Welcome back: Khalid El-Amin wins first game / Garlon Green with spectacular blunder / Captain America or Iron Man?
— 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:
Bamberg brushes off Berlin, tops Beko BBL
Reigning champions Brose Baskets Baskets are back atop the Beko BBL standings after breezing past ALBA BERLIN 87-74 in the German capital. Bamberg led from start to finish, building an 18-point lead and then never letting Berlin get closer than eight points in the second half. The game was decided beyond the three-point line, where Bamberg made 10-of-15 three-pointers - an amazing 65 percent - and Berlin hit just 3-of-18 or a dismal 17 percent. Bamberg just looked bigger, faster, stronger and more experienced than Berlin - which you could see in this one sequence of plays.
Ludwigsburg, Würzburg keep things interesting
While it would have surprised few that Bamberg would be 10-2 atop the league at this stage. The two teams even at 9-2 just behind them refuse to go away as MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg and s.Oliver Baskets Würzburg continue to win. Ludwigsburg kept Telekom Baskets Bonn reeling with an 85-77 win at home, as Bonn dropped their sixth straight game in the Beko BBL - and 12th loss in a row including the Eurocup. Bonn, who dropped to 5-7, never led in the game. Würzburg meanwhile took over the game at EWE Baskets Oldenburg in the second quarter and never lost the lead again in an 82-75 victory. Dru Joyce had 20 points and five assists against his ex-team Oldenburg while Brendan Lane collected his fourth double-double of the season. Oldenburg fell to 9-4 in fifth place. This alley-oop to Aaron White was not enough for Bonn.
Bonn release Chylinski, add Langston Hall
Bonn reacted to the 12-game losing streak and terminated the contract with Polish international Michal Chylinski and brought in American Langston Hall, who had last played with Italian top flight side Pallacanestro Cantu. Bonn team management said they would be looking to add another player, someone who can rebound and attack the opposing basket. Here are some of Hall’s past highlights.
Ulm take big step with third straight win, knocking off Frankfurt
ratiopharm ulm have struggled this season but picked up a big victory as they try to get back into the playoff race, beating FRAPORT SKYLINERS 68-61 for their third straight win to improve to 5-7 - even with Bonn and GIESSEN 46ers two games behind eighth placed Basketball Löwen Braunschweig. SKYLINERS have lost two games in a two - falling to 8-4 - since putting together 13 straight wins. Raymar Morgan not only led Ulm with 19 points but he had the big dagger shot late in the game.
Kane leaves Ulm, replaced by Henry; Teva/ratiopharm extend sponsorship deal
Ulm have added a new point guard as DeAndre Kane asked to be released from his contract with the club. His replacement is 22-year-old Pierria Henry, who played for Georgian club B.C. Vita Tiflis. Ulm also got some good news for the long-term planning as the main sponsor Teva along with their brand ratiopharm extended their deal with the club for five years until 2021. Check out Henry gettin’ up to throw it down!
El-Amin return helps Göttingen in relegation battle
BG Göttingen brought back Khalid El-Amin to help the team in the fight against relegation and that’s exactly what the veteran playmaker did as he totalled 16 points and seven assists as Göttingen earned a huge victory by beating Crailsheim Merlins 79-70. Both teams are 3-9 - one game ahead of 17th placed Eisbären Bremerhaven (2-10) and 1.5 games up on 1-10 Mitteldeutscher BC. Shane Edwards also had 16 points and provided plenty of highlights - as you can see here:
Player of the Week
J.J. Mann was the man for Phoenix Hagen in their 100-60 blowout win over medi bayreuth, winning Player of the Week honors with an efficiency of 29. Mann hit 9-of-13 shots including 5-of-7 threes in scoring 28 points while also collecting five rebounds and one steal and zero turnovers.
Hagen add ex-Bamberg boss Heyder, former Turkish NT striker to supervisory board
Phoenix Hagen has brought a great basketball mind back into the Beko BBL as they named former Brose Baskets Bamberg CEO Wolfgang Heyder to their supervisory board. Heyder had been working with the Coburg handball team. Hagen added another interesting name to the advisory board as they hired former Turkish football national team striker Erdal Keser as well. Keser played many years for Borussia Dortmund and Galatasaray. The other big move saw Peter Brochhagen replace Christian Stockmann as Phoenix Hagen CEO.
Garlon Green loses his concentration - creates instant classic
Coaches always talk about players keeping their heads in the game. With his team trailing by two points with 0.4 seconds remaining, it’s safe to say Garlon Green of WALTER Tigers Tübingen lost track of the situation. His blunder has gone viral on the internet:
Captain America or Iron Man - Beko BBL at odds on favorite Avenger
Marvel comics will have a major presence at the Beko BBL ALLSTAR Day in Bamberg on January 9. And it’s unclear who is the favorite Avengers character for the BBL players - many pick Captain America while some are taking Iron Man.
German Top Five of the Week
G: Konsti Klein, FRAPORT SKYLINERS
Klein struggled from outside, hitting just 3-of-10 three-pointers but he scored a team-high 14 points in Frankfurt’s loss against Ulm. He also had two rebounds, three assists, one steal and two turnovers.
G: Lucas Gertz, Löwen Baskets Braunschweig
The 25-year-old Gertz shows up on this list after his strong game against Tübingen as he collected four points, four rebounds, seven assists, four steals and two turnovers as a starter in 27:51 minutes.
F: Dominik Spohr, BG Göttingen
The 26-year-old had a solid game in helping Göttingen get a big victory over Crailsheim, picking up 10 points, one rebound and one assist.
F: Konrad Wysocki, Crailsheim Merlins
Wysocki did all he could to keep Crailsheim from losing the important game against Göttingen, scoring a team-high 19 points on 6-of-11 shots and 5-of-5 free throws while grabbing eight rebounds, one steal and one block in the loss
C: Bogdan Radosavljevic, WALTER Tigers Tübingen
A former Young Guns regular, Rado makes an appearance in the German Top Five of the Week as the big man collected 13 points on 5-of-7 shots and 3-of-3 free throws to go with five rebounds, one steal and two blocks in 25:11 minutes against Braunschweig.
Paul Zipser, 21, SF, Bayern Munich
Zipser continues to perform well as the 21-year-old scored 11 points on 5-of-6 shots while collecting seven rebounds, one steal, three blocks and two turnovers in 26:33 minutes against Giessen.
Niklas Gekse, 21, PG, Phoenix Hagen
Geske makes another appearance in Young Guns with 10 points on 3-of-5 shooting and 4-of-4 free throws to go with two rebounds, four assists and zero turnovers in 18:51 minutes off the bench for Hagen against Bayreuth.
Karim Jallow, 18, SG, Bayern Munich
Jallow not only was named as an NBBL All-Star, but he also got to play against Giessen, collecting two points on 0-of-3 shots and 2-of-2 free throws, one rebound, one steal and two fouls in 10:46 minutes.
Mahir Agva continues to be effective in his appearances off the bench for WALTER Tigers Tübingen. The 19-year-old center collected eight points as he hit 4-of-8 shots but missed both of his free throws while also picking up two rebounds and turning the ball over one time in 14:49 minutes against Braunschweig.
Former Bayern Munich farmhand Tim Hasbargen (1996) is working himself into more playing time with Cleveland State. The 19-year-old guard played 13 minutes against Ohio and scored nine points, hitting both of his three-point attempts, while also grabbing four rebounds.
Bamberg sends three talents to NBBL All-Star Game
Brose Baskets Bamberg not only have five players among the 24 players in the Beko BBL All-Star Game but they will also have three players at the NBBL All-Star Game - to be played earlier in the day in Bamberg. Bamberg farm team TSV Tröster Breitengüßbach will be represented by Leon Kratzer, Andreas Kulboka and Tibor Taras on the South team. Bayern Munich (Richard Freudenberg and Karim Jallow) and Eintracht Frankfurt/FRAPORT SKYLINERS (Niklas Kiel and Garai Zeeb) both have two players on the South team. The only club with two players on the North team is ALBA BERLIN (Benedikt Turudic and Ferdinand Zylka). The only 1999-born player in the 1997 generation game is Bjarne Kraushaar from Basketball Akadmie Giessen Mittelhessen. The coaches of the NBBL All-Star Game will be ALBA BERLIN’s Konstantin Lwowsky and Florian Hartenstein of Artland Dragons for the North and Danny Jansson from ratiopharm ulm and Bamberg’s Markus Lempetzeder for the South. Here the recap of the 2015 NBBL All-Star Game:
Pesic recommends “50 Jahre Basketball Bundesliga”
Bayern Munich head coach Svetislav Pesic offered up his Christmas gift idea - of course the look back at the 50 years of the league - “50 Jahre Basketball Bundesliga ”
The Berlin daily BZ reported that ALBA BERLIN’s Croatian center Kresimir Loncar is thinking about applying for a German passport, which apparently is possible through his German wife. The BZ even hinted at a top candidate to replace Loncar as one of the team’s foreigner spots should he get the German paperwork - former Berlin guard Cliff Hammonds.