Weekly News: Oldenburg move into new home / Bamberg finally beat Berlin / Schröder stars in Portland
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 beat Berlin, lock up top spot; Schröder stars in Nike Hoop Summit; Oldenburg move into new homeIf 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).
Bamberg finally beat Berlin, secure home court advantage in playoffs
Once again, the Beko BBL title will go through Freak City as three-time defending champions Brose Baskets Bamberg knocked off ALBA BERLIN 89-80 to secure home court advantage throughout the playoffs. After losing to Alba twice in the Euroleague Top 16 and once in Beko BBL league play, Bamberg finally beat Berlin to lock up the number one seed in the post-season. Anton Gavel and Casey Jacobsen combined for nine three-pointers and 37 points in the victory. Bamberg have lost three games against German competition this season in the Stechert Arena vs Berlin in Euroleague play, against Bayern Munich in the German Beko BBL TOP FOUR qualifiers and against Artland Dragons on April 17. So at least theres hope for the rest of the league with the playoffs just about to tip off.
League continues to grow
And the growth just keeps going: The Beko BBL once again grew during the 2012-13 season. Despite not having the final numbers, the league announced it recorded total revenues of more than 80 million among the 18 Beko BBL clubs. The exact figures will be announced on June 30.
Oldenburg christen new home with win
Part of the additional growth will come from EWE Baskets Oldenburg, who moved into their shiny new home the 6,000-seat EWE Arena for their 84-74 victory over Bonn.
Four teams for two playoff spots, Ludwigsburg battle Frankfurt for relegation
The drama in the Beko BBL is going down to the final buzzer as Telekom Baskets Bonn (17-16), s.Oliver Baskets Würzburg (17-16), Phoenix Hagen (17-16) and WALTER Tigers Tübingen (16-17) are fighting for the final two spots in the playoffs. FRAPORT SKYLINERS and Necker RIESEN Ludwigsburg, meanwhile, square off in a do-or-die showdown in Frankfurt winner stays in the Beko BBL, loser drops to ProA.
Statline(s) of the week: Hamilton, McElroy big in teams wins
With Dennis Schröder at the Nike Hoop Summit, Immanuel McElroy stepped up for Braunschweig in a huge victory over Tübingen, collecting 25 points, six rebounds, four assists, two steals for an efficiency rating of 33. Kevin Hamilton matched that 33 rating with 29 points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals in BBC Bayreuths 86-71 win at MBC.
Stat Center: Alba win despite horrible third quarter
Berlins victory over Bonn was definitely one for stat-heads. Berlin were out-scored 22-2 in the third quarter. But they still won the game by 21 points 76-55.
Schröder stars at Nike Hoop Summit
Dennis Schröder has been a regular on the Weekly News all season and the 19-year-old New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig hit the world stage last weekend as he played a starring role in the World Select Teams 112-98 victory over the United States in the 2013 Nike Hoop Summit. Schröder had NBA talent scouts drooling all week of preparations with his tremendous skill set. And he didnt disappoint in the game playing with the best of the world against the best in the U.S. and collecting 18 points, six assists and two rebounds in the victory. Schröder announced he will enter the 2013 NBA Draft but can still pull his name out though his draft stock definitely rose during the week at the Hoop Summit.
Neumann will enter 2013 NBA Draft
Schröder could have company in the 2013 NBA Draft as German big man Philipp Neumann will enter the draft. The 22-year-old Bamberg center had a strong game against Berlin off the bench with 19 points, five rebounds and some nasty dunks check him out at the third place of our top ten of the week:
Young Guns: Klein gets career high for Skyliners
Klein scored a career high 11 points while dishing out three assists and grabbing two rebounds in Frankfurts win over Trier.
Giessen continued to give their youngsters valuable playing time and Didovic played a career high 13 minutes in the loss against Eisbären Bremerhaven while scoring a career high four points along with three assists and one rebound.
The Bremerhaven win over Giessen also meant more playing time for the winners youngsters. The 19-year-old talent Kone played for the third time in the last five games, picking up two points, 1 rebound, two assists and one steal in five minutes.
Meat and potatoes
Heading into the final set of games, Bamberg are the top seed for the playoffs at 25-7 and the only other set position is Bayern Munich in fourth place. Oldenburg are second at 24-9 but can be passed by ratiopharm ulm at 22-10. Alba and Artland are already into the playoffs but their final placing is to be determined. Of the statistical leaders, the scoring race will go down to the wire. Davin White of Hagen leads with 16.73 points per game ahead of John Bryant of Ulm with 16.31 ppg. Bryant has scored 30 points fewer than White with one fewer game played. In the steals race, Frankfurts Quantez Robertson leads with 1.9 per game with one game left while Würzburgs Dwayne Anderson is at 1.8 steals per game and could catch him after snagging 16 steals in his last six games. Davin White is three steals behind Robertson at 1.8 as well.