Jared Jordan moves to Bamberg / Dragons beat Bayern and Oldenburg / Coby Karl is on a roll /...
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:
Bamberg grab Jordan from Bonn, who add Lawrence
What a week for Jared Jordan. First of all, the Telekom Baskets Bonn point guard extraordinaire is fending off rumors that he was bound for Brose Baskets Bamberg. Then there was the confirmation of the move and his final game for Bonn – a thrilling win over RASTA Vechta, after which he could not fend off his tears.
Bonn admitted afterwards that they were lucky to have found their playmaker replacement in Eugene Lawrence, who had reportedly not been paid for the last two months in Ukraine. But that “luck” didn’t keep Bonn president Wolfgang Wiedlich from publishing an open letter to the Telekom Baskets fans.
Wiedlich talked about how Jordan absolutely wanted to leave Bonn for Bamberg and the situation left the club having to choose between “a plague (losing a leader) and cholera (continuing with a likely de-motivated leader)”. Wiedlich said the club was surprised with Jordan’s behavior, especially after they risked so much financially to bring him back last off-season. The club president also said the Jordan move was part of the new era in the Beko BBL since the arrival of Bayern Munich, saying the behavior among the other teams in the league has changed – “It has become rawer, some would say ‘more professional’, but not unlawful because of that.”
Bamberg pull even with Bayern, Bonn win first post-Jordan game
Getting back to the court … don’t look now but the four-time reigning champions Brose Baskets Bamberg are even in the loss column with Beko BBL leaders Bayern Munich. With the addition of Jordan, Bamberg have resolved their point guard situation and they also welcomed back big man Sharrod Ford. Bamberg struggled mid-week with an 86-82 win over New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig. But then Bamberg man-handled s.Oliver Baskets Würzburg at home 104-66 with Jordan collecting five points on three shots, eight rebounds, seven assists and one steal in his Brose debut:
While Jordan won his first game with Bamberg, Bonn collected their second straight nail-biter win with an 80-79 victory at home over Eisbären Bremerhaven. New playmaker Euguene Lawrence had seven points, six assists as well as a crucial three-pointer late in the game and saw the carnival crowd entering the court after the game.
Tigers unable to finish off comeback
Talk about hard luck. In the last two weeks, WALTER Tigers Tübingen fought to an 86-84 loss at home against Bamberg and then came back from an 18-point deficit to take the lead before eventually losing to Bayern Munich. Tübingen had an even bigger comeback over the weekend but once again were unable to finish the job. Igor Perovic’s team trailed by 23 points at halftime at home against ratiopharm ulm. Tübingen were able to pull ahead with 2:27 left in the game but scored just one basket the rest of the way in losing 81-77. Tübingen have now lost nine of their last 10 games and sit in last place but they are bound to eventually get the next win.
Dragons beat Bayern, breeze past Oldenburg
Artland Dragons had one heck of a week. Last Tuesday they took down mighty Bayern Munich 91-86 to hand the Beko BBL leaders their first loss at home this season. Artland didn’t have their top scorer David Holston, but that didn’t matter as Anthony King’s 21 points paced five players in double figures, including Brandon Thomas’s 12 points against his former team. He also had five of Artland’s 28 assists as Munich saw their 12-game winning streak this season at the Audi Dome snapped. While Bayern returned to their winning ways with a hard-fought 82-76 win at Phoenix Hagen, the Dragons blasted by EWE Baskets Oldenburg 95-69 (video below). Artland topped their showing against Bayern with 29 assists against Oldenburg with six players going for double digits – led by Lawrence Hill’s 16. Artland shot a white-hot 72 percent from inside the arc and 59 percent for the game. The victory also means Artland holds the tie-breaker with Oldenburg if they have equal records at the end of the season – which could mean home court advantage in the first round of the Beko BBL playoffs.
Player of the Week(s)
Coby Karl is on a roll for MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg, so much so that the shooting guard earned Player of the Week honors for both Rounds 23 and 24. Ludwigsburg knocked off ALBA BERLIN 89-77 in Round 23 thanks in large part to Karl, who collected 22 points on 7-of-9 shooting, 6-of-6 free throws, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals for an efficiency rating of 31. Karl poured in 26 points on 10-of-15 shooting with two rebounds, four assists and five steals for a rating of 29 against MBC, though it was not enough as Ludwigsburg lost 96-93.
Maxi Kleber did not do much shooting in Würzburg’s 69-63 win over TBB Trier with just four points on 1-of-2 shots and 2-of-2 free throws. But he grabbed 11 rebounds – seven of them offensive – while also collecting two assists, one block and four turnovers in 21:59 minutes. In the blowout loss to Bamberg, Kleber scored 10 points on 4-of-10 shooting - 0-2 on threes, three rebounds, one assist and two steals in 26:42 minutes. Kleber did not turn the ball over against Bamberg after having committed 15 turnovers in his previous four games. It was also the first time he went without a block in seven games, but he earned the number one spot in this week’s Top Ten:
Rautins out likely rest of season
As if the FRAPORT SKYLINERS didn’t have enough injury concerns all season, now it looks like leading scorer Andy Rautins will likely miss the remainder of the season. The club had originally hoped Rautins could make it back to the court in February but he underwent surgery on his foot last week in the United States. There is a slight chance he could return before the end of the season.
Ludwigsburg add McKenzie
Bamberg and Bonn weren’t the only two teams adding players just before the transfer deadline as Ludwigsburg brought in American forward Amadi McKenzie, who is eligible to play now but is still working on recovering from knee surgery he underwent earlier this season. McKenzie’s deal is until the end of the season with an option for next season. And the Artland Dragons signed Guard Mustafa Abdul-Hamid, who played for Oldenburg last season.
This week we’re providing you with a double dose of Young Guns since there were two rounds of games. Those looking for an update on Johannes Voigtmann will have to wait at least another week since FRAPORT SKYLINERS did not play in either of the rounds.
Daniel Theis, 21, PF, ratiopharm ulm
Theis played a big role in Ulm’s close win over MBC with eight points on 4-of-11 shooting. He also collected 13 rebounds, two steals and one block while turning the ball over three times in 23:07 minutes.
Ole Wendt, 21, PF, Phoenix Hagen
Wendt played 23:40 minutes in Hagen’s blowout loss to Eisbären Bremerhaven and he scored 10 points to go along with three rebounds, two assists and one steal with two turnovers.
Sören Fritz, 19, PG, Eisbären Bremerhaven
The rare blowout win over Hagen meant that Bremerhaven could play some of their youngsters and Fritz appeared in his second game. In 10:02 minutes of action, the 19-year-old scored three points and also had one rebound, two steals and two turnovers.
Bogdan Radosavljevic, 20, C, WALTER Tigers Tübingen
As earlier noted, Tübingen made a huge comeback but couldn’t get the win over Ulm, not that Bogdan didn’t do his part. He had 13 points on 5-of-11 shooting with 10 rebounds – six of them offensive. He also had two turnovers and three fouls in 20:43 minutes. Radosavljevic has averaged 13.5 ppg in his last four games and has now gone five games without fouling out. He has committed just four turnovers total in his last four games. The 10 rebounds were a welcome sight after he had collected just 10 rebounds total in his previous six games.
Maximilian Ugrai, 18, PF, s.Oliver Baskets Würzburg
Würzburg’s blowout loss at Bamberg meant some playing time for young talent Ugrai, who played for the second time in the last three games. He scored two points on two free throws - his first points of the season – to go with two rebounds, one assist and one foul in 1:51 minutes.
Moritz Sanders, 15, PF, TSV Tröster Breitengüßbach (Bamberg); Richard Freudenberg, 15, SF, Bayern Munich
Forget to mention it last week but wanted to provide one nugget from the U16 JBBL league. Two of the top young talents in Germany went head-to-head as Bamberg farm team Breitengüßbach held off Bayern 66-64. Sanders collected 24 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks while Freundenberg had 26 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks – but also the missed three at the buzzer in Munich’s loss. Here some highlights:
Meat and Potatoes
Beko BBL leaders Bayern Munich dropped their third game of the season to fall to 21-3 – even in the loss column with second placed Brose Baskets Bamberg at 19-3. Alba Berlin are third at 17-6 followed by Oldenburg (17-7) and Artland (16-8). Tübingen remained in last place at 4-19 while Rasta Vechta lost their seventh straight game to tumble into the relegation zone at 5-19. medi bayreuth snapped their six-game losing streak to improve to 5-19 in 16th place. Bremerhaven’s Darius Adams continues to lead the league in scoring at 18.33 ppg followed by Braunschweig’s Isaiah Swann (18.21 ppg) and Phoenix Hagen’s David Bell (16.75 ppg). Hagen’s Larry Gordon is still tops in rebounding with 7.7 rpg with Bayern’s John Bryant second at 7.2 rpg and Würzburg’s Maxi Kleber third with 7.2 rpg. Will Jared Jordan’s move to Bamberg cost him the assist title? He still leads the league with 7.8 apg with Bayreuth’s Kevin Hamilton second (5.9 apg) and Bayern’s Malcolm Delaney third (5.2 apg). The most efficient player is MBC’s Angelo Caloiaro at 18.75 per game. Second is Gordon at 16.50 followed by Jordan with 16.43. Last, but not least the Top Ten from game day 23: