The great thing about pre season basketball is that Beko BBL teams have the chance to test against a wide spectrum of teams coming from Japan, the Pro A, Holland or even France as the Fraport Skyliners are doing this season. Another advantage is getting reacquainted with former players like Fabian Franke or former big German talent like Marco Buljevic who started his basketball career up the A5 in Giessen. Fraport Sklyiner fans didnt only have the chance to see shot specialist Marco Buljevic show his straight forward parked stance in the corner, but also observe Fabian Franke again who returned back to his living room in the BCM with PRO A team ETB Wohnbau baskets Essen to duel against the Fraport Skyliners. Franke played three seasons in Frankfurt playing a total of 29 games in the Beko BBL mostly getting garbage time and also having a double license for the PRO B team playing a total of 53 games and being the third best German scorer last season in the PRO B. Franke will always be remembered for being able to completely fill up the stat sheet in the Pro B, decline at times to take open shots in the Beko BBL, his 31 point explosion against BG Illertal last season and last season for his growing GQ looks and fancy outfits which easily would have given him best dressed Skyliner if there had ever been an award like that. After a strong first half by the Fraport Skyliners, the ETB Wohnbau Baskets came back in the third quarter to cut the lead down to five points, but were unable to regain the lead as they ran out of gas. Franke was a central figure in the team and Fraport Skyliner captain Marius Nolte was thrilled to see his ex teammate again. I was happy to see him again. I had 1-2 flashbacks of how he played with us when he was able to defend me well. However I was able to block him once. Fabian is a great guy and friend, stressed Paderborn native Marius Nolte. Franke was unable to remember the Nolte block. It was like a home coming for me. I got a warm welcome and it was cool to see all the people again. I dont know if Marius blocked me, because I wanted to pass the ball, but he did a good job on me, added Fabian Franke. Ex teammate Devin Gibson was also happy to see his ex teammate. I spoke to him before the game and it was nice. This was a good test, because we will also play against Jimmy Mckinney and Jacob Burtschi this season. I think that he will be a solid player for them and produce much, commented Texas native Devin Gibson. It was nice coming back to the BCM. I played here from 2006-2008 with Giessen. My dad comes from Hessen and I really like this training facility, said 2009 Beko BBL champion with Oldenburg Marco Buljevic.
After the more than convincing 100-57 win against PRO A team BV Chemnitz 72 hours ago, where the Fraport Skyliners stifled the team from the former eastern Germany often with their press defense not allowing them to inbound the ball, the team had their second meeting with a PRO A team with the ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen where they didnt have as an easy time. They had a big second quarter, fell asleep in the third quarter like a overblown black bear after a tasty feast of berries, but closed out the game in the fourth quarter with big shots from the Jones gang, Danilo Barthel and Konstantin Klein (185-PG-91). We played a good first half defensively. Essen came back in the second half and played well. The result may be a bit too high from their stand point. We werent able to keep up the tempo in the third quarter which gave Essen the chance to come back. Chemnitz didnt come to terms with our pressure, but Essen did. Essen should be able to be a top team in the PRO A, stressed Skyliner sport director Kamil Novak. The ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen played with a lot of heart, but in the end were a bit overwhelmed by the higher class of players that the Fraport Skyliners have. We played hard for 40 minutes. We had some mental lapses and werent always as well organized when they pressed. We were in game and we wanted to win and we showed that we could hang with a Beko BBL team. The way we were able to play them will help our confidence, stated Orlando, Florida native Rickey Claitt.
The Fraport Skyliners entered the game without former German national player Johannes Herber who was out with the flu. The team also had a void at the forward position as Alexander Franklin had been cut recently and the team was still without new power forward Dion Dowell who was expected to arrive in Frankfurt on Saturday. The Fraport Skyliners had young German Konstantin Klein in the starting lineup and right away produced as he made a nice pump fake on American 198cm forward Terren Harbut and scored inside off the glass as if he was a very undersized power forward. Essen made a lot of pressure on offense and had for a stretch the lead, but always had to contend with the full court press of Frankfurt. Fabian Franke gave Essen its first lead with a three pointer. German forward Danilo Barthel who had a long shooting day from the parking lot at 2/9, but had better luck from the field as he gave Frankfurt the lead back 7-4 as he scored on a runner and slammed home a beautiful Konstantin Klein bounce pass. Essen then went on a 5-0 run as Marco Buljevic hit a brilliant fade away jumper in the corner over Klein and American Logan Stutz nailed a three pointer as the ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen led 11-7. The Fraport Skyliners didnt let this little burst of energy from Essen startle them as they closed out the first quarter 8-4 to dead lock the game at 15-15. Frankfurt displayed some crisp ball movement and the guy who you want to get the last shot is a guy like Anthony Jones who is parked behind the three point line and always ready to release a bomb hitting. After a Joey Henley tap in, Klein drew a foul making two free throws and ended the first quarter scoring on a lay in getting a quick feed from German Johannes Vogtmann showing once again his masterful passing qualities.
Both teams got going slowly in the second quarter as no team was able to get anything going inside and rather focusing on finding that open shot from the mid distance or from outside. The Fraport Skyliners then finally scored inside as Devin Gibson did his typical quick steps finding the open space and then serving Marius Nolte cusine in form of a basketball with a high lob that he easily put home. Essen then got a timely three pointer from Lexington, Kentucky native Terren Harbut who has played his entire career in Germany for teams like Paderborn, Herten and BV Chemnitz. The Fraport Skyliners led 18-17, but would now open up the game as they went on a 26-7 run to close out the second quarter leading 44-25. Danilo Barthel started the scoring attack with six straight points as he scored inside using his wit and waiting for the defender to commit and fall on him as he was in the air making the lay up and one and then nailed a three pointer with his typical high rainbow. Essen trailed 24-17. After a Marco Buljevic three pointer, the Skyliners hit three consecutive three pointers often on the transition as the club continued to go make the game fast after each defensive rebound. Johnathon Jones hit and PRO B player Larry Wright connected twice as the Fraport Skyliners led comfortably 37-20. The Fraport Skyliners continued to hit at a high percentage as Vogtmann made a mid distance jumper , Johnathon Jones read a pass perfectly jumped in front tipped the ball away and went coast to coast with a one handed dunk. Anthony Jones closed out the scoring in the second quarter making an open three pointer. The ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen went into half time with a lot to talk about as they trailed 44-25. We had very good defensive pressure in the second quarter. We had better ball movement and started to make more shots, stressed Fraport Skyliners guard Devin Gibson. We werent getting into the passing lanes, gave up too many offensive rebounds and just let them play. If that happens you can quickly be down by 20 points, added Marco Buljevic. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 42% from the field and 40% from outside while the ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen shot 37% from the field and 36% from outside. Frankfurt had the 20-15 edge, but only three turnovers while Essen had 11 turnovers.
The ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen kept the basketball adage alive that basketball is a game of runs and set forth theirs as they battled back into the game. Essen did start off fast going on a mini 4-0 run to cut the Frankfurt lead to 44-29 started to push the ball inside more with success. 196cm forward Joey Henley who is an avid Dallas Cowboys fan scored hard over Nolte and Buljevic showed that he wont shy from going inside scoring over Klein. It seemed like Essen might be in the middle of their run, but instead was put on hold as the Fraport Skyliners were able to bounce back on a potent 10-0 run to extend their lead to 54-29. Nolte started the run finding some daylight in the lane getting a pass from Gibson. Anthony Jones then responded hit twice from the field and from the corner for three getting a four point play. Whenever the shot clock is down or the Skyliners seem to be in trouble, it is the American who hits the big shots. The ETB Wohnbau Baskets had had enough and now made the game interesting again going on a 17-4 run to close out the third quarter trailing only 58-49. Essen got back into the game playing a clever inside out game. Buljevic started the run with a three pointer. Essen then got two back to back buckets inside as 24 year old 205cm forward Logan Stutz that played for Leitershofen and in Austria last season scored over Nolte and Henley made a reverse lay up who was very active all day long on the boards. Henley then scored again making a guard type play coming from the second row in the lane and stepping in front of a pass and going coast to coast for the basket. PRO B player Tim Oldenburg then hit a mid distance jumper from the corner as Frankfurt still led 58-38. Essen closed out the third quarter with a 11-0 run to trail 58-49. Stutz hit from outside, German Carsten Bartels scored inside and Harbut scored from the top of the key. We played better defense, got in the passing lanes, got steals and had better ball movement, stressed Essen guard Marco Buljevic. We were a bit winded in the third quarter. We were getting the shots that we wanted, but they just werent falling, added Devin Gibson.
The ETB Wohnbau Baskets still had energy and kept their 11-0 run from the end of the third quarter going as 21 year old 201cm forward and ex LTi Giessen 46er Roben Christen scored inside and Stutz scored easily inside as the Fraport Skyliners had little defensive pressure or body containment in the paint as the PRO A team was suddenly only down 58-53. However the Fraport Skyliners finally stopped their scoring drought of almost seven minutes dating back to the last bucket from Tim Oldenburg in the third quarter by getting production from captain Marius Nolte who got a lob pass from Gibson. Gibson then nailed a jumper as Essen trailed 62-53. However Essen still was clawing their way back as Harbut hit a free throw and Rickey Claitt hit a fade way as Essen trailed only 62-56. However the Fraport Skyliners had had enough now and simply were still too overpowering even so late in the game closing out the game with a forceful 16-4 run. Barthel nailed a three pointer to help improve his poor shooting day from down town and Anthony Jones lit up the scoreboard again. Henley then grabbed an offensive rebound and got a put back as Essen trailed only 68-58. After a Johnathon Jones three pointer at the shot clock buzzer, it was Konstantin Klein that ultimately that brought Essen back to reality with two consecutive three pointers to lead 77-60. Klein closed out the game with a free throw only after Skyliner head coach Muli Katzurin had raced over to the referee to get the free throws as most everyone had seen the game as over. We were more focused in the fourth quarter and increased our defensive pressure, stressed Devin Gibson. One could see the big difference in individual class that there is between both teams in the fourth quarter. We defended the pick and roll very bad and Frankfurt was always able to penetrate into the heart of our defense. We didnt have the strength to come back down by so much, added Marco Buljevic.
The Skyliners were led by Danilo Barthel with 15 points, six rebounds and three assists. Anthony Jones added 14 points, four rebounds and three steals. Konstantin Klein produced 13 points and four assists. Johnathon Jones contributed 12 points. The ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen were led by Joey Henley with 16 points. Logan Stutz added 14 points and Marco Buljevic 10 points. The ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen shot a tad better from the field at 44% as Frankfurt did at 42%. Frankfurt shot 38% from the three point line and Essen 37%. The Fraport Skyliners easily won the rebound battle 37-31 and had nine turnovers while Essen had 15. One player who continues to make strides is 21 year old German Konstantin Klein who scored in double figures and started at point guard and is blessed with a healthy confidence level. He already has the respect of his teammates as training camp isnt even a month old. Konstantin Klein is a great player. He can really do it all. He really has no weakness. He can shoot, is a great passer and plays hard defense. He will be a great player, warned Skyliner teammate Devin Gibson. As time goes by, the public and players will know who Konstantin Klein is. I didnt know who he was before today, but I like his game. He plays with a lot of snap. He is very aggressive on the ball defense and gets in the passing lanes. He also showed that he is a good ecision maker on offense. I sensed that he isnt afraid of nayone. He has a lot of potential. He also shows not too much respect of the opponent in a positive way, stressed Marco Buljevic. The Fraport Skyliners test against Dutch team Nijmegen today.
The Regular Season in BBL just started. ALBA Berlin defeated Telekom Baskets at home 96-89. ALBA Berlin shot 60.7 percent from the field and made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Telekom Baskets helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Bosnian center Elmedin Kikanovic (210-88, agency: BeoBasket) stepped up and scored 23 points and 6 rebounds for the winners an... [read more]
The Regular Season in BBL just started.
ALBA Berlin defeated Telekom Baskets at home 96-89. ALBA Berlin shot 60.7 percent from the field and made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Telekom Baskets helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Bosnian center Elmedin Kikanovic (210-88, agency: BeoBasket) stepped up and scored 23 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and naturalized Turkish guard Engin Atsur (191-84, college: N.Carolina St., agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 16 points and 7 assists. At the losing side American forward Ken Horton (199-89, college: Cent.Conn.St.) responded with 19 points and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Telekom Baskets will play next round against Deutsche Bank Skyliners trying to get back on the winning streak. ALBA Berlin will try to continue on its current victory against Science City Jena on the road. The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of BBC Bayreuth (0-1) at the home court. Hosts were defeated by ratiopharm Ulm (1-0) 95-87. American guard Chris Babb (196-90, college: Iowa St.) nailed 27 points and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winning side and Per Guenther accounted for 15 points and 7 assists. ratiopharm Ulm's coach Thorsten Leibenath allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Joseph Lewis (188-92, college: Louisville) came up with 30 points and 4 assists (made all of his nine free throws !!!) for BBC Bayreuth in the defeat. ratiopharm Ulm will play against EWE Baskets (#11) in Oldenburg in the next round and are hoping to win another game. BBC Bayreuth will play on the road against SC Rasta Vechta to get more than just one victory in their record. Quite upsetting was EWE Baskets' home defeat in a game versus Bayern Muenchen83-69. Americans were the main players on the court. Bryce Taylor fired 16 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Brian Qvale produced 20 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Bayern Muenchen will meet at home s Oliver Baskets (#18) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. EWE Baskets will play against ratiopharm Ulm (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Brose Baskets (1-0) crushed at home Deutsche Bank Skyliners (0-1) by 29 points 84-55, which is the biggest margin this round. Worth to mention a great performance of Fabien Causeur who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 6 assists. Brose Baskets' coach Andrea Trinchieri felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Brose Baskets' next round opponent will be Braunschweig (#3) in Braunschweig, which may be the game of the day. Deutsche Bank Skyliners will play on the road against Telekom Baskets (#15) in Bonn and hope to win that game.
There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 1: Walter Tigers lost to Bremerhaven on the opponent's court 84-92. Giessen 46ers managed to outperform Jena in a home game 86-76. Goettingen managed to beat Phoenix Hagen on the road 84-75. Vechta lost to Braunschweig on its own court 59-72. Ludwigsburg beat Wuerzburg in a road game 81-72.
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of BBC Bayreuth (0-1) at the home court. Hosts were defeated by ratiopharm Ulm (1-0) 95-87. They made 20-of-23 charity shots (87.0 percent) during the game. BBC Bayreuth was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Chris Babb (196-90, college: Iowa St.) nailed 27 points and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winning side and international point guard Per Guenther (185-88) accounted for 15 points and 7 assists. Five ratiopharm Ulm players scored in double figures. ratiopharm Ulm's coach Thorsten Leibenath allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Joseph Lewis (188-92, college: Louisville) came up with 30 points and 4 assists (made all of his nine free throws !!!) and the former international center Andreas Seiferth (209-89) added 9 points and 10 rebounds respectively for BBC Bayreuth in the defeat. ratiopharm Ulm will play against EWE Baskets (#11) in Oldenburg in the next round and are hoping to win another game. BBC Bayreuth will play on the road against SC Rasta Vechta to get more than just one victory in their record. Top scorers: Ratiopharm: C.Babb 27+5reb+2ast, P.Guenther 15+1reb+7ast, D.Sutton 13+8reb, D.Butler 11+3reb+1ast, R.Morgan 11+4reb+1ast, B.Hobbs 7+4reb+3ast Bayreuth: J.Lewis 30+1reb+4ast, D.Brooks 13+5reb+1ast, K.Anderson 11+3reb+4ast, A.Seiferth 9+10reb+2ast, A.Marei 8+3reb, N.Linhart 8+4reb+5ast
Eisbaeren Bremerhaven used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Tuebingen 92-84. It was a great shooting night for Eisbaeren Bremerhaven especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 58.8 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Walter Tigers helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Quincy Diggs (198-90, college: Akron, agency: Mansfield and Associates) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 8 assists. Forward Ivan Elliott (203-86, college: UCSB) contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven's coach Sebastian Machowski used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Point guard Jared Jordan (183-84, college: Marist) answered with 15 points and 9 assists and swingman Garlon Green (201-91, college: TCU) added 20 points in the effort for Walter Tigers. Five Eisbaeren Bremerhaven and four Walter Tigers players scored in double figures. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven's next round opponent will be Phoenix Hagen (#14) at home which should be an easy win for them. Walter Tigers will play against Giessen 46ers (#6) and hope to win that game. Top scorers: Bremerhaven: Q.Diggs 24+4reb+8ast, H.Kamp 16+2reb+3ast, I.Elliott 14+5reb+2ast, J.Hulls 12+2reb+3ast, E.Smotrycz 10+5reb, F.Bleck 5+3reb+5ast Walter Tigers: G.Green 20+3reb+1ast, J.Jordan 15+4reb+9ast, G.McGhee 13+3reb+1ast, I.Philmore 12+2reb+1ast, A.Munoz 8+4reb, B.Stewart 7+4reb+6ast
ALBA Berlin defeated Telekom Baskets at home 96-89. ALBA Berlin shot 60.7 percent from the field and made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Telekom Baskets helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Bosnian center Elmedin Kikanovic (210-88, agency: BeoBasket) stepped up and scored 23 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and naturalized Turkish guard Engin Atsur (191-84, college: N.Carolina St., agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 16 points and 7 assists. At the losing side American forward Ken Horton (199-89, college: Cent.Conn.St.) responded with 19 points and 4 assists and the other American import swingman Ryan Thompson (198-89, college: Rider, agency: BeoBasket) scored 18 points. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Telekom Baskets will play next round against Deutsche Bank Skyliners trying to get back on the winning streak. ALBA Berlin will try to continue on its current victory against Science City Jena on the road. Top scorers: ALBA: E.Kikanovic 23+6reb, D.Milosavljevic 20+3reb+2ast, E.Atsur 16+3reb+7ast, B.Radosavljevic 12+1reb+2ast, D.Johnson 11+2reb+3ast, T.Gaffney 4+5reb+2ast Telekom Bsk: K.Horton 19+3reb+4ast, R.Thompson 18+3reb+3ast, F.Barovic 13+6reb+1ast, Y.Polas 12+2ast, K.Klein 12+2reb+1ast, J.Mayo 10+3reb+5ast
Giessen 46ers used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Jena 86-76. 24 personal fouls committed by Science City Jena helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Cameron Wells (186-88, college: Citadel) who helped to win the game recording 23 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. British-Canadian forward Thomas Scrubb (198-91) contributed with 17 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Giessen 46ers players scored in double figures. American guard Marcos Knight (188-89, college: Middle Tenn.St.) answered with 26 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import point guard Julius Jenkins (187-81, college: Georgia South) added 12 points in the effort for Science City Jena. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Giessen 46ers' next round opponent will be Walter Tigers (#17) in Tuebingen which should be an easy win for them. Science City Jena will play at home against ALBA Berlin (#1) and hope to win that game. Top scorers: Giessen 46ers: C.Wells 23+5reb+6ast, T.Scrubb 17+8reb+2ast, S.Bowlin 15+2reb+7ast, D.Evans 10+6reb+1ast, J.Sears 7+2reb, B.Lischka 5+2reb Jena: M.Knight 26+8reb+1ast, I.McElroy 12+4reb+1ast, J.Jenkins 12+3reb+3ast, F.Rivera 8+1reb+4ast, K.Frease 6+1reb, O.Mackeldanz 5+4reb
Quite upsetting was EWE Baskets' home defeat in a game versus Bayern Muenchen83-69. It was a great shooting night for Bayern Muenchen especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.1 percentage. Americans were the main players on the court. Bryce Taylor (193-86, agency: BeoBasket) fired 16 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Swingman Reggie Redding (196-88, college: Villanova) chipped in 13 points. Four Bayern Muenchen players scored in double figures. Center Brian Qvale (210-88, college: Montana, agency: Pensack Sports) produced 20 points and 7 rebounds and swingman Rickey Paulding (196-82, college: Missouri) added 21 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Bayern Muenchen will meet at home s Oliver Baskets (#18) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. EWE Baskets will play against ratiopharm Ulm (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: B.Muenchen: B.Taylor 16+3ast, R.Redding 13+3reb+1ast, M.Kleber 11+3reb+3ast, A.Renfroe 11+1reb+3ast, A.Gavel 9+4reb+1ast, N.Djedovic 9+3reb EWE Baskets: R.Paulding 21+1ast, B.Qvale 20+7reb, P.Schwethelm 10+1reb+2ast, C.Kramer 9+6reb+5ast, M.De Zeeuw 4+3reb+1ast, F.Massenat 3+1reb+1ast
Phoenix Hagen was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Goettingen 84-75. BG Goettingen made 18-of-23 charity shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Phoenix Hagen helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized American forward Adam Waleskowski (203-82, college: Florida St., agency: Three Eye Sports) who helped to win the game recording 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. American power forward Scott Eatherton (203-91, college: Northeastern, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Five BG Goettingen players scored in double figures. American point guard David Bell (188-81, agency: Three Eye Sports) answered with 17 points and 6 assists and Canadian power forward Owen Klassen (208-91, college: Acadia) added 9 points and 13 rebounds in the effort for Phoenix Hagen. BG Goettingen's next round opponent will be EnBW Ludwigsburg (#8) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Phoenix Hagen will play against Eisbaeren Bremerhaven and hope to win that game. Top scorers: Goettingen: A.Waleskowski 17+8reb+4ast, S.Eatherton 13+10reb+2ast, M.Monninghoff 12+5reb+2ast, D.Carter 12+6reb, B.Veikalas 10+5reb+3ast, J.Sanders 7+2reb+9ast Phoenix Hagen: D.Bell 17+3reb+6ast, A.Hess 14+6reb+1ast, R.Williams 10+4reb+4ast, O.Klassen 9+13reb+2ast, T.Plaisted 8+5reb+1ast, C.Hass 7+1ast
SC Rasta Vechta was not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Braunschweig 72-59. Braunschweig shot 25 for 34 from the free-throw line, while SC Rasta Vechta only scored eight points from the stripe. 26 personal fouls committed by SC Rasta Vechta helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of Canadian forward Dyshawn Pierre (198-93, college: Dayton) who helped to win the game recording 16 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. American point guard Carlos Medlock (183-87, college: E.Michigan) contributed with 11 points and 5 assists for the winners. Four Braunschweig players scored in double figures. American Frank Gaines (191-90, college: IPFW) answered with 18 points and 5 rebounds and naturalized Filipino forward Christian Standhardinger (206-89, college: Hawaii) added 11 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for SC Rasta Vechta. SC Rasta Vechta's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Braunschweig's next round opponent will be Brose Baskets (#5) in Bamberg. SC Rasta Vechta will play at home against BBC Bayreuth (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: Braunschweig: D.Pierre 16+8reb+5ast, C.Medlock 11+3reb+5ast, G.Groselle 10+6reb+1ast, N.Simon 10+5reb+1ast, C.Guyton 8+6reb+2ast, J.Freese 7+5reb Vechta: F.Gaines 18+5reb+2ast, C.Standhardinger 11+8reb+2ast, D.Allen 7+2reb+1ast, M.Ehambe 6+4reb, S.Machado 6+2reb+4ast, R.Buckles 4+5reb+1ast
s Oliver Baskets were not able to use a home court advantage and were defeated by the opponent from Ludwigsburg 81-72. 28 personal fouls committed by s Oliver Baskets helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Alex Ruoff (198-86, college: W.Virginia, agency: Inception Sports) who helped to win the game recording 25 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Point guard Wes Washpun (185-93, college: N.Iowa) contributed with 15 points for the winners. EnBW Ludwigsburg's coach John Patrick used entire bench and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Point guard Jake Odum (193-91, college: Indiana St.) answered with 17 points and 6 assists and forward James Southerland (203-90, college: Syracuse) added 10 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for s Oliver Baskets. EnBW Ludwigsburg's next round opponent will be BG Goettingen (#7) at home which should be theoretically an easy game. s Oliver Baskets will play against Bayern Muenchen (#2) and hope to win that game. Top scorers: Ludwigsburg: A.Ruoff 25+6reb+5ast, W.Washpun 15+2reb+3ast, J.Thiemann 10+5reb, J.Cooley 9+5reb, K.Martin 6+3reb+1ast, T.Cotton 6+2reb+1ast Wuerzburg: J.Odum 17+2reb+6ast, J.Southerland 10+5reb, L.Ulmer 10+4reb+1ast, M.Ugrai 9+3reb, V.Mihailovic 7+2reb+4ast, C.Barton 7+1reb+1ast
Brose Baskets (1-0) crushed at home Deutsche Bank Skyliners (0-1) by 29 points 84-55, which is the biggest margin this round. Brose Baskets made 18-of-23 charity shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Brose Baskets outrebounded Deutsche Bank Skyliners 38-22 including a 30-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Deutsche Bank Skyliners helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of French Fabien Causeur (194-87) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 6 assists. The former international guard Patrick Heckmann (198-92, college: Boston Coll.) contributed with 12 points for the winners. Four Brose Baskets players scored in double figures. Brose Baskets' coach Andrea Trinchieri felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Danish guard Shavon Shields (201-94, college: Nebraska) answered with 10 points and 7 rebounds and American guard Antonio Graves (191-85, college: Pittsburgh) added 12 points and 5 assists in the effort for Deutsche Bank Skyliners. Brose Baskets' next round opponent will be Braunschweig (#3) in Braunschweig, which may be the game of the day. Deutsche Bank Skyliners will play on the road against Telekom Baskets (#15) in Bonn and hope to win that game. Top scorers: Brose Bask.: F.Causeur 18+3reb+6ast, D.Miller 12+1reb, P.Heckmann 12+4reb+2ast, D.Theis 10+2reb+1ast, J.Strelnieks 8+2reb+4ast, E.Harris 6+3reb+3ast Fraport SKY: A.Graves 12+2reb+5ast, M.Morrison 11+4reb+1ast, S.Shields 10+7reb+3ast, Q.Robertson 9+2reb+1ast, N.Kiel 5+2reb, M.Merz 3+1reb+1ast
K.K. Simmons (191-G-93, college: Pikeville) is a 23 year old 190cm combo guard from Marietta, Georgia that started his professional career with German Pro B team Licher Basket Baeren. He played at three schools with NC-Wilmington (NCAA), Kent St. (NCAA) and Pikeville (NAIA). Last season he finished his college basketball career with Pikeville (NAIA) playing 31 games and averaging 16.4ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.6apg, FGP: 46.1%, 3PT: 39.2%, FT: 78.5%. Simmons is an amazing shooter and shot 48% from ou... [read more]
K.K. Simmons (191-G-93, college: Pikeville) is a 23 year old 190cm combo guard from Marietta, Georgia that started his professional career with German Pro B team Licher Basket Baeren. He played at three schools with NC-Wilmington (NCAA), Kent St. (NCAA) and Pikeville (NAIA). Last season he finished his college basketball career with Pikeville (NAIA) playing 31 games and averaging 16.4ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.6apg, FGP: 46.1%, 3PT: 39.2%, FT: 78.5%. Simmons is an amazing shooter and shot 48% from outside in his junior season at Pikeville, but can also mix it up getting to the hole. In his first season with Pikeville, he played 25 games averaging 20.8ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.0apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 45.3%, 3PT: 48.9%, FT: 78.4%. He spoke to eurobasket after giving his debut as a professional for the Licher Basket Baeren beating the Bayer Giants Leverkusen 99-93.
Karriem congrats on the big 99-93 victory over the Bayer Giants Leverkusen. Top scorer of the game and a win to go along with it. Was this the perfect start to your professional season? Getting a good tough win, against a great team, on the road is definitely a great way to start off my professional career! I'm so proud of what my teammates and I have accomplished.
What kind of a feeling was it playing in the legendary Smid arena that housed Germany's best team in the 90's with the Bayer Giants Leverkusen?
It was an amazing feeling. The gym was very nice. Also, the feeling of the atmosphere and energy in the gym was top notch. I really respect what they have going on over there. I had a lot of fun.
The Bayer Giants Leverkusen had the 46-40 advantage at halftime. What was key for being behind after 20 minutes?
Going in at half time we felt we were right where we needed to be. As a team we all agreed that we didn't play our best half of basketball, but we were only down 6 points, so that was the big picture. We needed to remain in striking distance at all times.
The Licher Baskets Baeren went on a furious run in the fourth to cut down the 10 point lead. You and American Lamar Mallory went to work. Did you guys know it was time to step up or did head coach Rolf Scholz advise you guys to go to work? Lamar and I know when it's time to lead our team in the right direction. Also, coach will let us know when it's our time to step up and make plays for the team when need be. Big time players make big time plays when needed. It's on us to make it happen.
You and Mallory hooked up for the go ahead bucket, but Leverkusen sent the game into OT with Carter free throws. Lich could have sent the game into OT with a game winner from Simon Kutzschmar. Was this the desired shot that the team wanted at the end? We wanted to search for whatever good clean look we could have at the end of the 4th. Simon had a good look, it was a good shot, it just didn't fall. We have good shooters and scorers throughout our entire team. So we live with whoever takes the shot. Make or miss.
You got Lich going with back to back three pointers in OT which got you the momentum. Was this the moment that why you love and play the game as a professional? Yes!!! It's what I live for. To hit big shots at a time and need to fire my teammates up and get the momentum and energy shifted towards our way a bit.
What was key in OT for the Licher Baskets Baeren winning? Did you simply want it more than Leverkusen? I wouldn't say we wanted it more!!!! Because they competed very hard and played an amazing game throughout the 5 quarters. I just know my teammates and I really locked in, and focused and made those plays we needed to make in the crunch to become successful in the end. We have so much room for growth that it's scary. We will continue to work.
As a team what were you happy with and what not? Lich shot well and had 61 rebounds, but only 14 assists and 20 turnovers. We were happy with the way we played. When I say that, I'm talking about our effort and our attitude to never give up no matter what the score looks like or the flow of the game. Play good defense and let the offense come. We do need to cut down on the turnovers. It will come better with time.
You had a strong 34 points, but shot an overwhelming 29 times and shot 38%. Do the many shots and shooting percentage somewhat outweigh the meaning of your 34 points?
Not at all. I watched the game again on film. I didn't feel like any of my shots were really bad shots. Some of them I feel like I could have not took and found us a better look as a team. I will work on that. My teammates trust me and my decision making and as a leader on the floor. They lead me as well. They believe in every move I make and shots that I shoot. They seen what I can do and they accept me for it. So I just go out there and try to remain aggressive knowing they got my back no matter what. I'm not into the 34 points or how many shots I took. I'm more concerned with what we did to become victorious.
Do you remember shooting so much in a game? I have shot this many shots in a game before, but it definitely has been a while haha. I just have so much confidence in my ability to score and to make plays for my team. It was a lot of good looks and shots missed in that gym last night from both teams. I will continue to work on becoming more efficient.
You had a game high 34 points. Was this the best K.K. Simmons people will see, or do you feel like there is even more to come this season from you? Way more to come. It was just the first game. My first game as a professional athlete. Only way from here is up for us.
You combined for 55 points with Lamar Mallory. How did feel playing your first professional game with him? Is this a deadly duo in the making? My boy Lamar is the bus driver for this team. He does so much for us and covers up so much of our trash we do commit on the court. He's a magnet for that ball. He gets big rebounds! Impossible rebounds! And he plays hard for us every single play! Never does he take a play off. He attacks hard and is coming at you every possession. On both ends of the court. We really feed off his energy and effort. We all believe he has our backs no matter what the situation. We can count on him when it's time to battle. Front line.
How much fun was it dueling Kerry Carter? Is he a guy that you could see battling for the scoring crown? Carter is a great player. He has the total package. Competes hard. Leads his team by example along with being verbal. I appreciate his competitive spirit and respect him and their organization. Good team. I'm not really caught up in the whole scoring crown thing, but we shall see.
Where will the journey of the Atlanta Hawks end this season?
I have no clue about the Hawks. I love my city and hometown, but the past couple of years have been a lot of ups and downs. Some adjustments were made in the origination as you can see. I think they will do just fine this year.
Kevin Garnett retired from the NBA. Where does his legacy rank in the NBA now that his career has ended? His legacy lives on forever!!!! KG is a legend!!! A veterinarian, an animal on the court. A perfect example of putting your heart out there each and every night. I had the opportunity to meet him in person for a couple of days and received a lot of words wisdom from him. Things bigger than basketball. He's so real and his story can be nothing but honored and respected. He is branded in one of the NBA's best. The game will miss him.
What was the last movie that you saw? Rush hour. Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan. One of my favorites of all time.
Pro B club UNI Riesen Leipzig have gotten active on the transfer market signing Jordan Faison (201-F). Faison is a 201cm forward from Lake Forest, California that will be starting his professional career in Germany with the Uni Riesen Leipzig. He started his basketball career at El Toro High School and then played at Cal Poly Pomona (NCAA2) from 2012-2016. As a senior he played 30 games averaging 16.9ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.8apg, 1.5bpg, FGP: 56.9%, 3PT: 22.5%, FT: 65.4%. Last season the American... [read more]
Pro B club UNI Riesen Leipzig have gotten active on the transfer market signing Jordan Faison (201-F). Faison is a 201cm forward from Lake Forest, California that will be starting his professional career in Germany with the Uni Riesen Leipzig. He started his basketball career at El Toro High School and then played at Cal Poly Pomona (NCAA2) from 2012-2016. As a senior he played 30 games averaging 16.9ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.8apg, 1.5bpg, FGP: 56.9%, 3PT: 22.5%, FT: 65.4%. Last season the American scored in double figures in 23 of 27 games. He had some huge games against Cal State San Bernardino with 27 points, 24 points against Chico State, Azusa Pacific and Cal State East Bay. He also collected seven double doubles.
Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been CCAA Regular Season Champion -13, CCAA Tournament Winner -13, 15, CCAA Regular Season Runner-Up -14, 15, CCAA Tournament Semifinals -14, 16, All-CCAA 1st Team -14, 15, 16, CCAA All-Tournament MVP -15, CCAA All-Tournament Team -15, Reese's NCAA D2 All-Star Game -16, and NABC NCAA D2 All-West District 1st Team -16.
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