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Coach Tyron McCoy still has it, Oldenburg win in Berlin and Bamberg take top spot © Florian Achberger

Coach Tyron McCoy still has it, Oldenburg win in Berlin and Bamberg take top spot

— David Hein

Brose Baskets Bamberg keep winning and putting the pressure on ALBA BERLIN, who slipped up again in losing to EWE Baskets Oldenburg for their second straight loss, allowing Bamberg to steal the top spot in the standings. Bayern Munich meanwhile continue to march on with their captain back on board and Telekom Baskets Bonn held off BG Göttingen in a dress rehearsal of the Beko BBL TOP FOUR playoffs.

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:

Oldenburg snap streak, hand Berlin second straight loss

Everything was starting to look dreary for EWE Baskets Oldenburg. Four losses in a row had people wondering if they would perhaps miss the playoffs. What better way to right the ship than to play at ALBA BERLIN, who were undefeated at home this season. Well, things are a bit rosier for Oldenburg now, though they had to survive a real charging comeback by Berlin in an 89-83 victory in the German capital. Oldenburg were leading 76-54 with less than eight minutes left but watched as Berlin went on an 18-2 run and eventually trimmed the deficit to four points. But Oldenburg held their nerves at the free throw line to grab the victory – and send Berlin to second place.

Bamberg blowout Trier, move atop the standings

While Berlin go through a tough stretch, Brose Baskets just keep winning in the Beko BBL, routing TBB Trier 84-44 for their 12th straight victory to pull ahead of Berlin atop the standings thanks to their 19-point victory the day after Christmas. Still, there is still a lot of season to be played, as Bamberg coach Andrea Trinchieri told the guys at SportEagle.TV:

O Captain! My Captain! Bayern march on with Taylor back on board

Don’t look now but Bayern Munich have won 11 games in a row between the Beko BBL and Eurocup. One of the biggest keys to the team’s stability has been captain Bryce Taylor finally getting on the court. Bayern are 15-1 in Taylor’s 16 games in the two competitions this season – 9-1 in the Beko BBL. And Taylor has really picked up his game offensively, scoring 17.7 points in the last three games in the league – as Munich have topped 100 points in all three of those games (an average of 114.3 points). They’ve also done it with some flashiness like here.

MBC finally win again in Ulm

Mitteldeutscher BC took another step back in the positive direction by beating ratiopharm ulm 81-59 for their first win in Ulm in more than 14 years. Patrick Richard came off the bench for MBC to score 18 points while new addition Daryll Webb had nine points, seven rebounds and four assists in his debut with MBC, who have won two in a row since snapping their nine-game losing streak. Ulm dropped their second straight game despite a double-double by Will Clyburn (12 points and 11 rebounds). Ulm’s new guard Brion Rush had two points and one rebound in his debut. It came down to fundamentals baby! Like this:

Tübingen get huge relegation battle win at Craisheim

WALTER Tigers Tübingen picked up a huge victory in their fight to avoid relegation as they beat last-placed Crailsheim Merlins 85-72 on the road to stay two games clear of the drop zone. Michael Cuffee and Augustine Rubit combined for 42 points, 18 rebounds and three blocks as Tübingen improved to 7-15 – two games up on Eisbären Bremerhaven in 17th place at 5-17 while Crailsheim dropped to 3-19. Cuffee’s performance got him on the “Gimme Five” Players of the Week:

Armand leads SKYLINERS to thrilling win over Bayreuth

FRAPORT SKYLINERS retained a spot in the playoff ranks with a thrilling 90-89 victory at home over medi bayreuth with Sean Armand leading the way with 19 points and four others scored in double figures. Neither team led by more than five points in the game and the final 2:41 minutes saw six lead changes. SKYLINERS gave up the ball late on a turnover off an inbounds pass with 12 seconds left to play, but Javon McCrea missed the possible game-winner. Frankfurt lost big man Mike Morrison midway through the fourth quarter with a knee injury. It’s unclear how long he will be out. Here’s a nice highlight from the winning team as Quantez Robertson lined up this alley-oop from 40 feet out.

Bonn holds off Göttingen in Cup playoff preview

Angelo Caloiaro had 19 points and nine rebounds as Telekom Baskets Bonn held on to beat BG Göttingen 66-65 at home in the dress rehearsal for the Beko BBL TOP FOUR playoff game on February 24 in Bonn. Neither team scored in the final 75 seconds, and Göttingen’s Alex Rouff turned the ball over with 2.3 seconds left, unable to get off a possible winning shot.

Two Beko BBL TOP FOUR spots up for grabs

While Bonn and Göttingen face off in their playoff on February 24, this week will see two teams book their tickets to Oldenburg for the Beko BBL TOP FOUR in April 11-12. Reigning champions ALBA BERLIN host Bayern Munich while ratiopharm ulm welcome Brose Baskets. Here is what Bayern’s John Bryant thinks about the big showdown in the German capital.

Player(s) of the Week

Once again, two winners this week. Andreas Seiferth stepped up again for Artland Dragons with 24 points on 11-of-14 shots and 2-of-2 free throws to go with eight rebounds, one steal and one turnover for an efficiency of 29 against Phoenix Hagen. Last week, Seiferth had 19 points and six rebounds against Bonn. Matching that 29 ranking was Brose Baskets’ Trevor Mbakwe, who collected 18 points on 8-of-12 shots and 2-of-2 free throws with 12 rebounds, two assists and one block against TBB Trier – not to mention four dunks:

JoVo Watch

Johannes Voigtmann had two strong games this week. In the mid-week EuroChallenge game against Tartu Rock, JoVo collected 26 points on 10-of-12 shots and 5-of-6 free throws along with four rebounds, one block and five turnovers. In Frankfurt’s win over medi bayreuth, Voigtmann scored 15 points on 5-of-8 shots and 4-of-5 free throws while also picking up five rebounds, two assists, one block, three turnovers … and for one moment on the wrong end of the poster.

German Top Five of the Week

Here are the top five German players, featuring an unusual appearance by Andrej Mangold.

G: Andrej Mangold, Telekom Baskets Bonn

Mangold nailed four three-pointers in scoring a career-high 14 points against Göttingen but also contributed in a lot of areas with two rebounds, three assists and two steals.

G: Maurice Stuckey, EWE Baskets Oldenburg

Stuckey played a big role in Oldenburg’s win over Berlin with three three-pointers for 11 points as well as three rebounds and one steal.


King grabbed three big offensive rebounds and nailed a three-pointer as Berlin fought back into the game against Oldenburg. In total, the Berlin captain had 11 points and five rebounds.

F: Elias Harris, Brose Baskets

Harris scored 11 points on 5-of-6 shots and 1-of-4 free throws while adding six rebounds, two assists and two steals.

C: Jonathan Moore, Crailsheim Merlins

Crailsheim suffered a tough loss to Tübingen but Moore had a strong game with 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting with 1-of-2 free throws as well as six rebounds, two assists and three steals.

Young Guns

Paul Zipser, 20, SG, Bayern Munich

Zipser made it back to Young Guns again as he started against MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg and had a solid game. Though he struggled shooting-wise, hitting 1-of-6 shots and 1-of-2 free throws for four points to go with eight rebounds, one assist, one block and one turnover in 21:03 minutes.

Andreas Obst, 18, SG, Brose Baskets

As if Bamberg had an idea that they would cruise past Trier, head coach Andrea Trinchieri started the 18-year-old Obst, who collected career highs with six points, two assists and one steal. It was Obst’s first points of 2015 and he added one rebound in 18:20 minutes.

Maurice Pluskota, 22, PF, Basketball Löwen Braunschweig

Pluskota only played 8:15 minutes but made them very productive as he scored six points on 2-of-3 shots and 2-of-2 free throws and grabbed six rebounds with one turnover against Eisbären Bremerhaven.

Coach McCoy still has it

Just had to get this in there – this is why Artland Dragons head coach Tyron McCoy scored 4,758 points in the Beko BBL. He’s still got it:

Germans Overseas Watch

Hans-George Brase continues to have a solid season with Princeton as the 1993-born forward, who played for Germany at the 2013 U20 European Championship, is averaging 11.5 points, 7.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.4 blocks. In the last two games he had 14 points, 15 rebounds, two assists and two blocks against Brown and then 10 points, six rebounds and five assists versus Yale.

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