Ulm, Braunschweig win thrillers / Berlin set club record after travel nightmare / Tübingen's...
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:
Berlin shake off travel nightmare, set new club record
ALBA BERLIN shook off a 40-hour trip to Ukraine for the Eurocup to knock off medi bayreuth 83-73 to set a new club record of 15 straight victories - nine in the Beko BBL and six in the Eurocup. Berlin had a monster of a journey to Yuzhne, Ukraine for their European cup game. They flew to Kiev expecting to take a connecting flight to the Black Sea city of Odessa and then a bus to Yuzhne. But the plane could not land in Odessa as Ukraine was hit with a winter storm and had to be re-directed to Kharkiv. The next morning, the Berlin team tried to fly to Odessa again only to be sent back to Kiev as wind, snow and ice would not allow a landing. The team then boarded a bus and drove eight hours to Yuzhne and survived an overtime game for a win. Respect to Berlin and congrats on the new record!
Double dose of overtime: Ulm, Braunschweig win thrillers
The Beko BBL saw two absolute thrillers in overtime as ratiopharm ulm and New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig collected road victories in breath-taking fashion. Thanks to Immanuel McElroy for the game-winner for Braunschweig at Artland Dragons and Trent Plaisted for the buzzer-beater in Ulm’s win at Telekom Baskets Bonn:
Tübingen add NBA veteran Cook, not enough to win
Last-placed WALTER Tigers Tübingen made a move to try to save their season by adding Daequan Cook, who played 328 regular season NBA games and 46 playoff contests for the Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets and Chicago Bulls. The 26-year-old shooting guard, who won the 2009 NBA All-Star three-point contest, last played with Ukrainian side Budivelnik Kiev. Cook’s arrival was not enough to lead Tübingen to a win in his debut against MPH RIESEN Ludwigsburg despite him scoring 16 points on 6-of-17 shooting - 2-of-10 on threes - to go with two rebounds, one assist and two turnovers.
Player of the Week
Kyle Weems did all he could for medi bayreuth in Berlin but couldn’t help snap Berlin’s winning streak despite 23 points on 8-of-15 shooting with three three-pointers to go with six rebounds, two assists and five steals for an efficiency rating of 29.
Maxi Kleber picked up his second straight double-double in scoring 10 points on 5-of-10 shooting - though he went 0-of-4 from three-point range - while grabbing 12 rebounds to go with two assists, three steals, two blocks and one turnover and an efficiency rating of 23 in Würzburg’s win over Vechta:
Daniel Theis, 21, PF, ratiopharm ulm
Theis continues to be more productive, more consistently. Against Bonn, he collected 16 points while shooting 5-of-11, 10 rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block.
Ruben Dahmen, 19, SG, Phoenix Hagen
And we have another Beko BBL debutant as Dahmen played 53 seconds for Hagen in their win at home over TBB Trier.
Paul Zipser, 19, SG, Bayern Munich
Zipser got to play 5:00 minutes in Bayern’s blowout of Oldenburg, hitting his only shot from the field to go with 1-of-2 free throws for three points to go with two rebounds.
NBBL/JBBL TOP4 in Quakenbrück - but during Euroleague Final Four
Those looking to catch the best young players in Germany should mark down May 17-18 in their calendars as the TOP4s of the U19 NBBL and U16 JBBL will be played out that weekend at the Artland Arena in Quakenbrück. Not to burst Artland’s bubble, but that is the same weekend as the Euroleague Final Four in Milan, Italy. D’oh! Guys, let’s work on scheduling please. Let people get to both of these events! The reigning champs are Cybex Urspring (U19) and TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen (U16).
Albert Schweitzer Tournament field set
Those in Germany in mid-April would be well advised to take a trip to Mannheim for the Albert Schweitzer Tournament. The 16-team AST field was set this past week with two newcomers in Chile and Bosnia and Herzegovina to go along with Argentina, China, England, France, Germany, Italy, Serbia, Slovenia, reigning champs Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine and the United States (schedule). Unfortunately, Australia have pulled out of the tournament and Greece will also not be playing in the U18 spectacle, which runs from April 19-26.
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Meat and Potatoes
Beko BBL leaders Bayern Munich eased past EWE Baskets Oldenburg to improve to 17-2 while idle Brose Baskets Bamberg are second at (15-3) and Berlin moved to 15-4 with their ninth straight win. Tübingen’s sixth straight loss left them at 3-16 in last place with Würzburg 17th at 5-14. Bremerhaven’s Darius Adams leads the league in scoring with 19.37 ppg, followed by Isaiah Swann’s 17.89 ppg for Braunschweig with Skyliners’ Andy Rautins third at 17.60 ppg. The rebounding leader still is Phoenix Hagen’s Larry Gordon at 7.9 rpg with Maxi Kleber jumping to second at 7.3 - tied with Bonn’s Jamel McLean. Bayreuth’s Kevin Hamilton remains second in the assist race (Bonn’s Jared Jordan is tops at 7.5 apg) with 5.8 assists a game with Vechta’s Richard Williams third at 5.6 apg. MBC’s Angelo Calairo leads in efficiency rating at 19.16 per game followed by Adams (17.79) and Williams (17.16). Last but not least – the Top Ten of the week: