Miller Time for Bamberg / Frankfurt keep Robertson, lose Theodore / Next two seasons: 96 games on SPORT1
— 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:
Miller time as Bamberg rain threes on Ulm in Game 1 victory
Darius Miller drained eight three-pointers and Brose Baskets Bamberg made 14-of-21 three-balls (67 percent) in racing past ratiopharm ulm 101-82 to take a 1-0 lead in the Beko BBL Finals. Miller scored 26 points in total and added four assists and Nikos Zisis collected 12 points and eight assists as Bamberg pulled away in the second quarter and never looked back. Ulm got 57 points from the trio of Raymar Morgan, Per Günther and Augustine Rubit and grabbed 16 offensive rebounds. But the guests hit just 4-of-19 three-pointers (21 percent) in dropping Game One. Check out on fire Miller - and take note of that amazing touch pass from Zisis midway through:
“Keep playing our game” vs “Go back to the lab”
So much of a series is about adjustments and now both teams will look at what happened and get ready for Game Two in Ulm on Wednesday. Here is reaction from Darius Miler and Raymar Morgan about the first game of the series - thanks to the guys at Sports Eagle TV:
Tez stays three more years with SKYLINERS, Theodore says farewell
FRAPORT SKYLINERS fans were thrilled to hear that Quantez Robertson decided to remain in Frankfurt for three more years. Tez has already been with the SKYLINERS for seven seasons. While Frankfurt kept their veteran leader, the team will not retain Jordan Theodore, who said farewell to the club after one season. Theodore excelled in Frankfurt as he finished second in the Beko BBL MVP voting for this season.
Star talent Bonga chooses Frankfurt
FRAPORT SKYLINERS also locked up a major talent for the long-term future as they won the sweepstakes for star youngster Isaac Bonga. The 1999-born German international signed a four-year deal with Frankfurt. Many other clubs wanted Bonga’s services but Frankfurt’s history of allowing young players to play in the Beko BBL as they develop played a major role in his choice.
Is JoVo gone from Frankfurt?
FRAPORT SKYLINERS are all over the headlines this week as Johannes Voigtmann appears close to opting out of the final year of his contract with Frankfurt and will move on. Reports from Frankfurt media are saying JoVo will sign with Euroleague club Laboral Kuxta Vitoria. He has also been linked with Bayern Munich.
Richter leaves Frankfurt for Bonn
While the future of some of FRAPORT SKYLINERS’ German leaders remains unclear, Telekom Baskets Bonn swooped in and signed talented big man Johannes Richter for two seasons. The 22-year-old Richter averaged 2.7 points and 2.0 rebounds in 8.5 minutes of action for SKYLINERS in the Beko BBL. Richter came to Frankfurt from the Brose Baskets Bamberg system in 2013.
Marko Pesic says 2016-17 Bayern team must be best ever
After suffering a bitter sweep out of the Beko BBL playoff semi-finals at the hands of Brose Baskets Bamberg, Bayern Munich GM Marko Pesic hinted at major changes in the roster. “The team that wears the Bayern jersey next season must clearly be our best ever to this point,” Marko Pesic told the Münchner Merkur daily. Much of the Bayern roster is without a contract for next season and the personnel boss also remains uncertain about the coaching staff. “We will talk to the entire coaching staff and see if our expectations match,” said Pesic. His father Svetislav Pesic has a contract until 2017 and the veteran head coach said after the playoffs exit that he expects to stay until the end of the deal.
Savanovic, Cobbs leave Bayern
Bayern Munich have begun the re-shaping of their team for next season as they allowed both Dusko Savanovic and Justin Cobbs to leave, not renewing their expiring contracts. Savanovic spent two seasons with Bayern and has already moved onto Italian club Sassari. Cobbs was brought in as a replacement at the end of December and reportedly has agreed to terms with Gravelines-Dunkerque.
Würzburg keep Lane, Ulmer, add Odum, Mihailovic
s.Oliver Baskets retained two key pieces of their successful first season back in the Beko BBL by extending their deals with Brendan Lane and Lamonte Ulmer for next season. Doug Spradley’s team also revamped their backcourt for 2016-17 by adding Jake Odum from medi bayreuth on a one-year deal while Vladimir Mihailovic comes to Würzburg from WALTER Tigers Tübingen for two seasons. The club did let captain Dru Joyce leave after one season with the team.
Ludwigsburg commits to head coach Patrick until 2019
MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg showed their commitment to head coach John Patrick by locking up the 48-year-old on a three-year extension until 2019. Patrick arrived in Ludwigsburg in 2013 and helped the club to the playoffs in each of the last three seasons. Ludwigsburg were bounced from the playoffs this season by Bayern Munich, who won the series 3-2.
Ludwigsburg snatch up Bamberg center Thiemann
MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg made possibly a big signing as they snatched up big man Johannes Thiemann from the Brose Baskets Bamberg system on a two-year deal. Thiemann played mainly for Bamberg’s ProA farm team Baunach Young Pikes and averaged 15.3 points and 9.6 rebounds. Even though he never really was able to break through with Bamberg’s professional team, Thiemann is still just 22 years old.
Giessen grab Thomas Scrubb, brother of Philip from Frankfurt
GIESSEN 46ers added a player with winning experience as they signed Canadian small forward Thomas Scrubb on a one-year deal. Yes, the name should sound familiar as Scrubb is the older brother of Philip Scrubb from FRAPORT SKYLINERS. Playing along side Philip, Thomas Scrubb won five straight Canadian CIS collegiate championships with Carleton University before playing last season with Kataja Basket Joensuu in Finland.
Tübingen bring in Munoz, Philmore
WALTER Tigers Tübingen added two strong Germans to their team for next season by bringing in Alvaro Munoz and Isaiah Philmore. The Spanish-German AMunoz will remain in Germany as the 25-year-old voided the final year of his deal with MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg and signed a one-year control with Tübingen. Munoz came to Germany in 2015 from Spanish side Oviedo Baloncesto. Philmore also signed for one year with Tübingen after being a great energy guy in his one season with Telekom Baskets Bonn.
We followed Mahir Agva all season in this segment for his age 19 season with WALTER Tigers Tübingen. Now the German center has decided to leave Tübingen and looking forward to the next chapter. His next club is not yet known.
Vechta keep leaders Standhardinger, Allen, add two young German guards
RASTA Vechta’s roster for their return to the Beko BBL is taking shape as they will keep two of their top leaders from last season in MVP Christian Standhardinger and captain Derrick Allen while adding young German point guards Niklas Geske and Besnik Bekteshi. Both the 26-year-old Standhardinger and the 35-year-old Allen have one-year deals with Vechta. The 22-year-old Geske comes to Vechta from Phoenix Hagen, where he played 85 Beko BBL games in three seasons. The 23-year-old Bekteshi, who made his Beko BBL debut at 17 with Ludwigsburg, arrives at the promoted team from ProA side Kirchheim Knights.
Guard talent Figge seeks new challenge, moves to Braunschweig
German U20 national team guard Luis Figge has decided to seek out a new challenge and signed on a three-year deal with Basketball Löwen Braunschweig. The 19-year-old had been with finke baskets Paderborn since 2006 and played last season in the ProA. Figge joins Braunschweig, who are coached by former German U20 national team coach Frank Menz.
SPORT1 will show 48 games live in each of the next two seasons
The Beko BBL, Telekom and German sports channel SPORT1 agreed on a new broadcasting partnership which will have SPORT1 show 48 games live in each of the next two seasons. SPORT1 will show 34 Beko BBL games during the season and then broadcast 14 games during the playoffs, including two games from the finals.