Bonn: What the hell is a Sonderzug? / Rudi Völler’s son makes debut / Bamberg roll past Frankfurt
— David Hein
In this section, we break out our English language skills and inform you about the latest news from the German easyCredit 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 easyCredit BBL short and sweet:
Bamberg roll past SKYLINERS in easyCredit season opener
Defending champions Brose Bamberg rolled past under-manned FRAPORT SKYLINERS 84-55 in the opening game of the 2016-17 easyCredit BBL season. Newly acquired French point guard Fabien Caseur led the way with 18 points and 6 assists while the bench scored 44 points, including 12 points from Patrick Heckmann and 10 from Daniel Theis. Frankfurt were playing without Canadian national team guard Philip Scrubb while coach Gordon Herbert is out indefinitely with back surgery as assistant coach Klaus Perwas fills in on the SKYLINERS sidelines. (Highlights)
Bonn celebrate 1000th game with special train for fans
Telekom Baskets Bonn celebrated their 1000th game in Germany’s first division by providing their fans with a special train which brought 350 of them to Berlin for the season opener against ALBA BERLIN, which Bonn lost 96-89. But the train – the ninth time the club has instituted an extra train for their fans – saw fans and players celebrate together in the special party wagon, including dance floor, on the way back home. The highlight of the game came from former Bonn fan favorite as Tony Gaffney finished a thrilling alley-oop for Berlin.
Ulm need overtime to win at Bayreuth
The reigning runners-up ratiopharm ulm also opened the 2016-17 season with a victory, coming from behind for a 95-87 win in overtime at medi bayreuth. Ulm trailed by 12 points in the first half but led for much of the second half and were never behind in overtime after Chris Babb evened the game with 21 seconds in regulation. Babb led the way for Ulm with 27 points. (Highlights)
Player of the Week
Chris Babb takes Player of the Week honors to open the year as the ratiopharm ulm shooting guard picked up 27 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal and just 1 turnover for an efficiency of 31 in the club’s overtime win at medi bayreuth.
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Bayern defense shuts down Oldenburg
Bayern Munich’s defense started the new season in strong fashion with an 83-69 victory at EWE Baskets Oldenburg. Bayern held the hosts Oldenburg to just 42 percent shooting while hitting 57 percent from the field themselves. Captain Bryce Taylor came off the bench to lead Bayern with 16 points while Rickey Paulding and Brian Qvale tallied 41 of Oldenburg’s 69 points. (Highlights)
Ruoff, Ludwigsburg grab road win in Würzburg
In a battle of playoff teams from last season, MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg opened the season with an 81-72 win at s.Oliver Würzburg. The leader for Ludwigsburg was Alex Ruoff, who had a tremendous return to the easyCredit BBL with 25 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the former BG Göttingen ace. (Highlights)
Bremerhaven don’t wait, grab first home win in first game
Eisbären Bremerhaven opened the new season with a strong 92-84 victory at home over WALTER Tigers Tübingen with four starters scoring in double digits – paced by Quincy Diggs’ 24 points. Bremerhaven didn’t waste any time picking up their first home win of the season after waiting until January 3, 2016 for their first triumph at home last season. Bremerhaven can make it 2-for-2 on Friday against Phoenix Hagen.
Promoted teams Vechta and Jena lose
The season started less successfully for the two promoted teams as RASTA Vechta lost at home against Basketball Löwen Braunschweig 72-59 and Science City Jena were defeated at GIESSEN 46ers 86-76. Vechta were unable to control Braunschweig’s Dyshawn Pierre, who had 16 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Jena meanwhile couldn’t stop Giessen’s captain Cameron Wells, who tallied 14 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter.
Football legend Völler’s son makes easyCredit BBL debut for Giessen
Among the players making their easyCredit debuts last week was the 27-year-old Marco Völler, the son of former German football legend Rudi Völler. The younger Völler picked up 2 points as he hit his only shot in 12 minutes for Giessen in their win over Jena. (Highlights)
Bremerhaven add Karvel Anderson after Christopher fails physical
Just two days before their first game of the easyCredit BBL season, Bremerhaven signed a new shooting guard with Karvel Anderson joining the team on a deal until the end of the season. Anderson played the last two seasons with Italian second division side Andrea Costa Imola and he was originally signed with Israeli top flight side Maccabi Haifa for this season. The contract was voided however, leaving the 25-year-old available for Bremerhaven. The club needed to bring in a new guard after Patrick Christopher failed his physical. Anderson did not play in Bremerhaven’s season opener against Tübingen.
Poropat falls ill, Bonn bring in Krunic as head coach for rest of season
Telekom Baskets Bonn were forced to find a new head coach as Silvano Poropat was diagnosed with a serious long-term illness and will miss numerous months. Bonn brought in former Bonn coach Predrag Krunic on a contract until the end of the season. Krunic, who was Bonn head coach from 2001 to 2005, guided Oldenburg to the BBL title in 2009. Weekly News wishes Poropat a speedy recovery.
German Top Five of the Week
G: Per Günther, ratiopharm ulm
Per Günther was excellent for Ulm at Bayreuth with 15 points to go with 7 assists and just 1 turnover while grabbing 1 rebound.
G: Engin Atsür, ALBA BERLIN
Engin Atsür showed his veteran leadership for Berlin against Bonn with 16 points, 3 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals and 2 turnovers.
F: Maxi Kleber, Bayern Munich
Maxi Kleber showcased his all-around skill set with 11 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals and 3 blocks with just 1 turnover and 1 foul in 23 minutes of action for Bayern against Oldenburg.
F: Adam Waleskowski, BG Göttingen
Adam Waleskowski scored a team-high 17 points to go with 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals and 0 turnovers for an efficiency of 25 for Göttingen against Hagen.
C: Andreas Seiferth, medi bayreuth
Andreas Seiferth came off the bench and played well for Bayreuth against Ulm with 9 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 block.
Andreas Obst, 20, PG, GIESSEN 46ers
Obst showed he is ready to take the next step with Giessen as the former Bamberg talent picked up 4 points on 2-of-4 shots, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal and 1 block for an efficiency of 6 in 11:02 minutes against Jena.
Louis Olinde, 18, SF, Brose Bamberg
The small forward from the talented 1998 German generation was the biggest beneficiary of Bamberg’s blowout win over Frankfurt as Olinde played 10:28 minutes in his easyCredit BBL debut, picking up 2 points on 2-of-2 free throws along with 2 rebounds, 1 steal and 1 turnover.
Isaac Bonga, 16, PG, FRAPORT SKYLINERS
One of Germany’s biggest talents made his easyCredit BBL debut for Frankfurt as Bonga played the final 28.8 seconds of the blowout loss at Bamberg. The 2.03m point guard Bonga, who did not register any stats in the game, does not turn 17 years old until November.
Every season we pick a young German talent to follow over the course of the season and this season we are looking at the 19-year-old power forward Niklas Kiel from FRAPORT SKYLINERS. With the departure of Danilo Barthel, Kiel will be needed to pick up a good portion of the lost production. Kiel started for Frankfurt in the easyCredit BBL season opener against Brose Bamberg, collecting 5 points on 0-of-3 shots and 5-of-7 free throws to go with 2 rebounds and 4 fouls in 16:41 minutes in his fourth BBL game.