Bayern slow down Bayreuth Express / Hagen stripped of license / Günther, Miller top vote-getters
— David Hein
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Bayern bring Bayreuth down to Earth
Bayern Munich gave medi bayreuth a lesson in high level basketball with a convincing 100-86 victory to snap Bayreuth’s 10-game winning streak. Bayern only trailed once in the first quarter and took over the game late in the first half and never looked back in improving to 9-1 while Bayreuth dropped to 10-2. Anton Gavel drained four three-pointers in scoring 20 points as all five Bayern starters scored in double figures. Bayreuth wasted a 25-point showing from Robin Amaize.
Bamberg, Ulm remain perfect
Ahead of Bayreuth and Bayern remain the two undefeated teams Brose Bamberg and ratiopharm ulm at 13-0 and 11-0, respectively. Bamberg were never threatened against Science City Jena in a 79-54 blowout as Bamberg’s top five scorers were all Germans. Ulm meanwhile had a tough time at WALTER Tigers Tübingen, only pulling away in the final five minutes for a 89-70 victory. Raymar Morgan and Augustine Rubit combined for 39 points and 17 rebounds for Ulm.
Berlin grab big win over Würzburg
ALBA BERLIN remained in the running for a TOP FOUR spot with an 86-77 win at s.Oliver Würzburg. Berlin got 18 points and 9 assists from Dragan Milosavljevic in picking up their third victory in the last four games to move to 6-5 - good for sixth place at the moment. Würzburg have dropped three in a row and are 3-8 - just two games ahead of RASTA Vechta for the second relegation spot.
Giessen win again on the road
GIESSEN 46ers meanwhile jumped into the playoff ranks with another road victory in beating Eisbären Bremerhaven 93-70. Joshiko Saibou and Cameron Wells both tallied 19 points as Giessen won their third straight road game to improve to 6-6 for eighth place. Denis Wucherer’s team is 3-1 away from home this season. Bremerhaven dropped to 4-8.
Frankfurt snap streak, Braunschweig still waiting for 1st home win
FRAPORT SKYLINERS won their first easyCredit BBL game since October 14 by beating Basketball Löwen Braunschweig 75-74. Mike Morrison scored the winner with 0.9 seconds left as Frankfurt snapped a seven-game losing streak to move to 4-9. Braunschweig wasted 24 points from Carlos Medlock and 16 points and 19 rebounds from Dyshawn Pierre as they still have not won at home and are 2-10 on the season.
Phoenix Hagen stripped of easyCredit BBL license, relegated
The season is over for Phoenix Hagen as the easyCredit BBL club was stripped of its license due to bankruptcy proceedings and announced as the first relegated team. All of Hagen’s past and up-coming games will be stricken from the league’s schedule. Hagen are now attempting to put together a re-start in the ProA for next season. They are planning on applying for a license for the ProA in March.
Per Günther, Darius Miller top vote-getters to lead All-Star Game starters
ratiopharm ulm and Brose Bamberg both will have four players in the starting line-ups for the 2017 easyCredit BBL All-Star Game on January 4 in Bonn - led by top vote-getters Per Günther for the Nationals and Darius Miller for the Internationals. Joining the Ulm playmaker Günther in the National starting five will be Ulm teammate Tim Ohlbrecht, the Bamberg duo Daniel Theis and Maodo Lo and Maxi Kleber from Bayern Munich. The National team will be coached by Ulm’s Thorsten Leibenath. The International starting five will be Miller as well as Bamberg teammate Nicolo Melli, Ulm duo Raymar Morgan and Chris Babb and Rickey Paulding of EWE Baskets Oldenburg. Team International coach will be Raoul Korner from medi bayreuth. Leibenath and Korner will chose the remaining seven players for the All-Star Game.
Jena add big man Goodwin
Science City Jena have once again called in reinforcements for their team as they signed big man Shaquille Goodwin. The 22-year-old rookie comes to Jena after playing this season with FIBA Europe Cup club AEK Larnaca. Goodwin played four years at the University of Memphis and won the title at the 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship with the United States.
Ludwigsburg’s McCray fined, suspended three games
The easyCredit BBL has fined David McCray from MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg 3,000 euros and suspended him for three games for kicking an opponent in the fourth quarter of the November 26 game against medi bayreuth.
Player of the Week
EWE Baskets Oldenburg picked up their second straight win thanks to an outstanding performance from Brian Qvale, who scored an easyCredit BBL career high 33 points on 13-of-14 shots and 5-of-5 free throws to go with 4 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 block for an efficiency of 38 against Telekom Baskets Bonn.
German Top Five of the Week
G: Anton Gavel, Bayern Munich
Gavel may have ditched his beard but he still brought his A-game when it mattered against hot medi bayreuth with 20 points on 4 three-pointers to go with 3 rebounds, 4 assists and 1 steal.
G: Joshiko Saibou, GIESSEN 46ers
Saibou came off the bench to score a team-high 19 points against Eisbären Bremerhaven while also picking up 2 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals.
G: Robin Amaize, medi bayreuth
Amaize was tremendous in a loss to Bayern Munich as the 22-year-old scored a career-high 25 points with 3 three-pointers, 1 rebound, 2 assists and 4 steals.
C: Daniel Theis, Brose Bamberg
Theis played a strong game for Bamberg against Science City Jena with 9 points, 10 rebounds, 1 steal and 3 blocks.
F: Steve Wachalski, medi bayreuth
Wachalski teamed up with Amaize for a strong German one-two punch for Bayreuth with 18 points on 4 three-pointers to go with 4 rebounds, 1 assist and 3 steals against Bayern Munich.
Max Ugrai, 21, PF, s.Oliver Würzburg
Ugrai started against ALBA BERLIN and tallied 15 points on 4-of-10 shots and 7-of-8 free throws while picking up 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks and 2 turnovers.
Ismet Akpinar, 21, PG, ALBA BERLIN
On the other side in that game, Akpinar knocked down 3 three-pointers in scoring 15 points off the bench to go with 1 steal and 1 turnover.
Louis Olinde, 18, SF, Brose Bamberg
A Bamberg blowout of Science City Jena meant some playing time for 18-year-old Olinde, who had 2 points as he hit his only shot and grabbed 1 rebound in 6:21 minutes.
Niklas Kiel started for FRAPORT SKYLINERS against Basketball Löwen Braunschweig and played 12:39 minutes and picked up 2 points on 1-of-3 shooting to go with 4 rebounds, 3 turnovers and 2 fouls.
Kostja Mushidi continues to play a major role at Serbian club Mega Leks Belgrade as the 18-year-old picked up 12 points, 2 rebounds, 6 assists and 1 steal in Mega’s Adriatic League loss to Cibona. Mushidi is averaging 9.0 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists in the Adriatic League with those numbers going up to 10.6 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.4 assists in the Basketball Champions League.
German national team Supercup remains in Hamburg until 2018
Hamburg’s Inselparkhalle will host the annual German national team tournament Supercup for the next two summers 2017 and 2018. The Hamburg Towers’ home arena hosted the game in 2015 and will see the four-team FIBA EuroBasket 2017 preparation tournament take place from August 18-20 with Russia, Serbia and Poland along with the German national team.