It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Herten Lions's pressure prevailed and they won that period 24-14 extending their advantage to 13 points. American forward Will Taylor (200-89, college: Cal Poly - SLO) had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and power forward Christoph Hackenesch (204-86) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. American center Anthony Young (200-89, college: Ky Wesleyan) responded with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists and his fellow American import swingman Antonio Houston (196-88, college: Catawba) scored 22 points. Five Herten Lions and four BSV Wulfen players scored in double figures. Top scorers: Wulfen: A.Houston 22+4reb+2ast, H.Bellscheidt 12+4reb+2ast, M.Schulze-Pals 12+6reb, A.Young 11+14reb+5ast, P.Gunther 8+1reb+6ast, P.Mazur 8+6reb Herten Lions: A.Bowie 19+4reb, C.Hackenesch 17+7reb+1ast, W.Taylor 15+12reb, T.Schonborn 13+3reb+1ast, B.Larrieu 10+2reb, F.Sadek 10+5reb+3ast
Recklinghausen led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to RSV Eintracht's 26 and made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Recklinghausen forced 24 RSV Eintracht turnovers and outrebounded them 37-25 including 16 on the offensive glass. American forward Robert Franklin (195-81, college: N.Mexico Highlands) had a double-double by scoring 12 points, 18 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners and forward Daniel Leithner (200-91) chipped in 14 points during the contest. Four Recklinghausen players scored in double figures. Power forward Yannick Evans (202-86) responded with 15 points and 5 rebounds and center Michael Haucke (210-85) scored 9 points and 9 rebounds.
The game was mostly controlled by SG Schwelmer Baskets. Dorsten was better in fourth quarter 29-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. SG Schwelmer Baskets dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Dorsten's 46. They outrebounded Dorsten 39-26 including 24 on the defensive glass. American guard Julius Coles (193-89, college: Canisius) scored 29 points and 7 rebounds (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and Lars Wendt (190-92) chipped in 19 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists during the contest. SG Schwelmer Baskets' coach Raphael Wilder felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. American guard Christopher Jones (183-88, college: Prairie View A&M) responded with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and naturalized American guard Gene Hagner (190-83) scored 17 points.
Spot Up Medien Baskets forced 22 Herzoege Wolfenbuettel turnovers. Cuban swingman Howard Sant-Roos (198-91) notched 28 points and 4 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and international point guard Dennis Schroeder (185-93) supported him with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Even 21 points by center Frank Theis (200-82) did not help to save the game for Herzoege Wolfenbuettel. Swingman Henje Knopke (193-85) added 9 points, 7 assists and 4 steals for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers: MTV Wolfenbuettel: F.Theis 21+3reb+1ast, D.Nawrocki 14+1reb, J.Hanley 11+2reb+1ast, H.Knopke 9+3reb+7ast, S.Schubert 8+2reb, M.Poeschel 5+4reb+2ast SU Medien: H.Sant-Roos 28+4reb+4ast, D.Schroeder 21+5reb+7ast, E.Land 11+3reb+1ast, L.Gertz 8+2reb+1ast, J.Wessels 6+1reb+1ast, O.Angerstein 6+4reb+2ast
The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 24-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great shooting night for SC Rist Wedel especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 64.3 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Guard Marvin Boadu (193-89) scored 22 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners and forward Fabian Boeke (211-86, college: Washington St.) chipped in 19 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. SC Rist Wedel's coach Sebastian Gleim used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Power forward Ralph Schirmer (203-86) responded with 19 points and 7 rebounds and American guard Jeremie Simmons (188, college: Ohio St., agency: SDJ Sports) scored 16 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. SC Rist Wedel (2-0) keeps a position of Group North leader, which they share with 3 other teams.
The game was mostly controlled by ifm Baskets Konstanz. Dresden was better in third quarter 25-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. ifm Baskets Konstanz shot 61.8 percent from the field. Mali forward Oumar Sylla (201-84, college: Richmond) scored 28 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Frederik Henningsen (197-88) chipped in 21 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Four ifm Baskets Konstanz players scored in double figures. ifm Baskets Konstanz's coach Marko Radulovic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American Andrew Jones (191-83, college: Miles) responded with 26 points and his fellow American import guard Jason Boucher (180-80, college: Grand Valley St.) scored 27 points. ifm Baskets Konstanz (1-1) left bottom position moving up to fifth place in Group South, which they share with 3 other teams.
The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 21-10 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was Indian-American point guard Anish Sharda (188-82, college: St.Mary's, KS) who scored 15 points, 8 assists and 4 steals. Center Marian Schick (204-86) chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds. American power forward Martinis Woody (201-82, college: Benedict) produced 12 points and 9 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and forward Tobias Jahn (205-86, college: Cal Poly Pomona) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests.
Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Strangely Noerdlingen outrebounded Licher Baeren 49-27 including a 17-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. American forward Jason Swanson (201-86, college: W.Alabama) had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Jermale Jones (186-86, college: Tuskegee) chipped in 17 points and 5 assists during the contest. Jones is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. American guard Brandon Hogg (186-89, college: S.Indiana) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Fabian Brutting (189-88) scored 21 points and 4 assists.
The game was mostly controlled by Fraport Skyliners II. Bayer Giants was better in fourth quarter 25-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Fraport Skyliners II shot the lights out from three sinking 15 long-distance shots on high 62.5 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Point guard Konstantin Klein (187-91) had a double-double by scoring 23 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Danilo Barthel (207-91) chipped in 16 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. American point guard Adonte Parker (183-89, college: Dayton) responded with 23 points and Goetz Twiehoff (198-85) scored 15 points and 8 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Bayer Giants' coach Achim Kuczmann rotated twelve players seeing no chance for a win.
TSV Troester trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 21-16 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 71-77 at the end of the game. Dragons Rhoendorf dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to TSV Troester's 26 and made 24-of-31 free shots (77.4 percent) during the game. American Geddes Robinson (195-87, college: Utah Valley, agency: SDJ Sports) scored 22 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import center Alejo Rodriguez (203-88, college: Iona) chipped in 11 points and 13 rebounds during the contest. Guard Alexander Engel (188-93) responded with 10 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and Johannes Richter (206-93) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. TSV Troester's coach Jamie Duncan rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Leitershofen was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 48-37 second half run of Weissenhorn Youngstars. They outrebounded Leitershofen 41-27 including a 30-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. 25 personal fouls committed by Leitershofen helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. British forward Myles Hesson (195-90, agency: Two Points) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds. point guard Till-Joscha Joenke (190-92) contributed with 13 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Four Weissenhorn Youngstars players scored in double figures. American guard Lindsey Hughey (190-89, college: Weber St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Walt Gibler (200, college: Loyola, IL) added 16 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Leitershofen.
Amin Stevens (ex Braunschweig) joins Keflavik - 1 hour ago
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Keflavik (Dominos League) added to their roster 26-year old American forward Amin Stevens (203-104kg-90, college: Florida A&M). He played last season at Basketball Loewen Braunschweig in German BBL league. In 34 games he had 7.8ppg and 4.2rpg. The previous (14-15) season Stevens played at Vienna in A Bundesliga where in 46 games he was third best scorer with impressive 18.2ppg and averaged 9.1rpg (#3 in the league), 1.0apg and 1.7spg (in top 5). Stevens helped them to win the regular seas... [read more]
Keflavik (Dominos League) added to their roster 26-year old American forward Amin Stevens (203-104kg-90, college: Florida A&M). He played last season at Basketball Loewen Braunschweig in German BBL league. In 34 games he had 7.8ppg and 4.2rpg. The previous (14-15) season Stevens played at Vienna in A Bundesliga where in 46 games he was third best scorer with impressive 18.2ppg and averaged 9.1rpg (#3 in the league), 1.0apg and 1.7spg (in top 5). Stevens helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. A very spectacular season in his career as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Austrian League Forward of the Year, named to 1st Team and named to All-Imports Team. He has played previously professionally in Slovakia (MBK Rieker Com Therm Komarno) and Austria (Furstenfeld Panthers). Stevens attended Florida A&M University until 2012 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.
Marcellus Barksdale(196-G-93, college: IUPUI) is a 23 year old 196cm guard from Lexington, Kentucky that is playing his first professional season in Germany with TG s.Oliver Wuerzburg (Germany-ProB) and will start his professional career against the Fraport Skyliners Juniors. He played at IUPUI (NCAA) form 2011-2016 playing a total of 131 NCAA games. As a senior he played 31 games averaging 8.7ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.6apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 48.6%, 3PT: 28.1%, FT: 73.1%. He spoke to eurobasket before th... [read more]
Marcellus Barksdale (196-G-93, college: IUPUI) is a 23 year old 196cm guard from Lexington, Kentucky that is playing his first professional season in Germany with TG s.Oliver Wuerzburg (Germany-ProB) and will start his professional career against the Fraport Skyliners Juniors. He played at IUPUI (NCAA) form 2011-2016 playing a total of 131 NCAA games. As a senior he played 31 games averaging 8.7ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.6apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 48.6%, 3PT: 28.1%, FT: 73.1%. He spoke to eurobasket before the Frankfurt contest.
Marcellus thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. You are playing your first season with TG s.Oliver Wuerzburg (Germany-ProB). You signed very late in the summer. How was your first experience with looking for clubs and finding that right situation?
It was a nerve wrecking process to say the least! It really tested my patience. It was a situation that was out of my control. All I could do was continually improve and work on my game so that when my moment came, I would be ready.
You finally found a team with the TG s.Oliver Wuerzburg (Germany-ProB). What were then main reasons for joining the club and what was really sold you on making your professional start in Germany? Honestly, I believed Germany would be a great place for me to start my career. All of the pros I talked to, both former and current, listed Germany as one of their top places to live and play basketball. My agent, Gerrit Kersten-Thiele, is also from Germany so it was an easy decision for me when he told me they were interested in signing me.
Just like last season the club has relied on one American. What has been your experience playing with only German players?
It has been a very easy transition. Although my teammates are all German, they each speak English very well and have done a great job of including me in the team's chemistry. Practicing the last couple of weeks and watching the season opener have allowed me to understand each of my teammates strengths and capabilities. I'm excited to finally get on the court with them.
Have you noticed early on that the team looks up to you or do sense it is trust in the making? I feel the team really looks up to me and is looking for me to help lead. We have a lot of talent but we are a young team. As one of the older guys, it is my responsibility to lead by example and bring energy and intensity to every practice and game.
How excited are you to be making your professional debut in Frankfurt. Can you remember your NCAA debut in 2011 against Anderson? I'm pumped up for my professional debut! It's finally starting to feel real. All of the countless hours in the gym have begun to pay off and I have a great opportunity in front of me. And yes, I still remember my first college game as well. I had so much energy and adrenaline that it was hard to be nervous!
The name might not say anything now, but you will be making your debut against 16 year 203cm point guard Isaac Bonga who is the biggest German prospect since NBA player Dennis Schroeder. Is this something that will add to your adrenaline for your first professional game? I've watched a little bit of film on him. I think he has a very bright future ahead but for now, he's my opponent and I'm treating him no differently than any other player on the Frankfurt roster. He has no effect on my adrenaline or excitement for my first game as a pro. I did not even know who he was until this week.
Besides winning what are your main goals as a rookie on the court?
From my effort and defensive intensity, to my communication and aggressiveness, my main goal on the court is to be the hardest worker on the floor and to set an example for my teammates at all times. All of these goals are completely intangible and things I have control over every game. I feel if I'm able to do these to the best of my ability every night, wins will follow.
Do you see yourself as having to carry the team and being the main scoring option?
I see myself as having to do whatever is necessary for my team to win each game. One game it may be scoring, one game it may be defending, another game it may be both. Either way, I'm going to do what is needed to get a win for my team.
If you had to describe your game to an NBA player who would you describe your game too?
Tough question! But if there was one NBA player who I feel my game mimics most I would have to say Andre Miller in his younger years. Miller was a very versatile and strong combo guard who was a heck of a leader. He could play on the wing or PG and was very effective at both. I also liked how he had the strength to take smaller guards to the block and go to work. He was also a pest on the defensive end and had a great basketball IQ.
How proud were you to be part of the success and breakout season of Darell Combs?
Watching Darell grow for the past two-and-a-half years was great. He's one of the best guards I've ever played with and really began to mature on and off the court last season. He's been working hard all summer and I really feel he will have a breakout season this year.
How far can he still go and develop in his last two years of school? Darell has always been a talented scorer but his ball handling and passing ability have allowed him to take his game to the next level. Add that with his new leadership role at IUPUI and he has a chance to lead this team to a conference championship and NCAA tournament.
You are a very energetic and active forward with your biggest strength at rebounding. What other assets would you add to your player profile? I'm very versatile. I feel there is nothing on the court that I can't particularly do. I feel passing is one of my best assets. I have very good court vision and an understanding of when and where to get my teammates the ball.
You are a guy that can fill up the stat sheet, but what would you say is a hidden strength in your game? A hidden strength in my game is my scoring ability. My last season of college, the dynamics of the team changed and my scoring was not needed as much. I've worked hard all summer to improve my outside shooting and midrange game. This season I plan to utilize these strengths much more.
You had many good games at IUPUI, but would you say that your back to back games of 21 points against South Dakota and 25 points against Western Illinois were your two best games? I played a lot of games at IUPUI. It's hard to single out any one performance as my best. Those were great games for me scoring the ball but I do not think I would count that as my best game.
How did Jason Gardner groom and prepare you best for a professional basketball career in your senior year? Coach Gardner challenged me. He challenged my leadership and also gave me a clearer reality of what to expect playing professional basketball in Europe. He also continually helps me in whatever way he can, and it's always good knowing somebody like that is in your corner.
Gardner had his successful years in Germany with the EWE Baskets Oldenburg. Do you remember him telling any stories about his time in Germany? When I found out that Coach Gardner was going to be my head coach I immediately began watching all of his pro highlights on YouTube. He's told me a few stories but I know he had a great career in Germany and was loved and hated by many fans!
Who was the toughest player you battled in the NBA that is in the NBA now?
The toughest player that I've played in college that is in the NBA now is Nate Wolters. I've played against many NBA talents but Wolters was always tough at South Dakota St. His game was always solid and he played at his own pace. I've always respected his game.
Who won a one on one in practice you or Mason Archie?
Me and Mase had many battles. We would go back and forth many practices and open gyms. We always had an unspoken battle. We never talked about it much but we both were trying to beat each other at everything--sprints, weights, one-on-one drills, defending Darell, grades. It really pushed us to become better both on and off the court.
If you had to construct your NBA Rushmore with the 4 best heads ever who would you choose? I would go with MJ, Kareem, Kobe, and LeBron (I have to give him his proper respect.)
Lebron finally won an NBA title with the Cavs. Where does he stand now with the all-time greatest that ever played? After his most recent championship, I believe LeBron solidified himself as a top-5 all-time great NBA player.
Melsahn Basabe (ex Goettingen) agreed terms with Doxa Lefkadas - 1 day ago
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Newly promoted AE Doxa Lefkadas (A1) inked 24-year old American power forward Melsahn Basabe (201-100kg-92, college: Iowa). He was about to sign at BG Goettingen in German BBL league. The last season Basabe played at Antwerp Giants (Scooore League) in Belgium where in 13 games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.5ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.2spg and 1.0bpg. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League Honorable Mention. Basabe also played 9 games in FIBA Euro... [read more]
Newly promoted AE Doxa Lefkadas (A1) inked 24-year old American power forward Melsahn Basabe (201-100kg-92, college: Iowa). He was about to sign at BG Goettingen in German BBL league. The last season Basabe played at Antwerp Giants (Scooore League) in Belgium where in 13 games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.5ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.2spg and 1.0bpg. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League Honorable Mention. Basabe also played 9 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 12.8ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.0bpg. He helped them to make it to the quarterfinals. Basabe played in the final of NIT in 2013. He has played previously professionally in Finland (Helsinki Seagulls) and Poland (Stabill). Basabe attended University of Iowa until 2014 and it is his third season in pro basketball.
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