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Göttingen, Jena grab upsets in cup / Frankfurt come back to win over Ulm / Undefeated Bayern add Williams

— David Hein

The 2018-19 German Cup BBL Pokal started up this week and the Round of 16 first round saw a number of comebacks as well as two upsets as BG Göttingen and Science City Jena both advanced to the quarter-finals. In the league, reigning champions FC Bayern Munich won their home opener and added former NBA big man Derrick Williams while Göttingen grabbed a huge home victory.

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:

Göttingen turn game on Ludwigsburg in 4th, reach Cup quarters

BG Göttingen came back from a 16-point third quarter deficit and used a huge fourth quarter to beat MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg 72-67 at home in the Round of 16 of the German Cup BBL Pokal. Göttingen put together an 11-0 start to the final period and also had a 14-0 run for a 30-10 final frame to win the game. Derek Willis came off the bench to score 19 points to go with 8 rebounds while Michael Stockton collected 16 points and 9 assists. Ludwigsburg shot just 38 percent for the game and were led by 20 points and 6 assists from Jordan Crawford with Kelan Martin chipping in 15 points and 9 rebounds.

Göttingen blast past MBC with largest Bundesliga victory in club history

Before knocking off MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg, BG Göttingen picked up its largest Bundesliga victory in club history by beating Mitteldeutscher BC 105-63 at home. Göttingen pulled away in the second quarter and blew the game open in the third, giving up just 9 points. Eight of the 10 Göttingen players who played scored in double figures, topped by Pendarvis Williams’ 21 points. Michael Stockton added 10 points, 2 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals as Göttingen shot 64 percent from the field in moving to 1-1. MBC got 17 points from Lee Moore and Trevor Releford had 14 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists and 4 steals but they were not enough as MBC shot 40 percent for the game and dropped to 0-2.

Ludwigsburg put Bremerhaven away with big 4th quarter

MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg in the league wasted a 16-point lead but turned up the defense in the fourth quarter to pull away from Eisbären Bremerhaven 75-58 for their second straight home win. Ludwigsburg gave up just 22 points in the first half in leading by 16 points but then watched Bremerhaven knot the game after 30 minutes with a 29-13 third quarter. Ludwigsburg got back on track and allowed just 7 points in the fourth quarter as they committed just 6 turnovers. Ludwigsburg struggled to just 5-of-26 three-pointers for 19 percent but Bremerhaven hit just 1-of-17 from long range for just 6 percent. Kelan Martin paced the winners with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 3 steals off the bench while Adam Waleskowski had 13 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists in giving Ludwigsburg a 2-0 record. Bremerhaven are 1-1 after getting 15 points from Chris Warren and 12 from Fabian Bleck.

Bayern add inside force with former NBA big man Derrick Williams

FC Bayern Munich completed the long-rumored acquisition of former NBA power forward Derrick Williams to give the reigning champs some added strength in the low post. The 27-year-old big man comes to the easyCredit BBL with 428 games of NBA experience after being the No. 2 pick in the 2011 draft. Williams, who averaged 8.9 points and 4.0 rebounds in the NBA for Minnesota, Sacramento, New York, Miami, Cleveland and the Los Angeles Lakers, signed on a deal until the end of the season with Bayern. Williams, who also played in China, is especially needed in the first half of the season as power forward Milan Macvan is out with a major knee injury.

Bayern need big finish to get past Vechta in home opener

Reigning champions FC Bayern Munich nearly ruined their home opener as they almost gave away a 19-point third quarter lead before putting away RASTA Vechta 79-66 with a late run. Bayern were up 11 points in the first quarter and it was 19 points in the third but the promoted side got to within 69-66 with 2 minutes left before Bayern tallied the final 10 points. Munich dominated the boards to the tune of 36-27 while holding Vechta to just 42 percent shooting in moving to 2-0. Danilo Barthel paced Bayern with 23 points and 7 rebounds while Devin Booker had 15 points and 7 rebounds. Vechta dropped to 0-2 despite Austin Hollins’ 12 points and 4 steals while TJ Bray had 10 points and 5 assists.

Bayern ease past Giessen to reach cup quarters

Reigning champions FC Bayern Munich advanced to the quarter-finals of the German Cup BBL Pokal with a comfortable 106-92 win at home over GIESSEN 46ers. Bayern took control of the game in the second quarter and were never challenged thereafter. Danilo Barthel led 6 players in double figures with 17 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists while Devin Booker collected 9 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals for Bayern. Giessen were paced by John Bryant with 18 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 1 steal while Max Landis had 17 points and Max Montana scored 14 points.


Frankfurt come back to win at home over Ulm

FRAPORT SKYLINERS advanced to the quarter-finals of the German Cup BBL Pokal with a come-from-behind 78-74 win at home over ratiopharm ulm. Frankfurt trailed by 10 points in the third quarter but Trae Bell-Haynes hit a layup with 7.9 seconds left to give Frankfurt the lead 74-73 before Shawn Huff’s game-icing free throws with 1.6 seconds left. Brady Heslip hit 5 three-pointers in leading Frankfurt with 24 points while Erik Murphy had 15 points and 7 rebounds and Bell-Haynes picked up 11 points and 6 assists off the bench. Ulm, who saw head coach Thorsten Leibenath get kicked out of the game with two technical fouls, were paced by Dwayne Evans with 25 points while Javonte Green had 13 points and 9 rebounds and Patrick Miller had 12 points and 7 assists in the loss.

Bamberg roll past Würzburg at home

A couple days after barely holding off s.Oliver Würzburg on the road in the league, Brose Bamberg blasted Würzburg 92-74 at home in the German Cup BBL Pokal. Bamberg led by 16 points in the first quarter and never looked back. Tyrese Rice had 20 points, Stevan Jelovac collected 19 points and 5 rebounds, Augustine Rubit added 17 points and 6 rebounds and Elias Harris added 5 points and 1 block in 7:45 minutes as he made his comeback after missing the past year with injuries. Skyler Bowlin tallied 16 points for Würzburg in the defeat.

Big fourth quarter gives Jena road win over Oldenburg

Science City Jena finished the game strong in coming back to beat EWE Baskets Oldenburg 94-91 on the road to reach the quarter-finals of the German Cup BBL Pokal. Jena trailed by 13 points in the second quarter and won the game with a 29-18 fourth quarter with Martynas Mazeika hitting the decisive free throws with 12 seconds left in the game. Dru Joyce beat his former team with 22 points and 7 assists while Mazeika picked up 16 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals as Jena nailed 14-of-25 three-pointers for 56 percent and turned the ball over just 6 times. Oldenburg got 22 points from Nathan Boothe off the bench.

Berlin cruise past Bayreuth in cup first round

ALBA BERLIN picked up a comfortable home victory in the Round of 16 of the German Cup BBL Pokal in beating medi bayreuth 88-68. Berlin, who out-scored Bayreuth 31-15 in the second quarter, turned the ball over only 6 times and won the rebounding battle 29-19. Niels Giffey led the way with 18 points and 8 rebounds while Rokas Giedraitis had 12 points and Stefan Peno picked up 11 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists off the bench. Adonis Thomas tallied 17 points to lead Bayreuth.

Bryant plays like an MVP as Giessen win in Crailsheim

John Bryant shrugged off an injury and played like he wants a third MVP crown as the big man guided GIESSEN 46ers to a 92-90 win at HAKRO Merlins Crailsheim. Bryant, who was questionable for the game, collected 22 points, 17 rebounds and 7 assists to lead Giessen, who relinquished a 18-point lead before holding on for a 2-0 record. Benjamin Lischka had 17 points, Brandon Thomas scored 16 points and Max Landis added 15 points for Giessen. Crailsheim’s Frank Turner missed two free throws with 3.1 seconds left which would have tied the game. Crailsheim, who were out-rebounded 44-30, dropped to 0-2 despite Joe Lawson III hitting 7-of-8 three-pointers in scoring 28 points to go with 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals while Michael Cuffee went 5-of-6 from long range in hitting for 17 points and Turner ended with 11 points, 8 assists and 2 steals.

Third quarter carries Bonn past Bremerhaven

Telekom Baskets Bonn used a big third quarter in knocking off Eisbären Bremerhaven 89-69 in the German Cup BBL Pokal. Bonn had an 18-0 run in a 27-15 third quarter with Ra’Shad James leading the way with 18 points while Charles Jackson had 11 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals and 1 block for Bonn, who out-shot Bremerhaven 60 percent to 48 percent and won the rebound battle 43-29. Jordan Brangers hit 4 three-pointers in scoring a team-high 22 points for Bremerhaven.

Bonn never trail in getting past Braunschweig at home

Telekom Baskets Bonn never trailed in getting past Basketball Löwen Braunschweig 75-69 in improving to 2-0 in the league. Ra’Shad James nailed 5 three-pointers in scoring 28 points to go with 4 rebounds as Bonn’s only scorer in double figures while TJ DiLeo had 9 points and 5 assists. Braunschweig lost their second game in a row despite Scott Eatherton picking up 16 points, 14 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks while DeAndre Lansdowne scored 15 points and Brayon Blake added 12 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.

Braunschweig come back at home to beat MBC

Basketball Löwen Braunschweig fought back from a 15-point deficit to win at home over Mitteldeutscher BC 83-75 in the Round of 16 German Cup BBL Pokal. Braunschweig won the game with a 31-15 fourth quarter. Thomas Klepeisz led the winners with 21 points including 11-of-11 free throws while Brayon Blake scored 20 points and Scott Eatherton had 18 points and 9 rebounds. MBC got 20 points from Trevor Releford and Adika Peter-McNeilly scored 16 points.

MBC add Czech big man Adam Pechacek for 6 weeks

Mitteldeutscher BC reacted to injuries to low post players James Farr and Aleksandar Marelja and signed Czech big man Adam Pechacek on a deal for 6 weeks. The 23-year-old Pechacek averaged 7.3 points and 3.8 rebounds in 30 games in the Spanish second division with Saenz Horeca Araberri.

Remaining Round 2 games still to be played

German Re-Unification Day (October 3) only saw five games and the other four Round 2 games have not yet been scheduled. medi bayreuth will host Science City Jena; EWE Baskets Oldenburg welcome ALBA BERLIN; FRAPORT SKYLINERS entertain Brose Bamberg; and ratiopharm ulm play at s.Oliver Würzburg.

Player(s) of the Week

This week of action saw two sets of games - with the Round 2 encounters mid-week and the German Cup BBL Pokal. The still-uncompleted Round 2 top performer was John Bryant of GIESSEN 46ers, who had 22 points on 8-of-12 shots and 5-of-9 free throws, 17 rebounds, 7 assists, 8 fouls drawn and 4 turnovers for an efficiency of 34. The top showing in the cup Round of 16 was Nathan Boothe, who had a 29 efficiency with 22 points on 8-of-11 shots and 2-of-2 free throws, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 blocks in EWE Baskets Oldenburg’s loss at home to Science City Jena.

German Top Five of the Week

F: Niels Giffey, ALBA BERLIN

Giffey played a big role off the bench in Berlin’s win over medi bayreuth in the German Cup BBL Pokal with 18 points on 3-of-4 three-pointers to go with 8 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal and 1 block.

F: Benjamin Lischka, GIESSEN 46ers

Lischka has built on last season and is one of the best German big men in the league. Against HAKRO Merlins Crailsheim, Lischka had 17 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists. In Giessen’s German Cup BBL Pokal loss to FC Bayern Munich, he had 13 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists.

G: TJ DiLeo, Telekom Baskets Bonn

DiLeo helped Bonn to two victories this week. In the league, the guard had 9 points, 5 assists and 1 steal against Basketball Löwen Braunschweig while he collected 8 points, 1 rebound, 3 assists and 1 steal in the German Cup BBL Pokal at Eisbären Bremerhaven. Watch video here.

F: Danilo Barthel, FC Bayern Munich

Barthel had a fantastic week for Bayern as the team captain picked up 23 points, 7 rebounds and 1 assist in Munich’s league win over RASTA Vechta and then had 17 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists in the German Cup BBL Pokal victory over GIESSEN 46ers.

F: Sid-Marlon Theis, Science City Jena

Theis went 4-of-4 from long range for 16 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal and 1 block for Jena in their German Cup BBL Pokal win at EWE Baskets Oldenburg.

Young Guns

Franz Wagner, 17, SF, ALBA BERLIN

The 17-year-old Wagner continues to get chances for head coach Aito Garcia Reneses as he played 14:48 minutes in Berlin’s German Cup BBL Pokal win over medi bayreuth and went 1-of-5 from the floor including 0-of-3 from three-point range and 1-of-1 free throws in scoring 3 points along with 2 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 turnovers.

Louis Olinde, 20, SF, Brose Bamberg

Olinde started against s.Oliver Würzburg in the German Cup BBL Pokal and picked up 8 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 1 block in 20:07 minutes.

Benedikt Turudic, 21, Mitteldeutscher BC

The 21-year-old Turudic is already playing a major role in MBC’s game plan as he started against BG Göttingen in the league. He went scoreless as he missed his two shots but helped in other ways with 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks. In the German Cup BBL Pokal against Basketball Löwen Braunschweig, Turudic made all three of his attempts and his only free throw in scoring 8 points and added 1 rebound, 1 assist and 1 steal.

Alba, Frankfurt win in EuroCup openers, Ulm lose on road

ALBA BERLIN and FRAPORT SKYLINERS opened their 7DAYS EuroCup season with home victories while ratiopharm ulm lost on the road. Berlin got a near record-showing from Peyton Siva with 14 assists in a 107-91 win over Tofas Bursa while Erik Murphy’s 19 points paced five Frankfurt players with at least 14 points in an 88-85 overtime victory over Fat Turin. Ulm lost at Crvena Zvezda Belgrade 88-73 despite 16 points and 6 rebounds from Isaac Fotu.

Bayreuth advances to Basketball Champions League Regular Season

The easyCredit BBL will be represented by four teams in the Basketball Champions League Regular Season after medi bayreuth fought through the qualification campaign, beating Polish side Polski Cukier Torun to reach the final 32 teams. The other three German teams in the competition, which tips off on October 9/10, are MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg, Brose Bamberg and Telekom Baskets Bonn.

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