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Weekly News 27: Dirk and Dallas beat Alba, Ulm work overtime, Bamberg keep Fleming until 2016

Weekly News 27: Dirk and Dallas beat Alba, Ulm work overtime, Bamberg keep Fleming until 2016

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: Dirk and Dallas beat Alba, Ulm work overtime again, Bamberg keep Fleming until 2016
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 Wednesday 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).

The Alpha Males: ALBA welcome back Dirk, Dallas edge Berlin

Germany’s biggest star Dirk Nowitzki made a triumphant return to Deutschland with his Dallas Mavericks, who beat ALBA BERLIN 89-84 in a tough battle. While Nowitzki struggled at the O2 World with just 8 points, fellow German national team star Chris Kaman collected 14 points and 6 rebounds to lead Dallas. Deon Thompson did his best to get ALBA the win but his 20 points were not enough as part of the NBA Europe Live tour.

Game of the Week: Bamberg pull away late against Oldenburg

Dallas was not the only game in town as the 2012-13 Beko BBL season tipped off with three-time reigning champions Brose Baskets beating Eisbären Bremerhaven 85-68 and EWE Baskets Oldenburg 75-68 to move to 2-0. The Oldenburg-Bamberg showdown lived up to its billing until the fourth quarter. Oldenburg, who beat Bayern Munich in Munich in their season opener, were ahead 64-59 with eight minutes to play before Bamberg went on a 14-0 run over six minutes to grab a 73-64 lead. Bamberg’s top acquisition Bostjan Nachbar has already shown why he was a former NBA star with 8 three-pointers in two games to average 18 points and 5 rebounds. And Bamberg’s new center Maik Zirbes has averaged 17.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks.

The Thriller: Ulm working overtime – again

ratiopharm ulm must like extra work as they played their third straight overtime game. But Thorsten Leibenath’s men haven’t had the success they would like. After a thrilling 102-98 OT loss to Brose Baskets in the Champions Cup, Ulm watched Casey Mitchell nail a three-pointer at the buzzer to force overtime before Philipp Schwethelm made two free throws with two seconds left to give Ulm a 92-91 season-opening win at New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig.

Then in their home opener against Neckar RIESEN Ludwigsburg, Ulm again watched as Lucca Staiger drained a three-pointer at the buzzer to force another five minutes of basketball. The 2012 runners-up Ulm were gassed and gave up 18 points in the extra session to lose 91-84 to Ludwigsburg.

Statline of the Week: Giessen and Frankfurt lack bench

The season may be just two games old, but it’s pretty clear that LTi GIESSEN 46ers and FRAPORT SKYLINERS are both lacking quality reserves. New Giessen coach Mathias Fischer has given his starters 80.1 percent of the available minutes thus far. And Skyliners coach Muli Katzurin is not much behind him as he has called on his starters to play 77.9 percent of the minutes.

The Young Guns: D&D: Daniel Theis and Dennis Schröder showing stuff early

Two of Germany’s top young talents are showing there are not just talents, but able producers.

The 20-year-old Theis put up two double-doubles (18 pts & 10 rebs v Braunschweig and 10 & 12 v Ludwigsburg) as he gets big minutes early in the season.

The 19-year-old Schröder is averaging 12.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists after two games.

The 23-year-old Seiferth is doing an excellent job filling the shoes of Maik Zirbes, leading the team in scoring with 14 points per game as well as 5.5 rebounds.

Employee of the Week: Brose Baskets GM Wolfgang Heyder

After watching the reigning Euroleague champions Olympiacos come sniffing around his head coach Chris Fleming this off-season, Bamberg boss Wolfgang Heyder locked up Fleming and his assistants Arne Woltmann and Stefan Weissenböck with contract extensions until 2016. “I believe the club has a big future. We like being here and have a lot ahead of us. We are looking forward to the coming years,” said Fleming. It looks like Bamberg will be a title contender for well into the future.

Meat and potatoes

Neckar RIESEN Ludwigsburg fans are loving the Beko BBL standings after two game days as their team is in first place ahead of Brose Baskets and BBC Bayreuth – the only three teams at 2-0. Reigning MVP John Bryant of ratiopharm ulm leads the league in scoring, rebounds, blocks and efficiency rating while Jared Jordan from Telekom Baskets Bonn is top in assists.
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