Oldenburg say goodbye to Andrea Crosariol, Bayern need overtime, Ryan Brooks gets “Happy”, Chad...
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:
Bayern need OT to hold off MBC in Leipzig
Beko BBL leaders Bayern Munich needed overtime but finally overcame Mitteldeutscher BC 97-90 in front of a record crowd in Leipzig. MBC “hosted” their second game this season at the Arena Leipzig in nearby Leipzig and drew 7,300 spectators – a record for the club. And MBC gave Bayern all they could handle as Munich came back from an 11-point third quarter deficit to win. Here the highlights:
Alba Berlin win 13th straight
Who is the hottest team in Germany? Well, you would be wrong if you answered Bayern Munich. It’s ALBA BERLIN, who knocked off WALTER Tigers Tübingen for their 13th straight victory in the Beko BBL and Eurocup combined. That is just one victory from the club’s record from 1999. You want highlights? Of course we have highlights:
Bamberg barely beat Bayreuth
While Berlin eased past Tübingen, second-placed Brose Baskets Bamberg had a lot more trouble with medi bayreuth, winning 69-68 in Bayreuth – thanks also to a questionable non-call on the final play of the game. You watch the video and decide for yourself.
Oldenburg bid farewell to Crosariol
Tip your hat to the fans of EWE Baskets Oldenburg, who this weekend gave a standing ovation to Andrea Crosariol, who was playing his last game for the club as the fill-in for the injured Adam Chubb. Crosariol, who will be moving back to Italy to play Umana Venezia, collected 11 points, three rebounds, two assists and three blocks in his last game. Afterwards, he thanked the fans and club via Twitter:
@EWE_Baskets thank you so much for tonight atmosphere, thanks to the fans who made it so special! It was AMAZING !!!— Andrea Crosariol (@andreacrosariol) 26. Januar 2014
Braunschweig get Nana back
New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig got a big lift in their fight to reach the playoffs – or at least avoid relegation – with the return of big man Harding Nana. Braunschweig are two games from a post-season spot despite losing at home against Phoenix Hagen. But Nana played his first game since November 16 and collected nine points and four rebounds in 22:25 minutes. Braunschweig went 2-6 while Nana was out. The return of Nana means less playing time for 21-year-old German big man Maurice Pluskota, who had zero points, two steals, one turnover and two fouls in 7:04 minutes against Hagen.
Can you do a 360, between-the-legs, windmill dunk?
There was so much video recorded at the ALLSTAR Day that some was left over for this week. Like this gem as Beko BBL child reporter Simon Welbers asked the Beko BBL’s best players about a 360, between-the-legs, windmill dunk:
Thanks for all the great years, Chris Ensminger
We also felt it was necessary to one more time honor Chris Ensminger for his 14 years in the league. By the way, the Beko BBL wasn’t the only one – here a write-up from his former college – Valparaiso University.
ALLSTAR Day wrapped up in less than five minutes
And to finish of the ALLSTAR Day, thanks to MoodMood for this fantastic short film from Bonn
Bamberg assistant Duncan becomes head coach in Japan
Don’t be surprised to see a bit of the Brose Baskets Bamberg system in Japan. Well, okay, maybe that’s going a bit far. But former Bamberg assistant James Duncan has taken on a new challenge, accepting a head coaching spot with Japanese BJL team Fukuoka Rizing. Good luck in Japan, JD!
Stats corner: Topper, Artland go three-point crazy
Artland Dragons used the three-point shot to beat FRAPORT SKYLINERS 83-77. The team evened a Beko BBL record with 18 three-pointers made, matching the mark held by Alba Berlin and Brose Baskets Bamberg. Artland shot 35 three-balls, making an impressive 51 percent. While Brandon Thomas knocked down four and both Bastian Doreth and Antonio Graves hit three triples, Chad Topper was on fire for the Dragons, hitting seven of his eight three-point attempts for 21 points. “It was one of those nights,” said Topper afterwards. Watch Topper and the rest of the Dragons light it up from long range.
Ulm adds wing player Hummer
ratiopharm ulm added some important injury protection from the wing by signing 23-year-old Ian Hummer until the end of the season with an option for next season. Hummer is the second-leading scorer in Princeton University history and last season led his team in scoring (16.3) rebounds (6.4), assists (115) and blocks (23). Hummer comes from a basketball family as his father Edward played with NBA Hall of Famer Bill Bradley and his uncle John played six years in the NBA. Here is a glimpse of what Hummer can do.
Ryan Brooks wins more style points with “Happy” video
As if his pilot costume at the Slam Dunk Contest didn’t win him enough style points, Telekom Baskets Bonn’s Ryan Brooks takes on Pharrell Williams’ 24 hours of happy and came up with this classic video:
Maxi Kleber picked up where he left off in the ALLSTAR Game as he scored 15 points – on 2-of-5 shooting from three-point range – and also collected 14 rebounds, two assists, one steal and one blocked shot with zero turnovers and two fouls in 28:48 minutes against Telekom Baskets Bonn. In more than 26 minutes per game over the last five games, Kleber is averaging just 1.2 turnovers per contest. Keep it up Maxi!
Player of the Week
Jared Jordan is known as a passer but it was his scoring and rebounding as well which helped Bonn to the win at Würzburg. The Bonn playmaker collected the top efficiency rating with 31 as he compiled 20 points, eight assists and seven rebounds.
Johannes Voigtmann, 21, C, FRAPORT SKYLINERS
How can you not put JoVo on the list again? Voigtmann hits nine of 10 shots in scoring a team-high 18 points to go along with five rebounds, five assists and just one turnover – for an efficiency rating of 26 – in 25:26 minutes.
Bogdan Radosavljevic, 20, C, WALTER Tigers Tübingen
You definitely have to say that Radosavljevic is part of the action when he’s on the court. The 20-year-old collected eight points, three rebounds, one assist in 15:38 minutes. But he continues to have foul problems as he fouled out.
Paul Zipser, SG, 19, Bayern Munich
Young Guns doesn’t usually mention action from the fourth division Regionalliga but Zipser did what top level talents are supposed to do against weaker competition as he collected 45 points – with five three-pointers – and 17 rebounds against VfL Treuchtlingen. The 19-year-old Zipser has been averaging 18.9 points and 7.5 rebounds this season in the league.
Meat and Potatoes
Beko BBL leaders Bayern Munich won their second straight game to improve to 16-2, one game ahead of Brose Baskets Bamberg (15-3) and two games up on red-hot Alba Berlin (14-4). Tübingen have lost five straight games for last place at 3-15 while Würzburg are 17th at 4-14 after four straight defeats. Bremerhaven’s Darius Adams poured in 30 points to extend his lead in the scoring race with 19.44 ppg. ALLSTAR Game MVP Isaiah Swann of Braunschweig is second at 17.83 ppg with Skyliners’ Andy Rautins third with 17.60 ppg. Hagen’s Larry Gordon remains the leading rebounder at 8.0 rpg with MBC’s Angelo Caloiaro second with 7.3 rpg, tied with Bonn’s Jamel McLean. Bayreuth’s Kevin Hamilton is still second in the assist race (Bonn’s Jared Jordan leads at 7.2 apg) with 5.9 assists a game with Vechta’s Richard Williams third at 5.6 apg. Calairo is tops in efficiency rating at 19.78 per game followed by Adams (17.83) and Gordon (17.50). Last but not least – the Top Ten of the week!