Gießen shock Bamberg / Bonn trip up Bayern / Benzing: nine points in spanish debut
— 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:
ProA champs Giessen shock Beko BBL champs Bamberg
The 2015-16 Beko BBL season has its first real shocker as ProA champions Giessen 46ers upset reigning Beko BBL winners Brose Baskets Bamberg 81-80. Braydon Hobbs and Cameron Wells had 13 assists compared to just four turnovers as Giessen only committed 10 turnovers. Brad Wanamaker and Darius Miller combined for 11 of Bamberg’s 15 turnovers. Giessen’s late acquisition Ekenechukwu Ibekwe came up huge with 20 points and eight rebounds - not to mention this big alley-oop dunk.
Bonn’s bench takes down Bayern
A day after Giessen took down Bamberg, Telekom Baskets Bonn pulled off a surprise in southern Germany, beating Bayern Munich 91-84. Bonn’s bench came up big with reserves Xavier Silas (19 points), Rotnei Clarke (15) and Aaron White (13) being the top three scorers and combining for more points (47) than Bonn’s starting five (41). Starting point guard Eugene Lawrence made one basket in the game - but man was it a big one, a three-pointer with 34 seconds left.
Berlin barely get past Crailsheim
While the other two Big Bs both lost, ALBA BERLIN had their hands full but managed to prevail at Crailsheim Merlins 80-75. The wild card team had a 10-point lead in the second quarter and trimmed a 12-point deficit to 78-75 with 24 seconds remaining. Berlin’s Balkan pair Elmedin Kikanovice and Dragan Milosavljevic combined for 31 points in the victory - which pushed Berlin to 4-0 atop the Beko BBL.
Würzburg win in overtime vs Giessen, at under-manned SKYLINERS
Promoted side s.Oliver Baskets Würzburg opened their season back in the Beko BBL with a road victory in Ulm and continued their run this week with an overtime win at home over Giessen and a victory at FRAPORT SKYLINERS. In a re-match of last season’s ProA finals, Würzburg prevailed over Giessen 104-101 with former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder among the spectators, who saw probably the most thrilling finish this season - thanks to 24 points and 12 assists from Dru Joyce and a big shot from Maurice Stuckey.
Würzburg took advantage of an under-manned Frankfurt team - missing Danilo Barthel, Johannes Voigtmann and Konsti Klein among others - in a 77-75 victory on the road to improve to 3-0. Will Coleman had 11 points, seven rebounds and two blocks in the win - here a video sampling of his handiwork.
Ulm bounce back with two wins
ratiopharm ulm worried their fans to start the season with two straight losses - within four days. But led by a strong Per Günther, Ulm surged up the standings with two straight victories - with wins at Eisbären Bremerhaven (78-71) and at home vs Phoenix Hagen 95-73). After scoring 19 points with 10 assists in the first two games, Günther collected 17 points and eight assists against Bremerhaven and 25 and eight vs Hagen. Check out some of his highlights.
ALL-STAR Day comes to Bamberg for first time
The date for the 28th Beko BBL ALL-STAR Day has been set for January 9 for some time, but now the location has been named - with Bamberg’s brose ARENA hosting the event for the first time. Tickets are available starting on October 17. Here the highlight video from last year’s game.
Ulm brings in Spanish guard Arco to help with injury problems
ratiopharm ulm found at least a tentative solution to their injury problems as they brought in Spanish guard Salva Arco. The 30-year-old Spaniard was acquired on a limited contract as Ulm were dealing with injuries to Carlon Brown and Taylor Braun.
Player(s) of the Week(s)
The mid-week games meant two players earned top honors. Dru Joyce was outstanding in Würzburg’s win over Giessen with 24 points on 11-of-18 shooting to go with 12 assists, one rebound, two steals and one turnover for an efficiency of 31. Round three’s top player was Jerry Smith from Eisbären Bremerhaven, who scored 30 points on 9-of-15 shots and 9-of-11 free throws - while also picking up seven rebounds, four assists and three steals for an efficiency of 33.
German Top Five of the Week
G: Per Günther, ratiopharm ulm
Günther powered Ulm to two victories after the season started with two losses. The point guard had 17 points on 7-of-12 shots to go with eight assists, one rebound and two turnovers against Eisbären Bremerhaven. Against Phoenix Hagen, Günther tallied 25 points with four three-pointers on 7-of-10 shots and 7-of-10 free throws while collecting eight assists, two rebounds and one turnover.
G: Mathis Mönninghoff, BG Göttingen
Mönninghof tallied 15 points on 5-of-7 shots and 2-of-2 free throws along with three assists, one steal and two turnovers against Berlin. Against Mitteldeutscher BC, Mönninghoff hit 6-of-14 shots and both of his foul shots for 16 points to go with seven assists and one steal.
F: Adam Hess, Phoenix Hagen
Hess nailed four three-pointers against Bayern in scoring 24 points while grabbing three rebounds. Against Ulm, Hess had nine points on 4-of-10 shots and picked up four rebounds. Check out Mr. Hess on fire.
C: Dirk Mädrich, Telekom Baskets Bonn
Mädrich has been playing well for Bonn early on as he collected nine points on 4-of-9 shots and 1-of-1 free throws to go with four rebounds against Mitteldeutscher BC. He then picked up 11 points on 3-of-6 shooting and 3-of-3 free throws, four rebounds, two assists and two turnovers in Bonn’s big win over Bayern.
C: Jannik Freese, Eisbären Bremerhaven
Freese once again has become a major factor in the Beko BBL with Bremerhaven, scoring 14 points in both of the team’s games against Ulm and Tübingen. Freese, who saw his playing time drastically decrease last season moving from Crailsheim to Berlin, added seven rebounds and one assists against Ulm and had six rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block versus Tübingen.
Niklas Geske, 21, PG, Phoenix Hagen
Geske came from the bench in both games but still played well. Against Bayern Munich, the 21-year-old playmaker collected eight points on 3-of-6 shots and 1-of-2 free throws. He also had two rebounds, three assists and zero turnovers in 14:46 minutes. Geske scored eight points on 2-of-5 shots and 4-of-4 free throws to go with one rebound, two assists, four steals and three turnovers against Ulm.
Jonas Grof, 19, PG, Phoenix Hagen
Grof is the latest youngster in Hagen to make his way into the Beko BBL team. The 19-year-old playmaker played 4:29 minutes against Bayern Munich with two points on 1-of-1 shots with four rebounds and one assist. Grof picked up 11:14 minutes of play against Ulm with eight points on 4-of-6 shots to go with two rebounds.
Johannes Richter, 21, PF, FRAPORT SKYLINERS
Frankfurt are riddled with injuries and Richter has played adequately off the bench. The 21-year-old collected 13 points on 5-of-11 shots and 2-of-3 free throws to go with nine rebounds and one assist in 24 minutes in the loss against EWE Baskets Oldenburg. Richter was less effective against Würzburg with 2 points as he made his only shot while getting four rebounds, two assists and two turnovers in 19:35 minutes.
Mahir Agva struggled in his second game of the season with just two points on 0-of-2 shots and 2-of-2 free throws with one rebound and two turnovers before fouling out in just 15:05 minutes. WALTER Tigers Tübingen’s 19-year-old center bounced back against Eisbären Bremerhaven with 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting and 3-of-3 free throws with seven rebounds. Agva committed zero turnovers with three fouls in 20:57 minutes.
After playing for Germany at EuroBasket 2015, Robin Benzing has made his debut in the Spanish Liga Endesa. The small forward scored nine points on 3-of-5 shots and 1-of-1 free throws with two rebounds, one assist and one turnover for CAI Zaragoza in a 76-84 loss against Barcelona.