Rautins lighting it up, Bayern rolling
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:
Bayern making quick work of Beko BBL
After getting past a tough first week with two wins, Bayern Munich showed they are ready to dominate the Beko BBL. Svetislav Pesic’s men shot 57 percent for the game in notching their second straight road victory, 95-71 at MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg. Six players scored in double figures for Munich. The Reds followed that up with an impressive 103-70 win at home against medi bayreuth as once again six players scored in double digits for Bayern. Munich held Bayreuth to just 36 percent from the field and nailed 10 of 15 (67 percent) from long range in improving to 4-0.
Check out John Bryant and Robin Benzing going at it in Horse!
Bamberg drop second game of early season
Things have been less positive for Brose Baskets. The reigning champions from Bamberg were clearly too much for WALTER Tigers Tübingen, holding them to 39 percent shooting and forcing 23 turnovers in an 85-62 home win. The new guard duo of Jamar Smith and Zack Wright did a good job in combining for 37 points, six assists, two blocks and just one turnover against Tübingen. It was a different story at Artland Dragons where Bamberg lost 71-68. Smith struggled with just five points, three assists and three turnovers against Artland in dropping to 2-2 on the early season. Thanks to 14 points from Brandon Thomas and 12 from Chad Topper, Artland improved to 3-1 with impressive wins over ALBA BERLIN and Bamberg.
Ulm win and lose close games
Check the pulses of ratiopharm ulm fans. It was quite a week for them – the high of winning a last-second thriller at s.Oliver Baskets in Würzburg but then the low of falling in the waning seconds at home to Telekom Baskets Bonn. Ulm happily watched Ricky Harris’ potential game-winner go long for an 81-80 road victory. Against Bonn, Ulm had the ball down one point with nine seconds left but Bonn’s playmaker stole Per Günther’s in-bounds pass and dished to Ryan Brooks for a dunk and then Cameron Long’s three-pointer at the buzzer went off the front of the rim for a 77-74 Bonn victory. Ulm dropped to 2-2 while Bonn improved to 3-1.
Here are the highlights of Ulm’s win – including a monster dunk by Würzburg’s Chris McNaughton:
And feel the heartbreak late for Ulm fans against Bonn:
Beko BBL take on Europe in Euroleague, Eurocup
The Beko BBL clubs start their European adventure this week. Bamberg tip off their Euroleague season at home against French side Strasbourg on October 16, while Bayern travel to Polish champions Stelmet Zielona Gora on October 19. In Eurocup action on Tuesday October 15, Alba Berlin travel to Bonn in an all-German showdown in Group D. On October 16 in the Eurocup, Artland open at Italian side FoxTown Cantu while Oldenburg welcome Italian club Dinamo Banco di Sardegna and Ulm play host to Asvel Villeurbanne.
Skyliners lose ‘Tez’, Vechta add Esterkamp
FRAPORT SKYLINERS’ impressive two wins this week (more later) were overshadowed when leader Quantez Robertson went down with a broken fibula in the first quarter of Frankfurt’s 88-72 win over Eisbären Bremerhaven. ‘Tez’ is expected to miss three months after already undergoing surgery. RASTA Vechta meanwhile made a big addition to their team in bringing in veteran Steve Esterkamp (picture below), who played the last two seasons with Ulm and replaces the injured A.J. Rudowitz. Another early season move is Eisbären Bremerhaven bringing back wing player Anthony Smith until the end of the calendar year. Smith played with Bremerhaven during the 2011-12 season
Player of the Week(s!!!)
Usually a week with two game days has two players with top performances. But this week, double honors go to Andrew Rautins of the Skyliners. In game day three against Bremerhaven, the Canadian star drained eight three-pointers in scoring 32 points to go along with five assists, three rebounds and two steals for an efficiency of 34. Then Rautins led Frankfurt to a come-from-behind win over Würzburg with 28 points on five three-pointers, five rebounds, five assists and one steal for a rating of 27.
Here are highlights of Rautins’ hot-shooting vs Bremerhaven:
Young Guns going wild
Bazoumana Kone, 19, SG, Eisbären Bremerhaven
Kone got another chance to earn playing time against Frankfurt with two points, two assists and one rebound in 11 minutes. The 19-year-old only had 53 seconds against Braunschweig and picked up one turnover and a foul.
Danilo Barthel, 21, PF, FRAPORT SKYLINERS
Barthel is showing he’s worthy of a leadership role with 12 points, three assists, one rebound and one steal against Bremerhaven and followed that up with 16 points, five rebounds and one block against s.Oliver Baskets Würzburg.
Johannes Voigtmann, 21, C FRAPORT SKYLINERS
Not wanting to sound too Frankfurt-centric but Voigtmann is another youngster shining with the Skyliners as he collected nine points, three rebounds and one assist against Bremerhaven and then had four points, two rebounds and two assists against Würzburg.
Watch Barthel and Voigtmann show that White Kids Can Jump:
Video of the Week
Okay, it might be tough to understand if you don’t speak German, but here is a fantastic look back at Germany’s amazing run to the 1993 European Championship title from sports journalist Andreas Egertz. Lots and lots of highlights of the tournament. Enjoy!
Meat and Potatoes
The Beko BBL has three undefeated teams as Bayern Munich are 4-0 while Oldenburg and Phoenix Hagen are both 3-0. Würzburg and Bremerhaven both share last place with 0-4 records. David Bell leads the league in scoring with 21.7 points while the much-mentioned Rautins is second with 21 ppg. The leading rebounder of the league thus far is Johannes Lischka at 9.5 rpg while Larry Gordon from Hagen has 9.3 rpg. Kevin Hamilton from medi bayreuth is still challenging two-time assist king Jared Jordan of Bonn for the assist crown – both of them have 7.0 apg. Can Hamilton keep it up all season? Ronnie Burrell of Bayreuth has the highest efficiency rating at 21.25 while Demond Carter is averaging 19.75 per game.