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Vechta extend Calles / Bayern survive / Berlin beat Bamberg / Paulding No. 2 scorer in history

— David Hein

FC Bayern Munich survived a major fight to beat FRAPORT SKYLINERS while ALBA BERLIN grabbed a big win at Brose Bamberg in the top showdown of the week. This week of action also saw EWE Baskets Oldenburg legend Rickey Paulding pull into second place on the all-time scoring list and RASTA Vechta extend their contract with head coach Pedro Calles until 2022.

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 survive battle in Frankfurt

FC Bayern Munich survived a tough fight at FRAPORT SKYLINERS, winning 81-77 thanks a hot Petteri Koponen late. Frankfurt led by 14 points in the first quarter and the game went back and forth in the fourth before it was essentially decided on a flopping technical on Lamont Jones with 14 seconds left. Koponen hit the free throw and Vladimir Lucic converted two free throws on the ensuing possession to turn a tied game into an 80-77 Munich lead as Bayern moved to 2-0 and Frankfurt fell to 0-2. Koponen tallied 10 of his team-leading 17 points in the fourth quarter and hit 5-of-5 three-pointers off the bench. Paul Zipser added 13 points in a reserve role as Bayern’s starters combined for just 37 points. Bayern shot 54.9 percent for the game including 52.9 percent on three-pointers. Frankfurt turned the ball over just seven times but they hit just 46.8 percent from the field and 34.4 percent on threes. Besides the flopping technical, Jones was outstanding with 26 points and 5 assists while Akeem Vargas had 11 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals and Richard Freudenberg scored 11 points. Quantez Robertson scored just 4 points on 1-of-10 shots but he did have 6 rebounds and 4 assists.

Berlin come back late in Bamberg

ALBA BERLIN grabbed a strong road victory early in the season by coming to Freak City and knocking off Brose Bamberg 78-74. Bamberg were leading by 11 points in the fourth quarter but Berlin fought back and Martin Hermannsson delivered the knockout punch with a fadeaway basket with 5.8 seconds to go while Bamberg failed to score in the final 1:39 minutes - pushing Berlin to 2-0 and Bamberg to 1-1. Landry Nnoko had 18 points and 13 rebounds while Hermannsson collected 17 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists and Luke Sikma added 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Berlin took the rebound battle 39-30 including 14 offensive rebounds. Bamberg got 17 points from Kameron Taylor while Christian Sengfelder had 11 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists and Paris Lee chipped in 10 points and 6 assists in the loss.

Big third quarter carries Berlin past Vechta in Round 5 game

ALBA BERLIN got a big third quarter in rolling to a 101-78 home victory over RASTA Vechta in a Round 5 game. The hosts went on a 14-0 run start to the second half and took the third quarter 29-11 in winning their first league game of the season while Vechta dropped to 0-2. Niels Giffey paced Berlin with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists while Marcus Eriksson had 13 points and Martin Hermannsson collected 10 points and 11 assists as Berlin shot 56 percent from the field including 48 percent on threes with only 12 turnovers and 30 assists. Vechta turned the ball over only 11 times but shot just 43.8 percent for the game. Trevis Simpson scored 16 points, Philipp Herkenhoff picked up 13 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal and 1 block off the bench and Steve Vasturia added 12 points, 3 rebounds, 9 assists and 2 steals.

Oldenburg keep Vechta winless with tight home win

EWE Baskets Oldenburg picked up a tight home victory as they knocked off RASTA Vechta 73-68 to keep last season’s fairytale story winless on the young season. The biggest lead for either team was eight points and Oldenburg prevailed thanks to giving up just 28 points in the second half to move to 2-0 while Vechta fell to 0-3. Rickey Paulding scored 20 points, Braydon Hobbs collected 15 points with 5 three-pointers, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and Rasid Mahalbasic added 11 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Neither team shot the ball well but Oldenburg won the rebound battle 41-32 including 13 offensive rebounds. Steve Vasturia paced Vechta with 19 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists and Kamari Murphy scored 13 points.

Paulding moves to No. 2 on easyCredit BBL scoring list

EWE Baskets Oldenburg’s win over RASTA Vechta saw some history as Oldenburg legend Rickey Paulding moved into second place on the all-time scoring list in the easyCredit BBL (since the 1975-76 season) as he moved to 6,594 points. He passed Jarvis Walker’s 6,582 points to take over sole possession of second place behind only Mike Jackel’s 10,789 points.

Vechta lock up head coach Calles until 2022

RASTA Vechta management have not been scared off by the slow start to the 2019-20 season as they showed a major commitment to head coach Pedro Calles, extending the Spanish playcaller’s contract for two years to the end of the 2021-22 season. The 36-year-old helped the club to a magical semi-finals run last season in his first year as head coach.

Weiler-Babb triple-double carries Ludwigsburg past Bonn

MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg got a triple-double from Nick Weiler-Babb in grabbing a 94-80 home win over Telekom Baskets Bonn. After the game had been close throughout, Ludwigsburg pulled away in the fourth quarter to move to 2-0 while Bonn fell to 1-1. Thomas Wimbush actually led Ludwigsburg with 22 points and 6 rebounds and Khadeen Carrington scored 18 points while Weiler-Babb picked up 10 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists. The hosts turned the ball over just 10 times with 24 assists in hitting 15-of-39 three-pointers for 38.5 percent while holding Bonn to just 9-of-26 threes for 34.6 percent. Brandon Frazier had 18 points and 7 assists and Trey McKinney-Jones scored 13 points in the loss. The victory did have a bitter aftertaste as Ludwigsburg’s 17-year-old star talent Ariel Hukporti had to be stretchered off the court and was brought to local hospital. Luckily he was diagnosed with only a bruised pelvis.

Braunschweig push past Ulm late for second straight win

Basketball Löwen Braunschweig continued their strong start to the season with a 94-88 home victory over ratiopharm ulm. Ulm led by 10 points in the second quarter but the hosts used an 11-2 run in the fourth quarter to take a 13-point lead and decide the game - moving Braunschweig to 2-0 and Ulm to 1-1. Kostja Mushidi nailed a dagger three-pointer with 10 seconds left and Braunschweig hit all four free throws thereafter, giving head coach Pete Strobl the win over the team where he served as assistant coach. Trevor Releford picked up 17 points, 10 assists and 2 steals and Scott Eatherton also had a double-double with 17 points and 15 rebounds while Karim Jallow added 16 points and 6 rebounds. Braunschweig shot 60.0 percent on 2-pointers to compensate for just 23.1 percent from long range. The Braunschweig defense did force 20 turnovers while only allowing Ulm to shoot 29.6 percent from long range and grabbed 13 offensive rebounds. Grant Jerrett had 23 points and 5 rebounds in the loss while Andi Obst added 21 points, 5 assists and 3 steals and Zoran Dragic scored 18 points.

Frankfurt can’t put away Bonn

FRAPORT SKYLINERS gave up an 11-point fourth quarter lead in losing 77-76 to Telekom Baskets Bonn in both teams’ opening league game of the season. Bonn trailed by 15 points in the first half and then used a 13-3 run in the fourth quarter and won the game on Ben Simons’ shot with 10.7 seconds left. Branden Frazier led the way with 17 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists while Simons had 16 points and Yorman Polas Bartolo added 14 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals for Bonn, who moved to 1-0. Frankfurt, who dropped to 0-1, committed 26 turnovers, 10 of them in the fourth quarter alone while shooting just 31 percent on three-pointers. Leon Kratzer collected 20 points and 11 rebounds and Lamont Jones had 16 points and 9 assists, but they were not enough in the so-called ‘Cookie Game’.

MBC spoil Hamburg’s home debut

SYNTAINICS MBC spoiled the easyCredit BBL home debut of Hamburg Towers in grabbing a 104-83 victory for their first win in the league this season. MBC led by 11 points in the first quarter and pulled away with a 36-24 third quarter in the sold-out Edel Optics Arena. Kaza Kajami-Keane poured in 31 points with 5 three-pointers, to go with 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals, while Sergio Kerusch picked up 23 points and 4 rebounds and Jovan Novak added 8 points, 3 rebonds, 13 assists and 3 steals off the bench for MBC, who improved to 1-1. Yannick Franke scored 15 points and Kevin Yebo added 14 points - both players coming off the bench as the starting five for Hamburg combined for just 32 points. Hamburg, who dropped to 0-2, shot just 23.8 percent on threes and were out-rebounded 36-26 while watching MBC shoot 58.2 percent for the game and 56.0 percent on threes.

Crailsheim win again, beat Bayreuth at home

HAKRO Merlins Crailsheim picked up their second win in as many easyCredit BBL games as they defeated medi bayreuth 83-76 at home. Crailsheim led by 15 points in the third quarter and kept Bayreuth scoreless for 3 minutes in the final frame to move to 2-0 while Bayreuth fell to 0-2. Crailsheim won the battle of the boards 37-26 and also held Bayreuth to just 41.9 percent on twos. Javontae Hawkins paced the winners with 25 points while Sebastian Herrera had a career-high 19 points and 4 assists, DeWayne Russell picked up 11 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists and Aaron Jones chipped in 10 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists. Bayreuth were led by James Woodard with 18 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists while Bryce Alford scored 14 points and Reid Travis added 14 points and 9 rebounds in the defeat.

Würzburg grab first win thanks to strong bench

s.Oliver Würzburg picked up their first victory of the league season with a 90-75 win at home over BG Göttingen. Würzburg built a 16-point second quarter lead and the guests were only briefly able to get close in the third quarter as Würzburg moved to 1-1. Jordan Hulls scored 24 points with 4 three-pointers and fellow reserve Felix Koch hit 5 three-pointers in scoring 19 points to go with 6 rebounds. The hosts’ starters picked up just 31 points - though the team shot 61.8 percent from the field and 60.0 percent from three-point range, surviving 22 turnovers, thanks also to a 40-23 rebound advantage. Göttingen, who are now 0-2, saw Terry Allen pick up 21 points and 7 rebounds and Darius Carter scored 16 points while Bennet Hundt continued his superb start to the season with 10 points, 2 rebounds,14 assists and just 2 turnovers in 34 minutes.

Player of the Week

Kaza Kajami-Keane was outstanding in SYNTAINICS MBC’s victory at Hamburg Towers as he collected an efficiency of 35 with 31 points on 8-of-11 shooting and 10-of-12 free throws to go with 6 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals.

German Top Five of the Week

G: Bennett Hundt, BG Göttingen

Hundt gets back on the list this week with another outstanding performance - albeit in a loss to s.Oliver Würzburg. The 21-year-old scored 10 points on 3-of-7 shooting, including 3-of-4 threes, and 1-of-2 free throws while grabbing 2 rebounds to go with 14 assists and just 2 turnovers in 34 minutes.

SG: Sebastian Herrera, HAKRO Merlins Crailsheim

The Chilean-German tallied a career-high 19 points as he nailed all three of his long balls while also picking up 1 rebound, 4 assists and 1 steal with 0 turnovers in Crailsheim’s win over medi bayreuth.

F: Sergio Kerusch, SYNTAINICS MBC

Kerusch scored 23 points while making 7-of-8 shots and 6-of-8 free throws while also grabbing 4 rebounds and not committing a turnover in 18:21 minutes off the bench in MBC’s win over Hamburg Towers.

F: Felix Koch, s.Oliver Würzburg

Koch nailed 5-of-7 three-pointers in scoring 19 points off the bench in the win over BG Göttingen while also picking up 6 rebounds and 1 steal.


Kratzer had one great game and a mediocre second showing but the first performance was enough to get him on the list. He collected 20 points and 11 rebounds in Frankfurt’s loss to Telekom Baskets Bonn. The Frankfurt big man then had 4 points on 2-of-4 shots with 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal against FC Bayern Munich.


Young Guns

Jonas Mattisseck, 19, PG, ALBA BERLIN

Mattisseck, as always, was not afraid to be productive in his time on the court. In 17:00 minutes against RASTA Vechta, the 19-year-old had 8 points on 2-of-4 threes and 2-of-2 free throws to go with 2 rebounds and 3 assists. In the win over Brose Bamberg, Mattisseck scored 6 points on 2-of-5 shooting and 1-of-1 free throws with 2 assists and 1 turnover in 11:11 minutes.

Philipp Herkenhoff, 20, PF, RASTA Vechta

Herkenhoff had a slow start to the season but showed what he is capable of against ALBA BERLIN as he had 13 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal and 1 block in 21:57 minutes off the bench. Against EWE Baskets Oldenburg, the 20-year-old had 4 points on 2-of-5 shooting with 4 rebounds and 1 block in 17:18 minutes.

Kostja Mushidi, 21, SG, Basketball Löwen Braunschweig

Mushidi makes it back on the list thanks to a strong showing against ratiopharm ulm as he had 14 points on 6-of-10 shots and 3 rebounds - including the dagger three-pointer.

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