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Weekly News: Pesic brings Team Germany feeling to Bayern, Spohr and Neumann go for career highs

Weekly News: Pesic brings Team Germany feeling to Bayern, Spohr and Neumann go for career highs

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: Pesic brings Team Germany feeling to Bayern, Schröder puts on big boy pants, Spohr and Neumann go for career highs:
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 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).

Pesic effect rubs off on Benzing, Jagla

The biggest early beneficiaries of Svetislav Pesic taking over as Bayern Munich head coach appear to be Robin Benzing and Jan Jagla, who scored 21 points and 17 points respectively in Munich’s 104-91 win over Bonn. Both players have been given bigger roles for Bayern and it really shouldn’t be a surprise given that Pesic has a past with both of them. Pesic led workouts with Benzing as he prepared for the NBA draft and Jagla is the coaching legend’s son-in-law. Oh, and then there’s the German national team from this past summer as Pesic guided Germany to a perfect 8-0 run to qualify for EuroBasket 2013. Germany’s top scorer this summer? Benzing. The starting power forward and captain? Jagla. Pesic bringing that Team Germany feeling to Munich.

Injury nightmares continue for Alba: Avdalovic out for season

The injury nightmares continued for ALBA BERLIN as point guard Vule Avdalovic went down for the rest of the season with a ruptured knee ligament. Despite having playmakers DaShaun Wood and Heiko Schaffartzik, Berlin are considering looking for a replacement for the Serbian, who was head coach Sasa Obradovic’s floor general. This is just the latest injury. Nathan Peavy was lost for the season in training camp and replaced by Brian Randle, who has been out with long-term plantar tendon inflammation and since filled in by Derrick Byars. It’s believed that Berlin will not extend their deals with Byars and Randle – who are both on contract until the end of December.

Statline of the week: Gomes puts together superb Beko BBL debut

Former NBA forward Ryan Gomes made his Beko BBL debut for Artland Dragons with a solid showing of 19 points, 12 rebounds and 2 steals though he shot just 6 of 15 against MBC. The big problem for Gomes? The Dragons lost the game. Here are some of his highlights … and his missed gamewinner:

Stats central: 3-5 – Braunschweig’s record in games decided by 6 or fewer points

Watch for Braunschweig to make a turn and slowly make their way up the Beko BBL standings. Sure, they have won three in a row. But look at two of those games and you see two five-point wins – both of them on the road. Braunschweig’s previous four games were all decided by six points or less – and all of them were Phantoms defeats. All told, Braunschweig had been 1-5 in those six-point games this season. Kostas Flevarakis’ team appears to have turned the corner. Braunschweig may be 13th in the standings at 5-7, but Bayern and Bayreuth are 7th and 8th both with 6-6 records. Watch out for Braunschweig!

Schröder puts on big boy pants

Staying on Braunschweig for one second, 19-year-old Dennis Schröder has been a regular in the Young Guns segment but this week deserves special mention. The Braunschweig point guard not only collected 18 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals in the team’s 73-68 victory at Würzburg. He also drove past his defender for a last-second layup to force overtime (check out the second place of the video countdown at the end of this article). And in the extra session, Schröder had a steal and went 4 of 4 from the free throw line in the final 22 seconds.

Young Guns: Spohr goes for career-high 19 points for Giessen

It’s good to see a Giessen player on this list and the 23-year-old small forward did a good job in his 25 minutes of action with a career-high 19 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal. Spohr had totaled 15 points in 58 minutes over eight games this season before the game.

It was pretty clear that Bamberg hosting Hagen would be a clear win, meaning Neumann would get some big minutes. And the 20-year-old produced once again when giving playing time with a career-high 13 points and 5 rebounds in 18 minutes.

Schmidt also got serious burn in his first game of the season with career-highs of 9 points and 4 assists with 1 steal in 15 minutes.

European Adventures: Bamberg, Ulm and Würzburg fight for lives

The return of European Adventures sees three Beko BBL teams fighting for their lives in the final week of international Regular Seasons. Bamberg host Partizan Belgrade on Thursday with their Euroleague Top 16 fate in their own hands. Würzburg will reach the Eurocup Last 16 with a home win over Banvit of Turkey on Wednesday. Ulm meanwhile not only must beat Cibona on the road in the Eurocup but also need Spartak St. Petersburg to knock off Cholet. Alba have already advanced to the Top 16 in the Euroleague and Oldenburg and Bonn have booked their spot in the EuroChallenge Last 16 while Artland Dragons have been eliminated from the Eurocup.

Meat and potatoes

Brose Baskets Bamberg saw their winning streak move to eight games in beating Phoenix Hagen to improve to 10-1 atop the Beko BBL standings. Ulm returned to second place after snapping their losing streak at 9-4 and Berlin are third at 8-2. Giessen remain last in the league with a 2-10 record while Frankfurt dropped to 17th at 4-8. Ulm’s reigning MVP John Bryant remains the league’s top scorer (18.6 ppg), rebounding (10.4 rpg) and efficiency (24.0). Jared Jordan of Bonn dished out 10 assists against Bayern to improve his league-leading assist per game average from 7.3 to 7.5.

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