Veikalas, Jacobsen with game-winners / Thompson and Gaffney are back / Würzburg finally win
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:
Bayern almost upset Euroleague champs, Bamberg finally win at buzzer
The Turkish Airlines Euroleague saw both Beko BBL teams stand out. On October 31, Bayern Munich nearly upset the two-time reigning champions Olympiacos Piraeus in Greece, losing 88-83:
A night later, Brose Baskets Bamberg finally won a Euroleague game at the buzzer after losing a number of heart-breakers over the past few years. Casey Jacobsen three-pointer at the buzzer gave Bamberg the 88-86 win over Anadolu Efes:
Veikalas gives Bonn win thanks to King’s gaffe
Two weeks after losing to ALBA BERLIN by 21 points in the Eurocup, Telekom Baskets Bonn got their revenge with a 60-59 thriller at home to extend their winning streak to six games. Bonn’s Benas Veikalas was the hero with a three-point play with two seconds left for the final score. Berlin’s Alex King was the goat for having fouled Veikalas on the play. “We played like shit (in the Eurocup game) and disappointed our fans. In front of this great crowd, we wanted to show a different attitude,” said Veikalas, who had 18 points in the game for second-placed Bonn now 6-1.
Gaffney back in Bonn, Thompson finally takes court for Bayern
Two big names in German basketball had been missing so far this season until this week – one made his season debut while the other will most likely come back next week. Deon Thompson was a big off-season acquisition at the power forward position for Bayern Munich but broke his hand shortly before the start of the season. The 25-year-old finally got back to the court in Bayern’s 91-73 win over Phoenix Hagen, playing 5:23 minutes and hitting all three of his shots for six points to go along with two rebounds. “It was hard to sit on the bench and watch. That’s why it’s great to finally get out there,” said Thompson.
In Bonn, meanwhile, Tony Gaffney has come back to Germany after not making the Memphis Grizzlies. The power forward’s return means a goodbye to Donatas Zavackas, who helped Bonn to a 6-1 record including two points, nine rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block against Berlin. Bonn playmaker Jared Jordan said it will not necessarily be easy to integrate Gaffney back into the team. “Time will tell how we do that. (Gaffney) and Donatas are completely different types of players,” said Jordan. “I know what I can do and what the team can do,” said Gaffney, who was on the bench in street clothes against Berlin.
Berlin add Slokar as six-week Radosevic replacement
With their starting center Leon Radosevic down for at least six weeks with an ankle injury, Berlin went out and brought in a replacement big man, signing Slovenian international Uros Slokar for six weeks. The 30-year-old, who missed all four of his shots in his debut against Bonn, last played for Gran Canaria in the Spanish Liga Endesa:
Rautins, Skyliners win shootout with Hughes, Trier
FRAPORT SKYLINERS won an entertaining fight at TBB Trier 85-75 in what was a great shoot-out between Frankfurt’s Andy Rautins and Trevon Hughes of Trier. Rautins, who turned 27 on game day, nailed five three-pointers in collecting 30 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals. Hughes knocked down six treys in scoring 29 points to go with five assists, three steals and two rebounds. Here are the highlights:
Robinson out in Frankfurt, Ratkovica back in Tübingen
FRAPORT SKYLINERS released point guard Dawan Robinson after head coach Gordon Herbert said he didn’t think the 31-year-old was the right player for the young Frankfurt team. Original reports said the SKYLINERS were replacing him with Kevin Foster but the 23-year-old did not pass a physical.
WALTER Tigers Tübingen reacted to their slow start and brought back former playmaker Branislav Ratkovica on a contract until 2015. The 28-year-old Serb played from 2008 to 2011 for Tübingen and led the Beko BBL in assists for the 2010-11 season with 7.4 assists per game.
Würzburg finally win, face sanctions after financial troubles
What a week of highs and lows for s.Oliver Baskets Würzburg. First off, Würzburg used a 23-0 run between the second and third quarters to take control of the game and knock off Eisbären Bremerhaven 77-63 for their first victory of the season. Bremerhaven remained the only winless team in the league. Würzburg also saw Maxi Kleber play his second straight game and collect career highs in points (15) and rebounds (nine) in 21:36 minutes. But … the club also reported some financial trouble. The Würzburg Main Post came out with an interview with partner Bruno Fraas in which he said the club had 835,000 Euros in debt. The Beko BBL will meet later this week to decide what to do with the club but has put a stop on all player acquisitions. Possible sanctions range from a fine to a point deduction to rescinding the club’s license. Würzburg had back in April 2013 acknowledged losses of about 250,000 Euros but had promised the league to fill the financial hole, which only got deeper by the time the latest numbers were presented on October 15. The league is demanding Würzburg make up the 800,000-plus Euros over the next four years. Fraas sounded confident that the financial problems will not affect the club’s plans on building a new arena, with construction due to be begin by March or April if the financing is secured by the end of the year.
Player of the Week
Chevon Troutman of Bayern won top honors this week with a big game against Phoenix Hagen. The big man collected 22 points on 7-of-8 shooting and 8-of-10 free throws as well as eight rebounds, three assists and one turnover for an efficiency of 29. Troutman gathered all those stats in just 19:38 minutes of action.
Design ALLSTAR Game uniforms, become Special Coach
Calling creative-minded basketball fans: the Beko BBL is once again asking for design ideas for the uniforms for the 2014 Beko BBL ALLSTAR Game (check the video trailer below). Fans can submit entries by November 17, 2013. The winner will not only have their design used for the uniforms but they will also serve as Special Coach at the event on January 18, 2014 in Bonn. Go here for more information.
Johannes Voigtmann, 21, C, FRAPORT SKYLINERS
Voigtmann had another solid game with eight points on 4-of-6 shooting while collecting four rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal. It’s the fourth time in seven games that the 21-year-old has tallied at least eight points.
Paul Zipser, 19, SG, Bayern Munich
The 19-year-old talent got 3:39 minutes of action in the blowout of Hagen and made both of his three-pointers for six points while also collecting one assist and one block.
Sören Fritze, 19, PG, Phoenix Hagen
Phoenix Hagen continue to give their young players some minutes as the 19-year-old Fritze made his Beko BBL debut with 2:03 minutes in which he missed his only three-point attempt. The 20-year-old Fabian Beck appeared in his fourth game this season and the 19-year-old Niklas Geske made his second appearance.
Video of the Week
Here are the Top 10 plays of the seventh game day in the Beko BBL
Meat and Potatoes
Bayern Munich remained the only undefeated team in the Beko BBL at 7-0 while Bonn collected their sixth straight win to stay second with Artland Dragons at third also with a 6-1 record. After Würzburg’s win over Bremerhaven, the losers are the only winless team in the league at 0-7. Andy Rautins’ 30-point showing pushed him atop the scoring race with 19.3 ppg followed by Benas Veikalas at 18.0. The leader rebounder is now Maxi Kleber from Würzburg with 8.5 boards per game ahead of Larry Gordon’s 8.33 rpg. The top assist man – no surprise – is still Bonn’s Jared Jordan with 7.3 apg. Vechta’s Richard Williams is second with 7.0 per game. Williams leads the efficiency rankings with 18.3 per game ahead of Hagen’s Gordon with 17.3.