ALBA BERLIN leads off the week as they picked up a big overtime victory on the road over ratiopharm ulm, who have still not won at home. T.J. Shorts for his part punished his ex-team in HAKRO Merlins Crailsheim’s win over Hamburg Towers. And Telekom Baskets Bonn bashed Brose Bamberg by 20 points.
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Berlin keep Ulm winless at home with overtime victory
ALBA BERLIN racked up another victory as they beat ratiopharm ulm 71-66 in overtime to keep Ulm winless at home this season. Ulm led most of the first half, building an 11-point lead. It was close the rest of the game, Berlin leading by four points inside the final 2 minutes but Fedor Zugic threw down a dunk and Semaj Christon forced overtime with a layup with 22 seconds left. The guest mounted a 7-0 start to the extra session and allowed just three points in OT for their third straight win and a 5-3 record while Ulm dropped to 4-4. Both teams struggled shooting while Berlin controlled the boards 50 to 39 including 19 offensive rebounds. Marcus Eriksson poured in 20 points led lead Berlin with Johannes Thiemann and Luke Sikma both picking up 10 points. Cristiano Felicio was Ulm’s top scorer with 15 points to go with 13 rebounds while Sindarius Thornwell had 11 points.
Berlin send Peno on loan to Lithuania
Stefan Peno will finish the season in Lithuania as ALBA BERLIN sent the point guard on loan to PC Prienai. The 24-year-old playmaker has been unable to get playing time in the German capital after playing the 2020-21 season on loan with RASTA Vechta. Peno has been with Berlin since 2017 and has a contract until 2023.
Shorts punishes former team in Crailsheim win over Hamburg
HAKRO Merlins Crailsheim continued their march up the standings with a convincing 90-73 victory at home over Hamburg Towers for their fourth straight win. Crailsheim blew the game open with a 34-12 second quarter in moving to 5-3 - the same record as Hamburg, who saw their five-game winning streak snapped. Crailsheim shot 53.3 percent for the game and held Hamburg to just 38.2 percent shooting, including 18.9 percent from long range. T.J. Shorts was too much for his former team with 23 points and 8 assists while Elias Lasisi scored 18 points, Fabian Bleck had a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds plus 5 assists and Jaren Lewis chipped in 14 points and 9 rebounds. Justus Hollatz was one of the few bright spots for Hamburg with 18 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals and 1 block.
Bonn secure third straight win with blowout of Bamberg
Telekom Baskets Bonn grabbed their third straight victory as they rolled past Brose Bamberg 100-80 on the road. Bonn took over in the second quarter with a 26-15 frame and were never challenged the rest of the way to move to 6-2 while Bamberg fell to 5-4 after a second straight loss. Bonn shot a blistering 61.0 percent from the field including 51.9 percent from long range while forcing 20 Bamberg turnovers and winning the rebound battle 35-25. Jeremy Morgan was a force for Bonn with 25 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 6 steals, Parker Jackson-Cartwright added 16 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists, Justin Gorham scored 16 points and former Bamberg leader Karsten Tadda picked up 5 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists in his return to Freak City. Christian Sengfelder paced Bamberg with 24 points while Omar Prewitt had 14 points and 5 assists.
Radebaugh shines in Ludwigsburg’s win at Braunschweig
MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg showed no signs of rust after 12 days without a game as they defeated Basketball Löwen Braunschweig 91-80 on the road. Ludwigsburg, whose last game was a loss to Sassari in the Basketball Champions League on November 8, opened a 13-point lead in the second quarter and it was 13 points again in the third period before Ludwigsburg just hit big shots to answer any Braunschweig comeback attempt. Ludwigsburg improved to 5-3 and Braunschweig are now 2-6 after three losses in a row.
Jonah Radebaugh did it all for Ludwigsburg with 25 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 4 steals. Jordan Hulls had 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and Justin Simon tallied 10 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann swatted three shots to move to 202 blocks in his career - ranking now fifth all time since the start of data collection in 1998. Only Ruben Boumtje Boumtje (204), Tibor Pleiß (214), Daniel Theis (249) and John Bryant (397) have more. Owen Klassen did all he could for Braunschweig with a season-high 24 points and 10 rebounds. Ondrej Sehnal chipped in 11 points and 7 assists.
Oldenburg struggles continue, loss at home to Giessen
EWE Baskets Oldenburg might be the team most looking forward to the FIBA window break as they lost once again, falling 75-72 at home to JobStairs GIESSEN 46ers to remain in last place. Giessen jumped out to a 15-point lead late in the first quarter and held off the hosts until Oldenburg finally went ahead 70-67 with Rickey Paulding’s three-point play with 106 seconds left. But Kendale McCullum scored back-to-back baskets and Nuni Omot hit two free throws with 4 seconds left to give Giessen a 3-5 record while Oldenburg fell to 2-7. Oldenburg shot just 42.6 percent for the game and allowed Giessen to hit 62.5 percent of their 2-pointers. Giessen did miss 17 free throws, hitting just 20-of-37 from the line. Omot led the way with 19 points while McCullum had 15 points and 5 assists, Phillip Fayne had 12 points and Jalen Tate scored 10 points. Paulding finished with 19 points and Cameron Clark picked up 17 points and 10 rebounds.
Chemnitz prevail over Heidelberg in defensive struggle
NINERS Chemnitz remained the surprise team of the league as they fought off MLP Academics Heidelberg 67-64 in a defensive struggle. The game was tight throughout until Chemnitz opened a 10-point lead late in the third quarter. Heidelberg knotted it at 64-64, but Chemnitz held the guests scoreless for the final 3:14 minutes. Darion Atkins hit a jumper and Gerald Robinson provided the final free throw with 4 seconds left as Chemnitz moved to 5-3 and Heidelberg lost three straight for a 4-4 mark. Chemnitz shot just 41.0 percent from the field but held Heidelberg to just 33.3 percent from the floor and 22.2 percent from long range. Niklas Wimberg paced the winners with 15 points, Atkins finished with 14 points and Frantz Massenat had 11 points. Brekkott Chapman led Heidelberg in scoring with 15 points and 9 rebounds.
Thornton, Doreth carry Bayreuth past MBC take home win
medi bayreuth used some blistering outside shooting in walloping SYNTAINICS MBC 100-68 for their first home win. Bayreuth led by 13 points after 4 minutes and it was a 17-point lead after the first quarter as the hosts cruised to their second straight win and a 3-4 record while MBC have lost four straight and are 3-5. Bayreuth drained 18 three-pointers - compared to just 17 two-pointers - and shot 54.7 percent for the game. Bayreuth also dominated the glass, out-rebounding MBC 39-28. Marcus Thornton hit 7 triples in scoring 26 points to lead Bayreuth while Bastian Doreth collected 18 points, 6 rebounds and 11 assists for the third double-double of his career. Sacar Anim added 15 points in the win. Behnam Yakhchali was MBC’s leading scorer with 14 points.
Second half run carriers Bayern past Göttingen
FC Bayern Munich used a big second half surge to put away BG Göttingen with an 80-66 road victory. Playing without head coach Andrea Trinchieri, Bayern were unable to really pull away from Göttingen for most of the first three quarters until a 15-0 run spanning the final two periods helped them move to a 6-2 record in first place while Göttingen fell to 4-3. Bayern’s defense held Göttingen to just 35.9 percent shooting to make the difference. DeShaun Thomas collected 18 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists for Bayern, who also had Nihad Djedovic score 15 points, Andreas Obst hit for 11 and Augustine Rubit pitch in 10 points and 7 rebounds. Kamar Baldwin paced Göttingen with 17 points and Stephen Brown had 15 points.
Frankfurt beat Würzburg for second straight road win
FRAPORT SKYLINERS continued their solid play of late as they fought past s.Oliver Würzburg 83-78 on the road. The game was tight throughout with the biggest lead being Frankfurt’s nine-point gap midway through the third quarter. Frankfurt however did not give up the lead in the fourth quarter with Brancou Badio hitting a big three-pointer and long jumper in the closing stretches and Will Cherry icing the game with two free throws with 16 seconds left. Frankfurt won their second straight road game for a 2-6 record while Würzburg dropped their first game at home for a 3-5 mark. The guests shot 53.0 percent for the game and also forced 19 Würzburg turnovers. Badio and Cherry both finished with 19 points and 6 assists while Matt Haarms and Len Schoormann both had 10 points. Tomasz Gielo and Desi Rodriguez both scored 15 points in a losing effort.
Player(s) of the Week
Three players all picked up the same efficiency with two of them coming from the same team. Jeremy Morgan of Telekom Baskets Bonn registered an efficiency of 28 in their win over Brose Bamberg after collecting 25 points on 8-of-15 shooting and 4-of-4 free throws, 4 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 steals. HARKO Merlins Crailsheim teammates T.J. Shorts and Fabian Bleck both had the same 28 efficiency in their win over Hamburg Towers. Shorts tallied 23 points on 8-of-12 shooting and 6-of-7 free throws, 2 rebounds, 8 assists and 2 steals, while Bleck amassed 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting and 2-of-2 free throws, 11 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals and 1 block.
German Top Five of the Week
G: Justus Hollatz, Hamburg Towers
Hollatz was one of the few bright spots for Hamburg in their loss to HAKRO Merlins Crailsheim as he collected 18 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals and 1 block.
G: Bastian Doreth, medi bayreuth
Doreth was outstanding in Bayreuth’s win over SYNTAINICS MBC, scoring 18 points while also picking up 6 rebounds and 11 assists for the third double-double of his career.
F: Niklas Wimberg, NINERS Chemnitz
Wimberg played a major role in Chemnitz knocking off MLP Academics Heidelberg as he contributed 15 points, 9 rebounds and 1 assist.
F: Fabian Bleck, HAKRO Merlins Crailsheim
Bleck helped Crailsheim get an impressive win over Hamburg Towers as he tallied 15 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals and 1 block. It was his second doubled-double of his career.
C: Christian Sengfelder, Brose Bamberg
Sengfelder remains one of the best centers in the league as he poured in 24 points with 5 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 block.
Len Schoormann, 19, PG, FRAPORT SKYLINERS
Schoormann played a major role in Frankfurt beating s.Oliver Würzburg as he picked up 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting (1-of-2 on threes) and 1-of-1 free throws, 6 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 block. in 29:19 minutes.
Kay Bruhnke, 20, SG, medi bayreuth
Brunke played his first league game in more than a month but helped Bayreuth beat SYNTAINICS MBC with 8 points on 3-of-4 shooting (2-of-3 threes), 2 rebounds and 1 assist in 15:15 minutes.
Jacob Patrick, 18, PG, MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg
Patrick struggled a bit on his shot, hitting just 3-of-11 from the field including 2-of-7 from long range in scoring 8 points to go with 3 rebounds, 1 assist and 3 steals in 16:51 minutes against Basketball Löwen Braunschweig.
The 21-year-old twins Brandon and Nicholas Tischler could not keep Basketball Löwen Braunschweig from losing at home against MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg. Nicholas played 12:54 minutes and collected 7 points on 3-of-5 shooting (1-of-2 threes) and 1 steal. Brandon picked up just 1 foul in 6:07 minutes of action.
Nico Lagerman has really started strong this season for NAIA college Cardinal Stritch University. After playing just 3 minutes in the opening game, the combo guard has scored 12, 17 and then 22 points in his next three games - in just 20, 17 and 21 minutes coming off the bench. Against Olivet Nazarene, Lagerman had 22 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 4 steals and 1 block. Lagerman, who played for Frankurt and Giessen in the youth ranks, is playing with players from Australia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Iceland for the team in Wisconsin.