Every once in a while, you have that special player that escapes the radar of teams and basketball experts like an Air France jet over the Bermuda triangle. Back in the 2007-2008 Beko BBL season, there was a big strong 198cm center from New York named Jason Boone who made the rapid jump from the Regionaliga team Lok Bernau to Beko BBL team BG Goettingen. Head coach John Patrick noticed his hidden talent and the rest is history as the big man reached three playoffs in four seasons in the university city and won the 2010 Eurochallenge. Not every player can make that rapid jump up three leagues like Boone did. It takes some players longer as this season there is an American playing for the Mitteldeutscher BC who played Regionaliga in 2009 for BG Leitershofen and passed through the PRO B, PRO A and now is in the Beko BBL. He helped Leitershofen move to the PRO B and last season was one of the top players in the PRO A for the Kirchheim Knights where he averaged 17,2ppg and 8,6rpg. Uskoski who hails from Washington and played in the NAIA for Rocky Mountain has arrived in the Beko BBL not producing the numbers he did in the lower leagues, but has been a spark off the bench as he was a force under the boards in the late going in the thrilling 71-68 MBC win on the road against the Fraport Skyliners. Americans Kelly Beidler (199-F-88, college: Mt.St.Mary's) and Sharaud Curry stole the show scoring a combined 37 points, but Uskowski was solid scoring eight points and grabbing six rebounds. His teammates laud the American in the highest tone. He is a key player for us. When he gets hot from outside than he can hurt you. He opens up the floor, keeps fighting defends well, goes hard for rebounds and is just a team player, stressed Virginia Beach native Kelly Beidler. MBC manager Martin Geisler had a sparkle in his eyes when the name Uskoski was mentioned. Uskowski reached every level and was always the best player . He really has seen it all. He is so thankful that he can play at this level and you notice it by how often he always says thank you. I think that he can play at this level. It is a learning process. He has always palyed in small gyms and he still has to get used to playing in the bigger arenas. He just needs to not show so much respect and turn off the nervousness which he has at times. He didnt hide from anyone in the lower leagues and why should he now. We should not expect wonders, but he should just play his game. He will always give 100%, warned Martin Geisler.
The Fraport Skyliners came into the game with a record of 1-1 and wanted to reward their fans with a victory in the Fraport arena. The Fraport Skyliners gave their fans a very exciting game, but the only thing missing at the end was a little luck and possibly a call which might have swung the game around. The Mitteldeutscher BC led for the most part of the game except for a very brief period at the start of the game and in the third quarter as Larry Wright gave the Fraport Skyliners their only lead with a huge three pointer. MBC head coach Silvano Poropat was relaxed at the end of the game and the only thing missing was a cigar as he was more than pleased by the performance of his team. Our intensity and rebounding was key for the win today. The Beidler block on Peacock at the end showed just how much we wanted to win this game. I dont know if Beidler was the best player today, but he was great. He was so important on defense, stressed Silvano Poropat. The Fraport Skyliners gave a spirited effort again, but werent able to play their game as MBC was able to keep them away for long enough periods to keep the game out of their reach of being able to turn it when they needed to. The Fraport Skyliners had their chance as MBC almost gave it away. Frankfurt was unable to keep tempo up and when you give up 17 offensive rebounds than it is hard to win. When you play aggressive, then you tend to be further away from the basket which makes it tougher to get the rebounds. Frankfurt started to hit their shots late. Rebounding and turnovers was a factor which enabled MBC to have 9 possessions more which made the difference in a close game. You can never underestimate a team like MBC. They understood that they had to play calm and disciplined even at the end when it was close, stressed basketball expert Steven Clauss.
It was the first home game of the season where everyone in the arena can see familiar faces and getting back into the basketball groove in the living room of the Fraport arena. A rare occurrence before the game saw Muli Katzurin and Silvano Poropat having some chit chat as coached dont usually take the time to do that before the jump ball. Unlikely MBC top scorer Steve Wachalski after two games nailing jumper after jumper in warm ups and sprouting of unending self confidence. Only 4,030 people wanted to see the home opener of the Fraport Skyliners, but the home team sped out quickly to a 4-0 lead as Frankfurt had high intensity on offense as Zach Peacock scored over Djordje Pantelic and Johnathan Jones scored inside on hard penetration. After a Chad Timberlake lay in, Peacock scored over Pantelic again as MBC trailed 6-2. However MBC soon found its rhythm as Providence graduate Sharaud Curry got going nailing three free throws and a shot from the parking lot as MBC led 8-6. Jones was able to tie the score at 8-8 with a pull up jumper, but MBC closed out the first quarter in style going on a 11-5 run to lead 19-13. MBC was able to keep the tempo down and play their style. It should be noted that Steve Wachalski and Kelly Beidler hit two fortunate bank shots. Curry at 178cm hit a huge shot over 203cm Peacock as well. Peacock played a great first quarter scrambling inside for a tip in and dunking moments before the buzzer sound to end the first quarter. If MBC hadnt made those two bank shots the score would have been 13-13. Both teams were playing equally, the slow tempo helped MBC and Curry did a great job with discipline on the playmaking, said basketball expert Steven Clauss. MBC was shooting 60% from the field and 57% from outside while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 43% from the field and 0% from outside. MBC had the 7-4 rebound edge, but four turnovers while Frankfurt only had two turnovers.
In the second quarter, the Mitteldeutscher BC was able to keep control of the game against the Fraport Skyliners. When Curry was in the game the MBC offense was very controlled and there was good shot selection, but when he was on the bench, they had more difficulty getting a good shot on offense. The Fraport Skyliners used this to their advantage going on an 8-1 run to cut the MBC lead to 25-23. Robertson was involved in the first two buckets of the run feeding Danilo Barthel for an easy lay up and then going coast to coast for a basket. Dion Dowell who had difficulty finding his rhythm and getting shots off made a tip in and Barthel hit two more free throws. Runs continued to reign in this quarter as MBC was able to extend their lead a bit with a 5-0 run to lead 30-23. Wachalski made a tough tip in in traffic and Curry hit a bank shot. Frankfurt didnt lose their cool and closed out the second quarter strong with a 9-4 run to trail only 34-32. Robertson nailed a big three pointer and Peacock continued to give production with a lay in and dunk. Jones finished the scoring with an off balance jumper. Frankfurt was able to play their game more and play fast and give MBC more pressure. Frankfurt played good defense, but allowed MBC to score too much inside as they were shooting 70% from the two point area, commented basketball expert Steven Clauss. The Mitteldeutscher BC was shooting 46% from the field and 29% from the three point line while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 48% from the field and 13% from the three point line. MBC had the 16-13 rebound lead and five turnovers while Frankfurt only had three turnovers.
The third quarter was tight and was the lowest scoring in the whole game. The Fraport Skyliners were on the door step of the MBC wolves den door, but were unable to fit into the small crack of the door. Beidler started off the scoring in the third quarter with a tip in and Zach Peacock followed with another spot up jumper over Pantalic. Frankfurt continued to have problems stopping the mBC penetration as it wasnt only Curry who could skip into the lane without problems, but also Timberlake who did giving MBC the 38-34 lead. Quantez Robertson who was penetrating as if he was Dashaun Wood went coast to coast for the hoop as Frankfurt trailed 38-34. Whenever Frankfurt was with one foot in the crack of the door, it was MBC that would close the crack as Beidler retrieved a no look pass from Curry for the easy basket as MBC led 40-36. Larry Wright who had been quiet in the first quarter finally got going nailing a three pointer on the fast break, but Curry did damage again on the penetration as MBC led 42-39. Frankfurt then saw some daylight going on a rapid 6-0 run to lead briefly 45-42. Peacock scored inside and Wright dropped a huge three pointer for the Frankfurt 45-42 lead. Just when one thought that the Fraport Skyliners could take this momentum into the fourth quarter, MBC swung back ending the quarter with a 5-0 run and retaking the lead something that they would never relinquish. MBC has two scorers with Beidler and Curry and it will probably be them that most people will remember at the end of the season, but in the last run it was the two work horses Wachalski and Uskowski that helped the 17 offensive rebound account with battling on the offensive boards and scoring. MBC led after three quarters 49-45. The Fraport Skyliners came out very dynamic in the third quarter, but let up again in the last minutes. They let MBC back into the game. Frankfurt was simply not consistent enough in keeping the game fast. They continued to let up too many offensive rebounds and both teams were shooting three pointers poorly, stated basketball expert Steven Clauss. The Mitteldeutscher BC was shooting 45% from the field and 25% from the parking lot while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 46% from the field and 25% form the parking lot. MBC had the significant 25-18 rebound edge, but 10 turnovers while Frankfurt had nine turnovers.
One will never say that the Fraport Skyliners didnt fight, because fight they did in the fourth quarter and they were so close, but would never lead again in the game. After Wachalski opened up the scoring with a three pointer to give MBC the 52-45 lead, it was Frankfurt that didnt allow them to break away going on their own 6-0 run to cut the MBC lead to 52-51. German guard Konstantin Klein nailed a three pointer and Dion Dowell who had not been a factor all game made a fade away. The story of the game was that the Fraport Skyliners never could make a sufficient amount of consecutive stops, because MBC kept hitting big shots to keep the lead. After a Curry three pointer, it was Robertson who made a fade away jumper to cut the MBC lead to 55-53. Frankfurt was close again, but MBC kept their offense consistent going on a 4-0 run to lead 59-53. Uskoski got another offensive rebound and put back and Beidler continued to keep the offensive board his personal stomping ground with a bucket. However Frankfurt continued to match MBC in scoring going on a 5-0 run as Jones scored on the penetration and Klein hit another three pointer as MBC led only 59-58. MBC kept up the pressure as it was Beidler who just continued to punish Frankfurt on the offensive boards scoring twice as Frankfurt trailed 64-59. With less than three minutes to play, crunch time had arrived as Peacock made a dunk and after a missed Tez dunk it was Jones that scored cutting the MBC lead to 66-63. Curry who had been hot all game saved his best for last as he made a raindrop shot in the lane looking like a Chris Paul in motion as MBC led 68-63. Robertson and Timberlake then exchanged free throws as MBC led 70-66. Then came the turning point of the game. Wachalski was hit with an unsportsmanlike foul. Peacock made two free throws cutting the lead to 70-68. Frankfurt had the ball with 13 seconds and the chance to bring the game into OT or win it with a three pointer. Beidler who had been big on the glass proved to also be big as he blocked Peacock on the last shot giving MBC their first win of the year. The man of Peacocok got beat so I came over to help my teammates. I thought better to try and block and risk the foul and giving up free throws then letting him score. I always have liked to be aggressive. I have been blocking shots all through my career even though it doesnt get noticed as much. People look at points and rebounds. Blocking shots is a strong point in my game, warned Kelly Beidler. Beidler is the central force in our defense. His long arms make a difference on defense and rebounding. That block was huge for us, said Sharaud Curry. The Fraport Skyliners were so close, but something was missing from the Artland game. We didnt come out with the same intensity as in Artland on offense and defense. We gave up too many second chances and didnt box out well. They just wanted it more than us, stressed Fraport Skyliner guard Quantez Robertson. For MBC it was just a relief getting the monkey off their back with that first win. We didnt want to start 0-3 since we have big games with Bamberg and Munich coming up. We took tempo out of the game and went inside. We did good job recognizing the mismatches, said Sharaud Curry. MBC have already shown early in the season that in pressure situations that they are on the same page. We stayed sound at the end. We played together as a team getting defensive stops and key rebounds, expressed Kelly Beidler.
The Mitteldeutscher BC was led by Sharud Curry with 20 points and four assists. Kelly Beidler with 17 points and ten rebounds (8 offensive rebounds). After a performance like that, you could call the American Mr offensive rebound Kelly Beidler. I havent been called that. I just work hard and bring my part to the game. I think that it would be tough having to live up to that nickname every night, warned Kelly Beidler. Steve Wachalski chipped in with 11 points and Chad Timberlake with 10 points. The Fraport Skyliners were led by Zach Peacock with 24 points and nine rebounds. Quantez Robertson chipped in with 12 points. The Fraport Skyliners shot better than the Mitteldeutscher BC shooting 47% from the field and 31% from outside while MBC shot 42% from the field and 23% form outside. MBC won the rebounding duel 37-27 including 17 offensive rebounds and had 11 turnovers while Frankfurt had 12 turnovers. The next opponent for the Fraport Skyliners is TBB Trier who are known for playing defense and they will have to bring a better offensive performance than against MBC. Our offense was stagnant at times. We would run the pick and roll and the kick out, but ten at other times we didnt. As a point guard I need to get the whole team involved and I didnt. We werent consistent enough. We got Peacock involved a lot, but not enough other players. We need a better balance of inside out, warned Johnathan Jones. TBB Trier host the Fraport Skyliners October 14th at 17:00.
Dayton Mickens (203-F-91, college: Ark.-Monticello) put together an all-around game for Eurobasket Select as he finishes with 19 points, 17 rebounds, and 7 assists in only 21 minutes of action to defeat 1. FC Kaiserslautern 92-67. Mickens along with starters Jeremiah Dunnings(183-PG, college: William Carey), Darvin Ham (196-F-92, college: Northwood), Josh Biber (196-G/F-91, college: Brown), and Josiah Coleman (196-F-94, college: N.Dakota) played together in one of the best starts to the t... [read more]
Dayton Mickens (203-F-91, college: Ark.-Monticello) put together an all-around game for Eurobasket Select as he finishes with 19 points, 17 rebounds, and 7 assists in only 21 minutes of action to defeat 1. FC Kaiserslautern 92-67. Mickens along with starters Jeremiah Dunnings (183-PG, college: William Carey), Darvin Ham (196-F-92, college: Northwood), Josh Biber (196-G/F-91, college: Brown), and Josiah Coleman (196-F-94, college: N.Dakota) played together in one of the best starts to the tour schedule. 'At times we tend to get into too much isolation as any team put together like this does. However, tonight the ball went side to side and really made 1. FC Kaiserslautern work on the defensive end. That was the key for us all night long,' Eurobasket Select Head Coach Allen Mkrtychyan said.
'Our starting unit tonight really set the stage for the rest of the guys. We had 4 reach double figures scoring wise and two reach double digits in rebounding. We were getting pounded on the boards early in this tour, tonight we flipped the script,' Tour Manager Dustin Simcox said. Biber was the other starter with double figure rebounding as he grabbed 10 boards, including four of them on the offensive end. Dunnings, Coleman, and Ham finished the contest with 16, 12, and 11 points respectively. Don Quarles (193-F/G-92, college: Paine) was the high man coming off the bench with 12 points and 9 rebounds,
Eurobasket held 1. FC Kaiserslautern to only 11 points in the 2nd quarter as they opened a 20 point halftime lead. 1. FC Kaiserslautern would fight back in a highly contested and hostile 3rd led by Japhet McNeil (183-PG-85, college: Bridgeport), a 7 year veteran throughout Germany, Finland, and Luxembourg. The quarter featured 16 fouls, a questionable intentional foul on Biber, and a free throw technical foul violation on Dunnings. 1. FC Kaiserslautern would go on to win the 3rd quarter 27-19 and cut the lead to 12 before the final quarter. The comeback attempt would stop short as the Dunnings, Coleman, Biber, William Wise (206-F), and Derrick Tony Seldon (196-F/C-93, college: W.Connecticut) would kick off the 4th quarter on a 9-2 run and never look back. Eurobasket advances to 5-0 on the tour against their German counterparts with the last 3 games being won by an average margin of 31 points. Eurobasket will travel to TV 1864 Salzkotten tomorrow for their 6th game of the tour.
Notes: Mickens' 17 rebound and 7 assists were highest totals of any player during the tour...Dunnings has scored in double figures every game of the tour...Eurobasket blocked 8 shots for a tour high.
On the court Chris Ensminger won just about every battle in the paint as there was a reason why he was the BBL's best rebounder for five consecutive years as his knack of always having the right position as the ball was released and correct instinct to where the ball would fall off the rim seemed to be as easy for him to successfully achieve as it was for once the best control pitcher in the majors Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees to seemingly get the ball where he wanted to to get... [read more]
On the court Chris Ensminger won just about every battle in the paint as there was a reason why he was the BBL's best rebounder for five consecutive years as his knack of always having the right position as the ball was released and correct instinct to where the ball would fall off the rim seemed to be as easy for him to successfully achieve as it was for once the best control pitcher in the majors Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees to seemingly get the ball where he wanted to to get through the full count to his team's benefit. However one thing that Ensminger couldn't control after life on the basketball court was keeping his now coaching foe Denis Wucherer of the Giessen 46ers in check while they were battling on the sidelines during their rookie coaching season in 2013-2014 and second season. Both guys are basketball legends in Germany as Ensminger not only made a name as one of the BBL's finest centers for years, but also belonged to numerous Bamberg championship teams while Wucherer won two BBL titles with the Bayer Giants Leverkusen for Dirk Bauermann and won the silver at the 2005 European championships in Belgrade under Dirk Bauermann once again and alongside NBA legend in the making Dirk Nowitzki. Both Ensminger and Wucherer were head coaching rookies in the 2013-2014 season and in four games Wucherer led the head to head battle confrontation's 3-1. Three of the four games were decided by 6 points and both games in the 2014-2015 season were intense nail bitters with 61-59 and 67-65 in favor of the Giessen 46ers and Wucherer. In that same season, Wucherer got the last laugh once again as he led his team into the BBL and almost made the playoffs last season. Ensminger is still trying to bring the BBL to Gotha and the only time, these two charachters can meet now on the sidelines is in the preseason. 'Gotha is a team that should reach the BBL in the future. They have a good infrastructure now, new arena and Wolfgang Heyder on board. One sees that the club is getting more and more professional. They are very ambitious to get to the BBL and have a good coaching staff with Ensminger and Esterkamp. Ensminger's team now plays the way he played as a player. He played hard and so does his team. He should have a good season', stressed Giessen 46ers head coach Denis Wucherer. After the 86-70 loss, Ensminger was very calm on the bench replaying the lost game in his mind one more time as his players were stretching and he had time to reflect on this coaching duel with Wucherer. 'Wucherer has a good background and played for Dirk Bauermann. He played tough and so do his teams. I enjoy coaching against him. We always had good games against Giessen and one season lost two games by two points. I respect him and like how he helps players develop further as he got my ex player Marco Voeller', stressed Chris Ensminger.
On another warm summer evening, but a lot more comfortable then the sauna like temperatures 48 hours earlier in Hanau, the 2016 Basketball Aid International tour next stopped in Mainz. This is an old stomping ground of Basketball Aid international tour chairman Hans Beth as back in the day he coached a young 14 year old Patrick Heckman and like his second living room as the only thing missing was his own comfy couch to help him ease into the game best. As always Beth was glowing after the buzzer had sounded as it was another successful game for the basketball aid charity and the golden basketball which had autographes of the German national team as well as Dirk Nowizki and Dennis Schroeder also found it's new owner. 'Both teams showed another good game, we had 900 people in the stands and the golden ball went for 800 euro. We achieved our goal once again today', added Basketball Aid international tour chairman Hans Beth. The second highlight of the night after the golden ball being auctioned off, was the basketball game, but as always in these international tour games, the real focus of the evening was the sick children with cancer as that was on the minds of the players somewhere between all the plays that they had stuck in their heads. 'I feel it is very important to show support for the children suffering with cancer. I lost my mom five years ago to cancer and she had a big impact on my life. You never know who cancer will effect next so it's always positive to help in any way possible', stated Giessen 46ers forward Thomas Scrubb. 'It means a lot for me to help support the basketball aid cause. I lost my father to cancer two years ago and this past week, my aunt past away. Back home, we try to raise as much as possible for cancer. It is very unfortunate that a real cure hasn't been found yet. I always try to do whatever possible to help fight cancer', stated Elijah Allen.
The Giessen 46ers came into the game having beat Hanau and Heidelberg and destroyed their farm team Lich while the Oettinger Rockets Gotha had raised more than a few eyebrows as they had disposed of 8 time BBL champion Alba Berlin. The first half remained rather even, but Giessen already had the usual lead as Gotha already had to exert extra energy as they were always in comeback mode. In the second half, the Giessen 46ers relied on their deadly shooting and stepped up their defense. While his brother Philip Scrubb was on the way to France with the Fraport Skyliners to play a four day tournament, brother Thomas was in Mainz and like his brother very reserved in his presence after the game, but very knowledgeable about what he had witnessed in the last 40 minutes on the court. 'We knew that this would be our hardest test so far. They had beat Alba Berlin and we knew that if we weren't prepared that it would be a challenge. We didn't have our defense where we wanted it in the first half. In the second half, we stepped up and took control. We were smart on offense and didn't allow easy baskets on transition or from outside. They had to beat us one on one', stressed Thomas Scrubb. After the game Gotha forward Elijah Allen had a long conversation with Giessen guard Skyler Bowlin (190-G-89, college: Missouri So.) who had been opponents in college four years earlier and then described why Giessen was the better team. 'Giessen played us very physical. They have a very good coach with Wucherer who I am familiar with having been with Lich the last years. We didn't have enough intensity and they wanted to win more. We tried to be too cute. The key was taking care of the ball, but we didn't. We will have to do that better when we play against tough competition', warned Elijah Allen.
In the first quarter, the game was even until the midpoint and then there would be 7 lead changes as no team was able to break away. Ex Creighton (NCAA) guard Grant Gibbs got Gotha on the board first with a turnaround shot over ex Trier forward Dwayne Evans and the American than stripped the Giessen player the ball and set up Jacob Parker with an easy bucket on transition as Gotha had the early 4-0 advantage. Giessen quickly halted the Giessen run in the making by countering with their own 4-0 mini run as Thomas Scrubb showed his distinct knack of knowing where his rebound would go and finishing with a floater and ex Citadel (NCAA) standout Cameron Wells connected on a turnaround shot to knot the game at 4-4. Gotha continued to keep the slim lead with Sam Muldrow and Robert Ohle buckets, but Giessen got their first lead of the game at 9-8 as ex Crailsheim guard Joshiko Saibou drilled home a three pointer. The lead then went back and forth as rookies ex West Virginia (NCAA) guard Jaysean Paige and Yale (NCAA) forward Justin Sears scored as Giessen had the slim 13-10 lead. Gotha got some major production from two ex Pro B players Elijah Allen who nailed two trey's with one at the shot clock buzzer and ex Nordlingen guard Janek Schmidkunz connected from outside for the 19-18 lead. Giessen got the lead back as ex Sodertalje champion Skyler Bowlin (190-G-89, college: Missouri So.) nailed a three giving his team the 21-19 lead. The Giessen 46ers were shooting 37% from the field and 33% from outside while Gotha was shooting 53% from the field and 42% from outside. Gotha had the 8-7 rebound edge and three turnovers while Giessen had five turnovers.
In the second quarter, Giessen would keep the lead, but couldn't shake Gotha as they always remained in striking range. Giessen started the second quarter going on a 8-3 run to extend their lead to 29-22. Giessen got solid support from Saibou who scored from the corner, Scrubb got inside making a finger tip roll in, Sears and Lischka also got productive in the paint. Giessen also had their difficulty of preventing Gotha from getting easy baskets inside as ex Stephen F. Austin (NCAA) forward Parker and ex CB Prat Juventud (LEB Gold) guard Gerald Gomilla got buckets cutting the Giessen advantage to 31-28. Even if the game was tight, it seemed like Giessen always had the more options and better execution rate as they extended their lead once again to 37-28 as Lischka completed the pick and roll perfectly and Wells nailed a 20 footer. Gotha closed out the second quarter with a perfectly timed 6-2 run to cut the Giessen lead to 41-38. Parker scored inside again, Allen hit his second buzzer beater at the shot clock in the game and GIbbs caught Giessen napping on transition defense as he got behind the defense making an easy lay in. The Giessen 46ers were shooting 53% from the field and 25% from the three point line while Gotha was shooting 56% from the field and 30% from the three point line. Giessen had the 14-13 rebound edge, but seven turnovers while Gotha had four turnovers.
In the third quarter, the Giessen 46ers were able to pull away from Gotha and extend their lead into the double digits and hold it until the end of 30 minutes. Giessen quickly showed who was in control going on a 12-5 run to extend their lead to 53-42. In the run, GIessen got their guns back out of their holsters nailing three three pointers as Evans, Saibou and Bowlin connected. After a Paige lay in, it was Bowlin again who found the hot hand making fade away jumper keeping Gotha at bay as Giessen led 55-45. Even after Ohle trimmed down the Giessen lead down under 10 points, the BBL team always found a way to get their lead back into double digits as Scrubb buried a three pointer for the 58-48 Giessen advantage. Gotha guard Max DiLeo who's brother moved from Giessen to the Telekom Baskets Bonn this season connected on a true rainbow and Grant made a free throw as Giessen kept the 63-52 lead after 30 minutes. The Giessen 46ers were shooting 50% from the field and 34% from the parking lot while Gotha was shooting 51% from the field and 28% from the parking lot. Gotha had the 24-21 rebound edge and eight turnovers while Giessen had nine turnovers.
In the fourth quarter, Gotha made one last comeback attempt, but then couldn't take care of the ball as the slick aggressive defense of Skyler Bowlin (190-G-89, college: Missouri So.) got the best of them. Gotha came out storming in the fourth quarter going on a 7-0 run to cut the Giessen lead to 65-59. In the run, Gotha received solid production from their two ex Pro B players once again as Schmidkunz who has brought that shooting touch from Nordlingen to Gotha dropped a trey and Allen made a step back jumper and Muldrow made free throws. However then came the turning point of the game as Bowlin got two steals which ignited the Giessen offense going on a 7-2 run to extend their lead to 72-61. The two Bowlin steals led to a Wells 20 footer and lay in by the defender himself. Saibou added on another trey as well. 'I finally hit some shots today. I wasn't hitting so well in the first games. This was my breakthrough game with Giessen', added Skyler Bowlin (190-G-89, college: Missouri So.). Despite Page and Ohle buckets, Gotha was unable to make some stops on defense as Giessen got a three pointer from Wells and Evans lay in to extend their lead to 78-65 which sealed the win for Giessen. Muldrow was able to cut the Giessen lead to 80-70 with a trey, but time was running out and Giessen ultimately slammed the door on Gotha with a Saibou pull up jumper, and Evans and Obst free throws closing out the game with a 6-0 run. 'We knew that Gotha could make a run. Bowlin made two huge steals and we made big shots which killed their momentum. We switched a lot and had more big men in the paint area which made the difference', stated Thomas Scrubb. 'In the run at the start we talked more on defense, but they continued to make big shots and rolled their big men in the paint which hurt us', stated Elijah Allen. The Giessen 46ers were led by Skyler Bowlin (190-G-89, college: Missouri So.) with 16 points. Cameron Wells and Joshiku Saibou added 14 points a piece. Dwayne Evans chipped in with 11 points and Andreas Obst added 10 points. The Oettinger Rockets Gotha were led by Jaysean Paige with 13 points. Sam Muldrow had 12 points while Robert Ohle chipped in with 11 points and Elijah Allen had 10 points. Giessen shot 48% from the field and 38% from outside while Gotha shot 53% from the field and 43% from outside. Gotha outrebounded Giessen 32-25, but had 16 turnovers while Giessen had 10 turnovers.
BG Goettingen (BBL) agreed terms with 33-year old Lithuanian guard Benas Veikalas (192-90kg-83, college: Metropolitan State of Denver). He played last season at Scandone Avellino in Italian Serie A. In 39 games he had 6.6ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.0apg. Veikalas helped them to make it to the cup final and to the league semifinals. The previous (14-15) season he played at Telekom Baskets where in 38 BBL games he recorded 10.9ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.2apg. Veikalas contributed to his team making it to the... [read more]
BG Goettingen (BBL) agreed terms with 33-year old Lithuanian guard Benas Veikalas (192-90kg-83, college: Metropolitan State of Denver). He played last season at Scandone Avellino in Italian Serie A. In 39 games he had 6.6ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.0apg. Veikalas helped them to make it to the cup final and to the league semifinals. The previous (14-15) season he played at Telekom Baskets where in 38 BBL games he recorded 10.9ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.2apg. Veikalas contributed to his team making it to the German Bundesliga Cup Semifinals. Veikalas also played 10 games in Eurocup where he averaged 14.4ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.3apg and 1.0spg. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Bosman Player of the Year in 2014. Veikalas has played previously professionally in Lithuania (Delikatesas and Nevezis) and Czech Republic (Prostejov). He attended Metropolitan State of Denver until 2007 and it will be his tenth season as a professional player. Veikalas could be described:
Benas is a versatile shooting guard with great shooting accuracy and ability to penetrate. Very smart and selective in taking shots, unselfish and knows how to create opportunities for his teammates.
Moves the ball quickly. Gives his best efforts in defense.
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