Graves and Veikalas beat the buzzer, Berlin still alive for Euroleague playoffs, Bamberg and Bayern bounce back
— 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:
Bamberg bounce back after loss, let out frustration on Tübingen
Beko BBL leaders Brose Baskets did a good job bouncing back from their first Beko BBL loss in since November 22 (at MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg) by letting out their frustration on WALTER Tigers Tübingen 100-59. After getting their 16-game winning streak snapped, Bamberg shot 55 percent from the field and forced 22 Tübingen turnovers in improving to 24-4 atop the league. Bamberg’s Trevor Mbakwe is among those to say Dunk you very much:
Berlin go for Euroleague history against Maccabi
It’s another do-or-die game for ALBA BERLIN in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague as Sasa Obradovic’s team must beat Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv to become the first team from Germany to qualify for the Quarter-Finals Playoffs. Berlin will be eliminated with a loss against the reigning Euroleague champs, who Berlin beat 66-59 in Tel Aviv in Round 7 of the Top 16. Berlin have won their last three games in the Euroleague to remain in the running for the Playoffs.
Bayern return to winning ways after losing to Göttingen again
BG Göttingen clearly have Bayern Munich’s number as the promoted side grabbed a second victory over the reigning Beko BBL champions to hand Munich their second straight loss. Bayern returned to the winning column with a blowout win over Crailsheim Merlins and then ended ratiopharm ulm’s six-game winning streak to stay on the heals of Bamberg and Berlin. Bayern beat Ulm despite this nice play between Will Clyburn and Tim Ohlbrecht.
Artland’s Graves buzzer-beater ends SKYLINERS dreams in double-OT
There was plenty of drama in Frankfurt for the FRAPORT SKYLINERS showdown with Artland Dragons, who trailed by nine points in the first overtime but forced a second overtime. In the second extra session, Artland led by eight with two minutes left and six points with 17 seconds to play. But the Dragons needed some heroics by Antonio Graves to leave Frankfurt as winners. See for yourself (video recap):
Oldenburg 1-1 under new coach Drijencic after Machowski sacking
Just like this season under head coach Sebastian Machowski, EWE Baskets Oldenburg have had an up-and-down two games under new coach Mladen Drijencic, who replaced Machowski after his firing. Oldenburg management had seen enough and got rid of Machowski who reached the Beko BBL Finals in 2013 and the semi-finals last season. The Bosnian Drijencic had served as Oldenburg's ProB head coach. Regardless of who the coach is, veteran Rickey Paulding can still fly!
Berlin go for Beko BBL TOP FOUR three-peat in Oldenburg
After taking on Maccabi Tel Aviv, ALBA BERLIN have big showdown this weekend as they attempt a three-peat of the Beko BBL TOP FOUR in Oldenburg. The eight-time winners Berlin face off against three-time champions Bamberg at 5 p.m. with the showdown between one-time runners-up Oldenburg and three-time runners-up Bonn to follow at 8 p.m. Maybe we can see another play like this - when an alley-oop becomes a three-pointer by Bonn’s Eugene Lawrence:
Veikalas quiets Braunschweig crowd with buzzer beater for Bonn
There was another buzzer beater with the road team winning. Telekom Baskets Bonn were leading by 19 points but the game was tied with just seconds left when Benas Vaikalas gave Bonn the win:
Trier accept points penalty, stay in league but lose Chikoko to Italy
TBB Trier were hit with an eight-point penalty due to their financial difficulties but the club were able to provide adequate proof that they could play out the end of the season. The eight-point penalty puts Trier in last place in the Beko BBL. Henrik Rödl’s attempts to save relegation took another hit when they were forced to sell off talented forward Vitah Chikoko to Italian club Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia.
Beko BBL CEO Pommer asks for premature end to his contract
Beko BBL CEO Jan Pommer has asked the league to grant him an exit from his contract in July 2015. Pommer has been in office with the Beko BBL since 2005 and has a deal until 2018. The AG Basketball Bundesliga president Alexander Reil said the league will meet soon to determine how Pommer’s departure can be organized.
Bayreuth lose Brembley for rest of season
medi bayeuth will play out the rest of their season without guard David Brembly. The German suffered a right ankle injury and will miss the remaining four games for Bayreuth, who cannot reach the playoffs but are all but certain to avoid relegation this season. Brembly suffered the injury in Bayreuth’s game against TBB Trier. No surgery is necessary, meaning Brembly should be available in time for the German A-2 national team this summer.
Players of the Week(s)
We missed a couple of weeks so here is a run-down of the past three Players of the Week winners. For the 27th Round, Johannes Voigtmann put together a great game for SKYLINERS against Phoenix Hagen with 26 points on 10-of-14 shots, 5-of-7 free throws with 11 rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block for an efficiency of 33. Frankfurt provided the top performer for the 28th Round as well with Jacob Burtschi lighting up Eisbären Bremerhaven for a season record 10 three-pointers (of 14 attempts) to go for 36 points as well as two rebounds, two assists and one steal for an efficiency of 33. ratiopharm ulm’s Tim Ohlbrecht snapped the SKYLINERS’ run of top showings for the 29th Round as he picked up an efficiency of 32 against Bayern Munich with 26 points on 10-of-12 shots and 6-of-7 free throws to go with eight rebounds, one steal and one block.
A Frankfurt player actually came up with the top performance as Aaron Doornekamp had an efficiency of 33 against Ludwigsburg with 28 points on 8-of-8 shots including 5-of-5 on threes and 7-of-10 free throws while also picking up four rebounds, two assists and three steals. But the SKYLINERS game was for the 32nd Round. Check out Burtschi’s long distance shooting show:
Johannes Voigtmann continues to have a great season and as mentioned above the young big man had a superb showing against Hagen with 26 points and 11 rebounds as well as four assists, one steal, one block, four turnovers and two fouls in 27:54 minutes. In the wild double-overtime game against Artland Dragons, JoVo played 40:20 minutes and collected 17 points on 7-of-16 shooting and 2-of-2 free throws while adding seven rebounds, one block, two turnovers and zero fouls. Against Bremerhaven, he had 10 points on 5-of-7 shots, four rebounds, one assist, one block, one turnover and one foul in 23:53 minutes. And against Ludwigsburg, JoVo collected seven points on 3-of-7 shots and 1-of-4 free throws while picking up seven rebounds, six assists, one steal and three turnovers in 32:16 minutes. Check out some highlights from his monster double-double against Hagen.
German Overseas Watch
It’s hard not to go with Gavin Schilling reaching the NCAA Final Four with Michigan State, who lost in the national semi-finals against Duke. After scoring 14 points combined against Oklahoma and Louisville in the previous two games, Schilling went scoreless against Duke, picking up two rebounds and four fouls as he tried to guard Duke’s star center Jahlil Okafor.
Basketball Insiders: Sean Mosley and Garrett Sim
The guys at Sports Eagle had a nice chat with Crailsheim Merlins’ leading scorers Sean Mosley and Garrett Sim. Give it a look.