Bamberg lock up Radosevic until 2019 / Hagen docked points / Berlin vs. Bonn: seven players ejected
— 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 march on, lock up Radosevic until 2019
Brose Baskets Bamberg blasted ratiopharm ulm 100-67 for their 20th straight victory, pulling even with the mark for the fourth most consecutive victories during a season. Bamberg shot 61 percent and dished out 26 assists as they matched the 20 straight wins by VfL Osnabrück in 1966-67. ALBA BERLIN’s 24 wins in a row from 1996-97 and 2000-01 is the next team for Bamberg to catch. The longest in-season winning streak was TuS 04 Leverkusen winning 25 straight in 1969-70. The league’s longest winning streak belongs to ALBA BERLIN, who won their final eight playoff games in 1999-2000 and their first 24 games in 2000-01 for 32 consecutive wins. Bamberg also took a look towards their future in locking up Croatian center Leon Radosevic until the end of the 2018-19 season. Patrick Heckmann has played a strong role in Bamberg’s winning streak as you can see here.
Oldenburg set club record with 11th straight win, still behind Bayern
EWE Baskets Oldenburg have put together an impressive winning streak of their own as they beat BG Göttingen 79-74 for their 11th straight victory - a new club record eclipsing the mark of 10 in a row from the 2007-08 season. Oldenburg’s Chris Kramer was close to a triple double with 12 points, eight rebounds and 12 assists. Oldenburg still could not jump from third to second as Bayern Munich knocked off WALTER Tigers Tübingen 95-70 for their fifth straight win. Both Bayern and Oldenburg are 23-6 with Bayern owning the tiebreaker. Watch Oldenburg’s Klemen Prepelic go up for a block.
Ludwigsburg book playoffs ticket, still half-game behind SKYLINERS for home court
MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg became the fifth team to secure a spot in the Beko BBL playoffs by holding off Crailsheim Merlins 75-74. Ludwigsburg, who got 20 points and nine rebounds from Jon Brockman, won their third straight game to move to 21-8 - one-half game behind FRAPORT SKYLINERS, who are 22-8 with a five-game winning streak after beating s.Oliver Baskets Würzburg 91-87. Frankfurt are fourth in the standings, which would give them home court in the first round of the post-season. Jordan Theodore and Tez Robertson, as often the case, were key to SKYLINERS’ win.
Berlin beat Bonn - with seven players ejected after fight
ALBA BERLIN beat up Telekom Baskets Bonn on the scoreboard 94-73 and the game also featured a fight at the end of the third quarter which saw seven players disqualified. Five players were kicked out for Bonn, who finished with five players, while two Berlin players were ejected. The victory was important for sixth-placed Berlin, who have a one-game lead over ratiopharm ulm in the standings - 19-10 to 18-11. At 10-19, Bonn are pretty much just playing out the season - five games from the playoff ranks and three wins from the drop zone. Here is a look at the bruhaha that broke out in Berlin.
Giessen even record again with Würzburg
GIESSEN 46ers fought back from a 12-point third quarter deficit to knock off Basketball Löwen Braunschweig 73-71 at home and pull even with Würzburg at 15-14 in the battle for eighth place in the standings. Gabe Olaseni came up with a monster double-double of 11 points and 17 rebounds for Giessen, who took advantage of the loss by Würzburg. Giessen must finish with a better record than Würzburg to reach the playoffs since Würzburg have the tiebreaker. Check out one of Olaseni’s two blocks.
Hagen fined, docked points, snap losing streak
Phoenix Hagen had an up and down week. First, they were first fined 40,000 euros and docked six points - or the equivalent of three victories - for violating league licensing regulations. Suddenly finding themselves reeling in the relegation fight with a six-game losing streak, Hagen then came up with a crucial 102-81 victory over Mitteldeutscher BC to create some breathing room. Hagen now have a 12-17 record but the points equivalent of a 9-17 mark - just two wins from being in a relegation spot.
No changes in relegation battle
While Hagen cleared some space from the drop zone, the bottom five teams in the standings all lost meaning there were no changes in the relegation battle. WALTER Tigers Tübingen are 8-22 while MBC, BG Göttingen and Eisbären Bremerhaven are all 7-22 and Crailsheim dropped to 5-24 with five rounds left.
Player of the Week
Kyle Fogg’s big game for Bremerhaven against medi bayreuth was not enough despite torching Bremerhaven for 35 points on 10-of-18 shots including 5-of-10 threes with 10-of-10 free throws to go with two rebounds, seven assists and one steal for an efficiency of 36.
German Top Five of the Week
G: Basti Doreth, medi bayreuth
Doreth had a strong all-around game against Bremerhaven with six points on 2-of-7 shots to go with five rebounds and five assists.
F: Danilo Barthel, FRAPORT SKYLINERS
This week will be a big lineup with Barthel coming up with a great showing against Würzburg, scoring 13 points on 4-of-6 shots and 7-of-8 free throws while picking up seven rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block.
F: Konrad Wysocki, Crailsheim Merlins
Wysocki gave all he could for Crailsheim but it wasn’t enough against Ludwigsburg. The veteran collected 12 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and four steals in the loss.
F: Kresimir Loncar, ALBA BERLIN
Before getting involved in a fight, the newly-nationalised German scored a career high 25 points against Bonn. Loncar also had two rebounds, one assist and one steal in his 15:09 minutes of action.
C: Jannik Freese, Eisbären Bremerhaven
Freese continues to have a strong season as the big man picked up 15 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals against Bayreuth.
Niklas Geske, 21, PG, Phoenix Hagen
Geske didn’t start against MBC but scored eight points - hitting 3-of-4 shots and 2-of-2 free throws - and had one rebound, one assist, one steal and one block while picking up two turnovers and three fouls in 11:47 minutes.
Max Ugrai, 20, PF, s.Oliver Baskets Würzburg
Ugrai continues to have a strong close to the regular season as he picked up five points on 1-of-1 three-pointers and 2-of-2 free throws, one rebound and one assist in 11:03 minutes against Frankfurt.
Jonas Grof, 19, PG, Phoenix Hagen
Grof benefited from a week lacking high level performances for the youngsters as he went scoreless without a shot with two rebounds and one turnover in 11:27 minutes against MBC.
Mahir Agva had his second straight strong game for WALTER Tigers Tübingen as the 19-year-old center scored 14 points on 5-of-8 shots and 4-of-5 free throws to go with four rebounds, one assist, one block and one turnover in 23:35 minutes against Bayern.
Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks have locked up their spot in the NBA playoffs as Dirkster collected his 10th double-double of the season with 22 points and 11 rebounds in Dallas’ win over the Utah Jazz.