Weekly News: Ulm, Bayern sweep; Bamberg, Oldenburg up 2-1; Urspring win fifth NBBL title
Bringing out the brooms: Ulm, Bayern sweep into semi-finals
ratiopharm ulm and Bayern Munich finished off 3-0 sweeps over Artland Dragons and ALBA BERLIN, respectively, to race into the semi-finals of the Beko BBL playoffs. Per Günther collected 35 points in a monster Game Two and combined on 7-of-12 three-pointers with Allan Ray, who added 30 points in a 90-85 victory in Quackenbrück. In Game Three, Ulm ended the playoff series with a 94-74 home win with Keaton Nankivil playing his first game since the end of March and leading the team with 15 points while MVP John Bryant collected 14 points, 14 rebounds and three steals:
After a blow-out win in Game One, Bayern took Game Two in Berlin 79-73 with Tyrese Rice pouring in 21 points with five assists off the bench. Rice again came off the bench in Game Three with 20 points while Chevon Troutman and Jared Homan both had 15 points and seven rebounds in Munichs 89-83 win. Both games two and three were decided by the bench, and it wasnt just Rice as Bayerns reserves out-scored Berlins by nine and six points in the last two games:
Home court held: Hagen, Bonn take home games vs Bamberg, Oldenburg
Its been all about home in the other two playoffs series as Phoenix Hagen and Telekom Baskets Bonn both took Game Two at home against Brose Baskets Bamberg and EWE Baskets Oldenburg, respectively. Adam Hess bounced back from zero points in Game One in Bamberg to nail eight three-pointers for 28 points in Hagens 95-89 win despite Anton Gavel hitting for 21 points and Sharrod Ford collecting 10 points and 11 rebounds. But Bamberg committed 20 turnovers. Back in Bamberg for Game Three, the reigning champions had four players score more than 20 points Gavel (26), Ford (23), Bostjan Nachbar (22) and Casey Jacobsen (21) and nailed 17 of 40 triples (43 percent) in winning 104-94 to take a 2-1 lead. The game was mired with a skirmish in which three Hagen players but none from Bamberg were disqualified.
In the other series, Bonn grabbed Game Two at home, beating Oldenburg 88-80 with all eight Bonn players scoring at least nine points and the team committing only five turnovers in the game. Oldenburg fell behind by 24 points midway through the second quarter and couldnt get the deficit into single digits until the final minute. In Game Three, Oldenburg jumped ahead by 17 points in the first quarter and cruised to a 97-67 blowout win with Robin Smeulders scoring 19 points and Julius Jenkins hitting for 18:
New Dragon boss: Tyron McCoy replaces Stefan Koch at Artland
Just a day after being swept by ratiopharm ulm in the first round of the playoffs, Artland Dragons announced Tyron McCoy as new coach to replace the departing Stefan Koch, who steps away from the job after three years for private reasons. The 40-year-old McCoy takes his first head coaching job after having served the past three seasons as Kochs assistant at Artland. McCoy, who retired from the game in 2008 after eight seasons of playing in Germany, was assistant coach at EnBW Ludwigsburg for the 2008-09 season under Rick Stafford.
Statlines of the week: Günther, Taylor with huge games
The top statline from the four Game Twos came from Per Günther as the Ulm playmaker went 4-5 from three-point range in collecting 35 points, seven rebounds and four assists for a 36 efficiency rating. The four Game Threes top showing came from Artlands Bryce Taylor, who had 28 points, four rebounds and three steals for a 32 efficiency despite the Dragons defeat.
Urspring win fifth NBBL title, Leverkusen takes first JBBL crown
Team Urspring collected their fifth U19 NBBL German title by beating reigning champion TSV Tröster Breitengüßbach 83-71 in a rematch of last seasons semi-final at the TOP4 at Bambergs Stechert Arena (check out the highlights). Kevin Bryant had 19 points and Malik Müller scored 18 points for Urspring, who added another crown to their hardware from 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011:
TSV Bayer Leverkusen meanwhile knocked off TSV Tröster Breitengüßbach 64-54 in the U16 JBBL final with Joel Aminu and Anton Zraychenko both scoring 11 points as Leverkusen won their first JBBL title. Check out the emotions of the kids when basketball is pure and just a game:
The NBBL and JBBL awards were also announced with Sören Fritze from Phoenix Hagen Juniors taking the NBBL season MVP. Hagens Falk Möller was Coach of the Year, and Jan Niklas Wimberg from Baskets Akademie Weser-Ems was the Rookie of the Year. Niklas Kiel from finke baskets was named JBBL MVP while Andreas Aust from Leverkusen was Coach of the Year and LTi Giessen 46ers Bjarne Kraushaar won Rookie of the Year.