Weekly News: Alpha Males lose again / Bayern face injury concern / Bryant dominant again
In this section, we break out our English language skills and inform you about the latest news from the German Beko Basketball Bundesliga. This week: Bamberg lose another chink in armor, Bayern face sudden injury concern, relegated Giessen checking out kids.If youre short on time but still want your fill of Germanys top basketball league then you are in the right place. Every Tuesday David Hein (www.heinnews.com) brings you up-to-date in German basketball the Beko BBL short and sweet (for feedback and suggestions please email to Simon@Beko-BBL.de).
Bayerns sudden injury concerns with Roberts, Homan
Bayern Munich head into the Beko BBL TOP FOUR with serious injury concerns for their low post players. In their loss at TBB Trier, Munichs starting power forward Lawrence Roberts was hit in the face by Brian Harper on his dunk and suffered a broken cheek-bone, requiring surgery on Monday (check out the video below). Its unclear how long Roberts will be out. Center Jared Homan also went down in the loss against Trier with a left ankle injury. The center had just recovered from a right ankle injury. In addition, Chevon Troutman is battling vertebra issues and to top it all off, 19-year-old Bogdan Radosavljevic is expected to miss six weeks with a torn ligament.
Alpha Males: Bamberg lose sixth (!!!) straight game
Three-time defending champions Brose Baskets Bamberg are showing the effects of re-forming their team and the injury to point guard John Goldsberry as Bamberg lost at FRAPORT SKYLINERS 77-64 for their third straight defeat in the Beko BBL and sixth straight overall. Its Bambergs first three-game BBL losing streak since November 2009. Bamberg have not won since February 25 against Neckar RIESEN Ludwigsburg a stretch that also includes three Euroleague defeats. Brose Baskets coach Chris Fleming is still trying to figure out his rotation since the late additions of Matt Walsh and Alex Renfroe. Shortly after the Ludwigsburg victory, Fleming called out the Bamberg fans for not supporting young center Maik Zirbes and said his team is still far from being in post-season form.
We have to find the players who will go into battle with us, said Bamberg general manager Wolfgang Heyder after the Skyliners loss. Bamberg dropped to 21-5 and still have a two-game lead over EWE Baskets Oldenburg, who are 17-7 with two fewer games played. Bamberg still have a cushion, but certain home court advantage throughout the playoffs is no longer a certainly.
Giessen checking out their kids
With relegation already a certainty, LTi GIESSEN 46ers are using their final games of the season to see what kind of talent their young German players have. In Giessens home loss to Bonn, 23-year-old Dominik Spohr collected 6 points and 6 rebounds in 33 minutes of action the seventh straight game the small forward has played at least 19 minutes while averaging 8.6 points and 2.7 rebounds. Coach Mathias Fischer played 20-year-old point guard Jonas Weiser nearly 12 minutes (0 pts, 1 reb, 1 ast), the eighth time in the last 11 games that Weiser played more than 10 minutes. The 18-year-old power forward Adrian Didovic scored four points and grabbed one rebound in 2:39 minutes his third appearance in the last seven Giessen games. And 19-year-old center Dominic Turudic earned minutes for the fourth time in eight games.
Statline of the week: Bryant dominant again for Ulm
Reigning MVP John Bryant guided ratiopharm ulm to another victory as he shot 10 of 18 from the field and 2 of 3 from the free throw line to collect 23 points along with 11 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks. At the end Steve Esterkamp secured the victory versus Bremerhaven at the free throw line:
Young Guns: Wendt helps Hagen win again
The German playmaker Wendt helped Hagen beat ALBA BERLIN with 7 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and 2 turnovers in 13 minutes.
El Domiaty nailed three three-pointers in scoring a career high 11 points to go along with 1 rebound in 9:23 minutes of action against ratiopharm ulm. He hadnt played in the last eight games and totaled just 13 points in 29 minutes over eight games before that.
The small forward made his professional debut against Artland Dragons, picking up 2 points and 1 steal in 10 minutes of action.
Meat and potatoes
Bamberg remain atop the Beko BBL after three straight losses at 21-5. Bayern are second at 18-10 while Oldenburg have a chance to overtake Bamberg with a 17-7 record in third place, followed by Ulm (17-9) and Berlin (16-10). Despite beating Bamberg, Frankfurt still are 17th at 10-17 behind Ludwigsburg (10-17) on the tiebreaker. The scoring title is the only statistical race that will be interesting going down the stretch. Hagens Davin White is averaging 16.92 points per game, just ahead of Bryants 16.77 ppg average. White has scored four more points that Bryant through 26 games. Bryant has all but rapped up the rebounding title (10.4 rpg) and top efficiency ranking (21.7) while it would take a near miracle for Bayerns Tyrese Rice (4.9 apg) to catch Bonns Jared Jordan (8.0 apg) in assists. Last, but not least the topten moments from last weekend: