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Artland’s Holston ends Bamberg’s four-year reign / Ludwigsburg-Bayern Game Four will be re-played...

Artland’s Holston ends Bamberg’s four-year reign / Ludwigsburg-Bayern Game Four will be re-played...

Ludwigsburg won their protest and will re-play their Game Four with Bayern Munich; Artland Dragons ended Bamberg’s reign over the league and will face Berlin in the semis; Oldenburg host Game Five of battle with Bonn; Koch extended at Bayreuth, Menz fired with German national team.

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:

Ludwigsburg win protest, Game Four vs Bayern will be replayed

Regular season champions Bayern Munich appeared to have booked their spot in the semi-finals with an 82-75 win over MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg in Game Four. But Ludwigsburg filed a protest because of a referee mistake and would eventually win the case, meaning Game Four will be replayed on Wednesday May 21. Bayern took a 2-1 lead in the series with a 104-82 victory at home with Malcolm Delaney and Bryce Taylor combining for 43 points.

Berlin book spot in semi-finals despite strong Theis

ALBA BERLIN can join the rest of the Beko BBL fans and watch the rest of the first round of the playoffs on TV after they beat ratiopharm ulm 3-1 in their series to reach the semi-finals. After leading 2-0, Berlin lost Game Three at home 71-64 despite 18 points from Levon Kendall while Ulm’s Daniel Theis had 20 points and 12 rebounds. Theis had another great showing in Game Four in Ulm with 26 points and eight rebounds, but it was not enough as Berlin won 95-89 to reach the last four. Clifford Hammonds and David Logan combined for 43 points and 13 rebounds for Berlin.

Holston, hot shooters send Artland into semis

In the semis, Berlin will square off against Artland Dragons after the seventh seed upset the four-time reigning champions Brose Baskets Bamberg 3-1 with two road victories and a Game Four decider. David Holston scored 13 consecutive points in the fourth quarter (video below) for Artland in their 77-75 Game Three win in Bamberg. And then just like in Game Three, the Dragons made 14 three-pointers in Game Four for an 83-75 win. Holston nailed five treys for 24 points as Artland took down the champs, who had beaten the Dragons in the 2011 and 2012 semi-finals.

Freak City walking on eggshells after Bamberg ousted

Freak City is walking on eggshells after their beloved Brose Baskets Bamberg were ousted from the Beko BBL playoffs in the first round by Artland Dragons 3-1. The four-time reigning champions Bamberg lost both games in the series at home and were bounced from the post-season in Quakenbrück. The defeat means Bamberg’s four-year reign over Germany is over. Brose were the first team to defend their title since ALBA BERLIN won their seventh straight crown in 2003. It’s unclear what will happen in Bamberg in the off-season as many media are speculating that head coach Chris Fleming will be fired despite the club’s great success with him – four straight league titles and a German Cup three-peat from 2010 to 2013. Point guard John Goldsberry has already decided to retired while captain Casey Jacobsen and veteran Anton Gavel – both part of the glorious run along with Goldsberry – are expected to be depart Freak City as well. Stay tuned.

72-71 is magical number for Oldenburg vs Bonn

The fourth series between EWE Baskets Oldenburg and Telekom Baskets Bonn has seen the home team win all four games. Oldenburg won Game Three 72-71 in overtime and Bonn followed suit with a 72-71 overtime win at home in Game Four to force a do-or-die Game Five in Oldenburg on Wednesday May 21.

Former Artland, Bayern playmaker Rice leads Maccabi to Euroleague title

Once again, a former Beko BBL star showed he can lead a European team to glory. After former Bamberg big man Kyle Hines won back-to-back Turkish Airlines Euroleague titles with Olympiacos in 2012 and 2013, former Artland Dragons and Bayern Munich point guard Tyrese Rice was the MVP of the 2014 Euroleague Final Four as Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv beat Real Madrid in the final after coming back to beat CSKA Moscow in the semi-finals. Rice scored the game-winning layup with 5.5 seconds against Moscow and then hit 21 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter and overtime against Madrid, including 14 in the extra session. Congrats from Germany to sibgle father Tyrese Rice and his son!

Koch stays with Bayreuth, Spradley takes over Würzburg, Pantelic re-signs with MBC

medi bayreuth and head coach Michael Koch agreed on a two-year extension until the end of the 2015-16 season. Koch replaced Predrag Krunic at the beginning of 2014 and turned the relegation-threatened team around and won six of seven during a March and April stretch to avoid the drop. s.Oliver Baskets Würzburg were not as lucky as they were relegated to the ProA and the club hired former Beko BBL coach Doug Spradley to a two-year contract that is valid for the ProA and Beko BBL. Mitteldeutscher BC meanwhile locked up their 29-year-old Serbian center Djordje Pantelic for another season with an option for a second year.

Menz out as German national team coach, Mutapcic top candidate

Germany is looking for a new national team head coach as Frank Menz was let go after less than two years at the helm. Menz will return to coaching the German youth national teams. The leading candidate for the vacant position is Bayern Munich assistant coach Emir Mutapcic, who led Berlin to three straight league titles from 2001 to 2003 and has served as Munich assistant since 2013.

Giffey works out for Utah Jazz

Niels Giffey is expected to help Germany try to qualify for the 2015 EuroBasket with national team games this summer. Before that, the two-time NCAA champion will have a workout for the Utah Jazz on June 27. Giffey is hoping to possibly be drafted and play in the NBA next season. He is also being hotly sought after by Berlin and Bamberg.

Players of the Week

Berlin’s Levon Kendall took top honors for Game Three with an efficiency rating of 26 with 18 points on 8-of-9 shooting as well as seven rebounds, one steal and two blocks despite a 71-64 loss at home against Ulm. The Ulm-Berlin series produced the top performance in Game Four as well with Best German Youth Player winner Daniel Theis collecting 26 points, eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block for an efficiency rating of 33. But that was not enough as Ulm lost 95-89 at home to Berlin and were eliminated from the playoffs.

Basketball Insiders: Bayern playmaker Malcolm Delaney

Once again, SportEagle.tv has come up with a good interview guest as they talk to Beko BBL MVP Malcolm Delaney from Bayern Munich. Enjoy

Berlin take NBBL title, Young Dragons JBBL champs

Besides reaching the Beko BBL semi-finals, Berlin and Artland both had some more good news this week as their youth teams won the NBBL and JBBL titles respectively at the NBBL/JBBL Top 4 in Quakenbrück. Berlin won their second U19 championship as NBBL MVP Ismet Akpinar scored 25 points in a 69-56 victory over CYBEX Urspring, who saw Mahir Agva collect 19 points and seven rebounds in the loss. Berlin added the 2014 title to their crown from 2009 while Urspring – who lost their first game of the season – were looking for their sixth NBBL title.

In the U16 JBBL final, Young Dragons Quakenbrück/Osnabrück knocked off TSV Tröster Breitengüßbach 68-60 to take the club’s first JBBL title. League MVP Isaiah Hartenstein had 22 points and 14 rebounds in the win for Dragons while Noah Kamdem scored 21 points for Breitengüßbach. The undefeated Dragons are the fifth different team to win the NBBL crown since the competition started in the 2009-10 season. The JBBL semi-final between Young Dragons and Bayern Munich – a 90-88 overtime win by the hosts – was a special treat. The showdown between Hartenstein and Munich’s Richard Freudenberg lived up to its billing. Freudenberg collected 37 points and 16 rebounds while Hartenstein had 30 points, 16 rebounds, seven blocks and most importantly the victory. Jan Mügge added 27 points on nine three-pointers for Young Dragons.

Shaqtin a Fool – Beko BBL style

For those who know and love the Shaqtin a Fool segment, we saw two posts on Instagram and couldn’t help from passing it along. Here is the first one, and here the second one:

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