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Weekly News: Ford saves Bamberg / Ulm silences Bayern run / Ensminger grabs 4,000th rebound

Weekly News: Ford saves Bamberg / Ulm silences Bayern run / Ensminger grabs 4,000th rebound

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: Ford saves Bamberg; Ulm silences Bayern run; Ensminger grabs 4,000th rebound
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).

Ford saves Bamberg at MBC

Just two days after getting beaten badly by ALBA BERLIN and watching their rivals collect the first Euroleague Top 16 victory by a German club, Brose Baskets Bamberg must thank Sharrod Ford for saving them in an ugly 58-56 win at Mitteldeutscher BC. The power forward came off the bench for 20 points and 14 rebounds in 23 minutes as one of the few players who could shoot at all – Bamberg shooting just 31 percent from the field for the game.

Alpha males: Ulm silences Bayern’s run

Bayern Munich came into their nationally televised showdown at ratiopharm ulm with a seven-game winning streak. But Ulm sent Bayern back to Munich with their tails between their legs after an 83-75 victory. With the teams sharing second place coming into the game, Ulm showed Munich who owns western Bavaria by out-rebounding Bayern 43-36 and committing just 9 turnovers – also winning without Dane Watts. Reigning MVP John Bryant also dominated the game over Munich big man Jared Homan with 16 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists while Homan was held scoreless with 5 rebounds. Ulm’s victory came three weeks after they had lost a thriller 80-78 at Bayern. Munich came into the contest having won their last seven games by an average of 18.1 points. Now Bayern head coach Svetislav Pesic has to go back to work in building back up his team.

Statscenter: Ensminger reaches 4,000 rebounds in Beko BBL

Chris Ensminger knows rebounding. The 39-year-old is spending his 14th season grabbing rebounds in the Beko BBL and has been as efficient as ever. Against Eisbären Bremerhaven, the Cincinnati native and former Valparaiso college star collected 10 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. One of those rebounds was the 4,000th off his Beko BBL career – which started with MBC in 1999 and also saw stops at Bamberg (2001-08), Paderborn (2008-09) and since 2009 in Bonn. His top game mark of 22 rebounds came for MBC against Ulm on March 31, 2001. Ensminger has played in 466 Beko BBL games and collected 72 double-doubles during that time.

Statline of the week: Outstanding Ovcina not enough for Giessen

Elvir Ovcina had an outstanding game for LTi GIESSEN 46ers but it was not enough for the last-placed team in the league in an 83-69 loss at ALBA BERLIN. Ovcina collected 19 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists and 2 steals for an efficiency rating of 28. It could have been more but Ovcina made just 1-6 from long range for the contestant at the three-point shootout at the recent ALLSTAR Day festivities.

Going back to the Beko BBL ALLSTAR Day

Of course with all the costumes, a lot of great dunks (watch them all right here) and “Jus Fly” from team flight brothers as the winner, the Beko BBL dunking contest was the best of all time, but maybe the show from the “Lords of Gravity” impressed the fans even more. What do you think?:

Young Guns: Schmitz continues strong run for Bayreuth

Schmitz continued his strong season for Bayreuth with 13 points and 1 assist against Phoenix Hagen. Schmitz has averaged 9.8 points in the last six games and scored in double figures in five of Bayreuth’s last eight games.

The U20 German international Bekteshi earned 11 minutes in Ludwigsburg’s win over Tübingen, picking up 3 points, 1 rebound and 1 steal. After not playing in the last four games under previous coach Steven Key, Bekteshi has played twice in three games under new boss John Patrick.

Mönninghoff scored 10 points in Trier’s loss against Würzburg. It was the third time in the last seven games that Mönninghoff scored in double digits.

Buckman replaces Gomes, Braunschweig bring in Barton

Artland Dragons and Ryan Gomes have parted ways with the Dragons replacing the former NBA player with former Beko BBL big man Bradley Buckman, who signed a deal until the end of the season. New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig meanwhile went out and added Czech international and former Barcelona forward Lubos Barton. The 32-year-old Barton played from 2002 to 2005 in Italy and 2005 to 2012 in Spain, winning the 2010 Euroleague title with Barcelona.

Meat and potatoes

Brose Baskets Bamberg struggled but picked up their seventh straight victory to improve to 17-2 atop the Beko BBL. ratiopharm ulm are second at 13-6 followed by ALBA BERLIN (12-5), EWE Baskets Oldenburg (12-6) and Bayern (12-7). Ludwigsburg are still in the 17th place at 6-14 despite their first victory under new coach John Patrick. FRAPORT SKYLINERS are 16th at 6-13 and Giessen are last at 4-15. Bryant’s league-leading scoring average dropped to 16.7 points while Davin White of Phoenix Hagen scored 19 points to improve to 16.6 – just ahead of teammate David Bell (16.3). Bryant also has 10.2 rebounds per game which Bradley Buckman surpassed in his first game for Artland (13 rebounds). While the scoring race is tight and Buckman could challenge for the rebound crown, Jared Jordan of Bonn is the runaway assist leader at 8.5 assists per game. Last, but not least - the top ten from last weekend:

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