Göttingen bring back Khalid El-Amin / Bamberg - Bayern an instant classic / Per Günther strong for 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 brings you up-to-date in German basketball – the Beko BBL short and sweet:
Bamberg vs Bayern becomes instant classic
So often in basketball big games don’t live up to expectations. That was not the case of the showdown between the last two Beko BBL champions and the re-match of last year’s finals between Brose Baskets Bamberg and Bayern Munich. Despite an amazing intensity, both teams rose to the occasion and provided fans with an instant classic. One big play after the next and Bamberg ended up winning 100-87 to take the first of most likely many more match-ups to come this season. The win also pushed Bamberg atop the standings. Here the highlights to enjoy.
Brose Baskets Bamberg and Bayern Munich were lighting it up in Bamberg. Bamberg made 15-of-22 three-pointers for an amazing 68.2 percent while Bayern really weren’t that bad at 13-of-23 for 56.2 percent. Bamberg also made 17-of-18 free throws for 94 percent while Bayern hit 16-of-19 (84 percent) from the charity stripe. In this sequence, Darius Miller knew ahead of time that Brad Wanamaker’s three-point shot was going in. Check out his dime against Munich.
Hagen bring Ludwigsburg back down to Earth
MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg had won their last five games and were leading the Beko BBL standings. That was until running into Phoenix Hagen, who got 23 points and six assists from veteran David Bell in an 87-70 road victory. Hagen held Ludwigsburg to under 40 percent shooting - thanks also to this DJ Covington block against Roderick Trice.
Würzburg temporarily top Beko BBL
With the Ludwigsburg loss, the leaders in the standings Saturday night were actually s.Oliver Baskets Würzburg, who collected their fourth win in the last five games by beating BG Göttingen 81-67. Würzburg, who gave up just seven points in the third quarter, were in first place for only 20 hours before Bamberg took over first.
Berlin douse red-hot SkylinersEven with Bamberg at 9-2 (and a half-game up on 8-2 Ludwigsburg and Würzburg) are ALBA BERLIN, who snapped a two-game losing streak in fine fashion by dousing red hot FRAPORT SKYLINERS 95-82 in Frankfurt. Will Cherry and Jordan Taylor combined for 41 points, five rebounds, 12 assists and three steals for Berlin. Frankfurt had won their last 13 games combined in the Beko BBL and EuroChallenge. This Quantez Robertson dunk was not enough for Frankfurt.
Oldenburg, Bonn continue recent trends
EWE Baskets Oldenburg have been trending upwards in the Beko BBL and Telekom Baskets Bonn downwards. Those trends continued as Oldenburg came up with a big third quarter (24-10) en route to an 85-77 victory in Bonn. Oldenburg improved to 8-3 - tied for fifth with Frankfurt - after their fifth win in the last six games. Bonn continue to free-fall with their fifth straight defeat - dropping them to 5-6 and outside the playoff spots at 10th place. This Vaugh Duggins no-look basket is an example of when things are going good they keep going good - and when they go bad, well, you know …
Player of the Week
It’s no surprise that the Player of the Week came from the Bamberg vs Bayern battle. The top performer of the week was Bamberg’s Darius Miller, who scored 27 points on 9-of-10 shots including 5-of-6 three-pointers. Miller also had five rebounds, two assists and two steals for an efficiency of 32. Here’s one of Miller’s baskets from inside the three-point stripe.
Göttingen bring back El Amin
BG Göttingen’s loss to Würzburg was their seventh in the last eight games and the team is 17th in the league. Club management reacted by bringing back veteran guard Khalid El Amin for the rest of the season. The 36-year-old was a fan favorite for Göttingen last season and the club hopes he can provide his magic again this season. Here is some of the magic he had last season:
Theis, Wanamaker top five Bamberg players among ALLSTAR Game starters
The starting line-ups of the 2016 Beko BBL ALLSTAR Game will definitely have a Brose Baskets Bamberg flair as five players from the reigning Beko BBL champs were named by the fans to the start the showcase at brose Arena. Daniel Theis was the Nationals top vote-getter at 11.23% while his Bamberg teammate Brad Wanamaker topped Internationals vote-getters with 10.90%. Bamberg small forward Patrick Heckmann (5.35%) also made the National team as well as his teammates Nicolo Melli (6.38%) and Darius Miller (5.32%) for the International team. The other Nationals starters will be Per Günther from ratiopharm ulm (7.23%), FRAPORT SKYLINERS big man Johannes Voigtmann (6.13%) and former Bamberg guard Karsten Tadda of GIESSEN 46ers (5.81%). The other Internationals starters will be Jon Brockman from MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg (4.78%) and Dru Joyce from s.Oliver Baskets Würzburg (4.53%). The coaches of the ALLSTAR Game will be Denis Wucherer from GIESSEN 46ers for the Nationals and Bamberg’s Andrea Trinchieri for the Internationals.
German Top Five of the Week
G: Per Günther, ratiopharm ulm
Günther helped Ulm to their second straight win by scoring 23 points - including four three-pointers - to go with three rebounds, eight assists and one steal against medi bayreuth
G: Bastian Doreth, medi bayreuth
Doreth had a strong game for Bayreuth against Ulm but his 12 points, three rebounds and seven assists were not enough to grab the win.
F: Dominique Johnson, Mitteldeutscher BC
The 23-year-old evened his career-high with 11 points against Braunschweig while also picking up three rebounds, two assists and two steals in a career-high 35 minutes.
F: Daniel Theis, Brose Baskets Bamberg
Theis’s all-around game was a big reason for Bamberg beating Bayern as he collected 11 points, six rebounds, one assist and two blocks. He also rocked the rim with some big dunks. Check them out.
C: Johannes Voigtmann, FRAPORT SKYLINERS
JoVo did all he could for Frankfurt but could not get them past Berlin. The center made 4-of-6 shots from the field and all four of his free throws for 13 points while grabbing five rebounds and dishing out one assist.
Paul Zipser, 21, SF, Bayern Munich
Zipser was not overwhelmed in the moment against Bamberg as he scored 10 points on 3-of-6 shooting including 2-of-3 threes and 2-of-3 free throws. The 21-year-old also had two rebounds and one assist in 16:18 minutes.
Niklas Gekse, 21, PG, Phoenix Hagen
Geske had a solid game in Hagen’s win over Ludwigsburg with five points on 2-of-6 shooting and 1-of-2 free throws while picking up two rebounds and six assists to one turnover in 22:18 minutes.
Jeferson Hiller, 17, SG, WALTER Tigers Tübingen
Tübingen remain determined to give their youngsters a chance to play. The 17-year-old only played 13 seconds against Giessen - picking up one foul - but it was his second game of the season. He scored two points in 4:54 minutes on October 3.
Mahir Agva continues to be productive in his time on the court for WALTER Tigers Tübingen. The 19-year-old center scored eight points on 2-of-3 shots and 4-of-6 free throws while also collecting three rebounds and one steal to go with one turnover and two fouls in 13:08 minutes.
Maodo Lo continues to have a fantastic senior season with Columbia as the guard played his two best games this season this past week. Against Bucknell, the 23-year-old collected 23 points with four three-pointers, five rebounds, four assists and three steals. Lo then picked up 21 points with three three-pointers, two rebounds, six assists and two steals against St. Joseph’s.
16 teams to 12 for Albert Schweitzer TournamentAlbert Schweitzer Tournament organizers named the field for the 2016 AST and the first thing you noticed is the number of teams has dropped from 16 to 12. The 12 nations at the tournament from March 26-April 2 are Argentina, Australia, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Serbia, Turkey and United States. Egypt will be on hand for the first time while Australia return after missing the 2014 edition. Not in Mannheim and Viernheim will be countries such as Spain and Canada.