Berlin and Bamberg lock up playoff spots, Bayern stumble again, SKYLINERS reach Final Four
— 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 continue to roll
Brose Baskets extended their winning streak to 15 games as they breezed by Telekom Baskets Bonn 89-68 to lock up a spot in the Beko BBL playoffs with a 22-3 record. Five players scored in double figures including Trevor Mbakwe with a 17-point, 10-rebound double-double. Here he stuffs over Tadas Klimavicius just like Bamberg have been stuffing their competition in the league at the moment:
ALBA BERLIN need overtime to beat Trier
TBB Trier gave ALBA BERLIN all they could handle and overtime as well but Berlin prevailed 86-83 thanks to a strong showing by Reggie Redding with 21 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. Berlin trailed by as many as 14 points in the fourth quarter before taking the lead late in regulation. Trier’s Vitalis Chikoko’s big putback dunk forced overtime but Berlin were too much - remaining one game behind Bamberg in the standings. Here the highlights of the Berlin victory.
Braunschweig upset Bayern in Munich
Just when things are starting to look up for Bayern Munich they suffered a setback - and surprisingly at home yet again as the reigning champs lost in the Audi Dome 80-76 against Basketball Löwen Braunschweig. Braunchweig got an excellent performance by Tim Abromaitis while Trent Lockett was key - as you can see in these highlights:
Player(s) of the Week
Thirty-two was the magic number this week as two players matched 32 efficiency. Braunschweig’s Tim Abromaitis scored 24 points on 8-of-14 shooting and 5-of-6 free throws while also picking up five rebounds, two assists, seven steals and two blocks in the upset win over Bayern. Reggie Redding also had an efficiency of 32 in Berlin’s overtime win over Trier with 21 points on 8-of-14 shooting, 3-of-4 free throws, nine rebounds, seven assists, two steals and zero turnovers.
Coby Karl leaves Ludwigsburg for D-League
Coby Karl will always be remembered in Ludwigsburg for his game-winning buzzer beater in last year’s playoffs against Bayern Munich. But the memories are over as Karl has left MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg and moved to the Reno Bighorns of the NBA D-League.
SKYLINERS reach EuroChallenge Final Four
Things looked bleak for FRAPORT SKYLINERS in the quarter-final play-off decider of the EuroChallenge as Johannes Voigtmann and company trailed by 21 points in the second half. But Frankfurt stormed back into the game and ended up beating BC Enisey 85-80 to win their best-of-three series 2-1 to reach the EuroChallenge Final Four. There are rumblings out of Frankfurt that SKYLINERS might bid to host the Final Four - though that remains to be seen. Here is a Re-Stream of the whole game:
As mentioned above, Johannes Voigtmann helped SKYLINERS reach the EuroChallenge Final Four as he led the way in Game Three with 26 points, seven rebounds, three assists and one steal in 29 minutes of action.
SKYLINERS extend one more season with Klein
And FRAPORT SKYLINERS and Konsti Klein agreed to a one-year extension keeping the German point guard in Frankfurt until the end of the 2015-16 season. The 23-year-old has struggled with injuries this season but still has been very productive when he’s been on the court with 8.2 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists in the Beko BBL.
German Top Five of the Week
Here are the top five German players of the past round of games, including a Philipp Neumann sighting.
G: Per Günther, ratiopharm ulm
Günther was once again Ulm’s leader against Ludwigsburg, hitting three three-pointers in scoring 20 points while grabbing two rebounds and dishing out six assists.
G: Akeem Vargas, ALBA BERLIN
Vargas also knocked down three three-pointers as he scored 11 points while collecting two rebounds, two assists and one steal in Berlin’s win over Trier.
F: Daniel Theis, Brose Baskets
Theis returns to the Top Five with a nice game for Bamberg against Bonn with 13 points, two rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block off the bench. Here the youngster shows his hustle and then a nice lefty dunk:
F: Jan Jagla, Bayern Munich
Jagla nailed four of his seven three-point attempts as he led Bayern in scoring with 14 points while also coming up with three rebounds, one steal and three blocks in Munich’s loss against Braunschweig.
C: Philipp Neumann, EWE Baskets Oldenburg
Neuman scored a season-high 18 points in Oldenburg’s loss to Tübingen while also picking up six rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block.
Paul Zipser, 21, SG, Bayern Munich
Zipser struggled a little against the Braunschweig’s veteran Immanuel McElroy in collecting just four points on 2-of-4 shooting to go with one assist and three turnovers in 18:31 minutes.
Bogdan Radosavljevic, 21, C, WALTER Tigers Tübingen
Big Bogdan did not play a lot - though he started - as he earned just 4:33 minutes of court time. But he was busy, missing one shot, grabbing four rebounds, committing one turnover and three fouls.
Ismet Akpinar, 19, PG, ALBA BERLIN
Akpinar played 8:18 minutes for Berlin and scored two points on two free throws as he missed all four of his field goal attempts. He added one assist.
Wanamaker talking Philly hoops
Brad Wanamaker from Brose Baskets talks to the guys at SportEagleTV on Basketball Insiders (and earlier this season he was on Taking The Charge talking a bit about Philly hoops):
German Overseas Watch
It’s NCAA Tournament time and there are five Germans in the 68-team field - though none of them are huge contributors. The quintet left are Gavin Schilling with Michigan State, Kenneth Ogbe of Utah, Dom Uhl with Iowa, Frederik Jong of Eastern Washington and Tyree Chambers with Providence.