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Swann takes ALLSTAR MVP; draw for TOP FOUR qualifiers; Würzburg, Skyliners make moves

In this section, we break out our English language skills and inform you about the latest news from the German Beko Basketball Bundesliga. 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 week David Hein (www.heinnews.com) brings you up-to-date in German basketball – the Beko BBL short and sweet:

MVP Swann steals show with three-point barrage

Seven three-pointers, 25 points and plenty of show-boating lifted Isaiah Swann (fotoduda.de) to the Most Valuable Player trophy in Team International’s 121-116 victory over Team National in the ALLSTAR Game in Bonn. The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig star’s outside barrage was just enough to snatch MVP honors away from Bayern Munich’s Bryce Taylor, who had 21 points and plenty of highlights. Team National were paced by Lucca Staiger’s 16 points but the Germans could not finally knock off the Internationals, who improved to 3-0 in the ALLSTAR Game format. The game started out with lots of laughs – including a moving farewell for Chris Ensminger – but grew more and more serious as it went on. But there were spectacular highlights throughout the whole day – here a sampling:

Amateur takes Dunk contest title - again

For the fourth straight year, an amateur baller took home the Dunking Contest title at the Beko BBL ALLSTAR Day. Rafal Lipinski – one of the best dunkers in the world – impressed the jury of Ademola Okulaja, Henning Harnisch, Chris Ensminger and Bugs Bunny (sure, why not) with his spectacular bounce, which saw him actually jump over – seriously, over (!!!) – all 2.11m of Dirk Mädrich on his way to the title. Will Clyburn – who came up with some very creative dunks with the help of ratiopharm ulm teammate Per Günther – took second place while Ramon Galloway from FRAPORT SKYLINERS was third. Check out the highlights for yourself - here the whole contest and here some funky video shots in super slow motion:

Harris takes Three-Point title

CJ Harris gave MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg fans a reason to celebrate as he claimed the Three-Point Shooting contest crown. The professional rookie was top marksman in the first round with 19 points. In the finals, Harris drained 23 points to take first place ahead of Per Günther and Lucca Staiger, who both had 19 points. Check out Harris’ calm under pressure:

Kleber watch

Maxi Kleber made his ALLSTAR Day debut and had a solid showing with eight points on 2-of-3 three-pointers to go with a game-high 10 rebounds and two assists in 17:16 minutes. The accuracy from long range is good to see after he made just 5-of-22 from three-point range in his previous five games. He said afterwards that he feels much better after being sick for a while.

Young Guns – NBBL ALLSTAR Day edition

Well, once again the NBBL ALLSTAR Game was a blast – and once again the South beat the North. Würzburg’s youngster Maximilian Ugrai was making his third appearance and took home the MVP trophy with 14 points and six rebounds in the South’s 66-55 win over the North. Oldenburg’s Jan Wimberg showcased a fine skill-set with a game-high 22 points with four triples, three rebounds, three assists and four blocks – three of them coming against Ugrai under the basket on one possession. Here are the highlights of the game:

Bayern, Oldenburg, Berlin with home games in hunt for TOP FOUR

The ALLSTAR Day festivities also included the draw for the Beko BBL TOP FOUR qualifying games. Former German international Denis Wucherer drew the teams and the match-ups are:

Bayern Munich vs Artland Dragons

EWE Baskets Oldenburg vs Brose Baskets Bamberg

ALBA BERLIN vs Telekom Baskets Bonn

Those games will be played on February 5 with the three winners joining hosts Ulm in the Beko BBL TOP FOUR on March 29-30.

Wrap up of ALLSTAR Day

And to wrap up the ALLSTAR Day, here’s the Top 10 with all the best highlights in one nice package – enjoy!

Würzburg, Skyliners make moves

The week wasn’t only the ALLSTAR Day as two teams made moves in hopes of improving their teams. s.Oliver Baskets Würzburg released Tweety Carter – who eventually landed with French side ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne – and then signed until the end of the season Dominic Waters, who played earlier this season with La Bruixa d’Or. Würzburg fans are gonna have fun with Waters if he tosses some alley-oops like this:

FRAPORT SKYLINERS also made a move to help combat the absence of Jacob Burtschi as they signed Dane Watts. The power forward Watts is coming back from back surgery – which is what Burtschi had two weeks ago – and he played the last two seasons with Ulm.

Bayern lock up Marko Pesic until 2017

Bayern Munich are clearly happy with the progress of the club and made sure that GM Marko Pesic didn’t have any ideas of leaving after this season when his contract was to expire. Bayern and the son of head coach Svetislav Pesic agreed on a three-year extension, meaning the former German international will be in Munich until June 30, 2017.

Kashirov out probably six weeks after broken hand

As if things hadn’t been bad enough for Walter Tigers Tübingen anyhow. But now the last placed team in the Beko BBL will have to do without their Russian center Anatoly Kashirov for about six weeks after he broke his right hand. Get well soon Anatoly.

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