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Rookie Kevin Bright goes wild / First loss for Oldenburg / Comebacks aplenty

Rookie Kevin Bright goes wild / First loss for Oldenburg / Comebacks aplenty

EWE Baskets Oldenburg were handed their first loss; Ludwigsburg and Bamberg manage major comebacks; Kleber finally returns to the court; Nowitzki vs Schröder to tip off NBA season

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:

And then there was one – Oldenburg suffer first loss

EWE Baskets Oldenburg were taken down from the ranks of the undefeated teams in the Beko BBL – leaving only 6-0 Bayern Munich – in losing 86-75 at home to Telekom Baskets Bonn. Benas Veikalas scored 21 points and Jared Jordan had 15 points, six rebounds and five assists for Bonn, who jumped to second place with a 5-1 record and five straight victories since losing at home to Bayern. Oldenburg were paced by Dru Joyce’s 20 but dropped to 4-1 in fourth place.

What a Comeback Part I

Six months after FRAPORT SKYLINERS beat MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg on last season’s final game day to send Ludwigsburg to relegation, the wild card recipients raced back from a 14-point fourth quarter deficit to win 90-78 in overtime. Jacob Burtschi gave Frankfurt a 66-52 lead with 6:58 remaining only to see the guests come back and take the lead 70-69. Dawan Robinson’s two free throws gave the Skyliners a 75-72 lead with 13 seconds to go but CJ Harris nailed a three-pointer with 6.9 seconds left to even the game. Shawn Huff drew an offensive foul on Robinson’s drive to the lane and the game went to overtime. Harris took over in the extra session, scoring 12 of his 26 points as Ludwigsburg out-scored the Skyliners 15-3 for the win, improving to 4-2. Frankfurt dropped to 2-4.

Thanks to the Frankfurt media team for providing the whole game in livestream. And if you only want to see the highlights of Ludwigsburg’s comeback, here you go:

What a Comeback Part II

Reigning champs Brose Baskets Bamberg looked to be in trouble at home against Franconia rivals medi bayreuth but came back with a huge final eight minutes for a 99-81 victory. Bayreuth led 77-68 on Ronnie Burrell’s basket with 7:46 minutes left in the game. Jamar Smith finally woke up Bamberg with a three-pointer to start a 14-0 run. After a Burrell basket, Anton Gavel drained a long ball to spark a 17-2 close as Bamberg won going away. Gavel scored 12 of his 16 points and Smith had seven of his 17 points in the final 31-4 Bamberg run, which included five three-pointers. Bamberg climbed to 4-2 with their first two-game winning streak of the season while Bayreuth dropped to 2-4.

What a Comeback Part III

It’s been a long time coming, but he’s baaaaccckkkk! Of course s.Oliver Baskets Würzburg fans will be disappointed about seeing their team lose 79-74 at Artland Dragons and dropping to 0-6 on the season. But there it is, Maximilian “Maxi” Kleber’s name is in the box score! Würzburg’s 21-year-old Wunderkind collected 11 points and eight rebounds in 24:13 minutes of action. The power forward, considered one of Europe’s best talents in his age group, was a little rusty as he hit just 4 of 12 shots. But that’s to be expected when you consider he hasn’t played a competitive game in Germany since May 15, 2012 – in Game Four of Würzburg’s quarter-final playoffs win over ALBA BERLIN. Welcome Back Maxi! It’s great to see you back on the court. And for you and the rest of German basketball, please stay healthy.

What a Comeback Part IV?

Will there be a comeback? That’s the big question in Bonn. The magenta magic has produced a 5-1 record thus far, thanks large part to Donatas Zavackas. Despite being a late arrival in Bonn, the Lithuanian power forward has averaged 10.5 points and 3.5 rebounds in Bonn’s hot start. So, what’s this about a comeback? Well, of course, Zavackas’ future with Telekom Baskets depends on what happens with Tony Gaffney. The American power forward is currently with the Memphis Grizzlies, hoping to make the NBA team. Bonn let Gaffney go to the training camp and said he would have a spot if he doesn’t make the Grizzlies. In the meantime, Bonn signed Zavackas. Gaffney played in seven pre-season games, averaging 2.0 points and 2.9 rebounds in nearly 11 minutes of action. He did not, however, play in Memphis’ final pre-season game against Houston and was cut shortly afterwards. Bonn sports manager Michael Wichterich refused to say if he expects Gaffney to return or not, but he did reaffirm Bonn would not keep both power forwards. “There is no scenario in which we keep both players,” Wichterich said. “We will wait for the decision and can live very well with it one way or the other.”

Beko BBL ALLSTAR Day returns to Bonn on Jan. 18, 2014

Beko BBL fans mark down January 18, 2014 in your calendar as the Beko BBL ALLSTAR Day returns to Bonn. Tickets are already available for the ALLSTAR Game, Dunk Contest, Three-Point Contest and NBBL ALLSTAR Game. Here are the high lights from this year:

Radosevic out at least 5 weeks, Sehovic comes for Bailey

ALBA BERLIN’s low post game took a big hit when starting center Leon Radosevic went down with torn ligaments in his left ankle during Berlin’s Eurocup game against Zaragoza. The 23-year-old Croatian is expected to five to six weeks. Berlin head coach Sasa Obradovic has called for management to bring in a new big man while general manager Marco Baldi has yet to decide, saying in the Morgenpost: “Six weeks is really a bad time frame. The new guy is barely there and then he’s gone again.” medi bayreuth meanwhile reacted to an injury and brought on Montenegro national team player Sead Sehovic until the end of the calendar year. The 24-year-old Sehovic, who played for Oldenburg and coach Predrag Krunic during the 2011-12 season, was needed after it was clear that Bayreuth guard Bryan Bailey will miss the next few weeks with a shoulder injury.

NBA Germany: Dirk faces Dennis, Ohlbrecht looks for new team

German hoops fans can thank the NBA schedule makers as they get a treat to start off the 2013-14 season. Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks host the Atlanta Hawks and rookie Dennis Schröder Wednesday night. The first German to take the court this season will be Elias Harris, who teams up with Chris Kaman with the Los Angeles Lakers against the Los Angeles Clippers Tuesday night. The other German hoping to make the NBA this season, Tim Ohlbrecht, suffered a setback as he was released by the Philadelphia 76ers and is now looking for a new NBA team.

Player of the Week

David Holston played a big part in leading Artland Dragons to the 79-74 win over Würzburg, collecting 28 points, five assists, three steals and two rebounds for an efficiency rating of 28. Holston had 14 points and two steals in the third quarter alone.

Young Guns


The great season for Frankfurt’s young German players continued with Bright nailing six three-pointers in scoring 23 points to go along with three rebounds, two steals and one assist.

Ole Wendt, 21, PG, Phoenix Hagen

Another week, another Young Guns appearance by Wendt, who collected eight points, four rebounds and four assists without a turnover – though Hagen lost at home to Braunschweig.  

Johannes Richter, 19, C, FRAPORT SKYLINERS

Richter actually didn’t play this week – the talented center hasn’t appeared in the Beko BBL this season – but he did make news by moving from Brose Baskets Bamberg to the Skyliners. Frankfurt added yet another young German talent to their ever-growing stall. Richter signed on a four-year deal with Frankfurt and will predominantly play with Skyliners’s junior ProB side. Richter will be studying medicine on the side.

Meat and Potatoes

The only undefeated team left in the Beko BBL is Bayern Munich at 6-0. Bonn and Artland are both 5-1. Würzburg and Eisbären Bremerhaven are still winless at 0-6. Hagen’s David Bell is the league’s leading scorer at 18.8 ppg followed by Benas Veikalas (18.0 ppg). Hagen’s Larry Gordon remains the top rebounder with 9.2 boards per game, ahead of Johannes Lischka from Tübingen (8.67 rpg). Bonn’s Jared Jordan continues to top the assist category with 7.33 apg followed by Richard Williams from Vechta (7.00 apg). Williams dropped to second in efficiency at 19.00 per game as Sead Sehovic from Bayreuth came up with a ranking of 21.00 in his season debut. And last, but not least: this week’s top ten:

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