Weekly news: Miller saves Bamberg over Gießen, Ulm and Bayreuth roll on
— 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:
Miller saves Bamberg from another loss to Gießen
One of Brose Bamberg’s surprise losses last season came at the hands of promoted GIESSEN 46ers. And the champs nearly were downed again by Denis Wucherer’s team but Darius Miller saved Bamberg 79-77 with a game-winning jumper just before the buzzer. Sparked by Cameron Wells, who finished with 30 points, Gießen raced ahead 32-11 after 10 minutes. Bamberg just kept chipping away and went ahead early in the fourth before Miller’s winner with 0.4 seconds to play as Bamberg improved to 10-0 - breathing a sigh of relief in the meantime. Gießen fell to 4-5.
Ulm fight off Jena for record victory
ratiopharm ulm had twice in their history won eight straight easyCredit BBL games - in 2011/12 and 2012/13. Ulm finally got the big number nine this weekend in fending off Science City Jena 84-74 on the road to jump to 9-0. Per Günther paced five Ulm players in double figures and Da’Sean Butler picked up a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds as Jena wasted a 27-point showing from Julius Jenkins in dropping to 2-6.
Get to know Per Günther a bit more
The play of Ulm point guard Per Günther has been receiving attention. Not only did EuroCup do a feature on Mr. Likeable (LINK) but the easyCredit BBL also talked to him and Chris Babb while they did some bowling. Enjoy
Bayreuth just keep winning
medi bayreuth have their fans thinking back to the glory days at the end of the 1980s as they came back from a 13-point third quarter deficit to knock off EWE Baskets Oldenburg 80-71 for their eighth straight victory. Nate Linhart tallied 17 points and Bayreuth controlled the glass with a 48-27 advantage in rebounds - including 21 offensive rebounds in improving to 8-1 for third place. Oldenburg are currently in the final playoff spot at 5-5.
Bayern return to winning ways
A week after getting blasted by Bamberg, Bayern Munich returned to the winning column with a blowout of their own 103-78 at home over Eisbären Bremerhaven. Bayern never trailed and new point guard Nick Johnson led the way for Munich with 15 points while Ondrej Balvin (14 points) and Vladimir Lucic (12 points) both hit for season highs for Bayern.
Berlin finally win in Ludwigsburg again
Just ahead of Oldenburg is ALBA BERLIN, who moved to 5-4 as they beat MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg 79-73 behind a career-high 18 points from Niels Giffey. Berlin never trailed after the midway point of the first quarter in picking up their first win in Ludwigsburg since February 2012. Ludwigsburg have dropped four of their last six games and sit fifth in the standings at 6-5. Malcolm Miller shows how to throw down a big dunk.
Göttingen grab third straight win
Don’t look now but the fourth longest-winning streak at the moment belongs to BG Göttingen, who downed suddenly reeling FRAPORT SKYLINERS 82-78 in overtime for their third straight victory. Alex Ruoff scored 22 points for Göttingen, who gave up a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter but held on in the extra session to move to 5-5. Shavon Shields’ 26 points were not enough for Frankfurt, who have fallen to 14th place with a 3-7 record after five straight losses.
Hagen still winless in poor home showing
The only longer current losing streak is for Phoenix Hagen, who dropped to 0-9 on the season with a poor 76-98 loss at home against WALTER Tigers Tübingen. Hagen, who are already the equivalent of four games from a non-relegation spot, trailed by double digits for all but the first minute of the second half. Barry Stewart scored 19 points while Isaiah Philmore picked up a double-double (18 points and 10 rebounds) and Jared Jordan was just short of one (17 points and 9 assists) for Tübingen, who improved their mark to 3-6.
Tübingen add former Damian Lillard teammate Berry
WALTER Tigers Tübingen added some more firepower after they parted ways with Anthony Miles by signing Davion Berry. The 25-year-old Berry played collegiately with Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard and most recently played with Greece side Kolossos Rhodos.
Player of the Week
Geoffrey Groselle earned the top honors this week with an outstanding performance in Basketball Löwen Braunschweig’s win versus Telekom Baskets Bonn. Groselle scored 28 points on 10-of-12 shots and 8-of-9 free throws to go with 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 2 blocks and zero turnovers for an efficiency of 37.
Vote for All-Star starters and coaches
It’s that time again when the easyCredit BBL calls out to its fans to vote for the starters and coaches of the ALLSTAR Game. Fans have until December 1 to vote. Here is the link to vote. The ALLSTAR Day is January 14th 2017 in Bonn. Here is a look back at last season’s festivities.
German Top Five of the Week
G: Per Günther, ratiopharm ulm
Günther is showing there is good reason for those features about him as he led Ulm in scoring with 16 points to go along with 2 rebounds, 5 assists and 1 steal against Science City Jena
G: Lars Wendt, Eisbären Bremerhaven
Wendt picked up career highs with 12 points and 5 assists against Bayern Munich. The 24-year-old also had 2 rebounds off the bench for Bremerhaven.
F: Niels Giffey, ALBA BERLIN
Giffey knocked down three three-pointers en route to scoring a career high 18 points against MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg while also picking up 1 rebound and 1 assist.
F: Isaiah Philmore, WALTER Tigers Tübingen
Philmore continues his strong season as he collected a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds as well as 2 assists off the bench against Phoenix Hagen.
C: Kresimir Loncar, s.Oliver Würzburg
Loncar came off the bench to scored 20 points against RASTA Vechta while also collecting 3 rebounds and 6 assists.
After missing a month of action due to a left ankle injury, Niklas Kiel returned to the floor for FRAPORT SKYLINERS against BG Göttingen. The 19-year-old power forward played 7:02 minutes and picked up 5 points on 2-of-4 shooting and 1-of-1 free throw to go with 2 rebounds and 1 steal for an efficiency of 6.
The NCAA season tipped off in the United States and let’s go to a game featuring a couple of lesser-known Germans going at one another. Lukas Meisner collected 3 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocks in helping Columbia - the former university of Maodo Lo - beat Stony Brook 73-66 with fellow German Roland Nyama picking up 16 points, 4 rebounds and 3 steals.