Weekly News: Bamberg hold off Bayern, MVP Bryant takes game outside and Demond Mallet wins league...
Game of the Week: Bamberg hold off Bayern, message shown
Brose Baskets Bamberg came into their showdown at home against Bayern Munich looking to send a message. And the three-time reigning double champions showed they are still the team to beat in the Beko BBL with a hard-fought 76-68 victory over Bayern. Anton Gavel came up big once again with a huge three-pointer with 27 seconds remaining and German international center Maik Zirbes continued his superb development with 10 points, 11 rebounds and 3 blocks as Bamberg extended their winning streak to five games. All the more impressive was Bamberg holding off an improving Bayern despite star Bostjan Nachbar scoring just three points:
Stats central: Reigning MVP Bryant takes game outside
Of course reigning MVP John Bryant is the Beko BBLs most effective player as the leagues top scorer and rebounder. But the ratiopharm ulm center also ranks 29th overall in three-point percentage, making 12 of 26 for 46 percent. Bryant has made 8 of his 14 (57 percent) three-point attempts in the last three games. Last game versus Oldenburg he made four of six from downtown:
Welcome back: Dragons slay Ludwigsburg in Mallet debut
Artland Dragons title chances this season relied heavily on the leadership of veteran point guard Demond Mallet. But the 34-year-old missed the first eight games this season with a chest muscle injury. Mallet, a league and cup winner in the past, finally made his league debut over the weekend with 15 points in 27 minutes. Mallets return resulted in the Dragons releasing veteran point guard Kristaps Valters after a limited two-month deal to fill in for Mallet.
Taking care of business: Burrell and Bremerhaven continue strong run
Eisbären Bremerhaven started the season with three losses at Bamberg and at home against Würzburg and Ulm. Since then, Douglas Spradleys team has been rolling beating Telekom Baskets Bonn 100-87 on the road for their sixth win in seven games to improve to 6-4. Stanley Burrell has led the charge with 17.7 points while shooting 54 percent from the field and dishing out 3.9 assists.
Statlines of the week: Lischka-Redding bowl over Braunschweig
Usually we pick one player for the Statline of the Week segment, but the deadly combo of Johannes Lischka and Reggie Redding was too dominant to leave one of them out. Lischka picked up 24 points and 12 rebounds while Redding collected 21 points, 4 rebounds, 7 assists and 2 steals in WALTER Tigers Tübingens 85-80 win at New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig. Lischka and Redding combined for 15 of Tübingens final 23 points in the final six minutes.
Young Guns: Wendt pushes forward, rout gives Klein, Voigtmann chance
The young point guard collected 7 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal in 12 minutes of Hagens 78-64 win over s.Oliver Baskets. In his last four games, Wendt has averaged 5.8 points, 3.3 assists, 2.5 rebounds, 2.0 steals and just 1.0 turnovers while shooting 50 percent from the field.
FRAPORT SKYLINERS big loss at Berlin gave Klein a chance to shine a bit. After a strong pre-season didnt result in big minutes, the 21-year-old had career highs in points (10) and minutes (18) while also picking up one rebound.
In the same game, German 20-year-old international Voigtmann set a career high in minutes with 12 as he collected 2 points and 4 rebounds. In 20:33 minutes over the last two games, Voigtmann has gathered 6 points and 9 rebounds.
Young Guns Part 2: Ludwigsburg invited to NIJT Euroleague tournament
Neckar RIESEN Ludwigsburgs NBBL team BBA Ludwigsburg was invited to take part in the Euroleague Nike International Junior Tournament in Siauliai, Lithuania from January 24-26, 2013. BBA will face off against the likes of CKSA Moscow, Khimki Moscow, Lietuvos Rytas, Zalgiris Kaunas, VEF Riga, Audentes Sports School Tallinn and VBL Leuven. Ludwigsburg have received Beko BBL honors for their recent youth development work.
Meat and potatoes
ratiopharm ulm returned to the winning column with a 96-66 victory over Oldenburg to improve to 8-2 and remain atop the Beko BBL standings. Bamberg jumped to 7-1 to stay in second while Artland Dragons are third at 6-3. Mitteldeutscher BC are still 17th at 2-8 and LTi GIESSEN 46ers the cellar-dwellers at 1-8. Reigning MVP John Bryant of Ulm took over the scoring lead from Bamberg star Bostjan Nachbar 18.4 ppg to 16.6 ppg. Bryant also remains the league leader in rebounding (11.0) and efficiency rating (25.4) while Bonn playmaker Jared Jordans average of 7.4 assists is tops in the Beko BBL.