Jacob Burtschi (198-F-84, college: Air Force) is a 28 year old 198cm forward from Chickasha, Oklahoma who is playing his first season with the Bremerhaven Eisbaeren. He played as a rookie for Phoenix Hagen in 2010-2011 averaging 14.2ppg, 6.9rpg, 2.5apg, Steals-3 (1.5spg), FGP: 56.0%, 3PT: 44.2%, FT: 82.2%. He played at the Air Force from 2003-2007. In his senior year, he played 35 games averaging 13.5ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.3apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 49.7%, 3Pts: 39.0%, FT: 77.3%. He had offers to play in the NBA, but served in the Air Force the last three years and could only play club ball. Some achievements that he got in the NCAA were All-MWC Honorable Mention -05, MWC Regular Season Runner-Up -06, All-MWC 2nd Team -06, 07, NABC All-NCAA District 13 2nd Team -07, and NIT Final Four -07. Last season he played for CAI Zaragoza (Spain-ACB, starting five): 9 games: 2.6ppg, 2.4rpg; left in Nov.'11, in Dec.'11 moved to Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt (Germany-BBL): German League: 22 games: 8.2ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.4apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 36.3%, FT: 87.5%; EuroCup: 2 games: 5.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.0apg, 1.0spg. He spoke to Eurobasket after the soothing 114-80 win in Giessen.
Congrats on the 114-80 win in Giessen. How tough has the three game losing streak been?
It was tough to sleep at night. We finally played some good basketball against Giessen. We played a lot better tonight, but there are still things that we need to work on on defense.
It was very hard to believe that the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven were 0-3 before the win in Giessen. What was different tonight?
It had a lot to do with the way we started this game. We lost the first three games because we were unable to come out with energy. We came out with energy in Giessen instead of waiting five minutes to get started like we did in the first three games.
The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven were shooting 71% from the field and from outside at halftime. After 40 minutes it was 72% from the field and 59% from outside. Was that shooting practice tonight? I would have to say yes. However many guys hit tough shots, but we finally also started knocking down open shots which we didnt do in the past.
Scott Morrison controlled the first quarter inside. Would you agree that he is a type of player that you can throw the ball anywhere near the rim and he will be able to capitalize on making points?
Yes he can. It is funny,that he broke his nose, because he has a good nose for the ball. He has very good hands and we know that we can make difficult passes and we know that he will come up with it.
What was key in the second quarter for opening up the game and getting a big lead? We kept pushing the ball and bringing pressure. We also did a good job containing the top scorer of the Beko BBL Ryan Brooks which was high on our to do list in Giessen.
Small Giessen point guard Dijuan Harris gave Bremerhaven problems all night long ending as game top scorer with 23 points. He seems like a pest. Who does he remind you of?
It is hard to say who he reminds me of, but not a pest. He is more like a jack Russell terror. He is a guy with much energy and never quits. I give my hat off to him for a great game.
You made two nice steals in one quarter and on one coming between a pass and going coast to coast for a dunk. How much did that play remind you of a Tez steal? Yes that was like Tez. I wish he had been here to see that. If Frankfurt would have been on the court, I would have pointed my finger at him and said that is how it is done.
Stanley Burrell played a solid game, but there were two plays where he showed his one on one talent making two difficult contested fade away jumpers from the corner. I am sure that head coach Doug Spradley doesnt like to see too much of that from his point guard?
Coach doesnt like to see too much of that, but Stan can make those plays. Coach lets him take advantage of that, because there are times when he can do that.
When observing Stan ley Burrell, you can see that he likes to talk with his eyes. Is that a way how he motivates the team?
Yes he can motivate like that. Stan is a very outgoing, outspoken guy. He is able to get us going, but that is his job as a point guard. Sometimes he doesnt need to talk, but just look at him and see the fire in his eyes.
Have you ever had two steals in one quarter where you went coast to coast in the Beko BBL?
I think I did it with Phoenix Hagen.
You said prior to the Giessen game that Bremerhaven still needed to tweak things on defense. Was that done despite giving up 80 points?
We did a good job communicating, rotating and boxing out. We did let up 80 points and still have a lot to tweak on defense.
Do you remember winning games with Hagen or Frankfurt with 7 guys scoring in double figures?
No I dont. Every one shot well. We almost had nine guys in double figures with Anthony Canty who was close.
Will Jermaine Raffington by beer for the players since he made the 100th point?
He will have to and we wont let him forget it.
What advice can you give Fraport Skyliner captain Marius Nolte for playing against Eisbaeren center Scott Morrison?
All I can say for Marius is Alter. That is locker room talk and he knows what I mean.
Adama Darboe(190-G-86) is a 30 year old 190cm guard that is a Danish national player and will play for the Bakken Bears (Ligaen) this season. He is a versatile guard with strong build, can play some time at the small forward too, and is a good rebounder for his size. He started his basketball career for Horsholm Basket (Basketliga) in 2002 and played there until 2006. He then played for U.M.F. Grindavik (Iceland-Express League) from 2006-2008. He then played for Huelva Baloncesto (Spain-L... [read more]
Adama Darboe (190-G-86) is a 30 year old 190cm guard that is a Danish national player and will play for the Bakken Bears (Ligaen) this season. He is a versatile guard with strong build, can play some time at the small forward too, and is a good rebounder for his size. He started his basketball career for Horsholm Basket (Basketliga) in 2002 and played there until 2006. He then played for U.M.F. Grindavik (Iceland-Express League) from 2006-2008. He then played for Huelva Baloncesto (Spain-LEB Bronze) in the 2008-2009 season. He then returned to Horsholm 79ers (Basketligaen) for a season before playing three seasons for Svendborg Rabbits (Ligaen). He then played for KFUM Jamtland Basket (Sweden-Basketligan) and the last two seasons with Boras Basket (Sweden-Basketligan) and last season played FIBA Europe Cup: 12 games: 10.6ppg, 4.6rpg, 3.7apg, FGP: 44.4%, 3PT: 41.8%, FT: 90.0%; Swedish Basketligan: 36 games: 11.5ppg, 4.7rpg, 4.1apg, FGP: 56.8%, 3PT: 36.9%, FT-2 (89.0%). He spoke to eurobasket before the Euro qualifying game against Germany in Kiel.
Adama thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. Where are you at the moment and how has your summer been? Right now, I am with the national team preparing for the upcoming games in a little city called Vejen. We got great facilities here, so things are going in the right direction.
You just completed two successful seasons with Boras Basket in Sweden, but unfortunately the club couldn't get over the hump losing in both semi-finals to Uppsala and Sodertalje. I would imagine the two point loss to Sodertalje hurt more than the 97-72 loss the season in game 5?
Yes it was very tough for the club and for me personally, not making the finals. I really thought that we had great teams both years, but it was tough, and both teams that we lost to in the semis, deserved their spot in the finals.
Do you believe a James Miller would have made the difference this season in that game 5 against Sodertalje?
Honestly I don't think so. We had a very good team, so it is what it is. You can always say what if, but I like to stick to what we had, and I was confident that our team this past season could have done the job and advanced.
James Miller recently retired after an illustrious 15 year career. You played only one season with the high scoring guard, but will always be your fondest memory with him on the court as well off the court?
JJ was a tremendous good player. Very professional and skilled player. I learned some moves from him watching him play, but mostly I have learned a lot from his professionalism off the court, and how he approached practices and games.
Last season you improved your stats in both the Europe Cup and Swedish Basketligan. Do you feel like you are in your best basketball age now at age 30?
For sure. I'm in my prime. My body feels great and I'm at the point where my routine is about to peak. Hopefully if I can stay healthy, keep working hard and most important keep my love for the game, I can achieve great things the next couple of years.
Especially in international play, you had a huge lift in your outside shooting as you improved your shooting drought from the season before from 9,1% 2/22 to 41% this season. Did you practice your shooting more in the summer of 2015 or did you just pick your spots better last season which helped you shoot at a lot higher percentage? There was no doubt that I wasn't happy about my shooting percentage from the arc that year. But I been in this game for a long time and I know that if you push extra and work harder, both mentally and psychically, then good things will happen to you. As a person and as a player. Luckily for me, it turned around pretty quickly.
Your heading back home to Denmark to the Baaken Bears . What was your biggest push to go back home and join this top Danish club?
I have always been seeking the best level I could play on. I'm luckily to be able to do what I love to do every single day. I'm making money of my hobby. Not a lot of people can say that in this world. Bakken Bears is a very professional club who wants to win every single year, and I like winners who do their very very best, to put themselves in a position to win. So it was a simple choice of mine.
At the moment you are with the Danish national team. This is now your seventh summer with the Danish team. What is always the most exciting part of being with the Danish national team in the summer time? This summer is very fun. We have the chance to make history for our country, concerning qualifying for the European Championship. I'm all in. It's very different playing for your club team and playing for the national team. You know the guys very well. Grew up with them, playing with the guys in the summer, so it's just a very special feeling all around. After all the guys on the team is representing a whole country.
What has been your summary of the early Danish preparation for the upcoming euro qualifying round? You had some friendly games beating Switzerland, but losing to countries like Slovakia and the Ukraine? It was a very good tournament in Slovakia. We grew as a team, and that was the most important thing.
You are one of the elder statesmen with Alan Voskuli. What besides being a leader are your main functions on the team? We are all men on the team. People respect each another not thinking about age. After all, it is what you bring to practice and games that determines what kind of respect you should have. I try to lead but at the same time, people should lead through effort.
There are many young guns on the team like David Knudsen who will be going into his second season at Marist (NCAA) or big man Lasse Elbaek. Who are the biggest young prospects on the Danish team and the faces of tomorrow. We are a very young team, that's for sure. We have a lot of great young players who will try and put DK on the map in the future. Gabriel Iffe lundberg, Lasse Elbk, Nicolai Hvidberg are definitely some of them. Zarko Jukic is also a very talented player whom will do great now and in the future.
Denmark is an interesting group with Germany, Portugal and Holland. Germany is the favorite. Is Denmark the main dark horse of the group? The group is very interesting. Germany is for sure the favorites, but I really believe in this team and that we can take us to the European Championship in 2017. We are equal until something else is proved. Good luck to everybody in the group.
What will be key for Denmark being able to compete with Germany for 40 minutes?
They are bigger than us. We have to play very intense and without any form of fear. I'm sure that we will do that. We are well prepared for the big challenge ahead of us.
Your buzzer beater against Frankfurt in the Eurochallenge two seasons ago is unforgettable. Does this shot still remain one of your biggest shots in your career and have you dreamt about in the last two years? Haha it was a very nice shot to make. Every player is happy about making gamewinners of course!;) But that is in the past. I will enjoy that shot when I retire and have it as a great memory. All my focus is on getting some great results with the nationalteam this summer.
Now that Lebron finally brought an NBA title home, where does this further ring put him in the debate against Michael Jordan as the all-time best ever? Tough question. But Lebron is definately getting up there. Jordan is Jordan, Lebron is Lebron.
What was the last movie that you saw? I'm not a big movie guy. I'm a series guy, so last thing I watched was Narcos and I can't wait for the next season.
Eintracht Stahnsdorf have added some rookie flair to the team with Josh Adeyeye (195-G/F-93, college: Jacksonville). Josh Adeyeye (195-G/F-93, college: Jacksonville) is a 23 year old 195cm swing man born in Livingston, New Jersey, but grew up in Fayetteville, North Carolin and started his basketball career at Coppin academy. He gained experience at three schools at Wash.Adventist (NCAA2), Sheridan JC (JUCO), and Jacksonville (NCAA). He started his college career at Wash.Adventist (NCAA2).... [read more]
Eintracht Stahnsdorf have added some rookie flair to the team with Josh Adeyeye (195-G/F-93, college: Jacksonville). Josh Adeyeye (195-G/F-93, college: Jacksonville) is a 23 year old 195cm swing man born in Livingston, New Jersey, but grew up in Fayetteville, North Carolin and started his basketball career at Coppin academy. He gained experience at three schools at Wash.Adventist (NCAA2), Sheridan JC (JUCO), and Jacksonville (NCAA). He started his college career at Wash.Adventist (NCAA2). In 2013 he moved to Sheridan JC (JUCO) playing 22 games averaging11.4ppg, 7.5rpg, FGP: 51.0%, 3PT: 29.5%, FT: 63.5%. In the 2014-2015 season he moved to Jacksonville (NCAA) playing 31 games averaging8.2ppg, 2.6rpg, FGP: 35.7%, 3PT: 38.8%, FT: 80.0%. As a senior he played 32 games averaging9.2ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP: 49.3%, 3PT: 41.1%, FT: 75.9%. As a senior he scored in double figures 16 times and had a 35 point explosion against FGCU and had a 24 point effort against Lipscomb.
Crvena Zvezda top EWE Baskets in exhibition clash - 5 hours ago
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Crvena Zvezda - EWE Baskets 80:71 Crvena Zvezda opened their pre-season campaign with victory. They toppled EWE Baskets behind 13 points from Ognjen Kuzmic (213-C-90). EWE Baskets eked out a 20:17 lead ten minutes into the game. Crvena Zvezda picked up the tempo in the second term. The Serbian team surged ahead for a 41:39 halftime advantage. Crvena Zvezda unloaded 28 points in the third term to take a 13-point lead at the final intermission. EWE Baskets narrowed the deficit in the fina... [read more]
Crvena Zvezda - EWE Baskets 80:71
Crvena Zvezda opened their pre-season campaign with victory. They toppled EWE Baskets behind 13 points from Ognjen Kuzmic (213-C-90). EWE Baskets eked out a 20:17 lead ten minutes into the game. Crvena Zvezda picked up the tempo in the second term. The Serbian team surged ahead for a 41:39 halftime advantage. Crvena Zvezda unloaded 28 points in the third term to take a 13-point lead at the final intermission. EWE Baskets narrowed the deficit in the final stanza but could not avoid the defeat. Nemanja Dangubic (204-G/F-93, agency: BeoBasket) netted 12 points, while Dragan Apic (206-C/F-95) added 10 points in the victory. Chris Kramer (191-G-88, college: Purdue) and Philipp Schwethelm (201-SF-89) responded with 11 points each for Oldenburg.
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