Oldenburg capture first TOP FOUR title / Braunschweig and Tübingen get big wins / Tibor Pleiß on fire
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:
Oldenburg capture first Beko BBL TOP FOUR title
Philipp Neumann and Casper Ware were outstanding all weekend in leading EWE Baskets Oldenburg to their first Beko BBL TOP FOUR title as they defeated Brose Baskets Bamberg 72-70 in the final. Ware and Neumann started against Bamberg after coming off the bench in the semi-finals win over Telekom Baskets Bonn and combining for 27 points. The Oldenburg duo combined for 25 points and six rebounds in the final with Neumann going for 12 points, four rebounds and two blocks against his former club. After making just 1-of-15 three-pointers (7 percent) in the semis, Oldenburg nailed 11-of-28 three-pointers (39 percent) against Bamberg.
Oldenburg’s victory was all the more impressive as veteran Julius Jenkins went scoreless. Brad Wanamaker did all he could for Bamberg with 19 points, four rebounds and four assists though he did miss all six of his three-point attempts. All told, Brose Baskets hit just 5-of-19 threes (26 percent). In the end, it was Oldenburg’s biggest moment since winning the 2009 German championship. Congratulations to Oldenburg, who enjoyed their celebrations:
Tübingen take big step to avoiding relegation
While Braunschweig won a big game in the race for the playoffs, WALTER Tigers Tübingen picked up a crucial victory in the race against relegation. Tübingen had dropped their last three games and six of the last seven to give Crailsheim Merlins and TBB Trier reason to hope. But Augustine Rubit collected 19 points and nine rebounds in leading Tübingen to a 75-71 victory over medi bayreuth to improve to 9-21. And the win was all the more important as Crailsheim won at Göttingen 93-89 to jump to 7-24.
Beko BBL gives two points back to TBB Trier
TBB Trier received two of the deducted eight points back from the Beko BBL’s arbitration court after their financial problems were penalized in March. Trier’s points record is now 12-40 and the club still trails Tübingen in the last non-relegation spot by six points - with a game in hand.
Braunschweig get big win in playoff race
Dru Joyce and Tim Abromaitis combined for 43 points, eight rebounds and five steals as Basketball Löwen Braunschweig picked up an important victory in the race for the playoffs by beating FRAPORT SKYLINERS 86-76. Braunschweig had lost two straight games before the Frankfurt contest but now are in eighth place with the last playoff spot at 14-15 while MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg, Artland Dragons, BG Göttingen are all 14-16 after losing two, three and two straight games respectively. Good passing and Abromaitis’ performance were key to the win - as you can tell from this video:
SKYLINERS will miss Klein for six weeks
FRAPORT SKYLINERS have been dealing without German point guard Konstantin Klein for much of the season. And now Frankfurt will lose the 23-year-old for six weeks after knee surgery. “It’s been a screwed up season with two operations. But I will do everything in my power in my rehab to get back - maybe during the playoffs,” Klein said. Klein has played 15 games this season, missing all of November and December and all but one game in January.
Göttingen give Onwuegbuzie a contract for 2015-16 season
BG Göttingen locked up one of their German players for next season in giving 20-year-old Andrew Onwuegbuzie a contract for the 2015-16 season. The shooting guard has averaged 2.0 points and shot 43 percent from three-point range in 16 games this season. Onwuegbuzie had a great two-game stretch around the New Year with 15 points against Oldenburg on December 30 and 10 points against Bayreuth on January 2.
Johannes Voigtmann continues his fantastic season with two more great games - albeit with SKYLINERS splitting the two games. Against Crailsheim, JoVo scored 14 points on 6-of-12 shots and 2-of-2 free throws with 13 rebounds, three assists, one steal, two turnovers and three blocks. Against Braunschweig, the 22-year-old had 16 points on 4-of-8 shots (including 2-of-3 threes) and 6-of-9 free throws to go with eight rebounds, three assists, three assists and three turnovers. In the 11 Beko BBL and EuroChallenge games in March and April, JoVo has averaged 15.6 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.7 blocks and 2.3 turnovers while shooting 66 percent from two-point range, 44 percent from three-point range (4-9) and 81 percent from the free throw line.
German Top Five of the Week
Here are the top five German players of the past week of games, including Philipp Neumann’s outstanding performance in the TOP FOUR.
G: David McCray, Artland Dragons
McCray led Artland in scoring against Mitteldeutscher BC with 12 points on 5-of-7 shots and 1-of-1 free throws with one steal.
F: Dominik Spohr, BG Göttingen
Let’s go with a big team this week with four forwards. Spohr definitely deserves to be on the team with a season-high 14 points on 6-of-12 shots, including the put-back just before the buzzer to force overtime against Crailsheim. He also picked up six rebounds, one steal and one turnover.
F: Elias Harris, Brose Baskets
Harris had a strong game in the TOP FOUR semi-finals with nine points on 4-of-5 shots as well as four rebounds, one assist, one steal and two turnovers versus Berlin. In the final against Oldenburg, Harris had five points on 2-of-5 shooting with one rebound and one assist.
F: Danilo Barthel, FRAPORT SKYLINERS
Barthel had two points on 1-of-5 shots with five rebounds, one assist, one turnover and one block in 15:12 minutes against Crailsheim. It was Barthel’s first points since January 25. Against Braunschweig, he collected 10 points on 4-of-5 shots and 1-of-2 free throws with three rebounds, one assist, one steal and two turnovers.
C: Philipp Neumann, EWE Baskets Oldenburg
Neumann played a huge role in Oldenburg winning their first TOP FOUR title. In the semis, he scored 13 points on 6-of-8 shots and 1-of-2 free throws to go with seven rebounds, one steal, one block and four turnovers against Bonn. In the final, Neumann collected 12 points on 3-of-7 shots and 6-of-8 free throws, four rebounds and two blocks.
Alassane Dioubate, 20, SG, Crailsheim Merlins
Dioubate had two strong games for the Merlins as he collected four points on 2-of-4 shots with three rebounds and one steal in 12:40 minutes against SKYLINERS. Against Göttingen, the 20-year-old played 14:49 minutes with two points on 1-of-2 shots, one rebound, two assists and two turnovers.
Bogdan Radosavljevic, 21, C, WALTER Tigers Tübingen
Rado only played 6:02 minutes but he made them pay off with five points on 1-of-2 shots and 3-of-4 free throws with three rebounds, one assist and one turnover.
Thomas Michel, 20, PF, Telekom Baskets Bonn
Going into the Beko BBL TOP FOUR third place game, Michel had played 8:28 minutes in three Beko BBL games and scored five points with three turnovers. Against Berlin, the 20-year-old played 9:37 minutes and collected five points on 2-of-5 shots with three fouls.
German Overseas Watch
Tibor Pleiß has stepped things up for FC Barcelona as he collected 12 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks in the final Last 16 Euroleague game against Galatasaray. The German big man averaged 11.7 points and 8.3 rebounds while shooting almost 70 percent from the field in the last three Euroleague games.