Kevin Bright hits game winner, Vechta goes down / Delaney wins MVP / Poropat named Coach of the...
Delaney wins MVP, two Bamberg players in Beko BBL All First Team
Bayern Munich playmaker Malcolm Delaney was crowned as the Most Valuable Player for the 2013-14 Beko BBL season. The decision wasn’t a big surprise given that Delaney was the clear leader of a Bayern Munich team that comfortably clinched first place in the regular season and advanced to the Top 16 of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague and nearly reached the Quarter-Final Playoffs.
Delaney received 102 voting points from coaches, team captains and selected media in finishing ahead ALBA BERLIN’s Reggie Redding (80 points) and Brose Baskets Bamberg guard Anton Gavel (52). Both Redding and Gavel joined Delaney on the Beko BBL All-First Team along with Angelo Caloiaro from Mitteldeutscher BC and Bamberg center D’Or Fischer. The Second Team featured Bamberg’s Jared Jordan, Julius Jenkins from EWE Baskets Oldenburg, Bayern’s Bryce Taylor and Deon Thompson and Berlin center Leon Radosevic.
MBC’s Poropat takes Coach of the Year crown; Theis, Barthel given awards
MBC may not have made the playoffs but Silvano Poropat made believers out of his critics and the MBC boss was awarded with the Beko BBL Coach of the Year title. Poropat was given 142 votes to finish well ahead of second placed Sasa Obradovic from Berlin (94) while Bayern coach Svetislav Pesic was third (33). The Beko BBL also announced two other awards this past week as ratiopharm ulm’s Daniel Theis won the honor as the Best German Youth Player (U23) (here are some of his highlights) while FRAPORT SKYLINERS’ Danilo Barthel was awarded as the Most Improved Player. Theis (41 votes) won the award over Barthel (30) and s.Oliver Baskets Würzburg’s Maxi Kleber (25). Barthel did get an award as he took the Most Improved Player title ahead of Kleber and WALTER Tigers Tübingen big man Bogdan Radosavljevic:
Oldenburg extend deal with Machowski, finally win in Freak City
Oldenburg started the week by extending their contract with head coach Sebastian Machowski until 2016 with an option for an additional season. The coach and management agreed that new plans have to be drawn up to give young German talent more chances and how to develop more youngsters. Oldenburg rewarded their coach by grabbing a historic win over Brose Baskets Bamerg at Freak City, snapping an 11-game losing streak against the champs. Bamberg bounced back to beat MBC but were missing point guard Jared Jordan for the fourth time in the last six games.
From relegation and wild card to playoffs: Ludwigsburg reach post-season
This time last year, MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg were wondering if they would even stay in the Beko BBL. The club wound up being relegated but remained in the league thanks to a wild card. And now John Patrick’s team clinched the eighth and final playoff spot by knocking off Phoenix Hagen 90-71.
Players of the Weeks
The leader of Ludwigsburg’s win over Hagen was Coby Karl, who collected 17 points on 5-of-10 shooting, 4-of-4 free throws, 10 rebounds, six assists, one steal and two turnovers for an efficiency rating of 27 – the top mark of Round 33. The winner of Round 32 was Hagen’s David Bell, who had a 29 rating with 29 points on 8-of-18 shooting and 8-of-12 free throws to go with eight rebounds, six assists, one steal and one turnover.
Tübingen with advantage in relegation battle with Würzburg
The week saw promoted team RASTA Vechta get relegated back to ProA. But the second relegated team will be decided in the final round of games. WALTER Tigers Tübingen hold the advantage as they only need to win at home against Hagen on Thursday May 1. They can also stay in the league with a loss if Würzburg lose at home against medi bayreuth on the same day. Würzburg need a win AND a Tübingen loss to stay in the Beko BBL. There will be live streams of both games on the Beko BBL homepage.
Bright with the dagger
Kevin Bright has had a strong first professional season with the FRAPORT SKYLINERS and he came up with a big-time highlight against Vechta as he nailed the game winning three-pointer – his seventh trey of the game for 23 points … and the first spot of this week’s Top Ten:
Göttingen, Crailsheim qualify for Beko BBL, Weser, Baunach reach ProA
The finals in the ProA and ProB have been set with BG Göttingen and Crailsheim Merlins being qualified for the Beko BBL by reaching the ProA finals. In ProB, the farm teams of Oldenburg (Baskets Akademie Weser-Ems/Oldenburger TB) and Bamberg (Bike-Cafe Messingschlager Baunach) reached the ProB final and will jump to ProA.
Paul Zipser, 20, SG, Bayern Munich
With Bayern already having locked up first place and home court advantage, Zipser has been getting more playing time. He played 15:25 minutes against Ludwigsburg and made 4-of-5 shots for nine points as well as one rebound, two assists, two steals and zero turnovers but picked up four fouls. In 15:26 minutes against Vechta, he had 11 points on 3-of-5 shooing – 1-of-3 from long range – with five rebounds, two assists, one turnover and one foul in his fifth straight game.
Johnannes Voigtmann, 21, C, FRAPORT SKYLINERS
JoVo finally makes it back to Young Guns. After four games without scoring in double digits, Voigtmann goes for 13 points on 4-of-6 shooting – including 1-of-1 on threes – while adding five rebounds, one assist, two turnovers and four fouls in 21:03 minutes against Vechta. Against Bremerhaven, he had eight points on 3-of-4 shooting – hitting his only three – and 1-of-1 from the line with three rebounds, two assists, one turnover and zero fouls.
Fabian Bleck, 21, SF, Phoenix Hagen
Bleck collected 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting – 3-of-3 on threes – with one rebound, one assist, zero turnovers and one foul in 17:07 minutes against Ulm. In 16:00 minutes against Ludwigsburg, Bleck had four points on 2-of-3 shooting with two turnovers and four fouls.
Bogdan Radosavljevic, 20, C, WALTER Tigers Tübingen
Radosavljevic doesn’t totally make the Young Guns on merit but more an update. After such a strong run, the 20-year-old has slowed a bit of late with now five straight games in single digit scoring. He had four points, five rebounds, four turnovers and three fouls in 12:28 minutes against Braunschweig and then scored seven points with three rebounds, one assist, one block, one turnover and four fouls in 15:07 minutes against Oldenburg. Rado’s got one more game this season – and a big one. Let’s see how he does.
Meat and Potatoes
The eight Beko BBL playoff teams are set as are three of the spots in the final standings – Bayern first, Oldenburg fourth and Telekom Baskets Bonn fifth. Third placed Berlin can still overtake Bamberg for second place and sixth to eighth places are up for grabs among Ulm, Artland and Ludwigsburg. The relegation battle will be decided between Tübingen and Würzburg. The Beko BBL scoring race is still up for grabs as well as Isaiah Swann from Braunschweig has 589 points in 33 games and Bremerhaven’s Darius Adams has 585 points in 33 games. The rebounding battle will be decided between Hagen’s Larry Gordon (7.5 rpg) and Jamel McLean of Bonn (7.3 rpg). The assist king has long been decided with Bamberg’s Jared Jordan taking the crown.