Bayreuth and Ulm continue to roll / Rickey Paulding gets memorial in Oldenburg / Uli Hoeneß is back
— 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:
Ulm pull even with Bamberg with 11th straight win
ratiopharm ulm get top billing this week as they pulled even with Brose Bamberg atop the easyCredit BBL with an undefeated 11-0 record after pulling away late from Basketball Löwen Braunschweig for a 77-65 victory. Braunschweig, who dropped to 2-9 in 16th place with the loss, actually led midway through the third quarter before Ulm took over the game in the final frame. Playing without point guard Per Günther, Ulm were held to a season-low 77 points in the BBL as they shot just 42 percent from the field. Ulm temporarily pulled even with Bamberg, who played their Round 11 game on October 12, but the reigning champions are in action again on Tuesday in their Round 15 game against RASTA Vechta.
Bayreuth train continues to roll
medi bayreuth remain right on the heels of Bamberg and Ulm as they shut down MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg with a strong 87-70 home win to jump to 10-1. Bayreuth’s winning streak extended to 10 games as they won a tough battle with Ludwigsburg, coming up with 20 assists to 14 turnovers while forcing 19 Ludwigsburg turnovers. And Bayreuth absolutely shut down Ludwigsburg in the fourth quarter, giving up just 8 points while five Bayreuth players scored in double digits.
Bayern have little trouble vs undermanned Hagen
Bayern Munich kept pace with Bayreuth just behind the undefeated leaders with a comfortable 97-77 blowout of Phoenix Hagen to move to 9-1. Bayern turned the ball over just 7 times and five players scored in double figures - topped by Reggie Redding’s 19 points and 6 assists. Hagen were playing without their injured leading scorer David Bell and made just 37 percent of their shots in dropping to 0-11 - four games from a non-relegation spot. And Hagen will have to stop giving up plays like this if they want to stay in the league.
Tübingen grab big road win in relegation battle
Speaking of relegation, there was a big battle among teams fighting against the drop with WALTER Tigers Tübingen getting an important 82-76 victory at RASTA Vechta. Isaiah Philmore came off the bench to score a career-high 19 points as Tübingen improved to 4-7 while promoted side Vechta are in the relegation zone at 2-9.
Jenkins-Knight-McElroy show continues, gives Jena first home win
Even with Tübingen at 4-7 are the other new team in the league Science City Jena as Julius Jenkins, Marcos Knight and Immanuel McElroy combined for 62 points in an 84-75 victory over s.Oliver Würzburg. Jena picked up their first home win of the season as the American trio is averaging 52 points combined over the last three games. Würzburg are 4-7 after their third loss in the last four games. Oh, and Jena have Kenny Frease too.
SKYLINERS lose in Coach Herbert’s return to BBL
Another playoff team from last season that is struggling this season in the easyCredit BBL is FRAPORT SKYLINERS, who lost a tough home game 80-77 to EWE Baskets Oldenburg for their seventh straight loss. Frankfurt are now 3-9 on the season, just a half-game better than Braunschweig and Vechta. Oldenburg improved to 6-6 in spoiling the BBL season debut of Frankfurt coach Gordon Herbert, who has missed the start of the season rehabbing from back surgery.
Gaffney returns to Berlin, Carter departs
ALBA BERLIN’s 80-69 win over GIESSEN 46ers saw the return to the court of Tony Gaffney, who had not played in the easyCredit BBL since October 22. The return of Gaffney, who scored 6 points in 7 minutes, meant that Berlin had to clear a spot and parted ways with forward Paul Carter, who had been averaging 2.5 points and 1.6 rebounds in 9 minutes for the team.
Ludwigsburg add wing Crawford, son of NBA ref
MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg continue to look for the right mix within the team and head coach John Patrick has brought in wing Drew Crawford. The 26-year-old played last season in Israel and is the son of NBA referee Dan Crawford.
Player of the Week
Ryan Thompson carried Telekom Baskets Bonn to a victory over Eisbären Bremerhaven as he scored 27 points on 7-of-9 shooting and 12-of-12 free throws to go with 2 rebounds and 4 assists for an efficiency of 28. The 27 points was not a BBL career high as Thompson scored 35 points for Brose Bamberg against Ulm in October 2014.
German Top Five of the Week
G: Maurice Stuckey, s.Oliver Würzburg
Stuckey did all he could for Würzburg but his team-high 16 points, including 4 threes were not enough in the loss against Science Ciy Jena. Stuckey added 2 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal.
G: Niels Giffey, ALBA BERLIN
Giffey continued his strong run of play with 14 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals for an efficiency of 25 in Berlin’s win over GIESSEN 46ers. Giffey is averaging 13 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.0 steals in his last three games.
F: Isaiah Philmore, WALTER Tigers Tübingen
Philmore tallied a career-high 19 points as he came off the bench to hit 5-of-8 shots and 9-of-12 free throws to go with 7 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal against Vechta.
F: Danilo Barthel, Bayern Munich
Barthel had a strong all around game for Bayern against Phoenix Hagen with 12 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 block.
C: Tim Ohlbrecht, ratiopharm ulm
Ohlbrecht played a big part in Ulm remaining undefeated as he picked up 15 points, 8 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 block against Basketball Löwen Braunschweig.
Jonas Grof, 20, Phoenix Hagen
Hagen lost leading scorer David Bell to an injury before the game and Grof was called on to start and played a career high 30:24 minutes. The 20-year-old scored 10 points on 3-of-12 shots and 4-of-6 free throws while also picking up 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 assists and 3 turnovers against Bayern Munich.
Marcel Keßen, 19, C, Phoenix Hagen
Hagen are in full rebuild mode and looking at what they have with their youngsters and Keßen played 17:30 minutes against Bayern Munich and scored 5 points on 1-of-5 shots and 3-of-4 free throws to go with 5 rebounds, 2 assist, 1 steal, 1 block and 1 turnover.
Max Ugrai, 21, s.Oliver Würzburg
Ugrai started against Science City Jena and played 23:51 minutes, scoring 4 points on 2-of-3 shots and 0-of-2 free throws while adding 2 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 block.
Niklas Kiel started for FRAPORT SKYLINERS against EWE Baskets Oldenburg but only played 7:10 minutes, scoring 2 points as he missed his only three-point attempt and hit his two free throws. The 19-year-old also was whistled for 1 foul.
Johannes Voigtmann has been great in his move from the easyCredit BBL to Spain as the big man is averaging 12.2 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague for Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz. In the Spanish Liga Endesa, JoVo is scoring 9.1 points to go with 5.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists.
Uli Hoeneß elected Bayern president
Bayern Munich have elected Uli Hoeneß as club president as the 64-year-old returns to the office he held before going to prison on tax evasion charges. The move could have a major impact on the basketball team as Hoeneß is a big proponent of the basketball side of the club.
Schweitzer elected as new ALBA BERLIN president
ALBA BERLIN also made news with internal politics as long-time president Dieter Hauert stepped down and Axel Schweitzer was elected as new club boss. The 81-year-old Hauert decided against running again for the office after 25 years as president. Schweitzer has been the long-serving chairman of the Alba Group. Berlin general manager Marco Baldi was elected as the successor to departing vice president Peter Schließer while Henning Harnisch was confirmed as the other vice president.
Paulding gets memorial in Oldenburg
Rickey Paulding has been the face of EWE Baskets Oldenburg for nearly a decade and the club showed their appreciation of the American veteran with a new memorial outside their EWE Arena. An oversized mural depicts the 34-year-old with his arms stretched out with the words: “Pauldingburg - since 07/08”.
Germany drawn into doable group at FIBA EuroBasket 2017
The German national team have decent chances of reaching the knockout stage of FIBA EuroBasket 2017 as Chris Fleming’s team was drawn in a manageable Group B in Tel Aviv. Germany’s opponents are - in order of the games - Ukraine, Georgia, group hosts Israel, Italy and Lithuania. The top four teams advance to the Round of 16 in Istanbul.
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Last, but not least the best ten moments of the weekend- with a slam dunk from Marco Völler, son of former soccer great Rudi Völler.