Ulm offense still steamrolling / Würzburg, Bremerhaven come back for wins / Ruoff returns to Göttingen
— 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:
High-powered Ulm roll past Ludwigsburg
ratiopharm ulm was unfazed by a usually stingy MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg defense and rolled offensively to a 97-80 victory at home to remain undefeated at 6-0 while Ludwigsburg moved to 5-3. Ulm shot 54 percent from the field and five players scored in double figures as they stayed right on the heels of Brose Bamberg. But is Per Günther’s great dribbling and passing good enough to win Play of the Week honors?
Bamberg get past Oldenburg
Bamberg are still leaders in the league after struggling with EWE Baskets Oldenburg over much of the game, winning 83-77 to jump to 7-0 with idle Bayern Munich remaining at 5-0. Bamberg spread the wealth with just two players in double figures but three more scored 9 points. One of those who had 9 points was Fabien Causeur, who showed he can throw it down.
Bayreuth win again - fifth straight victory
medi bayreuth never trailed as they rolled past GIESSEN 46ers on the road 100-82 for their fifth straight victory, moving Raoul Korner’s team to 5-1 in fourth place. Bayreuth gave up just 9 points in the first quarter and controlled the paint, out-rebounding Giessen 37-25 while also hitting 11-of-17 three-pointers for 65 percent.
Bremerhaven come back in huge 4th quarter, in playoff spot
Eisbären Bremerhaven came back from a 12-point deficit in the fourth quarter to grab a 90-86 win at RASTA Vechta to snap a three-game losing streak and move into a playoff spot in the standings. Bremerhaven used a 31-16 final quarter to improve to 3-3 for eighth place. Ivan Elliot paced Bremerhaven with 22 points and 11 rebounds while Jordan Hulls scored just 4 points but dished out 11 assists. Vechta wasted an impressive 19-point showing from Scott Machado and are second to last in the standings with a 1-5 record.
Würzburg reverse 20-point second half deficit for first home win
Don’t look now but s.Oliver Würzburg are just one win from a playoff ranking as they raced back from a 20-point deficit in the third quarter in beating FRAPORT SKYLINERS 73-64 at home. Würzburg survived scoring just 8 points in the first quarter for their second straight win to move to 2-4. Brendan Lane led the way with 16 points but Kresimir Loncar picked up 13 points and 7 rebounds off the bench. Frankfurt are 3-4 after the defeat.
WALTER Tigers Tübingen are also 2-4 after an impressive offensive display in a 98-70 win at Basketball Löwen Braunschweig. Tübingen nailed 18-of-27 three-pointers for a white-hot 67 percent. Eight Tübingen players hit three-balls, paced by five from Garlon Green.
Ruoff returns to Göttingen after departure from Ludwigsburg
Alex Ruoff was not without a team for long as the veteran swingman landed a spot back with BG Göttingen until the end of the season. Ruoff was available after he and MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg mutually agreed to part ways. Ruoff played two seasons in Göttingen, helping the club win promotion in 2013-14 and staying one year in the easyCredit BBL in 2014-15. His first game back with Göttingen was strong with 18 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and 1 block.
SKYLINERS add big man Ibekwe
Fraport Skyliners picked up reinforcements for the low post as they added power forward Ekene Ibekwe on a two-month deal with an option to stay until the end of the season. The 31-year-old Nigerian has been around the easyCredit BBL in the past, playing at Artland Dragons, medi bayreuth and GIESSEN 46ers since 2010. Ibeke has played for Nigeria at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics in London and Rio de Janeiro respectively.
Hagen docked 4 points for bankruptcy case
Phoenix Hagen were officially docked 4 points - the equivalent of 2 victories - in the easyCredit BBL for filling for bankruptcy. The club, which has dropped to 0-6 in the league, has already voiced its plan to re-start next season in the ProA should they not secure a spot in the easyCredit BBL this season. Hagen is not planning on selling off players this season but they will be sinking the ticket prices for the games this season.
Players of the Week
Once again there are multiple winners of the Player of the Week award with three guys picking up week-high efficiency rankings of 25. Darius Carter collected 18 points and 12 rebounds for Göttingen against ALBA BERLIN. Scott Machado of RASTA Vechta had the same efficiency with 19 points, 3 rebounds, 9 assists and 3 steals against Eisbären Bremerhaven. And the third player with a 25 efficiency was Telekom Baskets Bonn’s Filip Barovic, who had 24 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist and 2 steals against Phoenix Hagen.
German Top Five of the Week
G: Per Günther, ratiopharm ulm
Günther hasn’t slowed down in Ulm’s high octane offense and he collected 21 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists against Ludwigsburg.
G: David McCray, MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg
McCray had a strong game against Ulm as he picked up 13 points, 3 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals.
G: Konsti Klein, Telekom Baskets Bonn
Klein has played well with his new team as the guard nailed 4 three-balls in scoring 16 points to go with 7 rebounds and 2 steals versus Phoenix Hagen.
C: Tim Ohlbrecht, ratopharm ulm
Ulm once again get a second player in the German Top Five as Ohlbrecht scored 17 points with 4 rebounds, 1 steal and 1 block against Ludwigsburg.
C: Andreas Seiferth, medi bayreuth
Seiferth played an excellent all-around game for Bayreuth with 11 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal and 1 block against Giessen.
Mahir Agva, 20, C, FRAPORT SKYLINERS
Agva came off the bench against Würzburg and collected 11 points and 3 rebounds in 17:00 minutes.
Marcel Kessen, 19, C, Phoenix Hagen
With Hagen’s financial problems being a bad reality, the club is looking to play more of their youngsters. Kessen tallied 8 points, on 4-of-8 shooting to go with 2 rebounds in 26:02 minutes.
Pascal Zahner-Gothen, 20, PG, Phoenix Hagen
Zahner-Goten also took advantage of the situation in Hagen with 15:06 minutes as he collected 2 points on 0-of-2 shooting and 2-of-2 free throws while also grabbing 3 assists and 1 steal.
Not too many Germans have started their season that much around the world, but Heiko Schaffartzik has played well for French club Nanterre, including a 16-point, 6-rebound, and 6 assist showing against Sopron in the FIBA Europe Cup.
Last, but not least: Let’s head to the Top Ten this week with everything of note from last weekend’s action - here the 10 best plays at Telekom Basketball.