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Frankfurt joins Big Bs in TOP FOUR / Ulm keep winning / German ref discusses job © FRAPORT SKYLINERS

Frankfurt joins Big Bs in TOP FOUR / Ulm keep winning / German ref discusses job

— David Hein

FRAPORT SKYLINERS joined the three Big Bs - hosts Bayern Munich, Brose Baskets Bamberg and ALBA BERLIN - in the Beko BBL Top Four. ratiopharm ulm meanwhile kept winning in the Beko BBL and WALTER Tigers Tübingen got a big win in the fight against relegation. And German referee Moritz Reiter does an interview about what it takes to become a ref.

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 race away from Ludwigsburg

Brose Baskets Bamberg shrugged off heavy legs from playing in the Euroleague in Moscow just two days earlier to come up big late in a 71-58 victory at MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg and book their spot in the Beko BBL Top Four. Bamberg used a 15-0 run spanning the third and fourth quarters to grab the win. Nicolo Melli was excellent with 17 points and six rebounds while Bamberg held Ludwigsburg to just 3-of-18 three-pointers (17 percent). Bamberg grounded out the win but of course had some nice highlights, including this Darius Miller-to-Daniel Their alley-oop:

Stats Corner

Bamberg took over the game at Ludwigsburg at the end of the third quarter and early in the fourth with a 15-0 run over 7:40 minutes. Ludwigsburg did not score until the 5:05 minute mark in the last quarter. They made just 2-of-14 field goals in the final period in scoring just 8 points and turning the ball over four times in the loss.

Berlin don’t waste time in easing by Würzburg

ALBA BERLIN didn’t waste time in their Top Four qualifier against s.Oliver Baskets Würzburg in building a big lead early and never looking back for a 102-73 home victory. Berlin were up 56-36 at halftime and six players scored in double figures for the winners. This Cameron Long dunk was not enough for Würzburg.

Berlin add Robert “Jamaican Rob” Lowery

ALBA BERLIN reacted to the absences of Jordan Taylor and Niels Giffey and added guard Robert Lowery. The man with the nickname “Jamaican Rob” signed until the end of February with an option until the end of the season. Lowery made an impact in his debut for Berlin in the TOP FOUR qualifier against Würzburg with four points - on just 1-of-9 shooting, one rebound and six assists in 19:44 minutes.

Short-handed SKYLINERS join Big B party

FRAPORT SKYLINERS may have been short-handed but that didn’t keep them from joining the Big B party at the Top Four by beating EWE Baskets Oldenburg 80-68. Frankfurt were without Danilo Barthel and Konsti Klein but Joe Voigtmann scored 14 points to pace five players in double figures. The JoVo-Brian Qvale showdown lived up to its billing as the Oldenburg big man collected 14 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks. But Voigtmann got the victory and SKYLINERS join the Top Four on February 20-21 with hosts Bayern Munich and the other Bs Bamberg and Berlin. The TOP FOUR draw takes place on Friday January 29.

Ulm keep Braunschweig at arm’s length in playoffs race

ratiopharm ulm are doing all they can to maintain their spot in the playoff ranks and picked up a big win at home by beating Basketball Löwen Braunschweig 76-67. Raymar Morgan scored 23 points and Pierria Henry collected 10 points, seven rebounds, three assists and four steals as Ulm grabbed their ninth win in the last 10 Beko BBL games. Ulm are eighth in the league at 11-8, 1.5 games behind Würzburg, Ludwigsburg and Oldenburg (all 12-6) and one game ahead of Phoenix Hagen and Braunschweig (both 10-9). This is just one of Morgan’s big plays:

Hagen keep pace with Ulm

Phoenix Hagen meanwhile grabbed a big road victory to stay right on Um’s heels with a 93-88 win at medi bayreuth, who saw their modest three-game home winning streak snapped to fall to 7-12. DJ Covington was huge for Hagen with 19 points and 16 rebounds.

Bonn finally win again

Telekom Baskets Bonn hope they have righted their ship as they finally returned to the winning column with a 101-93 victory at home over Crailsheim Merlins. Bonn snapped a four-game losing streak to improve to 7-12. They are three games away from the relegation zone but still four games from the playoff ranks - with four teams between them and eighth-placed Ulm. Aaron White had his own personal dunk-a-thon in the game with six dunks as he scored 25 points. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pO3MJheXbCA

Tübingen beat Bremerhaven in crucial relegation battle

WALTER Tigers Tübingen created a bit more space from the relegation zone with a crucial 88-86 victory at Eisbären Bremerhaven. Vladimir Mihajilovic and Garlon Green combined for 40 points in the win, which leaves Tübingen at 6-13 - two games up on 17th placed Bremerhaven. Toarlyn Fitzpatrick came up with a huge dunk late to decide the thriller:

Player of the Week

Jake Odum had a great game for Bayreuth vs Hagen but it wasn’t enough. The Bayreuth point guard collected 29 points on 12-of-22 shots as well as 3-of-3 free throws, six rebounds, seven assists, one steal, one block and two turnovers for a 32 efficiency.

German Top Five of the Week

G: Per Günther, ratiopharm ulm

Günther had a strong game against Braunschweig with 17 points on 5-of-11 shots including three three-pointers and 4-of-5 free throws to go with two assists. This three-ball was a huge shot in the victory.

G: Joshiko Saibou, s.Oliver Baskets Würzburg

Würzburg didn’t really look that good against Berlin in the Top Four qualifier but Saibou was one of the bright spots with 10 points on 4-of-8 shots and 1-of-2 free throws, one rebound, two assists and one steal.

F: Florian Koch, Telekom Baskets Bonn

Koch returns to German Top Five with another strong showing for Bonn as the 23-year-old collected 14 points on 5-of-10 shots including two three-pointers and 2-of-2 free throws, seven rebounds and four assists against Crailsheim.

F: Andreas Seiferth, medi bayreuth

Seiferth has taken well to his move to Bayreuth as he picked up 14 points on 7-of-11 shots as well as three rebounds, one assist and one block vs. Hagen.

C: Johannes Voigtmann, FRAPORT SKYLINERS

JoVo is back again - Voigtmann helped make up for the absences of his German buddies Danilo Barthel and Konsti Klein with 14 points on 6-of-9 shots and 2-of-3 threes while grabbing five rebounds, one assist and two blocks.

Young Guns

Ismet Akpinar, 20, PG, ALBA BERLIN

Akpinar helped Berlin get to the Top Four by scoring 15 points on 5-of-8 shots including 3-of-6 three pointers and 2-of-2 free throws against Würzburg. He also had three rebounds, two assists, three steals and three turnovers for an efficiency of 17 in 21:52 minutes.

Robert Glöckner, 19, PF, ALBA BERLIN

The Berlin power forward scored his first points for the professional team, hitting two free throws and grabbing one rebound in 3:01 minutes against Würzburg. Glöckner had played three Beko BBL games, totalling 5:42 minutes in which he grabbed two rebounds and missed two free throws.

Niklas Geske, 21, PG, Phoenix Hagen

Geske was a perfect 5-of-5 from the field including two three-pointers while scoring 12 points to go with two assists, one steal and two turnovers for Hagen against Bayreuth in 12:48 minutes. One of his three-balls was this buzzer beater.

Agva Watch

WALTER Tigers Tübingen center Mahir Agva contributed to his team’s big victory over Bremerhaven. The 19-year-old collected five points on 2-of-5 shots and 1-of-2 free throws to go with seven rebounds, one turnover and four personal fouls in 12:57 minutes.

German Overseas

It’s been a while since we’ve given a Dennis Schröder update but the Atlanta Hawks youngster came up with two impressive showings. In just 19 minutes against German national team coach Chris Fleming’s Denver Nuggets, Schröder collected 15 points, five rebounds and five assists. Schröder was fantastic against the Phoenix Suns with 19 points, five assists and two steals. Here are some of Schröder’s highlights against the Suns.

What it’s like to be a referee - Interview with German referee Moritz Reiter

What’s it like to be a referee? German referee Moritz Reiter offers some insight into the life of a referee. Check out the interview right here.

Germany face Netherlands, Austria and Denmark in EuroBasket 2017 qualifiers

The FIBA windows for Germany will tip off with the EuroBasket 2017 qualifiers and the Germans will take on Netherlands, Austria and Denmark in Group B. The winner of the group will book their ticket to EuroBasket 2017 as well as the best four second-placed teams from the seven groups. Germany’s games are August 31 vs. Denmark, September 3 in Austria, September 7 against Netherlands, September 10 in Denmark, September 14 vs Austria and September 17 in Netherlands.

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