Weekly News: Davin White explodes for 33 points, Matt Walsh to Bamberg, Ali Traore to Berlin
Bamberg add Walsh, Berlin bring in Traore
With the season signing deadline coming to a close soon, both Euroleague teams Brose Baskets Bamberg and ALBA BERLIN made last minute additions in hopes of finding the last pieces for the Beko BBL title puzzle. Bamberg added veteran swingman Matt Walsh, who will be called on to play both guard positions at times as well as the small forward spot. The 30-year-old Walsh has played in Greece, Belgium, Spain, Slovenia, France and Ukraine for a number of Euroleague and Eurocup teams. Berlin looked to solidify their low post play in adding French international power forward Ali Traore. The 27-year-old Traore, who helped France to the silver medal at EuroBasket 2011 and played at the 2012 Olympics, had battled with an injury this season and not played much. Now he hopes to show the form that earned him the MVP of the French ProA in 2010. And for the funny side of basketball check out this video with him at the free throw line:
Alpha Males: Bamberg rebound, Bayern continue strong run
Three-time reigning Beko BBL champions Brose Baskets bounced back from their heart-breaking home loss in the Euroleague to take care of business domestically with a comfortable 96-84 victory at TBB Trier for their 10th straight win. Bambergs strong first half of 61 points was more than enough to knock off Trier, who have lost four games in a row. While Ulm, Oldenburg and Berlin all continue to fall victim to the general strength of the league with losses, Bayern Munich held off local rivals s.Oliver Baskets Würzburg 80-75 for their 11th win in the last 12 games to improve to 16-7 for second place in the league:
Davin White lights up Ulm, keeps Hagen playoff dreams alive
Davin White torched ratiopharm ulm for 33 points in Phoenix Hagens surprising 90-78 victory at home to keep alive the teams chances for a spot in the playoffs. Hagen collected the scalp of another strong team as Ulm are a top eight team in the Eurocup. Ingo Freyers run-and-gun team is in eighth place with an 11-11 record and has already collected road victories over Artland as well as teams lower in the standings such as Frankfurt, Ludwigsburg, Giessen and MBC. Hagen also have home wins against playoff contenders like Bremerhaven, Bayreuth and Würzburg at ENERVIE Arena.
Statline of the week: Tureks big game not enough for Ludwigsburg
John Turek was a stand-out for Neckar RIESEN Ludwigsburg against Telekom Baskets Bonn with 22 points, 10 rebounds and 2 blocks for an efficiency rating of 26. But it was not enough for Ludwigsburg, who lost 75-68 at home against Bonn.
Young Guns: Schröder returns to starting line-up
Schröder returned to the starting line-up and continued his assault of the Beko BBL with a strong showing in Bayreuth with 20 points, 6 assists and 1 rebound with just two turnovers in Braunschweigs victory. Maybe his great season will get him a spot for the world selection at the Nike Hoop Summit at least thats the latest rumor on the internet.
Barthel finally got some more playing time again 22 minutes and produced with 10 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal against Tübingen.
The Zimbabwean, who just turned 22 on February 11, was able to showcase his game for a shade over 12 minutes with 8 points on 4-5 shooting and 1 rebound.
Theis continues to have strong performances in collecting 8 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal and 1 block in Ulms loss at Hagen.
European Adventures: Ulm, Oldenburg march on, Bamberg, Berlin lose heartbreakers
The first times a charm as it turns out as ratiopharm ulm reached the final eight of the Eurocup in their debut season in a European competition. Ulm picked up a historic victory at Red Star Belgrade to book their spot in the Quarterfinals. Ulm, who lost power forward Dane Watts for the rest of the season with back surgery, would finish first in their group with a victory against Unics Kazan in the final Last 16 game. Things couldnt go any better for EWE Baskets Oldenburg, who collected their 10th straight win in 10 contests in the EuroChallenge to advance to the quarterfinal play-offs of the competition. ALBA BERLIN and Brose Baskets Bamberg continued their disappointing Euroleague Top 16 campaigns, with each team going down in the final second at home. Bamberg suffered defeat as Marko Popovic made three free throws with no time left on the clock to give Zalgiris Kaunas a one-point victory while Berlin saw Marcus Williams nail a three-pointer with 0.6 seconds left in Unicaja Malagas one-point win:
Meat and potatoes
Brose Baskets Bamberg remain atop the Beko BBL at 20-2 followed by Bayern at 16-7 and then Oldenburg and Berlin (both 14-7). With LTi GIESSEN 46ers all but relegated with only 12 games left this season, the rest of the league is on alert as to who will follow them into the ProA. Braunschweig (15th place, 9-14) and Frankfurt (17th place, 7-16) both won over the weekend while Neckar RIESEN Ludwigsburg (16th place, 8-15) saw their three-game winning streak snapped. In the leagues scoring race, Whites huge 33-point showing increased his average to 17.6, ahead of reigning MVP John Bryants 16.6 ppg average. Bryant remains the top rebounder (10.3 rpg) and number one in efficiency (21.6). Last, but not least - our top ten plays from last weekend: