Kleber finally makes debut / Joyce sets Beko BBL record / Günther steals All-Star Day show
— David Hein
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:
Günther, Green and Nationals shine at All-Star Day
The Beko BBL ALL STAR DAY was a great show which started with the South winning the NBBL All-Star Game. Per Günther followed with a great clutch performance by winning the Three-Point Contest. Garlon Green was next to wow the fans in Freak City and win the Slam Dunk Contest. And the Nationals topped off the thrilling day by collecting their first All-Star Game victory over the Internationals with Günther taking MVP honors. Here are some of the highlights:
Bamberg snap Euroleague drought, then shock Olympiacos
A day before the All-Star Day, Brose Baskets Bamberg raced past Zalgiris Kaunas for their first ever victory in the Euroleague Top 16 after 21 straight losses. Then a week later Bamberg went down to Greece and played a tremendous game in knocking off the powerhouse Olympiacos Piraeus 77-72.
Bamberg, Munich roll on, SKYLINERS pull even with Berlin
The Brose Baskets Bamberg express continues to roll through the Beko BBL with a 113-92 victory over BG Göttingen to extend their winning streak to nine games. Bayern Munich got past Eisbären Bremerhaven 96-86 to win their seventh straight win to stay in second place. FRAPORT SKYLINERS meanwhile eased past Crailsheim 88-73 to pull into a tie with ALBA BERLIN at 13-5.
Joyce becomes Beko BBL all-time assist leader
The Beko BBL has a new all-time assist leader as Dru Joyce overtook Immanuel McElroy for the most assists in league history. The s.Oliver Baskets Würzburg playmaker now has 1,322 career assists while McElroy had 1,318 assists.
Bamberg’s victory over Göttingen was especially impressive considering that Germans scored 71 of Bamberg’s 113 points - Lucca Staiger 22, Daniel Theis 18, Elias Harris 17, Patrick Heckmann 11 and Yassin Idbihi 3. It’s been a long time that Germans played such a dominant role in a team’s victory. While this might be the last time one team had so many points from Germans, the game recalled the days of Denis Wucherer and Demond Greene when they both scored 30-plus points and Bayer Leverkusen got 92 points from Germans against BC ICELINE Karlsruhe on April 17, 2004. Thanks to Manuel Baraniak and Martin Vogel for the assist on this one.
Welcome back to the Beko BBL Maxi Kleber
It was a long time coming but the Beko BBL finally has one of its most talented young players back in the league. Maxi Kleber made his debut with Bayern Munich, throwing down a dunk and nailing a three-pointer for five points on 2-of-3 shots and one steal in 4:48 minutes versus Eisbären Bremerhaven. Welcome back and stay healthy.
Braunschweig win ugly slugfest with Berlin
The league’s leading scorer Keaton Grant missed his first 13 shots before he finally knocked down his first basket for Basketball Löwen Braunschweig - and it was the decisive three-pointer with 1:18 minutes left in an ugly 46-43 victory over ALBA BERLIN, who have dropped two games in a row.
Stats Corner Part II
With a scoreline of 46-43 in Braunschweig’s win over Berlin, there has to be some great stats. The 46 points were the fewest ever in league history for a winning team. The 89 points are the fewest total points in a game this season with the second-fewest being 121 points in Frankfurt’s 66-55 win over Giessen in Round 13. And of the 164 games this season in the league, 67 of them had at least one team score 90 points or more and nine of those 67 games saw both teams eclipse the Braunschweig-Berlin total.
Ulm return to winning ways
ratiopharm ulm made it the win column for the first time in 2016 in the Beko BBL with a 95-79 victory over Telekom Baskets Bonn - two weeks after Bayern Munich snapped their seven-game winning streak. Ulm are clinging to a playoff spot at 10-8 for eighth place - even on record with ninth placed Braunschweig. Here’s Chris Babb throwing it down for Ulm versus Bonn.
Giessen come back from 20 down in final 11 minutes
Phoenix Hagen came back from 20 points down in the third quarter in their last game against Braunschweig. GIESSEN 46ers showed they can do the same against Hagen, erasing a 20-point deficit with one minute left in the third quarter with a 25-3 fourth quarter to win 90-83. You don’t believe it, here are the highlights.
Bonn, MBC can’t snap out of slumps
While Bamberg, Bayern and Frankfurt continue to roll, Mitteldeutscher BC and Telekom Baskets Bonn just cannot snap out of their slumps. MBC scored 98 points but it wasn’t enough in a 100-98 loss at s.oliver Baskets Würzburg for their sixth straight defeat. MBC remain in last place two games from a safe spot. Bonn meanwhile welcomed back Isaiah Philmore and saw the debuts of two players but still could not get a victory, losing 95-79 at home against Ulm for their fourth straight defeat. Bonn are 6-12 and 13th in the standings - just two games from the drop zone. Bonn definitely are happy to have Philmore back.
Player of the Week
BG Göttingen played well against Bamberg but the defending champions were too much. Harper Kamp did his part for Göttingen with 26 points on 9-of-13 field goals and 7-of-7 free throws to go with nine rebounds, five assists and four turnovers for an efficiency of 32.
SKYLINERS welcome another Canadian, Barthel out up to eight weeks
Beko BBL fans know about the connection between FRAPORT SKYLINERS and Canada and the club strengthened that bond in bringing in Canadian international Philip Scrubb on a try-out contract. The 23-year-old collected 13 points on three three-pointers as well as one rebound and two assists in his debut in the FIBA Europe Cup. Scrubb’s Beko BBL debut was also successful as he had 12 points on 3-of-4 shots including two three-pointers with 4-of-5 free throws, three rebounds and one assist against Crailsheim. The addition of Scrubb comes at a good time as Danilo Barthel will miss up to eight weeks with a pinkie injury on his right hand. Of course Scrubb is not a replacement for Barthel at power forward. But the Canadian can help replace the scoring Barthel had provided.
Seiferth moves to Bayreuth, Bonn add Gates and Marshall, Lischka extends deal
Teams are still working hard on improving their rosters mid-season with a couple of moves and one contract extension. Andi Seiferth moved from Bayern Munich to medi bayreuth on a contract until the end of the season. And the German big man, who replaced Andrew Naymick, had a strong start with 12 points, eight rebounds and one steal against Oldenburg. Benjamin Lischka meanwhile extended his deal with Giessen for one season until the end of the 2016-17 season. Telekom Baskets Bonn continue to look for answers to stop their woes and they have added Yancy Gates and Sean Marshall. Göttingen’s personnel carousel continued as well as they signed Ian Hummer until the end of the season to replace Shane Edwards. And MBC made another change as well with James Southerland coming in for the last-placed team. Here is Seiferth being rewarded for running the floor.
German Top Five of the Week
G: Karsten Tadda, GIESSEN 46ers
Tadda played a huge role in Giessen’s comeback in the final 11 minutes against Hagen as he totalled a career-high 19 points with 5-of-9 field goals and 7-of-8 free throws to go with eight rebounds, two assists, two steals, one block and one turnover.
G: Lucca Staiger, Brose Baskets Bamberg
Staiger was on fire from long range with a team high 22 points on 6-of-9 three-pointers and 4-of-4 free throws while also picking up one rebound, three assists, three steals, one turnover and one block versus Göttingen.
F: Florian Koch, Telekom Baskets Bonn
Koch had a great game against Ulm with a team-high and a career-high 22 points on 8-of-10 shots and three three-pointers with five rebounds in a career-high 30 minutes.
F: Daniel Theis, Brose Baskets Bamberg
Theis nailed four three-pointers as he scored 18 points on 7-of-10 shots against Göttingen to go with 11 rebounds, three assists and one turnover.
C: Johannes Voigtmann, FRAPORT SKYLINERS
JoVo continues to have a superb season with 13 points on 6-of-8 shots, including one three-pointer as well as 12 rebounds, two assists, two blocks and two turnovers against Crailsheim. Here are some highlights.
Leon Kratzer, 18, C, Brose Baskets Bamberg
Krazter was named MVP of the NBBL All-Star Game with 22 points on 10-of-14 shots and 2-of-3 free throws to go with 11 rebounds, two assists, one steal and one turnover.
Tibor Taras, 18, G, Brose Baskets Bamberg
Taras put on a great show and should have been named the MVP of the NBBL All-Star Game as he picked up 12 points on 4-of-14 shots and 2-of-2 free throws, two rebounds, 12 assists, two steals, one block and one turnover.
Lucien Schmikale, 18, SF, EWE Baskets Oldenburg
The Oldenburg wing led the losing North team with 18 points including 4 three-pointers while also picking up five rebounds, two assists and one turnover in the NBBL All-Star Game.
Mahir Agva has solidified his role under WALTER Tigers Tübingen’s new coach Tyron McCoy as he collected seven points on 2-of-3 shots and 3-of-4 free throws two rebounds, one assist, one block and one turnover in 14:45 minutes versus MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg.
Isaiah Hartenstein went from the NBBL All-Star Game to Lithuania to play with his new club Zalgiris Kaunas at the Adidas Next Generation Tournament. And the gem of Germany’s 1998 generation was the overwhelming MVP of the tournament for the undefeated champions Zalgiris, averaging 23.5 points, 11.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.8 steals and 3.3 blocks - after just three days of practice with his new team. Here some of his highlights.