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Finals reloaded: D’Or Fischer makes difference / Lischka shoots baskets first time after surgery...

Finals reloaded: D’Or Fischer makes difference / Lischka shoots baskets first time after surgery...

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:

Bamberg impressive defensively in win at Oldenburg

Four-time reigning Beko BBL champions Brose Baskets Bamberg came up with an impressive defensive showing in beating EWE Basket Oldenburg 73-59 to move into second place in the league. D’Or Fischer had an excellent first Beko BBL game for Bamberg with 16 points, seven rebounds and five blocks, giving the champs the inside force they haven’t had all season. Fischer played his second game for Bamberg – his first was in the Euroleague against his former club Real Madrid, his second now in Oldenburg, where he played during the 2006-07 season. “To play the first two games versus former clubs - That is really crazy,” he said after the game. Bamberg clinched their seventh straight win to improve to 9-2 – one game behind leaders Bayern Munich. Oldenburg, paced by 16 points from Chris Kramer and 12 from Rickey Paulding, dropped to 8-2.

Bremerhaven knock off Berlin, Vechta win at home

There were plenty of other great stories this week as Eisbären Bremerhaven won for the third time in four games, this time knocking off ALBA BERLIN 85-79 on the road (highlights below) thanks to 18 points from Darius Adams and 16 each from Philip Zwiener and Derrick Allen – like Bremerhaven’s head coach Calvin Oldham, both played for Berlin in the past. And promoted side RASTA Vechta finally won at home as Jacob Doerksen scored 30 points and Richard Williams collected 15 points and 10 rebounds in the win.

Würzburg deducted two points, levied fine

As a consequence of their drastic financial issues, s.Oliver Baskets Würzburg were deducted two points in the current championship standings – the equivalent of one victory – while also levied a fine of 40,000 euros by the Beko BBL. “As a fair play organization, we have a major obligation to the other participants in the competition,” said Thomas Braumann, the chairman of the Beko BBL’s licensing committee.

Lischka anxious to return to court

Johannes Lischka has returned to the court – well, at least just to shoot some baskets for television. The German international told SPORT1 that he would like to return to practice within two weeks for WALTER Tigers Tübingen. Less than three weeks ago, the 26-year-old had surgery on his head to have a tumor removed. “Maybe I will be back on the court by the end of the calendar year,” said Lischka in the SPORT1 video interview. Get well and speedy recovery Joe!

Tübingen bring back Kashirov

WALTER Tigers Tübingen hope they have solved their problems in the low blocks as they brought back to the club 26-year-old center Anatoly Kashirov. The Russian played for Tübingen during the 2010-11 season and signed a contract with the team until the end of the 2014-15 season. Kashirov averaged 13.0 points and 5.3 rebounds per game three seasons ago for Tübingen:

Vote for the All-Stars!

The Beko BBL All-Star Day is for the fans. So fans, go out and vote for your favorite stars. Click here to pick your starting fives for the National vs International game.

Kleber watch

Maxi Kleber continues his superb play for Würzburg as he scored a career-high 19 points against Bonn, shooting 7-of-11 from the field including 2-of-5 from threes. He also had five rebounds and one assist in 26 minutes. Kleber has scored at least 15 points in four of his last five games. Check out the highlights of the surprising victory in Bonn (especially the great pass fake at 01:00, when Jared Jordan took the young fella to school):

Player of the Week

Jacob Doerksen was unstoppable for RASTA Vechta in their first home victory of the season over medi bayreuth. He made 13 of his 15 shots from the field and three of four free throws in scoring 30 points while also picking up four rebounds, four steals and two assists for an efficiency rating of 37. Oh, and did we tell you that it was his first game of the season after recovering from an injury?

Stats Corner: Aziz N’Diaye has a game for the ages

Don’t tell me you saw this one coming. Sure, Aziz N’Diaye had some promise, but the 25-year-old Senegal center was clearly the X-factor in FRAPORT SKYLINERS’ 82-79 home victory over Phoenix Hagen. He collected 16 points, 13 rebounds and one block in 22 minutes of action. N’Diaye came into the game with 18 points and 21 rebounds TOTAL in his previous eight games. And he collected just 19 minutes in last three games with two points and 2 rebounds. Here, he shows off his dunking ability.

Young Guns

Bogdan Radosavljevic, 20, C WALTER Tigers Tübingen

Rado started the game at Ulm and made four-of-six shots in scoring eight points while grabbing four rebounds.

Paul Zipser, 19, SG, Bayern Munich

Zipser got to play a career high 10:55 minutes in Bayern’s blowout of MBC. The 19-year-old collected two points to go with a career-high three rebounds, one steal and one assist.

Daniel Theis, 21, PF, ratiopharm ulm

Welcome back to Young Guns young man! Theis had been so great last season but has been up and down this season. He had 13 points, one rebound, one steal and one block against Tübingen. He has scored 12 or 13 points in three of last seven games – but no more than three points in the other four games. Daniel also made it back into the Top 10:

Basketball Insiders by SportEagle.tv

This week on Basketball Insiders by Salman Mitha of SportEagle.tv they talk to Adonte “Josh” Parker of Mitteldeutscher BC (and here you find all of their video stuff).

Meat and Potatoes

Bayern Munich’s third straight win keeps them atop the league at 10-1 while reigning champs Bamberg jumped to second place at 9-2 with their seventh straight victory, followed by Oldenburg at 8-2. Würzburg remain in last place with a 1-9 record after the penalty while Tübingen are 2-9 in 17th place. Hagen’s David Bell is still the top scorer in the Beko BBL with 18.2 ppg followed by Bremerhaven’s Darius Adams (17.73 ppg) and Benas Veikalas of Bonn and Skyliners’ Andy Rautins (both 17.45 ppg). Larry Gordon of Hagen remains the league’s leading rebounder with 7.8 rpg with Johannes Lischka ranked second at 7.7 rpg. The top assist man is still Jared Jordan of Bonn at 7.6 apg. Gordon also tops the efficiency rating standings with 18.5 per game.

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