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Bayern, Ludwigsburg keep winning / Bayreuth beat Berlin / Würzburg add Duggins

— David Hein

FC Bayern Munich and MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg are the top two teams in the easyCredit BBL - both with five-game winning streaks after surviving tough fights this weekend. medi bayreuth beat ALBA BERLIN in a convincing fashion while s.Oliver Würzburg called in reinforcements with Vaughn Duggins.

In this section, we break out our English language skills and inform you about the latest news from the German easyCredit 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 easyCredit BBL short and sweet:

Bayern grab fifth straight win, Tübingen still winless

FC Bayern Munich remained atop the easyCredit BBL with a hard-fought 84-72 victory at home over last-placed WALTER Tigers Tübingen, who still are waiting for their first win. It was a tough fight for three quarters and Tübinen were even leading by six points in the third quarter. But Bayern took the fourth quarter 20-8 for their fifth straight win to move to 8-1. Jared Cunningham scored 23 points while Devin Booker had 13 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Tübingen dropped to 0-9 despite Barry Stewart coming off the bench for 17 points and four assists. Bayern made 18 of 25 free throws while Tübingen hit 6 of 6 foul shots.

Ludwigsburg survive for fifth straight victory

MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg also secured their fifth win in a row and also needed to survive a battle, fending off Mitteldeutscher BC 92-81 to move to 7-1 in second place. Ludwigsburg used a 7-0 run in the fourth quarter to grab control with Johannes Thiemann leading the way with 20 points. Thomas Walkup picked up 19 points, five rebounds, six assists and two steals while Adam Waleskowski added 16 points and 12 rebounds. Ludwigsburg dominated the boards with 51 rebounds to 29 for MBC, including 27 offensive rebounds. MBC lost their third straight game and are 3-6 in 14th place despite 21 points from Jordan Sibert. Marcus Hatten had 17 points, seven rebounds, five assists, four steals and one block in the loss.

Bayreuth beat Berlin to extend winning streak to three games

medi bayreuth continued their winning ways with a strong 83-76 victory over ALBA BERLIN for their third straight win to move to 7-2 for third place. Bayreuth never trailed in the final three quarters with Nate Linhart scoring 23 points and Andi Seiferth collecting 17 points and 13 rebounds. Bayreuth made 26 of 30 free throws compared to 14 of 22 for Berlin, who lost their second straight game and are now 7-3 in fourth place. Spencer Butterfield scored 18 points while Peyton Siva had 18 points, eight assists and four steals.

Bamberg too much for Frankfurt, jump back to fifth place

Reigning champions Brose Bamberg continue their march back up the easyCredit BBL standings with a 75-67 home victory over FRAPORT SKYLINERS. Bamberg won their third straight game for a 6-3 record for fifth place. Bryce Taylor had 15 points while Nikos Zisis collected 15 points and five assists and Luka Mitrovic had 10 points, 11 rebounds and five assists. Frankfurt, who played without center Mike Morrison, led by nine points in the second quarter but then trailed Bamberg by 13 points midway through the third period. The SKYLINERS suffered their second loss in a row and are sixth at 6-3. Tai Webster had 19 points, seven rebounds and three assists and Johannes Wohlfarth-Bottermann added 15 points and five rebounds in the loss.

Oldenburg offense keeps chugging along

The EWE Baskets Oldenburg offense just keeps chugging along as the easyCredit BBL’s top scoring team raced past GIESSEN 46ers 98-82 for a 6-3 record in seventh place. Oldenburg, who have won three of their last four games, led by 19 points in the third quarter but watched as Giessen closed the gap to seven points with three minutes to play. Oldenburg responded with a 13-1 run to decide the game. Maxime De Zeeuw tallied 21 points with nine rebounds and Rasid Mahalbasic collected 15 points, six rebounds, three assists and six steals for the winners. Giessen dropped to 4-5 after having won four of five games. Austin Hollins had 23 points while John Bryant was held to nine points and nine rebounds in the loss.


Bonn keep Würzburg reeling as Benzing falters late from line

Telekom Baskets Bonn kept s.Oliver Würzburg reeling with a 78-75 victory at home as Würzburg star Robin Benzing faltered late from the free throw line. Bonn got a career high of 20 points from TJ DiLeo and Josh Mayo had 12 points, five rebounds and four assists as they grabbed their second win in three games for a 5-3 record and eighth place. Benzing did have 21 points but he made just 5-of-18 shots and 9-of-11 free throws. Benzing split two foul shots with 16 seconds left and then with Würzburg down by three points with 5 seconds left, Benzing missed the first of three free throws before Mayo iced the game with two foul shots with 2 seconds left. Würzburg lost their fourth in a row and stand at 5-4 in ninth place.

Ulm win again - thanks to Lewis’ hot fourth quarter

ratiopharm ulm continue to surge as they knocked off Basketball Löwen Braunschweig 88-77 for their third straight win and fourth victory in the last five games. Braunschweig led in the third quarter but Ulm pulled away in the fourth thanks to a 16-3 run. Trey Lewis scored 13 of his team-high 17 points in the fourth quarter including three three-pointers and Ulm turned the ball over just nine times in the game. Per Günther also had 17 points. Scott Eatherton picked up 21 points, 16 rebounds and four assists in the loss, which was Braunschweig’s second straight, dropping them to 3-6 in 15th place. Braunschweig head coach Frank Menz did not coach the game as he underwent knee surgery with his assistant Steven Clauss filling in on the sidelines.

Göttingen keep rolling along, Bremerhaven drop seventh straight

BG Göttingen picked up their fourth victory in the last five games by beating Eisbären Bremerhaven 77-74 in a thriller. The game was tight throughout - with seven points being the biggest lead for either team - and Jordan Loveridge and Dominic Lockhart both hit big three-pointers in the final 1:01 minutes for the win. Göttingen, who improved to 4-6 for 13th place, got 17 points from Darius Carter while Michael Stockton had 14 points and five assists. Geoffrey Groselle collected 21 points and nine rebounds and Carl Baptiste scored 20 points but they were not enough for Bremerhaven, who lost their seventh in a row and are 16th at 1-8.

Jena win Thuringia derby against Erfurt

Science City Jena prevailed in a battle of Thuringia teams, holding off Oettinger Rockets 101-97 in Erfurt. Oettinger led by 15 points in the third quarter but could not snap their losing streak, which is now at five games for a 1-8 record in 17th place. Jena, who picked up their second straight win for a 4-5 record in 10th place, trailed by five points with two minutes left before Skyler Bowlin nailed two three-pointers and combined with Martynas Mazeika for 7-of-8 free throws in the final 35 seconds. Bowlin led the way with 28 points on six three-pointers and five assists while Mazeika scored 28 points as well, including 17-of-20 free throws. Jena made 36-of-43 in total from the foul stripe, compared to 21-29 for Rockets, who did make 16-of-33 three-pointers in the loss. Sava Lesic scored 20 points off the bench while Retin Obasohan had 14 points and eight assists.

Würzburg strengthen roster with Duggins, release Richardson

s.Oliver Würzburg decided to strengthen their roster and brought in Vaughn Duggins, who played two seasons with EWE Baskets Oldenburg. The 30-year-old helped Oldenburg reach the easyCredit BBL Finals last season, losing to Brose Bamberg. Duggins, who signed a contract until the end of the season, made his Würzburg debut against Telekom Baskets Bonn, picking up six points, three rebounds and two assists. Duggins also played two seasons with WALTER Tigers Tübingen. Duggins’ arrival also meant the departure of D.J. Richardson, who has already signed with Polish club Stal Ostrów Wielkopolski.

Player of the Week

Skyler Bowlin did it all for Science City Jena in their win over Oettinger Rockets with 28 points on 8-of-11 shots and 6-of-7 free throws to go with one rebound, five assists, two steals and one turnover for an efficiency of 31.

German Top Five of the Week

G: Per Günther, ratiopharm ulm

Günther nailed four three-pointers in scoring 17 points to go with one rebound and two assists in a win over Basketball Löwen Braunschweig.

G: TJ DiLeo, Telekom Baskets Bonn

DiLeo also knocked down four three-pointers in tallying a career high 20 points while also picking up one rebounds, five assists and two steals. DiLeo did not turn the ball over in 29:09 minutes against s.Oliver Würzburg.

F: Adam Waleskowski, MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg

Waleskowski had a superb game against Mitteldeutscher BC with 16 points, 12 rebounds, one assist, two steals and two blocks.

F: Johannes Thiemann, MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg

Thiemann makes it two Ludwigsburg players on this list as the German national team big man scored a team-high 20 points while also picking up six rebounds and one steal in 18:00 minutes of action.

C: Andi Seiferth, medi bayreuth

Seiferth continues to excel in the absence of Assem Marei as he picked up 17 points, 13 rebounds, one assist, two steals and two blocks in a win against ALBA BERLIN

Young Guns

Andreas Obst, 21, SG, Oettinger Rockets

Obst continues to produce for Oettinger Rockets as he nailed four three-pointers in scoring 14 points to go with three rebounds in 30:40 minutes of action against Science City Jena.

Leon Kratzer, 20, C, s.Oliver Würzburg

Kratzer did a solid job against Telekom Baskets Bonn off the bench with six points on 3-of-4 shots, four rebounds and one steal in 19:09 minutes.

Bjarne Kraushaar, 18, PG, GIESSEN 46ers

The 18-year-old point guard was playing just his fourth easyCredit BBL game and missed his only shot - a three-pointer - but grabbed one rebound, tied a career high with three assists and picked up his first steal in 5:59 minutes against EWE Baskets Oldenburg.

Bonga Watch

Isaac Bonga held his own against Brose Bamberg as the point guard, who celebrated his 18th birthday on November 8, scored eight points on 3-of-4 shooting and 2-of-2 free throws for FRAPORT SKYLINERS. Bonga grabbed three rebounds, dished two assists and turned the ball over just once in 19:16 minutes of action.

Germans Abroad

Kostja Mushidi has returned to action for Mega Bemax and the 19-year-old excelled in his first two games, averaging 14.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.0 assists in the ABA League. Mushidi nailed four three-pointers in scoring 18 points against MZT Skopje.

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