Weekly News: Ulm extend deal with Leibenath, VP Rauch leaves Bayern and Giessen on a seven-game...
Game of the Week: Bonn bounce first place Ulm
Telekom Baskets Bonn said goodnight to ratiopharm ulms six-game Beko BBL winning streak with a 107-103 overtime shoot-out in Ulm. Both teams were coming off successful road victories in European action Bonn at Antwerp in the EuroChallenge and Ulm in Cholet in the Eurocup. But Ulm just could not stop Bonn point guard Jared Jordan (22 points, 10 assists and the game-tying driving layup with three seconds left in regulation) and sharpshooters Benas Veikalas and Robert Vaden (37 points combined on 8 of 12 three-pointers). Ulm dropped their second game at home this season and played their fourth overtime contest including the Champions Cup loss against Bamberg. After losing three of four games, Bonn have beaten EWE Baskets Oldenburg and ratiopharm ulm two legitimate title contenders within a span of seven days, showing their potential.
Employee of the week: VP Rauch leaves Bayern
1352806270/img_Foto.JPGThe Bayern Munich project has now lost its father and leader within seven weeks as long-time vice president Bernd Rauch will not be standing for re-election this week at Bayerns general members meeting. Munich gave Rauch, who was the leading force in convincing Bayern president Uli Hoeness to start up the basketball project three off-seasons ago, a going-away victory in beating TBB Trier 72-66. Entrepreneur Rudolf Schels is Rauchs designated successor to lead the basketball department in the club. Bayern unceremoniously fired head coach Dirk Bauermann six days before the season started handing the reins to Yannis Christopoulos, who has guided the team to a 5-3 record thus far. But Bayern face a tough next four weeks of at Bamberg, vs Braunschweig, at Berlin and vs Bonn.
Stats central: Bamberg still force at home, on defense
Brose Baskets may be just staying alive in the Euroleague, but they are still taking care of business in the Beko BBL. Chris Flemings team, who are 2-3 in the Euroleague, are the only undefeated team in the Beko BBL at home (3-0). And Bamberg is doing it defensively as well, allowing just 68.3 points per game second best in the league behind only Oldenburg (66.4). While Ulm may be leading the league and the only unbeaten team on the road (4-0) last seasons runners-up are not getting the job done on defense, allowing 84.2 points a game third worst to only Hagen (84.6) and Giessen (88.3). Sure, Ulm have played three overtime games already, but no one will confuse Ulms play with a smothering defense.
No-Nonsense Move of the Week: Ulm extend deal with Leibenath
Without wanting to sound too Ulm-centric this week, ratiopharm ulm made a great move in locking up young, ambitious head coach Thorsten Leibenath for two more years, extending his expiring deal until 2015. Leibenath joined Ulm last season and guided the team to the Beko BBL finals and the semi-finals of the Top Four losing both times to Bamberg. That effort earned the 37-year-old Leverkusen native the 2012 Beko BBL Coach of the Year award.
Statline of the week: Outstanding Prowell not enough for Giessen
After winning their first game of the season, LTi GIESSEN 46ers have gone on a seven-game losing streak. LaQuan Prowell did all he could to stop that streak against Artland Dragons but his 21 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal and 1 block were not enough. But that was enough for the statline of the week. Still, Prowell would rather have gotten the victory for last-place
Young Guns: Bamberg blowout gets youngsters PT
Bambergs 89-59 blow-out of Ludwigsburg meant a series of young Germans got some playing time other than Bambergs 22-year-old Maik Zirbes, who had 17 points:
Neumann played a season-high 16 minutes with 8 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal and 2 blocks. He has averaged 7.0 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in 14 minutes over the last three games.
Richter got on the court for 4 minutes and picked up 1 rebound but missed both of his shots.
Rockmann played 5 minutes and made 1 of 2 free throws with a turnover and 2 personal fouls.
The German U20 international earned 12 minutes of action and collected 5 points along with 1 rebound and 1 assist.
In his second appearance of the season, Hadzovic had three points in less than 3 minutes of action.
Meat and potatoes
Despite the loss to Bonn, ratiopharm ulm remain atop the Beko BBL standings with a 7-2 record followed by three time reigning champions Brose Baskets Bamberg at 6-1 and then EWE Baskets Oldenburg at 6-3. Mitteldeutscher BC are still 17th at 2-7 and LTi GIESSEN 46ers last at 1-7 record. Bamberg star Bostjan Nachbar is still the Beko BBLs top scorer with 18.6 points per game. Reigning MVP John Bryant of Ulm continues to dominate the league in rebounding (11.7) and efficiency rating (25.3) while Bonn playmaker Jared Jordans 10 assists against Ulm raised his average to 7.6 per game. Hagens Dino Gregory is the top shot blocker (2.3) and Wayne Bernard of Ludwigsburg leads the league in steals (2.1).