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Frankfurt win in Overtime / Berlin lose third in a row / Göttingen and Tübingen light up scoreboard © fotoduda.de

Frankfurt win in Overtime / Berlin lose third in a row / Göttingen and Tübingen light up scoreboard

— David Hein

ALBA BERLIN may have come back to beat Bayern Munich to reach the Beko BBL TOP FOUR but they lost their third straight game in the league. Brose Baskets in the meantime also moved into the TOP FOUR and followed that with their 13th straight victory. The week also saw BG Göttingen and WALTER Tigers Tübingen light up the scoreboard with 227 points.

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:

Berlin, Bamberg reach TOP FOUR

Three-quarters of the field for the Beko BBL TOP FOUR in Oldenburg on April 11-12 is set. Reigning champions ALBA BERLIN came back to beat Bayern Munich 74-69 and Brose Brose rushed back after a slow start to move past ratiopharm ulm 76-61 and join host club EWE Baskets Oldenburg in the TOP FOUR. The final spot will be decided between Telekom Baskets Bonn and BG Göttingen. Berlin held Bayern scoreless for 6:32 minutes and went on a 13-0 run in the fourth quarter to grab the win. The spurt ended on this big three-pointer by Alex King.

Bamberg meanwhile trailed 11-2 after six minutes but already led 18-13 after the first quarter and were never challenged the rest of the way. Ulm couldn’t even get what looked like a sure thing as Bamberg’s Trevor Mbakwe comes up with a monster block on Tim Ohlbrecht:

Berlin drop third straight game, lose two starters to injuries

Things continue to go bad in the Beko BBL for ALBA BERLIN as the team lost 67-55 at MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg for their third straight defeat in the league. Berlin scored just four points in the third quarter. Berlin coach Sasa Obradovic is also watching his players go down injured. Power forward Jamel McLean was ruled out three to four weeks with a left thigh muscle tear in the loss to Ludwigsburg. Point guard
Clifford Hammonds also got hurt in the game, suffering
a high ankle sprain which will keep him out
for a week to 10 days.

Bamberg take over sole possession of first place

With Berlin losing again, Brose Baskets were able to pull into sole possession of first place thanks to a comfortable 77-57 win over Basketball Löwen Braunschweig. It was Bamberg’s 13th straight win to jump to 20-3 while Berlin and Bayern Munich are both even at 19-4. Bamberg allowed just eight points in the fourth quarter in pulling away after Braunschweig made things tight in the third quarter. But Bamberg were just too strong – both in the half-court set and on the break, as Trevor Mbakwe showed here:

Stats Corner

How could you not want to look at the box score after BG Göttingen’s 115-112 win over WALTER Tigers Tübingen – in regulation! Göttingen shot 57 percent from the field with 27 assists while Tübingen hit an amazing 59.7 percent of their shots with 25 assists. The main difference was Göttingen hitting 26-of-30 free throws (87 percent) compared to 18-of-27 (67 percent) for Tübingen. Enjoy the highlights.

SKYLINERS go overtime again – hand Oldenburg another loss

FRAPORT SKYLINERS needed double overtime to beat SPM Shoeters in the EuroChallenge during the week and then went to overtime again in the Beko BBL as they beat EWE Baskets Oldenburg 83-81 for their third straight victory. Frankfurt are seventh in the Beko BBL standings with a 12-11 record – just a half-game behind Oldenburg, who dropped to 12-10 with their fifth loss in the last six games. Frankfurt’s Mike Morrison showed one reason why the SKYLINERS are playing well right now:

Relegation battle heats up with Bremerhaven, Crailsheim wins

The Beko BBL relegation battle heated up a few more degrees as the bottom two teams Eisbären Bremerhaven and Crailsheim Merlins both won while the 15th and 16th placed teams WALTER Tigers Tübingen and TBB Trier both lost. Eisbären Bremerhaven finally returned to the winning column as they beat Phoenix Hagen 92-85 to snap a nine-game losing streak. It was Bremerhaven’s first win under new coach Muli Katzurin. The loss leaves them at 6-17 in 17th place.

Last placed Crailsheim beat Mitteldeutscher BC 87-84 for their second win in the last three games to improve to 4-19. Tübingen lost in the shootout with Göttingen to fall to 7-16 in 15th place. Trier meanwhile watched as Telekom Baskets Bonn won in Trier (80-74) for the first time in five years to drop to 7-16 after four straight losses. Angelo Caloiaro is one reason Bonn got the victory in Trier:

Ulm let Savovic leave team, Bremerhaven sign Kerusch

ratiopharm ulm and center Boris Savovic have agreed to terminate their contract as the 27-year-old big man was unhappy with his role with the team and has signed with Montenegro team Buduchost VOLI. Eisbären Bremerhaven meanwhile added a player as they brought in small forward Sergio Kerusch. The 26-year-old has a German passport and
is making his comeback after a serious knee injury.

Ludwigsburg duo Kennedy, Brockmann on Basketball Insiders

The guys at SportEagle TV grabbed two players from MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg for Basketball Insiders as they talk to DJ Kennedy and Jon Brockmann.

Player of the Week

It’s no surprise that the Player of the Week came from the amazing Göttingen vs Tübingen game. Alex Ruoff scored 30 points on 10-of-16 shots and 9-of-9 free throws and added three rebounds, 13 assists, one steal and just two turnovers for an efficiency of 39. He was also an easy pick to lead the “Gimme Five” Players of the Week.

JoVo Watch

Johannes Voigtmann once again had two strong games. In FRAPORT SKYLINERS’ mid-week EuroChallenge double-overtime win over SPM Shoeters, JoVo collected 14 points on 6-of-13 shots and 2-of-3 free throws, 11 rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block with three turnovers before fouling out after 34 minutes. In Frankfurt’s big overtime Beko BBL win over EWE Baskets Oldenburg, the big man had six points on 3-of-6 shots to go with four rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block with zero turnovers and two fouls in 24:53 minutes.

German Top Five of the Week

Here are the top five German players, featuring a debut by Sergio Kerusch in his season debut.

G: Per Günther, ratiopharm ulm

Günther scored a game-high 17 points on 5-of-12 shots and 5-of-7 free throws to go along with two rebounds, two assists and two turnovers in Ulm’s win over Artland Dragons. Three of his points came here as he beat the shot clock.

G: Flavio Stückemann, Eisbären Bremerhaven

Stückemann started his first game of the season against Hagen and he scored 10 points on 4-of-7 shots while also picking up two rebounds, two assists and two steals.

F: Sergio Kerusch, Eisbären Bremerhaven

Kerusch goes from being an unsigned player to the German Top Five as he collects 11 points on 3-of-8 shots and 5-of-7 free throws as well as five rebounds and one block in 13:06 minutes in his first game of the season after a serious knee injury.

F: Tim Ohlbrecht, ratiopharm ulm

Ohlbrecht had a nice match-up of German centers with Andreas Seiferth and the Ulm big man had 16 points on 6-of-9 shots – including 2-of-2 on three-pointers – while also adding five rebounds, one assist and one steal.

C: Andreas Seiferth, Artland Dragons

In the aforementioned match-up with Ohlbrecht, Seiferth had 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting while also grabbing six rebounds with one assist.

Young Guns

Paul Zipser, 20, SG, Bayern Munich

Zipser is slowly becoming a regular in this segment as he scored seven points on 3-of-9 shots while also picking up three rebounds and one steal in 18:20 minutes – not to forget this dunk:

Ismet Akpinar, 19, PG, ALBA BERLIN

With Clifford Hammonds injured, Akpinar played the entire fourth quarter against Ludwigsburg and finished with two points on 2-of-2 free throws on 0-of-4 shots as well as one assist and one turnover in 10:08 minutes.

Bogdan Radosavljevic, 21, C, WALTER Tigers Tübingen

As much as Basketball Löwen Braunschweig’s 22-year-old Martin Bogdanov deserved recognition (five points, one rebound in 10:18 minutes), Radosavljevic had a strong game in the shootout with Göttingen with 15 points on 4-of-7 shots and 7-of-8 free throws to go with four rebounds, one assist, two blocks, three fouls and zero turnovers in 15:58 minutes.

Germans Overseas Watch

Lots of news and rumors about Tibor Pleiß. First off, there was the NBA trade of his rights moving from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Utah Jazz. German national team coach Chris Fleming thinks the move could be good for Pleiß as he told Sport1: “He and Oklahoma City could not agree on a move to the NBA in the last couple of years. Now he has the chance to do something completely new. Utah could fit. The trade is very good for Tibor.” Pleiß was then rumored to be traded from Barcelona to Brose Baskets with Trevor Mbakwe going to Barcelona. That has until now proven to be only a rumor.

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