Paulding hits game-winner / Gavel celebrates 4,000 points / Staiger on fire, Bamberg nearing history
— 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:
Bamberg marches towards historic Beko BBL run
While most of the Beko BBL is worried about which teams will either get home court advantage in the playoffs, reach the post-season or avoid relegation, Brose Baskets Bamberg continue to march along on a nearly historic run. Thanks to 19 points from Lucca Staiger (five of six Three-pointers) Bamberg blasted Telekom Baskets Bonn 85-65 on the road for the 19th straight win in the league.
Only four times has a team won more than 19 games in a row in a season. The record is 25 straight wins, set by TuS 04 Leverkusen in 1969-70. ALBA BERLIN won 24 straight during the regular season in both 1996-97 and 2000-01. With six games left in the regular season, Bamberg could set the new mark before the playoffs tip off - thanks in part to blocks like this from Daniel Theis.
Paulding keeps Oldenburg on winning ways
Speaking of Rickey Paulding, the veteran kept EWE Baskets Oldenburg on their winning ways in a 76-75 win at home over GIESSEN 46ers. Oldenburg gave up a 15-point lead and trailed by three points with 29 seconds left, when Paulding nailed a three-pointer to even the game. He then split two free throws with 3.7 seconds left to get the win - Oldenburg’s 10th straight which also secured them a playoff ticket. Here is Paulding’s winner.
Gavel joins 4,000-point club in Bayern win
Bayern Munich rolled past Phoenix Hagen 113-80 to remain in second place - thanks to the tie-breaker with EWE Baskets Oldenburg. The game saw Bayern veteran Anton Gavel eclipse the 4,000-point mark for his Beko BBL career. The Slovakia native is now 11th on the all-time scoring list of stats kept starting in 1998-99 in between Demond Greene and Adam Chubb. Aleksandar Nadjfeji and Rickey Paulding are the only active players ahead of Gavel. Gavel’s backcourt mate Alex Renfroe came up with a big block in the win over Hagen. Check it out!
Ulm catch Berlin with ninth win in 11 games
ratiopharm ulm’s steady rise up the standings continued as they beat ALBA BERLIN 78-68 to pull into a tie with Berlin at 18-10. Sixth-placed Berlin hold the tiebreaker over Ulm thanks to a 20-point victory at the start of the season. While Berlin have dropped four of their last seven games, Ulm have grabbed nine wins in the last 11 contests and could leapfrog Berlin for sixth place - thanks in part to great play from Augustine Rubit.
Würzburg get breathing room
While Berlin and Ulm look like they will fight it out for sixth place, the final playoff spot will come down to between s.Oliver Baskets Würzburg and Giessen. Würzburg got some much needed breathing room - and an important win - by knocking off Crailsheim Merlins on the road 81-70 to snap a four-game losing streak and move to 15-13. Würzburg, who do hold the tiebreaker over Giessen, had lost seven of their last nine games. Giessen’s loss at Oldenburg came on the heels of six wins in an eight-game stretch to fall to 14-14 with six games left. A couple of dunks from Adam Chubb were not enough for last-placed Crailsheim. Click here to watch!
MBC get out of relegation zone with thriller, Göttingen with big come-back win
The relegation fight is heating up with just six rounds left and Mitteldeutscher BC and BG Göttingen both grabbed big victories. MBC prevailed in an absolute thrilling victory 76-75 at WALTER Tigers Tübingen with three lead changes in the final 14 seconds. MBC have now won five of their last six games and are 15th in the league at 7-21 - with Tübingen just ahead of them at 8-21. Göttingen meanwhile snapped a six-game losing streak by beating Eisbären Bremerhaven 90-81 as they came back from a 19-point deficit in the first half. Göttingen and Bremerhaven are both 7-21 as well with Göttingen behind MBC but ahead of Bremerhaven in the tiebreaker. Here are the highlights of the final 14 seconds of the MBC-Tübingen game
Players of the Week
This round of games saw two players pick up efficiency scores of 28 for the top rankings. Ian Hummer came off the bench for Göttingen in their win over Bremerhaven to score 21 points on 7-of-11 shots to go with 10 rebounds, four assists and one steal. Tadas Klimavicius meanwhile was the main highlight for Bonn in their loss to Bamberg with a season-high 22 points on 10-of-13 shots along with eight rebounds, two assists and one block.
German Top Five of the Week
G: Per Günther, ratiopharm ulm
Günther is on the list once again as Ulm continue to cruise as he picked up 21 points, two rebounds and four assists to one turnover against Berlin.
G: Maurice Stuckey, s.Oliver Baskets Würzburg
Stuckey played a major role as Würzburg came through with a crucial victory over Crailsheim with 14 points, three rebounds and one assist - as well as this nice throwdown.
F: Lucca Staiger, Brose Baskets Bamberg
With Bamberg blowing out opponents in the Beko BBL, their bench players are getting to play some big minutes. One of the biggest beneficiaries has been Staiger, who nailed five three-pointers in scoring a team-high 19 points vs Bonn as well as two rebounds, one assist and two steals.
F: Michael Jost, Crailsheim Merlins
A first-timer on this list is the 27-year-old Jost of Crailsheim. He set career highs with eight points and six rebounds while also picking up two assists against Ulm.
F: Danilo Barthel, FRAPORT SKYLINERS
After a few weeks with bigger line-ups, here is a smaller lineup and Barthel was excellent for Frankfurt with 16 points and 10 rebounds against Basketball Löwen Braunschweig.
Niklas Geske, 21, PG, Phoenix Hagen
Geske has been in this list pretty much all season and he’s back on this round with 10 points on 2-of-4 shots and 5-of-6 free throws while collecting one rebound, five assists, one steal and an efficiency of 12 in 21:39 minutes against Bayern.
Max Ugrai, 20, PF, s.Oliver Baskets Würzburg
A week after scoring a career high 12 points, Ugrai set a career high in rebounds versus Crailsheim as the 20-year-old had eight boards to go with four points on 1-of-3 shots and 2-of-3 free throws. He also had two assists, two turnovers and one block in 26:57 minutes.
Karim Jallow, 18, SG, Bayern Munich
Jallow did not get a lot of time in Bayern’s blowout of Hagen but the 18-year-old did pick up five points on 1-of-2 shots and 3-of-4 free throws, one rebound and one block in 7:01 minutes.
Mahir Agva got back onto the court for WALTER Tigers Tübingen as the 19-year-old big man started against MBC and scored 10 points on 4-of-6 shots and 2-of-2 free throws - his first double-digit scoring game since December 30. Agva added four rebounds, one steal and three fouls for an efficiency of 13 in 19:21 minutes.
Germany win first Albert Schweitzer Tournament title
Germany knocked off Serbia 70-65 in the title game of the 2016 Albert Schweitzer Tournament to win their first ever AST. Kostja Mushidi was named the MVP of the tournament and Richard Freudenberg was named to the All-Tournament Team.
Maodo Lo finished his collegiate career by helping Columbia to the title at the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament, beating UC Irvine 73-67. Lo scored 13 points and was named the MVP of the tournament.