SKYLINERS knock off Bamberg / League looking for main sponsor / Voting open for ALLSTAR Day
— 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 race past Bayern to remain undefeated atop BBL
ALBA BERLIN led from start to finish in a 90-74 blowout victory over Bayern Munich at home to stay undefeated atop the Beko BBL. Bayern were never closer than 10 points in the final 24 minutes as seven Berlin players scored at least eight points. Alex King’s only three-pointer was a big one from his own half.
Ludwigsburg beat Berlin again - in Eurocup
Berlin might be undefeated in the Beko BBL but Sasa Obradovic’s team has lost two games in the Eurocup - and both of them have come against MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg, who beat Berlin 79-60 at home and 90-79 in Berlin on the European stage. Ludwigburg are rolling in both competitions as they jumped to 7-1 with their fourth straight win in the Beko BBL.
Bayern in mini-crises after fourth straight loss
While Berlin continue to roll in Germany - and only get stopped by Ludwigsburg in Europe - Bayern Munich are suddenly in a mini-crisis with four straight losses over two competitions. Munich have lost at FRAPORT SKYLINERS and Berlin in the last two weeks while also losing late at Real Madrid and at home against Crvena Zvezda Telekom Baskets in the Euroleague.
SKYLINERS continue to roll on
MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg beat BG Göttingen to jump to 7-1, passing Brose Baskets Bamberg, who dropped to 7-2 after an 88-86 loss to FRAPORT SKYLINERS. Frankfurt are one of the hottest teams in the league with eight straight wins over two competitions with five Beko BBL wins in a row for a 6-2 record. Frankfurt have beaten Bayern and Bamberg in back-to-back weeks and have the rest of the league on notice.
Player of the Week
Brad Wanamaker would take back all of his points if he could have gotten a victory for Bamberg at SKYLINERS. But Wanamaker’s showing earned him Player of the Week honors. The guard made 11-of-15 shots including 4-of-5 three-pointers to go with 10-of-10 free throws for 36 points to go with three rebounds, two assists, one steal and three turnovers for an efficiency of 35. Check out some of Wanamaker’s highlights:
Bamberg add former Berlin big man Radosevic
Bamberg reacted to a weakness in the low post by signing 25-year-old Croatian Leon Radosevic, who spent last season with ALBA BERLIN. Radosevic played the last two months with Turkish side Besiktas Istanbul. The 2.08m center signed until the end of the season with Bamberg.
Jared Jordan returns to Beko BBL on two-month deal with Tübingen, shines in first game
Jared Jordan is back in the Beko BBL as WALTER Tigers Tübingen signed the 31-year-old playmaking maestro on a two-month contract to help out during the absence of Jesse Sanders. Jordan led the Beko BBL in assists for three seasons from 2012 to 2014 while playing for Telekom Baskets Bonn and Brose Baskets Bamberg. Jordan played last season with Spanish side Gipuzkoa and this season was with French club JDA Dijon Borgogne, who released him before the first game of the season. Jordan displayed his great court vision in his first game with Tübingen with 16 assists vs Phoenix Hagen. Here some of his highlights:
Würzburg win it late against Bremerhaven
s.Oliver Baskets Würzburg came up with another victory to remain in the top four with a 6-1 record as Dru Joyce found Seth Tuttle for the game-winner in an 81-79 win. Tuttle, Lamonte Ulmer and Brandon Lane combined for 57 points - with Tuttle putting in the winning shot.
Würzburg sign big man Searcy to replace injured Coleman
s.Oliver Baskets Würzburg have brought in a new big man to replace the injured William Coleman as the promoted team signed former Bremerhaven center Devin Searcy until the end of the season. The 26-year-old Searcy played the last two seasons with Bremerhaven and was the second-best rebounder last year. Coleman underwent surgery on his left hand and might miss the remainder of the season.
Bremerhaven fire Katzurin, assistant Harris takes over
Eisbären Bremerhaven management had seen enough and fired head coach Muli Katzurin after a 1-6 start and inserted his assistant coach Chris Harris into the position. Bremerhaven CEO Jan Rathjen was disappointed how the team played at the start of the season, relieving Katzurin of his duties after the loss at Giessen. Eisbären lost essentially at the buzzer at Würzburg in Harris’ first game as coach.
Stats Corner Part I
The 112-103 WALTER Tigers Tübingen victory at Phoenix Hagen saw a Beko BBL record as Tübingen dished out 38 assists - including the 16 from Jared Jordan. The 38 assists broke the record of 35 held by Bayern Munich and Artland Dragons.
Stats Corner Part II
Another note from the Hagen v Tübingen spectacle with 215 points. Tübingen’s 112 points were the second-most scored by a team this season, topped only by Bayern Munich’s 114-73 win at home over BG Göttingen in Round 6. Hagen’s 103 points ranked tied for fourth-most in regulation behind Bayern, Tübingen and Berlin, the latter who beat Giessen 104-71 in Round 5. The 103 points matched Bonn’s 103-79 win at home over Würzburg.
Voting open for Beko BBL ALLSTAR Day 2016
Voting has opened for the Beko BBL ALLSTAR Day 2016 and fans have until November 30 to select their favorite players for the January 9 spectacle in Bamberg. Go here to vote. Here are highlights of Beko BBL ALLSTAR 2015.
League looking for main sponsor after Beko turns down option
Germany’s top basketball league is looking for a new main sponsor starting for next season after current sponsor Beko turned down the extension option of its expiring contract. That means next season will no longer be the Beko BBL, which has been the name of the league for the past seven seasons.
German Top Five of the Week
G: Bastian Doreth, medi bayreuth
Doreth had a solid game for Bayreuth against Telekom Baskets Bonn with 11 points on three three-pointers. He also picked up three assists and two rebounds.
G: Maurice Stuckey, s.Oliver Baskets Würzburg
Stuckey scored 13 points on 5-of-9 shots and 2-of-2 free throws while collecting two assists and two steals in Würzburg’s win over Bremerhaven.
F: Yorman Polas Bartolo, GIESSEN 46ers
Bartolo’s strong season continued as the Cuban native nailed all four of his three-pointers in scoring 23 points to go with five rebounds, two assists and two steals in the win over ratiopharm ulm.
F: Danilo Barthel, FRAPORT SKYLINERS
Barthel had a huge first half with 21 of his 23 points in the first 20 minutes of Frankfurt’s win over Bamberg while making 5-of-9 shots and 12-of-15 free throws. He also had four rebounds, two assists and one steal.
F: Steve Wachalski, medi bayreuth
The veteran scored 20 points on 8-of-14 shots and 2-of-2 free throws while adding 10 rebounds, two steals and one block against his former team Bonn.
Jonas Grof, 19, PG, Phoenix Hagen
Grof started against Tübingen and had a decent game with two points on 2-of-2 free throws without taking a shot. He picked up one rebound, three assists, one turnover and one foul in 13:27 minutes.
Jan-Niklas Wimberg, 19, SF, EWE Baskets Oldenburg
Despite Oldenburg blowing out Crailsheim, Wimberg played just 3:09 minutes, missing a three-pointer, grabbing two rebounds and committing two turnovers. It was Wimberg’s third game of the season, totalling 9:57 minutes.
Vasilije Micic, 21, PG, Bayern Munich
Usually this section is saved for young German players but we wanted to mention that 21-year-old Micic has finally made his season debut for Bayern, playing 6:16 minutes against Berlin with two points on 0-of-1 shots and 2-of-2 free throws to go with one assist and two turnovers.
Mahir Agva remains a bench player after beginning the season as a starter and the big man played 8:43 minutes for Tübingen with four points on 2-of-4 shots with one rebound and zero turnovers while committing two fouls for an efficiency of 3.
The 21-year-old Dom Uhl had a great second game of the NCAA season for the Iowa Hawkeyes as the 2.03m forward nailed three three-pointers in scoring 18 points to go with five rebounds and one assist against Coppin State in his first career start. Uhl, who came from the Frankfurt system, picked up six points, six rebounds, three assists and two blocks in Iowa’s season opener against Gardner-Webb.
Former German international Johannes Lischka retires two years after brain tumor
Former German international and Beko BBL All-Star Johannes Lischka retired from basketball exactly two years after he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. The tumor was removed successfully in November 2013 but it sapped much of the energy out of Lischka, who was known as a fighter during his BBL playing days for Giessen, Ludwigsburg and Tübingen. The 28-year-old tried to come back this season, playing with ProA side MLP Academics Heidelberg. But Lischka retired nine games into the season - here are more details.
Germany one of six in running to host Olympic Qualifying Tournament
Germany’s hopes of playing at the 2016 Rio Olympics are not dead yet as the German Basketball Federation is bidding to host one of three Olympic Qualifying Tournaments to decide the final three spots in Rio Games. Germany is one of six countries who submitted bids to host an OQT along with Czech Republic, Italy, Philippines, Serbia and Turkey. Greece, Iran, Israel and Mexico had shown hosting interest but did not file a bid application. FIBA will select the three hosts on January 26. The tournaments will be played on July 4-10, 2016 ahead of the Summer Games. It’s unclear if the OQT would take place in Berlin or Hamburg.
Two pet peeves for Paul Zipser’s girlfriend
The German Basketball Federation DBB did a nice video feature on Bayern Munich small forward Paul Zipser. For those among our followers who might not understand German, the biggest takeaway about the family man is that his girlfriend has two major pet peeves - he forgets everything and leaves everything lying around. “Otherwise, it’s okay, he’s bearable,” she says with a smirk. Enjoy the clip: