Berlin win ninth cup title with two thrillers, first of four match-ups with Bayern
— 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:
Milosavljevic heroics gives Berlin ninth Beko BBL Top Four title
ALBA BERLIN collected their ninth Beko BBL Top Four title with a thrilling 67-65 victory over hosts Bayern Munich thanks to Dragan Milosavljevic’s game-winner with 5.6 seconds left. Elmedin Kikanovic (19 points) and Jordan Taylor (18) combined for 37 points while Milosavljevic added 11 points as Berlin collected their third cup title in the last four seasons. Dusko Savanovic came up with a miracle shot to even the game late before Milosavljevic’s heroics:
German capital welcomes, celebrates cup winners
ALBA BERLIN got a hero’s welcome upon their arrival back home from Munich with captain Alex King showing off the trophy to the fans. The club partied into the night after an exciting Top Four. Check out Berlin celebrating their third cup crown in the last four years!
Not you again - Berlin, Bayern to get to know each other quite well
With ALBA BERLIN reaching the final of the Beko BBL Top Four against Bayern Munich, it meant the two teams would face off against one another four times within nine days. They will square off on Wednesday February 24 in Berlin in the first leg of the Eurocup Eighthfinals. Bayern then host Berlin on Sunday February 28 in the 24th Round of the Beko BBL. And then the two hook up again in Munich on Tuesday March 1 in the Eurocup Eighthfinals return leg.
Taylor sends Berlin into Top Four final
Milosavljevic only had his chance for cup heroics after Taylor saved the day for Berlin in the semi-finals against FRAPORT SKYLINERS. After Jordan Theodore nailed a three-ball to knot the game with 12 seconds left, Taylor knocked down a long three-pointer with 1.1 seconds remaining for a 79-76 victory. Milosavljevic (21), Kikanovic (17) and Taylor (12) combined for 50 points while Theodore’s 22 points were not enough for Frankfurt. Check out Taylor’s big shot:
Bayern get past league leaders Bamberg, reach Top Four final
Bayern Munich kept alive their dream of their second cup title following 1968 by knocking off Beko BBL leaders Brose Baskets Bamberg 86-79 in the semi-finals. Bayern shot 57 percent for the game while Deon Thompson (16 points, 5 rebounds, 4 blocks), Savanovic (16 points and 5 rebounds) and Bryce Taylor (14 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals) were huge for Munich. Check out some of Thompson’s biggest plays in the win!
Defect water pump cancels third place game
The game for third place between Bamberg and Frankfurt was cancelled as a leak caused by a defect water pump at Audi Dome led to water damage to the court.
All the best of the Top Four
For those who may have missed the excitement of the Top Four - here is the Top 10 from the weekend:
Bamberg keep winning, Bayern stay on heels
The week also saw four make-up games in Round 19 as Brose Baskets Bamberg breezed to their 13th straight win in the league with 98-68 victory at Mitteldeutscher BC to move to 20-2 thanks to a season-high 21 points from Elias Harris. Bayern Munich raced past BG Göttingen 94-65 on the road to collect their 10th win in the last 11 games and move to 17-5 in second place.
Oldenburg jump to third, Berlin fall at home again
EWE Baskets Oldenburg picked up their fourth straight victory by knocking off MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg 81-76 at home and are third in the standings at 16-6 while Ludwigsburg dropped to 15-7 with their second loss to Oldenburg this season. ALBA BERLIN came up short in their Top Four dress rehearsal by losing 90-83 at home against s.Oliver Baskets Würzburg. Berlin suffered their fourth loss in the last six games to fall to sixth in the league at 15-7. Würzburg are eighth at 13-9 thanks to double-doubles from Seth Tuttle (22 points, 11 rebounds) and Dru Joyce (15 points, 11 assists). Round 19 still has one game outstanding as GIESSEN 46ers will host FRAPORT SKYLINERS on March 9. This Tekele Cotton dunk was not enough for Ludwigsburg:
Player of the Week
Jon Brockman was outstanding for Ludwigsburg but he could not stop the team from losing at Oldenburg despite 22 points on 9-of-13 shots and 4-of-4 free throws as well as 18 rebounds, one assist, one steal and one turnover for an efficiency of 37.
Berlin name Spaniard Ojeda as sports director
ALBA BERLIN have found their successor to Mithat Demirel as sports director as they brought on Spaniard Himar Ojeda. The 43-year-old Ojeda most recently served as director of international scouting for the Atlanta Hawks. Get to know the new man in Berlin:
German Top Five of the Week
G: Anton Gavel, Bayern Munich
Gavel did a good job for Bayern in the win over Bamberg in the Top Four semis with five points on 2-of-5 shots as well as three rebounds and four assists. He did all he could in the final with 11 points on 4-of-8 shots and 2-of-2 free throws to go with two rebounds and one assist. Gavel also played a major role in the rout over Göttingen with four points on 2-of-3 shots along with three rebounds, seven assists and two steals.
F: Danilo Barthel, FRAPORT SKYLINERS
This is going to be a very big line-up with Barthel playing well in his first game since January 16 with 10 points on 3-of-7 shots and 4-of-6 free throws while also picking up four rebounds, three assists and one block.
F: Maxi Kleber, Bayern Munich
Kleber struggled in the game against Bamberg with zero points, one rebound and three fouls. He was a bit more effective in the final against Berlin with three points on 1-of-2 three-pointers while collecting four rebounds and three steals. Against Göttingen, the 24-year-old picked up 11 points on 4-of-10 shots and 2-of-4 free throws to go with two rebounds, three assists, one steal and six blocks.
F: Daniel Theis. Brose Baskets Bamberg
Theis continued his excellent season with 11 points on 3-of-4 shots and 4-of-4 free throws to go with three rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block against Bayern. Against MBC, he had 12 points on 5-of-8 shots and 1-of-2 free throws while also grabbing eight rebounds.
C: Johannes Voigtmann, FRAPORT SKYLINERS
JoVo had a strong all-around cup semi-final against Berlin but his 12 points on 5-of-8 shots and 1-of-1 free throw, seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block were not enough.
The NBBL and JBBL TOP4 will take place in Ulm at the Kuhberghalle from May 21-22. ratiopharm ulm have decent chances to take both titles and will host the tournament at the Kuhberghalle, where the professional team played until 2011 when they moved into the ratiopharm arena.
Nike enter Beko BBL as Ulm outfitter
US sports apparel giants Nike have entered the Beko BBL market as the official outfitter of ratiopharm ulm starting with the 2016-17 season. Ulm’s professional team and all youth sides will be wearing the Nike Swoosh starting next season. Nike emphasised that they are interested in outfitting other teams or players in the German league.
Euroleague files suit against FIBA, FIBA Europe to EU Commission
The on-going dispute between Euroleague and FIBA looks to be heading to the legal courts as Euroleague have failed a complaint to the EU Commission against FIBA and FIBA Europe as a consequence of repeated pressures that European basketball clubs are suffering at the hands of the international federation and its affiliated national federations.
Maodo Lo was named Ivy League Player of the Week as he helped Columbia to wins over Harvard and Dartmouth, averaging 18 points, 4.5 rebounds and three assists in two games.
Basketball Insiders: Dancing with the stars
Last, but not least: You need to see Sport Eagle TV anchorman Salman Mitha and his dance-off versus cup winners Will Cherry und Jordan Taylor: