Anderson, Kleber with game-winners / Agva strong off the bench / Berlin will host TOP FOUR
— 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:
After slow start, Bamberg roll past Würzburg
Reigning champions Brose Bamberg started slowly in their road game at s.Oliver Würzburg but roared back to life and rolled past s.Oliver Baskets 88-62 to remain undefeated at 4-0 (Video-Highlights). Coming into the game looking for their first win of the season, Würzburg jumped ahead 18-7. But Bamberg reeled off a 20-0 run spanning the first and second quarters and never looked back as four players scored in double digits paced by Janis Strelnieks’ 16 points.
Kleber three-pointer gives Bayern comeback win
Maxi Kleber nailed a late three-pointer as Bayern Munich came back from a 13-point third quarter deficit to manage a 72-68 victory at GIESSEN 46ers and remain perfect at 4-0. Kleber not only hit the game-winning three-pointer with 21 seconds left but he also sealed the win by stealing the ball from Skyler Bowlin with 6 seconds to play (Video-Highlights). With another superb game, Bayern fans are happy about the way Kleber is playing – especially after his excellent season last year.
Ulm’s high octane offense races past Bremerhaven
ratiopharm ulm are the highest scoring team in the easyCredit BBL and they used that high octane scoring machine to roll past Eisbären Bremerhaven 96-83 to improve to 4-0 (Video-Highlights). Five players scored in double figures for Ulm, who are averaging 98.5 points this season. Take away the overtime points of their one OT game this season and Thorsten Leibenath’s team is still averaging 95 points a game – with Bamberg the next best at 88.3 points. Ulm starting shooting guard Chris Babb talked about the win over Bremerhaven and much more in FanTalk.
Ludwigsburg go double-duty with two wins
Sitting just behind the undefeated trio is MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg, who picked up two victories this weekend to jump to 4-1. Ludwigsburg fought off EWE Baskets Oldenburg 79-75 in a Round 15 game with Jack Cooley collecting 18 points and 6 rebounds. Ludwigsburg then went on the road to beat Basketball Löwen Braunschweig 91-84 as Cooley dominated with 27 points and 7 rebounds off the bench. Cooley is showing why he has earned NBA playing minutes in the past and was a major contributor in the D-League.
Anderson nails game winner for Bayreuth
medi bayreuth have regularly over the past couple of years been considered a playoff contender but flamed out over the course of the season. Bayreuth have started strong this season with a 3-1 record and two road victories – the second coming on Kyan Anderson’s game-winning three-pointer with 0.2 seconds left in a 79-76 win at Science City Jena. The promoted Jena side are 1-3 despite Marcos Knight pouring in 31 points. Watch the crazy crunchtime:
Vechta grab first win in beating winless Hagen
A battle of winless teams ended with RASTA Vechta picking up their first win as the hosts beat Phoenix Hagen 98-96. Scott Machado not only scored 18 points but also dished out 17 assists for the promoted side Vechta. Machado has shown in the past that he can light it up in the easyCredit BBL:
ALBA BERLIN will host TOP FOUR 2017
The easyCredit BBL announced that reigning champs ALBA BERLIN will be hosting the TOP FOUR 2017. Berlin will be the event’s host club for fifth time following 1996, 2002, 2003 and 2013. In case you don’t remember the TOP FOUR 2016, here’s a reminder:
Bonn, Hagen, Jena add reinforcements
The season is only four games old but teams are still making moves to deal with early struggles or injuries. Telekom Baskets Bonn reacted to the injury to Ken Horton by signing Latvian Ojars Silins until the beginning of November. The 23-year-old Latvian has played the last six seasons in Italy and comes to Bonn after playing well last season for Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia. Science City Jena added some more experience while they wait for Filiberto Rivera to recover from an injury as they signed easyCredit BBL veteran John Little to a four-week deal with an option until the end of the season. Phoenix Hagen for their part signed an all-arounder who can help the winless team in various ways in bringing in David Godbold, who played three seasons with BG Göttingen. Here are some highlights of Silins in action from last season.
The Play of the Week
Vote for the Play of the week! In the first semifinal it is Maxi Kleber with his three pointer vs. Scott Machado and his assist through the legs (video) and in the second semifinal it is Bambergs Patrick Heckmann with authority vs. Bayreuths Kyan Anderson’s game-winning three-pointer. Which one will get your vote?
Player(s) of the Week
There were two players who matched for the highest efficiency score of 32 this week. Scott Machado was outstanding for Vechta in their big game against Hagen with 18 points on 4-of-9 shooting and 9-of-10 free throws to go with 1 rebound, 17 assists and 4 steals (watch his Alley-Oop-Assist below). Jack Cooley meanwhile also registered a 32 efficiency for MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg against Basketball Löwen Braunschweig with 27 points on 10-of-12 shots and 7-of-10 free throws as well as 7 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 block.
German Top Five of the Week
G: Per Günther, ratiopharm ulm
Günther continues to be a major part of Ulm’s high-octane offense as he collected 16 points, 2 rebounds and 1 assist against Eisbären Bremerhaven.
G: Niklas Geske, RASTA Vechta
Geske faced off against his former team as the 22-year-old point guard picked up 9 points, 1 rebound, 5 assists and 1 steal for Vechta in the big win over Phoenix Hagen.
F: Christan Standhardinger, RASTA Vechta
Vechta saw a second player make the German Top Five of the Week as well as Standhardinger scored 21 points and grabbed 7 rebounds while also adding 1 assist and 1 steal.
F: Isaiah Philmore, WALTER Tigers Tübingen
The other player in the Top Five to face his former team is Philmore, who scored a team-high 18 points for Tübingen against Telekom Baskets Bonn to go along with 3 rebounds.
C: Tim Ohlbrecht, ratiopharm ulm
The second team to have two players in the Top Five of the Week is Ulm as Ohlbrecht joins Günther. But big man picked up 15 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1 block against Bremerhaven.
Mahir Agva, 20, C, FRAPORT SKYLINERS
Agva came off the bench against ALBA BERLIN and had a superb game with 13 points, hitting 6-of-12 shots and 1-of-1 free throws while equaling a career-high with 10 rebounds and adding 2 assists and 2 blocks for an efficiency of 21 in 19:31 minutes. Watch the game highlights here.
Jonas Grof, 20, SG, Phoenix Hagen
Grof produced well off the bench for Hagen with 7 points on 2-of-5 shooting and 3-of-3 free throws along with 7 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocks against Vechta.
Andreas Obst, 20, PG, GIESSEN 46ers
Obst struggled from the outside as he hit just 1-of-6 three-pointers in scoring 7 points on 3-of-9 shots against Bayern Munich. The 20-year-old also had 1 rebound and 2 assists in 10:57 minutes.
Niklas Kiel came up with some strong production off the bench for FRAPORT SKYLINERS in their win at ALBA BERLIN. The 19-year-old power forward collected 9 points on 2-of-3 shots and 4-of-6 free throws as well as 7 rebounds and 1 assist for an efficiency of 13 in 17:05 minutes.
Last, but not least: The top ten from this week. Dunk, assists and game winners – we have seen it all during the games at the last weekend – watch the ten best plays at Telekom Basketball right here.