When examining the 1993 NCAA champion Henrik Roedl on the sidelines during games , he often has that stoic mimic as if he is just being read his rights or if someone has just surprised him with the statement that winning that illustrious title 19 years against Michigan was only a fluke. Despite his 43 years of age, his facial expression sometimes could fall for an unhappy young boy who was just told that his NBA 2K12 X box 360 had accidently been crushed by the movers. However one topic where he would put his hand into a fire to support is developing young Germans. Since the arrival of Rodl in 2010, the club TBB Trier has been a kind of figure head for the design of making young German players better. It would be a major injustice if one would not hold Rodl not accountable for shaping Germans like Maik Zirbes, Philipp Zwiener or Andreas Seiferth into better and experienced players. Zwiener had retreated from Alba Berlin in 2010 and quickly became a Beko BBL force with the German Mosel team. Zirbes went from a little known hulking basketball project into a bigger and stronger player with NBA Draft potential and now is playing for a Euroleague team with the Brose Baskets Bamberg. We have never had a kind of team like we had when I was there. We have had good people the last two years that have known how to play with each other. It is very important that each player can play with each other. We didnt have that before Rodel came. Coach Rodl has done a great job giving young German players playing time which I profited from. I think that every coach in the Beko BBL should work like that. I have learned so much from him. He gave me the chance to play and let my self confidence grow. I like how he talked with me and treated me, added ex TBB Trier center Maik Zirbes. Andreas Seiferth is another young German from the Alba Berlin stable who in three years on the Spree never played more than 8 Beko BBL games, but immediately last season was flung into the Beko BBL zoo being able to play 34 Beko BBL games. This season, he is the starting center averaging 26 minutes per game. This season, Rodl has another new batch of German players and most interesting with Bastian Doreth and Mathis Monninghoff. Both are hungry and want those desirable minutes and that important role on the team. Doreth had to fight injuries the last two season with FC Bayern Munich and was never able to really break through the deep roster there. This past summer German national coach Svetislav Pesic gave him trust and gave him many minutes averaging 12,5. Doreth has the grit and dedication to become one of the big German surprises this season. Monninghoff is another talented player that has gained experience in the NCAA with Gonzaga and recently with the German national team as they continue to go more young. He is also a player that will get his minutes and is burning to prove doubters wrong for his decision to depart Gonzaga early and head back to Germany. It will be interesting once again to see how the German cracks buckle down and perform under the watchful eye of 1993 European champion Henrik Roedl . Rodl is a type of mastermind who has success making young Germans better especially when you look at Maik Zirbes and the other Germans that have played for TBB Trier. He gives young Germans opportunites and works with them at getting better which a lot of coaches in the Beko BBL dont do. Doreth and Monninghoff will get a chance to play and learn as they go and it is up to them what to do with their pour nifty. They will learn the game and get experience., warned BV Chemnitz guard John Bynum.
In 2010-2011 TBB Trier were on course for a playoff spot, but had some misfortune in the latter part of the season finishing in 10th place with a 17-17 record. The club lost five of their last seven games which was vital for them not reaching the promised land. Their biggest win of the season was against Oldenburg and Braunschweig and they were able to sweep The Telekom Baskets Bonn. Their biggest strength was their defense as they were able to keep the opponent to 70 points or less in 17 games. The team didnt have the most talent or have the deepest roster, but they played with a lot of heart and never wanted to leave the court as the loser. The big strength of head coach Henrik Roedl was that he was able to utilize the most out of each player to give to the success of the team.
TBB Trier built some positive team chemistry in 2010-2011 and Henrik Rodel did a smart thing by keeping seven players from that season with top scorer Phillipp Zwiener, Lebron James friend Dru Joyce, the heart and soul of the team John Bynum, Serb inside out terror Dragan Dojcin, German beats Maik Zirbes, Oskar Fassler and Luxemburg product Samy Picard for the 2011-2012 season. With a few vital components missing, TBB Trier added American forward Nate Linhart, three point snipper EJ Gallup who will play his last game against the Fraport Skyliners as he heads back to the States to go into coaching and young German talents Andreas Seiferth and Joshiko Saibou. TBB Trier had an overall good team. Zirbes was a beast on the offensive glass and seemed to get his hands on every ball. He is a stud that could be an NBA player. Joyce controlled the tempo of the game and was good on ball screens and Gallup really can shoot the ball and spreads the floor well with Joyce penetrating and Zirbes down low, warned ex s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg guard Chris Kramer. With a less stocked line up last season, TBB Trier was careful about not making any defined predictions. Our goal was to equal the success of last season, stressed TBB Trier board of directors Ralph Moog. The question was could TBB Trier match their success from 2010-2011? However the 2011-2012 Beko BBL season of TBB Trier turned out to be a very difficult one in which they had to gnaw their nails until the end, but stayed in the league finishing in 14th place with a record of 11-23. TBB Trier got off to a slow start at 3-6 and were resting in 15th place when they met Frankfurt at the end of November 2011. They had beaten Bremerhaven, Bayreuth and BG Goettingen. They let two games get away as the lost In Hagen and gave Giessen an early Christmas present by seemingly handing them a win in their own living room. After their win against Frankfurt, they suffered a five game losing streak losing some close games against Alba Berlin, Bamberg and FC Bayern Munich losing by only a combined total of 15 points. In 2012, they had been playing like a team stuck in the middle of the standings and even for a time were near the bottom, but the team got some big wins against playoff teams FC Bayern Munich and the EWE Baskets Oldenburg. Positive continued to be that they defended for a passion and continued to give up little points, but often had problems finding ways to put points on the boards. I think our biggest problem was putting points on the board. We were able to score on a consistent basis, because our defense had been solid but if you can't score somewhat than your not going to win games, warned ex TBB Trier guard John Bynum. Our strength was our defense. We knew each other so well on the court and everyone wanted to defend well. If you dont play defense then you sit on the bench. Nobody wants to disappoint coach, because we knew how important defense was for him. That is why we gave so much effort on defense, warned Maik Zirbes. Even with their slow start, TBB Trier had a strong will to win and was a thorn in the side of most teams on any given night last season. Our goal was like last season, just taking it one game at a time and giving all we have to win each game, warned Maik Zirbes.
In the last years it hasnt only often been a fight to get success on the court, but also finding sponsors to help fatten the TBB Trier budget which has been extreme low. Trier which is very lonely in the western part of Germany has its problems to find the sponsors. However in an attempt to help find them, the club decided to start a marketing company in cooperation with some local professional soccer teams to help garner more interest from sponsors. Since the budget of the club is around only two million, the team continues to lose their top players to richer clubs as was seen with the departure of German national players Maik Zirbes and Philipp Zwiener. Rodl shapes them and they get richer elsewhere. Losing classic point guard Dru Joyce also will hurt. The question will be if Jarrett Howell can replace him? These were the three most notable players that they lost. They were able to hold Dragan Dojcin, Nate Linhart, Andreas Seiferth and Joshiko Saibou. Henrik Roedl had a long summer building a new team and constructing a massive facelift. He brought in seven new players, but with Barry Stewart got a player back who he coached in 2010-2011 on the Mosel. Stewart could be the Zwiener for this season in which he leads the team. Getting Barry back was the biggest offseason move for them. We missed his intangibles from a year ago and he can score with the best of them in the Beko BBL. As for his role, he will be the team identification this season, because he is that good, added ex TBB Trier guard John Bynum. The team brought in the young Germans Bastian Doreth and Mathis Monninghoff who will be put into the cold water at once to perform. Rodl also picked up Americans Brian Harper who built a solid basketball career in Japan the last years and Jarrett Howell who has extensive experience in Europe. Rodl also picked up a rare diamond in Vitalis Chicoko who impressed at the end of last season with BG Goettingen which rarely anyone noticed. Pedro Lopes is a young German that first will be groomed by Rodl. They recently picked up Jermaine Bucknor for insurance after the injury to Dojcin. The strength of TBB Trier this will season will be like any other season their fighting mentality and never die attitude until the end. Rodl has been known for the construction of good defensive teams, but with this new facelift is back at the start and will need to incorporate that into the new team again. Any team that plays TBB Trier will have to be ready for a hard fought game. The weakness of the team will be making a new team chemistry and sticking with the other Beko BBL teams under the glass as Maik Zirbes was their stability factor down low. Ex TBB Trier guard John Bynum is positive about the new TBB Trier team. They got off to a great start with their road win and it will be important to see if the young players can stay consistent. I think that they are better than last season. They are more athletic, actually run, have a lot of versatility and play together, warned John Bynum.
In the last Six years, The Skyliners have a record of 8-6 against TBB Trier with 5-2 at home and 3-4 on the road. Frankfurt lost the last two games in Trier 74-64 in 2008 on the last day of the season where teams were jockeying for playoff places and Frankfurt ended up getting The Bayer Giants Leverkusen in the quarterfinals. In 2009-2010, TBB Trier played a very energetic and spirited game winning 78-70 despite a monster game by American Derrick Allen who registered 29 points and 10 boards. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners lost the first game of the season in Trier 71-67 as Jimmy Mckinney and Qarraan Calhoun were missing due to injury. It was your typical season opening game as both teams were nervous and missing way too many shots. The game was tied at halftime 26 all. Frankfurt had fire power in the third quarter, but went down in the fourth quarter scoring only nine points as Frankfurt had no nerves in crunch time to win. Derrick Allen had 19 points and eight rebounds and despite TBB Trier was without top scorer Chrs Copeland, the team got needed production form Jamal Shuler, Brian Brown and George Evans to conserve the win. In 2009-2010, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners lost the first game ion Trier 71-67 as Ex Skyliner Derrick Allen contributed 19 points and eight rebounds and Frankfurt won at home 71-69 winning the game with Pascal Roller free throws. Derrick Allen led Frankfurt with 17 points. In 2010-2011, Frankfurt swept the season series. They won at home 72-55 as Pascal Roller led the home team with 17 points. The return date in Trier was an exciting battle as Frankfurt clawed out a 69-61 win as they came from behind going on a 10-0 run in crunch time to prevail. Dashaun Wood led the charge with 18 points and Jimmy Mckinney added 11 points. In their first meeting last season, TBB Trier came out with a 64-54 victory as defense played a key role. The Fraport Skyliners were led by Jon Leuer and Jimmy Mckinney with 14 points a piece. In their second meeting last season, the Fraport Skyliners were riding the wave of a very strong second half of the season where they had beat top teams like FC Bayern Munich, ratiopharm Ulm, Bamberg, Artland Dragons and the EWE Baskets Oldenburg and came to Trier with a lot of self confidence winning 72-52 displaying another trademark top defensive performance as ex NBA player Jermareo Davidson steered 19 points to the win and Jimmy Mckinney added 18 points. This was also the game where Eisbaeren Bremerhaven forward Jacob Burtschi was on the floor as much as Boris Becker had dived on the hallowed lawn at Wimbeldon in his career. The Fraport Skyliners head into the TBB Trier game with a record of 1-2 and are seeking their second road victory of the season. The Fraport Skyliners are recovering from a bitter 71-68 loss in their home opener against the Mitteldeutscher BC. The Fraport Skyliners didnt do a good job playing inside out and gave up 17 offensive rebounds. The Fraport Skyliners continue to do a good job keeping the turnovers down. Winning in Trier wont be a cake walk and the Fraport Skyliners will have to play more consistent offense and give a top defensive effort. We have to find a better balance inside and out. We have to keep the ball moving and get Dowell and Wright more involved. Once we get our shooters going than it is easier for our inside penetration, stressed Fraport Skyliner guard Johnathan Jones. TBB Trier have a record of 1-1 and will have more than a week rest and will be ready for the Fraport Skyliners. They lost their first home game and will be gunning for their first home win. Trier has to use their versatility and speed up the game to their advantage. They have to control the tempo and control the boards, stressed ex TBB Trier guard John Bynum.
The team is led by Dragan Dojcin who is a 36 year old 205cm power forward from Serbia. He is playing his third season with TBB Trier and his sixth season in the BEKO BBL. He is a Left handed power forward that is very quick. He has a very good shoot from the distance and can play under the basket. He played in Slovenia and Serbia before going to Khimik-OPZ Yuzny (Ukraine-Superleague, starting five): EuroCup Challenge: 10 games: 10.0ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.1apg, FG: 50%, 3PT: 40%, FT: 82.1%; Ukrainian League: 30 games: 9.4ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 54.4%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 76.7%. In 2006-2007, he played for Panionios Forthnet Athens (Greece-A1, starting five): FIBA EuroCup: 15 games: 8.1ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 42.6%, 3FGP: 37.8%, FT: 64.3%; Greek League: 26 games: 8.6ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 59.0%, 3FGP: 46.0%, FT: 56.0%. He played for Alba Berlin from 2007-2010. His best season was 2009-2010 where he played EuroCup: 14 games: 4.6ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.5apg; German League: 36 games: 5.9ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 59.1%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 67.6%. He won the Slovenian cup in 2004, BEKO BBL title in 2008, BEKO BBL cup in 2009 and reached the Eurocup final in 2010 with Alba Berlin. In 2010-2011 with TBB Trier, he played 34 games: 7.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 51.4%, 3PT: 38.1%, FT: 56.9%. Last season, he for TBB Trier he played 32 games: 5.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 49.4%, 3PT: 34.3%, FT: 73.0%.. Nate Linhart is a 26 year old 201cm forward from Gahanna, Ohio that is playing his fourth professional basketball season and second with TBB Trier. He played at Akron (NCAA) from 2005-2009 and played with ex TBB Trier teammate Dru Joyce. In his senior year, he played 36 games: 10.3ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.5apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 44.3%, 3Pts: 32.8%, FT: 81.3%. In 2009-2010, he played for BSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld Panthers (Austria-A Bundesliga, starting five): 44 games: 11.1ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.6apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 59.4%, 3PT: 34.0%, FT: 76.1%. In 2010-2011, he played for the Erie Bay Hawks (D-League): 50 games: 10.3ppg, 5.8rpg, 2.9apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 50.4%, 3PT: 35.8%, FT: 73.8%. Last season for TBB Trier he played 33 games: 9.3ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.0apg, Steals-1 (1.7spg), FGP: 49.2%, 3PT: 27.1%, FT: 69.7%.
Barry Stewart is a 24 year old 191cm guard from Tennessee that is playing his third professional basketball season and third in Germany. He played at Mississippi St. (NCAA) from 2006-2010 playing a total of 141 NCAA games. In 2010-2011, he turned professional playing for TBB Trier (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 35 games: 8.8ppg, 3.4rpg, FGP: 35.8%, 3PT: 31.4%, FT: 78.4%. Last season, he played for the LTi Giessen 46ers (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 34 games: 13.3ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.5apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 43.9%, 3PT: 40.6%, FT: 80.7%. Jarrett Howell is a 28 year old 180cm guard that is playing his seventh professional basketball season. He started his basketball career at Niagra (NCAA) in 2002. He then played at Texas Arlington (NCAA) from 2003-2006. In his senior year, he played 30 games: 14.2ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.1apg, 2.0spg, FG: 45.9%, 3PT: 41.9%, FT: 86.4%. In 2006-2007, he played for SKK Kotwica Kolobrzeg (Poland-DBL), left in Dec.'06: 9 games: 6.6ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.7apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 35.7%, 3PT: 23.5%, FT: 77.1%. In 2007-2008, he played for Svendborg (Denmark-Basketliga, starting five): 24 games: Score-5 (21.6ppg), 3.3rpg, Assists-2 (4.9apg), Steals-1 (3.1spg), 2FGP: 52.3%, 3PT-1 (47.0%), FT: 88.0%. In 2008-2009, he played for Kryvbasbasket-Lux Kryvyi Rih (Ukraine-UBL, starting five): 52 games: 14.4ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.9apg, Steals-4 (1.8spg), FGP: 47.7%, 3PT: 42.2%, FT: 85.0%. In the last three seasons, he played for CS Gaz Metan Medias (Romania-Div.A). He never averaged less than 14,2ppg and 5,2apg showing his scoring and playmaking. Last season, he played for CS Gaz Metan Medias (Romania-Div.A, starting five): 14 games: 15.9ppg, 3.1rpg, 5.3apg, Steals-3 (2.1spg), FGP: 47.2%, 3PT-3 (46.8%), FT-2 (88.5%); in Jan.'12 moved to Levski Sofia (Bulgaria-NBL): Bulgarian League: 24 games: 8.1ppg, 2.1rpg, 3.5apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 46.8%, 3PT-2 (45.5%), FT: 83.3%; Balkan League: 6 games: 9.8ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.7apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 47.4%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 87.5%. He won the cup in Rumania and Denmark where he was MVP and won the league title in the Ukraine.
Brian Harper is a 28 year old 206cm swingman. He is an explosive guard at 6'10". He started off playing guard at 6'5" at Paine and grew to 6'10" and never changing positions. He is a smooth shooting wing with explosive athleticism. He has tremendous lateral movement with a wing span of 7'4". He is a talented ball handler. He adds an extra advantage as he utilizes his size to rebound over smaller defenders. He played at Paine (NCAA2) from 2003-2007. As a rookie in 2007-2008, he played for Gimle BBK Bergen (Norway-1Div., starting five): 15 games: Score-3 (25.1ppg), 8.3rpg, 1.7apg, 1.2spg, 2.0bpg, 2FGP: 52.9%, 3PT: 21.5%, FT: 66.3%. In 2008-2009, he played for KCC Egis (Korea-KBL, starting five): Korean League: 9 games: 15.1ppg, 5.6rpg, FGP: 55.0%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 76.7%; released in Nov.'08, in Feb.'09 moved to Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League): 8 games: 3.5ppg, 1.6rpg; in March '09 signed at Reno Bighorns (D-League): 5 games: 1.2ppg. Harper played in Japan the last three seasons for Toyama Grouses (Japan-BJ League) playing a total of 102 games. Last season he played 9 games: 16.3ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 54.4%, 3PT: 28.7%, FT: 61.3%. Jermaine Bucknor is a 28 year old 199cm forward from Edmonton, Canada. He got the Jamacian citizenship in 2007. He played at Richmond (NCAA) from 2001-2006. He played a total of 100 NCAA games. He played in France from 2006-2010 before coming to Germany. In his rookie season, he played for Limoges CSP Elite (France-ProB): 12 games: 11.2ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 44.7%, 3PT: 40.4%, FT: 79.3%; left in Dec.'06, in Jan.'07 tested by Polpak Swiecie (Poland-DBL): 16 games: 7.1ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.0apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 40.6%, 3PT: 31.9%, FT: 57.6%. In 2007-2008, he played for ESSM Le Portel Cote d'Opale (France-ProB): French League: 24 games: 12.3ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.9apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 46.8%, 3PT: 29.5%, FT: 76.1%; 24 games: 12.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.1apg, 2FGP: 56.0%, 3PT: 29.0%, FT: 75.0%;. In 2008-2009, he played for Stade Clermontois Basket Auvergne (France-ProB): 10 games: 11.5ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.1apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 53.5%, 3PT: 43.6%, FT: 81.8%, in Feb.'09 moved to Aix-Maurienne Savoie Basket (France-ProB): 12 games: 14.8ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.1apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 63.0%, 3PT: 41.3%, FT: 93.2%. In 2009-2010, he played for Stade Clermontois Basket Auvergne (France-ProB): 31 games: 13.4ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.5apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 50.8%, 3PT: 45.8%, FT: 82.4%. In 2010-2011, he played for the : Deutsche Bank Skyliners Frankfurt (Germany-1.Bundesliga): German League: 12 games: 7.5ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 65.0%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 78.6%; EuroChallenge: 4 games: 4.5ppg, 3.5rpg; EuroCup Qualifying Round: 1 game: 14pts, 4reb, 2ast, 3steals, 1block, in Feb.'11 moved to Club 9 de Julio Rio Tercero (Argentina-LigaA, starting five): 18 games: 14.3ppg, 7.3rpg, 2.4apg, 2.3spg, FGP: 45.2%, 3PT: 34.9%, FT: 69.4%. Last season, he played for Libertad Sunchales (Argentina-LigaA, starting five): 19 games: 9.0ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 60.8%, 3PT: 40.3%, FT: 75.9%, in Jan.'12 moved to s.Oliver Baskets Wuerzburg (Germany-BBL): 13 games: 5.4ppg, 2.5rpg, FGP: 56.3%, 3PT: 36.1%, FT: 81.3%. This past summer, he played for the Edmonton Energy (IBL): 6 games: 11.3ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.5apg, FGP: 53.8%, 3PT: 23.8%, FT: 58.3%. He played at the World ChampiD Bastian Doreth is a 23 year old 183cm guard that was born in Nurnberg and is playing his first season with TBB Trier. He started his basketball career in 2006 with Franken Hexer (2.Regionalliga). In 2007-2008, he played for : SELLBYTEL Baskets Nuernberg (ProA, starting five): 27 games: 5.4ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.9apg, FGP: 40.4%, 3PT: 30.5%, FT: 57.1%. In 2008-2009, he played for Franken Hexer (ProB, starting five): 27 games: 11.5ppg, 4.1rpg, 4.0apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 39.3%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 79.1%. In 2009-2010, he got experience playing for Brose Baskets Bamberg (1.Bundesliga): EuroCup: 1 game: 0pts, had also license to play at Nuernberger Basketball Club (ProB): 28 games: 11.5ppg, 3.3rpg, Assists-4 (5.8apg), 1.4spg, FGP: 46.1%, 3PT: 41.8%, FT: 74.5%. He played for FC Bayern Munich the last two seasons. Last season, he played 17 games: 2.2ppg. He played at the recent Qualifications to European Championships 2013 -12: 8 games: 3.4ppg, 1.4rpg, 1.4apg. Mathis Monninghoff is a 20 year old 199cm forward that was born in Ibbenburen. He is playing his first season for TBB Trier. He started his basketball career in 2007 for Bayer Giants Leverkusen U16 team. He played for the Bayer Giants Leverkusen (Pro B) in 2009-2010 playing 23 games: 7.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.1apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 60.0%, 3PT: 36.9%, FT: 57.6%. He played at Gonzaga from 2010-2012 playing a total of 52 NCAA games. He played at the recent European Championships U20 in Slovenia -12: 6 games: 6.8ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 18.2%, 3PT: 35.5%. The club brought in Vitalis Chicoko who is a 21 year old 207cm power forward/center from Zimbabwe, Africa. He is a talented, lanky forward/center who has a huge upside. Even standing almost 6-10, he can spend yet time at the PF position, thanks to enormous athletic skills, versatility, and good feel for the game. He played last season for BG Goettingen (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 17 games: 6.9ppg, 4.5rpg, FGP: 57.5%, 3PT-2 (50.0%), FT: 54.2%; played also at ASC 46 Goettingen (Germany-Regionalliga): 18 games: 14.1ppg, 10.6rpg, 2.8bpg, FGP: 60.3%, FT: 52.9%. Big German talent Andreas Seiferth who comes from the Alba Berlin schoolis playing his second season with TBB Trier. Seiferth is a 23year old 206cm power forward/center. In 2010-2011 he played for : ALBA Berlin (1.Bundesliga): German League: 5 games: 0.6ppg; Euroleague Qualifying Round: 1 game: 0pts, 1reb; EuroCup: 5 games: 1.0ppg, 1.4rpg, had also a license to play at ALBA Berlin II (Regionalliga): 20 games: 15.4ppg, Reb-2 (10.7rpg), 2.0apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 56.6%, 3PT: 41.4%, FT: 67.4%. Last season for TBB Trier, he played 34 games: 4.6ppg, 2.1rpg. Joshiko Saibou is a 22 year old 188cm point guard from Berlin that is playing his second season for TBB TRier. He also started his basketball career at the Alba Berlin school in 2008. In 2010-2011, he played for ALBA Berlin (1.Bundesliga): German League: 2 games: 0pts; EuroCup: 2 games: 1.0ppg, 1.5rpg, had also license to play for ALBA Berlin II (ProB, starting five): 23 games: 10.8ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.6apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 45.1%, 3PT: 20.5%, FT: 72.0%. Last season, for TBB Trier he played 23 games: 0.4ppg, 1.0rpg, played also at DJK MJC Trier (Regionalliga): 6 games: 18.5ppg. TBB Trier host the Fraport Skyliners October 14th at 17:00.
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.
Lietkabelis land Lorenzo Williams, ex Bremerhaven - 5 hours ago
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Panevezys Lietkabelis (LKL) tabbed 32-year old American point guard Lorenzo Williams (187-86kg-84, college: Rice). He played most recently at Eisbaeren Bremerhaven in German BBL league. In 22 games he averaged 5.6ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.2apg last season. In 2007 Williams was drafted by Anaheim Arsenal (D-League) in ninth round (121th overall). The former Rice University staris in his tenth season in pro basketball. Among other achievements Williams won Latvian League championship title in 2014.... [read more]
Panevezys Lietkabelis (LKL) tabbed 32-year old American point guard Lorenzo Williams (187-86kg-84, college: Rice). He played most recently at Eisbaeren Bremerhaven in German BBL league. In 22 games he averaged 5.6ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.2apg last season. In 2007 Williams was drafted by Anaheim Arsenal (D-League) in ninth round (121th overall). The former Rice University staris in his tenth season in pro basketball. Among other achievements Williams won Latvian League championship title in 2014. He received also Eurobasket.com Latvian League All-Imports Team award in 2014. Williams is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Hungary (Zalakeramia-ZTE KK and Atomeromu), Slovakia (Pezinok), Ukraine, Germany (Giessen 46ers and Weissenhorn Youngstars) and Latvia (Ventspils).
Koeln Rh.Stars land Chris Eversley, ex Kangoeroes - 6 hours ago
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Rhein Stars Koeln (ProA) tabbed 25-year old American forward Chris Eversley (201-102kg-91, college: Cal Poly - SLO). He played most recently at Kangoeroes in Belgian Scooore League. In 23 games he averaged 9.0ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.0apg last season. Among other achievements Eversley's college team won Big West Tournament in 2014. He received also Asia-Basket.com All-ASEAN League 1st Team award in 2014. Eversley has played also professionally in Malaysia (KL Dragons). He attended Cal Poly - San... [read more]
Rhein Stars Koeln (ProA) tabbed 25-year old American forward Chris Eversley (201-102kg-91, college: Cal Poly - SLO). He played most recently at Kangoeroes in Belgian Scooore League. In 23 games he averaged 9.0ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.0apg last season. Among other achievements Eversley's college team won Big West Tournament in 2014. He received also Asia-Basket.com All-ASEAN League 1st Team award in 2014. Eversley has played also professionally in Malaysia (KL Dragons). He attended Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo until 2014 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.
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