Weekly news: Bamberg sweep to four-peat; Oldenburg re-signs Kramer and top 20 dunks of the...
Bamberg sweep to four-peat, Gavel takes home MVP after champs beat Oldenburg
They did it again! Brose Baskets Bamberg defended their title and clinched the 2012-13 Beko BBL championship a fourth straight league crown. Bamberg prevailed after a total off-season roster overhaul and a season full of personnel worries and changes to sweep past EWE Baskets Oldenburg in the Beko BBL Finals, winning Game Three at home 91-88 in overtime. Bostjan Nachbar scored 20 points, Casey Jacobsen 15 and Maik Zirbes collected 14 points and seven rebounds, including a putback dunk just before the buzzer to force overtime. Chris Kramer had 16 points and 10 rebounds in the loss for Oldenburg, who could not come up with a big victory. In Game Two, Sharrod Ford came up with a huge block late and collected 15 points and 14 rebounds in Bambergs 63-61 win in Oldenburg. The title meant more celebrations in Freak City, with beer and champagne showers and plenty of beard cutting:
Anton Gavel was named MVP of the Finals. Another award for the combo guard after being voted as the defensive player of the year the last two seasons in the Beko BBL, winning three cups und four championships with Bamberg and be the top scorer of the eurobasket qualification last summer with 25,9 points per game for slovakia. Here are some of his best moments during (and after) the finals:
Statistic of the week: Seven
Sure it was a sweep for Bamberg but these Finals were full of excitement and drama. Bambergs three victories came by a combined total of seven points.
Statline(s) of the week: Ford leads to Game Two win, Kramer performance in Game Three not enough
Sharrod Ford came up with a huge showing in Game Two for the top statline of the game with 15 points, 10 rebounds, four blocks and one steal for an efficiency rating of 25. Chris Kramer matched that for Oldenburg in Game Three, but his 16 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and three steals were not enough.
Video of the week: Top 20 dunks of the regular season:
Cologne look to re-establish basketball with RheinStars Köln
While Bamberg and Oldenburg were playing out the Finals, Sport1 color commentator and 1993 European champion Stephan Baeck was working on a comeback in Cologne. He put together a fusion of Köln 99ers and MTV Köln 1850 and RheinStars Köln will begin play in the 2. Regionalliga fifth division with the goal of reaching the Bundesliga, including eventually playing in a new arena. Cologne do have a successful basketball history as BSC Saturn Köln won a number of titles in the 1980s and RheinEnergie Köln won the league crown in 2006 and the cup in 2004, 2005 and 2007. The Köln 99ers filed for bankruptcy in 2009 and were withdrawn from the Beko BBL.
Braunschweig name new coach another from Austrian league
New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig found their new coach as they named Raoul Korner as the successor to Kostas Flevarakis. The 39-year-old Austrian, who arrives from EiffelTowers Den Bosch, signed on until the end of the 2014-15 season with an option for an additional year. Korner was the Austrian Bundesliga Coach of the Year award twice during his time in the countrys top flight from 1999 to 2010, winning the league title in 2009 with WBC Wels. He also won the Dutch league title in 2012 season with EiffelTowers. Korner is the second head coach within two seasons to move into the Beko BBL after having coached in Austria following Mathias Fischer last season with Giessen who has since moved onto Telekom Baskets Bonn.
MBC take games to Leipzig, add and lose players
In an attempt to get more fans in the region interested in basketball and open new markets, Mitteldeutscher BC will play two of their Beko BBL home games next season in nearby Leipzig. MBCs home contests against Braunschweig in November 2013 and against Bayern Munich in January 2014 will be played at the Arena Leipzig, which holds 7,000 spectators. MBC also had personnel changes as they added Italian-American forward Angelo Caloiaro on a one-year contract, coming from Bulgarian first division side Rilski Sportist Samokov. In addition, Hördur Vilhjalmsson decided to exercise his option and leave MBC.
Ulm say goodbye to Esterkamp, Bremerhaven and Trier add big men
ratiopharm ulm will be losing their captain as the club decided against extending their contract with Steve Esterkamp. Ulm also refused to extend their deals with Lance Jeter and Femi Oladipo. Eisbären Bremerhaven meanwhile added a new big man as they signed American Devin Searcy on a one-year deal with the 23 year-old coming in from Russian Eurocup team Triumph Lyubertsy. Leaving Bremerhaven will be Alex Harris with the shooting guard finding a new home with WALTER Tigers Tübingen on a one-year contract. ALBA BERLIN added a hot commodity in a young German big man as they brought in Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann WoBo for short from Telekom Baskets Bonn. The 23-year-old center WoBo flashed star talent at times in Bonn and signed on a three-year deal in Berlin. TBB Trier meanwhile has added another German center in signing Stefan Schmidt from BBC Bayreuth for two years to team up with fellow 24-year-old big man Andreas Seiferth.
Lets stick around: Kramer re-signs with Oldenburg; Würzburg keep Stuckey
One day after Oldenburg lost to Bamberg in the Finals, the finalists re-signed guard Chris Kramer for one season and an option for another, joining Dominik Bahiense de Mello, Adam Chubb, Rickey Paulding, Robin Smeulders, Kevin Smit and Konrad Wysocki as returnees for next season. s.Oliver Baskets Würzburg extended their loan deal with Bamberg for guard Maurice Stuckey for another season. Artland Dragons also retained a German wing player as Acha Njei will remain in Quakenbrück. Also staying put is Jacob Doerksen, who signed for another season with promoted team RASTA Vechta.
Tim Ohlbrecht takes break from German national team
Center Tim Ohlbrecht will not play for Germany this summer at EuroBasket 2013, deciding to instead work out with the Houston Rockets the entire summer and try to prepare to make the NBA. Here are some high lights from his last season with Frankfurt in the Beko BBL: