French guard/forward Borgia M'Bala (191-G, agency: Scorers1st Sportmanagement) has joined 1. Regionalliga North club Aschersleben Tigers. In his first game yesterday against Magdeburg, M'Bala scored 13 points. M'Bala graduated from Bluefield College (NAIA) in Virginia this summer. Last season he averaged 12.2ppg, 3.0rpg, while shooting 38% from three-point range in 35 games. Aschersleben will be his first pro team. Head Coach Kamil Piechucki hopes that M'Bala will help his team with outside shooting.
Many players can be lucky to play into their thirties, but the basketball life for a player can always end no matter how old one is. Robin Smeulders (208-PF-87, college: Portland, agency: Court Side) made that experience as he decided to hang up his sneakers at age 29. The 208cm forward stated personal reasons and a back that got in the way. Smeulders who has the Dutch/German citizenship played 6 very successful seasons with the EWE Baskets Oldenburg and won the 2015 cup. "My back gives m... [read more]
Many players can be lucky to play into their thirties, but the basketball life for a player can always end no matter how old one is. Robin Smeulders (208-PF-87, college: Portland, agency: Court Side) made that experience as he decided to hang up his sneakers at age 29. The 208cm forward stated personal reasons and a back that got in the way. Smeulders who has the Dutch/German citizenship played 6 very successful seasons with the EWE Baskets Oldenburg and won the 2015 cup. "My back gives me no problems in daily life. But The daily intensive burden of a professional basketball player could bring a big risk for the future that something bad could happen. I can't and don't want to take this risk", stated Robin Smeulders (208-PF-87, college: Portland, agency: Court Side). Last season he played 30 games averaging 6.5ppg, 4.2rpg, FGP: 59.0%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 64.0%; Eurocup: 18 games: 5.6ppg, 4.2rpg, FGP: 56.7%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 67.4%
Smeulders started his basketball career with EBBC Hertogenbosch and came to Germany in 2004 where he played two seasons for SG FT/MTV Braunschweig (Germany-2.Bundesliga). He then went to the States and played three years with Portland (NCAA) playing a total of 95 NCAA games and as a senior palyed 32 games averaging 12.3ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.3apg,
FGP: 50.7%, FT: 73.3%. He was able to improve his scoring and
rebounding each season. He then came to the EWE Baskets Oldenburg in
2010 and after paying his dues for two years, got more of a role in the
2012-2013 season and had his best season in 2013 playing 46 games: 6.6ppg, 3.7rpg, FGP: 56.7%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 74.3%; EuroChallenge: 16 games: 8.4ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP: 58.3%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 71.4%. IN the 2013-2014 season he played Eurocup: 5 games: 8.4ppg, 4.4rpg, FGP: 53.8%, FT: 68.8%; German League: 37 games: 6.5ppg, 3.3rpg, FGP: 50.3%, 3PT: 46.7%, FT: 79.6%. "We don't only lose our co-captain, but an important building block in our team. He could paly two positions. I will never forget the glowing face of Robin after winning the cup in 2015 where he said now I ahve won a title. I thank Robin with all my heart for the time here", stated head coach Mladen Drijencic. "Robin made himself to an important part of the team in his six years here. He was a big part of the success with his fighting attitude. His decision to retire is a big loss for us. We wish him an dhis family all the best", stated Srdjan Klaric.
Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been Dutch U18 National Team -05, European Championships U18 Div.B in Ruzomberok -05: 7 games: 2pts Dutch U20 National Team -06-07, European Championships U20 Division B in Lisbon (Portugal) -06: 6 games: 6.5ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 48.6%, FT: 62.5%, European Championships U20 Division B in Warsaw (Poland) -07: 6 games: 11.7ppg, 7.2rpg, 2.3apg, 1.5spg, 1.3bpg, 2FGP: 37%, 3FGP: 35.3%, FT: 54.5%, WCC Tournament Semifinals -09, 10, All-WCC Honorable Mention -09, All-WCC 1st Team -10, NABC Division I All-District 9 2nd Team -10, Dutch National Team -10-13, 15, Qualifications to European Championships Division B 2011 -10: 3 games: 8.0ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 56.3%, FT: 85.7%, German Regionalliga (North Group) Champion -12, Qualifications to European Championships 2013 -12: 8 games: 14.3ppg, 8.3rpg, FGP: 54.9%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 76.7%, EuroChallenge Semifinals -13, German Bundesliga Regular Season Runner-Up -13, 16, German Bundesliga Finalist -13, Qualifications to European Championships 2015 -13: 4 games: 12.3ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 51.4%, FT: 58.8%,German Bundesliga Semifinals -14, German Bundesliga Cup Winner -15 European Championships -15: 5 games: 8.0ppg, 5.0rpg, FGP: 57.7%, FT: 62.5%, and German Bundesliga Supercup Finalist -16.