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Jenkins passes Nadjfeji for third place on scoring list / Brembly returns / Horton on fire

— David Hein

While ratiopharm ulm, Brose Bamberg and Bayern Munich all won again, Ken Horton went off in helping Telekom Baskets Bonn put a record-setting beating on ALBA BERLIN; Julius Jenkins passed another former easyCredit BBL great on the all-time scoring list; and David Brembly made his season debut.

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:

Ulm pull away from Bayreuth with big fourth quarter

ratiopharm ulm used a huge fourth quarter in grabbing a 90-70 victory over medi bayreuth to remain undefeated atop the easyCredit BBL with a 19-0 record. The final score does not show how much of a fight Ulm had with Bayreuth, who led for nearly the entire first three quarters - being up by as many as 11 points. But Ulm took over the fourth quarter to the tune of 30-10 with Raymar Morgan, Chris Babb and Da’Sean Butler combining for 59 points, 18 rebounds and 9 assists in the game. Bayreuth dropped to 14-5 in fourth place despite 19 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 blocks from Egyptian center Assem Marei.

Bamberg go wire-to-wire in comfortable win in Franconian derby

Brose Bamberg stayed right on Ulm’s heels with a wire-to-wire 88-78 victory over s.Oliver Würzburg and former coach Dirk Bauermann in a Franconian derby. Bamberg got big performances from Germans Daniel Theis and Maodo Lo (37 points, 15 rebounds, 6 assists combined) in leading by 21 points in the third quarter and holding Würzburg at bay to move to 18-1. Würzburg dropped to 5-14 and are in 14th place with a four-game losing streak.

Balanced Bayern too much for English’s big game

Six players scored in double figures as Bayern Munich picked up their fourth straight win by easing past FRAPORT SKYLINERS 95-70. Nihad Djedovic collected 16 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals to lead Bayern, who improved to 16-3 and now have a two-game lead over medi bayreuth. AJ English nailed 6 three-pointers in scoring 31 points off the bench for Frankfurt, who dropped to 8-12, leaving them two games from a playoffs spot. It was the second time that English nailed 6 three-pointers in a game after picking up 21 points against WALTER Tigers Tübingen.

Bonn, Horton snap Berlin’s 10-game winning streak

Ken Horton poured in 31 points as Telekom Baskets Bonn beat ALBA BERLIN 95-72 to snap their 10-game winning streak. It was a record-setting performance as Bonn’s previous biggest win over Berlin was 99-79 on December 13, 2003. Bonn improved to 10-8 in seventh place while Berlin moved to 14-6 - two games up on EWE Baskets Oldenburg.

Oldenburg beat Bremerhaven in northern German derby as Brembly debuts

EWE Baskets Oldenburg remained undefeated in 2017 with an 85-70 victory over northern German rivals Eisbären Bremerhaven. Rickey Paulding hit for 25 points as Oldenburg picked up their eighth straight win in the new year domestically and the Basketball Champions League - moving to 12-8. Bremerhaven are 6-12 after having their modest two-game winning streak stopped. There was good news for Bremerhaven as David Brembly scored 3 points and grabbed 1 rebound in 1:51 minutes. That doesn’t sound like much but it was the first action the 23-year-old German had this season after breaking his foot in August.

Jenkins passes Nadjfeji for third place on scoring list

Science City Jena remained in the race for the playoffs with an 8-12 record after beating Basketball Löwen Braunschweig 89-82 at home. One of the highlights was Jena veteran Julius Jenkins scoring 15 points for 5,271 career points in the easyCredit BBL, moving him past Sasa Nadjefji into third place on the league’s all-time scoring list - dating back to digital compilation of stats from the 1998-99 season. Braunschweig lost their third straight and are now 4-16 - even with WALTER Tigers Tübingen - three games up on the relegation spot.

 

Name

Games

Points

1

Chris Ensminger

485

5438

2

Derrick Allen

399

5363

3

Julius Jenkins

370

5271

4

Aleksandar Nadjfeji

457

5256

5

Rickey Paulding

381

5054

6

Tyron McCoy

285

4792

7

Immanuel McElroy

440

4697

8

Robert Garrett

386

4411

9

Pascal Roller

408

4312

10

Anton Gavel

391

4209

Tübingen bag huge win over Vechta

WALTER Tigers Tübingen have finally won again, beating RASTA Vechta 86-77 in a huge game in the relegation battle. Tübingen gave up a 16-point lead as Vechta led early in the second half before Tübingen picked up a comfortable win. Barry Stewart had 16 points while Jared Jordan wasn’t far from a triple-double with 9 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists as Tübingen snapped a 9-game losing streak. Their last win came on November 26 - at RASTA Vechta. Vechta meanwhile have now lost 14 in a row for a 1-19 record and are three games from a safe spot.

Player of the Week

Ken Horton stepped up big time for Telekom Baskets Bonn with a Player of the Week showing against ALBA BERLIN with 31 points including 5 three-pointers on 9-of-16 shooting and 8-of-8 free throws to go with 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals and 4 blocks for an efficiency of 37.

German Top Five of the Week

G: Maodo Lo, Brose Bamberg

Lo was given the reins against s.Oliver Würzburg and collected 17 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists for an efficiency of 20.

G: Maurice Stuckey, s.Oliver Würzburg

At the other end, Stuckey collected a team-high - and season-high - 18 points on 6 three-pointers off the bench against Brose Bamberg to go with 6 rebounds.

F: Stephan Haukohl, Science City Jena

Haukohl was given the start against Basketball Löwen Braunschweig and the 23-year-old responded with a career-high 17 points in 32:12 minutes along with 4 rebounds and 1 block for an efficiency of 20.

F: Daniel Theis, Brose Bamberg

It would have been great to put on Sid Marlon Theis (a career-high 16 points and 4 rebounds for Basketball Löwen Braunschweig against Science City Jena) but Daniel Theis definitely needs to be on this list as he collected 20 points and 12 rebounds - both season highs - while also picking up a career-high 6 blocks against s.Oliver Würzburg.

C: Bogdan Radosavljevic, ALBA BERLIN

Radosavljevic was very productive in his 19:11 minutes off the bench, scoring a season-high 17 points while also collecting 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal against Telekom Baskets Bonn.

Young Guns

Isaac Bonga, 17, PG, FRAPORT SKYLINERS

Bonga seems set in the Frankfurt rotation now as the 17-year-old played 13:25 minutes against Bayern Munich. Bonga missed his only shot and went scoreless but he did have 1 rebound, 2 steals and 2 blocks.

David Krämer, 20, SG, Marcell Pongo, 19, PG, Till Pape, 20, PF ratiopharm ulm

ratiopharm ulm had already been eliminated from the EuroCup competition and gave their youngsters some big minutes against Bayern Munich. Krämer had 7 points and 4 rebounds in 15:36 minutes while Pongo picked up 6 points, 3 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 steal and 1 block in 18:58 minutes; and Pape picked up 6 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 block in 12:23 minutes.

Konstantin Schubert, 18, SF, FRAPORT SKYLINERS

Schubert is the latest Frankfurt youngster to make his debut as the 18-year-old played 1:51 minutes in his first easyCredit BBL game, missing his only three-pointer.

Kiel Watch

Niklas Kiel continues to perform well for FRAPORT SKYLINERS as the 19-year-old power forward picked up 10 points on 3-of-4 shots and 3-of-3 free throws to go with 1 rebound, 1 assist, 3 turnovers and 4 fouls in 14:53 minutes against Bayern Munich.

German Overseas

Dennis Schröder is really playing some fantastic basketball at the moment for the Atlanta Hawks as the 23-year-old collected 17 points, 4 rebounds, 10 assists and 2 steals against the Orlando Magic. It was Schröder’s eighth points-assists double-double of the season. Now if he could just teach his teammates some German.

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