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Stefan Koch new Würzburg coach / Bamberg make changes in the low post / German center Dirk...

Stefan Koch new Würzburg coach / Bamberg make changes in the low post / German center Dirk...

s.Oliver Baskets named Stefan Koch as new coach in Würzburg; Brose Baskets make moves at low post positions; and MBC thrill Leipzig crowd.

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:

Stefan Koch named Würzburg coach

With the club still trying to clarify its financial issues, s.Oliver Baskets made a decision on who will be the leader on the sidelines as they brought in Stefan Koch as new head coach. The 49-year-old Koch replaces the fired Marcel Schröder and the new man in charge said he will keep interim coach Michael Meeks as his assistant. Koch, coach of the year in 2000 and 2005 in Germany, coached the three previous seasons at Artland Dragons after previously coaching in Osnabrück, Oberelchingen, Frankfurt, Karlsruhe and Gießen. Koch signed a deal until the end of the season. Coach Koch’s team saw first-hand the effort needed to be a winner – with Koch’s former Artland player Bryce Taylor going all out for Bayern:

Boone returns, Crosariol extended, Vechta sign All-Star

Koch’s job will be a bit easier now that Jason Boone is back in the mix for Würzburg after missing the previous four weeks injured. The center returned for Würzburg in their loss against Bayern Munich, collecting six points, three rebounds, two assists and one block in 23 minutes of action. EWE Baskets Oldenburg, for their part, announced that they will keep Italian big man Andrea Crosariol – the Beko BBL’s leading shot-blocker – until January 31 as regular center Adam Chubb’s injury rehab will keep him out until likely the end of January. In addition, Oldenburg have been hit by an injury to Robin Smeulders. RASTA Vechta meanwhile added a former Beko BBL All-Star in Brandon Bowman until the end of the season. The power forward played for Telekom Baskets Bonn during the 2008-09 season. Check out his nice rejection in the finals versus league MVP Jason Gardner from Oldenburg:

Bamberg win again after low post moves

All of a sudden, they are back up near the top of the standings. Four-time reigning Beko BBL champions Brose Baskets struggled but knocked off TBB Trier at home 94-88 to pick up their sixth straight victory and improve to 8-2 – even in third place with Bonn. Coach Chris Fleming and the team also made some moves to solidify their problems in the low blocks. After Novica Velickovic made his season debut in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague, Bamberg released power forward Damir Markota. They also caved in and finally added a center as they brought in veteran big man D’or Fischer until the end of the season. The 32-year-old, who played for Oldenburg back in 2006-07 and reached the Euroleague Final Four with Real Madrid in 2011, gives Bamberg a Euroleage-experienced low post presence both offensively and defensively:

MBC give Leipzig fans a thriller

Well, you can’t blame Mitteldeutscher BC for not trying their best to promote the game. MBC won a last-second thriller 73-71 against New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig in front of 3,372 fans at the Leipzig Arena – about 40 kilometers from their usual home in Weißenfels. MBC are one of the smaller clubs in the Beko BBL – budget-wise and size of home gyms – and management was trying to drum up more support in the region. The basketball players also practiced with the Leipzig football team, which plays in the third division in Germany. MBC will play at the Leipzig Arena again on January 25 against Bayern Munich. Here the highlights of Michael Cuffee’s game-winner – and Isaiah Swann’s miss just before the buzzer:

Hertha Berlin football coach watches ALBA BERLIN

Speaking of football, there have been plenty of football stars showing up at Bayern Munich home games, but the first prominent football individuals have been sighted at a home game for ALBA BERLIN. Hertha Berlin coach Jos Luhukay was at Berlin’s Eurocup game against Bonn at the o2 World, snacking on popcorn in the second round alongside his assistant coach Markus Gellhaus and keeper coach Richy Golz. “I am at a basketball game for the first time, my coaching colleagues asked if I wanted to come,” said the Dutchman in Berlin media. “Everything goes so quick. They really play with an unbelievable tempo. The players’ quickness impresses me,” said Luhukay. Here another reason for Luhukay to show up at more games – Sead Sehovic from Berlin’s last opponent Bayreuth beats the buzzer:

Ludwigsburg’s Tomaszek scares off burglar, goes back to steaks

This story is too good not to share: Robert Tomaszek had returned home from practice with MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg at 11:30 p.m. and just wanted to relax, have a couple of steaks and Skype with his girlfriend back in Poland. “I saw the apartment door open, first a crack, then about halfway. Then I saw the shadow, someone was staring into my apartment,” he told BILD. But it was the burglar who was frightened by the 2.05 meter, 120 kilo Tomaszek. “I guess he didn’t expect a bear of a man. I just laughed and he fled …” Tomaszek jumped up and heard that the door to the house shut but admitted: “I was too tired to chase after him.” Instead he went back to his steaks and reported the incident to the police the next morning. In his home country Poland it is already well known that it is hard to get Tomaszek off balance:

Kleber watch

Thanks Maxi, after seeing you struggle live against Oldenburg, you start against Bayern and collect 16 points, five rebounds, three assists and one block while hitting 4-of-7 three-pointers. Another big game for the 21-year-old, but also another loss for his team:

Player of the Week

Dirk Mädrich takes Player of the Week honors this week despite RASTA Vechta losing at Oldenburg. The German big man collected 27 points on 10-of-15 shooting – including 5-of-6 from long range – as well as six rebounds and one assist for a 28 efficiency ranking. So far the German big man scored 20 or more points in four of his ten Beko BBL games. Here are some of his Highlights versus Oldenburg:

Young Guns

Bogdan Radosavljevic, 20, C WALTER Tigers Tübingen

Bogdan strikes again! After scoring 10 points against Munich last week, the Tübingen big man made all four of his shots from the field and went 4-of-6 from the free throw line in scoring 12 points in 20 minutes. Sure he did turn the ball over six times, but Bogdan committed “just” three fouls after fouling out in 9:22 minutes against Munich.

Johannes Voigtmann, 21, C, FRAPORT SKYLINERS

Yeah, yeah, I know, he’s back again. But how can you not be following Voigtmann right now? The 21-year-old collected eight points, 10 rebounds, one assist and one steal. Need a downer on him? Okay, he made just three of 10 shots. Still, keep it up JoVo.

Maximilian Ugrai, 18, PF, s.Oliver Baskets Würzburg

The other Maxi in Würzburg received a lot of press this week for making his Beko BBL debut against Bayern Munich. Guess those people forgot to look back at October 13 against Skyliners when he played 49 seconds. Still, it’s great to see Ugrai get another appearance, missing his only shot and grabbing one rebound in 2:13 minutes.

Basketball Insiders by SportEagle.tv

This week we introduce a new segment, looking a bit deeper at some of the best players in the Beko BBL – called Basketball Insiders by Salman Mitha of SportEagle.tv. This week they talk to the Beko BBL’s leading scorer David Bell of Phoenix Hagen (and here you find all of their video stuff).

Meat and Potatoes

Bayern Munich are still atop the Beko BBL at 9-1 followed by Oldenburg at 8-1 and then Bamberg and Bonn at 8-2. Würzburg are still in last place with a 1-9 record while WALTER Tigers Tübingen are 17th at 2-8. The Beko BBL scoring race continues to go back and forth as Phoenix Hagen’s David Bell leads the league with 18.3 ppg, following by Bonn’s Benas Veikalas (18.1), Andrew Rautins from Frankfurt (17.9) and Bremerhaven’s Darius Adams (17.7). Hagen’s Larry Gordon remains the rebounding leader at 8.1 rpg. Bonn’s Jared Jordan still leads the assist race at 7.7 apg with Tübingen’s Branislav Ratkovica second at 6.3 apg. Gordon is also the leader in efficiency ranking at 18.7, ahead of Veikalas’ 17.1 per game. Last, but not least – this week’s Top Ten:

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