Per Günther scores 29 points / Bayern pull away from Oldenburg / Johannes Richter steps up big
— 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:
Bayern, Bryant pull away from Oldenburg in top showdown
Bayern Munich showed EWE Baskets Oldenburg how to finish off a game with a 15-0 run to close off the biggest showdown of the week with an 80-65 home victory. John Bryant collected eight points, three rebounds and one assist in the big run over the final four minutes. The Munich big man finished with an outstanding 25 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and three blocks while Nihad Djedovic scored 20 points as Bayern jumped to 7-2 – even with Brose Baskets behind 8-0 ALBA BERLIN. Here are the highlights of Munich’s win.
Player of the Week
As great as Bryant’s game of 39 efficiency was, Jamel McLean was amazingly even better for ALBA BERLIN in their win at Phoenix Hagen. He scored 33 points on 10-of-13 shooting and 13-of-14 free throws to go with 12 rebounds, one assist and one block for an efficiency of 42. Check out some of the highlights from these two big men:
Huff hits game-winner for Ludwigsburg, Lockett can’t hit for Braunschweig
Shawn Huff proved to be the game winner for MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg as the Finnish international nailed the game winner with three seconds left to give Ludwigsburg a 72-71 victory over Artland Dragons – Ludwigsburg’s first road victory of the season. Watch Huff’s big shot.
Trent Lockett was not as fortunate for Basketball Löwen Braunschweig as he missed his shot at the buzzer in an 81-79 loss at home against BG Göttingen, who were missing their leading scorer Alex Ruoff. Still, Göttingen jumped to 4-5 on the season – see how they did it.
Young agrees to step down as Merlins coach
After three straight losses and a 1-8 record to start their first season in the Beko BBL, promoted side Crailsheim Merlins and Willie Young agreed that the head coach would step down with immediate effect. The club let Young’s assistant Darren Stackhouse go last week and decided to make a move at the top. The new man in charge is a familiar face in Crailsheim in Ingo Enskat, who was the coach before Young took over two and a half years ago. The injured team captain Stevie Johnson will serve as Enskat’s assistant coach.
Dunk you very much
The Beko BBL continues to show week in, week out how exciting and high-flying its players are. Here another sampling:
Man, Trier can knit!
In honor of TBB Trier’s 25th anniversary of being in the Beko BBL, they wanted fans to knit a scarf of about 2,500 meters. The people of Trier and the surrounding area wouldn’t stop at 2,500 meters and the fan scarf ended up being 2.8 kilometres long. To see just how long it was, you can fast forward to the 3:50 minute mark in this video. Fantastic stuff! Congrats!
How attractive is the Beko BBL?
Have you ever wondered how attractive the Beko BBL is? Well, Jonas Ratajczak did just that. Here is a link to his findings. Give it a read.
Duncan shows he can do more than play hoops
Give a guy some time away from the court and a set of drums and you never know what will happen. Brose Baskets’ big man Josh Duncan showed he can hold his own on the skins.
German Top Five of the Week
Here are the five German players of the week with a JoVo sighting.
G: Per Günther, ratiopham ulm
Per returns for the second straight week as he came up big in Ulm’s victory over Bonn, hitting four threes in making 10-of-13 shots for 29 points while also grabbing two rebounds, dishing out four assists. He did turn it over five times, but the team got the W.
G: Nicolai Simon, Basketball Löwen Braunschweig
Despite the team losing to BG Göttingen, Simon had a nice game with 14 points on 4-of-7 shots as well as two rebounds and one assist.
F: Dominik Bahiense de Mello, BG Göttingen
Okay, we’re cheating here with putting Bahiense de Mello at the forward so let’s say we’re playing with three guards this week. BdM scored 10 points, grabbed three rebounds, handed out two assists and swiped two steals in Göttingen’s win over Braunschweig.
F: Daniel Theis, Brose Baskets
Theis continues to play tremendously well as he had 13 points, three rebounds, two assists and three blocks against Frankfurt. One of his many highlights was this dunk over Johannes Voigtmann
C: Johannes Voigtmann, FRAPORT SKYLINERS
Speaking of JoVo, the Frankfurt big man returned to double figures against Bamberg with 18 points to go with six rebounds and one steal. Impressive is that he played 30 minutes despite picking up two fouls in the first 2:29 minutes of the game.
Young Gun: Johannes Richter, 20, PF, FRAPORT SKYLINERS
Richter has taken a huge step for SKYLINERS and had a great week. After collecting 15 points, six rebounds and two assists in Frankfurt’s EuroChallenge win over Bakkan mid-week, Richter then had 10 points and nine rebounds against his former club Brose Baskets.
Nowitzki passes “The Dream” in scoring, wants to play at Euro 2015
Dirk Nowitki reached a major milestone this week by passing Hakeem Olajuwon into ninth place on the NBA’s all-time leading scoring list. That makes the German Wunderkind the highest scoring foreign-born player in NBA history. Nowitzki this week also reiterated his intention of playing at Euro 2015, telling international media: “I have it in my plans. It would be lots of fun.” Germany will be co-hosting the European Championship along with France, Croatia and Latvia with one of the first round groups being played in Berlin.
Germans Overseas Watch
With the start of the college basketball season in the United States, this segment will be more than just updates on Dirk and Dennis in the NBA or Tibor and Maxi (another great game by the way) in Spain. So, this week, let’s head to the Columbia Lions where German guard Maodo Lo, a junior with the Ivy League team, scored 19 points on 7-of-16 shots to go with three rebounds, two assists and four steals in a 57-56 loss at Stony Brook (#12 in light blue in the video below). Lo was pretty much an unknown in Germany until last summer when he was in the mix with the German senior national team for the EuroBasket 2015 qualifiers.