Berlin still undefeated / Theodore vs Godbold / JoVo debuts
— 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:
League finally catches up to Berlin - Still undefeated atop Beko BBL
The Beko BBL finally caught up to ALBA BERLIN as the current league leaders had the weekend off after having played their Round 6 game on October 1 against ratiopharm ulm. Berlin’s most recent game was their 104-71 drubbing of GIESSEN 46ers for a 6-0 record. Eight players scored at least eight points for Berlin with Ismet Akpinar leading the way with a career high 21. Berlin’s next game will actually be a top-of-the-table battle against second-placed Telekom Baskets Bonn on November 8 in Bonn. Berlin won despite giving up this nasty dunk to Giessen’s Suleiman Braimoh:
Bonn keep winning, end Würzburg streak - await date with Berlin
Telekom Baskets Bonn have the second-longest winning streak at five games as they handed s.Oliver Baskets Würzburg their first loss of the season and sit second in the Beko BBL. Mathias Fischer’s team, who haven’t lost since their season-opening defeat at Crailsheim Merlins, is one of four teams with a 5-1 record, along with Brose Baskets Bamberg, MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg and Bayern Munich. Bonn dropped Würzburg’s record to 4-1 as they dished out 27 assists and made 15-of-26 three-pointers (58 percent) in a 103-79 victory. Bonn center Dirk Mädrich has been great all season and was strong against Würzburg as well.
Theodore vs Godbold highlights Frankfurt vs Göttingen
FRAPORT SKYLINERS are currently among the eight teams who would qualify for the playoffs while BG Göttingen would get relegated. The teams faced off and the Round 5 battle was a great showdown between Frankfurt’s Jordan Theodore and David Godbold of Göttingen. Theodore hel-ped his team to the 84-71 win with 28 points, 10 assists and five steals while Godbold lit it up with eight three-pointers in scoring 30 points. Here are some of Godbold’s highlights:
JoVo, Barthel finally debut, SKYLINERS healthy at just right time
FRAPORT SKYLINERS are finally getting healthy just at the right time as Frankfurt will see where they stand over the next three weeks. The trio of Konsti Klein, Danilo Barthel and Johannes Voigtmann had played one game until October 24 at BG Göttingen - Klein’s debut on October 2. But Klein returned to the court and Barthel made his 2015-16 season debut against Göttingen. And then JoVo marked his debut on October 31 against Phoenix Hagen with 14 points, six rebounds and one block while Klein and Barthel combined for 13 points, six rebounds and four assists. SKYLINERS’ next three games are against Bayern Munich, versus Bamberg and at Bonn. Here are highlights of JoVo’s debut:
Players of the Weeks
The top player from Round 5 was Frankfurt point guard Jordan Theodore, who had 28 points on 10-of-13 shooting and 8-of-8 free throws as well as two rebounds, 10 assists and five steals for an efficiency of 42 versus Göttingen. Round 6’s top honors went to Bayern’s K.C. Rivers, who collect-ed 23 points on 8-of-10 shots and 1-of-1 free throws as well as four rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block for an efficiency of 28.
35, 38 for Bayern
Bayern Munich tied a Beko BBL record in their 114-73 victory over Göttingen as they collected 35 assists as a team, evening the mark of 35 by Artland Dragon from April last season. Bayern’s pre-vious record was 34, set in January this year against Phoenix Hagen. The blowout victory also saw Munich score 38 points in the fourth quarter, the most points scored by a team in a single quarter this season. The previous top performance this season was 36 points by Bonn in the first quarter against ratiopharm ulm in Round 5.
Munich to host Beko BBL TOP FOUR 2016
Munich was awarded as the host of the Beko BBL TOP FOUR 2016 with fans from throughout the country to come to the Audi Dome from February 20-21, 2016. Tickets are already available for the spectacle, which will be hosted by Bayern Munich. Here is a look back at the 2015 Beko BBL TOP FOUR:
Akpinar, Heckmann white hot
Ismet Akpinar and Patrick Heckmann both showed off what kind of abilities they have with big games for Berlin and Bamberg, respectively. The 20-year-old Akpinar scored a career-high 21 points - in just 12:27 minutes - against Giessen as he nailed all six of his shots to go with two assists and one steal off the bench. Heckmann connected on all seven of his shots against Ulm in picking up 18 points, three rebounds and one assist. Heckmann is averaging 11.7 points on 74 percent shooting and 2.7 rebounds in just over 16 minutes per game in Bamberg’s last three games. Check out Akpinar’s highlights:
Tadda’s move to Giessen ends Bamberg era
The end of an era came in Bamberg as Karsten Tadda was allowed to leave Brose Baskets Bam-berg and the German international landed at Giessen 46ers. Tadda, who is a Bamberg native, has played well in his two games thus far for Giessen in averaging 6.0 points and 5.5 assists in 26 minutes per game to start his Giessen career. Tadda has an assist-to-turnover ratio of 11-to-3 through the first two contests.
MBC still winless in last place
While Berlin is the only undefeated team, Mitteldeutscher BC is the only Beko BBL team without a victory. Silvano Poropat’s team dropped their third home game (to fall to 0-6 overall) with a 77-69 loss against Ludwigsburg. MBC shot just 44 percent from the field and turned the ball over 22 times. MBC’s have lost four of their games by eight points or fewer.
Coleman might miss season for Würzburg
s.Oliver Baskets Würzburg will be looking for another big man as William Coleman might miss the rest of the 2015-16 season after hand surgery. Coleman injured a tendon in his left hand in practice.
German Top Five of the Week
G: Per Günther, ratiopharm ulm
Günther collected a double-double for Ulm against Bonn with 17 points and 10 assists while turning the ball over three times. Versus Brose Baskets Bamberg, Günther had eight points, one rebound, four assists, two steals and three turnovers.
G: Nihad Djedovic, Bayern Munich
Djedovic had a solid game against Bayreuth with 14 points as well as three rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block. The Bosnian picked up 11 points, one rebound, three assists and two steals vs Göttingen.
F: Paul Zipser, Bayern Munich
With NBA scouts paying more and more attention to him, Zipser tallied 14 points versus Bayreuth while also grabbing seven rebounds. In Munich’s big win over Göttingen, Zipser had 13 points in-cluding 3-of-5 on threes while adding five rebounds, six assists and one steal.
C: Dirk Mädrich, Telekom Baskets Bonn
Mädrich continued his fantastic 2015-16 season with two more good games. He had 15 points in-cluding three three-pointers as well as three rebounds, three assists and two steals against Ulm. Against Würzburg, Mädrich collected 14 points - including four three-balls - seven rebounds, one assist and two steals.
C: Jannik Freese, Eisbären Bremerhaven
Freese struggled from the field as he made just 3-of-11 but had nine points, seven rebounds, four assists and one block against Braunschweig. Against Ludwigsburg, Freese had seven points, 11 rebounds and two assists.
Jonas Grof, 19, PG, Phoenix Hagen
Grof seems to have passed Niklas Geske in the Hagen rotation as the 19-year-old point guard had a big game against Frankfurt with career highs in points (10 on 4-of-11 shooting and 2-of-2 free throws) and rebounds (seven) while also picking up one assist, two blocks and four personal fouls for an efficiency of 13 in 30:18 minutes of action. That showing came after he had four points on 2-of-3 shooting with one rebound, one assist, one turnover and two fouls in 9:15 minutes against Würzburg.
Robert Zinn, 20, PG, Mitteldeutscher BC
Zinn also set career highs as the 20-year-old MBC point guard had nine points (on 3-of-4 three-pointers) and four assists to go with one rebound, one block and two turnovers in 28:05 minutes against Ludwigsburg.
Daniel Mayr, 20, C, Bayern Munich
The 20-year-old 2.17m big man had five points on 2-of-3 shots and 1-of-1 free throws as well as two rebounds against Göttingen. Mayr has been very productive this season with 17 points, five rebounds and an efficiency of 18 in 20:39 minutes over five games this season.
Freudenberg, Jallow, Kutzschmar first Beko BBL points; three youngsters make debuts
The season is still young but a number of young players are giving their teams’ fans promise for the future. Bayern Munich top talents Richard Freudenberg and Karim Jallow both scored their first points as a professional (against Bayreuth and Göttingen respectively) while Giessen’s Simon Kutzschmar did the same against Berlin as an 18-year-old (he has since turned 19). A trio of young Germans made their Beko BBL debut as 16-year-old Philipp Hadenfeldt played 18 seconds in his first game for Göttingen versus Frankfurt. Giessen’s Konstantin Kovalev debuted against Berlin while fellow 20-year-old Steffen Haufs played his first Beko BBL game against WALTER Tigers Tübingen.
Mahir Agva has been taken out of the WALTER Tigers Tübingen starting line-up but the 19-year-old is still being productive in his time on the court. Against Crailsheim, Agva had six points on 2-of-4 shots and 2-of-2 free throws while also picking up seven rebounds, one steal, one block, two turnovers and four fouls in 15:48 minutes. In 19:37 minutes versus Bayreuth, Agva collected two points (1-of-4 shots), one rebound, one assist, one steal, one turnover and four fouls.
Tibor Pleiß has made his NBA debut with the Utah Jazz, playing two minutes against the Philadel-phia 76ers and hitting his only shot for two points while grabbing one rebound and committing two fouls. Here is a video of Tibor’s first NBA basket.
Ludwigsburg back in ANGT - join Bamberg, Berlin and Munich in Euroleague tournament
After missing last season’s Adidas Next Generation Tournament, BBA Ludwigsburg will once again take part in the Euroleague’s elite U18 tournament, joining Beko BBL teams ALBA BERLIN, Brose Baskets Bamberg and Bayern Munich. Bamberg will be playing in the ANGT qualifier in L’Hospitalet while Ludwigsburg will compete in the Kaunas ANGT qualifier and both Berlin and Munich will be in the Belgrade ANGT qualifying field. The winners of the four qualifiers (the first of the four is held in Rome) will play at the 2016 Euroleague Final Four.