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Young German big men Theis and Radosavljevic impressive / Berlin rides victory streak / Favorites...

Young German big men Theis and Radosavljevic impressive / Berlin rides victory streak / Favorites...

Berlin, Bamberg and Bayern book berths at TOP FOUR; Tübingen earn huge win in relegation battle over Würzburg; Daniel Theis with monster game in defeat

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:

Favorites through to much-anticipated TOP FOUR

Beko BBL fans will have one heck of a TOP FOUR in Ulm on March 29-30 as all three favorites - reigning TOP FOUR champions ALBA BERLIN, reigning Beko BBL champions Brose Baskets Bamberg and current league leaders Bayern Munich - prevailed in their qualifiers to set up a great weekend of action including hosts ratiopharm ulm. The absolute highlight was Reggie Redding’s game-winner in ALBA BERLIN’s 88-87 win at home over Telekom Baskets Bonn. Bamberg held off EWE Baskets Oldenburg 90-83 in a re-match of the 2013 Beko BBL Finals and a reunion with former Bamberg center Philipp Neumann. And Bayern knocked off Artland Dragons 76-61. Here are the highlights:

Stats Corner: 17, 58, 76

Can anybody stop ALBA BERLIN? The club from the capital extended their winning streak to 17 games in Germany and Europe by knocking off ratiopharm ulm 92-87. The game saw 58 fouls called, resulting in 76 free throws - 45 for the hosts Ulm and 31 for Berlin:

Relegation showdown: Waters, Sommerville not enough in home debut

s.Oliver Baskets Würzburg made another addition to their team but new forward Marcellus Sommerville and recent acquisition Dominic Waters were not enough as Würzburg lost in the players’ home debut, 82-63 in a crucial relegation battle against WALTER Tigers Tübingen. The 31-year-old Sommerville, who had 6 points and 9 rebounds against Tübingen, arrives from Turkish side Aliaga Petkim and replaces Steve Esterkamp, whose six-week contract was not extended. WALTER Tigers Tübingen had lost their last six games to fall to last place in the Beko BBL. But now the losing streak is over as well as them being in last place. Tübingen raced past Würzburg with Alex Harris hitting all his eight shots for 21 points.

Cuffee back for MBC - and team wins in his return

After losing three of their last four games, Mitteldeutscher BC welcomed back Michael Cuffee, who missed the last nine games. The American leader had 16 points and five rebounds to lead MBC to a home win over Phoenix Hagen.

Braunschweig to lose New Yorker as name sponsor at season’s end

New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig face a difficult challenge come season’s end when they will lose their name sponsor. The clothing fashion house New Yorker will leave after eight years as the club’s name sponsor. Team officials made clear that the club’s existence is not in danger as their other sponsors all plan on staying on board. New Yorker also served as a partner with a contract until 2015. Club officials would like to introduce by April a new concept for the team moving forward. A lot of obstacles … and a 91:72 on Sunday versus RASTA Vechta:

Inspiration for Trier mascot has 750th Bundesliga game

There are mascots and then there is “Aggy”. The TBB Trier mascot is a guy with glasses and a long beard. And it’s actually a tribute to team masseur Alex Mock. The real-life version of “Aggy” celebrated a special anniversary this weekend, his 750th Bundesliga game for the team as masseur and caretaker. A big fan of Carnival, Mock would like to remain in his position until the seventh game day of the 2023-24 season - after 1,111 games.

SKYLINERS keep Dubois, Watts, Bayreuth part ways with Conroy

The FRAPORT SKYLINERS have extended their contracts with Jarred Dubois and Dane Watts until the end of the season. Dubois had already played 11 games for the SKYLINERS while Watts was kept after a three-week tryout and there is an option for the 2014-15 season. The SKYLINERS also said that Ramon Galloway will stay with the club until at least the end of February. And medi bayreuth parted ways with Will Conroy as Mike Koch’s team decided against picking up the option of keeping the 31-year-old playmaker until the end of the season.

Player of the Week

What a debut by Dane Watts with SKYLINERS as the new acquisition collected 22 points on 8-of-14 shooting - including 4-of-6 from three-point range - to go with eight rebounds, two assists, three steals and one block before fouling out after 26:15 minutes in a tough loss against Oldenburg:

Kleber watch

Maxi Kleber saw his stretch of double-doubles snapped though he collected 12 points - with 2-of-5 on threes - and eight rebounds. He added three steals and a block in 23:19 minutes but he did commit five turnovers in a bitter loss at home against Tübingen.

Young Guns

Bazouman Kone, 20, SG, Eisbären Bremerhaven

Wow, two weeks without a Skyliners youngster? Well, two weeks ago Frankfurt had the weekend off and this weekend Johannes Voigtmann struggled a bit. So let’s go with Kone, who played 8:59 minutes in a tight loss against Bamberg. The 20-year-old had two points, one rebound and two assists while shooting 1-of-4 from the field.

Bogdan Radosavljevic, 20, C, WALTER Tigers Tübingen

Bodgan did a nice job scoring the ball, with a team-high 22 points on 8-of-13 shooting, including 3-of-3 on three-pointers and 3-of-5 free throws in Tübingen’s huge win over Würzburg. But Bogdan! Zero rebounds in 24:42 minutes? Not one deflection into your hand? A board over a guard? Nothing? Board it up baby! But good job with zero turnovers and just two fouls.

Daniel Theis, 21, PF, ratiopharm ulm

Theis went just 5-of-7 from the field but he made 11-of-14 free throws in scoring a season-high 23 points to go with five rebounds, three steals and two blocks. He did foul out after 32:16 minutes in the loss to Berlin… but conquered the first spot in this week’s Top Ten:

Basketball Insiders by SportEagle.tv

The guys at SportEagle.tv are back with a Basketball Insiders chat with Bayern Munich’s frequent flyer Bryce Taylor (Check out their other stuff over here):

Meat and Potatoes

There were no changes atop the Beko BBL as the top five teams - Bayern Munich, Brose Baskets Bamberg, Alba Berlin, EWE Baskets Oldenburg and Artland Dragons - all won. Tübingen snapped a six-game losing streak with their win over Würzburg to move ahead of Würzburg into 17th place. Würzburg’s Dominic Waters leads the league in scoring after just two games played with 19.5 ppg followed by Bremerhaven’s Darius Adams with 18.9 ppg and Isaiah Swann’s 17.9 ppg for Braunschweig. Officially, the rebounding leader is new Würzburg forward Marcellus Sommerville with 9.0 rpg after one game. But let’s say the real leader is Phoenix Hagen’s Larry Gordon at 7.8 rpg. Ludwigsburg’s Gary McGhee is third at 7.6 rpg. Waters leads the race for second place in the assist category (Bonn’s Jared Jordan is tops at 7.5 apg) with 6.0 apg after two games. Richard Williams from Vechta and Bayreuth’s Kevin Hamilton both have 5.6 apg. MBC’s Angelo Calairo leads in efficiency rating at 19.4 per game followed by Adams (17.2) and Williams (17.2).

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