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Weekly News 29: The New German Wave, Batman in Quakenbrück and comeback in Berlin

Weekly News 29: The New German Wave, Batman in Quakenbrück and comeback in Berlin

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: Ulm come back against ALBA, basketball’s New German Wave, Novak leaves Skyliners for FIBA Europe, league office celebrates new home in Cologne and Sergio Kerusch is Batman.
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).

Game of the Week: Ulm reverse double-digit deficit, beat Alba in Berlin

ratiopharm ulm pulled their best ALBA BERLIN impression in coming back from a 15-point second half deficit to beat Sasa Obradovic and his team in Berlin 88-80. Berlin, who trailed by 11 points in the fourth but beat Elan Chalon in the Euroleague last week, led 60-45 with 4 minutes left in the third quarter. The lead was still 10 points after three quarters, but Ulm used a 22-6 run to take a 78-72 lead and grabbed the win. German international Philipp Schwethelm led the guests with 18 points and some remarkable three pointers down the stretch:

What!?!! of the Week: Kerusch being Batman

Sergio Kerusch of Artland Dragons raised more than a few eyebrows with his tweet on October 22: “I’m not saying I am Batman, I am just saying that no one has ever seen me and Batman in the same room”. True, but anyway: We are speechless!

Video of the Week: Where do we start with a selection like this?

Are you looking for highlights of the Beko BBL? Well, you don’t have to look far. Just check out Beko BBL TV for more than your share of highlights. Break it down the videos by club (Verein), content (Inhalt) or game day (Spieltag). Make sure you have time because you can watch for hours and hours and hours and …

Trend of the Week: Basketball’s New German Wave

Germany was hit by a new wave of German music in the early 1980s – coined the Neue Deutsche Welle. Basketball is currently experiencing its own version of a Neue Deutsche Welle. Thanks to the new 6+6 foreigner regulations, more and more German players are playing leading roles in Beko BBL clubs. And a number of teams are showing that they can win with German players. Need some evidence? Just look at the top five teams in the Beko BBL standings: Oldenburg (Dominik Bahiense de Mello, Konrad Wysocki), Ulm (Philipp Schwethelm, Per Günther, Daniel Theis), Bayreuth (Nicolai Simon, Simon Schmitz, Stefan Schmidt, Peter Zeis), Trier (Andreas Seiferth, Bastian Doreth) and Bamberg (Maik Zirbes, Karsten Tadda, Philipp Neumann).

There are also Bayern (Robin Benzing, Jan Jagla, Demond Greene, Steffen Hamann), Würzburg (Maurice Stuckey, Maxi Kleber, Alex King), Bremerhaven (Philip Zwiener, Jermain Raffington, Anthony Canty) and Bonn (Andrej Mangold, David McCray, Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann). Not to mention other players like Lucca Staiger (Ludwigsburg, 18 ppg in the first three games), Ole Wendt (Hagen), Giessen Andreas Büchert (Giessen), Dennis Schröder (Braunschweig) and Johannes Lischka (Tübingen) among others.

Ex-Employee of the Week: Kamil Novak leaves Skyliners for FIBA Europe

FRAPORT SKYLINERS’ tumultuous autumn continued as sports director Kamil Novak left the Frankfurt team to take over the vacant post as FIBA Europe general secretary. With lots of financial and arena questions unsolved, it’s a tough time for Novak to leave the club, where he arrived in 2002. Club boss Gunnar Wöbke said he doesn’t plan on finding a replacement at the moment but former long-time Skyliners captain Pascal Roller said the job would interest him. The Skyliners planning took a hit just before the season began when Joe Herber decided to retire from the game.

Party of the Week: Celebrating the new office

Everybody knows that the Beko BBL has constantly grown in the last couple of years. As a result, it was just a matter of time until a new home for the league office was needed. This week the Beko BBL finally invited friends and partners for their house warming party. A new office in the heart of Cologne, a lot of memories and a tough competition at the pop-a-shot basketball indoor machine - check out the pics:

Meat and potatoes

ratiopharmulm are atop the Beko BBL standings with a 4-1 record and better point differential than BBC Bayreuth (also 4-1). The last two placed teams are LTi GIESSEN 46ers and FRAPORT SKYLINERS with 1-4 records. Ryan Brooks of Giessen is leading the league in scoring (19,6 ppg) while reigning MVP John Bryant of ratiopharm ulm leads the league in rebounds (11,6), blocks (2,8)and efficiency rating(27,6). Last year’s assist king Jared Jordan again leads the league in assist (7,3) while Jacob Burtschi from Bremerhaven is tops in steals (2,3).
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