Weekly News: El Clasico between Bamberg and Ulm and pupil Obradovic gives teacher Pesic lesson
In this section, we break out our English language skills and inform you about the latest news from the German Beko Basketball Bundesliga. This week: Beko BBLs El Clasico between Bamberg and Ulm, pupil Obradovics Berlin gives teacher Pesics Bayern first lesson, vote for Beko BBL ALLSTAR Day:If youre short on time but still want your fill of Germanys top basketball league then you are in the right place. Every Tuesday David Hein (www.heinnews.com) brings you up-to-date in German basketball the Beko BBL short and sweet (for feedback and suggestions please email to Simon@Beko-BBL.de).
Bamberg-Ulm rivalry becoming El Clasico of Beko BBL
One day after German football fans celebrated their El Clasico between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortrmund, ratiopharm ulm and Brose Baskets Bamberg offered another installment of whats becoming the Beko BBL El Clasico. For the second time this season, the finalists from last seasons playoffs went to overtime in a thriller. And just like at the Champions Cup, Bamberg took the upper hand thanks to an amazing Anton Gavel, who scored 30 points in the 85-83 Bamberg win. No need to say too much about the game (check out the highlights below) other than the three-time champions were able to come back from an 18-point third quarter deficit to win. Beko BBL columnist Patrick Femerling is right on the money saying that Gavel is an MVP candidate. Gavel is the rock on a Bamberg team that still is finding itself. Its too early to say that Ulm have a developed Bamberg complex, but Ulm have lost eleven in a row against Brose Baskets (0-8 with Leibenath as head coach) and continue to be unable to hit the big shot late. Beko BBL fans will have to wait until April 10 for the showdown in Bamberg that is, unless Ulm and Bamberg meet in the Top Four 2013 in late March.
Game of the Week: Obradovics Berlin hands lesson to Pesics Bayern
Pupil beats teacher: ALBA BERLIN head coach Sasa Obradovic could not believe he was sitting next to Svetislav Pesic at the post-game press conference after Berlins 82-70 win in Pesics debut as Bayern boss. Obradovic played for Pesic in Berlin during Albas magical run. But Obradovic is coaching a team much further along in its development and showed Pesic that he still has much work to do with Bayern. The Berlin coach though can expect a different Bayern team when then face off again in Munich in February as Obradovic believes in Pesics ability to improve his players. Believe me, he will make his players better. He always does that, said Obradovic. Bayern dropped to 5-6 in 12th place with their third straight loss. In the past few days I was able to get to know the players a little better. The next two weeks the players will have the chance to get to know me better, Svetislav Pesic said after the loss.
Theres no place like home: Phoenix love their Hagen
Phoenix Hagen have won three straight games at home, including their first close game of the season this weekend a 77-75 win over BBC Bayreuth. Being 4-2 at home, Hagen are 10th in the standings ahead of the likes of s.Oliver Baskets and Bayern Munich. And Phoenix could actually have dreams of the playoffs were it not for the fact they have to play half their games on the road. Ingo Freyers team has lost four straight away from home for a 5-6 overall record. The main thing for Hagen remains first being as far from the relegation zone as possible.
Stats central: Ludwigsburg not even close in losses
Neckar RIESEN Ludwigsburgs 2-0 start to the Beko BBL season seems like a very, very long time ago. Since then, Steven Keys team has dropped eight of nine games including the last five and they havent been really close in falling to 3-8 overall in 17th place. Their 84.9 points per game allowed is worst in the league tied with last placed LTi GIESSEN 46ers. Ludwigsburg did manage an 86-80 loss against Eisbären Bremerhaven. But Ludwigsburgs eight defeats have been by an average of 18 points topped out by their 30-point pounding by Bamberg with the weekends 26-point loss to Bonn second worst.
Your vote counts! Voting open for Beko BBL ALLSTAR Day
You decide! Voting is now open for the Beko BBL ALLSTAR Day teams. Once again, it will be the Team National of German players battling against Team International on January 19 in Nuremberg. Fans have until December 13 to vote .
Statline of the week: Boateng excellent in win over Giessen
Instead of picking Anton Gavel (earlier) or John Bryant (later), this weeks choice is british center Eric Boateng, who helped New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig to a 76-65 win over Giessen with 21 points (on 9-of-13 shooting), 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks and 0 turnovers.
Young Guns: Schröder strong again for Braunschweig
In his second start, Schröder excelled again with 14 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists and only 3 turnovers in more than 31 minutes of action.
JWB produces when given playing time. After 18 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks against Oldenburg, JWB played a total of 20:08 minutes in three games. In 19:17 minutes against Ludwigsburg, he collected 8 points, 3 rebounds and 1 blocked shot.
The former collegiate guard played more than 12 minutes for the seventh time, collecting 6 points and 1 rebound against Oldenburg.
Video of the week: the countdown!
Jason Boone with the nasty dunk, Zach Morley blocks Tyrese Rice, John Goldsberry saves the streak for the champion and more:
Meat and potatoes
The three-time reigning champions Brose Baskets Bambergs winning streak reached seven games in improving to 9-1 for first place in the Beko BBL standings. ratiopharm ulm are second at 8-4 followed by ALBA BERLIN (7-2) and TBB Trier (7-3). In the loss to Bamberg, Ulms reigning MVP John Bryant collected 26 points and 11 rebounds to remain the leading scorer (18.3) and rebounder (10.6) in the league as well as number one in efficiency (24.2). Jared Jordans six assists in Telekom Baskets Bonns win over Ludwigsburg actually lowered his league-leading assist per game average from 7.3 to 7.2. But he still holds a 2.3 assists lead over Hagens Davin White.