Bamberg hand Berlin first loss and hire general manager; McElroy gets record, McCalebb new deal
— David Hein
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:
White-hot Bamberg offense hands Berlin first loss
It was really just a matter of time but Brose Baskets Bamberg finally handed ALBA BERLIN their first loss in the Beko BBL this season with a white-hot offensive performance in a 98-69 win at home. Bamberg shot 62 percent from the field for the game, including a blistering 88 percent in the first quarter when Brose scored 34 points – the most Berlin allowed in any quarter this season. The 98 points was well above Berlin’s best defense in the league, which had allowed 70.9 points per game coming in. Bamberg led by as many as 31 points – 22 more than the previous largest deficit for Berlin thus far this season. Brad Wanamaker was outstanding with 21 points and nine assists while Leon Radosevic scored 18 in the loss for Berlin, who dropped to 14-1. This is just one of the highlights for Bamberg, who improved to 12-3:
Bayern win again, extend McCalebb for five more weeks
Since losing at TBB Trier, Bayern Munich have now collected their third straight victory – beating Artland Dragons 91-75 at home – to move to 12-3 – even with Bamberg just two games behind Berlin. Munich also had to act in the contractual situation with veteran playmaker Bo McCalebb, whose four-week deal had expired. But Bayern and Bo agreed to extend the deal for five more weeks until the end of the January. Munich fans can expect more plays like this:
Crailsheim miss Hagen game because of snow, lose game after appeal
Crailsheim Merlins were initially handed a 40-0 loss against Phoenix Hagen as they failed to make it to Hagen in time for the start of the game because of a winter storm which caused a major traffic jam en route to the game. The Merlins left at 9:45 a.m. to travel the 415 kilometers from Crailsheim to Hagen for the 6:30 p.m. start. Usually the trip would take 4:30 hours. But about half an hour into the trip, an 18-wheeler jack-knifed and blocked the highway. The coach and players got out of the bus at 1 p.m. and walked two kilometers to the next exit, where mini-buses were waiting to bring them to Hagen. The starting five players were put in the first mini-bus but further traffic problems kept them from arriving on time. Hagen were awarded a 40-0 victory and Crailsheim appealed the ruling, saying Mother Nature caused the delay and hoping to replay the game. But referee Dirk Horstmann denied the appeal.
Ludwigsburg snap losing streak, Trier win fourth straight at home
MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg were plummeting in the standings with six straight losses but finally got back into the winning column by beating Mitteldeutscher BC 78-66 thanks to 29 points from DJ Kennedy to remain one game ahead of 17th placed WALTER Tigers Tübingen. TBB Trier meanwhile are becoming a power at home as they beat EWE Baskets Oldenburg 71-65 for their fourth straight victory at home – including their win over Bayern Munich. Henrik Rödl’s team is 5-3 at home but just 1-6 on the road. Vitalis Chikoko is showing why he’s one of the team’s leaders:
McElroy passes Hamman as top assistman in Beko BBL history
Immanuel McElroy took his place in Beko BBL history by passing Steffen Hamann into first place in the all-time list for assists. The 34-year-old Texan – playing in his 11th season in the league – passed ahead to Basketball Löwen Braunschweig teammate Trent Lockett for a dunk, giving Imac his 1,241st assist in the Beko BBL, the most in the league since it started digitally keeping stats in 1998-99. Congrats Imac on the record, and here he is talking about it:
Paulding stars in 300th Beko BBL game
Rickey Paulding may be the veteran for EWE Baskets Oldenburg but he stepped up in his 300th Beko BBL game by leading Oldenburg in scoring with 18 points in a 99-93 win over MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg. Congrats to Rickey! Here some of Paulding’s highlights
Lokhalle provides highlights
BG Göttingen celebrated the club’s biggest success at the Lokhalle in Göttingen and the club returned to the old arena for two thrilling games just before Christmas. First off, Khalid El-Amin scored 28 points and Raymar Morgan had 18 points and 12 rebounds in a 92-80 win over ratiopharm ulm, snapping Ulm’s six-game winning streak and giving Göttingen their fifth win in the last six games. Two days later, Brose Baskets Bamberg were the guests and Göttingen led 81-70 with less than seven minutes to play and Bamberg coach Andrea Trinchieri disqualified from the game for two technical fouls. But Bamberg responded by closing the game on a 23-5 run to win 93-86 (check the highlights here).
Bamberg hire Italian Daniele Baiesi as general manager
Brose Baskets Bamberg finally filled their vacant general manager position since the departure of Wolfgang Heyder by signing Italian Daniele Baiesi to a three-year contract. Baiesi is a former international scout for the Detroit Pistons after serving a number of years as the GM for the Italian Serie A club Pallacenestro Biella. Here is an interview with Baiesi between the Biella and Pistons jobs.
Beko BBL mourns death of former Leverkusen, Braunschweig power forward Nate Fox
The Beko BBL extended its condolences to the family of Nate Fox as the former captain of Bayer Leverkusen died after being shot in the driveway of his house in Bloomingdale, Illinois. Fox, who also played for New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig and made the Beko BBL ALLSTAR Game in 2008, died on December 22 in a nearby hospital of the gunshot wounds. He was 37 years old.
Gordon out until 2015 for Hagen
Former ALLSTAR Larry Gordon will not play the rest of 2014 as the Phoenix Hagen forward is dealing with a thigh injury suffered during Hagen’s loss against TBB Trier. Gordon will definitely miss the team’s final game of 2014 at Artland Dragons and is expected to sit out the 2015 opener at home against WALTER Tigers Tübingen. Team doctor Helmut Queckenstedt said Gordon would probably have to miss four weeks of action. Luckily for Gordon and the team, the week after the Tübingen game is the ALLSTAR Game break.
Player(s) of the Week(s)
With two rounds of games being played, there are two players to be honored this time around. Raymar Morgan had a great game for BG Göttingen against Bamberg but his 37 points on 10-of-15 shooting and 12-of-14 free throws as well as 10 rebounds, two assists and two steals for an efficiency of 35 were not enough. The 37 points is just one fewer than Kerron Johnson’s season high of 38 for Ludwigsburg. The other Player of the Week is Bonn’s Tadas Klimavicius, who made 9-of-12 shots and 9-of-9 free throws for 28 points, eight rebounds, one steal and three blocks for an efficiency of 36 against Basketball Löwen Braunschweig.
Dunkeschöns of the Week
With Christmas just passed and New Year’s Eve right around the corner, here the Dunkeschöns of the Week with special showings from Daniel Theis, Tim Ohlbrecht, Paul Zipser and Ryan Brooks among others.
Johannes Voigtmann continues to play tremendous basketball and had two strong all-around games. Against ALBA BERLIN, JoVo had 10 points on 5-of-8 shooting while also picking up four rebounds, five assists, three steals and two blocks. Against Göttingen, he went for nine points on 3-of-8 shooting with seven rebounds, five assists and four blocks. Voigtmann has averaged 5.2 assists in the last six games.
German Top Five of the (Double) Week
Here are the top five German players of the past two rounds of games, including a double double-double!
G: Bastian Doreth, Artland Dragons
Doreth has had a strong stretch around the holidays as he picked up seven points, four rebounds and three assists against Bamberg and then collected 11 points, three rebounds, four assists and a steal against Bayern Munich.
G: Anton Gavel, Bayern Munich
Gavel is starting to come into form for Munich as he had 10 points, four rebounds and five assists against Braunschweig and followed that with 13 points, four rebounds, seven assists and a steal against Artland Dragons.
F: Danilo Barthel, FRAPORT SKYLINERS
Barthel played strong in a loss to Berlin with 10 points, two rebounds, two assists and three blocks and then stood out against Göttingen with 17 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block - plus this highlight.
F: Tim Ohlbrecht, ratiopharm ulm
Ohlbrecht is back yet again, but he definitely deserves his spot with two double-doubles. He picked up 13 points, 12 rebounds, three assists, two blocks and zero turnovers against Göttingen. He then collected 16 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks against medi bayreuth – his third straight double-double this season.
C: Dirk Mädrich, Telekom Baskets Bonn
The Bonn big man had 18 points to go with three rebounds, two assists and a steal against Eisbären Bremerhaven before he scored 11 points while grabbing eight rebounds and one assist versus Basketball Löwen Braunschweig.
Bogdan Radosavljevic, 20, C, WALTER Tigers Tübingen
Radosavljevic struggled a bit in his shooting against medi bayreuth, making just 1-of-8 and scoring four points while picking up four rebounds, two assists, one steal and zero turnovers but five fouls in 15:05 minutes. Against Eisbären Bremerhaven, the big man made 2-of-3 shots for four points to go with four rebounds, one steal, three turnovers and two fouls in 11:05 minutes.
Paul Zipser, 20, SG, Bayern Munich
Zipser scored 13 points against Braunschweig with eight rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and zero turnovers in 16:10 minutes. He was then limited to two points on 2-of-2 free throws and two rebounds in 9:07 minutes against Artland.
Robin Lodders, 20, C and Thomas Michel, 19, PF, Telekom Baskets Bonn
Bonn continue to give more time to their young players with Lodders scoring the first two points of his career against Bremerhaven and then Michel tallying a career-high three points against Braunschweig.
Lockett, Clyburn and Brembly in Dunking Contest
The ALLSTAR Day is nearing and the three professional players in the Original Source Dunking Contest have been named – Trent Lockett, Will Clyburn and David Brembly. See why they got the nods:
Germans Overseas Watch
Dennis Schröder was very motivated to play against Dirk Nowitzki and had a great game against the Dallas Mavericks with 22 points on 9-of-15 shots while dishing out six assists and picking up three rebounds and one steal. Two games earlier, Schröder had 10 points and 10 assists against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers – both wins for Schröder and the Hawks.
Beko BBL still in Europe
With the Regular Seasons of the European competitions complete, here is an update on where Beko BBL teams are playing. ALBA BERLIN reached the Top 16 of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague and are in Group E with Real Madrid, Maccabi Tel Aviv, Panathinaikos Athens, Galatasaray, Barcelona, Crvena Zvezda Telekom and Zalgiris Kaunas. Bayern Munich failed to advance to the Euroleague Top 16 and will join the Eurocup Last 32, where they moved into the same Group K with Brose Baskets Bamberg along with JDA Dijon and Union Olimpija Ljubljana. The only other Beko BBL team still in Europe is FRAPORT SKYLINERS, who are in Group K of the EuroChallenge with Tartu Rock, SPM Shoeters Den Bosch and Avtodor Saratov.
Bayern GM Marko Pesic talks moving onto the Eurocup
Bayern Munich GM Marko Pesic visited SportEagle TV to discuss the team dropping from the Euroleague to Eurocup and other topics. Check out the latest installment of Basketball Insiders.