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Würzburg get big victory over Giessen / Bayern pass their way past MBC / Ulm talent Krämer scores 38 in ProA Viktor Meshko

Würzburg get big victory over Giessen / Bayern pass their way past MBC / Ulm talent Krämer scores 38 in ProA

— David Hein

The top seven teams in the easyCredit BBL all won this week as FC Bayern Munich extended their winning streak to 19 games and ALBA BERLIN have won nine straight. But s.Oliver Würzburg picked up a big victory in the fight for the playoffs while ratiopharm ulm talent David Krämer went off for 38 points in a ProA game.

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 pass their way past MBC

FC Bayern Munich used some unselfish play in easing past Mitteldeutscher BC 111-91 for their 19th win in a row. Bayern dished out 29 assists - to just eight turnovers - in improving to 22-1, thanks also in large part to a 30-13 third quarter. Maik Zirbes came off the bench for a team-high 16 points while Stefan Jovic collected 15 points, six rebounds and seven assists as six Bayern players scored in double figures. Djordje Drenovac scored 23 points and Andrew Warren had 20 points but they were not enough for MBC, who dropped their third in a row and are 14th in the standings at 7-17.

Bayern drop Game 2 of EuroCup series with Unics, decider in Munich on Wednesday

FC Bayern Munich are one game from reaching the Semi-Finals of the 7DAYS EuroCup but they missed their first chance in losing Game 2 of the Quarter-Finals to UNICS Kazan 80-73. The deciding Game 3 will be played on Wednesday in Munich.

Alba bombard Bremerhaven with threes in ninth straight win

ALBA BERLIN nailed 17 three-pointers - of 34 attempts for 50 percent - in racing past Eisbären Bremerhaven 99-85. Berlin had a double-digit lead in the second quarter but Bremerhaven came back to take the lead in the third quarter. Berlin, who picked up 30 assists in the game, answered with a 14-2 run and the game was over. Joshiko Saibou hit four three-pointers in scoring a season-high 20 points for Berlin while Spencer Butterfield and Dennis Clifford both scored 16 points as Berlin improved to 19-4 in second place with a nine-game winning streak. Geoffrey Groselle collected 21 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals while Jordan Hulls had 15 points, five rebounds, five assists and five steals for Bremerhaven, who have lost three of their last four in dropping to 6-18 in 16th place.

Bamberg ease by Ulm in Banchi easyCredit BBL debut

Brose Bamberg used two big runs in the middle quarters of the game in easing past ratiopharm ulm 90-67 on the road in new head coach Luca Banchi’s debut in the easyCredit BBL. Bamberg allowed just eight points in the second quarter and reeled off a 20-0 run in the period and added a 15-0 surge in the third for their second straight victory - both on the road after having dropped 15 in a row away from Freak City in all competitions. Bamberg improved to 13-10 in seventh place as Augustine Rubit scored 16 points against his former team as one of six players in double figures. Nikos Zisis added 11 points and six assists. Ulm got 15 points and five rebounds from Isaac Fotu while Jerrelle Benimon had 14 points, six rebounds and five assists. But the team has lost four in a row in dropping to 12-11 in 10th place.

Ludwigsburg get job done versus Rockets

MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg had little trouble with Rockets in picking up an 89-72 victory on the road. Ludwigsburg gave up just nine points in the first quarter but then watched as Rockets made it close in the beginning of the second half. Ludwigsburg stepped up the defensive pressure and pulled away for their sixth win in the last seven games to move to 18-5 in third place. Thomas Walkup paced five Ludwigsburg players in double figures with 17 points, five rebounds, seven assists and two steals. Rockets, who had not played in three weeks, got 16 points each from Sava Lesic and Jerome Randle, the latter who was making his team debut. But the Erfurt team has lost seven straight are are 17th at 4-19 - 1.5 games behind Eisbären Bremerhaven.

Ludwigsburg all but into the Basketball Champions League Quarters

MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg are all but into the Quarter-Finals of the Basketball Champions League after beating EWE Baskets Oldenburg 88-63 in the first road leg of the Round of 16. Justin Sears and Elgin Cook combined for 41 points. Oldenburg must come back and make up the big difference in Ludwigsburg if they want to reach the final eight.

Oldenburg overwhelm Tübingen in Schwethelm’s 400th league game

EWE Baskets Oldenburg were never challenged in picking up a 92-61 home win over WALTER Tigers Tübingen in Philipp Schwethelm’s 400th game in the easyCredit BBL. Oldenburg were ahead 36-17 after 10 minutes and never looked back in picking up their third win in the last four games to move to 15-9 in sixth place. Oldenburg made 15 of 24 three-pointers for 63 percent with Mickey McConnell leading the team in scoring with 16 points to go with four assists. Frantz Massenat had 15 points and six assists while Rasid Mahalbasic collected eight points, 11 rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block. Malcolm Lee had 13 points and eight rebounds for Tübingen, who have lost 12 in a row and are 1-23 in last place - five games from the safe zone with 10 games left.

Tübingen, McCrea part ways

Things got a little bit harder for WALTER Tigers Tübingen in their fight against relegation as they parted ways with Javon McCrea. The big man had arrived in Tübingen at the end of December as reinforcements to try to keep Tübingen in the top flight. He averaged 11.2 points and 4.7 rebounds in about 17 minutes per game in 10 contests.

Brooks big as Bayreuth breeze by Braunschweig

medi bayreuth took care of business in booking an 84-62 home victory over Basketball Löwen Braunschweig for their third straight win Bayreuth moved to 16-7 in fourth place, remaining 1.5 games ahead of Telekom Baskets Bonn in the running for home court advantage in the playoffs. Bayreuth were never challenged after midway through the second quarter as De’Mon Brooks picked up 17 points while James Robinson had 14 points and four assists. All five Bayreuth starters scored in double digits. Braunschweig saw their four-game winning streak snapped despite 20 points from DeAndre Lansdowne while Scott Eatherton had 10 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists. Braunschweig are 12th in the league at 11-13.

Bayreuth win first leg of Round of 16 in Basketball Champions League

While MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg look like a certainty to reach the Quarter-Finals of the Basketball Champions League, medi bayreuth have a tough fight on their hands to possibly set up an all-German top eight showdown. Gabe York scored 20 points as Bayreuth won the first leg of their Round of 16  battle with Besiktas Istanbul 81-76. The return leg will be played in Turkey.

Bonn stay on Bayreuth’s heals with home win over Jena

Telekom Baskets Bonn stayed right on medi bayreuth’s heels in the race for home court advantage in the playoffs with a 102-80 victory at home over Science City Jena. Bonn pulled away in the fourth quarter in picking up their second win in a row and move to 15-9 in fifth place - 1.5 games behind Bayreuth. Malcolm Hill had 24 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals while Justin Gamble picked up 17 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and three blocks as five Bonn players scored in double figures. Jena got 17 points from Julius Jenkins while Skyler Bowlin had 16 points, six assists and two steals. But they were not enough as Jena lost their fifth game in the last six to fall to 9-15 in 13th place.

Rush-Loveridge combo too much for Frankfurt as Göttingen get big win

Brion Rush (29 points) and Jordan Loveridge (21 points) both hit six three-pointers and combined for 50 points in leading BG Göttingen to a big 95-92 home victory over FRAPORT SKYLINERS. Götingen fell behind by 11 points in the first quarter and then took an 11-point lead in the fourth quarter before watching Frankfurt cut it to one point with just over a minute left. But Göttingen held SKYLINERS scoreless for over a minute in picking up their second straight win - thanks also to Michael Stockton, who had 12 points, three rebounds and 12 assists. Göttingen are 15th in the league at 6-17. Frankfurt saw their two-game winning streak end despite 24 points from Philip Scrubb while Shawn Huff had 19 points and Jonas Wohlbarth-Bottermann and Quantez Robertson both picked up 18 points. Frankfurt are eighth in the standings at 13-10.

Würzburg grab important win over Giessen in fight for playoffs

s.Oliver Würzburg picked up an important victory in their fight for the playoffs in beating GIESSEN 46ers 96-79. Robin Benzing was big with 24 points while three other starters scored at least 15 points as Würzburg pulled away in the second half of the fourth quarter. Würzburg have won three of four games and are now 13-11 in ninth place. Giessen, who got 21 points, seven rebounds and five assists from John Bryant, dropped their second straight and fell to 11-12 in 11th place.

Players of the Week

This week there were three players who topped out at an efficiency of 28. Thomas Walkup had 17 points on 7-9 shooting and 0-1 free throws, five rebounds, seven assists and two steals for a 28 efficiency in MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg’s win over Rockets. Stefan Jovic matched that 28 efficiency for FC Bayern Munich in their win over Mitteldeutscher BC with 15 points on a perfect 6-of-6 shooting and 2-of-2 free throws with six rebounds, seven assists and one steal. Telekom Baskets Bonn’s Malcolm Hill also registered a 28 efficiency against Science City Jena with 24 points on 7-of-10 shooting and 7-of-7 free throws, six rebounds, three assists and two steals.

German Top Five of the Week

G: Joshiko Saibou, ALBA BERLIN

Saibou returns to the Top Five after another great game for ALBA BERLIN, scoring 20 points with four three-pointers to go with three rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block against Eisbären Bremerhaven. The 20 points were three shy of his career high.

G: Maurice Stuckey, s.Oliver Würzburg

The competition for spots on the team was high this week and Stuckey got the nod for what he did in Würzburg’s big win over GIESSEN 46ers. He picked up 16 points, six rebounds, five assists and one steal.

F: Robin Benzing, s.Oliver Würzburg

Benzing joins his Würzburg teammate Stuckey on the Top Five with another big game from the German national team captain - 24 points on 10-of-16 shooting to go with four rebounds, two assists and one block against GIESSEN 46ers.

C: Maik Zirbes, FC Bayern Munich

Zirbes came off the Bayern bench to score a team-high 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting with three rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block against Mitteldeutscher BC. Zirbes’ 16 points were a season high.

C: Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann, FRAPORT SKYLINERS

JoWoBo is starting to come back to his earlier form and he played excellent in Frankfurt’s loss against BG Göttingen, hitting 7-of-11 shots and 4-of-5 free throws for 18 points to go with seven rebounds, one assist and one block.

Young Guns

David Krämer, 21, SG, ratiopharm ulm

Krämer made the German Top Five last week but drops down this week to the Young Guns section. He picked up three points on 1-of-3 shots with one turnover in 13:58 minutes against Brose Bamberg in the easyCredit BBL. But the reason he is on this list was the 38 points he dropped on VfL Kirchheim Knights in OrangeAcademy’s 88-82 win in the ProA. Krämer made 9-of-18 shots and 17-of-18 (!) free throws to go with five rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block.

Karim Jallow, 20, SG, FC Bayern Munich

Bayern’s blowout win over Mitteldeutscher BC gave the 20-year-old Jallow a chance to play more. He picked up six points on 3-of-5 shots to go with four rebounds and one steal in 11:17 minutes. The six points tied a career high and four rebounds is a new best mark.

Jules Dang Akodo, 21, PG, FRAPORT SKYLINERS

Akodo is probably the biggest beneficiary of the broken rib to Isaac Bonga and the 21-year-old British talent is taking advantage of the time. In the loss to BG Göttingen, Akodo had six points, two rebounds and a career high six assists in 28:27 minutes of action.

Germans Abroad

German college basketball fans have three players to be rooting for in the NCAA Tournament, which tips off it’s March Madness this week. Moritz Wagner is playing with Michigan, which is a three seed in the West Regional while Gavin Schilling is playing with Michigan State, the three seed in the Midwest Regional. The third is Max Montana, who you might know as Max Hoetzel and is playing for San Diego State, the 11th seed in the West. If both Wagner's and Montana's teams win, there will be a match-up of Germans in the Round of 32.

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