Braunschweig's Maurice Pluskota goes wild / Rickey Paulding, Julius Jenkins on fire / Berlin go...
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:
Paulding, Jenkins on fire as Oldenburg bounce back, beat Bayern
EWE Baskets Oldenburg came into their game against Beko BBL leaders Bayern Munich having lost at ALBA BERLIN by 24 points just three days earlier. Oldenburg were also playing without suspended playmaker Dru Joyce. The answer to that? Come on, you know … give the ball to either Rickey Paulding or Julius Jenkins. Paulding scored 13 straight points in the third quarter and then after two Philipp Neumann free throws handed the scoring duties to Jenkins, who hit Oldenburg’s final 11 points of the quarter. The two-man show was enough to hand Bayern their second loss of the season, 87-72:
Berlin’s message: Take that schedule-makers!
The aforementioned ALBA BERLIN definitely deserve some special praise. Because of some scheduling conflicts, Berlin were facing one heck of an eight-day stretch with four Beko BBL games! Sasa Obradovic’s men were more than impressive – with four victories. They won by 19 points at home against New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig on December 29, by 28 points at home against Phoenix Hagen on December 31, the aforementioned 24-point win against Oldenburg on January 3 (highlights below) before knocking off WALTER Tigers Tübingen on the road 74-64 on January 5. Berlin have now won six games in a row for a 12-4 record, trailing second-placed Brose Baskets Bamberg by just one game.
Stats Corner: 26 and 4
Bamberg opened their 2014 at home by notching their third straight win with a 73-43 blowout of FRAPORT SKYLINERS. Frankfurt were missing two of their main studs in Andy Rautins and Jacob Burtschi. The young Skyliners, who had won six of their previous seven games, were over-matched, committing 26 turnovers. Missing two of the offense’s top weapons, Frankfurt point guard Konstantin Klein struggled getting his team set – as evidenced by four 24-second violations during the game. Call it a learning experience for the youngsters.
Vechta only winner, Koch loses debut in big game day in relegation battle
The relegation battle is already starting to really heat up with now three games separating 13th-placed TBB Trier and 14th-placed RASTA Vechta. And only one game separates the bottom five teams – who are 4-12, 3-12 or 3-13. Vechta were the big winners of the game day, beating fellow relegation-threatened Eisbären Bremerhaven to snap their third four-game losing streak of the season. medi bayreuth lost at Trier for their eighth straight loss, failing to give Mike Koch a victory in his debut as Bayreuth coach. Here are the highlights of the game day:
White men can’t jump … but …
What’s the saying? “White men can’t jump?” Well, one thing’s for sure … Germans CAN dunk!
Eye of the Staiger
A few weeks back we told you that German international Lucca Staiger would be showing off his photography skills. Finally, we have the first taste of the “Eye of the Staiger”: click!
Staiger in Three-Point Contest
Staiger will have a chance to snap some more pictures at the ALLSTAR Day on January 18 in both the ALLSTAR Game and the Three-Point Contest. Competing against Staiger will be Trier’s Jermaine Bucknor, Ludwigsburg’s Calvin Harris, Frankfurt’s Jacob Burtschi and Ulm’s Edgar Sosa. Sorry, but where is Andy Rautins? Well, those five players were picked according to the standings in the Three-Point Field Goal Percentage stat. Burtschi is dealing with back problems and if he can’t line up, Ulm’s Per Günther will take his spot. Check out last year’s winner Demond Mallet:
Sehovic leaves Bayreuth, Oehler joins Würzburg front office
medi bayreuth wanted to extend their contract with Sead Sehovic but the Montenegro international declined and signed with FYR of Macedonia side MZT Skopje. s.Oliver Baskets Würzburg meanwhile made an addition to their front office in bringing in Thomas Oehler to take over organization and marketing. The 31-year-old Oehler was the general manager for Bayern Munich from 2007 to the end of 2012.
Maxi Kleber’s struggles from outside continued in Würzburg’s loss to Braunschweig. He missed all four three-pointers in scoring six points. Kleber did grab nine rebounds – three of them offensive – but he turned the ball over twice and fouled out in 27:40 minutes.
Players of the Week
Once again, we have dual winners. Telekom Baskets Bonn big man Jamel McLean collected 22 points against MBC on 8-of-11 shooting and 6-of-9 free throws to go with 11 rebounds and two assists for an efficiency rating of 27. That number was matched by Artland Dragons’ Lawrence Hill, who had 17 points on 6-of-8 shooting, including 4-of-5 threes, along with eight rebounds, three assists and two blocks.
Maurice Pluskota, 21, PF, New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig
What a breakthrough for Pluskota as he started for Braunschweig with the suspension of Kyle Visser. The 21-year-old played 33:03 minutes and collected nine points on 3-of-5 shooting, 3-of-3 free throws, nine rebounds, two steals and three blocks against Würzburg. Pluskota had a strong showing a week earlier against Berlin with four points and seven rebounds in 25 minutes. Before the Berlin game, Pluskota had played a combined 19:55 minutes in seven games, getting one point and three rebounds in those games. Check out some of Pluskota’s highlights here at the top of the list:
Johannes Voigtmann, 21, C, FRAPORT SKYLINERS
Ho-hum, another nomination for JoVo. He shot 4-of-8 with 1-of-2 free throws for nine points as well as eight rebounds – three offensive, one assist and two turnovers against Bamberg.
Bogdan Radosavljevic, 20, C WALTER Tigers Tübingen
Another Young Guns spot for Radosavljevic with seven points on 1-of-2 shooting with 5-of-6 free throws, three rebounds, one assist, two turnovers and four personal fouls in 11:50 minutes.
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Meat and Potatoes
Despite the loss, Bayern Munich remained atop the Beko BBL with a 14-2 record – one game better than Brose Baskets Bamberg and two games better than Berlin. Tübingen remained in last place with a 3-13 record, even with 17th-placed Bayreuth with Würzburg 16th at 3-12. The Beko BBL leading scorer is still Bremerhaven’s Darius Adams at 18.81 ppg while Frankfurt’s Andy Rautins is second at 17.60 ppg. The rebounding battle heated up and has a new leader as Bayern’s John Bryant is tops with 7.6 rpg in 15 games while Hagen’s Larry Gordon has 7.6 rpg in 16 games and MBC’s Angelo Caloiaro has grabbed 7.4 rpg. The battle for second place in assists behind Bonn’s Jared Jordan (7.1 apg) sees Bayreuth’s Kevin Hamilton with 5.9 apg with Vechta’s Richard Williams third at 5.7 apg. MBC’s Angelo Caloiaro is the top player in efficiency rating at 19.56 with Larry Gordon second at 17.44.