on 3-of-5 shots and 10-of-11 free throws to go with eight rebounds, three assists, one block, one turnover and zero fouls in 28:09 minutes. Voigtmann has played a huge role in Frankfurt’s four-game winning streak, averaging 10.25 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists. He has struggled shooting wise at 39.4 percent but he’s made 14-of-15 free throws (93 percent).

German Top Five of the Week

Here are the top five German players of the week with an Andi Seiferth sighting!

G: Per Günther, ratiopharm ulm

Günther may have hit just one of two free throws and given Artland a chance to get the win but the Ulm point guard did a good job throughout the game with eight points on 3-of-5 shooting to go along with six assists.

G: Karsten Tadda, Brose Baskets Bamberg

The Bamberg defensive ace had a strong overall game with two three-pointers as he scored 10 points – the first time he scored in double figures since October 8 – to go with two rebounds, three assists, two steals and zero turnovers against Crailsheim Merlins.

F: Christian Standhardinger, MBC

Standhardinger scored 19 points while also grabbing nine rebounds and one steal in MBC’s double-overtime loss to Bonn. Standhardinger had scored fewer than 10 points in his previous three points but he also missed a chance to give his team the win by missing two free throws with 14 seconds left and MBC up by two points in regulation.

F: Tim Ohlbrecht, ratiopharm ulm

Ohlbrecht had another strong game for Ulm with 16 points on 3-of-6 field goals as well as 10-of-12 free throws to go with his big 10 rebounds and one block against Artland.

C: Andreas Seiferth, Artland Dragons

Artland lost in a big battle with Ulm but Seiferth finally had another strong game. The German big man came off the bench for 13 points on 6-of-8 shots to go with four rebounds, two blocks and two steals in 20:24 minutes. It was the second time this season Seiferth scored in double figures following his 12 points against BG Göttingen on October 6.

Young Guns

Bogdan Radosavljevic, 20, C, WALTER Tigers Tübingen

Radosavljevic continues to have a good season despite Tübingen’s struggles as the big man collected eight points on 3-of-9 shooting and 1-of-2 free throws while also picking up three rebounds, five assists – tying a career high - two blocks, one steal, three turnovers and four fouls in 26:52 minutes against Berlin.

Paul Zipser, 20, SG, Bayern Munich

Zipser played a season-high 19:40 minutes against Bayreuth and scored five points on 2-of-5 shooting and 1-of-1 free throws. Playing in his fourth Beko BBL game this season, he also had four rebounds, one assist and two turnovers.

Jeferson Hiller, 16, SG, WALTER Tigers Tübingen

Tübingen’s blowout loss to Berlin also meant that they could give playing time to others and that included Hiller making his Beko BBL debut just about three weeks after his 16th birthday. He played 1:24 minutes and didn’t collect any stats. Welcome to the Beko BBL!

Germans Overseas Watch

Tibor Pleiß has been playing better and better for FC Barcelona and the German big man had a great night against Eurocup side CAI Zaragoza with a season-high 15 points to go with season-high 11 rebounds as well as two blocks and two steals.

Kiel nominated for Basketball Without Border Global Camp in New York

Not only will Niklas Kiel be making his second appearance in the NBBL ALLSTAR Game, the FRAPORT SKYLINERS young talent has a trip planned to New York in February for the Basketball Without Borders Global Camp. From February 13-15, the 17-year-old will be working out with 40 of the best players in the world from the 1997 generation. In case you don’t know much about Kiel’s skill package, here’s a nice breakdown of his game.

Bonn playmaker Lawrence talks about New York hoops

Telekom Baskets Bonn point guard Eugene Lawrence chats with SportEagle TV about playing with the likes of Sebastian Telfair and others in the New York basketball scene. Check out the latest installment of Basketball Insiders:

40,000 subscriptions for Telekom’s Beko BBL package

German telecommunication giants Telekom has booked 40,000 subscriptions for its new Beko BBL basketball TV platform in the first 10 weeks of its availability, the Bonn-based company has announced. “Telekom Basketball couldn’t have started any better. We are very satisfied,” said Henning Stiegenroth, the head of sports marketing for Telekom Deutschland. Telekom Basketball will broadcast the Beko BBL ALLSTAR Game on January 10, 2015 free of charge on telekombasketball.de.

Germany bidding for 2019 or 2023 World Cups

Germany will co-host the 2015 EuroBasket next September but international basketball fans in Germany might have another tournament to look forward to before that. FIBA will announce on June 19, 2015 who will host the 2019 FIBA World Cup. Germany is among the countries bidding to host the basketball spectacle along with China, Philippines, Qatar and Turkey. FIBA’s Central Board might also name the hosts of the 2023 FIBA World Cup in June 2015 or perhaps trim the list of candidates. Germany’s bid is both alone or with France.

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