The magic number: Three new coaches / Three moves for Bayern / Three Bs atop Beko BBL
— David Hein
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:
14 losses in a row too much - Bonn fire coach Fischer - Pohl takes over
The bosses at Telekom Baskets Bonn had seen enough after 14 straight losses in the Beko BBL and Eurocup and they fired head coach Mathias Fischer. Bonn, who have been plagued by injuries to a number of key players, promoted Fischer’s assistant coach Carsten Pohl into the role as head coach. Bonn won their first game under Pohl versus WALTER Tigers Tübingen, but GIESSEN 46ers ruined Pohl’s first home game - with highlights like this:
Jordan extends with Tigers, Perovic steps down, replaced by Tyron McCoy
WALTER Tigers Tübingen’s week started with a good piece of news as playmaker ace Jared Jordan extended his contract with the club until the end of the 2016-17 season. The news immediately followed with Igor Perovic’s announcement that he is stepping down as Tübingen’s head coach. Perovic said he lost his energy with the team after coaching there since 2009. A couple days later came the news that Tyron McCoy would take over the head coaching duties. McCoy was a great player for EWE Baskets Oldenburg before moving to the coaching ranks and leading Artland Dragons from 2013 to 2015. McCoy came up with a great highlight as a coach last season, nailing a shot from the sidelines.
Ex-Coach of the Year Poropat throws in towel at MBC, Krunic takes over
The third coaching vacancy came at Mitteldeutscher BC where Silvano Poropat threw in the towel with the last-placed team after having coached there since 2011. Poropat was named the Beko BBL Coach of the Year for the 2013-14 season but stepped down after MBC won just two of their first 14 games. MBC handed the reins to former German championship-winning coach Predrag Krunic with a contract until the end of the season and an option to extend. Krunic guided EWE Baskets Oldenburg to the 2009 title, and he will hope to get more highlights like this:
Bamberg lead Three Bs atop league
The days of s.Oliver Baskets Würzburg and MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg right near the top of the Beko BBL have passed as the cream of the crop - the three Bs Brose Baskets Bamberg, ALBA BERLIN and Bayern Munich - has risen to the top with the top three spots. Würzburg dropped to fourth and Ludwigsburg have fallen to seventh.
Ulm continue to roll
While Bamberg won their sixth straight game to move to 13-2 and are followed by Berlin - 12-3 after three wins in a row - and Bayern - 11-4 following four straight victories - ratiopharm ulm raced past WALTER Tigers Tübingen 75-59 for their sixth consecutive triumph. Thorsten Leibenath’s team improved to 8-7 just outside of the playoff ranks.
Braunschweig grab critical win
With Ulm breathing down their neck, Keaton Grant tallied 20 points as Basketball Löwen Braunschweig held off BG Göttingen 67-63 for their fourth win in the last five games to move to 9-6 - one game ahead of Ulm in the playoff race. Göttingen moved into the relegation zone despite this big dunk from Shane Edwards. Check it out!
Player of the Week
Captain oh my captain - Bryce Taylor did it all for Bayern Munich in their victory over s.Oliver Baskets Würzburg with 20 points as he made 7-of-8 shots including all three three-point attempts as well as 3-of-3 free throws. He also collected three rebounds, five assists, one steal, one block and zero turnovers for an efficiency of 29.
Three player moves for Bayern
After missing out on the Turkish Airlines Euroleague, Bayern Munich shook up their roster for the remainder of the season with a trio of moves. KC Rivers left the team and returned to Real Madrid while Vasilije Micic was sent on loan to Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade until the end of the season. Bayern did add a player as they signed guard Justin Cobbs, who is known in the Beko BBL from playing last season with FRAPORT SKYLINERS. Check out his interview!
Zipser to battle for slam dunk and three-point hardware
The participants for the Slam Dunk and Three-Point contests at the Beko BBL All-Star Day have been set with Bayern’s Paul Zipser competing in both events besides the All-Star Game. Joining Zipser in the Slam Dunk Contest will be Daniel Theis, Quantez Robertson and Garlon Green. The other four players in the Three-Point Contest are Per Günther, Brad Wanamaker, Will Cherry and Niels Giffey.
German Top Five of the Week
G: Per Günther, ratiopharm ulm
Günther had a strong all-around game with seven points on 2-of-6 shots and 2-of-4 threes and 1-of-2 free throws to go with four rebounds and nine assist with just one turnover against Tübingen.
G: Paul Zipser, Bayern Munich
Zipser is getting more and more playing time and he’s using it as he collected 15 points on 5-of-8 shots including 3-of-6 threes and 2-of-2 free throws as well as four rebounds and three assists with one turnover against Würzburg.
F: Patrick Heckmann, Brose Baskets Bamberg
Heckmann picked up 11 points on 2-of-4 shots and 7-of-9 free throws as well as four rebounds, two assists, two steals and three turnovers against Bayreuth.
F: Daniel Theis, Brose Baskets Bamberg
Theis continued his superb play with 12 points on 6-of-9 shots, seven rebounds, one assist and one block against Bayreuth. Theis threw down one dunk after another. Check them out!
C: Johannes Voigtmann, FRAPORT SKYLINERS
JoVo had an outstanding game against Ludwigsburg with 13 points on 6-of-9 shots including hitting his only three-pointer while picking up five rebounds, five assists, one block and three turnovers.
The most impressive highlight was this assist.
Max Ugrai, 20, PF, s.Oliver Baskets Würzburg
Ugrai set a Beko BBL career high with eight points against Bayern Munich, hitting 3-of-4 shots including 2-of-3 three-pointers to go with one rebound and one block in 10:36 minutes.
Niklas Geske, 21, PG, Phoenix Hagen
Geske had a good all-around showing against Crailsheim with eight points on 3-of-6 shots including his only three-pointer while also picking up one rebound, four assists and three turnovers in 14:52 minutes.
Jonas Grof, 19, PG, Phoenix Hagen
Grof was very productive in just 6:01 minutes versus Crailsheim with eight points on 3-of-4 shots and 2-of-3 free throws as well as two rebounds and two turnovers. Grof had scored just five points in his previous seven games.
Mahir Agva missed all three of his shots for Tübingen against Ulm but made 5-of-8 free throws for five points to go with four rebounds, one assist, one steal and one foul in 18:44 minutes.
Maodo Lo is no stranger to German basketball fans but not many know that one of Lo’s teammates at Columbia is 1995-born Lukas Meisner. The 2.03m former Braunschweig product collected six points, seven rebounds and three blocks against Howard.