ratiopharm Ulm made 24-of-30 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. New Yorker Phantoms were plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American center John Bryant (208-87, college: Santa Clara) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws). International Daniel Theis (203-92) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Five ratiopharm Ulm players scored in double figures. American guard Casey Mitchell (193-88, college: W.Virginia) answered with 21 points and Cameroonian forward Harding NaNa (203-81, college: Delaware) added 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for New Yorker Phantoms.
Oliver Baskets were trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 25-17 charge of BBC Bayreuth, which allowed them to win the game. BBC Bayreuth outrebounded s Oliver Baskets 33-22 including a 26-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. s Oliver Baskets were plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. American-Jamaican point guard Bryan Bailey (185-80, college: Bucknell) fired 19 points for the winners. American forward Jason Cain (208-85, college: Virginia) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Four BBC Bayreuth players scored in double figures. American power forward Jason Boone (198-85, college: New York U.) produced 17 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) and the other American import forward Dwayne Anderson (198-86, college: Villanova) added 8 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side.
The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 77-66. The game was dominated by American players. Guard Barry Stewart (191-88, college: Mississippi St.) fired 15 points for the winners. Swingman Brian Harper (206-85, college: Paine, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds. Four TBB Trier players scored in double figures. TBB Trier's coach Henrik Roedl used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. point guard Joshua Young (185-88, college: Drake, agency: Pro One Sports) produced 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Reggie Redding (196-88, college: Villanova) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side.
Deutsche Bank Skyliners was better in fourth quarter 21-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. EnBW Ludwigsburg dominated on the defensive end, holding Deutsche Bank Skyliners to just 7 points in second quarter. EnBW Ludwigsburg had a 27-13 advantage in offensive rebounds. The game was dominated by American players. Guard Kammron Taylor (188-84, college: Wisconsin, agency: Edge Sports) fired 20 points and 5 rebounds for the winners (made all of his seven free throws). Power forward John Turek (206-83, college: Nebraska) chipped in 11 points and 8 rebounds. EnBW Ludwigsburg's coach Steven Key used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Guard Quantez Robertson (189-84, college: Auburn) produced 16 points and 5 steals and swingman Dion Dowell (200-85, college: Houston) added 8 points respectively for lost side.
The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 12-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 80-61. American point guard Dru Joyce (183-85, college: Akron) stepped up and scored 11 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners and his fellow American import guard Rickey Paulding (196-82, college: Missouri, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds. Five EWE Baskets players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Chevon Troutman (202-81, college: Pittsburgh, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 14 points and American-Bulgarian center Jared Homan (206-83, college: Iowa St.) scored 9 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks.
ALBA Berlin led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Artland Dragons' 36 and made 18-of-20 free shots (90.0 percent) during the game. ALBA Berlin forced 20 Artland Dragons turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by Artland Dragons helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard DaShaun Wood (185-85, college: Wright St.) fired 13 points and 4 assists for the winners. Bosnian forward Nihad Djedovic (198-90, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 16 points. Four ALBA Berlin players scored in double figures. American guard Marquez Haynes (191-86, college: Texas Arlington) produced 12 points and naturalized American forward Sergio Kerusch (195-89, college: W.Kentucky) added 13 points respectively for lost side.
The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Mitteldeutscher BC won third quarter 20-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American forward Kyle Weems (198-89, college: Missouri St.) fired 20 points for the winners. His fellow American import point guard Jared Jordan (188-84, college: Marist) chipped in 10 points and 8 assists. Power forward Steve Wachalski (202-83) produced 20 points and 6 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) and American forward Kelly Beidler (199-88, college: Mt.St.Mary's) added 11 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side.
American guard Ryan Brooks (193-88, college: Temple, agency: Pro One Sports) fired 25 points for the winners. Austrian power forward Benjamin Ortner (206-83, college: Metro St.) chipped in 9 points, 15 rebounds and 4 blocks. Four LTi 46ers players scored in double figures. American forward Larry Gordon (196-87, college: Cal Poly Pomona) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds and the other American import guard Davin White (186-81, college: CS Northridge) added 11 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Top scorers: Phoenix Hagen: L.Gordon 20+12reb+1ast, D.Bell 12+2reb+3ast, D.White 11+7reb+4ast, A.Lodwick 8+9reb+1ast, A.Hess 6+2reb, D.Gregory 5+5reb LTi 46ers: R.Brooks 25+3reb, L.Prowell 16+7reb+1ast, D.Harris 13+9ast, J.Baxter 10+5reb+3ast, B.Ortner 9+15reb+2ast, J.Weiser 0
The game was mostly controlled by Brose Baskets. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven was better in third quarter 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Brose Baskets had a 29-16 advantage in offensive rebounds. They brought some defensive toughness making 9 blocks. The former international center Maik Zirbes (208-90) nailed 22 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winning side and Slovenian forward Bostjan Nachbar (207-80) accounted for 17 points and 6 rebounds. American point guard Stanley Burrell (190-84) came up with 11 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international Philip Zwiener (201-85) added 11 points and 4 assists respectively for Eisbaeren Bremerhaven in the defeat.
Alex Foster(202-F-92, college: Emory) is a 24 year old 203cm forward that grew up in Portland, Oregon and also has the German citizenship and is playing his second professional season with the RheinStars (Germany-ProA). Last season as a rookie with the RheinStars he played 29 games averaging 9.6ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 41.3%, 3PT: 33.5%, FT: 78.4%He played at Emory (NCAA3) from 2011-2015 playing a total of 108 NCAA3 games and as a senior played 20.1ppg, 7.9rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 44.6%, 3PT: 3... [read more]
Alex Foster (202-F-92, college: Emory) is a 24 year old 203cm forward that grew up in Portland, Oregon and also has the German citizenship and is playing his second professional season with the RheinStars (Germany-ProA). Last season as a rookie with the RheinStars he played 29 games averaging 9.6ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 41.3%, 3PT: 33.5%, FT: 78.4%He played at Emory (NCAA3) from 2011-2015 playing a total of 108 NCAA3 games and as a senior played 20.1ppg, 7.9rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 44.6%, 3PT: 39.9%, FT: 79.8%. He was able to improve his scoring and rebounding average each season. He spoke to Eurobasket about basketball.
Thanks Alex for talking to eurobasket.com. How did you get into 2017 and did you have any new years resolutions or are you more a guy that doesn't believe in that hype? I brought in the New Year with friends here in Cologne, but didn't make any big new years resolutions. I still have some goals from 2016 that I'm working towards.
This season the RheinStars didn't have a long holiday break as you had a game on the 23rd of December against the ETB Wohnbau Baskets and on the seventh of January against Baunach. Do you feel this was more beneficial in keeping the team sharp or could a few more days rest helped the club?
Last season we only got two days off, so this year's holiday break felt much longer. Unfortunately, we went into the break after a bitter loss. It was tough having to wait so long to play again, but once I put that loss behind me, I enjoyed the holidays with my family. As for the team, I think everyone came back from the break with some extra motivation for the second half of the season.
How important was the win against Baunach to start 2017 after the bitter loss to Essen before Christmas in having the team have the right focus going into the Hanau game? It was important for us to get back to winning. There aren't that many games left in the regular season so very win comes at a premium.
Just like last season, winning is Hanau didn't happen, but the club came out with a lot better effort at home against them. What in your opinion is always most difficult when playing Hanau? They always come in with energy and confidence, which makes them a tough team to beat, but we kept their offence in check and made enough plays ourselves to get the win. The game was no easy matter as it was tight going into the fourth quarter.
What do you feel was key in the fourth quarter for pulling out the win and getting your second win in a row in 2017?
We tightened up our defense in the second half and played together offensively. We're starting to develop a win-at-all-costs identity and I think that showed against both Baunach and Hanau.
Kruize Pinkins had another typical strong game with 23 points and 10 rebounds. You have faced him 4 times now. Why in your opinion is he such a tough guy to stop? He's great around the rim and his teammates do a good job of finding him in scoring areas. Defending him, you have to stay engaged on defense at all times.
The RheinStars are in eighth place with a record of 9-9. What was your first half summary of the season?
We dug ourselves a deep hole, but are climbing out.
How much potential is in this season's team? The team is eighth best in points scored and points let up? In what area does the team have the most potential to do harm? I think we have the potential to go all the way. Ultimately, we want to hold down our home court for the rest of the season and start knocking off teams on the road.
How valuable was the pick up of former BBL player Anthony King? What does he give the team most besides experience at that low post presence? AK brings a calm sense of confidence to our team. He's a player you want with the ball when the game is on the line. Plus, he helps bring out the best in his teammates.
It seems like Richard Williams has been playing a bit under his expectations, but he hasn't been totally fit. How soothing is it knowing that when he breaks out, the club will be even more dangerous? I think Richie's done a great job learning and running the offense in such a short time. I was amazed by how fast he picked up all of our sets. He's made winning plays since he first got here, which I'm sure will continue throughout the season.
How content have you been with your game? You pretty much have the same stats as last season, but your playing 10 minutes less. Do you feel like you have become more of an efficient player this season?
Our roster is stacked with talent, so I didn't expect as many minutes as last season, but I know that for our team to be great, I need to play my role well. I've also gotten a better feel for European game since I got here, which helps my game.
Your right near the 40% mark from outside. How content are you that you can make that plateau in the second half of the season?
I expect that of myself.
What are your personal continued goals for this season as a player? On what things are you working on on the defensive end to become a better player? Right now, my focus is on helping my team get to the playoffs. On defense, I want to be able to stop my man one-on-one and help my teammates within the concept.
In December you watched a game of your friend Will Trawick in Rhondorf. How much do you miss playing with him? At Emory (NCAA3) you played three years together. He's carved out a good spot for himself in Rhondorf and it was fun to watch help play live. I'm sure we'll have a chance to play together this summer back at Emory.
Klay Thompson recently hit 60 points in 29 minutes touching the ball for only 90 seconds. Where does this performance rank with you? It as good as any player has every ran the floor and shot the ball.
One always talks about Lebron and Curry, but one has to mention Russell Westbrook. He is averaging triple double stats at the moment. Is he stat wise the best player in the world right now? Lebron and Curry are NBA Champions, so Russ still has some work to do.
EasyCredit BBL team S.Oliver Wurzburg have reeled in ex NBA player Mustafa Shakur (192-PG-84, college: Arizona) Mustafa Shakur is a 32 year old 192cm guard from Arizona that brings 8 seasons of European experience, 25 NBA games and knows the BBL as last season he played for the MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg (Germany-BBL): 15 games: 14.1ppg, 3.2rpg, 4.8apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 45.7%, 3PT: 26.4%, FT: 77.1%; Eurocup: 11 games: 14.6ppg, 4.4rpg, 3.9apg, FGP: 44.6%, 3PT: 34.2%, FT: 82.8%. He started this sea... [read more]
EasyCredit BBL team S.Oliver Wurzburg have reeled in ex NBA player Mustafa Shakur (192-PG-84, college: Arizona) Mustafa Shakur is a 32 year old 192cm guard from Arizona that brings 8 seasons of European experience, 25 NBA games and knows the BBL as last season he played for the MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg (Germany-BBL): 15 games: 14.1ppg, 3.2rpg, 4.8apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 45.7%, 3PT: 26.4%, FT: 77.1%; Eurocup: 11 games: 14.6ppg, 4.4rpg, 3.9apg, FGP: 44.6%, 3PT: 34.2%, FT: 82.8%. He started this season with Afyonkarahisar Belediye (Turkey-TBL) where he played 10 games averaging 10,8ppg, 2,8rpg and 5,3apg. "He is a very experienced guard that will give us stability at both ends of the court. We will have a strong trio at both guard positions with Jake Odum, Maurice Stuckey and him", stated head coach Dirk Bauerman. The American got a one year deal.
He started his basketball career in 2003 at Arizona)NCAA) where he played a total of 130 NCAA games and as a senior played 31 games averaging11.9ppg, 4.0rpg, 6.9apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 45.5%, 3Pts: 32.5%, FT: 78.8%. He started his professional basketball career in 2007 with the Sacramento Kings (NBA), only pre-season, in Nov.'07 moved to Prokom Trefl Sopot (Poland-DBE): Polish League: 26 games: 7.4ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.3apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 36.8%, 3PT: 46.2%, FT: 66.7%; Euroleague: 7 games: 7.6ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 38.1%, 3PT: 38.5%, FT: 66.7%. In the 2008-2009 season he moved to Tau Ceramica Vitoria (Spain-ACB): 14 games: 3.4ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.2apg; Euroleague: 10 games: 5.5ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 53.6%, 3PT: 16.7%, FT: 76.0%; in Jan.'09 moved to Panellinios Athens (Greece-A1): Eurocup: 6 games: 6.3ppg, 1.2apg, 1.0spg. He started the 2009-2010 season with the Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA), in Apr.'10 assigned to Tulsa 66ers (D-League): 51 games: 19.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 6.7apg, Steals-3 (2.2spg), FGP: 51.7%, 3PT: 38.1%, FT: 74.9%. In the 2010-2011 season he went to the New Orleans Hornets (NBA), only pre-season, then moved to Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League) playing 23 games: 16.7ppg, 4.7rpg, 5.0apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 54.9%, 3PT: 32.0%, FT: 71.1%, in Jan.'11 signed with Washington Wizards (NBA): 22 games: 2.3ppg, 1.0rpg, 1.1apg. In the 2011-2012 season he played for the Elan Bearnais Pau-Lacq-Orthez (France-ProA) playing French League: 6 games: 9.7ppg, 4.5rpg, 4.2apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 43.5%, 3PT: 7.1%, FT: 88.2%; EuroChallenge: 1 game: 0pts, 2reb, left in Nov.'11, later that month moved to Novipiu Casale Monferrato (Italy-SerieA, starting five): 21 games: 16.0ppg, 3.8rpg, Assists-5 (4.3apg), 1.5spg, FGP: 46.2%, 3PT: 26.6%, FT: 79.6%. In the 2012-2013 season he played for Sidigas Avellino (Italy-SerieA): 17 games: 11.5ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.4apg, Steals-5 (1.9spg), FGP: 47.2%, 3PT: 23.3%, FT: 72.0%, in Mar.'13 moved to Erie Bay Hawks (D-League): 7 games: 17.1ppg, 4.4rpg, 5.6apg, 2.3spg, FGP: 45.9%, 3PT: 35.3%, FT: 80.0%. In the 2013-2014 season he played for the Erie Bay Hawks (D-League): 23 games: 18.9ppg, 5.0rpg, 6.8apg, 2.3spg, 2FGP: 53.3%, 3FGP: 30.0%, FT: 84.0%, in Mar.'14 signed at Oklahoma City Thunder (NBA): 3 games: 0.3ppg, 1.3apg, later that month signed at Tulsa 66ers (D-League, starting five): 23 games: 18.9ppg, 5.0rpg, 6.8apg, Steals-3 (2.3spg), FGP: 53.3%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 84.0%, in Apr.'14 moved to Tadamon Zouk (Lebanon-Division A): 2 games: 20.5ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.5apg, 2.5spg. IN the 2014-2015 season he played for Neptunas Klaipeda (Lithuania-LKL) playing 45 games: 9.4ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.5apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 46.2%, 3PT: 36.3%, FT: 82.2%; Eurocup: 6 games: 8.7ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.5apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 51.7%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 76.2%; Euroleague: 10 games: 9.6ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.8apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 47.1%, 3PT: 14.3%, FT: 87.5%.
Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been US U18 National Team -03, International Tournament U18 in Dallas -03, World Championships U18 in Greece -03, USA Today High School Boys all-USA first team -03, HS EA Sports All-America, an ABCD Camp All-Star and first-team all-state -03
Pac-10 Conf. Tournament Semifinals -04, 06, Pac-10 All-Freshman Team -04, USA U21 National Team -04, Tournament of the Americas U21 in Halifax -04 Pac-10 Regular Season Champion -05, Pac-10 Tournament Finalist -05, NCAA Tournament Elite Eight -05, Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL Honorable Mention -15, Eurobasket.com Lithuanian LKL All-Imports Team -15, and Lithuanian League Semifinals -15.
Roderick Trice (185-SG-84, college: S.Carolina) or simply Rocky as he is known to the basketball world has left a medium stomping ground Poland and returned to an even bigger stomping ground Germany coming back to the MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg. Trice is a 32 year old 185cm shooting guard from Swainsboro, Georgia playing his 10th professional season having played three in Poland and now playing his seventh in Germany. Trice who can still get up over the rim with the best of them started this... [read more]
Roderick Trice (185-SG-84, college: S.Carolina) or simply Rocky as he is known to the basketball world has left a medium stomping ground Poland and returned to an even bigger stomping ground Germany coming back to the MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg. Trice is a 32 year old 185cm shooting guard from Swainsboro, Georgia playing his 10th professional season having played three in Poland and now playing his seventh in Germany. Trice who can still get up over the rim with the best of them started this season with MKS Dabrowa Gornicza (Poland-TBL) where he saw action in only three games averaging 7,7ppg, 1,0rpg and 2,7apg. Last season he played with the MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg (Germany-BBL) playing 29 games: 11.9ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.6apg, Steals-5 (1.6spg), FGP: 56.0%, 3PT: 32.6%, FT: 79.3%; Eurocup: 15 games: 8.7ppg,