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MBC surprise Bayern / Game winners for Giessen and Bonn / Berlin add Ashley, release Watt © Matthias Kuch

MBC surprise Bayern / Game winners for Giessen and Bonn / Berlin add Ashley, release Watt

— David Hein

Bayern Munich prevailed over ALBA BERLIN in the Beko BBL and Eurocup after losing the Beko BBL TOP FOUR title game. But Bayern fell victim to Mitteldeutscher BC, who still are alive in the fight against relegation after two wins in a row. Also, Cameron Wells hits a game-winner for GIESSEN 46ers who are legitimately in the playoff hunt.

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:

Bayern victim of not-dead-yet MBC

While Brose Baskets Bamberg cruised to their 15th straight victory, Bayern Munich saw their modest three-game winning streak snapped by Mitteldeutscher BC, who may still be in last place but aren’t dead just yet. Frantz Massenat and Chris Otule combined for 46 points as MBC wowed nearly 5,000 fans in Leipzig with a 93-90 win over Bayern. The win was MBC’s second straight after they snapped a 10-game losing streak in a crucial 85-71 triumph over Crailsheim Merlins. MBC’s second-game winning streak keeps them in the hunt to avoid relegation at 4-20 - two games behind a trio of teams at 6-18 and in the safe zone. One thing is sure, more nasty dunks by TaShawn Thomas will help to get the job done.

Bayern prevail in Eurocup, Beko BBL after Berlin win Top Four title

ALBA BERLIN may have won the Beko BBL TOP FOUR title over Bayern, but Munich finished off the four-part saga with two victories. The final two games of the four showdowns within nine days went to Bayern, who blasted past Berlin 96-65 in the Beko BBL Round 24. Bayern then hosted the second leg of the Eurocup Eighthfinals after a tie in Berlin and advanced to the quarter-finals with an 84-75 victory. Bayern next face Galatasaray Istanbul.

Bayern make two additions for final push

Bayern are clinging to second place in the Beko BBL despite the loss and Munich have added two players for the final push of the season in Chad Toppert and Vitalis Chikoko. Toppert, who holds a German passport, signed a two-month deal with an option for an extension as he will help fill in for the injured Nihad Djedovic. Chikoko, whose deal runs until the end of the season, last played in the Beko BBL at the end of last season with TBB Trier before leaving for Italy. The Zimbabwean gives Bayern a rim protector - as he showed last season. Click here to watch!

Oldenburg keep charging

Right on Bayern’s heels are EWE Baskets Oldenburg, who have a similar 18-6 record but are third following their sixth straight victory after beating Crailsheim 83-57. Since losing at medi bayreuth in mid-January, Oldenburg have reeled off six wins in a row - five of them at home and only one (vs MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg) over a top 11 team. Robin Smeulders collected 15 points and eight rebounds as both Brian Qvale and Nemanja Aleksandrov were out injured. Included in those 15 points were these three dunks:

Frankfurt back on winning track, snap Ulm streak

FRAPORT SKYLINERS returned to their winning ways in the Beko BBL after a two-game losing streak by knocking off ratiopharm ulm 92-73. The German duo of Danilo Barthel and Johannes Voigtmann combined for 35 points, 14 rebounds, six assists and four blocks for Frankfurt, who improved to 16-7 in fifth place - one-half game behind MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg. Frankfurt’s seventh straight win at home also ended Ulm’s six-game winning streak. Ulm are seventh in the league - one game behind Berlin and one game ahead of s.Oliver Baskets Würzburg. Click here to watch Mike Morrison’s dunks in SKYLINERS’ win.


Wells’ heroics keeps Giessen in playoffs hunt

Don’t look now but GIESSEN 46ers find themselves in the hunt for the playoffs after beating medi bayreuth 74-72 on the road. Cameron Wells’ game-winner with nine seconds left gave Giessen their fourth straight victory to jump to 12-11 - 1.5 games behind Würzburg for the eighth and final playoff spot. While Giessen have put together four wins in a row, Würzburg have dropped to 14-10 with four losses in their last six games. Check out Wells’ game-winner:

Berlin add Ashley, release Watt

ALBA BERLIN have made a couple of moves ahead of the final spurt of the season as Mitchell Watt was released with Brandon Ashley taking his place. The 21-year-old Ashley was thrown into the deep end right away at home against BG Göttingen and the power forward collected eight points and 11 rebounds - five of them on the offensive end. Ashley’s contract is until the end of the season with an option for an additional year. Berlin also extended their contract with guard Robert Lowery until the end of the season even though he is sitting out with an ankle injury. Check out some highlights of Ashley in the NBA D-League.

Coach Poropat returns to Beko BBL with Bonn

Two-time Beko BBL Coach of the Year Silvano Poropat is back in the league as the 45-year-old was named as the new head coach of Telekom Baskets Bonn. The Croatian and Bonn agreed to a deal until the end of the 2016-17 season with an option for the following season. Poropat is Bonn’s third head coach this season following Mathias Fischer, who was fired and replaced by interim coach Carsten Pohl. Poropat stepped down as MBC coach around Christmas after four and a half years with the club. Bonn had lost seven of their last nine games coming into Poropat’s first game against WALTER Tigers Tübingen and Aaron White gave the new coach a 102-99 victory in his debut with his game-winning three-pointer with 0.9 seconds left.

Bremerhaven bring Machowski back to Beko BBL coaching bench

Eisbären Bremerhaven also brought back a long-time Beko BBL coach in hiring Sebastian Machowski until the end of the season. The 43-year-old Machowski, who coached at EWE Baskets Oldenburg until March 2015, is Bremerhaven’s third coach this season following Muli Katzurin, who was fired in November, and his replacement Chris Harris, who will remain with the club. The number one goal for Machowski will be to avoid relegation as Bremerhaven had lost six of seven games to near the drop zone. Bremerhaven won Machowski’s debut against another of his former teams Basketball Löwen Braunschweig as Kyle Fogg collected 19 points and 8 assists including this dagger.

Get well soon DJ

We just want to take this opportunity to wish all the best and get well soon to DJ Covington of Phoenix Hagen after his gruesome injury. We all are hoping to see you back on the court soon.

Player(s) of the Week(s)

With two rounds of games to cover, there are two Player of the Week winners. Brian Qvale helped Oldenburg to a Round 24 victory over Hagen with 27 points on 11-of-17 shots and 5-of-6 free throws, nine rebounds, two assists, two turnovers, one block and five fouls for an efficiency of 30. Round 25’s top performance came from Frankfurt’s Danilo Barthel, who had 19 points on 7-of-10 shots and 4-of-4 free throws, nine rebounds, three assists, four blocks and zero turnovers for an efficiency of 32 versus Ulm.

German Top Five of the Week

G: TJ DiLeo, GIESSEN 46ers

DiLeo put together two strong games - both victories for Giessen. Against Bonn, he had six points on 3-of-5 shots to go with one rebound, six assists and two steals with zero turnovers. DiLeo collected six points on 2-of-4 shots and 2-of-2 free throws along with seven assists and one steal, again with zero turnovers.

F: Dominique Johnson, Mitteldeutscher BC

The 23-year-old Johnson had gone four games without scoring in double digits and then went back-to-back in two huge MBC wins. Against Crailsheim, he had 14 points on 4-of-7 shots and 5-of-5 free throws to go with three rebounds and five assists. And Johnson scored 10 points on 3-of-8 shots and 2-of-3 free throws along with four rebounds and three assists against Bayern.

F: Daniel Theis, Brose Baskets Bamberg

This week’s big line-up continues with Theis, who had two outstanding games. Against Frankfurt, he scored six points with three rebounds and one steal while collecting six blocks. Theis picked up 15 points, 14 rebounds, four assists, two steals and one block against Hagen. Here are the highlights of his blocks against SKYLINERS.

F: Bogdan Radosavljevic, WALTER Tigers Tübingen

Radosavljevic was decent against Bayreuth with five points and seven rebounds with two turnovers and two fouls. And then the 22-year-old collected 22 points, 11 rebounds, one assist and one steal for an efficiency of 29 in a loss against Bonn.

C: Andi Seiferth, medi bayreuth

Seiferth picked up his first double-double of the season against Tübingen with 12 points and 11 rebounds to go with three steals. Against Giessen, he scored 14 points while picking up six rebounds and two assists.

Young Guns

Jonas Grof, 19, SG, Phoenix Hagen

Grof came up with two solid games for Hagen. He collected two points while hitting his only shot to go with two rebounds and two assists in 10:34 minutes against Oldenburg. Against Bamberg, Grof had five points on 2-of-3 shots and 1-of-3 free throws along with one rebound and one steal before fouling out after 18:05 minutes.

Julian Jasinski, 19, PG, Phoenix Hagen

Hagen continue to give their youngsters a chance to play. In his second Beko BBL game, Jasinski scored his first professional points, hitting a three-pointer in scoring three points to go with one assist and one turnover in 9:32 minutes against Bamberg.

Karim Jallow, 18, SG, Bayern Munich

Jallow collected no stats in 1:12 minutes against ALBA BERLIN but then had a strong game against MBC. The 18-year-old picked up five points on 2-of-2 shots and 1-of-2 free throws, one rebound and three steals for an efficiency of 8 in 12:07 minutes.

Agva Watch

Mahir Agva continues to be efficient in his minutes for Tübingen as he scored eight points on 4-of-6 shots and grabbed two rebounds with two fouls and an efficiency of 8 in 17:17 minutes against Bayreuth. Against Bonn, the 19-year-old center had seven points on 3-of-4 shots and 1-of-2 free throws, one rebound and one turnover in 9:35 minutes.

Germans Overseas

German basketball will be represented at the 2016 Olympics as German referees Anne Panther and Robert Lottermoser were nominated to officiate at the Rio Games. Lottermoser will be appearing at his second Olympics, having called games at London 2012, including the semi-final between United States and Argentina. Rio 2016 will be Panther’s first Olympics.

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