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Weekly News: Beko BBL semis evened at 1-1; Obradovic, Patrick staying while Bonn parts ways with...

Weekly News: Beko BBL semis evened at 1-1; Obradovic, Patrick staying while Bonn parts ways with...

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: Beko BBL semis evened at 1-1; Obradovic, Patrick staying while Bonn parts ways with Koch; Hagen keep band together
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 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).

No place like … the road

Teams fight all season for home court advantage in the playoffs. But that hasn’t helped yet in the Beko BBL semi-finals as both series are tied at 1-1 – with all four teams winning the road games thus far. Here is the Top Ten from the first two semi-finals

Rice torches Gavel-less Bamberg, champs answer in Munich

Bayern Munich showed once again that they can win in Freak City as reigning champions Brose Baskets Bamberg had no answer for Tyrese Rice, who collected 25 points in Munich’s 98-85 Game One win in Bamberg (video below). The champs of course were missing Defensive Player of the Year Anton Gavel while Alex Renfroe struggled in the larger role – not to mention that six Bayern players scored in double digits, including a season-high 15 from Yotam Halperin. Gavel found the energy to return in Game Two for 17 points and seven assists off the bench while Renfroe rebounded in a big way with 15 points, seven rebounds and seven assists as Bamberg won 93-83 in Munich. With Gavel back on board, Rice was held to 14 points and Munich shot just 45 percent from the field after hitting exactly 50 percent of their shots in Game One. Game Three is Thursday in Bamberg and Game Four is Saturday in Munich.

Ulm win opener in overtime, Oldenburg race past shocked hosts in Game Two

ratiopharm ulm went north for Game One at EWE Baskets Oldenburg and stole home court advantage thanks to a thrilling 86-84 overtime win. Two-time Beko BBL MVP John Bryant was unstoppable with 24 points and 12 rebounds – including a clutch three-pointer off the glass – while Allan Ray stepped up with 16 points. The former Beko BBL Finals MVP Julius Jenkins scored 21 points with six rebounds and four assists but it wasn’t enough for Oldenburg. But Oldenburg evened the series 1-1 with a 72-60 victory in Ulm in Game Two. Jenkins again was the star with 21 points, two assists and four steals while Adam Chubb had 13 points and more importantly held Bryant to 5 points and seven rebounds on just seven shots. Ulm had to get over the shock of losing starting point guard Per Günther after two minutes with a calf injury. Ulm were unable to find a rhythm and tallied just five points in the first quarter and Oldenburg continually had an answer for any Ulm comeback. Game Three is Wednesday in Oldenburg and Game Four is Saturday in Ulm.

Günther out of rest of semis for sure, hopeful for return in finals

Ulm coach Thorsten Leibenath won’t have a lot of time but he needs to find a different option at point guard without Günther, who is definitely out for the rest of the semi-finals and likely the Finals with a torn muscle fiber in his left calf – though the German international was hopeful in a video Facebook message to Ulm fans. Lance Jeter played 27 minutes in Game Two but youngster Till-Joscha Jönke will need to step up or Allan Ray could move over to the point guard position.

Obradovic staying in Berlin, Patrick returns to Ludwigsburg

The week was also busy with coaching moves as Sasa Obradovic and John Patrick both will be returning to their clubs. ALBA BERLIN were bounced in the first round of the playoffs by Bayern Munich but Berlin management decided to bring back Obradovic for his second option season at the helm in the German capital. Berlin reached the Top 16 of the Euroleague but struggled with injuries all season and eventually were beaten down too much to get past Munich. Patrick, for his part, returns to Neckar RIESEN Ludwigsburg on a two-year deal after he joined the team mid-season but was unable to avoid relegation. The two-time Beko BBL Coach of the Year is looking to finish what he started in Ludwigsburg and it seems likely that a wild card could be in the near future though Patrick’s contract is also good for ProA.

Bonn refuses new deal with Koch

While Berlin and Ludwigsburg brought back their coaches, Telekom Baskets Bonn decided that eight years of Michael Koch was enough and did not offer him a new deal. Bonn lost to Oldenburg in the first round of this season’s playoffs – the sixth time Bonn made the post-season under Koch. The 1993 European champion guided the club to the Beko BBL finals in 2008 (losing to Berlin) and 2009 (Oldenburg).

Hagen keeping team together

Phoenix Hagen management realize they had a great thing going this past season, reaching the playoffs and actually winning a game against Bamberg. Hagen have since been busy bringing the team back as they locked up the coaching staff of Ingo Freyer and Steven Wriedt as well as Ole Wendt and Larry Gordon. Joining them in returning to Hagen will be Mark Dorris, David Bell and Dino Gregory – Bell until 2015 while Dorris and Gregory on one-year extensions. Phoenix fans are still waiting to see if Davin White re-ups with the team. Check out the high lights of the top scorer of the league:

Burtschi joins Skyliners, Simons moves to Tübingen

FRAPORT SKYLINERS added another piece to the puzzle they hope is the playoffs for next season as brought back American wing player Jacob Burtschi to a two-year deal with an option for a third. The 29-year-old Burtschi returns to Frankfurt after playing last season as captain for Eisbären Bremerhaven. He was in Frankfurt for the 2011-12 season. WALTER Tigers Tübingen meanwhile added a rookie for next season in Ben Simons, who arrives in Germany after playing at Drake University, where he played one season with Tübingen captain Josh Young. Ruben Spöden decided to leave Tübingen after three seasons with the Tigers. Malte Schwarz and Mitteldeutscher BC extended their contract for two seasons until 2015 while Phillip Heyder left MBC after two season to rejoin his former club BBC Bayreuth.

Statlines of the week: Rice, Jenkins, Renfroe leads teams to wins

Bayern Munich’s Tyrese Rice was the man of Game One of the Beko BBL playoff semi-finals with 25 points, five rebounds and one assist for an efficiency ranking of 23 against Bamberg. Game Two honors were shared by Oldenburg’s Julius Jenkins and Bamberg’s Alex Renfroe, both of whom had rankings of 24. Jenkins collected 21 points, two rebounds, two assists and four steals against Ulm while Renfroe had 15 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and one steal against Bayern.

Last, but not least: The Top Ten buzzer beaters of the regular season

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