Berlin beat Bayern again, Gavel the next Munich injury hit, Jönke shines vs former team
— Weekly news, 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:
Berlin beat Bayern again, remain undefeated
It definitely wasn’t pretty but TOP FOUR Cup winners ALBA BERLIN held off reigning champions Bayern Munich 83-80 to remain perfect in the Beko BBL with a 7-0 record. Reggie Redding and Jamel McLean both had 23 points to lead Berlin but it was some other stats that had more impact on the game. The refereeing trio called 56 fouls in the game and awarded 71 free throws which kept the teams from really finding a rhythm. Bayern, who lost to Berlin in the Beko BBL Champions Cup in late September, led by one point briefly in the first quarter but never were able to pull back ahead. Thanks also to Berlin’s dominance on the glass – with a 43-28 rebounding advantage including 18 Berlin offensive boards. Berlin and Bayern aren’t due to face off again until April 26 in the penultimate round in Munich. Until then, these highlights and especially this dunk from Jamel McLean will have to suffice for a while:
Bayern lose Gavel for four weeks, Djedovic also a concern
Bayern’s injury concerns are getting worse and worse. The team is still without captain Bryce Taylor and young versatile talent Paul Zipser and now coach Svetislav Pesic will be without Anton Gavel for four weeks with an ankle injury. There is also a question mark about Nihad Djedovic, who slipped on a wet spot on the court against Berlin and may have injured his groin. A final medical diagnosis is still to come. A healthy Djedovic is desperately needed as Bayern host Fenerbahce Ulker in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague on Thursday and then welcome EWE Baskets Oldenburg to Munich on Sunday in the Beko BBL.
Happy Birthday ALBA BERLIN!
The weekend also saw ALBA BERLIN celebrate their 25 year anniversary, including a meeting with the city’s mayor and the publication of a book – 25 Jahre ALBA BERLIN Basketball (25 years ALBA BERLIN Basketball). Not to mention media coverage of the club, including this look back at some of the biggest names and highlights of the club. Happy Birthday!
Player of the Week
Promoted side BG Göttingen picked up their third victory of the season in beating Eisbären Bremerhaven 93-84 to jump to 3-5. A big reason for that was Alex Rouff, who earned Player of the Week honors with a fantastic game against Bremerhaven. Rouff made 9-of-16 shots including seven three-pointers and 10-of-12 free throws in scoring 35 points while also gathering four rebounds, three assists and one steal with two turnovers for an efficiency of 32. Check out the highlights of Göttingen’s first home win of the season.
Brose Baskets land Shipp until end of season
Josh Shipp passed his tryout with Brose Baskets and was signed until the end of the season. The swingman was brought in to make up for the loss of Carlon Brown. Bamberg are still playing without big man Josh Duncan but Shipp should help fill in for Brown. Watch his dunk over a former Bamberg player named Karl-Heinz: Kyle Hines.
It is Deonte Burton, right?
While it’s possible to confuse new Ulm guard Deonte Burton with the Deonte Burton who plays for the Marquette University Golden Eagles, how can you mix up Deonte Burton and Deantra Hall? Actually they are the same person! The mistake goes back to 1991 and Burton’s birth certificate, in which the Ulm guard’s first name is listed as Deantra instead of Deonte and his surname is given as his mother’s maiden Hall instead of his actual last name Burton. The family never changed it because he played in high school and college under the name Deonte Burton. But … Burton is actually registered with FIBA and the German Basketball Federation as Deantra Hall – going solely by his birth certificate, meaning Deantra Hall is listed on his player’s license. Beko BBL accepted the name Burton but FIBA requires a change of name for him to play as Deonte Burton. So, it’s Deantra Hall when he plays internationally and Deonte Burton when he plays in the Beko BBL. Now that we have that confusion settled.
Kramer moves from Bamberg to Trier
TBB Trier’s 21-year-old center talent Andreas Wenzl went down with a meniscus knee injury and will miss a longer period of time, which prompted Trier to bring in another young German big man, 22-year-old Dennis Kramer from Brose Baskets, who had only played with Bamberg’s farm team Bike Café Messingschlager Baunach in the ProA and signed until the end of the season with Trier.
Ulm invite asylum seekers to EuroChallenge game
ratiopharm ulm are doing their part in trying to make things a bit better for asylum seekers living in the arena, inviting them to their EuroChallenge game this week at home against Den Bosch. The club’s charity project OrangeZone.Cares is organizing the pick-up of more than 100 refugees in the Ulm/Neu-Ulm region and bringing them to the game and then bringing them back their accommodations afterwards. The effort is being done in coordination with the responsible authorities. Classy move Ulm!
German Top Five of the Week
Here are the five German players of the week with a double dose of Ulm.
G: Per Günther, ratiopham ulm
The Ulm floor general scored 15 points against WALTER Tigers Tubingen on 5-of-8 shooting while grabbing one rebound, seven assists and one steal and committing two turnovers.
G: Jusuf El Domiaty, Eisbären Bremerhaven
El Domiaty is back again. After setting his career high of 13 points against Crailsheim last week, El Domiaty upped his career best to 17 points against BG Göttingen on 5-of-10 shooting while also picking up four rebounds and one steal.
F: Danilo Barthel, FRAPORT SKYLINERS
Barthel has yet to really establish himself this season with Frankfurt but he had a strong game against TBB Trier with eight points – though he made just 3-of-10 shots – while also collecting seven rebounds, one assist and two blocks.
F: Tim Ohlbrecht, ratiopharm ulm
Let’s put Ohlbrecht at F this week so we can have room for another center. Big Tim continued his superb season with 20 points against Tubingen on 6-of-10 shooting including hitting all three three-pointers. He also had six rebounds, one assist and one block.
C: Jannik Freese, Crailsheim Merlins
Crailsheim may have lost at home to Artland Dragons but Freese played solidly with 11 points on 3-of-10 shooting to go with eight rebounds, three assists and one steal.
Till Joschka Jönke, 22, PG, WALTER Tigers Tubingen
We kept it to one Young Gun this week and that was Jönke, who had a bit more motivation than usual as he was taking on his former team ratiopharm ulm. The young playmaker set career highs in points (11), rebounds (8) and steals (3) while also dishing out three assists.
Radosavljevic talks coming back to Munich
Young Guns regular Bogdan Radosavljevic shows up elsewhere this week as he talked to the guys at Sport Eagle TV for their Basketball Insiders segment. The big man talks about developing his game and returning to Munich to play against his former team Bayern. Enjoy:
Germans Overseas Watch
Dennis Schröder is starting to pick things up for Atlanta, scoring in double figures in each of the last three games, including 14 points to go with four rebounds, four assists and one steal against the New York Knicks. He caught some national attention in the U.S. for his spectacular dunk in the game against the San Antonio Spurs – and rightfully so!