Weekly News: Maurice Stuckey shines, Bayern beat Bamberg again and a virus called Harlem Shake
New tv magazine: Basketball The Countdown
A couple of weeks ago SPORT1 started a new weekly basketball magazine. They spend 30 minutes every Saturday evening getting German basketball fans up to date. One part of the show is Baeck meets with former German international Stephan Baeck visiting players from around the league. Check out his time with Artlands point guard Demond Mallet:
Alpha Males: Bayern knock off Bamberg again
Bayern Munich picked up a big victory in their quest of forming a championship-caliber team as they beat runaway Beko BBL leaders Brose Baskets Bamberg 85-71 in Munich. Munich, who beat Brose in Bamberg in the Beko BBL Cup qualifiers in early February, are still the front-runners for the fight for second place as they have won 12 of their last 14 games.
While things are looking good for Bayern, Bamberg are going through some mini-turmoil with crowd expectations about young center Maik Zirbes while also working in their new players. Bamberg coach Chris Fleming admits that his team is still far from a finished product with the mid/late-season additions of Jeremiah Massey, Matt Walsh and now Alex Renfroe. Fleming believes his team is currently at about the level of a team in October as far as development goes. Luckily for Bamberg, they can afford some slip-ups along the way in building that team chemistry.
Bamberg, Ludwigsburg, Bremerhaven make last-minute additions
Bamberg, Neckar RIESEN Ludwigsburg and Eisbären Bremerhaven all went out and added one final piece before the acquisition deadline passed. Bamberg brought in point guard Alex Renfroe to give injured playmaker John Goldsberry some time to recover from a knee issue. Ludwigsburg also added a point guard, picking up Derrick Zimmerman as security for Lawrence Westbrook, who is dealing with some knee pain. Bremerhaven meanwhile decided to add a low post player in signing Andrew Drevo until the end of the season his third stint Bremerhaven.
The virus: Harlem Shake in the Beko BBL
We have to admit: The Harlem Shake virus has taken our league by storm. The fans in Ulm showed their joy about the qualification for the Beko BBL TOP FOUR in Berlin with a great dancing performance in the stands. But of course its tough to beat Bayerns former German international Demond Greene leading the dance in Munichs locker room:
Stat center: 4 & 2 Not enough in relegation fight
New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig are in a battle against relegation, but scoring just four points in the third quarter against Mitteldeutscher BC will not help. Braunschweig (10-15) lost at MBC 92-58 to have their four-game winning streak snapped. LTi GIESSEN 46ers have not been mathematically relegated with a 4-20 record and just 10 games remaining. But scoring just two points in the fourth quarter of a 94-56 blowout at Telekom Baskets Bonn shows the team is basically just going through the motions down the stretch.
Statline of the week: Hamilton helps Bayreuth stay alive in playoff race
Kevin Hamilton came up with a masterful showing in BBC Bayreuths 75-71 home win over TBB Trier. In helping Bayreuth stay closer to the playoff ranks than the relegation battle, Hamilton collected 14 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists and 2 steals with zero turnovers for a week-best 31 efficiency rating.
Young Guns: Stuckey and Seiferth with career-high performances
Stuckey put together an impressive 11:20 minutes of action with 5 three-pointers for a career-high 19 points in Würzburgs 80-70 home victory over Phoenix Hagen.
Seiferth also came up with a career-high in points with 19 points to go along with 8 rebounds and 1 assist though Trier lost at Bayreuth.
Meat and potatoes
Bamberg saw their 11-game winning streak snapped to drop to 21-3, but Brose would need a massive collapse not to secure home court advantage for the playoffs. Bayern are second at 17-8 ahead of EWE Baskets at 16-7 while ALBA BERLIN lost to FRAPORT SKYLINERS to drop to 15-8. Neckar RIESEN Ludwigsburg (winners against ratiopharm ulm) and Skyliners (victors against Berlin) both won big home games to move to 9-16 one win behind Braunschweig and MBC. There were no changes in the statistic leaders as Davin White of Phoenix Hagen is still the top scorer (17.3 ppg compared to John Bryants 16.4), Ulms John Bryant the top rebounder (10.3 rpg) and Bonns Jared Jordan the top assist man (8.1 apg). Last but not least the top ten from last week end: