Günther goes wild from downtown / Kleber talks stepping up / Obradovic out in Berlin
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:
Günther goes wild from long range as Ulm steal Game One in Frankfurt
Just days after finishing off their series victory over second-seeded EWE Baskets Oldenburg in the opening round of the playoff, ratiopharm ulm surprised FRAPORT SKYLINERS in Game One of the semi-finals with a thrilling 90-86 win in overtime in Frankfurt. Per Günther nailed 6-of-7 three-pointers in scoring 19 points and Augustine Rubit poured in 24 points as Ulm stole home court advantage. Game Two is on May 24 in which SKYLINERS almost must win to avoid having their backs against the wall right away. Check out Per on fire.
Theis leads Bamberg to strong Game One win over Bayern
Reigning champions Brose Baskets Bamberg took care of business at home in Game One of their semi-final series against Bayern Munich with an 88-73 victory. Brad Wanamaker and Janis Strelnieks both scored 15 points but Daniel Theis was excellent with 11 points, eight rebounds and four blocks. Bamberg still have not lost at home this season in Germany as they held Bayern to just 41 percent shooting. One of Theis’s biggest highlights was this big dunk over fellow German talents Maxi Kleber and Paul Zipser.
ALBA turns down extension with Obradovic after three cup titles in four years
ALBA BERLIN are looking for a new head coach after the club refused to extend their contract with Sasa Obradovic after the Serbian coach won three German Cup crowns in his four years at the helm. ALBA decided against extending Obradovic’s expiring contract and will look for a new man in charge. Obradovic, who played for the Berlin club from 1994-97, guided ALBA to the cup titles in 2013, 2014 and 2016. ALBA also reached the Beko BBL finals in 2014 and he was named Coach of the Year for the 2014-15 season.
Bonn add German duo DiLeo, Bartolo in rebuilding
Telekom Baskets Bonn locked up two excellent Germans in their rebuilding efforts after the club missed the Beko BBL playoffs this season for just the third time in two decades (the others being 2004-05 and 2010-11). Bonn brought in Cuban-German Yorman Polas Bartolo and Anthony DiLeo from GIESSEN 46ers. Bonn gave the wing player Bartolo a two-year deal while they signed DiLeo to a one-year contract. Bonn now have four players on their roster for next season with Florian Koch and Eugene Lawrence being the others. Bonn decided to not offer Andrej Mangold a new deal after he was with the team for six seasons. Bartolo and DiLeo were part of some major heroics this season for Giessen:
Giessen bring back Saibou after losing German duo
Giessen responded to the departures of DiLeo and Bartolo by bringing back Joshiko Saibou for one season. The 26-year-old guard Saibou played with Giessen in the ProA during the 2013-14 season before spending the last two seasons with Crailsheim Merlins and s.Oliver Baskets Würzburg. Giessen coach Denis Wucherer likes Saibou’s 132 games of experience in the Beko BBL and believes he can show more than he was able to do with Würzburg.
Göttingen fan favorite Spohr stays on for another season
BG Göttingen secured their second player for the 2016-17 season as the club announced the re-signing of fan favorite Dominik Spohr for one year. The 27-year-old has been with Göttingen since 2013. Also signed for the club for next season is Mathis Mönninghoff, who extended his contract for one season.
Bremerhaven, Machowski agree to two-year deal
Eisbären Bremerhaven are clearly happy with the work Sebastian Machowski did at the end of last season as they agreed to a two-year contract with the late-season head coach replacement. Machowski came to Bremerhaven in March and helped the club avoid relegation. The 44-year-old was the 2013 Coach of the Year.
Wanamaker wins MVP, Best Offensive Player awards; tops Beko BBL All-First Team
Brad Wanamaker picked up regular season awards like his Brose Baskets Bamberg claimed victories. Wanamaker was named MVP of the Beko BBL regular season voted by team coaches and captains and selected media representatives. He finished with 132 votes compared to 68 for FRAPORT SKYLINERS guard Jordan Theodore and 26 for Bayern Munich’s Bryce Taylor. Wanamaker also collected Best Offensive Player honors and was named to the Beko BBL All-First Team along with Bamberg teammate Nicolo Melli, Taylor and the EWE Baskets Oldenburg duo Rickey Paulding and Brian Qvale. Theodore topped the All-Second Team along with Oldenburg’s Vaughn Duggins, Darius Miller and Daniel Theis from Bamberg and Frankfurt’s Johannes Voigtmann. Frankfurt’s Gordon Herbert won Coach of the Year honors while Bayern’s Paul Zipser picked up the Best German Youth (U22) Player. Frankfurt’s Quantez Robertson was awarded Best Defensive Player while Theis and Qvale were named the most effective national and international players, respectively.
Breitengüßbach claim second NBBL title
Brose Baskets Bamberg youth club TSV Tröster Breitengüßbach claimed the U19 NBBL title at the NBBL/JBBL TOP4 in Ulm with Tibor Taras being named MVP. Güßbach beat ALBA BERLIN 65-46 for their second NBBL championship following 2012. Nils Haßfurther scored 16 points in the final and Leon Kratzer collected 10 points and 11 rebounds for the new champs.
Frankfurt captures first JBBL crown
Eintracht Frankfurt / FRAPORT SKYLINERS picked up their first U16 JBBL crown at the NBBL/JBBL TOP4 in Ulm after they beat host team ratiopharm akademie 61-53. Jim Augustin Gietz grabbed JBBL TOP4 MVP honors after picking up 12 points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals in the final while Noah Litzbach scored 16 points for the winners. Ulm were shooting for their first JBBL crown as well but had to accept second place (highlights).
Kleber talks stepping up this season
The guys at Sports Eagle TV talk to Bayern’s Maxi Kleber about him stepping up his game over the course of the season.