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.
Dennis Schroeder selected the top German playing abroad in last week's games - 4 hours ago
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Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Germans who are currently playing abroad. This week's number one is former international point guard Dennis Schroeder (181-93, agency: Octagon Europe). He led Atlanta Hawks to a victory over the New York Knicks in the NBA in Monday night's game.
Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Germans who are currently playing abroad.
#1. This week's number one is former international point guard Dennis Schroeder (181-93, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in NBA). He led Atlanta Hawks to a 1-point victory over the New York Knicks (18-24) 108-107 in the NBA in Monday night's game.
Schroeder was MVP of the game. He recorded 28 points (!!!) and added 3 passes in 34 minutes on the court.
The Atlanta Hawks have 24-17 record this season.
It's Schroeder's fourth year with the team.
Schroeder has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.4ppg, 3.0rpg, 6.2apg, 2FGP: 50.2%, 3FGP: 35.9% and FT: 81.1% in 41 games he played so far.
Schroeder played for the German senior national team two years ago.
#2. Second place goes to an international center Tibor Pleiss (217-89, currently plays in Euroleague). He was the major contributor in Galatasaray's victory against the closely-ranked Zalgiris (6-11) 87-79 in the Euroleague last Friday.
Pleiss scored 17 points and grabbed 7 rebounds.
Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul (5-12) is placed second from the bottom (#15) in group A.
They ended the series of four consecutive loses.
Pleiss' overall stats this season are: 7.1ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.1bpg, 2FGP: 53.5%, 3FGP: 66.7% and FT: 78.1%.
He is in the roster of the German senior national team.
#3. The German player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international point guard Heiko Schaffartzik (183-84, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup). Schaffartzik could not help JSF Nanterre (4-1) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his very good performance the first-placed JSF Nanterre (4-1) was badly defeated 91-74 on the road by the second-ranked Kormend in the group N of FIBA Europe Cup.
Schaffartzik was the top scorer with 22 points. He also added 4 passes.
Schaffartzik's team will play only one more game in the FIBA Europe Cup Second Stage. And that game will be critical.
It's Schaffartzik's first season with the team.
He has relatively good stats this year: 11.9ppg, 2.5rpg, 4.5apg, 2FGP: 28.6%, 3FGP: 46.6%(34-73) and FT: 85.0%.
Schaffartzik played for the German national team two years ago.
#4. Center Johannes Voigtmann (211-92, currently plays in Spain) led Baskonia to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked RETAbet BB (6-9) crushing them 84-63 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday.
He scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 22 minutes.
Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (11-5) is placed fifth in the Liga Endesa.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
This year Voigtmann's overall stats are: 8.1ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.9apg in 16 games.
He is also German national team player.
#5. U20 international swingman Kostja Mushidi (195-98, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) led his Serbian team Mega Leks to a victory against the third-ranked Strasbourg IG (8-5) 86-82 in the Basketball Champions League on Wednesday night.
Mushidi scored 15 points, made 3 passes and 3 steals.
BC Mega Leks (4-9) is placed seventh in group D.
His team will play only one more game in the Basketball Champions League Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial.
Mushidi's total stats this season are: 9.7ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.5apg.
He plays currently for the German U20 national team.
#6. Forward Dirk Nowitzki (213-78, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a Dallas Mavericks' victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves (14-28) 98-87 in the NBA in Sunday night's game.
Nowitzki scored 17 points, had 6 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 28 minutes.
The Dallas Mavericks have not so impressive 14-27 record this season.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
Nowitzki is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his 19th year in Mavericks' roster.
He has very impressive stats this season: 13.3ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.6apg in 16 games.
Nowitzki is a former international player as he played for the German senior team two years ago.
#7. International forward Robin Benzing (208-89, currently plays in Spain) helped CAI Zaragoza win their n overtime game against the league outsider La ICL Manresa (2-14) 87-77 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday.
He scored 15 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
CAI Zaragoza (6-10) is placed 12th in the Liga Endesa.
It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses.
This season Benzing has relatively solid stats: 13.2ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.5apg and 1.3spg.
He is also German national team player.
#8. Forward Moritz Wagner (208-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Michigan win their game against the University of Nebraska (0-2) 91-85 in the NCAA on Saturday night.
Wagner scored 23 points, had 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 31 minutes.
The University of Michigan has 2-3 conference record this season.
Wagner has reliable stats this year: 12.1ppg and 3.7rpg in 19 games.
He used to play for the German U18 national team
back in 2014.
#9. International swingman Paul Zipser (203-94, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the Chicago Bulls in their game against the New York Knicks (18-24) in the NBA.
Zipser scored 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.
The Chicago Bulls (21-22) were defeated 104-89 in New York by the Knicks.
Zipser's total stats this season are: 1.5ppg and 1.7rpg.
He is also in the roster of the German national team.
#10. Forward Cameron Neubauer (202-94, currently studies in the States) helped San Diego win their game against the Brigham Young University (1-1) 88-75 in the NCAA last Saturday.
Neubauer scored 22 points, had 9 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 34 minutes.
The University of San Diego has not so impressive 2-4 conference record this season.
Neubauer's stats this year are: 10.7ppg, 5.4rpg and 2.4apg in 18 games.
He is a former U20 international player as three years ago he still played for the German national team.
#11. Former U22 international power forward Tilo Klette (206-77, currently plays in Austria) was not able to secure a victory for Gmunden Swans (12-5) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Klette's good performance Gmunden Swans was defeated 72-60 in Traiskirchen by the lower-ranked Arkadia Lions (#7).
He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Klette also added 6 rebounds.
Klette averaged so far 12.6ppg, 4.6rpg and 2.2apg.
He used to play for the German U22 national team
eighteen years ago.
#12. Former U20 international forward Michael Kessens (206-91, agency: Court Side, is currently at the American university), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the FIU (0-5) in their last game. Despite Kessens' very good performance the FIU was edged 57-55 at home by the The Univ.of Texas - San Antonio.
He scored 17 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 28 minutes.
Kessens averaged so far 14.2ppg and 9.7rpg in 18 games.
He used to play for the German U20 national team
back in 2011.
#13. International center Maik Zirbes (208-90, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Euroleague) couldn't help Maccabi T-A in their game against Real Madrid in the Euroleague. He cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones.
Zirbes scored only 2 points in 7 minutes on the court.
His team lost 75-80.
This year Zirbes' total stats are: 8.1ppg and 3.0rpg in 15 games.
He is also German national team player.
#14. Former U18 international forward Max Hoetzel (206-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped San Diego St. win their game against the San Jose State University 76-61 in the NCAA in Tuesday night's game.
Hoetzel scored 12 points and grabbed 9 rebounds.
Hoetzel has averaged so far 9.3ppg and 4.6rpg.
He is a naturalized American.
Hoetzel used to play for the German U18 national team
back in 2013. Strangely he has never played in Germany.
#15. Former U18 international forward Lars Schlueter (203-95, currently plays in Canada) helped University of Calgary win their game against the Cascades 92-87 in the Canadian university league CIS on Friday night.
He scored 13 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 24 minutes.
Schlueter has averaged so far 10.0ppg and 2.4rpg in 12 games.
He used to play for the German U18 national team
four years ago.
The list of other players, who all have German passport but never been selected to any of German national teams:
#1.Bar Timor (190-G-92, currently plays in Israel) led Hapoel Jerusalem to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Galil Gilboa (5-9) crushing them 100-75 in the Israeli Winner League on Sunday night.
Timor was the best player in that game. He scored 19 points and added 7 passes in 31 minutes.
Hapoel Jerusalem (8-6) is placed fourth in the Winner League.
Timor has relatively good stats this year: 11.1ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.4apg and 1.1spg in 14 games he played so far.
He has a dual citizenship: German and Israeli.
#2. Experienced Kiril Wachsmann (203-C-84, college: Iona, currently plays in Uruguay). Wachsmann could not help Defensor (2-3) to beat U Universitario (5-1). He cannot count Tuesday's game as one of the best ones.
Wachsmann recorded only 2 points and grabbed 9 rebounds.
Defensor (#5) was defeated 94-90 in a derby game by the second-ranked U Universitario in the Promocional 1 group.
It was Defensor's third consecutive loss in a row.
There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical.
Wachsmann's total stats this season are: 6.3ppg, 8.3rpg and 1.2apg.
#3.Frederik Joerg (214-C-92, currently plays in NCAA2) was not able to help the St.Martin's University (3-5) in their last game. Despite Joerg's very good performance the St.Martin's University lost 69-82 on the road to the Northwest Nazarene University.
He scored 18 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 22 minutes.
It was St.Martin's University's fourth consecutive loss in a row.
Joerg has averaged so far 9.7ppg and 4.9rpg in 10 games.
#4.Sven Stammberger (198-F, currently plays in Canada) contributed to a 3-point Dalhousie University's victory against the Axemen (4-6) 84-81 in the Canadian university league CIS on Tuesday night.
He recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 13 rebounds.
The Dalhousie University has a solid 7-3 record this season.
Stammberger has been at the team for five years.
Stammberger averaged so far 12.8ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.7apg.
He is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and German.
#5.Adam Ariel (192-G/F-94, currently plays in Israel) was not able to secure a victory for Maccabi Ashdod (9-1) in their game against Ironi Nahariya (7-7) in the Israeli Winner League.
Ariel scored 7 points in 25 minutes.
The league leader Maccabi Ashdod lost 69-76 in Nahariya to the lower-ranked (#6) Ironi.
Ariel has averaged so far 7.2ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.5apg in 14 games.
He has both German and Israeli nationalities.
#6.Sven Jeuschede (190-G-95, currently plays in NCAA2) contributed to a Montana St. - Billings' victory against the Alaska-Fairbanks 99-94 in the NCAA2 last Saturday.
Jeuschede recorded 14 points and grabbed 7 rebounds (made all of his five free throws).
Jeuschede has averaged so far 6.5ppg and 2.9rpg.
#7.Tyree Chambers (188-G-94, currently plays in NCAA2) helped Le Moyne College edge the St.Anselm College 67-65 in the NCAA2 last Tuesday.
Chambers scored 13 points in 22 minutes.
Chambers has averaged so far 6.3ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.6apg in 11 games.
#8.Nils Lehmann (196-F-96, currently plays in NCAA2) helped Rollins College win their game against the Saint Leo University 77-72 in the NCAA2 in Saturday night's game.
He recorded 11 points in 20 minutes.
Lehmann has averaged so far 3.7ppg and 2.0rpg in 11 games.
#9.Marco Sanders (202-F-79, college: Point Park, currently plays in Norway) couldn't help Ammerud Bskt (5-14) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his very good performance Ammerud Bskt was crushed 88-63 in Bekkestua by the second-ranked Baerum Basket.
Sanders was the top scorer with 16 points. He also added 6 rebounds.
Sanders has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 17.5ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.4apg and 1.2spg.
Sanders is a naturalized American.
He used to play for EnBW Ludwigsburg in German league.
#10.Max Eisele (193-G-96, currently plays in Canada) helped University of Calgary win their game against the Cascades crushing them 106-68 in the Canadian CIS on Thursday night.
Eisele scored 8 points, made 4 passes and 3 steals in 19 minutes.
Eisele has averaged so far 3.3ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.8apg and 1.2spg in 12 games.
Chris McNealy (194-G-92, college: Cal-Irvine) is a 24 year old 194cm guard from Danville, California playing his second professional season and second with the Redwell Gunners Oberwart (Austria-A Bundesliga). Last season as a rookie for the Redwell Gunners Oberwart (Austria-A Bundesliga), he played 31 games averaging 13.7ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 53.8%, 3PT: 31.6%, FT: 79.0%. He started his basketball career in 2010 with Cal-Irvine (NCAA) playing a 135 games and a senior played 35 games a... [read more]
Chris McNealy (194-G-92, college: Cal-Irvine) is a 24 year old 194cm guard from Danville, California playing his second professional season and second with the Redwell Gunners Oberwart (Austria-A Bundesliga). Last season as a rookie for the Redwell Gunners Oberwart (Austria-A Bundesliga), he played 31 games averaging 13.7ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 53.8%, 3PT: 31.6%, FT: 79.0%. He started his basketball career in 2010 with Cal-Irvine (NCAA) playing a 135 games and a senior played 35 games averaging 11.0ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 43.8% (138-315), 3PT: 35.9% (37-103), FT: 68.9% (73-106). He spoke to eurobasket before the Fiba Europe Cup Game against the Telekom Baskets Bonn.
Chris welcome to Germany. Your playing your second professional season and second with the Redwell Gunners Oberwart (Austria-A Bundesliga) and playing Fiba Europe Cup as well. This competition has taken you all over Europe. How blessed do you feel as a guy from California to be traveling the world at age 23?
It's amazing to be traveling. I've been to many places throughout the world and have created a lot of memories that I would like to tell my kids one day.
You play and live in Austria and are experiencing a totally new kind of lifestyle in Austria this and last season. What has been your most memorable experience so far in Europe off the court that none of your friends in California had ever seen before?
Being in the snow. I don't think I've ever seen snow in California and I see it out here on a daily basis.
Your playing against the Telekom Baskets Bonn in Bonn in Fiba Europe Cup play. What do you know in general about the country Germany and it's basketball?
I know basketball is really big in Germany and that Bonn is a great team. This will be my first time there so I;m excited to see more.
In the first game against the Telekom Baskets Bonn, the Redwell Gunners Oberwart (Austria-A Bundesliga) lost badly at home 83-64. It was kind of a strange game stat wise as Bonn dominated the boards and shot very well from outside, but had 22 turnovers. What will the Redwell Gunners Oberwart (Austria-A Bundesliga) have to do better this time around to get the win?
We can't have a long lapse like we did last time we played. Game was close until the 3rd quarter when they went on a run and we didn't respond. We want to create havoc on the court and cause them to make turnovers like last time and not to get rattled when they go on a run.
The Redwell Gunners Oberwart (Austria-A Bundesliga) give up 82 points in the Fiba Europe Cup which is 28th. Is it the overall better skill level of the competition that has made it harder to defend than in the Austrian Bundesliga?
Yea the teams we play in the Euro Cup have been better than what we usually face, but we enjoy that because it makes us a better team. We work hard every day to compete at this high level.
The Redwell Gunners Oberwart (Austria-A Bundesliga) are leading the Austrian Bundesliga at the moment with a 13-2 record. The team is ranked first in points and third in points allowed. Does the club feel much pressure having to defend their Bundesliga title?
We try not to put pressure on ourselves and just focus on the next game ahead of us. Each game holds different situations and we learn from every game to make us ready for when the playoffs come around
How .much fun and challenging has it been playing with the 4 other Americans Traylor, Cumberbatch, Jackson and Kuakumensah who are all young and each guy at the start of their professional career wanting to prove something? Do you feel like each player is growing this season with the drive that each other guy has and gives on the court on a daily basis?
It's been fun playing with those guys we have good chemistry on and off the court and by pushing each other every day will help us become better individual players.
You are a guy that can really fill up the stat sheet, but on what part of your game are you still trying to incorporate new things too? Something that I'm working on is making more plays on the defensive end. Being able to play the passing lanes will not only get me more steals but opportunities to score in open floor.
Your stats are much improved from last season especially your three point shooting. What been the main reasons for your improvement? Is knowing the league better come into play?
I really made an effort to improve my shot in the offseason. Worked on it on it all the time and also having the belief that every shot is going in.
You had your best scoring Fiba Europe Cup games against Apoel and Yytautas recently with 24 and 25 points. Do you feel like you have landed in European competition now? I'm just in a very good flow right now and playing with a lot of confidence. Going to continue to being aggressive on the floor.
How important has American Derek Jackson become this season for the team and you? This is the second season that you guys are teammates. Do you guys understand each other blindly on the court? He has played very well this season. He is playing with a ton of confidence and is a reason on why we have been a successful team. We play well together.
You are a very active defender. To what NBA player did you always look up too growing up and now when it comes to taking care of defensive assignments on the court? One player I liked to watch was Rip Hamilton. I think he was a very underrated defender but was pesky and able to defend stars well on his time with the Pistons.
How vital was American Quincy Diggs last season in Oberwart winning the title? What did you appreciate most about his game? Quincy did a lot for us last season and had a knack for scoring. I appreciated his dirve and working every day in the gym to try to get better.
What was your wake up call to being a rookie in Europe last season where you knew that you were very far away from home? Was tough being away from family especially on the time difference and being able to talk. Definitley struggled with that.
You didn't play in the 2016-2015 season after being waived by the Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League). How difficult was this season and after being drafted by them what was the best example that basketball is always a business first? That was the first real time being cut