Ulm even Leverkusen’s record / Wucherer says no to staying in Giessen / Frankfurt host youth TOP4
— David Hein
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Ulm tie Leverkusen record for in-season winning streak
ratiopharm ulm took care of business with a dominant 89-67 victory at Telekom Baskets Bonn to tie the all-time easyCredit BBL in-season winning streak of 25 games with TuS 04 Leverkusen in the 1969-70 season. While Leverkusen completed the 1970 title with their 25th victory of the year, Ulm still have eight games to go in the regular season. Ulm, who got 19 points from Raymar Morgan and 17 from Chris Babb against Bonn, have to host ALBA BERLIN, play at Brose Bamberg and host FC Bayern Munich in the next three games. Beating Berlin would set the in-season mark while the record for most consecutive wins in the easyCredit BBL is 32, set by ALBA BERLIN at the end of the 1999-2000 and 2000-01 seasons. While Ulm moved to 24-0, Bonn dropped to 14-9 as their five-game winning streak was snapped.
Bamberg ease past Oldenburg - ready for Bayern battle
Brose Bamberg definitely did not look past EWE Baskets Oldenburg and eased by the northern Germans 83-62 on the road for their 10th straight win. Bamberg were superbly efficient in hitting 9-of-17 three-pointers (53 percent) and 56 percent for the game as well as 86 percent from the free throw line and just eight turnovers. Fabien Causeur led the way with 18 points for Bamberg, who moved to 23-1 ahead of this weekend’s showdown at FC Bayern Munich. Oldenburg have lost three in a row in falling to 13-11 - just one-half game ahead of MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg for the seventh spot in the standings.
Bayern roll on over Tübingen
FC Bayern Munich also continued to roll with their eighth consecutive win in racing past WALTER Tigers Tübingen 85-63. Bayern, who never trailed in the game, saw four of the five starters score in double digits - paced by Danilo Barthel’s 17 points. Bayern shot 59 percent from the field and dished out 25 assists in moving to 20-3. Tübingen are now 6-18 in the league - five wins over RASTA Vechta for the second relegation spot.
Short-handed Berlin snap losing streak
ALBA BERLIN have righted their ship with an impressive 99-75 home win over s.Oliver Würzburg despite being short-handed in playing without Peyton Siva and Tony Gaffney. Six Berlin players scored in double digits with four of them coming off the bench, including top scorer Bogdan Radosavljevic with 17 points. Berlin never trailed in shooting 58 percent from the field in moving to 15-9 - 2.5 games behind medi bayreuth after snapping a four-game losing streak. Würzburg fell to 6-18 after the loss, which came after they had ended their seven-game losing streak last weekend.
Ludwigsburg near seventh spot with third straight win
MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg have been fending off teams fighting for the eighth spot in the playoffs for weeks and now they are just one-half game from the seventh spot after beating Science City Jena 95-80 on the road. Jack Cooley’s 15 points paced 10 Ludwigsburg players with at least seven points as Ludwigsburg won their third straight game to improve to 12-11 - with EWE Baskets Oldenburg at 13-11 in seventh place. Jena wasted 27 points from Marcos Knight in falling to 10-14 - 2.5 games out of the playoffs.
Giessen stay close to Ludwigsburg
GIESSEN 46ers beat Eisbären Bremerhaven 88-84 at home to end a three-game losing streak and stay in the playoffs race. Dwayne Evans collected a monster double-double of 23 points and 16 rebounds as Giessen improved their mark to 11-13 - 1.5 games behind MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg for the final playoff spot. Jordan Hulls’ 30 points were not enough for Bremerhaven, who lost their sixth straight for a 6-17 mark.
Wucherer turns down Giessen’s extension offer, will leave after season
GIESSER 46ers will have to find a new head coach for next season after current boss Denis Wucherer turned down the club’s offer to extend their expiring contract. That means that the 43-year-old Wucherer, who helped Giessen move from the second division ProA to the easyCredit BBL and nearly make the playoffs in his first three years, will leave after this season. Giessen reportedly tried to lock up Wucherer on another long-term deal, but the former German international declined. It seems a lock for him to land at a bigger club in the near future.
Player of the Week
Jordan Hulls did all he could for Eisbären Bremerhaven with 30 points on 8-of-10 shooting and 9-of-10 free throws to go with 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals for an efficiency of 39, but GIESSEN 46ers still won the game.
German Top Five of the Week
G: Maodo Lo, Brose Bamberg
Lo continues to excel for the reigning champions as the rookie collected 16 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists and 1 steal against EWE Baskets Oldenburg.
F: Niels Giffey ALBA BERLIN
Giffey was excellent for Berlin against s.Oliver Würzburg with 12 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 blocks.
F: Maxi Kleber, FC Bayern Munich
Kleber did a bit of everything for Bayern against WALTER Tigers Tübingen with 11 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals in 28 minutes.
F: Danilo Barthel, FC Bayern Munich
Barthel was actually Bayern’s leading scorer against WALTER Tigers Tübingen with 17 points while also picking up 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 1 block.
C: Bogdan Radosavljevic, ALBA BERLIN
The 23-year-old center came off the bench against s.Oliver Würzburg to lead Berlin with 17 points on 6-of-7 shots and 5-of-6 free throws while also collecting 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal and 1 block for a 21 efficiency in 16:39 minutes.
Mahir Agva, 20, C, FRAPORT SKYLINERS
After playing less than 16 minutes in the previous three games combined since returning from injury, Agva played 20:09 minutes against Basketball Löwen Braunschweig in collecting 11 points, 6 rebounds and 1 assist.
Ferdinand Zylka, 18, SG, ALBA BERLIN
Berlin’s rout over over s.Oliver Würzburg meant the 18-year-old Zylka could make his easyCredit BBL debut and he missed his only shot - a three-pointer - while dishing two assists in 7:42 minutes.
Andreas Obst, 20, PG, GIESSEN 46ers
Obst returns to this list after picking up 5 points, 2 rebounds and 1 assist in 17:09 minutes against Eisbären Bremerhaven.
Niklas Kiel continues to be a rock for FRAPORT SKYLINERS as the 19-year-old power forward collected 8 points on 2-of-6 shots and 4-of-4 free throws as well as 4 rebounds and 0 turnovers in 17:29 minutes against Basketball Löwen Braunschweig.
Frankfurt to host JBBL-NBBL TOP4 in May
The youth basketball scene in Germany will converge on Frankfurt from May 27-28 as the city along the Main River will host the 2017 TOP4 of the U16 JBBL and U19 NBBL leagues. The Fraport Arena will be the host venue of the event as Germany looks for the successors to Eintracht Frankfurt / FRAPORT SKYLINERS and TSV Tröster Breitengüßbach as JBBL and NBBL champs.
Dirk Nowitzki took his place in the annuls of NBA history as the Dallas Mavericks superstar joined the exclusive club of 30,000 points in the NBA. The 38-year-old Wunderkind ranks sixth all-time in NBA history in points - trailing only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain. Check out his moment of history (video right) and the top 50 plays of his career (so far):