Schaffartzik and Bayern ease to Game One win, Berlin need OT / Freak City future still up in the...
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:
Bayern blow out Oldenburg, Berlin survive Artland to take 1-0 leads
Bayern Munich and ALBA BERLIN both grabbed 1-0 leads in their Beko BBL semi-final playoff best-of-five series – though the games couldn’t have gone any more differently. Bayern blasted EWE Baskets Oldenburg 85-67 at home as MVP Malcolm Delaney scored 22 points and Heiko Schaffartzik nailed four three-pointers for 17 points – including this amazing prayer from beyond half-court just before halftime.
While Oldenburg came out flat and never really challenged Bayern, the showdown between Berlin and Artland Dragon was a battle throughout in Berlin. Artland appeared ready to steal Game One on the road as David Holston nailed a three-pointer with nine seconds left to give Quakenbrück the lead 72-69. But Berlin’s Reggie Redding was fouled taking a three-pointer and made all three foul shots to force overtime. And Redding was again the man to step up, hitting a layup late for an 81-79 overtime win as Lawrence Hill’s final attempt went off target. Besides Redding’s heroics and 19 points, Vojdan Stojanovski scored 16 points for Berlin. Here are the highlights:
Bayern win replay, Oldenburg ease past Bonn
Bayern were forced to replay Game Four of the first round series at MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg after a referee mistake late in the original game – won by Bayern but ordered to be played again. Munich took care of business with an 86-68 blowout win on the road. Delaney had 25 points, seven rebound and three assists while Deon Thompson added 20 points. Oldenburg went the full series with Telekom Baskets Bonn but moved to the semi-finals with an 84-72 win over Bonn in Game Five at home. Julius Jenkins and Robin Smeulders combined for 29 points in the win. Bonn’s Tony Gaffney finished his season with 19 points – and of course a block, which made the Top Ten of the Games Four and Five of the first round.
Player of the Week
Heiko Schaffartzik may have won Man of the Match honors in Bayern’s Game One win over Oldenburg but Malcolm Delaney took Player of the Week honors. The MVP collected 22 points on 7-of-9 shooting and 6-of-6 free throws to go with three assists, one steal and one turnover for an efficiency rating of 27.
Mutapcic takes over German senior team, Rödl new A2 coach, Menz returns to U20s
The German Basketball Federation (DBB) figured out their coaching situation for this summer as Bayern Munich assistant coach Emir Mutapcic will take over the senior national team for their qualifying campaign for EuroBasket 2015. Mutapcic replaces Frank Menz, who was relieved of his duties with the senior team by the DBB and returned to the U20 national team, which he had coached before taking Germany’s top spot. Germany’s A2 national team also will have a new head coach as TBB Trier’s Henrik Rödl moves into that spot.
Ulm remain committed to TMG, Gausa heads to Gotha
Big time shout out to ratiopharm ulm who once again confirmed their commitment to Tommy Mason-Griffin by keeping the 23-year-old on for another year with an option for an additional season. TMG has not played a single game for Ulm the past two seasons, going through knee cartilage all season two years ago and then rupturing his Achilles tendon just before the start of this season. “I hope that the fans still believe in me and I can have a healthy and successful season,” said Mason-Griffin, who averaged 7.3 points, 1.8 rebounds and 2.9 assists during the 2011-12 season. Ulm’s 21-year-old small forward Kay Gausa missed nearly the entire 2013-14 season but will make his comeback to basketball with Oettinger Rockets Gotha in ProA as he leaves Ulm with the hope of more playing time on a one-year deal.
Tübingen keep Wallace, extend Albus until 2016
WALTER Tigers Tübingen staved off relegation by the skin of their teeth and now locked up one of the main guys who helped them stay in the Beko BBL. Tübingen and Jonathan Wallace agreed to join forces for one more season. The club also locked up one of their youngsters as they extended their contract with Julian Albus until June 30, 2016. The forward, who came on late in the season, turned 22 years old this week. The club goes into the summer with Branislav Ratkovica, Anatoly Kashirov and Bogdan Radosavljevic also signed for next season.
MBC keep Schwarz, Göttingen looking at Würzburg duo, Vechta add Griffin
Mitteldeutscher BC locked up an integral part of their successful season by keeping shooting guard Malte Schwarz for the 2014-15 campaign. Neither the club nor the player exercised their option to end their relationship and Schwarz will stay with MBC. BG Göttingen meanwhile are looking to strengthen their roster for the up-coming season back in the Beko BBL and are considering bringing back two players with a successful history with the team. Jason Boone and John Little, who played this season with s.Oliver Baskets Würzburg, helped Göttingen to the 2010 EuroChallenge title and sports director and head coach Johan Roijakkers is trying to bring both fan favorites back to Göttingen, according to a report out of Göttingen. RASTA Vechta meanwhile is working on putting together a roster to get back to the Beko BBL. The relegated team retained Alex Jarchow and added Chase Griffin on a one-year deal.
Bamberg future still up in the air
No news is not necessarily good news in Freak City where the future of Brose Baskets Bamberg remains totally up in the air. The Twittersphere had head coach Chris Fleming already gone, waiting only for the official confirmation. But the four-time Beko BBL champion coach is still in charge of the team – though many consider it just a matter of time. Other reports have Bamberg general manager Wolfgang Heyder also on his way out if Fleming is let go, mainly after Heyder spoke out in favor of keeping Fleming. Former Bamberg coach Dirk Bauermann’s name is being mentioned as a successor to Fleming. Meanwhile, the Freak City fans have undertaken a number of campaigns to urge the Brose boss Michael Stoschek to keep the current group of coaches and management together. One such action was a protest of brose ARENA by an estimated 80 Bamberg fans. #proFleming also has its own hashtag on Twitter, including links to this video tribute to the coach:
Beko BBL, clubs mourn death of Bruno Soce
The Beko BBL and its clubs mourned the death of former head coach Bruno Soce, who died on May 22 at the age of 68 in Munich. The Croatian brought Bonn from the second division to the Beko BBL and guided them to three finals appearances in 1997, 1999 and 2001, coaching Bonn from 1995 to 2001. He also coached EnBW Ludwigsburg during the 2003-04 season. “Bruno Soce enriched German basketball,” said Beko BBL CEO Jan Pommer. “His death is a major loss for basketball in Germany. We will miss him.” Bayern Munich head coach Svetislav Pesic considered Soce one of his best friends and the club held a minute of silence for the fallen coach ahead of their semi-finals Game One against Oldenburg.
Bremenhaven, MBC to hold big games in bigger arenas again next season
Eisbären Bremerhaven and MBC both announced they will once again move some of their bigger games next season to nearby bigger arenas. Bremerhaven will play their home games against Bayern Munich and local rivals EWE Baskets Oldenburg at the ÖVB Arena in Bremen. MBC meanwhile said they will increase the number of games held at the Arena Leipzig from two to three for next season. MBC will play their home games against FRAPORT SKYLINERS, ALBA BERLIN and Bayern Munich in Leipzig.