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.
Lorenzo Williams(187-PG-84, college: Rice) is a 31 year old 187cm point guard that recently completed his second season with the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven playing 22 games and averaging 5.6ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 52.9%, 3PT: 32.8%, FT: 73.7%. He was born in Arkansas, but grew up in Texas. He played at Rice University from 2003-2007. In his senior year, he played 29 games averaging 9.1ppg, 2.5rpg, 5.0apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 45.7%, 3Pts: 34.6%, FT: 71.4%. He was drafted by the Anaheim Arsenal in 20... [read more]
Lorenzo Williams (187-PG-84, college: Rice) is a 31 year old 187cm point guard that recently completed his second season with the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven playing 22 games and averaging 5.6ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 52.9%, 3PT: 32.8%, FT: 73.7%. He was born in Arkansas, but grew up in Texas. He played at Rice University from 2003-2007. In his senior year, he played 29 games averaging 9.1ppg, 2.5rpg, 5.0apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 45.7%, 3Pts: 34.6%, FT: 71.4%. He was drafted by the Anaheim Arsenal in 2007, but decided to come to Europe and played in Germany for BC Groer Recycling Weissenhorn, but left during the season, in March 2008 and moved to Skanska Pezinok (Slovakia-Extraliga). In 2008-2009, he played in Slovakia for AB Cosmetics Pezinok playing 28 games: Score-2 (20.8ppg), 3.2rpg, Assists-2 (5.8apg), 1.8spg, 2FGP: 62.3%, 3PT: 39.8%, FT: 83.9%. In the 2009-2010 season, he came to Germany and played for the Giessen 46ers playing 25 games: 11.4ppg, 1.6rpg, 3.6apg, FGP: 58.7%, 3PT: 33.8%, FT: 67.2%. In the 2010-2011 season he played for Zalakeramia-ZTE KK (Hungary-A Division, starting five): 19 games: 15.6ppg, 3.3rpg, Assists-1 (7.3apg), 2.5spg, FGP: 65.2%, 3PT: 35.6%, FT: 70.4%, in Feb.'11 moved to Khimik-OPZ Yuzny (Ukraine-Superleague, starting five): 15 games: 9.1ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.9apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 50.6%, 3PT: 24.3%, FT: 87.5%. He then played two seasons for Atomeromu SE Paks (Hungary-A Division). In the 2013-2014 season he played for BK Ventspils (Latvia-LBL) winning the league championship playing 24 games: 11.6ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.9apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 41.0%, FT: 82.4%; EuroChallenge: 11 games: 10.4ppg, 3.1rpg, 4.4apg, FGP: 54.1%, 3PT: 22.6%, FT: 73.0%; Baltic League: 16 games: 9.8ppg, 3.4rpg, Assists-4 (4.4apg), 1.3spg, FGP: 50.6%, 3PT: 38.3%, FT: 72.7% In the 2014-2015 season he came to the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-BBL) palying 28 games averaging 10.7ppg, 2.8rpg, Assists-3 (5.9apg), 1.3spg, FGP: 45.0%, 3PT: 35.3%, FT: 88.0%. He spoke to eurobasket about basketball.
Lorenzo thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. Where are you at the moment and how has your summer been?
Im currently at home in Houston, Texas preparing for the upcoming season. My summer has been great. My wife and I recently bought a new home and we are enjoying time with our son and family.
Teams are filling up everywhere and your still unsigned. Are you getting a little nervous about finding a team for this season?
A little bit but I feel that over the course of my career I have shown that I can compete at a high level. So I just focus on the process which is Working out and preparing myself for the next opportunity.
You have gone into every professional season having found a club before the season starts except for last season. Is the transfer market more challenging this season than in past seasons?
I think the market for me could be a bit different this summer than in the past. I didn't have the best statistical season but I'm confident that I can still contribute a lot to several clubs around Europe.
Your turning 32 in November. Have you passed your prime or still in it? I feel that physically and mentally I'm the best I've ever been. I'm working harder and smarter every day. Being a veteran I know what it takes to prepare for the grind of a long season.
Last season was a season to forget with the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. You came in December as the boat was sinking. How did you experience this chaotic season? Last season was very tough for me, especially coming off of the season I had the previous year. I take every situation as a learning experience and try to use what I learned in the future. Things definitely did not go as I thought they would. But that's how the game works sometimes. I'm very thankful for my year and a half there and I wish them the best in the future.
In the 2014-2015 season you had a very solid season for the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-BBL): 28 games: 10.7ppg, 2.8rpg, Assists-3 (5.9apg), 1.3spg, FGP: 45.0%, 3PT: 35.3%, FT: 88.0%. Did you feel it a bit disrespectful that they didn't resign you, but when they had injuries felt the need to get you back again? I didn't feel disrespected at all. It's a part of the business. I was thankful for the opportunity to be there.
You came to a team that had an influx of guards with Jerry Smith and Brandyn Curry. You played 22 games averaging 5.6ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 52.9%, 3PT: 32.8%, FT: 73.7%. Was the team play something that effected your play? Our team had a lot of talent but unfortunately we were not able to put it all together on the floor. It was not easy having three point guards on the roster who could all impact the game in a different way. Unfortunately for me I was unable to find a rhythm and a significant role within the team. I think we all did whatever we could to make the best of the situation.
Last season was your worst of your professional career. What did you learn from this experience and what will you do better the next time if a situation like that presents itself again? I learned that you have to just focus on the things that you can control and continue to work hard and be positive.
How confident are you that at almost 32 years of age that you can get back to your stellar play of the 2014-2015 season where you averaged 10.7ppg, 2.8rpg, Assists-3 (5.9apg), 1.3spg, FGP: 45.0%, 3PT: 35.3%, FT: 88.0%? I'm very confident that I can have a major impact on a BBL team. My experience in the league and familiarity with the players and style of play would be a positive. I've improved as a player each year and I'm ready for the next opportunity to come.
How do you feel you can rebound from last season? You have proved time after time to be a consistent performer having done that in numerous different countries. Is your consistency something that will give you confidence going into that next situation? During the past 9 seasons I've gained the confidence to be unbothered by things in the past. I think my understanding of the European game over the years has improved each season so I can definitely rebound from last season. I take pride in being a consistent player and making my teammates better, which I believe will help with a transition to a new club.
The Fraport Skyliners are a team that will be rebuilding this season and have a lot of youth. With only one very experienced player Quantez Robertson and experienced Mike Morrison going into his fifth professional season, they mostly have kids at the moment. Would this situation with your experience be one that would be appealing to you? This certainly would be a situation that would interest me. They have a very good coach and are returning a few players that have made an impact in the BBL. I think my leadership would help the young guys a lot. I played in Bremerhaven with Garai Zeeb. He's a talented young player they have who is on the rise as well.
Coach Gordon Herbert has liked the scoring point guard types like Dashaun Wood, Justin Cobbs and Jordan Thedoore which he had in the past. Could you be that type of player if you had to be? I think I can do whatever a coach needs. I'm a very unselfish guy and I've improved my game each year. My game offensively is predicated on getting my teammates involved because that is the job of a point guard but I can score if needed. I've shown on several occasions that I'm capable throughout my career.
Describe in a few sentences as to why you could help any team at the moment with your play? I'm a hard working unselfish player who understands the European game. I believe a point guard should be the coach on the floor and I've developed the leadership qualities over the years to do that. Leading by example is key in every situation and I understand the importance of that.
If you had to construct your own NBA Rushmore and chose 4 NBA heads which best four would you pick?
Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Lebron James and Shaq
Now that Lebron finally brought an NBA title to the Cavs where does this further NBA title put him against the best that ever played the game? I think Lebron has proved throughout his career that he is one of the best to ever do it. The title is just icing on the cake.
Germany cruise past Portugal in test game - 4 hours ago
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Germany - Portugal 93:58 Germany clashed with Portugal in the test game on Friday. Robin Benzing (208-F-89) nailed 15 points to lead Germany to a comfortable victory. Germany eked out a 22:20 lead after ten minutes of action. They went on a 25:13 run in the second period to clear off. Germany continued to dominate in the second half. They cleared off to a 29-point distance heading into the fourth quarter. Germany held Portugal to only 12 points in the final stanza and raced to the win.... [read more]
Germany - Portugal 93:58
Germany clashed with Portugal in the test game on Friday. Robin Benzing (208-F-89) nailed 15 points to lead Germany to a comfortable victory. Germany eked out a 22:20 lead after ten minutes of action. They went on a 25:13 run in the second period to clear off. Germany continued to dominate in the second half. They cleared off to a 29-point distance heading into the fourth quarter. Germany held Portugal to only 12 points in the final stanza and raced to the win. Johannes Voigtmann (210-C-92) delivered 14 points, while Daniel Theis (204-PF-92, agency: Octagon Europe) provided 12 points in the victory. Joao Guerreiro (205-F-90) responded with 19 points for Portugal. Miguel Queiroz (202-PF-91) chipped in 7 points in the loss.
Ratiopharm Ulm (BBL) inked 25-year old American guard Devon Baulkman (193-91kg-91). He just graduated from Tennessee (NCAA). In 34 games he averaged 9.5ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.8apg and 1.0spg last season. As mentioned above Baulkman is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball. He received All-Panhandle Conference 1st Team award in 2014 at his college time. Ratiopharm Ulm roster for 2016-2017: Guards: Per Guenther Karsten Tadda Chris Babb Braydon Hobbs Taylor Brau... [read more]
Ratiopharm Ulm (BBL) inked 25-year old American guard Devon Baulkman (193-91kg-91). He just graduated from Tennessee (NCAA). In 34 games he averaged 9.5ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.8apg and 1.0spg last season. As mentioned above Baulkman is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball. He received All-Panhandle Conference 1st Team award in 2014 at his college time.
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