Weekly News: Tim Ohlbrecht makes NBA, Bremerhaven stops Bayern winning streak
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: Tim Ohlbrecht joins the Rockets in the NBA, Ulm and Artland make late additions and Bremerhaven stops Bayern winning streak.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).
Former Beko BBL talent Tim Ohlbrecht reaches NBA
There was good news for German basketball fans Monday night/Tuesday morning as former Beko BBL star talent Tim Ohlbrecht reached the NBA in signing a contract with the Houston Rockets. Ohlbrecht, who was always a pleasant individual to talk to during my time covering the German national team, made the jump from the D-League to the Rockets on a contract until the end of the season with team options for two more years. Many thought he failed to live up to his potential during his seven years in the Beko BBL with Bayer Giants Leverkusen, Brose Baskets, Telekom Baskets Bonn and FRAPORT SKYLINERS and he decided for a change of scenery in going to the United States.
And now this coming Sunday he has a chance of playing in the NBA against German superstar Dirk Nowitzki and fellow German national team big man Chris Kaman in the Houston Rockets game against the Dallas Mavericks. It was a gutsy move by Ohlbrecht, but it turned out to be the right decision. Congratulations to Tim from the Beko BBL Weekly News.
Ulm, Artland add last-minute pieces to playoff puzzles, Braunschweig keep Pigram
With the signing deadline looming, ratiopharm ulm and Artland Dragons each made last-minute pick-ups in hopes of making a final charge before the playoffs begin. Ulm figured they could use some size and brought in another big, big man not far from the size of John Bryant in 2.11 meter and 122 kilo Omar Samhan. The former St. Marys College star had a minor role with Euroleague side Zalgiris Kaunas in 2010-11 before missing last season with ACL surgery. Samhan, 24 years, will not be available to Ulm in the Eurocup. Artland meanwhile added 27-year-old Serbian guard Branislav Ratkovica to help fill the void of the injured Bryce Taylor, who will be out until mid-March. Ratkovica, who comes to the Dragons from Turkish side Olin Erdine, has previously played in Germany for Oldenburg and Tübingen. Ratkovica is not a one-for-one replacement for the small forward Taylor but head coach Stefan Koch hopes the Serbs all-around game can help the team. One more move saw New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig retain Courtney Pigram until the end of the season.
Stat center: 6 Bayern Munichs point total in the fourth quarter in loss vs Bremerhaven
Bayern Munich took their four-game winning streak to northern Germany for a showdown with Eisbären Bremerhaven, who moved the game to the ÖVB Arena in nearby Bremen and drew 9,520 fans. Bremerhaven who are trying to move away from the relegation fight and into the battle for a playoffs spot (10-13 record) were inspired by the crowd and held Bayern Munich to just 6 points in the fourth quarter and just 22 total in the second half after they had scored 26 and 24 in the first and second quarters, respectively.
Statline of the week: Bryant too much for Bayreuth
Reigning MVP John Bryant was too much of a force inside for Ulm in their home win over BBC Bayreuth as he collected 21 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal and 1 block for a 28 efficiency rating.
Young Guns: Barthel shines again for Skyliners
Barthel earned 26 minutes of playing time and once again produced with 11 points, 7 rebounds and 1 assist in Frankfurts important win at Hagen.
Schröder went back to the bench but picked up 10 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds, 3 steals in 23 minutes in Braunschweigs win over Artland Dragons. Schröder who made news by being nominated for the Nike Hoop Summit did, however, commit four turnovers.
In Ludwigsburgs big loss at Bamberg, Zinn played three minutes and scored two points, hitting his only shot. It was the second time in three games that Zinn, who just turned 18 on February 22, earned some playing time.
Meat and potatoes
Runaway Beko BBL leaders Brose Baskets Bamberg breezed past Ludwigsburg for their 11th straight victory to move to 21-2. The race is heating up for second place with Bayerns loss to fall to 16-8, followed by EWE Baskets Oldenburg and ALBA BERLIN at 15-7 and Ulm at 15-8. Ludwigsburg are still ahead of Skyliners for 16th place despite two straight wins by Frankfurt both teams are 8-16 with Mitteldeutscher BC a game better at 9-15. The only race for the statistical leaders is for the scoring title with Davin White still ahead after 16 points with a 17.6 ppg average while Bryant is second at 16.7. Bryant remains the runaway leader in rebounding (10.4 rpg) and efficiency (21.9) while Jared Jordan of Bonn leads in assists (8.0 apg).