Weekly News: Oldenburg beats Berlin; high scoring Hagen with fourth quarter comeback; Giessen...
Alpha males: Oldenburg beat down reeling Berlin
What a perfect time for EWE Baskets Oldenburg to host ALBA BERLIN coming off a draining 92-56 trashing in the Euroleague at Zalgiris Kaunas. And in the end, the showdown of teams possibly fighting for second place didnt turn out to be much of a showdown at all with Oldenburg continually pulling away for a comfortable 82-67 victory at home. Berlin suddenly are reeling with three straight road losses and four defeats in their last six contests with only wins over the last two placed teams Braunschweig and Giessen at home. The week off in the Euroleague instead sees Berlin take on Tübingen at home mid-week and then ALBA travel to Bayern on Sunday. Oldenburg jumped ahead of Berlin at 13-6 while ALBA are 12-6 for fifth place.
Fourth quarter comebacks: Bayern, Hagen save it for late
The weekend also saw a couple of great comebacks by home teams. Bayern Munich trailed at home by 13 points after three quarters and it was still a 10-point deficit with five minutes left before Robin Benzing and Chevon Troutman sparked a 22-4 run for a 79-72 victory at home over FRAPORT SKYLINERS. Phoenix Hagen trailed Eisbären Bremerhaven by 20 points in the third quarter and by 14 points going into the fourth when they scored 42 points (more on that in a minute) to win 92-85 for their first home victory since December 1 (two losses since then). TBB Trier tried to best both Bayern and Hagen but fell a bit short, losing 86-82 at home to ratiopharm ulm. Trier were losing 73-52 at the beginning of the fourth quarter but a 19-5 run was not quite enough as they only got within six points before the final seconds:
Giessen stay in the league
Cash-strapped LTi GIESSEN 46ers came up with the financial means needed to finish the season and were granted permission by the leagues top body to remain in the Beko BBL. But the last placed team was docked another two points from their season total as a penalty for not registering the financial struggles earlier. Four points were taken from Giessen in December for filing an insolvency application during the regular season. Giessen are down to 2-32 on points whereas normally they would be 8-32 with a 4-16 record. That means they are essentially five games behind Frankfurt and Braunschweig (6-14 record, 12-28 points) in the fight to stay in the league.
The Beko BBL continues to see a number of players come and go. After finally figuring their financial situation, Giessen brought in point guard Sharaud Curry, who was Giessen head coach Mathias Fischers playmaker last season with the Austrian runners-up Allianz Swans Gmunden. Skyliners took advantage of the problems at Giessen to snatch up both Ryan Brooks and LaQuan Prowell. New Neckar RIESEN Ludwigsburg head coach John Patrick continues to try to find his team and added Eric Coleman and Lawrence Westbrook both of whom played a big role in the teams second straight win last weekend. And s.Oliver Baskets decided to keep both Mike Lenzly and Osiris Eldridge.
Of the players on the way out, Marquis Blakely has departed his second team this season in leaving Ludwigsburg after already being sent away from Bonn. Würzburg decided against keeping Courtney Pigram while Giessen also lost Dijuan Harris in addition to Brooks and Prowell. Power Forward Dion Dowell went from Frankfurt back to Israel and Ulms new center Brian Cusworth is already on his way back to the United States.
Statscenter: Hagen lights up fourth quarter again!
It was mentioned earlier that Phoenix Hagen scored 42 points in the fourth quarter to come back and win at home against Bremerhaven (video below). Hagen is the leagues top scoring team (86.4 ppg) and just last week showed they can put up video game numbers hitting for 41 points in the fourth quarter against BBC Bayreuth, albeit in a defeat. Hagen have scored at least 95 points in seven of their last eight games.
Statline of the week: Troutman leads Bayern to comeback
Chevon Troutman is this weeks top performer with 26 points, 9 rebounds and 1 assist on 7-10 shooting from the field and 11 of 12 from the free throw line for an index rating of 30. Last weeks top man Elvir Ovcina wasnt too bad either with 26 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks for a 30 rating. But the Giessen big man made just 11 of 18 from the field and 1-1 on free throws.
Meat and potatoes
Brose Baskets Bamberg rolled past struggling New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig for their eighth straight win to move to 18-2 atop the Beko BBL standings. ratiopharm ulm are second at 14-6 and Bayern third at 14-7. Ludwigsburgs two straight wins jumped them to 15th (7-14) while Braunschweig (6-14) dropped to 17th with their sixth straight loss and Giessen are last at 4-16. The league has a new top scorer as Hagens Davin White scored 23 points (his eighth straight game with at least 17 points) to raise his scoring average to 16.95, moving him ahead of ulms John Bryant (16.5). The Beko BBLs reigning MVP Bryant still leads the league in rebounding (10.3) and efficiency (21.7). Jared Jordan of Bonn is still the leagues top assist man with 8.2 assists per contest. Last, but not least - the top ten from last weekend: