Ludwigsburg with miracle comeback / Bamberg tame Dragons / CEO Jan Pommer get’s extension
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:
Bamberg slay red-hot Dragons
The Artland Dragons came into the weekend spewing fire after beating Bayern Munich in the Audi Dome and blowing out 2013 runners-up EWE Basket Oldenburg. But Artland left Freak City looking for a light after Brose Baskets Bamberg slayed the Dragons 78-72 for their 10th straight victory to maintain the pressure on Beko BBL leaders Bayern Munich. Bamberg once again were led by new playmaker Jared Jordan, who collected eight points, five rebounds, 13 assists (!) and four steals. D’Or Fischer only scored four points for Bamberg but big man was a force on defense with two steals and five blocks. Check out D’Or telling Artland ‘Not in my house!’
Sanders nearing superstar status
Rakim Sanders has been enticing all season for Brose Baskets Bamberg and the small forward is slowly but surely moving into a superstar status. The 24-year-old played a huge role in Bamberg’s win over Artland with 18 points including 4-of-7 threes, eight rebounds and three steals and zero turnovers. Sanders has averaged 13.6 ppg in the last five games and grabbed 15 rebounds in the last two contests. In those two games, he also had five steals and made 8-of-12 three-pointers. Sanders, who has been hitting big shots at crucial times all season, is not far from being in the discussion as the best player in the Beko BBL right now. And the rest of the league may just recognize that by the end of the season.
Ludwigsburg win shocker over Skyliners
You’re down four points with 5.6 seconds left and just about all hope is gone. If you’re MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg last weekend, your lucky star is Quantez Robertson. The FRAPORT SKYLINERS leader picked up an unsportsmanlike foul, leading to a Coby Karl free throw to trim the deficit to 76-73. Karl was fouled on the ensuing possession, making the first and missing the second on purpose. Teammate Adam Waleskowski grabbed the rebound and was fouled on the putback with 1.3 seconds left. He then made the free throw and the shocking comeback was complete – as was the Skyliners’ heart-breaking seventh loss in a row. Too many words? Want the highlights? Here you go:
Lischka productive in return to court
It’s been a while since we heard about Johannes Lischka and it’s great to see the 26-year-old German international get back onto the court after pulling away from the game about two months ago to work on his physical conditioning following his brain tumor surgery. Against Bonn, Lischka went 0-of-2 from the field with 1-of-2 free throws but grabbed six rebounds in 7:57 minutes. Keep it up Joe!
Beko BBL extend contract with CEO Pommer
Weekly News is about the latest news in the Beko BBL, right? Well, the man in charge of turning the league into the number one domestic league in Europe by 2020, Beko BBL CEO Jan Pommer, had his contract unanimously extended until October 31, 2018. Never change a winning team, right?
Maxi Kleber struggled a bit shooting, making 3-of-9 shots, including 1-of-4 threes, for 10 points while grabbing three rebounds with one turnover in 21:18 minutes at ratiopharm ulm. Here are the high lights from the game:
Player of the Week
Angelo Caloiaro has made it to the Player of the Week segement a couple of times for Mitteldeutscher BC this season. But this time around it was teammate Marcus Hatten’s turn as he earned a week-best efficiency ranking of 29 for scoring 24 points on 9-of-16 shooting along with six rebounds, four assists, three steals and one turnover in MBC’s close victory over Rasta Vechta.
Bogdan Radosavljevic, 20, C, WALTER Tigers Tübingen
Bogdan makes another appearance on Young Guns after another strong game against Telekom Baskets Bonn with 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting along with six rebounds, one assist and just one turnover and three fouls in 20:48 minutes. It was his fourth double digit scoring performance in the last five games.
Max Merz, 20, PG, FRAPORT SKYLINERS
What? A Skyliners game and no JoVo this week? Well, Merz deserved some recognition more than Johannes Voigtmann in the game against Ludwigsburg (not just because JoVo fouled Waleskowski in the last seconds). Merz had eight points after having scored 10 points combined coming into the game. He also had three rebounds, one steal and one turnover in 16:05 minutes.
Valentin Blass, 18, SG, Telekom Baskets Bonn
Sure he only played 41 seconds but Blass made his Beko BBL debut for Bonn against Tübingen. He made his only shot for two points. And congratulations to Bonn for giving another kid a chance as 19-year-old Thomas Michel also played 41 seconds in his Beko BBL debut.
Double Bayern Munich video fun
Okay, sure it might be more fun if you know German, but had to pass this video along - Bryce Taylor learning Bavarian. And after watching a lot of curling during the Olympics, thoroughly enjoyed the latest installment of this showdown:
Basketball Insiders: Robin Benzing
Meat and Potatoes
The top three teams in the Beko BBL all won as Bayern Munich lead the standings at 22-3, followed by Bamberg (20-3) and Oldenburg (18-7). Rasta Vechta dropped their eighth straight game to fall to 5-20 in 17th place, ahead of only Tübingen at 4-20. Eisbären Bremerhaven’s Darius Adams continues to lead the league in scoring at 18.52 ppg ahead of New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig’s Isaiah Swann (18.24 ppg) and Phoenix Hagen’s David Bell (16.40 ppg). Hagen’s Larry Gordon is still the top rebounder at 7.5 rpg ahead of Angelo Caloiaro of MBC (7.2 rpg) and Munich’s John Bryant (7.2 rpg). Assist king Jared Jordan’s average went up with 13 assists against Artland to 7.8 apg; ahead of Bayreuth’s Kevin Hamilton (6.0 apg) and Munich’s Malcolm Delaney (5.3 apg). The most efficient player is still Caloiaro (18.32), ahead of Adams (16.64) and Jordan (16.43). What is missing? Of course, the Top 10: