Niklas Geske and Eugene Lawrence with game winners; Big Three Bs victorious, Frankfurt remains hot
— 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:
Big Three all win
The second half of the season is upon us and ALBA BERLIN (84-76 vs Tübingen), Brose Baskets (94-75 against Göttingen) and Bayern Munich (90-84 vs. Bremerhaven) all captured home victories to start the back stretch of the Beko BBL campaign. Berlin are atop the league at 17-1 with Bamberg second at 15-3 and Munich third at 14-4 – now 2.5 games ahead of EWE Baskets Oldenburg, who dropped to 11-6 with an 80-71 loss at Braunschweig. Here are just two highlights from the Berlin and Bamberg victories.
Geske with great game-winner for hot Phoenix Hagen
Bamberg have won eight straight games but the second-longest winning streak is four games for both Phoenix Hagen and MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg, who are both 8-10 on the edge of the playoff spots. Hagen’s latest victory produced one of the best highlights of the Beko BBL season thus far. The game at medi bayreuth appeared to be going to overtime … and then Niklas Geske came up big time – for the 76-73 win.
Lawrence says “No thanks” to overtime for Bonn
Eugene Lawrence also was ready to go home on time and avoid overtime for Telekom Baskets Bonn as the Bonn playmaker nailed a game-winning three-pointer in the dying seconds to give Bonn a 79-76 victory at home over last-placed Crailsheim Merlins.
SKYLINERS stay hot – knock off Ulm
Don’t look now but FRAPORT SKYLINERS are back in the playoff ranks after a 76-67 victory over ratiopharm ulm. Five players scored in double digits for Frankfurt, who have won seven of their last nine games to jump to eighth place in the standings with a 9-9 record. Ulm lost despite this throw-down by Tim Ohlbrecht:
MBC let Serapinas head back to home land Lithuania, close to deal with Wyrick
Mitteldeutscher BC have agreed to release Lithuanian Simonas Serapinas from his contract and the wing player will return to his home land to play for top flight side Mazeikiai. MBC have since been rumored to be close to acquiring former Beko BBL player Beckham Wyrick. Sportando has reported that the outside shooter will return to Germany, where he played with Bayer Giants Leverkusen, Brose Baskets, Bayern Munich and medi bayreuth from 2006 to 2014.
Bamberg near adding playmaker Robinson
Another rumor out there is that Brose Baskets Bamberg are close to bringing in playmaker Dawan Robinson, who played for FRAPORT SKYLINERS during the 2012-13 season and has apparently terminated his contract with Italian first division side Pallacanestro Varese. Before saying that Bamberg wanted to sign the 32-year-old Robinson, Sportando quoted David Pick that the club was going to sign a deal with forward Michael Snaer.
Berlin-Bamberg showdown to end regular season – serve as warm-up for Beko BBL playoffs
It’s not often that a schedule change makes the Weekly News but it’s a big deal when quite likely the top two teams in the league will face off less than week before the Beko BBL playoffs tip off. ALBA BERLIN were due to host Brose Baskets Bamberg on February 28 but the game had to be moved because Berlin are playing at Barcelona in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16 on February 27. The new date for the game is Sunday, May 3 at 5 p.m. The playoffs start a week later on May 9.
Player(s) of the Week
There are two winners of the Player of the Week honor this week. Bamberg’s Daniel Theis scored 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting and 3-of-4 free throws to go with seven rebounds, five assists, one steal, three blocks and two turnovers for an efficiency of 28 against Göttingen. Berlin’s Jamel McLean matched that efficiency against Tübingen with 18 points on 7-of-10 shots, 4-of-5 free throws, eight rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block. Both Theis and McLean made special appearances on this great look at some of the most exciting fast breaks of the past week:
Johannes Voigtmann continues to produce at a solid level as he scored 10 points while hitting 5-of-7 shots and grabbing six rebounds. He dished out one assist while turning the ball over once and committing three fouls in 16:43 minutes for an efficiency of 14.
German Top Five of the Week
Here are the top five German players, including a nearly perfect Elias Harris.
G: Per Günther, ratiopharm ulm
Günther struggled a bit with his shot, hitting just 4-of-14 shots and 3-of-4 free throws for 14 points while he did collect three rebounds and seven assists in Ulm’s loss to Frankfurt.
G: Anton Gavel, Bayern Munich
Gavel knocked down 4-of-9 shots and 2-of-3 free throws in scoring 13 points in Munich’s win over Bremerhaven to go along with four rebounds and five assists.
F: Elias Harris, Brose Baskets
Harris was just about perfect, hitting all five of his shots and six of his free throws for 16 points and he added two assists, two steals and one block with zero turnovers for an efficiency of 27 against Göttingen.
F: Danielo Barthel, FRAPORT SKYLINERS
Barthel collected his second double-double of the season against Ulm with 15 points on 6-of-10 shots and 1-of-3 free throws and 10 rebounds along with three blocks.
C: Daniel Theis, Brose Baskets
Usually Tim Ohlbrecht’s 15 points and seven points would be enough to get on the Top Five, but Theis had one of the best performances of the week in the league with 19 points, seven rebounds, five assists, one steal and three blocks.
Bogdan Radosavljevic, 21, C, WALTER Tigers Tübingen
Radosavljevic started the game and collected 14 points on 4-of-9 shots and 6-of-6 free throws to go with five rebounds, one block, one turnovers and five fouls in 22:39 minutes.
Niklas Geske, 20, PG, Phoenix Hagen
Geske did not just hit the buzzer-beater winner but also had 10 points on 3-of-6 shots and 3-of-3 free throws as well as one rebound, five assists, one steal and one turnover.
Julian Albus, 22, SF, WALTER Tigers Tübingen
Albus started the game and scored three points but did the small stuff with two rebounds, two assists and one steal with two turnovers.
Look back at ALLSTAR Day
Do you already miss the ALLSTAR Day? Here are two great videos looking back at the festivities in Ulm – the mini movie and poetry in slow motion:
Germans Overseas Watch
Patrick Heckmann is having a solid senior season with Boston College and the guard had a nice week with 14 points, three rebounds, three assists and two blocks against Harvard and then collected 15 points, two rebounds and one assist against Virginia.