Record-setting Bayern go wild from downtown, Frankfurt hand Berlin second loss, MBC finally win again
— 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:
Bombs away! Bayern unleash record three-point barrage on Tübingen
Bayern Munich unleashed an all-out three-point assault on WALTER Tigers Tübingen, setting a Beko BBL record with 23 three-pointers in their 117-80 road victory. Paul Zipser went a perfect 6-of-6 from long range and Heiko Schaffartzki nailed all five of his three-balls as Munich’s 23 triples eclipsed the previous mark of 18. Bayern nailed 10 three-pointers in the first quarter alone and eight players hit at least one long ball. Munich made 23-of-34 three-pointers for an amazing 68 percent. Check out the barrage for yourself.
Stats Corner: Bayern and the 30 point quarters
Bayern’s 10 three-pointers in the first quarter gave them 35 points for the first 10 minutes. It was the 10th time this season that Munich have scored 30+ points in a quarter this season. They torched Phoenix Hagen for 34, 31 and 37 points in the first, second and fourth quarters respectively in their 124-79 victory. Other than the 37-point fourth quarter against Hagen and 37 points against ratiopharm ulm in the fourth quarter, the other eight outbursts all came in the first half of the games. Bayern also have given up 30+ points in a quarter three times – versus Bonn, Ulm and Tübingen.
SKYLINERS hand Berlin second loss of season with OT win at home
FRAPORT SKYLINERS shocked Beko BBL leaders ALBA BERLIN by coming back from an eight-point deficit with less than three minutes to play before winning at home in overtime 87-80 for Berlin’s second loss of the season. Trailing 69-61 with 2:49 left, Sean Armand scored five quick points to help Frankfurt force overtime. The extra five minutes provided plenty of drama. Berlin dropped to 19-2 while SKYLINERS improved to 10-11 in a five-team tie for places 7-11. Here are all the highlights of the thriller while here is a big power dunk by Frankfurt’s Mike Morrison:
Paulding goes over the 4,000-point mark in style
EWE Baskets Oldenburg may have lost their fourth straight game, but veteran Rickey Paulding eclipsed the 4,000-point barrier in the Beko BBL. And he did it in style with an alley-oop in the team’s 98-76 loss at home against MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg.
Bamberg keep going and going – Winning streak reaches 11 games
And all of a sudden, Brose Baskets are just one game from taking over first place in the Beko BBL as they took care of business with a 75-63 win at Eisbären Bremerhaven to extend their winning streak to 11 games for an 18-3 record – just one game worse than Berlin. But Bamberg, who got 20 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two blocks from Josh Duncan, hold the tiebreaker at the moment over Berlin. The game also featured a big dunk by Bamberg’s Trevor Mbakwe.
MBC finally win again
November 15 is a long time ago. It was also the last time Mitteldeutscher BC had won a game before beating Basketball Löwen Braunschweig 72-67 to snap an 11-game losing streak. MBC are now 8-12 and just two games out of a playoff spot. Here is Malte Schwarz’s buzzer beater:
Bremerhaven lose eighth straight, first under Katzurin; while Crailsheim win again
Things are tightening up in the relegation fight as Tübingen lost big to Bayern Munich (117-80) to drop to 6-15 in 16th place while Eisbären Bremerhaven were defeated by Bamberg (75-63) in Muli Katzurin’s depute as Bremerhaven coach to drop to 5-16. Last-placed Crailsheim Merlins meanwhile snapped their six-game losing streak by beating TBB Trier 82-67 to improve to 3-18.
Bremerhaven add playmaker Jerry Smith
The arrival of Muli Katzurin at Bremerhaven also meant the addition of a new player as playmaker Jerry Smith was signed until the end of the season. The 27-year-old was brought in to help Bremerhaven avoid relegation as the team is mired in an eight-game losing streak.
Bayern GM Marko Pesic confirms interest in Pleiß
Bayern Munich general manager Marko Pesic made headlines this week as he confirmed the team is interested in German center Tibor Pleiß. In an extensive interview with spox.com, Pesic said: “If Tibor called and said he was unsatisfied in Barcelona, I would hang up immediately, get into my car and pick him up personally. At the point where he wants to do something else and Bayern become an option, we will try everything. I don’t know how realistic that is.”
Player of the Week
Phoenix Hagen’s David Bell lit up BG Göttingen for 31 points, hitting five three-pointers in his 8-of-13 shooting evening while hitting 10-of-10 free throws to go with seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and just one turnover for an efficiency of 34. Bell of course made the “Gimme Five” Players of the Week list:
Johannes Voigtmann had an interesting statline in Frankfurt’s great win over Berlin with five points, missing both of his two-point shots, nailing his only three-pointer and both of his free throws. He grabbed just one rebound but handed out four assists compared to zero turnovers and one block in 20:33 minutes.
German Top Five of the Week
Here are the top five German players, featuring a small line-up with three guards.
G: Per Günther, ratiopharm ulm
With Tim Ohlbrecht out injured, Günther had to pick up his offensive output with 22 points on 7-of-14 shooting and 7-of-8 free throws while collecting four assists, one steal and zero turnovers in the loss to Bayreuth.
G: Heiko Schaffartzik, Bayern Munich
While Zipser hit all six of his three-balls, Schaffartzik nailed all five of his three-pointers (without taking any other shots from the field) to go with 2-of-2 free throws for 17 points while adding two assists and two steals.
G: Joshiko Saibou, Crailsheim Merlins
Saibou came up with a strong game as Crailsheim finally won again with 15 points on 6-of-10 shots, 2-of-2 free throws, six rebounds, one assist and one steal.
F: Dirk Mädrich, Telekom Baskets Bonn
Mädrich scored a team-high 15 points on 6-of-10 shots and 1-of-1 free throws while also grabbing eight rebounds and dishing out two assists versus Artland Dragons.
C: Andreas Seiferth, Artland Dragons
At the other end of the floor, Seiferth scored a season-high 19 points on 7-of- 8 shooting and 5-of-8 free throws in addition to six rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block.
Paul Zipser, 20, SG, Bayern Munich
Zipser more than belonged in the German Top Five of the Week but it was a less–than-spectacular week for the Young Guns. So, Zipser’s amazing 6-of-6 three-point shooting performance comes here. He added two free throws for 20 points to go with two rebounds and two assists in 25:42 minutes. Zipser made his first three three-pointers of the year and then missed his next 10 attempts before nailing all six against Tübingen.
Bogdan Radosavljevic, 21, C WALTER Tigers Tübingen
At the other end, Radosavljevic scored seven points on 3-of-5 shooting and 1-1 free throws. He didn’t grab a single rebound in 15:35 minutes as he had one assist and three turnovers and three fouls.
Niklas Geske, 20, PG, Phoenix Hagen
Geske was hardly outstanding but he did collect three points on 1-of-4 shooting and 1-of-2 free throws. He also had three rebounds vs Göttingen as well as one assist in 16:27 minutes.
Germans Overseas Watch
Who says we can’t look at coaches. Dirk Bauermann has guided Krasny Oktyabr to two straight victories in the VTB United League to improve to 7-10. And the team nearly won three straight in the Eurocup but they lost in overtime to Virtus Acea.
Schröder, Kaman commit to German NT, games will be shown live on German TV
German basketball fans got some big news as NBA players Dennis Schröder and Chris Kaman have committed to playing at EuroBasket 2015 unless they are injured, according to a report in the Bild am Sonntag. German fans also found out this week that Germany’s EuroBasket 22015 first round games will be broadcast live on either ARD or ZDF this September.