Julius Jenkins celebrates milestone / Lo debuts for Bamberg / Wachalski perfect in Bayreuth
— David Hein
In this section, we break out our English language skills and inform you about the latest news from the German easyCredit 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 easyCredit BBL short and sweet:
Bamberg, Bayern, Ulm still perfect
Brose Bamberg, Bayern Munich and ratiopharm ulm are the only three teams still undefeated after three rounds of action in the easyCredit BBL. Both Bamberg and Bayern have been dominant in their three wins – with the reigning champions Bamberg putting together an average winning margin of 39 points while Munich has won their three games by 19.3 points. Ulm meanwhile needed overtime to win their opener at medi bayreuth and then beat EWE Baskets Oldenburg 105-95 before nearly giving up a 16-point lead in winning 98-94 at ALBA BERLIN. This is how Bamberg fans get excited at home games:
Maodo Lo makes his easyCredit BBL debut
Maodo Lo was one of the most hotly-recruited German players this past off season, starting his professional career after finishing his collegiate time at Columbia in the United States. The point guard landed at reigning champions Brose Bamberg and finally made his easyCredit BBL debut against WALTER Tigers Tübingen after missing the first two games of the season. Lo scored 6 points on 1-of-1 shooting and 4-of-6 free throws to go with 3 rebounds and 2 assists for an efficiency of 9 in 19 minutes.
Milosavljevic plays savior for Berlin against Jena
ALBA BERLIN’s loss to Ulm was their first defeat of the season after opening 2016-17 with two straight wins – the second coming in last part to Dragan Milosavljevic. The Berlin captain went scoreless in the first 37 minutes and then came up late with seven points including the two big jumpers late in a 77-73 win at Science City Jena.
Alarm bells going off in Würzburg
While lots of things are going well for Bamberg, Bayern and Ulm, the alarm bells are going off for s.Oliver Würzburg and their playoff hopes. Doug Spradley’s team has already dropped to 0-3 and next host the rolling Brose Bamberg. Not to take anything away from Würzburg but it looks like an 0-4 start to the season and suddenly they are facing a series of must-wins games – at WALTER Tigers Tübingen, hosting FRAPORT SKYLINERS, at Phoenix Hagen, at home against GIESSEN 46ers and then at RASTA Vechta over the next five weeks. For a team with playoff aspirations, Würzburg will likely have to win at least four of those games if they want to think about the post-season. Upsetting Bamberg would be a huge step but Würzburg is currently looking up at the rest of the league.
Hagen, Vechta 0-3 going into match-up
Also at 0-3 are Phoenix Hagen and RASTA Vechta but one of those teams will book their first victory on Saturday as they face off in Vechta. Hagen probably are more disappointed of the two teams, having lost at home against BG Göttingen and Science City Jena. And Hagen led the road at Eisbären Bremerhaven by 8 points after three quarters but lost by 10 in a 31-13 fourth quarter. Vechta meanwhile are getting used to being back in the easyCredit BBL and dropped home games to Basketball Löwen Braunschweig and medi bayreuth. But the promoted team fought back from a 17-point deficit at EWE Baskets Oldenburg and made it a one-point game with 8 seconds left before Rickey Paulding’s free throws finished the scoring 79-76 in favor of Oldenburg.
Göttingen strong on road
Six teams are bunched at 2-1 and while ALBA BERLIN and MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg are not surprises among that grouping, BG Göttingen is as Johan Roijakkers’ team has two road victories – at Phoenix Hagen and Ludwigsburg – to offset their big home loss against Bayern Munich. GIESSEN 46ers and Eisbären Bremerhaven both are in the group thanks to 2-0 records at home while medi bayreuth beat RASTA Vechta in their only road contest.
5000, 1300 and 400
The week saw three milestones eclipsed for three league stalwarts. Julius Jenkins scored 19 points for Science City Jena in a loss at home against Berlin to move past the 5000 point mark in his easyCredit BBL career. The only active player with more than Jenkins’ 5,005 points is Derrick Allen of RASTA Vechta with 5,205. Jenkins is the 16th player in the 51 years of the league to surpass the 5000-point mark. Jared Jordan meanwhile moved past the 1300-assist mark for WALTER Tigers Tübingen in a win against GIESSEN 46ers. The third player to pass a big number was Philipp Schwethelm, who went 3-of-7 on three-pointers for Oldenburg to eclipse the 400 career three-pointer mark. Here is a bit of a look back at Jenkins’ career from his time in Oldenburg.
Kone scores career high filling in for Washpun
Bazoumana Kone took advantage of an injury to Wes Washpun as the MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg talent set career highs with 12 points and 6 assists against Telekom Baskets Bonn. The 22-year-old Kone, who arrived in Ludwigsburg after playing last season with Hamburg Towers, also had 2 rebounds and 1 steal in nearly 31 minutes after picking up 1 point, 3 rebounds and 3 assists in about 29 minutes in the first two games of the season. Here are some Kone highlights from last season in the ProA.
Wachalski perfect in Bayreuth
medi bayreuth improved to 2-1 with an 83-71 home victory over s.Oliver Würzburg thanks in large part to their veteran Steve Wachalski, who was perfect from the field in scoring a team high 20 points. Wachalski was 6-of-6 from the field including 4-of-4 from three-point range as well as 4-of-4 from the line to go with 6 rebounds and 2 steals for an efficiency of 27. Wachalski has shown in the past that he can light it up from long range, including hitting 8-of-10 three-pointers for Bonn against Trier in November 2014.
Blocking your way to the top of the Top 10
The double round of action this week provided some great highlights in this week’s Top 10 on telekombasketball.de – topped by one heck of a block. Enjoy!
Player(s) of the Week(s)
The second week of action had two rounds of games so we have two winners this week. Trent Plaisted of Phoenix Hagen took Player of the Week honors in Round 2 with 21 points on 10-of-12 shooting and 1-of-4 free throws to go with 11 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steal for an efficiency of 30 in a loss against Eisbären Bremerhaven. For Round 3, the prize went to Bayern Munich’s Reggie Redding, who collected 16 points on a perfect shooting day of 7-of-7 while picking up 1 rebound, 11 assists and 3 steals for an efficiency of 29 in the win at BG Göttingen.
German Top Five of the Week
G: Per Günther, ratiopharm ulm
Per Günther played a huge role in pushing Ulm to 3-0 as he picked up 10 points, 9 assists and 2 steals against Oldenburg. The playmaker then had 19 points and 6 assists in the tough road win at Berlin.
F: Patrick Heckmann, Brose Bamberg
Brose Bamberg have clobbered the competition until now and Patrick Heckmann has been very solid in his role off the bench. He had 11 points, 1 rebound, 3 assists and 4 steals against Basketball Löwen Braunschweig and then picked up 9 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal in the blowout of Tübingen.
F: Maxi Kleber, Bayern Munich
This could become a very special season for Maxi Kleber as the forward is showcasing his great all-around skill-set. Against his former team s.Oliver Würzburg, Kleber had 20 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal and 3 blocks. He followed that up with 19 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists and 1 block against Göttingen. Kleber shot 13-of-20 from the field in the two games. Basketball fans in general should be hoping Maxi stays healthy all season.
F: Johannes Thiemann, MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg
Johannes Thiemann is continuing his superb season for Ludwigsburg as the 22-year-old big man picked up 11 points, 4 rebounds and 2 steals for an efficiency of 13 against Göttingen while scoring 15 points to go with 8 rebounds, 1 assist and 3 steals and a 25 efficiency versus Bonn.
C: Tim Ohlbrecht, ratiopharm ulm
Tim Ohlbrecht was outstanding for Ulm this week as he scored 16 points with 3 rebounds and 1 steal against Oldenburg and then collected 17 points, 4 rebounds, 1 steal and 1 block in Berlin. The center made 14-of-15 shots from the field in the two games and hit all four of his free throws.
Luis Figge, 19, SG, Basketball Löwen Braunschweig
The 19-year-old Figge led Braunschweig in scoring against Bamberg as he had 9 points on 3-of-3 shooting and 3-of-3 free throws as well as 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal and 12 efficiency in 14:24 minutes. In Round 3, Figge scored 1 point on 0-of-1 shooting and 1-of-2 free throws with 4 rebounds, 1 steal and 1 turnover in 8:50 minutes against Giessen.
Louis Olinde, 18, SF, Brose Bamberg
Olinde made the first basket of his easyCredit BBL career in scoring 2 points on 1-of-1 shooting while also grabbing 4 rebounds and turning the ball over one time in 9:56 minutes for Bamberg against Braunschweig. The 18-year-old was not included on the roster against Tübingen.
George Beyschlag, 19, PG, Bayern Munich
Beyschlag made his professional debut this week, playing 5 seconds and not collecting any stats against Würzburg. The point guard was able to pick up 2 points and 2 assists in 1:50 minutes against Göttingen.
Niklas Kiel started FRAPORT SKYLINERS’ second game of the season in Bonn, scoring 3 points without taking a shot and hitting 3-of-4 free throws. The 19-year-old forward added 1 rebound, 1 steal and 2 turnovers in 12:23 minutes. Kiel came off the bench in Round 3 and had a career high 12 points on 4-of-5 shots and 3-of-4 free throws against Bremerhaven. Kiel scored 9 of his points in the first quarter and ended the game with 3 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal with an efficiency of 15 in 10:30 minutes.