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Second straight victory for Würzburg / Braunschweig shock Bamberg / Ulm finally win

— David Hein

Basketball Löwen Braunschweig pulled off a major upset in shocking Brose Bamberg by 26 points. ratiopharm ulm meanwhile finally got into the win column by coming back for the victory at medi bayreuth while Quantez Robertson became the easyCredit BBL’s all-time steals leader in FRAPORT SKYLINERS’ win at Telekom Baskets Bonn.

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:

Braunschweig upset Bamberg for first win, first loss for Bamberg

Basketball Löwen Braunschweig pulled off the upset of the week as they dominated Brose Bamberg 92-66 for their first victory of the season. Braunschweig turned the ball over just six times and out-shot Bamberg 51 percent to 45 percent in taking over the game in the second quarter and never looking back. Bamberg scored just 28 second-half points in losing their first game of the season. DeAndre Lansdowne led the winners with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists while Scott Eatherton had 23 points and 9 rebounds and Thomas Klepeisz picked up 9 points and 8 assists. Bamberg got 14 points off the bench from Stevan Jelovac, Elias Harris had 12 points and Tyrese Rice made just 2-of-10 shots for 10 points, 3 assists and 3 turnovers. Braunschweig improved to 1-5 and Bamberg fell to 4-1.

Bamberg keep Schmidt until end of season

Brose Bamberg have decided to keep German point guard Daniel Schmidt until the end of the season, extending the previous three-month deal. The 28-year-old Schmidt’s services are needed as Ricky Hickman is not expected to come back to training until mid-December at the earliest.

Braunschweig extend deal with Hines until end of November, part ways with Tayor

Basketball Löwen Braunschweig made two moves with their low-post players as they extended their tryout deal with power forward Shaquille Hines until the end of November while also parting ways with big man Travis Taylor.

Ulm comes back to beat Bayreuth on road for first win

ratiopharm ulm fought back from a 13-point deficit to beat medi bayreuth 88-79 on the road for their first victory of the season. Ulm won the fourth quarter 28-14 to move to 1-4 as they turned the ball over just 11 times while hitting 29-of-36 free throws (81 percent) to 10-of-13 (77 percent) for Bayreuth. Ulm survived hitting just 3-of-18 three-pointers (17 percent) as Javonte Green picked up 22 points, 8 rebounds and 4 steals, Patrick Miller had 19 points and Bogdan Radosavljevic added 14 points in his second game. Bayreuth dropped their second straight game in moving to 2-3 despite Kassius Robertson’s 19 points and Hassan Martin’s 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 blocks.

Frankfurt lose JoWoBo for up to three months

FRAPORT SKYLINERS will be without their center Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann for up to three months as the 28-year-old suffered a broken foot. JoWoBo had been averaging 9.0 points and 6.3 rebounds for Frankfurt.

Frankfurt blow 19 point lead, beat Bonn at home

FRAPORT SKYLINERS blew a 19-point lead but managed to hold on and beat Telekom Baskets Bonn 83-79 to snap a two-game losing streak. Bonn knotted the game inside the final minute before Erik Murphy nailed the game-winning three-pointer with 20 seconds left as Frankfurt moved to 2-3. Murphy had 4 three-pointers in scoring 22 points while Jason Clark had 18 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists. Bonn have lost three straight in falling to 3-3 despite 15 points each from Ra’Shad James and Charles Jackson.

Tez Robertson becomes league’s all-time steals leader

FRAPORT SKYLINERS veteran guard Quantez Robertson became the easyCredit BBL’s all-time steals leader with his steal against Telekom Baskets Bonn. Robertson picked up his 507th steal, taking over the all-time lead from Tyron McCoy in league history dating back to the start of data collection in 1998.

Berlin roll on, stopping Göttingen winning streak

ALBA BERLIN continued to roll in the easyCredit BBL with a 95-68 victory over BG Göttingen to remain undefeated and end Göttingen’s four-game winning streak. Berlin led 29-10 after 10 minutes and never let up, winning the rebound battle 47-23 and holding Göttingen to 23 percent on three-pointers. Luke Sikma collected 17 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists, 1 steal and 1 block; Martin Hermannsson and Rokas Giedraitis both had 17 points and Kenneth Ogbe scored a career-high 11 points as Berlin moved to 5-0. Michael Stockton had 15 points and 6 assists as Göttingen dropped to 4-2.

Würzburg win second straight, keep Ludwigsburg reeling

s.Oliver Würzburg picked up their second straight victory as they beat MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg 80-75 on the road. Würzburg secured the win with Cameron Wells’ layup with 16 seconds left. Perry Ellis paced Würzburg with 20 points while Jordan Hulls had 16 points and 6 rebounds, Wells added 15 points and 5 assists and Xavier Cooks chipped in 12 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks. While Würzburg moved to 2-3, Ludwigsburg fell to 2-4 with their fourth straight loss. Malcolm Hill collected 22 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals in the loss.

Bremerhaven beat Jena in overtime

Eisbären Bremerhaven picked up their third victory of the season in beating Science City Jena 98-87 in overtime on the road. Bremerhaven lost the rebound battle 43-34 but turned the ball over just 9 times in 45 minutes in jumping to 3-3. Jordan Brangers nailed two of his six three-pointers in overtime to secure the win, leading the way with 29 points. Keith Benson added 16 points and 8 rebounds and Chris Warren collected 14 points and 9 assists. Ike Iroegbu paced Jena off bench with 26 points while Julius Jenkins had 19 points on 5 three-pointers and 6 rebounds. With the defeat, Jena fell to 2-3.

Ludwigsburg add point guard Sabeckis on loan from Zalgiris

MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg hope to have found help in their current struggles as they added Lithuanian point guard Donatas Sabeckis on loan for the season from Zalgiris Kaunas. The 25-year-old averaged 10.2 points, 4.0 rebounds, 6.8 assists and 1.3 steals for KK Siauliai last season before moving to Zalgiris, with whom Sabeckis did not get a lot of playing time.

Fourth quarter run gives Giessen home win over Oldenburg

GIESSEN 46ers put together a 10-0 run in the fourth quarter in grabbing a 97-88 home victory over EWE Baskets Oldenburg. Giessen have won three straight games as they dominated the boards 41-30 and hit 27-of-32 free throws (84 percent) to 12-of-18 free throws (67 percent) for Oldenburg, who lost their first game of the season. Max Landis nailed 5 three-pointers in scoring 32 points to go with 4 rebounds while John Bryant picked up 18 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists, passing the 2,500 rebound mark in the easyCredit BBL. Brandon Thomas added 17 points and 4 assists and Benjamin Lischka had 14 points and 8 rebounds. Oldenburg could not win despite just 8 turnovers. Rasid Mahalbasic collected 20 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals, Will Cummings had 17 points and 6 assists and Philipp Schwethelm added 15 points and 5 rebounds. Giesen improved to 5-1 and Oldenburg dropped to 4-1.

Giessen extend with 19-year-old Kraushaar for two years

GIESSEN 46ers locked up an important part of their future as they extended their contract with 19-year-old point guard Bjarne Kraushaar for two years with an option for another season. Kraushaar averaged 2.8 points, 1.6 rebounds, and 2.2 assists in 12 games last season. He made his season debut this weekend against EWE Baskets Oldenburg after starting the season injured.

Bray game-winner gives Vechta third straight victory

TJ Bray hit the game-winner in the final second as RASTA Vechta knocked off HAKRO Merlins Crailsheim 70-68 for their third victory in a row. Crailsheim, who had an 11-point lead in the second quarter, committed 23 turnovers in the loss. Vechta improved to 3-3 as Bray had 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists, Austin Hollins scored 13 points and Seth Hinrichs picked up 11 points and 8 rebounds. Crailsheim dropped to 1-5 despite Dewayne Russell’s 15 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists.

Final Round 6 game - MBC vs Bayern - will be played on November 11

The final Round 6 game - Mitteldeutscher BC hosting FC Bayern Munich - will be played on Sunday, November 11.

Bayern remain undefeated with win at Crailsheim in Round 8 game

FC Bayern Munich remained undefeated in the easyCredit BBL as they breezed to a 96-71 victory at HAKRO Merlins Crailsheim in a Round 8 game. Bayern nearly wasted a 17-point second quarter lead as Crailsheim moved to within one point late in the third quarter. But the defending champions used an 11-2 run to close the third quarter and never looked back in improving to 6-0. Danilo Barthel scored 20 points, Nihad Djedovic had 16 points and 5 assists and Braydon Hobbs added 12 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals. Sebastian Herrera picked up 14 points, Philipp Neumann had 12 points and Frank Turner added 10 points and 10 assists as Crailsheim dropped their third straight game to fall to 1-6.

Player of the Week

ratiopharm ulm finally picked up their first win of the season and a major reason was Javonte Green, who was outstanding in the game against medi bayreuth and earned Player of the Week honors. Green scored 22 points on 7-of-13 shots and 6-of-6 free throws to go with 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 steals, 1 block and 0 turnovers for an efficiency of 33.

Trier will host 2019 ALLSTAR Day on March 23

Mark your calendars as the 2019 ALLSTAR Day will be played on March 23, 2019 in Trier. The home of the second division ProA Gladiators Trier will host the ALLSTAR festivities for a second time after 2011. It will also be the first time the event takes place in the spring after it was always held in January. For tickets, go to allstarday.de.

German Top Five of the Week

F:  Elias Harris, Brose Bamberg

Harris was perfect from the field for Bamberg in their loss at Basketball Löwen Braunschweig with 12 points on 6-of-6 shots to go with 3 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 block.

F: Danilo Barthel, FC Bayern Munich

Barthel led Bayern in scoring in the blowout of HAKRO Merlins Crailsheim with 20 points on 6-of-7 shots and 7-of-8 free throws in 22 minutes to go with 3 rebounds and 1 assist.

G: Max DiLeo, RASTA Vechta

DiLeo missed all five of his three-pointers but he picked up career highs of 11 points, 3 assists and 5 steals to go with 1 rebound in Vechta’s win over HAKRO Merlins Crailsheim.

G: Sebastian Herrera, HAKRO Merlins Crailsheim

The 21-year-old German-Chilean started against FC Bayern Munich and scored a career-high 14 points on 5-of-8 shots and 1-of-1 free throws and added 2 rebounds and 1 assist. Against RASTA Vechta, Herrera had 3 points, 1 rebounds and 1 assist.

C: Bogdan Radosavljevic, ratiopharm ulm

Radosavljevic rewarded Ulm for taking a chance on bringing him in with 14 points and 3 rebounds in 15:41 minutes off the bench against medi bayreuth.

Young Guns

Lars Lagerpusch, 20, C, Basketball Löwen Braunschweig

Lagerpusch had a solid game off the bench in Braunschweig’s surprise win over Brose Bamberg with 7 points on 3-of-4 shots and 1-of-1 free throws, 6 rebounds, 1 steal and 1 block in 11:32 minutes.

Bjarne Kraushaar, 19, PG, GIESSEN 46ers

Kraushaar made his season debut in Giessen’s win over EWE Baskets Oldenburg and picked up 5 points on 2-of-2 shots and 1-of-1 free throws as well as 1 assist.

Franz Wagner, 17, SF, ALBA BERLIN

Berlin breezed past BG Göttingen which meant Wagner got some playing time and the 17-year-old produced again with 6 points on 2-of-3 shots and 1-of-2 free throws, 1 assist and 1 steal.

Olinde Watch

Louis Olinde struggled like the rest of the team in Brose Bamberg’s loss at Basketball Löwen Braunschweig as the 20-year-old went scoreless on 0-of-4 shots, including 0-of-2 three-pointers and 0-of-2 free throws while picking up 3 rebounds, 1 turnover and 3 fouls in 16:57 minutes. In Bamberg’s Basketball Champions League win at home over Lietkabelis, the small forward picked up 5 points on 2-of-5 shots, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal and 1 block. Olinde also threw down a monster dunk - giving him some more confidence.

Germans Abroad

A double-dose of debuts for Germans abroad as Isaac Bonga and Mo Wagner both played their first games of the season in the G-League for the Los Angeles Lakers’ farm team South Bay. Bonga collected 27 points on 9-of-14 shots including 2-of-3 three-pointers and 7-of-7 free throws, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks and just 1 turnover in 29 minutes. Wagner for his part had 17 points, 4 rebounds and 1 assist.

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