Berlin bash Bonn, Theodore torches Bayern, Ludwigsburg win on buzzer vs Ulm
— 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:
Berlin blast by Bonn, still tops and undefeated
It was billed up to be “The Mother of all Games”, but Telekom Baskets Bonn versus ALBA BERLIN did not live up to the expectations as Berlin rolled past Bonn 77-57 on the road. In a showdown of the top two teams in the league, Will Cherry paced four players in double figures as Berlin never trailed. Bonn did not get closer than 10 points over the final 14 minutes of the game. Berlin are tops in the league at 7-0 while Bonn dropped to a group of four teams at 5-2. Michael Watt came up with a block at one end and then dunked home at the other for the winners.
Theodore torches Bayern late
One of the four 5-2 teams is Bayern Munich, who watched Jordan Theodore score 21 of his 22 points in the second half and 14 points in the final 4:19 minutes as FRAPORT SKYLINERS won at home 74-69. Frankfurt have won six games in a row in Germany and the FIBA Europe Cup, mat-ching Bayern’s record at 5-2. Theodore also helped hold Munich playmaker Alex Renfroe to zero points and three turnovers in 20 minutes. Check out some of Theodore’s highlights:
Cotton game-winner keeps Ludwigsburg on roll, Ulm looking for answers
MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg remained right on the heels of Berlin with a 6-1 record after getting a 71-69 victory at ratiopharm ulm thanks to Tekele Cotton’s layup at the buzzer. Ulm led by 11 points in the first half before falling behind by 10 points early in the fourth quarter. Ulm got back into the game and tied it with 47 seconds before Cotton’s heroics. Ludwigsburg won with assistant coach Martin Schiller at the helm as head coach John Patrick was disqualified with two technical fouls. Ludwigsburg big man Jon Brockman collected 13 points and 13 rebounds for his third straight double-double and fifth in seven games. Check out the week's Top Ten for Cotton's heroics.
Double double-double lead Würzburg back to win column
s.Oliver Baskets Würzburg returned to their winning ways after just one loss as they rolled past medi bayreuth 79-60 thanks to double-doubles from Dru Joyce (18 points, 10 assists) and Brendan Lane (17 points, 11 rebounds). Würzburg improved to 5-1, just one win behind Ludwigsburg and Bamberg at 6-1. Here is one of Joyce’s 10 assists:
Player of the Week
Nikos Zisis was in superstar form in the fourth quarter for Brose Baskets Bamberg against WAL-TER Tigers Tübingen with 16 points and two assists in the final 10 minutes. For the game, the Greek veteran collected 21 points on 5-of-7 shots including 3-of-4 three-pointers and 8-of-8 free throws as well as three rebounds, eight assists, one steal and one turnover in 30:10 minutes off the bench for an efficiency of 30. Here are some of his highlights.
Oldenburg race back from 17 points down to keep MBC winless
Mitteldeutscher BC wasted a 17-point lead in the third quarter as they failed to pick up their first victory of the season, losing 93-87 at home to EWE Baskets Oldenburg. MBC, who dropped to 0-7, led 66-49 with six minutes left in the third quarter before Oldenburg went on a 35-8 run to take con-trol of the game. One of the highlights was this big dunk by Rickey Paulding:
MBC bring back Hatten, release duo; Bayreuth add big man Naymick
Winless MBC continue to change up their team as they released Haukur Palsson and Ivan Siriscevic while welcoming back an old acquaintance. MBC brought back Marcus Hatten on a deal until 2017. The 34-year-old Hatten averaged 13.6 points, 5.0 assists and 3.8 rebounds for MBC in 2013-14, when he helped the team to a ninth-placed finish. medi bayreuth also made a move as they brought in 30-year-old American center Drew Naymick after an injury to Kendall Gray. Here are some of Hatten’s highlights from 2014.
Bayern almost beat Real Madrid, Bamberg knock off Maccabi
One of the biggest things missing for the Beko BBL in becoming the best domestic league in Eu-rope is big game success. Bayern Munich came really close during the week in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague while Brose Baskets Bamberg got a big win. Munich came back from a 15-point first quarter deficit and wasted a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter in losing 101-99 at Real Madrid. Bamberg meanwhile knocked off Maccabi Tel Aviv 77-66 as Nicolo Melli had nine points, six rebounds and 10 assists and Daniel Theis picked up 16 points and seven rebounds.
German Top Five of the Week
G: Per Günther, ratiopharm ulm
Günther scored 11 points on 3-of-5 shots and 3-of-6 free throws as well as one rebound and three assists in a tough loss against Ludwigsburg.
G: Karsten Tadda, Giessen 46ers
Tadda continues to play well for Giessen with 14 points on 3-of-6 shots and 7-of-7 free throws while also picking up five rebounds and five assists against Bremerhaven.
F: Philipp Schwethelm, EWE Baskets Oldenburg
While Lucca Staiger made five three-pointers in scoring 15 points for Bamberg in less than 12 minutes, Schwethelm nailed two big three-pointers in the fourth quarter as he scored a season-high 11 points on 4-of-7 shots and 3-of-6 threes as well as a season-best six rebounds, one assist and one steal in a big second half comeback win over MBC.
F: Konrad Wysocki, Crailsheim Merlins
Wysocki collected his first double-double of the season with 14 points on 4-of-9 shots and 5-of-6 free throws to go with 10 rebounds - five of them offensive. He also had four assists and one steal against Braunschweig.
F: Steve Wachalski, medi bayreuth
The veteran did all he could for Bayreuth against Würzburg with 13 points on 1-of-3 shots and 10-of-10 free throws, 10 rebounds and two steals.
Robert Zinn, 20, PG, Mitteldeutscher BC
Zinn continued his strong recent run with a career-high 11 points on 4-of-7 shots, one rebound and two assists with one turnover and three personal fouls in 19:05 minutes against Oldenburg.
Niklas Geske, 21, PG, Phoenix Hagen
Geske missed both of his shots from the field but he collected four points on 4-of-4 free throws against Göttingen. The playmaker also had one rebound, five assists and one turnover in 17:28 minutes.
Malik Müller, 21, SG, Brose Baskets Bamberg/Tim Deschner, 17, PG, WALTER Tigers Tübingen
Bamberg’s big win over Tübingen saw the Beko BBL debuts of one player from each side as Müller played 22 seconds for Bamberg without registering any stats and Deschner missed one shot in 34 seconds.
Mahir Agva had a decent game off the bench for Tübingen with four points on 2-of-2 shots to go with two rebounds and one steal in 16:47 minutes. The 19-year-old had two personal fouls but did not commit a turnover versus Bamberg.
A week after picking up a double-double of 15 points and 14 rebounds against Khimki Moscow Region, Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade center Maik Zirbes had 10 points, four rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block against Fenerbahce as the former Trier and Bamberg big man con-tinues to excel in Europe. He also was featured by Euroleague Basketball.