Bayreuth winning with efficiency and fun / Bamberg fight off Berlin / Tibor Pleiß explodes for 22 points
— 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:
Bayreuth grab another road victory for ninth straight win
Let’s change things up this week and start with medi bayreuth who improved to 5-0 on the road with an 87-77 victory at WALTER Tigers Tübingen for their ninth straight win. Bayreuth jumped to 9-1 and remained third in the easyCredit BBL behind undefeated Brose Bamberg and ratiopharm ulm. A look at the numbers shows why Bayreuth are doing so well. Raoul Korner’s team is third in points scored (85.4), first in 3-point percentage (42.8%), third in free throw percentage (82%), third in rebounds and have the second-fewest turnovers (12.1). Bayreuth are the surprise of the league thus far but if they keep that up, they won’t be going anywhere.
Bamberg fight off tough Berlin
Brose Bamberg kept their undefeated record atop the easyCredit BBL with an 89-80 victory at ALBA BERLIN. Janis Strelnieks nailed all four of his three-point attempts in scoring a team high 16 points for 11-0 Bamberg, who shot 10-of-20 from behind the stripe and took over after the break. But the story was Bamberg’s inability to stop Elemedin Kikanovic, who poured in 32 points for Berlin, who dropped to 5-5 in a three-way tie in the standings for 7th to 9th places.
Ulm move to 10-0, drop Hagen to 0-10
Two long streaks continued in Ulm as ratiopharm ulm picked up their 10th straight win to start the season with a 116-64 blowout of Phoenix Hagen, who are still looking for their first win at 0-10. Five players scored at least 13 points for Ulm, who held Hagen to just 34 percent from the field. Ulm took control of the game with a 32-19 second quarter and added 33 points in the third to put the game far out of reach. It was the largest losing margin in Hagen’s BBL history.
Giessen win first Hessen derby at home over Frankfurt in 14 years
GIESSEN 46ers are one of the teams even with ALBA BERLIN at 5-5 (BG Göttingen being the other) after a historic 69-52 win over Hessen state neighbors FRAPORT SKYLINERS. Thomas Scrubb poured in 21 points along with 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals to lead Giessen, who beat Frankfurt at home for the first time since 2002. Scrubb unfortunately was unable to play against his brother as SKYLINERS’ Philip Scrubb has yet to play this season due to a knee injury.
Big third quarter gets Jena third win in relegation battle
Science City Jena came up with a big 33-13 third quarter in beating Basketball Löwen Braunschweig 97-86 for their third win of the season. Julius Jenkins, Marcos Knight and Immanuel McElroy combined for 61 points as Jena improved to 3-6 with a big win in a relegation battle with Braunschweig, who are 16th in the league with a 2-8 record.
Per Günther, Darius Miller leading ALLSTAR voting
ALLSTAR Day 2014 in Bonn:
Per Günther and Darius Miller are the leading vote-getters thus far as the easyCredit BBL fans are in the middle of picking their starting five for the ALLSTAR Game. The ratiopharm ulm point guard Günther has received 12.98 percent of all votes for the National team, followed Brose Bamberg’s Daniel Theis (12.2%), Maxi Kleber of Bayern Munich (8.04%), Ulm’s Tim Ohlbrecht (7.59%) and Bamberg’s Patrick Heckmann (6.82%). Bamberg’s lone American Miller leads the International voting with 8.24 percent followed by Ulm’s Raymar Morgan (7.59%) and Chris Babb (7.21%), Bamberg’s Nicolo Melli (6.4%) and EWE Baskets Oldenburg’s Rickey Paulding (4.59%). Fans can vote until December 1 for the January 14, 2017 ALLSTAR Game in Bonn. Click here to vote.
Williams leaves Hagen for ProA side RheinStars Cologne
Phoenix Hagen lost one of their leaders in their fight against financial and relegation woes as playmaker Richie Williams left the club and moved to ProA side RheinStars Cologne. Williams had missed more than a month of action with an injury but left after returning to action in Hage’s game against WALTER Tigers Tübingen.
Player of the Week
Dyshawn Pierre took Player of the Week honors for an efficiency of 33 for Basketball Löwen Braunschweig in their loss against Science City Jena. Pierre’s 23 points on 7-of-12 shooting and 9-of-10 free throws, 13 rebounds, 4 assists were not enough for the win.
German Top Five of the Week
G: TJ DiLeo, Telekom Baskets Bonn
DiLeo played a big part in Bonn beat s.Oliver Würzburg as he picked up 6 points, 3 rebounds, 8 assists and 2 steals.
G: Bastian Doreth, medi bayreuth
Doreth was on fire from outside hitting all four of his three-point attempts in scoring 14 points in a win over WALTER Tigers Tübingen as he also had 2 rebounds and 2 assists.
G: Maurice Stuckey, s.Oliver Würzburg
Stuckey scored a team-high 17 points for Würzburg in their loss but his scoring to go with five three-pointers, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 steal were not enough against Telekom Baskets Bonn.
F: Julius Wolf, Science City Jena
Wolf continues his strong play for the promoted team as he scored a career high 12 points against Basketball Löwen Braunschweig to go with 7 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal. Through four easyCredit BBL games, Wolf is averaging 6.8 points and 4.3 rebounds in 17 minutes while hitting 40 percent of his three-pointers.
C: Bogdan Radosavljevic, ALBA BERLIN
Radosavljevic came off the bench to score 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting and 3-of-6 free throws to go with 4 rebounds and 4 assists for an efficiency of 15 in 12:43 minutes of action against Brose Bamberg.
Marcel Keßen, 19, C, Phoenix Hagen
Keßen continues to get time to develop for winless Hagen and the 19-year-old put up decent numbers against ratiopharm ulm, collecting 4 points on 1-of-7 shooting - including 0-of-2 three-pointers - and 2-of-2 free throws while also getting 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals and 4 turnovers in 18:05 minutes
David Krämer, 19, SG, ratiopharm ulm
With his team winning in a blowout, Krämer got some good playing time, playing 10:02 minutes and scoring 4 points on 2-of-3 shooting while also grabbing 2 rebounds for an efficiency of 5.
Joschka Ferner, 20, SF, ratiopharm ulm
Ulm fans will be happy to see two players on this list and Ferner picked up a career-high 9 points in the blowout win over Hagen, hitting 3-of-4 three-pointers while also grabbing 1 rebound for an efficiency of 9 in a season-high 11:12 minutes.
Niklas Kiel has put his ankle injury behind him and played 17:21 minutes off the bench for FRAPORT SKYLINERS against GIESSEN 46ers. The 19-year-old scored 7 points on 2-of-7 shooting and 3-of-4 free throws to go with 4 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks and 1 turnover for an efficiency of 8.
People were beginning to wonder if Galatasaray had made a mistake in bringing in Tibor Pleiß as the German big man had only scored more than 7 points once in either the Turkish BSL or the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague. But then the German big man exploded for 22 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocks in Galatasaray’s EuroLeague win over Turkish rivals Darussafaka Dogus.