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Voigtman and Frankfurt celebrate 12th win in a row / Ludwigsburg top league after Berlin falls / Bayern back on track © Digitalfoto Matthias

Voigtman and Frankfurt celebrate 12th win in a row / Ludwigsburg top league after Berlin falls / Bayern back on track

— David Hein

MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg moved atop the Beko BBL as they continue to win and ALBA BERLIN finally lost in the league. FRAPORT SKYLINERS have forgot-ten how to lose and Bayern Munich finally remembered how to win again. 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:

Ludwigsburg claim top spot in Beko BBL

MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg continued their strong start of the season with two more victories - beating Göttingen 90-76 and then holding off medi bayreuth 77-75 with Mustafa Shakur hitting five of six free throws down the stretch to push Ludwigsburg to 8-1 atop the league.


Right on Ludwigsburg’s heels in second place at 8-2 - even with Berlin and Brose Baskets Bamberg - are FRAPORT SKYLINERS. Frankfurt handled Basketball Löwen Braunschweig 70-59 after breezing past Bonn 82-59 to pick up their seventh straight win in the Beko BBL - and 12th in a row including the EuroChallenge. Johannes Voigtmann once again was outstanding for Frankfurt. Check out his first half perfomance!

Bremerhaven, Göttingen snap six-game losing streaks vs Berlin, Bonn

There have been plenty of longer streaks in the Beko BBL already and both Eisbären Bremerhaven and BG Göttingen ended their slides against teams who expect to play deep into the post-season. Bremerhaven finally were able to hold onto a lead in the fourth quarter and handed ALBA BERLIN their second straight defeat in the league 80-69 to snap their six-game losing streak. Kyle Fogg scored 24 points and Larry Gordon threw down a big dunk late: Göttingen ended their own six-game losing streak by beating Telekom Baskets Bonn 75-88, leaving Bonn reeling with four straight losses in the league.

Bayern right themselves in OT

Bayern Munich finally got themselves out of their rut but needed all they could come up with to do so in beating Bremerhaven 86-80 in overtime. Munich trailed by 11 points in the fourth quarter before KC Rivers nailed a three-pointer at the buzzer of regulation to send the game to extra time. Munich had much less trouble back at home versus Crailsheim Merlins with six players scoring in double figures in a 106-59 win

Last second Flowers power for Bayreuth; little man Jefferson comes up big for Hagen

medi bayreuth and Phoenix Hagen both have struggled to really string together victories this season with neither team able to win two straight. But both clubs picked up late wins this week. Bayreuth wasted an 18-point lead as GIESSEN 46ers led in the final seconds before John Flowers struck at the buzzer with the game winner. Hagen meanwhile came back from a 14-point fourth quarter deficit and took the lead on a three-pointer by Brandon Jefferson with 8.1 seconds left, which proved to be the winner.

Jordan doing his best Magic impersonation

Imagine if Jared Jordan had been with WALTER Tigers Tübingen the whole season. Jordan once again did his best Magic Jordan floor general impersonation with 15 assists - to go with six points, and nine rebounds - as Tübingen beat MBC 83-76 to improve to 2-1 with Jordan on board. The point guard has averaged 14.7 assists as well as 6.7 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.3 steals in his three games.

MBC finally grab first win

While Berlin were the last team to finally lose a game, Mitteldeutscher BC became the final team to win their first game of the season. MBC saw new additions Nikola Dragovic and Marcus Hatten both score 19 points in a 97-76 home win over Crailsheim. MBC lost their next game at home against Tübingen and are last in the league at 1-9 - one game behind Bremerhaven, Göttingen and Crailsheim. Check out TaShawn Thomas finishing off the first win.

Olaseni lands in Giessen on loan

When Brose Baskets Bamberg signed Leon Radosevic, it meant that there was no room for British big man Gabe Olaseni with the Franconian team. The professional rookie has found a new team and he will actually meet up with a former teammate as he was sent on loan to promoted side Giessen 46ers - where former Bamberg veteran Karsten Tadda has been playing excellent basketball. Olaseni had a strong first game with Giessen with 13 points, five rebounds, one assist, two steals and two blocks. Check out his dunk on his debut.

Player(s) of the Week(s)

s.Oliver Würzburg pulled out a tight victory over WALTER Tigers Tübingen and Brandon Lane played a major role in that. The center collected 27 points on 12-of-15 shooting and 3-of-4 free throws to go with 11 rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and three turnovers for a top efficiency of 34. Round 10’s top performance came in a loss as Will Cherry picked up 16 points on 7-of-13 shots, six rebounds, six assists, four steals and two turnovers for an efficiency of 24 in Berlin’s loss against Bremerhaven.

Bremerhaven bring back veteran Williams

While Eisbären Bremerhaven continue to play better, they also brought back a former player as 31-year-old point guard Lorenzo Williams comes back to northern Germany. Williams played for Bremerhaven last season, averaging 10.7 points, 5.7 assists and 1.3 steals. But the club did not extend their deal with him.

Ulm sign wing man Babb

ratiopharm ulm reacted to their problems at the shooting guard and small forward positions by signing Chris Babb until the end of the season. The 25-year-old Babb, who played two years at Iowa State University with Will Clyburn, will help fill in for the injury to Carlon Brown. Babb played 14 NBA games with the Boston Celtics.

SKYLINERS lock up Herbert until 2017

FRAPORT SKYLINERS and their head coach Gordon Herbert have agreed to a one-year contract extension to keep the Canadian in Frankfurt until the end of the 2016-17 season. The XX-year-old Herbert’s contract was due to expire after this season. But Frankfurt management have convinced him to stay another season. Herbert is in his third stint with the SKYLINERS, having arrived before the 2013-14 season on a three-year plan to help develop young talent and bring them along into the pro team. That will last until at least 2017.

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German Top Five of the Week


Klein scored a career-high 19 points as he nailed a career-high 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. Against Braunschweig, Klein had seven points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals with one turnover

G: Yorman Polas Bartolo, GIESSEN 46ers

Bartolo picked up seven points, seven rebounds, one assist and two steals against Braunschweig with one turnover. Against Bayreuth, the Cuba native had a team-high 15 points including four three-pointers while also grabbing two rebounds and one steal.

F: Daniel Theis, Brose Baskets Bamberg

Theis had just one game but picked up a season-high 19 points while also grabbing a season-high 11 rebounds. Theis also picked up one steal for an efficiency of 24 - including this dunk.

F: Steve Wachalski, medi bayreuth

Wachalski continued his strong season with two good games. Against Ludwigsburg, the veteran had 13 points including three three-pointers along with two rebounds and one assist. Wachalski had 12 points, three rebounds and one steal against Giessen.

C: Johannes Voigtmann, FRAPORT SKYLINERS

JoVo is really coming into top form with a season-high 20 points, nine rebounds, two assists, one block and one turnover against Bonn. Against Braunschweig, the big man had 17 points, three rebounds, three assists and one steal, though he turned the ball over four times.

Young Guns

Paul Zipser, 21, SF, Bayern Munich

Zipser is slowly but surely becoming a positive force with Bayern. Even though he only played 5:11 minutes vs Bremerhaven, the 21-year-old had six points on 2-of-2 three-pointers to go with two rebounds, one assist and one turnover. Against Crailsheim, Zipser tallied 13 points to go with five rebounds, one assist and one block in 23:24 minutes. Check out his Alley-Oop dunk.

Marcel Keßen, 18, C, Phoenix Hagen

A new name from Hagen on this list as the German U18 NT big man had his best game in the Beko BBL against Bamberg. He scored four points on 1-of-5 shots and 2-of-2 free throws while grabbing three rebounds with one turnover and two personal fouls in a career-high 19:35 minutes. Keßen did not play against Oldenburg.

Robert Zinn, 20, PG, Mitteldeutscher BC

Zinn played just 37 seconds against Crailsheim - turning the ball over one time. But he bounced back with a productive 8:22 minutes against Tübingen with two points on 2-of-2 free throws while also grabbing four rebounds and dishing two assists.

Agva watch

Mahir Agva appears to have regained some of his playing time as he played 19:22 minutes against Würzburg, collecting four points on 1-of-2 shots and 2-of-2 free throws. He also had three rebounds, one turnover and three fouls. Against MBC, Agva scored 14 points on 6-of-10 shots and 2-of-2 free throws. The 14 points were equal with how many he had scored in the previous four games. Agva also had two rebounds, one steal, two turnovers and four fouls in 20:15 minutes.

German Overseas

Moritz Wagner had his first really strong game for the University of Michigan as the 18-year-old collected 19 points, one assist and two blocks against the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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