Garlon Green and Beko BBL on Shaqtin A Fool / Bamberg in „the Group of Death“ / Hagen and Ulm apply pressure
— 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 shake off Würzburg in third quarter for fourth straight win
Beko BBL leaders Brose Baskets Bamberg shook off s.Oliver Baskets Würzburg in the third quarter by out-scoring them 23-7 in the period en route to a comfortable 80-61 victory in the Franconians derby. While Bamberg still lead the league at 11-2, Würzburg have dropped to fifth place at 9-4 following their second straight loss. Everything is working for Bamberg at the moment. Even what looks like a turnover from Nicolo Melli turned into an assist.
Ludwigsburg beat Würzburg in double OT; lose thriller at Bayern
MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg remained just one game behind Bamberg at 10-3 despite losing a thriller at Bayern Munich. The loss came two days after out-lasting s.Oliver Baskets Würzburg in double overtime 93-88. Jon Brockman came up with a monster double-double of 18 points and 14 rebounds against Würzburg. Things did not go as well for Ludwigsburg in Munich where Bayern collected their fifth straight win at home - 95-92 behind a strong Dusko Savanovic and KC Rivers. While Bayern improved to 9-4, Ludwigsburg lost for the first time on the road this season in the Beko BBL. Alex Renfroe showed his great leaping skills after a fancy set-up from Bryce Taylor.
Fouls and free throws were a big factor in Bayern’s victory over Ludwigsburg as Munich made 37-of-44 free throws off 37 Ludwigsburg fouls compared to 8-of-13 free throws for Ludwigsburg off 20 Bayern fouls. Three Ludwigsburg players - Rocky Trice, David McCray and Jason Boone - fouled out and two others had four fouls.
Frankfurt right themselves in Hessen derbyJust recently, FRAPORT SKYLINERS were the hottest team in the Beko BBL with 13 straight wins in the league and FIBA Europe Cup. Two losses in the Beko BBL followed but Frankfurt righted themselves in their Hessen derby with GIESSEN 46ers, getting 20 points from Quantez Robertson in a 66-55 victory. SKYLINERS are even with Bayern and Würzburg at 9-4.
Check out Tez getting up to throw it down.
Hagen, Ulm win again, put pressure on playoff teams
Along with Bamberg, the two teams who also have four-game winning streaks are Phoenix Hagen and ratiopharm ulm, who are putting pressure on the lower level playoff teams. Hagen used the long ball in hitting 14 three-pointers to beat Eisbären Bremerhaven 96-89. Ulm also picked up a road victory in knocking off Mitteldeutscher BC 88-78. Basketball Löwen Braunschweig are eighth in the standings at 8-5 with three straight victories while Hagen are 7-6 and Ulm 6-7. DJ Covington is a big reason why Hagen are playing so well - as you can see from this big dunk.
Bonn continue to plummet - 14 straight losses
Telekom Baskets Bonn’s free fall continued as they lost at home to Braunschweig 80-74, giving up the final 10 points of the game. Combining the Eurocup and Beko BBL, Bonn have now lost 14 straight games and dropped to 5-8 - three games from the playoffs and three games from the relegation zone. At least Bonn have only the Beko BBL to worry about as they were the only German team to get eliminated from European play.
Garlon Green’s dunk in his own basket made him an internet sensation. It also was included on the NBA blunders recap Shaqtin’ A Fool - giving the Beko BBL exposure around the world:
Player of the Week
One of the reasons that Bamberg is playing so well is Daniel Theis. The 23-year-old played nearly a perfect game against Würzburg in scoring 25 points and hitting 11-of-his 12 shots and his one free throw. He also had five rebounds, two assists, one steal, two blocks and one turnover for an efficiency of 33.
Check out Theis showcasing his full package.
German Top Five of the Week
G: Brad Loesing, MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg
Loesing continues to be one of the real surprises of the season with two more solid games. Against Würzburg, he had 10 points, three rebounds and one assist. Loesing followed that with eight points and seven assists in the loss to Bayern.
G: Sebastian Betz, s.Oliver Baskets Würzburg
The 30-year-old tallied a team-high 13 points in a loss against Bamberg, making three three-pointers while also collecting two rebounds and two assists for an efficiency of 14. It was the most points Betz has scored since putting in 15 for Ludwigsburg against Ulm in March 2013.
F: Dominigue Johnson, Mitteldeutscher BC
The 23-year-old scored a career-high 19 points as he knocked down 5-of-7 three-pointers in MBC’s loss to Ulm. Johnson also had one rebound and two steals.
F: Konrad Wysocki, Crailsheim Merlins
Wysocki helped Crailsheim to an important victory over Bayreuth with 22 points - one off his career-high - as he nailed 8-of-14 shots, including 5-of-9 three-pointers, and 1-of-1 free throws. He also had eight rebounds and one assist.
PF: Daniel Theis, Brose Baskets Bamberg
As already stated in Player of the Week, Theis was outstanding for Bamberg with 25 points.
Ismet Akpinar, 20, PG, ALBA BERLIN
Akpinar had one of his best outings this season, scoring 10 points on 2-of-6 shots, including 2-of-3 three-pointers, and 4-of-4 free throws. He also had one rebound and two assists in 15:52 minutes.
Jan-Niklas Wimberg, 19, SF, EWE Baskets Oldenburg
Wimberg finally scored his points of the 2015-16 season as the 19-year-old tallied six points by hitting both of his three-point attempts. He also grabbed one rebound against Göttingen. His 4:25 minutes played were a season-high.
Max Ugrai, 20, PF, s.Oliver Baskets Würzburg
Ugrai evened his Beko BBL career high in points with five against Bamberg, making 2-of-3 shots including his only three-point attempt. He also collected one foul in 8:01 minutes of action.
Mahir Agva had the poorest game of his young career as the 19-year-old WALTER Tigers Tübingen center registered a -5 efficiency against ALBA BERLIN - the worst in his 20 Beko BBL games. In 23:17 minutes, Agva scored four points on 1-of-7 shots and 2-of-4 free throws while not grabbing a single rebound and fouling out and turning the ball over one time.
Maik Zirbes helped Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade reach the Euroleague Top 16. He finished the Regular Season as the third-leading scorer at 16.3 points pre game and fifth in MVP performance index ranking at 19.1 per game.
Bamberg into Euroleague Top 16, Group of Death; Bamberg drop to Eurocup with Ulm
Brose Baskets Bamberg finished the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Regular Season in third place in their group and their reward for reaching the Top 16 for the first time since the 2012-13 season was „the Group of Death“. Andrea Trinchieri’s men moved into Group F along with European giants CSKA Moscow, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Khimki Moscow Region, Olympiacos Piraeus, Laboral Kuxta Vitoria Gasteiz and Zalgiris Kaunas. Bayern Munich dropped to the Eurocup Last 32 after failing to beat Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade in a do-or-die Euroleague decider. Munich will play against ratiopharm ulm in Group G along with Dominion Bilbao Basket and Banvit Bandirma. EWE Baskets Oldenburg will play Limoges, Valencia and PAOK Thessaloniki in Group I, ALBA BERLIN take on EA7 Emporio Armani Milan, Aris Thessaloniki and Neptunas Klaipeda in Group J. The other Beko BBL team still in the Eurocup is MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg, who will tackle Stelmet Zielona Gora, Zenit St. Petersburg and Umana Reyer Venice in Group L.