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Berlin finally lose again / Oldenburg hot from outside / Motivational talk from Vladimir...

Berlin finally lose again / Oldenburg hot from outside / Motivational talk from Vladimir...

Hagen remind the Beko BBL how to beat Berlin; Oldenburg sharp-shooters on all night; Würzburg win after motivational talk from Vladimir Klitschko

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:

Hagen remind the league how to beat Berlin

Well, well, well, ALBA BERLIN can lose after all. It seemed half an eternity since they had lost. But you had to expect this defeat might come. Berlin have had problems with Phoenix Hagen, who won 81-75 for their fourth straight home victory over Berlin, who saw their 17-game winning streak snapped. Larry Gordon was unstoppable for Hagen with 19 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter. Berlin coach Sasa Obradovic’s response the the defeat: “You have to lose sometime. … Some young players could not play in this kind of atmosphere. You could tell that.”

Stats Corner Part I - 17, 24, 32

Berlin’s 17-game winning streak in the Beko BBL and Europe is a German record. But their 10 straight victories in the Beko BBL isn’t even close to the league record. ALBA BERLIN do, however, hold the (presently-known) record for the Bundesliga’s longest in-season winning streak. They collected 24 wins in a row to start the 1996-97 season and again reeled off a 24-game winning streak to start the 2000-01 season. Berlin actually won 32 straight Bundesliga games including the final eight playoff games of the 1999-2000 season. The Beko BBL is still researching its own league files to determine the exact record.

Stats Corner II - 16-of-26

Someone better inspect the ceiling at EWE Arena because EWE Baskets Oldenburg just about literally shot the lights out in their 95-70 blowout win over New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig. Oldenburg made 16-of-26 three-pointers for an ice-hot 62 percent. Chris Kramer (3-3), Rickey Paulding (3-6), Dru Joyce (2-3), Nemanja Aleksandrov (3-5) and Julius Jenkins (4-5) all nailed more than one triple for the winners.

Stats Corner III - 0-5, 4

You think FRAPORT SKYLINERS don’t wish it was still 2013? They were one of the hottest teams in the Beko BBL to close the old year, winning six of their last seven games. Then came the calendar change and Frankfurt haven’t won since, going 0-5 and dropping to 9-11 and 2.5 games out of the playoff ranks. It’s not that the young Skyliners are not in games. In fact after Ramon Galloway’s driving layup was blocked by Martins Meiers in the final seconds, Frankfurt suffered their second straight two-point loss. Even this moment from young power forward Danilo Barthel was enough at the end:

Ludwigsburg playing themselves into playoff picture

Don't look now … but John Patrick is back in a playoff spot. MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg knocked off Bayreuth 71-63 to collect their fourth straight win and sixth in their last seven games. Ludwigsburg are 12-9 and in eighth place - and a spot in the post-season. But Patrick – a two time coach of the year winner - is pumping the breaks, saying: “I’ve said it a hundred times, that I do not want to talk about the playoffs. We are in a good position right now, that’s correct. But the really difficult games are still to come.

After Klitschko motivation talk, Würzburg finally win at home

All it took for s.Oliver Baskets Würzburg to win at home again was having a boxing world champion give them a motivational chat. The club sponsor brought in Vladimir Klitschko, the younger of the two boxing brothers, for a talk at company headquarters. “With heart and passion, you can accomplish anything,” the 37-year-old boxer told a group of 200 guests, including the Würzburg players. It apparently worked as Würzburg knocked off Artland Dragons 78-70 for the club’s first home win in nearly two month. Würzburg went 0-4 at home since beating Ludwigsburg on December 14.

Oldenburg add center, Bayreuth sign swingman

It looks like Oldenburg will be without Adam Chubb even longer than expected and the 2013 finalists went out and added a new big man in signing veteran Travon Bryant, who played in 2006-07 for the SKYLINERS and went to college with Rickey Paulding for four years. Bryant had most recently played in South Korea.

medi bayreuth also added another player as they brought in swingman D.J. Seeley from BC Radnicki Kragujevac. The move comes just days after guard William Conroy left Bayreuth for Vechta to replace the exiting Dylan Talley.

Player of the Week

Larry Gordon of course was previously mentioned for his outstanding performance against Berlin. But the small forward’s game also earned him Player of the Week honors. He registered a week-best efficiency rating of 31 as he collected 31 points on 10-of-20 shooting - including 3-of-5 on threes - and 8-of-8 free throws while also grabbing 10 rebounds, two steals and two turnovers against Berlin.

Great Top Ten of the Week

Of course there are always spectacular plays every week in the Top Ten of the Week. But this week seems to be really extra special. Loads of great stuff here. Enjoy.

International All-Stars try their hand at German sayings

Every language has its sayings and tongue-twisters. The Beko BBL International All-Stars tried their hand at some German ones - well, at least they can play hoops. Don’t worry if you don’t understand what your favorite stars are saying. Neither do most native German fans. Still you can see that they had plenty of fun:

Bayern join livestream family

Add another Beko BBL club to the list of teams who offer their fans free livestreams of their home games. Bayern Munich is the latest team and the league leaders join Bamberg, Ulm, Würzburg, Trier, Frankfurt, Bayreuth and Ludwigsburg - in total eight of 18 teams in the league. All of the games can also be seen live on the Beko BBL’s website. Last week, six of the nine games could be watched live online - and that for free.

Kleber Watch

Maxi Kleber wasn’t a very big part of the offense for s.Oliver Baskets Würzburg, but he still had a strong game in a 78-70 win over Artland Dragons. Kleber scored five points on 1-of-5 shooting - 1-of-3 on three-pointers - and 2-of-2 free throws. He collected four rebounds, one steal, two blocks and four turnovers in 21:15 minutes.

Seiferth has another big game

TBB Trier big man Andreas Seiferth had become a quasi-regular on Weekly News for a while there before cooling off. Well, the 24-year-old center heated back up in Trier’s 92-83 win over Rasta Vechta, scoring 22 points on 10-of-11 shooting and 2-of-2 free throws. He also collected two rebounds and two steals and only two turnovers though he fouled out in 25:56 minutes of action. It was Seiferth’s best outburst since he went for 27 points and 13 rebounds at Telekom Baskets Bonn six games ago.

Young Guns

Johannes Voigtmann, 21, C, FRAPORT SKYLINERS

Look who’s back! JoVo, nice to have you back. We missed you in Young Guns. And he played like he missed being in the segment with 15 points on 7-of-12 shooting to go with five rebounds and zero turnovers in 24:03 minutes against MBC.

Maurice Pluskota, 21, PF, New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig

Braunschweig getting beaten badly gave some playing time to Pluskota and the 21-year-old big man played well with 10 points, seven rebounds, one block and two turnovers in 18:42 minutes.

Ole Wendt, 21, PG, Phoenix Hagen

Wendt scored his first points since missing two full games injured and pitched in seven points on 3-of-7 shooting with three rebounds, one assist, two steals and one turnover

Basketball Insiders by SportEagle.tv

The crew at SportEagle.tv came up with another interview partner on Basketball Insiders as Tony Gaffney from Telekom Baskets Bonn stops by. (Check out their other stuff over here):

Meat and Potatoes

There was no change at the top of the Beko BBL as Bayern Munich extended their winning streak to five games to move to 19-2 with a 2.5 game lead over Brose Baskets Bamberg, who have collected seven straight wins to improve to 17-3. Berlin’s loss dropped them to 16-5 while Oldenburg jumped to 15-6. WALTER Tigers Tübingen remain in last place at 4-17 while Bayreuth are a spot better with the same record as they fell to 0-10 on the road this season. Bremerhaven’s Darius Adams is still tops in the Beko BBL scoring race at 18.9 ppg, followed by Braunschweig’s Isaiah Swann at 17.6 ppg while Frankfurt’s Andy Rautins also is averaging 17.6 ppg. The leading rebounder is Dane Watts at 8.5 rpg though he has only played two games with Frankfurt. Larry Gordon from Hagen is second at 7.9 rpg followed by MBC’s Angelo Caloiaro at 7.2 rpg. The top assist man is - and will be for the season - Jared Jordan from Bonn with 7.8 apg. Dominic Waters from Würzburg is second with 5.7 after three games while Vechta’s Richard Williams is third at 5.4 apg. With just two games in the books, Watts leads the efficiency rankings at 20.5 while Caloiaro has 18.7 and Gordon is third at 17.5.

easyCredit BARMER Telekom Spalding GYMPER Sportwetten Kinder plus Sport