Bamberg’s comeback win over Berlin / Lischka wants to play this weekend
In this section, we break out our English language skills and inform you about the latest news from the German Beko 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 Beko BBL short and sweet:
Tired Bamberg come back again, beat Alba Berlin
It was clearly the game of the week in the Beko BBL and while it turned out to be exciting, Brose Baskets Bamberg’s 73-69 win over ALBA BERLIN was not necessarily the highest of quality. That really can’t be a surprise from Bamberg’s point of view considering the four-time reigning Beko BBL champions had played less than 48 hours earlier in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague and came up with a huge fourth quarter comeback to keep alive their chances for the Top 16. Brose needed another comeback against Berlin, fighting those tired legs and a 15-point second quarter deficit to show their class. With two big triples in the final stages, Rakim Sanders is definitely starting to pick up his game for Bamberg. Don’t get me wrong, but he’s got a bit of a PJ Tucker game to him. I’m not saying … I’m just saying. Here decide for yourself with the highlights:
Lischka wants to play this weekend
Talk about a comeback! A month after surgery to remove a tumor in his head, Johannes Lischka said he wants to play for WALTER Tigers Tübingen THIS Sunday against Phoenix Hagen! “I am ready, I want to play. That is the best therapy for me to overcome this illness. Basketball is my life. Playing Playstation the whole day is boring,” Lischka told the Bild daily. Tübingen coach Igor Perovic said Lischka looks good. And the team needs him. Joe, just make sure you’re healthy, otherwise, go for it!
Christmas shopping? Bamberg not likely, Würzburg would love to
Tis the season … for Christmas shopping to replace injured players and add more depth? Well, looks like it might be. New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig added Kenny Kadji to replace Harding Nana; medi bayreuth signed Will Conroy for some depth over the next two months; and RASTA Vechta brought in Rashad Bishop for the same reason. Bamberg head coach Chris Fleming had hoped he was done with his shopping with D’Or Fischer. But in the new center’s first Beko BBL game, power forward Sharrod Ford went down with a knee injury and subsequent surgery and reportedly will miss eight weeks. But with seven foreigners already, Bamberg will stand pat for now. s.Oliver Baskets Würzburg would love to go player shopping, especially after Ricky Harris was ruled out for six weeks with a deep thigh bruise. But Würzburg have more or less been banned from even entering the store with their lingering financial issues, which cost them a hefty fine and a deduction of points by the Beko BBL.
There’s no D in Bayern Munich
Weekly News’ buddy Rob Scott over at EuroleagueAdventures.com took a detailed look at a lack of defense in Bayern Munich’s Euroleague games. Good read, please check it out.
Eye of the … Staiger?
Sticking with Bayern for a second … So, apparently German international Lucca Staiger enjoys photography. And Bayern Munich’s marketing gurus have come up with what should be a fun idea – “The Eye of the Staiger”. More to come, but here is the trailer.
All-Star voting update!
There’s still time for you to vote for the Beko BBL All-Star players. ratiopharm ulm’s Per Güthner leads all Team National vote-getters thus far while Telekom Baskets Bonn playmaker Jared Jordan is leading the vote for Team International. Go vote!
Maxi Kleber didn’t have a strong game offensively, hitting just 1-of-5 shots from the field and 2-of-4 free throws in scoring five points in 25 minutes. But he did collect seven rebounds against Trier.
Johannes Voigtmann, 21, C, FRAPORT SKYLINERS
And he’s back, JoVo picked up six points and six rebounds as well as one assist in 21:23 minutes for Skyliners, who suffered a disappointing blowout loss at Mitteldeutscher BC. JoVo’s efficiency rating of nine was the highest on the Frankfurt team.
Max Merz, 19, PG, FRAPORT SKYLINERS
Merz played 17:49 minutes in Frankfurt’s blowout loss at MBC and collected two points, two rebounds and three assists. P.S. If you think Weekly News is too Skyliners centric, tell your team to play their kids like Frankfurt are doing.
Ole Wendt, 21, PG, Phoenix Hagen
The young playmaker had a solid game of five points, two rebounds, three assists and one steal in 17 minutes of Hagen’s big victory over EWE Baskets Oldenburg. He also made it to the Top 10:
Player of the Week
RASTA Vechta lost another tough game at home, this time falling 92-84 against ratiopharm ulm. But that was not the fault of Richard Williams, who collected 22 points on 9-of-15 shooting and 4-of-4 free throws to go with eight rebounds, nine assists and two steals for an efficiency rating of 33.
Video of the Week
Don’t really know what to say to this! Suppose wow is enough. In case you want to know what they say, here my translation of the lyrics (no effort to rhyme): “In an unknown village/full of liquid manure and peat/is a team very well-known/deep in the Oldenburg Müsterland (region)/and the team that I am talking about calls itself Rastaaaa/today you rascals are here as guests/Rasta is the coolest club in the world/We’ve already got the beer chilled/ and the team that I am talking about calls itself Rastaaaas/today you rascals are here as guests/Rasta, everybody loves Rastaaaaa/Rasta/Vechta/Rasta/Vechta/Rasta is the coolest club in the world”
Meat and Potatoes
As many had expected would eventually happen, we are starting to see some separation atop the Beko BBL standings. Bayern Munich got a strong win at Artland Dragons for a four-game winning streak to jump to 11-1. Bamberg remained right on Bayern’s heels with eight straight wins to improve to 10-2 while Oldenburg dropped to 8-3 after the loss at Phoenix Hagen. Würzburg are still dead last with a 1-10 record while WALTER Tigers Tübingen are a spot better at 2-10. Bremerhaven’s Darius Adams scored 27 points against Tübingen to take the lead in the Beko BBL scoring race with 18.67 points. David Bell from Hagen dropped to 18.64 ppg. Hagen’s Larry Gordon dropped to second place in rebounds with 7.6 rpg while Johannes Lischka now is tops with 7.7 rpg. Bonn playmaker Jared Jordan is already close to locking up the assist title with 7.5 per game while Branislav Ratkovica of Tübingen is second with 6.2 apg. Richard Williams’ Player of the Week performance pushed him atop the efficiency rating leaderboard with 18.08 per game while Larry Gordon is second at 17.64.