Oldenburg undefeated in 2017 / Maik Zirbes back in Germany / Who is Cameron Neubauer?
— 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 Beko BBL short and sweet:
Ulm keep winning in easyCredit BBL after struggles in cups
ratiopharm ulm gladly returned to the easyCredit BBL and remained undefeated with a convincing 94-63 victory over BG Göttingen. DaSean Butler poured in 22 points and all 12 Ulm players scored at least two points as Ulm improved to 18-0 atop the league thanks to a 52-19 run spanning the second and third quarters. The win comes after three straight losses outside the German league - two in the EuroCup and the easyCredit TOP FOUR qualifier.
Bamberg also win in return to league
Brose Bamberg also won in their comeback to the easyCredit BBL with a 96-68 victory over RASTA Vechta. Five Bamberg players scored in double figures after Andrea Trinchieri’s team lost their third and fourth straight EuroLeague games against Real Madrid and at Olympiacos Piraeus since beating medi bayreuth in the cup qualification. It was Bamberg’s fourth straight win in the easyCredit BBL to remain right behind Ulm at 17-1.
Oldenburg come back to remain undefeated in 2017
EWE Baskets Oldenburg came back from a 12-point deficit to beat Basketball Löwen Braunschweig 83-76 to remain undefeated in the league and internationally in 2017 - a streak of eight games. Oldenburg improved to 11-8 in sixth place as Vladimir Mihailovic came off the bench to drain four three-pointers in scoring 19 points. Braunschweig dropped to 4-15 despite Carlos Medlock hitting 7-of-8 three-pointers as he scored 28 points. Oldenburg also got another great all-around game from Chris Kramer.
Bayern spoil home debut of Würzburg coach Bauermann
Bayern Munich proved to be a unfriendly guest as they spoiled the home debut of s.Oliver Würzburg head coach Dirk Bauermann with a 68-63 victory. Würzburg have now lost both of their games under Bauermann despite holding Bayern to just 34 percent shooting and hitting 47 percent of their shots. But Bayern made 28-of-31 (90 percent) of their free throws compared to 15-of-22 (68 percent) for Würzburg. Danilo Barthel paced Bayern with 18 points while the starting trio of Alex King, Anton Gavel and Bryce Taylor combined for just 5 points as Bayern improved to 15-3 in third place.
Bayreuth win playoff-like battle at Ludwigsburg
medi bayreuth returned to the winning column to remain a game behind Bayern at 14-4 with a 79-76 win at MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg in a game that felt like the post-season. De’Mon Brooks hit for 17 points while Nate Linhart nailed three big three-pointers for 13 points for Bayreuth. Ludwigsburg have now lost three straight games and six of the last eight to drop to 8-10 - a half-game behind GIESSEN 46ers for the eighth playoff spot. Bayreuth gave up a 14-point second half lead but ended up grabbing the big win on the road.
Berlin extend winning streak to 10 games
ALBA BERLIN fought off a determined GIESSEN 46ers 85-84 to extend their winning streak to 10 games in the easyCredit BBL. Malcolm Miller and Dragan Milosavljevic combined for five three-pointers in scoring 29 points for Berlin, who remained right on Bayreuth’s heels at 14-5 after a 24th straight victory over Giessen. After opening the season with a 5-1 record on the road, Giessen have dropped three straight away from home and are clenching onto the last playoff spot at 9-10.
Tübingen extend record losing streak to 9 games in Frankfurt
WALTER Tigers Tübingen continue to struggle as they extended their club record losing streak to nine games in an 84-64 loss to FRAPORT SKYLINERS. Tübingen jumped out ahead 14-2 but trailed after the first quarter 18-16. Tübingen hit just 2-of-24 three-pointers (8 percent) in falling to 3-16 - just two games ahead of RASTA Vechta in 16th place. Frankfurt have now won four of their last five games in the league to make a push towards the playoffs at 8-11 as Shawn Huff poured in 21 points.
Bayern welcome Zirbes back to Germany on loan from Maccabi
Bayern Munich picked up some reinforcements under the basket as they welcomed German international Maik Zirbes back to Germany on a loan deal until the end of the season from Maccabi Tel Aviv. The 27-year-old Zirbes is also eligible to play in the EuroCup for Bayern, who released Czech big man Ondrej Balvin.
Bonn add another guard in Jamarr Sanders
Telekom Baskets Bonn meanwhile added another guard to their mix as they signed combo guard Jamarr Sanders until the end of the season. The 28-year-old Sanders played last season in Italy but then suffered a foot injury and has not yet played this season - though he was with Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia earlier this season.
Bayreuth extend deal with Linhart until end of next season
medi bayreuth are doing their best to keep the core of their successful season together and extended their deal with Nate Linhart until the end of the 2017-18 season. The 30-year-old has been a great glue guy for Bayreuth, averaging 10.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.3 steals.
Player of the Week
Lamont Ulmer had a big game against Bayern Munich for s.Oliver Würzburg but his 24 points on 8-of-9 shots and 4-of-6 free throws, 6 rebounds, 1 assist and 2 steals for an efficiency of 28 were not enough for the win.
German Top Five of the Week
G: Joshiko Saibou, GIESSEN 46ers
Saibou continues his strong run of good games as he picked up 14 points, 3 rebounds and 1 assist against ALBA BERLIN.
G: Niels Giffey, ALBA BERLIN
At the other end, Berlin’s Giffey scored 13 points to go with 4 rebounds and 1 assist against GIESSEN 46ers.
F: Danilo Barthel, Bayern Munich
Barthel poured in a season high 18 points against s.Oliver Würzburg while also chipping in 2 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steal.
C: Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann, ratiopharm ulm
JoWoBo was pretty effective in his time against BG Göttingen as he had 9 points on 3-of-3 shots and 3-of-3 free throws as well as 2 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal in just 8:57 minutes.
F: Patrick Heckmann, Brose Bamberg
Heckmann scored a season-high 16 points for Bamberg against RASTA Vechta while also grabbing 4 rebounds for an efficiency of 18.
Ismet Akpinar, 21, PG, ALBA BERLIN
Akpinar played 19:14 minutes against GIESSEN 46ers and collected 3 points - on 1-of-3 shots and 1-of-2 free throws - 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal.
Luis Figge, 19, SG, Basketball Löwen Braunschweig
Figge returned to action after a foot injury and played for the first time since October 29 - also against EWE Baskets Oldenburg. Figge had 2 points as he hit his only shot while also picking up 2 rebounds for an efficiency of 4 in 4:44 minutes.
Isaac Bonga, 17, PG, FRAPORT SKYLINERS
Bonga, who was invited to participate at the Basketball Without Borders Global Camp at the NBA All-Star Weekend in New Orleans next month, played his first game since November 6 and grabbed 2 rebounds with 1 turnover in 1:25 minutes.
Stefan auf Niklas und es kracht!!! pic.twitter.com/JgvpXxmSFG— FRAPORT SKYLINERS (@skyliners1999) January 29, 2017
Niklas Kiel was once again very effective in his time for FRAPORT SKYLINERS as the 19-year-old power forward had 10 points on 3-of-6 shooting and 3-of-4 free throws with 7 rebounds and an efficiency of 13 in 10:50 minutes. Kiel has averaged 6.6 points, on 56 percent shooting and 86 percent free throw shooting to go with 2.6 rebounds in his last five games since Christmas.
German Overseas: Cameron who?
German fans would have to wake up early to catch most of the games for the University of San Diego, but they would have a chance to watch Cameron Neubauer - a 22-year-old 2.02m forward for the Toreros, who was born in German capital Berlin. Neubauer collected 16 points, 3 rebounds and 1 assist in San Diego’s 68-52 latest win over Portland. He is averaging 13.1 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.4 assists in his last seven games.