Weekly News: Bamberg face Bayern; Oldenburg take on Ulm; Chris Ensminger retires
Oldenburg finally finishes off Bonn, sets up showdown with Ulm
EWE Baskets Oldenburg booked the final spot in the Beko BBL semi-finals by holding off Telekom Baskets 89-80 in Game Five at home to take the series 3-2 (video below). Chris Kramer collected 22 points and seven rebounds and four others Oldenburg players scored at least 12 points as the hosts took the third quarter 27-15 to take control of the game. Kyle Weems did all he could for Bonn with 23 points, seven rebounds and two steals. But it was not enough as Oldenburg moved on for a semi-final date with ratiopharm ulm.
Günther commits to Ulm for two years
Ulm announced some big news just hours before they tip off their semi-final against Oldenburg as point guard Per Günther extended his contract with the 2012 runners-up for two more seasons until 2015. Günther said he really valued the relationship with Ulm general manager Thomas Scholl, who brought the guard to Ulm in 2008 from Hagen. Günther reportedly had received interest from many other teams in the Beko BBL.
Ulm spent the week resting after their sweep of Artland Dragons. But Ulm head into their semi-final showdown with Oldenburg knowing they will be without defensive specialist Sebastian Betz for the rest of the season after the guard underwent foot surgery.
Bamberg end Hagen Cinderella run, will meet Bayern in semis
Three-time reigning champions Brose Baskets Bamberg ended the Cinderella run of Phoenix Hagen by taking Game Four on the road 92-75 to win the series 3-1. Sharrod Ford was outstanding for Bamberg with 23 points, five rebounds and three blocks. Casey Jacobsen added five three-pointers for 17 points, and Philipp Neumann collected 10 points, eight rebounds and three blocks for Bamberg, who shot 47 percent for the game and survived 18 turnovers. Hagen, who were led by 21 points each from Davin White and David Bell, saw their fairytale season come to a close.
Chris Ensminger retires, takes head coaching job with Gotha
It seemed that Chris Ensminger would play on forever, but the 39-year-old center hung up his sneakers after 17 years and 485 games and will become the new coach at Oettinger Rockets Gotha, signing a contract for both the ProA and ProB. Ensminger collected two Beko BBL titles with Bamberg in 2005 and 2007 and spent the last four years of his career with Bonn.
Bremerhaven hire Oldham as coach for three years
Eisbären Bremerhaven filled their vacant coaching position by bringing in Calvin Oldham on a three-year contract. The 52-year-old American and former Beko BBL All Star was assistant coach at ALBA BERLIN from 2005 to 2007 and replaces Doug Spradley. Oldham coached the last six seasons for South Korean team KCC Egis.
Statlines of the week: Weems not enough
Kyle Weems outstanding showing for Bonn sent the series to Game Five with 34 points on 6-10 three-pointers and 10-10 free throws, 10 rebounds, two assists and one steal for a Game Four top efficiency of 35. The top Game Five showing came from Weems (22 rating with 23 points, seven rebounds and two steals) and Chris Kramer from Oldenburg (20 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals).
McElroy remains a Phantom
With their spot in the Beko BBL for next season set, New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig locked up one of their top players from this past season, signing Immanuel McElroy on a two-year contract. The 33-year-old, who was named as the leagues top defender five straight years, averaged 9.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 2012-13.
Era ends in Würzburg: Jochen Bähr withdraws from daily business
An era is coming to a close as s.Oliver Baskets Würzburg CEO Jochen Bähr announced he will withdraw from the daily business of the Beko BBL club and hand over daily duties to Steffen Liebler. Bähr, who has guided Würzburg since 2006, will remain active in a consulting function and contact person for sponsoring matters.
Video of the week: Top Ten of the first round
The best moments from game 3 and 4 of the first round - Steffen Hamann, Heiko Schaffartzik, Jared Jordan, Sharrod Ford, Julius Jenkins, Brandon Thomas: