Four teams top century mark / McKee leaves Oldenburg / Maxi Kleber continues great play in Spain
— 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:
The high scoring Beko BBL – four teams light it up for 100 points
The story of the Round six of the Beko BBL was the triple digits on the scoreboards with four teams around Germany scoring at least 100 points. Promoted team Crailsheim Merlins torched TBB Trier 100-84 while Brose Baskets blasted past ratiopharm ulm 101-74 and Bayern Munich mulled Eisbären Bremerhaven 101-68. But the biggest output came from EWE Baskets Oldenburg, who eased past Phoenix Hagen 122-83. The only other game this season in which a team scored 100 points in regulation was ALBA BERLIN’s 110-74 blowout win over BG Göttingen in the first round of action. The first round of games also saw Hagen beat FRAPORT SKYLINERS 105-104 in overtime. Otherwise, Beko BBL teams scored between 97-99 points on six occasions. Check out a rundown of the four 100-point games this week:
Bayern follow up Panathinaikos win, MBC continue to roll
The league is already starting to see some divide with five teams at 5-0 or 5-1 in front of Artland Dragons – who lost their second straight game to drop to 4-2 – and then five teams with three losses. By crushing Bremerhaven (video below), Munich followed up well their Euroleague win over Panathinaikos which came after back-to-back losses against Barcelona and BG Göttingen. Mitteldeutscher BC meanwhile jumped to 5-1 as well with their fifth straight victory, winning 86-71 at Artland. And Crailsheim’s big win was their first of the season.
Player of the Week
It shouldn’t be a surprise that one of the four 100-point games produced this week’s Player of the Week. And the winner is Bamberg’s Ryan Thompson, who made 14-of-17 shots – including 5-of-7 three-pointers – in scoring 35 points while also adding three rebounds, four assists and two steals for an efficiency rating of 35 in the win over Ulm. Here are the highlights of Thompson’s big game.
McKee leaves Oldenburg
One of the top Beko BBL title contenders EWE Baskets Oldenburg saw their starting point guard Ty McKee leave the team, saying he wanted his contract terminated for “personal reasons”. The move came after Oldenburg’s big weekend win over Phoenix Hagen, in which McKee collected 20 points, nine rebounds and eight assists in his last contest. Oldenburg are looking for a replacement. Here are the highlights of his final game with Oldenburg.
Crailsheim adds wing Sean Mosley, Ludwigsburg part ways with Bryan-Amaning
Promoted side Crailsheim Merlins added their second replacement on the wing this week, signing a tryout contract with Sean Mosley. The 25-year-old American is the second addition in the past two weeks as Crailsheim the week before picked up Chad Timberlake. The Merlins hope that Mosley and Timberlake can become the full-time replacements for the duo of Justin Tubbs and Jared Newson, who Crailsheim released earlier this month. MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg meanwhile are looking for a replacement, albeit for a big man, as they parted ways with British center Matthew Bryan-Amaning.
Kerron “Magic” Johnson answers questions in Twitter chat
The Beko BBL’s leading scorer Kerron Johnson spent an hour of his free time this week answering questions from MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg fans, talking about his nickname “Magic”, his new best friend Rosetta Stone, poisonous spiders in Australia and his love of fellow lefty Manu Ginobili. Here is the full Twitter interview.
Bauermann heads to Russia for “Red October”
The fascinating journey of Dirk Bauermann continues as the former Bayer Leverkusen, Bamberg, Germany national team and Bayern Munich coach signed to lead Russian club Krasny Oktyabr (Red October) Volgograd. Bauermann takes over a team that was 1-1 in the Eurocup – in Group E with his former team Lietuvos Rytas – and was 1-3 in the VTB United. Since being fired from Bayern, Bauermann served as coach with Lietuvos Rytas and the Polish national team.
Beko BBL on Germany’s “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire TV” game show
The Beko BBL was featured in a question on Germany’s “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” game show. The 16,000 euro question was: “Who are the reigning German champions in basketball? A: Werder Bremen, B: FC Bayern München, C: Borussia Dortmund, D: Hertha BSC Berlin”. All of those four clubs are well-known (and partially quite successful) football teams. The contestant didn’t know the answer and used the Telephone Lifeline and her helper knew the answer “1000 percent” certain!
German Top Five of the Week
Here are the five German players of the week with a regular from the Young Guns last season making his season debut.
G: Per Günther, ratiopharm ulm
After missing the first couple of weeks, Günther is rounding into form as he scored 16 points against Bamberg including 3-of-6 on three-pointers to go with three assists. Günther did however turn the ball over five times in the defeat.
G: Anthony Canty, TBB Trier
Canty tallied 11 points for Trier against Crailsheim but couldn’t keep Trier from losing despite three rebounds, one assist and two steals as well.
F: Elias Harris, Brose Baskets
Just like the rest of the team, Harris also had a big game against Ulm with 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting while also picking up six rebounds, two assists and one steal.
F: Christian Standhardinger, Mitteldeutscher BC
Standhardinger struggled a little from the field, making just 4-of-10 from the field in a victory over Artland Dragons. But the Beko BBL rookie did collect six rebounds and dished out one assist.
C: Johannes Voigtmann, FRAPORT SKYLINERS
Former Young Gun regular JoVo is finally back in the Weekly News, this time in the German Top Five after the Frankfurt big man scored a team-high 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting while also adding six rebounds, one assist and one steal. JoVo did commit four turnovers in the loss to medi bayreuth.
Andreas Obst, 18, PG, Brose Baskets
After sitting out the start of the year with a foot injury, Obst played for the first time this season in the Eurocup against Telekom Baskets Bonn, playing 3:21 minutes and making 1-of-2 three-pointers for three points. Obst also played in the Beko BBL contest against Ulm, picking up two rebounds in 2:13 minutes without taking a shot.
Leon Kratzer, 17, C, Brose Baskets
Just like Obst, Kratzer will be playing the majority of the season with Bamberg’s second team – Bike Cafe Messingschlager Baunach – in ProA. But the young big man has been performing quite well against older competition. He made all five of his shots in scoring a season high 10 points to go with two steals against Würzburg one week after collecting eight points, 12 rebounds and two blocks against Cuxhaven.
Joschka Ferner, 17, SF, ratiopharm ulm
Sticking with players on Beko BBL clubs’ second teams who could make a jump to the Beko BBL, Ferner has played well for Ulm’s ProB side Weissenhorn youngstars as he picked up 14 points, one rebound and three assists against NOMA Iserlohn Kangeroos.
German Overseas Watch
Looking outside the German borders, Maxi Kleber continues to shine in Spain with Rio Natura Monbus Obradoiro, scoring a season-high 19 points against FIATC Joventut while also grabbing eight rebounds, two blocks and one steal.