Seven time NBA champion Robert Horry in Berlin; Bayern defend first place in Freak City; Tübingen...
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 knock off Bamberg to defend first place, first team to win in Freak City
The big showdown lived up to its billing as Beko BBL leaders Bayern Munich held on to beat four-time reigning champions Brose Baskets Bamberg 76-75 to defend first place in the league. Bayern took a huge step in securing first place throughout the playoffs while also handing Bamberg their first loss this season in Freak City. Munich improved to 25-4 while dropping Bamberg to 24-5 with five games left. Bryce Taylor came up big with 15 points for Munich while Malcolm Delaney scored all eight of his points in the final 12 minutes of the game. Bamberg missed two chances to take the lead in the final 30 seconds as Rakim Sanders and Jamar Smith both were off target on their shots. Here a rundown of the highlights:
Stats Corner: 13, 4 90/61
Bayern Munich knocked off Bamberg by being better on the offensive glass - grabbing 13 offensive rebounds - and taking good care of the ball with just four turnovers. Munich also hit 18-of-20 free throws (for 90 percent) compared to 14-of-23 (61 percent) for Bamberg. Looking at that, it’s not really a surprise Munich prevailed.
Tübingen fighting against the drop, blow by Dragons
WALTER Tigers Tübingen are close to being an endangered species in the Beko BBL but Igor Perovic’s team are still alive in the fight against relegation. Tübingen hit 60 percent from the field including 44 percent from long range in blasting past Artland Dragons 104-64 - thanks also to 26 assists. By winning their seventh game and improving their record to 7-22, Tübingen are two games behind s.Oliver Baskets Würzburg in the race to stay in the league. Six Tigers scored in double digits and eight players had double-digit efficiency ratings:
San Antonio Spurs coming to Germany to play ALBA BERLIN in October
The four-time NBA champions San Antonio Spurs will be the next NBA team to play in Germany as Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili are lined up to face ALBA BERLIN on October 8, 2014 at the o2 World as part of the NBA Global Games Tour 2014. Tickets will officially go on sale on May 2. Former seven-time NBA champion Robert Horry was in Berlin to help add awareness of the exhibition game:
Supercup returns to Bamberg
After a one-year hiatus in Ulm - and three straight losses for the German national team - the Supercup will return to Bamberg from August 1-3. In preparation for their EuroBasket 2015 qualifiers, Germany will take on Russia, Latvia and Israel at the brose ARENA, which hosted the tournament from 2007 to 2012.
Players of the Week
Two players had especially strong performances this week - one in a winning effort the other in a loss. Tyrone Nash poured in 22 points on 7-of-8 shooting - with 2-of-2 threes - and 6-of-9 free throws to go with nine rebounds, two assists, three steals and one turnover for an efficiency rating of 31 in Tübingen’s blowout win over Artland Dragons. Kyle Visser also collected a 31 rating in New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig’s close loss to Ulm, hitting 12 of 13 shots for 24 points along with six rebounds, two assists, one steal and one turnover. Visser also made it to the Top Ten:
File this under “Well, you didn’t expect him to play every game”: After playing 23 consecutive games, Maxi Kleber missed s.Oliver Baskets Würzburg’s loss at EWE Baskets Oldenburg. Kleber, who has a long history of serious injuries, sat out the game with a stomach muscle injury. Get well Maxi and get back onto the court!
Bogdan Radosavljevic, 20, C, WALTER Tigers Tübingen
BoRad is making it impossible for me to leave him off the Young Guns squad. The 20-year-old big man was über-efficient with eight points on 4-of-6 shooting with seven rebounds, five assists, three steals, one block with zero turnovers and two fouls in 22:24 minutes for an efficiency rating of 21. It was just the second time in the last eight games that Radosavljevic didn’t go for double-digit scoring but the sixth time in seven games with at least six rebounds. He also had career highs in assists and steals.
Julian Albus, 21, SF, WALTER Tigers Tübingen
Albus started the game against Artland and scored eight points on 3-of-4 shooting, including 2-of-3 threes, as well as one rebound and four assists while committing one turnover and three fouls in 17:59 minutes.
Benaissa Traore, 16, PF, WALTER Tigers Tübingen
While Paul Zipser had a nice short stint for Bayern against Bamberg, the third Young Guns spot this week goes to a Bundesliga debutant as the 16-year-old Traore earned 1:31 minutes at the end of Tübingen’s blowout win - giving Tigers a clean sweep of the Young Guns. Traore committed one turnover during his time on the court.
Meat and Potatoes
There were no changes in the top four of the league as Bayern improved to 25-4 with Bamberg second at 24-5. Third place is Alba Berlin who at 21-7 are in a dog fight with 21-8 EWE Baskets Oldenburg, the latter who booked their spot in the post-season by knocking off Würzburg. Würzburg are still on the inside of the Beko BBL non-relegation zone at 9-20 and looking to stay ahead of Tübingen, who have three wins in their last four games to move to 7-22. RASTA Vechta are last at 5-24 with an ever-growing 12-game losing streak. The league’s leading scorer is Braunschweig’s Isaiah Swann at 18.5 ppg while Darius Adams of Bremerhaven is second at 18.4 ppg and Phoenix Hagen’s David Bell is third at 16.2 ppg. Larry Gordon from Hagen continues to lead the Beko BBL in rebounding at 7.3 rpg, just two rebounds more than Bonn’s Jamel McLean from Bonn (7.3 rpg) and MBC’s Angelo Caloiaro (7.0 rpg). Bamberg’s Jared Jordan extended his lead in assists at 7.8 apg, over Bonn’s Eugene Lawrence (6.2 apg) and Bayreuth’s Kevin Hamilton (5.8). The most efficient player in the league is Swann at 18.5, followed by Adams at 18.4 and David Bell at 16.2.