Tübingen stay in league, Würzburg relegated / Berlin beat Bayern again / The playoff bracket /...
Overjoyed in Tübingen …
WALTER Tigers Tübingen will be back in the Beko BBL next season after beating Phoenix Hagen 105-86 for their sixth win in their last nine games to avoid the drop to the ProA. After Jonathan Wallace, Daequan Cook and Tyrone Nash all scored more than 20 points, Tübingen players and fans were overjoyed about staving off the drop …
… Disappointment in Würzburg
… and sending s.Oliver Baskets Würzburg down to the ProA despite Würzburg beating medi bayreuth 71-62 in the final game of the season. The mood in Würzburg was definitely down as the club gets relegated after three seasons in the Beko BBL.
Let the Games begin: Playoff Match-Ups
The Regular Season is finally over and the playoffs tip off on Saturday May 10. The first round quarter-final match-ups are (seed): Bayern Munich (1) vs MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg (8); Brose Baskets Bamberg (2) vs Artland Dragons (7); ALBA BERLIN (3) vs ratiopharm ulm (6); EWE Baskets Oldenburg (4) vs Telekom Baskets Bonn (5). The playoffs are best-of-five and have the 1-1-1-1-1 format.
Here are the records of the eight playoff teams against the other teams (overall/home/away): Munich: 10-4/5-2/5-2; Bamberg: 8-6/5-2/3-4; Berlin: 9-5/7-0/2-5; Oldenburg: 8-6/5-2/3-4; Bonn: 6-8/2-5/3-4; Ulm: 5-9/4-3/1-6; Artland: 6-8/3-4/3-4; Ludwigsburg 4-10/2-5/2-5
Berlin beat Bayern – again
Sure it was a throw-away game as both Bayern and Berlin had their spots secured in the playoffs and could not move up or down. But … Berlin picked up an extra bit of confidence with a strong 83-76 victory at Munich for their 10th straight win. It was Berlin’s second win over Bayern this season after beating Munich 94-74 in the German capital on November 10.
Another 4.73 percent increase in attendance
Attendance numbers continue to increase for the Beko BBL and the average for the 2013-14 regular season jumped to 4,494 fans per game – a 4.73 percent increase from last season’s regular season average of 4,291. Capacity was 85.2 percent with Bamberg, Ulm, Vechta and Würzburg all playing to 100 percent capacity this season. Four clubs – Berlin, Bamberg, Ulm and Munich – had more than 100,000 spectators this season with Berlin tops at 180,894 for an average of 10,641. Here are some of the great highlights that the fans get to watch week-in-week-out – This week’s Top 10:
Oh, how do I love thee …
The best of the Beko BBL profess their love to … well, we won’t give it away.
Elzie hands over Rasta reins to Arigbabu
RASTA Vechta will return to ProA with a new coach as Patrick Elzie handed over the reins to his assistant coach Stephen Arigbabu. Elzie has been head coach with Vechta since 2009 and led them to promotion from ProB to ProA in 2012 and then the jump to the Beko BBL in 2013. But a 6-28 record was not enough for Elzie to keep Vechta in the top flight. The 53-year-old Elzie will remain with the club, working with the amateur and youth areas.
Göttingen win ProA, Weser-Ems/Oldenburg ProB champs
With the Beko BBL playoffs just about to tip off, the ProA and ProB post-seasons have come to a close. ProA regular season winners BG Göttingen lived up their favorite status and won the ProA title by knocking off second placed Crailsheim Merlins 83-69 in Game Two after losing the first game 93-91. The 2010 EuroChallenge champions Göttingen, who return to the Beko BBL after two seasons in the ProA, did not lose at home this season. ProB champions are Baskets Akademie Weser-Ems/Oldenburger TB after the Oldenburg farm club won the two-game final over Bamberg farm team Bike Cafe Messingschlager Baunach. Oldenburg won the first game in Baunach 82-74 and took the title despite a 76-74 defeat in Game Two.
Player of the Week
Darius Adams wins the final regular season Player of the Week honors with an outstanding performance in Eisbären Bremerhaven’s win over Vechta. The Offensive Player of the Year scored 28 points on 9-of-15 shooting and 6-of-7 free throws to go with four rebounds, 11 assists and two steals for an efficiency rating of 33.
Paul Zipser, 20, SG, Bayern Munich
Zipser has gotten more playing time since Bayern locked up home court advantage throughout the playoffs. And he responded with 6 points on 1-of-7 shooting and 4-of-4 free throws with seven rebounds, two assists, one steal, zero turnovers and one foul for a 10 efficiency rating in 13:28 minutes against Braunschweig. In the regular season finale against Berlin, Zipser played 22:09 minutes and collected 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting with 2-of-2 free throws to go with six rebounds and two steals for 14 in efficiency.
Daniel Theis, 22, PF, ratiopharm ulm
For the final edition of Young Guns for the season, I figured it would be okay to put Theis on here – he’s already turned 22 years of age. Theis had 19 points and 11 rebounds with one block against Trier.
Bogdan Radosavljevic, 20, C, WALTER Tigers Tübingen
Radosavljevic tailed off at the end of the season with 5.5 points and 4.2 rebounds over the final six games with playing time dropping almost every game. In the decisive game against Hagen, Radosavljevic had three points on 1-of-1 shooting and 1-of-2 free throws with one rebound, one assist, one turnover and two fouls in 6:48 minutes.
Tyree Chambers, 19, PG, medi bayreuth
While I wanted to include Trier’s 18-year-old shooting guard Luca Breu for making his Beko BBL debut, I figured better would be Chambers scoring a career high six points on 2-of-2 three-pointers and one assist in 3:43 minutes for Bayreuth against Würzburg.
Stockton and the Karls on Basketball Insiders
The guys at SportEagle.tv talk German and NBA hoops with MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg’s Michael Stockton and Coby Karl as well as Karl’s famous father, former NBA coach George Karl.
Meat and Potatoes
The final regular season rankings (record): Munich (29-5), Bamberg (28-6), Berlin (27-7), Oldenburg (25-9), Bonn (21-13), Ulm (20-14), Artland (20-14), Ludwigsburg (18-16), MBC (16-18), Hagen (15-19), Frankfurt (14-20), Bremerhaven (12-22), Trier (11-23), Bayreuth (11-23), Braunschweig (11-23), Tübingen (10-24), Würzburg (11-23), Vechta (6-28). Darius Adams won the scoring title with his great game against Vechta, finishing with 18.03 ppg – 613 points to 610 for Isaiah Swann from Braunschweig (17.94 ppg). Hagen’s Larry Gordon won the rebounding title at 7.6 rpg ahead of Jamel McLean of Bonn (7.2 rpg). The assist title was decided long ago and Bamberg’s Jared Jordan finished with 7.8 apg – ahead of Kevin Hamilton from Bayreuth (5.7 apg) and Tübingen’s Branislav Ratkovica (5.4 apg).