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Mark Dorris with a huge game winner for Phoenix Hagen / Tübingen put up another fight / Bamberg...

Mark Dorris with a huge game winner for Phoenix Hagen / Tübingen put up another fight / Bamberg...

Tübingen not playing like last-placed team but still losing; Bonn win at home for first time in 2014; Bamberg release two big names, connected to an even bigger one.

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:

Tübingen put up fight, but Bayern prevail

WALTER Tigers Tübingen may be in last place in the Beko BBL but Igor Perovic’s team has not been playing like it. Since beating s.Oliver Baskets Würzburg in a crucial relegation grudge match, Tübingen lost by only two points at home against Brose Baskets two weeks ago and then fell last weekend at home to Bayern Munich. The league leaders were up by 18 points in the first half but Tübingen charged back to take the lead in the third quarter. Bayern, however, showed why they top the Beko BBL to grab the 78-70 win. But Tübingen showed the league that they will be relegated that easily.

Welcome to 2014: Bonn finally win at home again

Telekom Baskets Bonn were starting to forget what it was like to win at home but Mathias Fischer’s magenta-clad men finally picked up a W at the Telekom Dome with a convincing 74-54 victory over FRAPORT SKYLINERS - Bonn’s first home in 2014. Bonn had lost five of the last seven games since beating medi bayreuth at home on December 15, snapping a four-game home losing streak.

Bamberg bits part I: Eurocup exit, release Wright, Velickovic

After failing to reach the Euroleague Top 16, Brose Baskets Bamberg suffered another international disappointment, getting eliminated from the Eurocup as well. That led to the immediate release of two players as Bamberg dropped Zack Wright and Novica Velickovic. Wright, who was immediately picked up by Greek powers Panathinaikos, failed to live up to the expectations of a starting point guard in Bamberg while Velickovic never was able to reach a top fitness level.

Bamberg bits part II: CEO Heyder says Fleming going nowhere

Bamberg’s Eurocup exit once again sparked speculation that name sponsor Brose would consider getting rid of head coach Chris Fleming. Bamberg CEO Wolfgang Heyder pledged his support for Fleming: “There is no debate about the coach. I can only say that from my point of view.” It would seem that a coach who wins four straight Beko BBL titles and three straight TOP FOUR cups would deserve a bit more leeway than that. It’s quite remarkable that this is even a discussion. But I guess the what-have-you-done-for-me-lately argument can go for any time period.

Bamberg bits part III: Brose linked to Bonn point guard Jordan

Sorry about all the Bamberg news but it would be a crime not to mention this one. The usually quite reliable basketball news portal Sportando linked Bamberg with Jared Jordan saying the four-time reigning champs were seriously pursuing the Telekom Baskets Bonn point guard. None of the parties involved wanted to touch this rumor, as expected. Stay tuned for more.

Buzzer beater

Phoenix Hagen showed they can win big games late, with Mark Dorris supplying the dagger at the buzzer.

This week’s Top 10

Plenty of great highlights this week. Here is a sampling:

Hamburg’s Plan B appears to be ProA

Plans for the Hamburg Towers are taking shape. After originally hoping for a wild card in the Beko BBL, Towers management appears closer to submitting a bid for a wild card to start next season in the ProA and then try to get promoted to the BBL, according to a report in the Hamburger Abendblatt. The report did say that Hamburg sports boss Pascual Roller has not yet given up on his hopes of gaining a wild card for the first division.

Kleber watch

Maxi Kleber had a strong game for Würzburg against Hagen with 13 points on 6-of-11 shooting - missing both three-pointers - with eight rebounds, one assist, one block, two turnovers and two fouls in 25:25 minutes in a bitter loss at Hagen. With a scout from the Orlando Magic in the crowd, Kleber missed a big three late that could have gotten Würzburg the win:

Player of the Week

Tyrone Nash did all he could to help Tübingen beat Bayern Munich but 25 points on 9-of-10 shooting - 4-of-5 threes - with seven rebounds, two blocks and 1 turnover were not enough. The 31 efficiency ranking was good enough for Player of the Week honors though and his teammate Josh Young was second-best on the week with a 27 efficiency.

Young Guns

Bogdan Radosavljevic, 20, C, WALTER Tigers Tübingen

Rado had another strong game against his former team as the ex-Bayern big man had 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting, three rebounds, two steals, two turnovers and four fouls in 22:32 minutes against Munich. Back in November, he collected 10 points, one rebound, one turnover and five fouls in 9:22 minutes against Bayern.

Ole Wendt, 21, PG, Phoenix Hagen

Wendt had another strong outing in Hagen’s win over Würzburg with eight points on 3-of-7 shooting with four rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and zero turnovers in 18:28 minutes.

Johannes Voigtmann, 21, C, FRAPORT SKYLINERS

What’s this season’s Young Guns segment without JoVo? Okay, the Skyliners big man wasn’t quite as solid this week, with four points on 2-of-3 shooting, three rebounds, one steal and three turnovers in 16:35 minutes. But there wasn’t another youngster performance to overtake him on the list this week.

Meat and Potatoes

Once again not much has changed in the Beko BBL standings with the top seven teams all winning. Bayern Munich still tops in the league (20-2), followed by Bamberg (17-3) and Berlin (17-5). Tübingen remained last at 4-18 with Bayreuth are second-to-last with the same record. The race for the scoring title hasn’t changed at all either with the same trio at the top - Bremerhaven’s Darius Adams (18.7 ppg), Isaiah Swann from Braunschweig (17.6 ppg) and Skyliners Andy Rautins (17.6 ppg). Officially back atop the rebounding rankings is Hagen’s Larry Gordon with 7.8 rpg while Angelo Caloiaro from MBC is second (7.2 rpg) followed by Bayern’s John Bryant (7.2 rpg). Despite the rumor talk, Jared Jordan still leads the league in assists for Bonn (7.7 apg) with Würzburg’s Dominic Waters second (6.0 apg) and Bayreuth’s Kevin Hamilton third (5.7 apg). Caloiaro leads the league in efficiency at 18.6 followed by Gordon at 17.3 while Bamberg’s D’Or Fischer jumped to third at 17.3.

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