Berlin celebrate Cup repeat / Daniel Theis rocks the rim / Tübingen get big win / Niels Giffey...
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:
Berlin repeat German Cup title, beat TOP FOUR hosts Ulm in final
The repeat is complete! ALBA BERLIN came to the Beko BBL TOP FOUR in Ulm knowing they had beaten the other three teams already this season. And Berlin got business done at the ratiopharm arena. After first beating Brose Baskets Bamberg 83-67 in the semi-finals, Sasa Obradovic’s team held off hosts ratiopharm ulm 86-80 to defend their title from last season and collect the club’s eighth German Cup trophy. Clifford Hammonds scored 19 points while Reggie Redding collected 13 points, seven rebounds and seven assists as Berlin used a second quarter run of 15-5 and 10-0 third quarter spurt to pull away from Ulm, who got 25 points from Per Günther. Bamberg finished third with a 79-73 victory over Bayern Munich, who were beaten by Ulm 90-72 in the semis. Here the highlights of the final:
“I’m ready for the champagne” – ALBA BERLIN go crazy
More video from the cup weekend – ALBA BERLIN talk about winning the title and show that they know how to celebrate in the locker room (and back in Berlin the whole night):
And two examples on video of the wonderful atmosphere at the cup weekend - the fans of Ulm and Berlin chanting for the opposing club right before the game and during practice Saturday morning there were even hugs between the opposing players:
Stats Corner – Ulm’s hot shooting goes cold
Ulm were on fire from long range in their semi-final win over Bayer, hitting 14 of 26 three-pointers or 54 percent. Ulm nailed 5-of-9 three balls in the first half against Berlin in the final but the Ulm sharpshooters couldn’t find the target in the second half, making just 3-of-12 after the break in losing to Berlin.
Cook gives Tübingen another win – Bayreuth roll past MBC
There was more than just the cup final this weekend as two league games were scheduled. While medi bayreuth rolled past Mitteldeutscher BC 90-66 thanks to 26 points from Dennis Seeley and double-doubles by Kyle Weems and Kevin Hamilton, WALTER Tigers Tübingen earned a huge victory in their fight against relegation, winning 71-70 at FRAPORT SKYLINERS. Daequan Cook had made just one shot all game before hitting the game-winning jumper with 3.8 seconds for Tübingen, who got 22 points from Jonathan Wallace. With two straight victories, Tübingen improved to 6-21 and are two games behind s.Oliver Baskets from Würzburg and 2.5 behind Bayreuth, who improved to 8-20.
Bayern Munich face Euroleague elimination
The last Beko BBL team still standing in Europe, Bayern Munich are facing elimination from the Turkish Airlines Euroleague this week. Svetislav Pesic’s team must beat Maccabi Tel Aviv on Thursday to remain in the running for the Quarter-Final Playoffs. Here two profiles from the Euroleague about Munich’s Bryce Taylor and Lucca Staiger:
Beko BBL coaches can coach German youth national teams
In a move which can only help the German national team in the long run, the Beko BBL granted permission for their club coaches to also serve as head coaches of German youth national teams or as assistant coaches with the German senior national team. “This was a wish from the German Basketball Federation. The clubs were a bit reserved but after some long discussion, we agreed,” said Beko BBL president Thomas Braumann. “We have to make available the best possible coaches for the national teams. We have to make sure that the German national team is as strong as possible,” added league CEO Jan Pommer.
Giffey returns to NCAA Final Four with UConn
And then there were four – with one German still alive! The much ballyhooed NCAA Tournament has reached its Final Four with top overall seed Florida taking on Connecticut and Kentucky facing off with Wisconsin this Saturday and the final coming Monday in Texas. German basketball fans do still have a rooting interest as German international Niels Giffey is hoping to win a second NCAA title with UConn following the crown in 2011. This time it would seem that Dirk Nowitzki will watch his compatriot Giffey. Here the Dallas Mavericks star’s tweet before UConn’s win over Michigan State (Nowitzki was referring to Novak Djokovic facing off against Rafael Nadal in the Sony Open tennis final in Miami):
I want to watch my boy giffey and uconn but u can just never pass on nole rafa. Ever— Dirk Nowitzki (@swish41) 30. März 2014
“Almost Heaven” – Herber talks life as basketball player
Really, it seemed like only a matter of time before this one happened - former German international Johannes Herber has written a book. “Almost Heaven” hit the market on March 31 – a 256-page book talking about life as a professional basketball player looking at the “fascination and abyss of professional sports” (order here). Herber wrote for a number of German basketball media outlets as a player and now has a book to add to his writing résumé. If you want to see Herber read from his book – which is in German – there is a reading planned for April 4 at the Deutsches Theater in Berlin.
Daniel Theis, 21, PF, ratiopharm ulm
Ulm took second place at the TOP FOUR but Theis had a strong showing in both games. In the semi-final win over Bayern, he collected 13 points on 4-of-5 shooting – including 3-of-3 on threes – to go with seven rebounds and one assist in 20:36 minutes. In the final, Theis scored 10 points on 3-of-5 shooting and had three rebounds and one block in 22:25 minutes. And he earned the two top spots in this week’s Top Ten:
Bogdan Radosavljevic, 20, C, WALTER Tigers Tübingen
In the big showdown with Johannes Voigtmann, Radosavljevic scored 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting with 4-of-4 free throws while also grabbing three rebounds. He had two turnovers and three fouls in 28:14 minutes of action.
Johannes Voigtmann, 21, C, FRAPORT SKYLINERS
JoVo came up big in his showdown with Radosavljevic with 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting including a lay-up with 13 seconds left to give Frankfurt the lead by one point – though the SKYLINERS would lose the game. Voigtmann added five rebounds, one assist, one block and two turnovers in 23:53 minutes.
Paul Zipser, 20, SG, Bayern Munich
Those three guys all deserved being in Young Guns but so did Zipser, so we’re going with an honorable mention as well this week. Playing 21:55 minutes in the TOP FOUR game for third place against Bamberg, Zipser scored 11 points on 1-of-5 shots but 8-of-8 free throws. He also collected seven rebounds, one assist, two blocks and three turnovers before fouling out.
Basketball Insiders: Beko BBL TOP FOUR
The guys at SportEagle.tv were also at the cup weekend and did a couple of interviews as well. Enjoy.