Lischka has tumor in head removed, Bayern finally lose, Schröder fired
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:
Berlin hand Bayern first loss
Just when many considered Bayern Munich invincible, ALBA BERLIN handed the Beko BBL leaders their first league loss of the season with a 94-74 victory at home. Vojdan Stojanovski poured in 21 points and Clifford Hammonds collected 20 points and four assists as Berlin jumped to 4-2 this season and seventh place. Bayern saw their seven-game winning streak to start the season snapped and dropped to 7-1 despite Malcolm Delaney picking up 19 points and Nihad Djedovic adding 14 points.
Bremerhaven finally win game, Adams scores 28
While Bayern Munich suffered their first defeat, Eisbären Bremerhaven finally picked up their first victory of the season, winning at Phoenix Hagen 93-89. Darius Adams torched Hagen with 28 points and five assists and Derrick Allen added 19 points and seven rebounds as Bremerhaven remained in last place but improved to 1-7. Larry Gordon had 25 points and nine rebounds in a losing effort for Hagen, who dropped to 3-4 on the season.
Würzburg fire coach Schöder, receives time to work out financial problems
Management at s.Oliver Baskets Würzburg had seen enough of the team’s losing and fired head coach Marcel Schröder after Würzburg’s 90-77 loss at medi bayreuth. The defeat dropped Würzburg to 1-7 on the season with the only win coming two weekends ago over previously winless Bremerhaven. Schröder’s assistant coach Michael Meeks will take over the team on an interim basis until the club decides who the head coach will be. The 34-year-old Schröder was Würzburg’s head coach from 2009 to 2011 and again for the 2012-13 season, serving as John Patrick’s assistant during the 2011-12 season. The coaching situation is just one problem for Würzburg, who are also working feverishly to figure out their financial situation. The Beko BBL has given the club until November 29 to hand in more paperwork as to how they plan on cutting 835,000 euros in debt. The club could face sanctions including a fine, point deduction or the revocation of its license.
Weekly News is clearly a Maxi Kleber homer. And we’ve decided to have a weekly update on how the often-injured, highly-talented power forward is doing for Würzburg this season. The 21-year-old collected a team-high 16 points against Bayreuth on 5-of-13 shooting while also grabbing two rebounds. Just for your information, there will be NBA scouts at Würzburg’s game this weekend against EWE Baskets Oldenburg. And as you can see, Maxi is already preparing himself for that game really hard in the weight room:
Johannes Voigtmann, 21, C, FRAPORT SKYLINERS
Without wanting to sound like a broken record … Voigtmann continues to excel with the Skyliners, collecting 10 points, five rebounds, two assists and two blocks against Bonn.
Jonathan Maier, 20, PF, ratiopharm ulm
Figured a new name is always good and this time it’s the 20-year-old Maier who made his season debut for Ulm and picked up two points and one rebound against Ludwigsburg. The power forward actually played two Beko BBL games for Ludwigsburg in the 2011-12 season.
Daniel Theis, 21, PF, ratiopharm ulm
Theis made this list a number of times last season but the 21-year-old is slowly starting to round into form this season. Against Ludwigsburg, he played a season-high 22 minutes, shooting 4-of-5 from the field and 4-of-6 from the free throw line for 12 points to go with three rebounds, three assists and three blocks.
Lischka has tumor
The German basketball world received some scary news as German national team forward Johannes Lischka has been diagnosed with a 2 cm tumor in his head. The WALTER Tigers Tübingen forward had successful surgery on Monday. The 26-year-old did not know when he can return to the basketball court. “I’ll get through this,” Lischka said on the club’s website. Lischka has performed very well this season averaging 9.3 points and 7.7 rebounds in his first seven games. You can send him some encouraging words via his facebook account. And here are some high lights from last season, when he beat Bayern almost on his own:
Ulm’s Gausa suffers torn knee ligament, out rest of season
ratiopharm ulm youngster Kay Gausa suffered a torn knee ligament and will miss the remainder of the season. The 21-year-old forward went down with the injury in training last week with the ProB team Weißenhorn Youngstars. Gausa, who played nine games last season for Ulm, had become a part of the rotation for Thorsten Leibenath’s Beko BBL team. In three games, Gausa averaged 4.3 points, 2.0 assists and 1.3 rebounds in 7:43 minutes over three games. He also averaged 14.8 points and 5.2 rebounds with the ProB team.
Stats Corner: Schwarz lights it up for MBC in win
Malte Schwarz nailed a career-high seven three-pointers – including one to force overtime – to help Mitteldeutscher BC knock off RASTA Vechta 87-84 in overtime. Schwarz made seven of his nine three-point attempts in scoring a career-high 21 points. The biggest triple came with five seconds left in regulation to send the game into an extra session and giving him the first spot in this week’s Top Ten:
Günther accepts Pascal Roller Award
Ulm point guard Per Günther this week received his trophy for the 2012-13 season Pascal Roller Award at his team’s home game against Ludwigsburg. The former German international Roller handed over the hardware to the two-time award winner Günther before the game. The award is given to the fans’ favorite player in the league.
Player of the Week
Reggie Redding played a great game in helping Berlin beat Bayern as he collected 17 points on 8-of-13 shooting, eight rebounds, five assists and one steal for an efficiency ranking of 26. Here are two of his points after a great backdoor feed from big man Levon Kendall:
Meat and Potatoes
Despite suffering their first loss of the season, Bayern Munich remained atop the Beko BBL standings at 7-1, which is the same record as Artland Dragons and Telekom Baskets Bonn while Oldenburg are 6-1. Bremerhaven are still last in the league at 1-7 but pulled even with 17th placed Würzburg. Bonn’s Benas Veikalas jumped one position in the scoring race with 18.0 ppg while Bremerhaven’s Darius Adams is second with 17.88 ppg. The leading rebounder is Hagen’s Larry Gordong with 8.43 rpg, ahead of Tübingen’s Johannes Lischka’s 7.71 rpg. Bonn’s Jared Jordan leads the league in assists with 7.62 apg with Vechta’s Richard Williams second with 6.88 apg. Gordon also leads the league in efficiency with 18.43 per game followed by Williams ate 18.12 per game.