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Bamberg sweep Bayern 3-0 / Frankfurt still alive vs. Ulm / Oldenburg adds Massenat © Daniel Löb

Bamberg sweep Bayern 3-0 / Frankfurt still alive vs. Ulm / Oldenburg adds Massenat

— David Hein

Brose Baskets Bamberg blasted past FC Bayern Munich in Game Three for a sweep into the Beko BBL Finals. FRAPORT SKYLINERS stayed alive in their semi-final series versus ratiopharm ulm by winning Game Three. EWE Baskets Oldenburg meanwhile made a major change for next season, signing point guard Frantz Massenat for three years.

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 sweep Bayern into Finals - sixth time in last seven years

Defending champions Brose Baskets Bamberg swept past FC Bayern Munich in the semi-finals of the Beko BBL playoffs to return to the Finals - the club’s sixth appearance in the Finals in the last seven years. Bamberg dismantled Bayern in Game Three in Freak City 96-65 for their second straight sweep in this season’s playoffs. Bamberg were tripling Bayern’s score for a time, leading 47-15 after 16 minutes. The game was a total team effort with nine Bamberg players scoring between 12 and eight points and collecting a total of 29 assists. Here are a couple of dunks off some nifty passing:

Frankfurt stay alive with big home win

FRAPORT SKYLINERS stepped up with their backs against the wall to stay alive in their semi-finals Beko BBL playoff series by beating ratiopharm ulm 85-54 in Game Three at home. Down 2-0 to Ulm in the best-of-five series, Frankfurt held Ulm to just 35 percent shooting while hitting 55 percent from the floor including 12 three-pointers in the win. Game Four is back in Ulm on May 31 with a possible Game Five in Frankfurt on June 2. Which ever team advances will travel to Bamberg for Game One of the Finals on June 5. Here is Danilo Barthel with a big alley-oop in Frankfurt’s big win

Oldenburg sign playmaker Massenat for three years, Machado and Prepelic leave

EWE Baskets Oldenburg have found their new point guard as they locked up Frantz Massenat for three years. The 24-year-old Massenat comes to Oldenburg from relegated Mitteldeutscher BC. Massenat’s arrival means the end in Oldenburg for Scott Machado, while marksman Klemen Prepelic also is leaving the club - both after just one season in Oldenburg. Oldenburg fans can look forward to Massenat setting up alley-oops starting next season like this:

Ulm keep another major player from current squad with Butler extension

ratiopharm ulm are still fighting to reach the Beko BBL Finals but they have locked up another major part of their success this season in extending their deal with Da’Sean Butler. The 28-year-old and Ulm agreed to a one-year extension - the first time in Butler’s career that he is staying with a club for a second season. In addition to Butler, Ulm also have Per Günther, Joschka Ferner, David Brembly, Philipp Neumann, Augustine Rubit, Taylor Braun and Raymar Morgan under contract for next season. Butler helped Ulm eliminate EWE Baskets Oldenburg to reach the semi-finals:

Braunschweig add former German international Arigbabu as assistant

Basketball Löwen Braunschweig have signed former German international Stephan Arigbabu as assistant coach starting next season. Arigbabu, who is currently the A2 and U18 German national teams assistant coach, agreed to a three-year deal with Braunschweig, now coached by former German national team coach Frank Menz. Arigbabu began his professional career with SG Braunschweig in 1991 and won two German titles and three German cup crowns.

Ludwigsburg keep Loesing for another year, Grof stays in Hagen

MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg retained an important player in their run to the Beko BBL playoffs as they re-signed Brad Loesing for another season. The 26-year-old German guard will be playing his third season in Germany - his second with Ludwigsburg. Phoenix Hagen also agreed to a one-year extension with an important German player in bringing back 20-year-old 2.01m point guard Jonas Grof. The German U20 international played 33 games for Hagen this season and the club hopes the talented youngster takes another step forward next season.

Clay, Wolf extend deals with Jena

Science City Jena have locked up two of the important German roster spots for their promotion to the Beko BBL next season in extending their deals with Oliver Clay and Julius Wolf for one more year. The 28-year-old Clay has played 134 Beko BBL games and came to Jena before last season from MBC. The 23-year-old Wolf will be making his Beko BBL premiere next season. He arrived in Jena in 2012 from the Bayern Munich Regionalliga fourth division team.

Grünheid retires as champion - of ProA

Guido Grünheid is retiring on top as the former German international stepped down from the sport after helping Science City Jena to the ProA title. The 33-year-old began his Beko BBL career in 2002 with ALBA BERLIN, winning two league titles and cups. He won another German league title with RheinEnergie Köln in 2006 and collected the cup crown with the team in 2007.

Heckmann talks Cameron Crazies and Bamberg

Brose Baskets Bamberg rookie Patrick Heckmann visits with the Basketball Insiders to talk about his time with Boston College and playing in front of the Cameron Crazies and comparing them to Freak City.




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