Weekly News: Bamberg finally win again; Ulm, Artland get cup revenge; five points for half-court...
In this section, we break out our English language skills and inform you about the latest news from the German Beko Basketball Bundesliga. This week: Bamberg finally win again; Ulm, Artland get cup revenge; Bayreuth lose Krunic debut; five points for half-court shots?If youre short on time but still want your fill of Germanys top basketball league then you are in the right place. Every Tuesday David Hein (www.heinnews.com) brings you up-to-date in German basketball the Beko BBL short and sweet (for feedback and suggestions please email to Simon@Beko-BBL.de).
Just what the doctor ordered: Bamberg finally win again
For a team used to so much success, going 34 days without a victory must have been a nightmare for three-time Beko BBL champions Brose Baskets Bamberg. But Chris Flemings Bamberg team welcomed last-placed LTi GIESSEN 46ers and their 13-game losing streak. That proved to be just what the doctor ordered as Bamberg blasted past the already-relegated team 105-54 to end their 8-game losing streak combined in the Beko BBL and Euroleague. Philipp Neumann had a career night and AJ Ogilvy collected 19 points, 10 rebounds and 3 blocks for Brose. Bamberg last won on February 25 at home versus Neckar RIESEN Ludwigsburg, which was followed by three Beko BBL losses and the last five of 13 consecutive Euroleague defeats. In one of the biggest under-statements of the season, Fleming said after the win: We needed the victory today. The winning feeling was very important for us. Bambergs final Euroleague game takes place on Thursday and then they travel to Bonn and host ratiopharm ulm on April 7 and April 10, respectively.
Revenge: Ulm and Artland make up for TOP FOUR losses
Ulm meanwhile got some much-needed revenge for their TOP FOUR final loss to ALBA BERLIN by knocking off Berlin at home 92-73 in a big game in the battle for second place in the Beko BBL. Ulm were on fire from long range, hitting 16 of 28 triples (57 percent), led by Allan Ray with 5 treys on his way to 21 points. All 10 Ulm players scored at least 5 points and the hosts defense held Berlin to just 41 percent shooting. Artland also got some revenge from their loss to Bayern in the TOP FOUR third place game by knocking off Munich 70-66 at home. The Dragons led by 14 points early in the fourth quarter but Bayern used a 15-2 run to pull within 58-57. Artland did not let Munich get ahead and secured the win.
Bayreuth lose Krunic coaching debut
Mired in a fight to avoid relegation, BBC Bayreuth lost 86-82 at WALTER Tigers Tübingen in the coaching debut of Predrag Krunic. Bayreuth suffered their third straight defeat and fifth in six games. The last few days havent been easy for us. We didnt have much time to prepare for the game. But what gives me courage is how we fought until the end, said Krunic, who took over for the sacked Marco van den Berg.
What date is it? Hmm, April 1
Well, you cant say German basketball officials dont have an imagination. First of all you have the German Basketball Federation announcing a revolution in basketball with a 5-pointer for shots made beyond the half-court mark effective immediately. And then TBB Trier say they will host their home game against Bayern Munich during the 2013-14 season in the open air at the Moselstadium football grounds. What was the date on both of those releases? Ah yeah, April 1.
Statline of the week: Neumann dominates v Giessen
Bambergs 21-year-old big man Philipp Neumann set career highs with 24 points, 8 rebounds, 3 steals, 14 free throws made and 16 free throws attempted to go along with 1 block in Broses 105-54 win over Giessen for an efficiency rating of 32. Lubos Barton of New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig also picked up a 32 rating with 21 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks in a loss against Phoenix Hagen.
Young Guns: Weiser sets career highs in Giessen loss at Bamberg
In Giessens blowout loss at Bamberg, Weiser set career highs with 11 points and 2 assists in 21:18 minutes while also picking up his first Beko BBL steal and grabbing two rebounds while shooting a perfect 3-3 from 2-pt range, 1-1 on threes and 2-2 from the free throw line.
Theis played an important role in Ulms strong win over Berlin with 9 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 block in 17 minutes. Theis, who turns 21 on April 4, is averaging 6.3 points and 4.2 rebounds in just over 15 minutes per game for Ulm.
After scoring 18 points in his last eight games, Mönninghoff went for 10 points in 22 minutes in Triers 105-73 loss at Eisbären Bremerhaven.
Meat and potatoes
Bamberg snapped their losing streak and remain atop the Beko BBL at 22-5. EWE Baskets Oldenburg won their second straight game to improve to 19-8, followed by Ulm (18-9), Bayern (18-11), Berlin (16-11). Ludwigsburgs loss at Oldenburg was their third straight to drop them to 10-19 in 17th place. Braunschweig (15th) and Bayreuth (16th) both are 11-17 but also have played one fewer game than Ludwigsburg. Phoenix Hagens Davin White out-scored Ulms John Bryant 23 to 8 to increase his lead in the Beko BBL scoring race to 17.11 to 16.44 points per game. And here are the top ten moments from last week end: