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Bayern breeze past Oldenburg / Bamberg win and lock up Trinchieri / Strong start for Mahir Agva © Rauchensteiner

Bayern breeze past Oldenburg / Bamberg win and lock up Trinchieri / Strong start for Mahir Agva

— David Hein

Reigning champions Brose Baskets Bamberg opened their 2015-16 Beko BBL campaign with a strong win and also locked up head coach Andrea Trinchieri until 2017 while KC Rivers was excellent for Bayern Munich in his Germany debut. The league leader early on however is ALBA BERLIN with two wins.

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:

Bamberg open season with road win; lock up Coach Trinchieri until 2017

Brose Baskets Bamberg opened the defense of their Beko BBL title with a strong 79-63 victory at Basketball Löwen Braunschweig as point guards Brad Wanamaker and Janis Strelnieks both had 17 points. Bamberg also made a major management decision by locking up head coach Andrea Trinchieri until the end of the 2016-17 season. Trinchieri’s deal had included an opt-out after this season but the sides agreed to stay together for next season as well.

Rivers impressive in debut as Bayern breeze by Oldenburg in opener

Bayern Munich tipped off their season with a convincing 82-56 victory over EWE Baskets Oldenburg as the guard trio KC Rivers, Nihad Djedovic and Alex Renfroe all scored at least 15 points and combined for 13 rebounds, 16 assists and five steals. After winning the Euroleague title last season with Real Madrid, Rivers excelled in his Germany debut with 21 points and five assists - including this beauty of a pass:

Berlin grab two 20-point home victories – add veteran Loncar

The leader in the standings is ALBA BERLIN, who because of scheduling issues have already played two games – winning both at home 74-54 against ratiopharm ulm and 97-77 vs medi bayreuth (notice the all caps Berlin beating two teams with all lowercase names). Berlin also made an important addition to their team as they signed 32-year-old Croatian veteran Kresimir Loncar, who helped Khimki Moscow to the Eurocup title in 2012.

Short-handed SKYLINERS survive three-point quarter to beat Bremerhaven

FRAPORT SKYLINERS shrugged off missing two of their leading players and a 10-minute scoreless stretch to start their season with an important 67-59 road victory over Eisbären Bremerhaven. German internationals Johannes Voigtmann (knee) and Danilo Barthel (back) missed the game for Frankfurt, who scored just three points in the third quarter but still managed to beat Bremerhaven by eight points thanks in large part to 16 points, eight rebounds and five assists from Aaron Doornekamp.

Player of the Week

After making his professional debut last year in Japan, Brendan Lane opened his Beko BBL career with a huge performance for s.Oliver Baskets Würzburg, collecting 26 points on 10-of-16 shooting and 5-of-5 free throws, 10 rebounds, two assists, one steal and four blocks for an efficiency of 35 in a big road victory over Ulm.

Stats Corner – 30/2/44/6

Phoenix Hagen’s 79-72 victory at Mitteldeutscher BC was definitely one for stats freaks. MBC scored 30 points in the first quarter in taking a 10-point lead but went for just two points in the fourth quarter to watch Hagen streak by them down the stretch. David Bell and John Stuart Mann combined for 44 points for Hagen while MBC big man Chris Otule picked up 16 points as well as an impressive six blocks. Here are a couple of his blocks:

German Top Five of the Week

G: Nihad Djedovic, Bayern Munich

Djedovic had a great opener for Munich vs EWE Baskets Oldenburg with 18 points on 7-of-14 shooting with 2-of-2 free throws to go with five rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block.

G: Niels Giffey, ALBA BERLIN

Giffey started the season strong with two solid games for Berlin, with nine points and three rebounds versus ratiopharm ulm and 10 points and seven rebounds against medi bayreuth.

F: Julian Albus, WALTER Tigers Tübingen

Tübingen hit 16 three-pointers in their win over BG Göttingen with Albus nailing five of them, scoring 15 points on 5-of-7 threes as well as one rebound, two assists and one steal for an efficiency of 17.

F: Konrad Wysocki, Crailsheim Merlins

Wysocki was one of Crailsheim’s biggest leaders with 17 points on 5-of-12 shots and 4-of-4 free throws while also picking up seven rebounds, two assists and two steals versus Telekom Baskets Bonn.

F: Steve Wachalski, medi bayreuth

Wachalski made 3-of-5 shots and 3-of-4 free throws for 11 points while also adding three rebounds and one assist against Berlin

Young Guns

Joschka Ferner, 19, SF, ratiopharm ulm

Ferner started both games at small forward to tip off the season for Ulm. In the opener, he had three points on 1-of-3 three-pointers to go with one turnover and one foul in 9:30 minutes. Against Würzburg, Ferner had one assist and one turnover in 5:46 minutes.

Richard Freudenberg/Daniel Mayr/Karim Jallow, 17/20/18, SF/C/SG, Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich’s blow-out victory over Oldenburg gave their youngsters a chance to play. The 17-year-old Freudenberg went scoreless missing his two shots while blocking one shot in 4:45 minutes. The 20-year-old big man Mayr played the same amount of minutes with five points as he hit his only shot and all three free throws while grabbing two rebounds. The 18-year-old Jallow had one rebound and committed one foul in 3:35 minutes.

Niklas Geske, 21, PG, Phoenix Hagen

Geske picked right back up after a strong last season as he had six points on 2-of-7 shots and 2-of-3 free throws to go with three rebounds, one assist and two turnovers against MBC.

Agva Watch

The last two seasons we have looked at a young German player who will emerge over the course of the season on the international scene. Following in the footsteps of Maxi Kleber and Johannes Voigtmann, this season’s Weekly News’ player to watch will be WALTER Tigers Tübingen’s starting 19-year-old center Mahir Agva. The 2.06m big man built on his strong end of last season in Tübingen’s opener against Göttingen with 11 points on 5-of-11 shots and 1-of-2 free throws to go with 10 rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and one turnover in 23:29 minutes of action.

Germans Overseas Watch

Not many leagues have started action this season yet, but things have tipped off in Russia, where Tim Ohlbrecht is playing for Enisey Krasnoyarsk. The German center had 15 points on 7-of-8 shots and 1-of-1 free throws with seven rebounds and two turnovers in 20 minutes of a loss against Zenit St. Petersburg.

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