92/100 from downtown - Schwethelm lighting it up / Bo knows Bayern / Chris Fleming takes over German national team
— 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 know Bo – for a month, for now
Bayern Munich had seen enough and finally made a move to combat their on-going injury concerns as the reigning Beko BBL champions signed Euroleague Final Four veteran Bo McCalebb on a one-month deal. The 29-year-old point guard made his debut with Bayern in the Euroleague loss at home to Barcelona and then helped Munich to a win at Crailsheim Merlins in his Beko BBL debut. “I was waiting too long at home. I was just ready to play,” said McCalebb after the Barcelona game. Those Beko BBL fans who don’t know Bo, be prepared to be wowed. Here a sampling of the New Orleans native’s work versus the Boston Celtics:
Holston, Leunen give Artland, Ulm thrilling wins
Beko BBL fans know David Holston steps up late, but now they can add Maarty Leunen to the list of last-second game winners. Holston did his magic again for Artland Dragons – keeping medi bayreuth winless against the team from Quakenbrück. Eisbären Bremerhaven have not won at home over ratiophaurm ulm since 2006 and they will have to wait at least another year as Leunen hit a lay-up with 0.9 seconds left to give Ulm the win. Hold your breath for these highlights!
Oldenburg finally beat Bamberg at home
It had been five years since EWE Baskets Oldenburg beat Brose Baskets Bamberg at home. That streak was snapped this week thanks in large part to Casper Ware, who scored 26 points in his second game for Oldenburg. Rickey Paulding and Adam Chubb combined for 40 more points for Oldenburg. Here are the highlights.
Hagen come back, steal third road victory; get good financial news
Phoenix Hagen got two pieces of good news this week. First, the news off the court, where the club announced a financial restructuring plan that might make it possible to bring in a sixth foreigner by early December. That would mean a desperately-needed center. On the court, Hagen showed their toughness on the road where they came back from a 15-point deficit to beat MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg 87-85 – finishing the game with Keith Ramsey stealing the ball from Shawn Huff, who hit the game-winner a week earlier for Ludwigsburg. Hagen are 3-2 on the road but must find a way to win at home with an 0-5 record including losses against Eisbären Bremerhaven and Basketball Löwen Braunschweig. Here are the highlights of Hagen’s comeback.
SKYLINERS prevail in relegation battle
FRAPORT SKYLINERS came into their home game against WALTER Tigers Tübingen in 17th place in the Beko BBL and Tübingen 16th. Frankfurt finally got Mikko Koivisto back into the lineup – for the first time since October 19 - and the Finnish international scored 14 points on four three-pointers in helping SKYLINERS to the 79-63 win to push Frankfurt up to 13th in the standings. Here the highlights.
He’s back: Zipser shines in return
Welcome back to the Beko BBL, Paul Zipser! More than six months after tearing a knee ligament coming down for a rebound in Game Two of Bayern Munich’s first round playoff series against MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg, the 20-year-old forward made his return to the court for Munich at Crailsheim Merlins. Zipser played the final 6:28 minutes of the game and showed his versatility, hitting a three-pointer then a baseline jumper before converting a layup on the break and finishing the game with a three at the final buzzer for 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting while also grabbing three rebounds and blocking one shot. “I am just happy that I am back after such a long road,” said Zipser. Check out one of Zipser’s biggest moments last season when he scored 14 points in the Euroleague against Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar.
Trier, Ludwigsburg extend deals with Harris, Campbell; Mallet plays for Göttingen
TBB Trier liked what they saw in combo guard Rickey Harris and extended the 27-year-old’s contract until the end of the season. The extension came one day after he scored 19 points against medi bayreuth in what would have been his final game for Trier. MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg also signed an extension with a player, albeit a six-week deal with Folarin Campbell after his strong 16-point showing against Artland Dragons. Campbell will be with the team until the end of 2014. Promoted side BG Göttingen had a new but familiar player on the team over the weekend against Mitteldeutscher BC as Jermaine Mallet helped fill in for the loss of Khalid El-Amin. Mallet, who helped Göttingen earn promotion to the Beko BBL, is reportedly going to be in Göttingen until December 21.
Player of the Week
What a battle for Player of the Week honors this week! Usually a 34 efficiency rating would be enough to get the nod. But Javon McCrea’s 28 points and 34 efficiency vs. Artland Dragons was not enough. Neither was Lorenzo Williams’ 38 efficiency with 24 points, 10 assists, four steals and two rebounds against Ulm. No, the winner this week was Raymar Morgan, who tried his best to fill in for Khalid El-Amin with a 39 efficiency for BG Göttingen. But his 32 points on 12-of-15 shooting from the field and 7-of-8 free throws as well as 10 rebounds, one steal and one block were not enough in a home loss against Mitteldeutscher BC.
It may have been a week of thrilling games, but there was also a fair share of poor shooting. Vladimir Mihailovic struggled mightily in his Beko BBL debut for WALTER Tigers Tübingen, missing all 11 of his shots from the field – including all six of his three-point attempts. He did make five free throws for five points. Fellow Tübingen starter Michael Cuffee went 0-of-8 from the field and went scoreless. As a team, Tübingen made just 2-of-18 threes – or 11 percent. BG Göttingen actually shot worse from three-point range, making just 2-of-21 or 9.5 percent vs MBC.
Schwethelm lighting it up from long range
Speaking of long range bombing … ratiopharm ulm’s Phil Schwethelm heard about a player in Spain challenging other players to make more than the 89 of 100 three-pointers he did for a commercial. A Finnish player took up the challenge and hit 92 of 100. As did Ulm’s marksman Schwethelm. In case you don’t want to count, Phil drains 46 threes in a row between shots 45 and 92 – can you say muscle memory. Here is the full video:
Basketball Insiders: Nihad Djedovic
In the latest edition of Basketball Insiders, Bayern Munich’s Nihad Djedovic talks about the injury problems with the reigning Beko BBL champions and confirms his commitment to the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team. Check the video here!
German Top Five of the Week
Here are the five German players of the week with a JoVo sighting.
G: David Bremley, medi bayreuth
Bremley matched his career high with 14 points against Artland on 5-of-10 shooting while also picking up six rebounds and one assist in the home loss … and this breakaway steal:
G: Maximilian Rockmann, Crailsheim Merlins
Rockmann had a solid game for the promoted team against Bayern Munich with a career-high nine points in a career high 17:39 minutes while also collecting two rebounds and one assist.
F: Steve Wachalski, Telekom Baskets Bonn
Steve Wachalski was on fire! The Bonn forward nailed a career high eight three-pointers – six of them in the fourth quarter alone – in scoring a career high 26 points in a win over TBB Trier. Wachalski, who made eight of his 10 three attempts, also had five rebounds and two steals. You don’t believe me? Check it out!
F: Johannes Voigtmann, FRAPORT SKYLINERS
JoVo is back again as he collected nine points (on 4-of-10 shots), eight rebounds, four assists and one steal while not turning the ball over in 31:15 minutes against WALTER Tigers Tübingen. And the big man showed some trick shot skills from downtown to beat the shotclock:
C: Bogdan Radosavljevic, WALTER Tigers Tübingen
Bogdan was the top scorer for Tübingen against Frankfurt with 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting while he also had eight rebounds, two assists and two turnovers before fouling out in 28:20 minutes.
Stefan Ilzhöfer, 19, SF, FRAPORT SKYLINERS
What do you know, a SKYLINERS player in the Young Guns section. Ilzhöfer played a career-high 19:49 minutes against Tübingen and scored a career-high six points on 1-of-4 shooting while also collecting one rebound and three assists.
Niklas Geske, 20 PG, Phoenix Hagen
Geske continues to use his time well for Hagen as he picked up six points and two rebounds as well as a big basket for a 72-71 lead over Ludwigsburg in 10:42 minutes of action.
Jonas Grof, 18, PG, Phoenix Hagen
Another youngster in Hagen – the 18-year-old Grof made his Beko BBL debut and did a solid job with five points on 2-of-2 shooting from the field and 1-2 from the line while also picking up one foul in 5:43 minutes against Ludwigsburg.
DBB hires Fleming as German NT coach until 2016
It had been rumored since his firing at Brose Baskets Bamberg and it finally became official this week as the German Basketball Federation hired Chris Fleming as the senior national team coach until 2016 with an option until 2017. DBB President Ingo Weiss said the sides are also talking about an extension until 2020. Fleming, who won four straight league titles and three German Cups with Bamberg, has previous experience with the DBB, coaching Germany at the 2005 U20 European Championship. The only two candidates who made sense were Fleming and current Bayern coach and past DBB coach Svetislav Pesic. Fleming’s main job will be to integrate a system where Germany’s young talents can play with – and not just watch – Dirk Nowitzki at EuroBasket 2015 – if the Dallas Mavericks star actually does play in Berlin next September. The goal for Fleming is to reach the top six at EuroBasket 2015, which would guarantee Germany at least a spot in the 2016 Olympics qualifying tournament. Fleming will start travelling around the United States to visit the three Germans in the NBA – Nowitzki, Dennis Schröder and Chris Kaman – as well as the dozens of Germans in U.S. colleges. He also will visit the Germans elsewhere in Europe, including Maxi Kleber and Tibor Pleiß in Spain.
Germany planning bid for 2019 FIBA World Cup
Germany has not yet co-hosted EuroBasket 2015 but the DBB is already considering applying to host the 2019 FIBA World Cup. “We are in the second phase of the application process,” said DBB President Ingo Weiss at the introduction of Chris Fleming as new German NT coach.
Germans Overseas Watch
Gavin Schilling (formerly playing for German Urspringschule) has really picked up his game after a slow start for Michigan State. After combining for six points and six rebounds in his first two games of the season, the 19-year-old big man collected eight points, three rebounds and two blocks against Loyola of Chicago and then scored 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds against Santa Clara.