Game winner for Djedovic and Schröder
In this section, we break out our English language skills and inform you about the latest news from the German Beko Basketball Bundesliga. 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 week David Hein (www.heinnews.com) brings you up-to-date in German basketball – the Beko BBL short and sweet:
Djedovic daggers give Bayern win over Bamberg
The highlight of the early season lived up to its billing as Bayern Munich knocked off four-time reigning champions Brose Baskets Bamberg 84-74 at home in the showdown of the two Beko BBL powerhouses. The second game day’s top game saw Bayern have their way with Bamberg early, leading by 17 points midway through the second quarter and still 40-24 with less than four minutes in the first half. Bamberg began to play tougher defense and got back into the game, actually taking the lead 72-69 on Rakim Sanders’ three-pointer with four minutes to play. Bayern proved more efficient – or perhaps lucky – down the stretch as Nihad Djedovic nailed a triple for a 76-73 Munich lead with 1:22 left. Djedovic then had a prayer answered with 50 seconds as his long three-pointer with the shot clock winding down banked off the glass and in for a 79-74 lead – check below for yourself in the Top Ten. A turnover by Anton Gavel and a missed three by Sanders handed Bayern the win – and a 2-0 record to start the season.
Thrillers for Artland and MBC
The second game day also saw two thrillers. In Quakenbrück, ALBA BERLIN led by seven points with 110 seconds left and all looked okay. But hosts Artland Dragons went on an 8-0 run for a 67-66 win at home with Anthony King putting back an offensive rebound with two seconds left for the win – did you see King’s game-winning putback in the Top Ten! Artland are 2-0 along with three other teams – Phoenix Hagen, wild card recipients MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg and New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig. In Weißenfels, guests s.Oliver Baskets Würzburg trailed Mitteldeutscher BC by two points with six seconds left with Würzburg’s Jason Boone at the free throw line. The center missed both foul shots and then the offensive rebound tip-in with three seconds left before Hrvoje Kovacevic raced away for a layup at the buzzer for an 86-82 win.
After Swann song, Ulm defense wakes up at home
Ulm coach Thorsten Leibenath could not have been happy after his team’s season opening loss on the road, losing 94-85 at Braunschweig. Phantoms star Isaiah Swann burned his former team Ulm for 20 points, four assists and two steals. Braunschweig’s point total was the highest in the first two game days and Ulm point guard Per Günther put it bluntly: “If we give up 94 points on the road, we’re not going to win many games.” The Ulm defense woke up with an 87-47 win at home, holding Eisbären Bremerhaven to 35 percent shooting and forcing 25 turnovers. The 47 points allowed were the lowest total by far of the young season.
Vechta victorious in Beko BBL premiere – other Game Day One highlights
The highlight of the opening game day of the Beko BBL may have been debutants RASTA Vechta winning their league premiere, securing an 87-84 road victory over TBB Trier. Dirk Mädrich and Dylan Talley each scored 16 points and Richard Williams collected 14 points, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals for Vechta. Among the other highlights on Game Day One was an up-and-down affair for Bayern in Bonn. Telekom Baskets trailed 34-21 midway through the second quarter but turned the game around and led 66-53 with three minutes left in the third quarter. Munich fought back and secured an 87-82 win in Bonn.
Player(s) of the Week
Top honors of Game Day One go to Ludwigsburg’s Gregory Echenique, who was just about perfect against Bremerhaven in collecting an efficiency rating of 32 thanks to 22 points on 9 of 9 shooting from the field, 4 of 4 free throws, seven rebounds, two blocks, one steal, zero turnovers and one personal foul.
Game Day Two’s top man was MBC Hrvoje Kovacevic, who had 22 points on 9 of 14 shooting to go with 13 rebounds and three assists for an efficiency of 30 against Würzburg.
Bogdan Radosavljevic, 20, C, WALTER Tigers Tübingen
In his first game after leaving Bayern, Radosavljevic was Tübingen’s leading scorer with 16 points in 20 minutes to go with three rebounds, one assist and one steal. Game two against Bonn wasn’t as good for Radosavljevic, who had just one point and four fouls in nine minutes.
Ole Wendt, 21, PG, Phoenix Hagen
Wendt opened the season with seven points, five rebounds and two assists against Würzburg and then followed it up with six points, five assists, two rebounds and one steal against Bayreuth.
Bazoumana Kone, 19, SG, Eisbären Bremerhaven
After not playing in the season opener against Ludwigsburg, Kone collected two points, two rebounds, two assists and one steal in 18 minutes in Bremerhaven’s bitter loss at Ulm.
Video of the Week
This is not just a video recap of the game between Braunschweig and Trier, this is bball art – thumbs up for the guys from Moodmood (who also provided us with the picture above of Dennis Schröder, by the way):
Meat and Potatoes
Ronnie Burrell from Bayreuth is the early leader in the scoring race with 20 ppg while David Bell from Hagen is averaging 19.5 points a game. Hagen big man Keith Ramsey leads the Beko BBL in rebounding with 10 rpg while Kevin Hamilton from Bayreuth and Tübingen’s Johannes Lischka both are averaging 9.0 rpg. The current assist leader is Würzburg’s Demond Carter with 8.5 per game while Per Günther and Hamilton both have dished 7.0 apg and two-time reigning assist king Jared Jordan has 12 assists through two games. The efficiency leaders thus far are Burrell and Stockton at 20.5 each.
Germans in the NBA:
Okay, it was just a preseason game for Dennis Schröder, but a game winner is a game winner is a game winner: