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Bayern beat overheated Berlin in Finals opener / Mutapcic names German team / Ludwigsburg lock up...

Bayern beat overheated Berlin in Finals opener / Mutapcic names German team / Ludwigsburg lock up...

Bayern beat the heat and Alba Berlin to take a 1-0 lead in the Beko BBL Finals. Artland Dragons decided to keep head coach Tyron McCoy while Bamberg are supposedly looking at Berlin coach Sasa Obradovic as successor to Chris Fleming. Young Germans showcasing themselves at adidas Eurocamp.

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:

Video of the week - The Finals are coming:

Bayern beat heat, Berlin to grab 1-0 lead in Beko BBL Finals

Who needs the NBA when you have the Beko BBL!?! Finals - check. No air conditioning in Game One - check. Home team taking a 1-0 lead - check. Bayern Munich vs ALBA BERLIN had plenty of drama and action as the Regular Season winners from the Bavarian capital beat the heat to grab Game One 88-81 as there was no air conditioning at the Audi Dome. Despite temperatures on the court rising to 34 degrees Celsius, Berlin jumped out to a 24-11 lead in the first quarter only to find themselves down 18 points late in the third quarter. Bayern nearly faulted down the stretch, allowing Berlin to close within six points inside the last minute. But Munich had built themselves a big enough lead to grab Game One. Bayern’s Malcolm Delaney showed why he won the MVP award with 16 points, four rebounds and five assists:

Stats Corner: Bayern win free throw battle

One of the biggest issues from Game One was the disparity in free throws for the two teams. Berlin were called for 34 fouls compared to 26 on Bayern players. But that led to a major difference in free throws awarded. Munich took 50 free throws - making 39 for 78 percent - while Berlin attempted 22 free throws - hitting just 13 for 59 percent. Berlin did commit just nine turnovers - to 14 for Munich.

And although he lost, here is a video focusing on Berlin’s Reggie Redding (22 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists):

Basketball Insiders by SportEagle.tv

Alba Berlin dropped Game One in Munich, but they don’t sound too worried going into Game Two at home. Thanks to the guys at SportEagle.tv for this chat with Jan Jagla and coach Sasa Obradovic:

Artland Dragons keep McCoy as coach for one more season

Artland Dragons showed they were pleased with the first season of Tyron McCoy as head coach by signing the 41-year-old American for next season. After serving three years as Stefan Koch’s assistant, McCoy jumped into the main seat and guided Quakenbrück to a 20-14 record and seventh place in the regular season. McCoy was also the head coach of the Team International at the Beko BBL All-Star Game. Artland knocked off the four-time reigning champions Bamberg in the first round of the playoffs and then were bounced in the semi-finals by Berlin 3-1.

Rumor central: Are Bamberg really going after Berlin’s Obradovic

With the season winding down, more and more rumors are flying in. And the biggest one out there right now is that Brose Baskets Bamberg are considering Alba Berlin coach Sasa Obradovic for their vacant head coach position since the firing of Chris Fleming. Bamberg general manager Wolfgang Heyder and Brose supervisory board chairman Michael Stoschek have both been quoted in various media saying their leading four candidates are still in the playoffs with their current teams. Stay tuned for more on the open Bamberg spot. Meanwhile we offer a video with a different Sasa Obradovic than the one you know from the sideline – maybe because his team made it to the finals that day:

Germans showcasing their skills at adidas Eurocamper 

A sextet of young Germans - let’s call them Young Guns - were at the adidas Eurocamp in Treviso, showing their talents in front of dozens of NBA and European scouts and general managers. The players were Niels Giffey, Johannes Voigtmann, Philipp Neumann, Daniel Mayr, Isaiah Hartenstein and Richard Freudenberg.

Oldenburg promise reinforcements for 2014-15

EWE Baskets Oldenburg have promised that they will launch a reinforced attack on the rest of the powers of the Beko BBL next season, saying they want to retain the main stars of their current team and add more top-level players to the team. “We don’t want to just play alongside teams like Alba Berlin, Bayern Munich and Bamberg but we want to really leave a mark,” Oldenburg executive director Hermann Schüller said in a report. “We need clear reinforcements. So we will strengthen the depth of the roster.” Schüller, who locked up head coach Sebastian Machowski until the summer of 2016, said announcements on players on the current squad - mainly Chris Kramer - should be made in the coming two weeks. “We will definitely attack (the other title contenders),” added Schüller, who wants to lead Oldenburg to another title to go with the crown from 2009.

Ludwigsburg lock up Karl and Stockton for another season

Just days after locking up head coach John Patrick and Shawn Huff, MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg signed both forward Coby Karl and playmaker Michael Stockton to deals for the 2014-15 season. “Keeping Coby was one of our top priorities for the off-season. He is not only a player who takes over responsibility late in games but also someone who helps his teammates get better,” said Patrick (check his game winner vs. Bayern Munich below). The coach has also been very impressed with Stockton’s performances since coming to the team from the ProA second division. “He showed immediately that he belongs in the first division,” said Patrick.

Pesic wishes Bayern could play in the NBA, “could have reached the Eastern Conference finals”

Bayern Munich coach Svetislav Pesic is often good for a spicy quote and the wily came up with a great one on SPORT1 talking about the NBA. “We have so many good players that I sometimes don’t know who I should bring into the game … We are one of the best teams in the world.” But wait, it got better. “It’s too bad we aren’t playing in the NBA. Otherwise we would have played in the finals of the Eastern Conference,” Pesic said with a wink. Ah, Coach Pesic, you are very fun sometimes.

HC Mutapcic names German team, adds Bamberg’s Woltmann as assistant

New German NT head coach Emir Mutapcic named his team for the first training camp for the EuroBasket 2015 qualifiers and included 11 Beko BBL players. Mutapcic also appointed Brose Baskets Bamberg associate coach Arne Woltmann as his assistant coach. While the ratiopharm ulm duo Per Günther and Philipp Schwethelm are out injured, Mutapcic exempted Dennis Schröder from the Atlanta Hawks from the July 1-7 camp in Kienbaum and the first tournament of warm-up games from July 7-13 in Trento, Italy.

Here are the 14 players nominated for the team: Robin Benzing (Bayern Munich), Bastian Doreth (Artland Dragons), Niels Giffey (currently no team), Alex King (ALBA Berlin), Philipp Neumann (EWE Baskets Oldenburg), Tim Ohlbrecht (last Fort Wayne Mad Ants/D-League), Tibor Pleiß (Laboral Kuxta Vitoria/Spain), Heiko Schaffartzik (Bayern Munich), Andreas Seiferth (TBB Trier), Lucca Staiger (Bayern Munich), Elias Harris (Brose Baskets Bamberg), Karsten Tadda (Brose Baskets Bamberg), Daniel Theis (ratiopharm ulm), Maik Zirbes (Brose Baskets Bamberg). He named the following players as possible call-ups: Danilo Barthel (FRAPORT SKYLINERS), Maximilian Kleber (s. Oliver Würzburg), Konstantin Klein (FRAPORT SKYLINERS), Philip Zwiener (Eisbären Bremerhaven).

In Trento, Germany will play Italy (July 10) , Belgium (July 11) and the Netherlands (July 12).

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