Second-best Hanau (5-4) fell to seventh ranked Bayer Giants (5-4) in overtime by four points 93-97 on Saturday night. The game took place in Hanau. But the guests from Leverkusen were better at the end. It was a good game for Adonte Parker who led his team to a victory with 34 points (!!!), 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Bayer Giants have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to third place in Group South, which they share with 5 other teams including defeated Hanau. Hanau lost third consecutive game. Bayer Giants will face league's leader Dragons Rhoendorf on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hanau will play against Noerdlingen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
There were no big surprises in other games of round 9: In Group North Dorsten was beaten by Herten Lions on the road 98-87. MTV Wolfenbuettel won against Stahnsdorf on its own court 86-77. Oldenburg managed to outperform SU Medien in a road game 82-80. Wulfen managed to beat BSW Sixers at home 95-79. Hannover were crushed by Schwelm on the opponent's court 101-79. Recklinghausen was beaten by Rist Wedel in a home game 80-91. In Group South Noerdlingen won against Dresden on the road 95-85. Leitershofen unfortunately lost to Langen on its own court 70-77. Fraport SKY II recorded a loss to TSV Troester in Breitenguessbach 72-86. Weissenhorn defeated Licher Baeren at home 68-58. Konstanz lost to undefeated Dragons on the opponent's court 78-94. The most impressive performance of 9th round was 30 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists by Jack Eggleston of Bayer Giants.
No shocking result in a game when third ranked Herten Lions (6-3) beat at home 5th ranked Dorsten (4-5) 98-87 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Herten Lions. Dorsten was better in third quarter 26-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Herten Lions dominated down low during the game scoring 80 of its points in the paint compared to Dorsten's 56. They outrebounded Dorsten 34-21 including 26 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for power forward Christoph Hackenesch (204-86) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). American point guard Brandon Larrieu (183, college: Seattle Pacific) contributed with 15 points and 5 assists for the winners. Four Herten Lions players scored in double figures. American guard Christopher Jones (183-88, college: Prairie View A&M) answered with 18 points and 9 assists and the other American import center Blake Poole (195-88, college: St.Martin's) added 19 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Dorsten. Herten Lions maintains third place in Group North with 6-3 record having just three points less than leader Dragons. Dorsten at the other side keeps the fifth position with five games lost. Herten Lions will face league's second-placed SC Rist Wedel at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Dorsten will play against Herzoege Wolfenbuettel and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: Herten Lions: C.Hackenesch 23+11reb+2ast, A.Bowie 18+2reb+2ast, B.Larrieu 15+4reb+5ast, W.Taylor 14+4reb+2ast, J.Ducker 8+4reb+1ast, Y.Opitz 8+2reb+1ast Dorsten: N.Pelaj 20+4reb+2ast, B.Poole 19+7reb+1ast, C.Jones 18+1reb+9ast, G.Hagner 9+2reb+5ast, N.Janoschek 8+4reb, J.Cadmus 7+1reb
Rather expected game when 11th ranked RSV Eintracht (2-7) lost on the road to ninth ranked Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (4-5) 86-77 on Saturday. RSV Eintracht trailed by 18 points after 3 quarters before a 32-23 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 77-86 at the end of the game. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel forced 23 RSV Eintracht turnovers. It was a good game for American guard Demetrius Ward (190-90, college: W.Michigan) who led his team to a victory with 9 points and 12 rebounds. Forward Stephen Schubert (205-92) contributed with 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Ward is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Herzoege Wolfenbuettel players scored in double figures. American guard Blair Wheadon (191-90, college: W.Oregon) answered with 38 points (!!!) and center Michael Haucke (210-85) added 9 points, 17 rebounds and 4 blocks in the effort for RSV Eintracht. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel moved-up to fifth place in Group North, which they share with 4 other teams. RSV Eintracht at the other side keeps the eleventh position with seven games lost. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel will face Dorsten (#5) on the road in the next round. RSV Eintracht will play against BSV Wulfen (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: MTV Wolfenbuettel: M.Poeschel 16+3reb+1ast, S.Schubert 15+6reb+1ast, T.Clark 15+4reb+3ast, F.Theis 13+6reb+2ast, H.Knopke 10+4reb+7ast, D.Ward 9+12reb+3ast Stahnsdorf: B.Wheadon 38+3reb+1ast, T.Grauel 9+1reb+2ast, M.Haucke 9+17reb, T.Malone 7+1reb, M.Reid 4+1ast, Y.Evans 3+1reb+1ast
Rather predictable result when ninth ranked Oldenburg (4-5) edged 12th ranked Spot Up Medien Baskets (2-7) in Braunschweig 82-80 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 82-80. Oldenburg made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Oldenburg outrebounded Spot Up Medien Baskets 37-25 including 24 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for American guard Michael Taylor (193-87, college: Whitworth) who led his team to a victory with 23 points and 6 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Naturalized American center Chris Heinrich (208-77, college: St.Louis) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. International point guard Dennis Schroeder (181-93) answered with 36 points (!!!) and Cuban Howard Sant-Roos (200-91) added 20 points and 4 assists in the effort for Spot Up Medien Baskets. Oldenburg moved-up to fifth place in Group North, which they share with 4 other teams. Spot Up Medien Baskets lost seventh consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh position with seven games lost. Oldenburg will face league's leader SG Schwelmer Baskets at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Spot Up Medien Baskets will play against BSW Sixers (#4) in Sandersdorf. Top scorers: Oldenburg: M.Taylor 23+6reb+3ast, C.Heinrich 17+10reb+2ast, A.Witte 14+2reb+1ast, K.Smit 9+1reb+5ast, K.Haenig 7+5reb+1ast, A.Hartmann 6+6reb+5ast SU Medien: D.Schroeder 36+3reb+2ast, H.Sant-Roos 20+4reb+4ast, E.Land 14+8reb+1ast, L.Gertz 7+5reb+3ast, O.Angerstein 2+2reb, D.Johnson 1+2reb+1ast
There was an upset when 4th placed BSW Sixers (5-4) lost on the road to tenth ranked BSV Wulfen (3-6) 95-79 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by BSV Wulfen. BSW Sixers was better in fourth quarter 26-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 22-of-29 free shots (75.9 percent) during the game. BSW Sixers were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American swingman Antonio Houston (196-88, college: Catawba) who led his team to a victory with 37 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds. Guard Hendrik Bellscheidt (193-90) contributed with 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. BSV Wulfen's coach Heimo Foerster used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Jeremie Simmons (188, college: Ohio St., agency: SDJ Sports) answered with 23 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and guard Sascha Ahnsehl (186-86) added 17 points in the effort for BSW Sixers. Four BSW Sixers players scored in double figures. BSV Wulfen maintains tenth place in Group North with 3-6 record. BSW Sixers at the other side keep the fourth position with four games lost. BSV Wulfen will face RSV Eintracht (#11) in Stahnsdorf in the next round. BSW Sixers will play at home against Spot Up Medien Baskets (#12) in Braunschweig. Top scorers: Wulfen: A.Houston 37+6reb+1ast, H.Bellscheidt 19+6reb+3ast, A.Young 15+5reb+1ast, P.Gunther 9+7ast, M.Schulze-Pals 7+3reb+1ast, P.Mazur 6+6reb BSW Sixers: J.Simmons 23+3reb+2ast, S.Ahnsehl 17+3reb+3ast, R.Schirmer 12+7reb+1ast, P.Lieser 10+1reb+1ast, D.Stawowski 9+6reb, P.Harrison 7+1reb
Everything went according to plan when first ranked SG Schwelmer Baskets (8-1) outplayed at home 6th ranked Hannover Tigers (4-5) 101-79 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 101-79. SG Schwelmer Baskets shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 54.2 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Hannover Tigers' players. It was a good game for center Andreas Kronhardt (204-89) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Lars Wendt (190-92, agency: Limelight Hoops) contributed with 24 points, 5 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Four SG Schwelmer Baskets players scored in double figures. Nigerian-American center Michael Fakuade (201-89, college: Ill.-Springfield, agency: N.E.T.) answered with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 6 blocks and swingman Jan-Peter Prasuhn (198-82) added 19 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Hannover Tigers. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. SG Schwelmer Baskets have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place in Group North with 8-1 record, which they share with Rist Wedel. Hannover Tigers at the other side dropped to the fifth position with five games lost. SG Schwelmer Baskets will face Oldenburg (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hannover Tigers will play against Recklinghausen (#8). Top scorers: Schwelm: A.Kronhardt 24+10reb+5ast, L.Wendt 24+4reb+5ast, J.Coles 23+2reb+2ast, S.Schroter 15+6reb, D.Malinowski 9+2reb+4ast, D.Hamilton 4+2reb+10ast Hannover: J.Prasuhn 19+7reb, M.Fakuade 17+8reb+2ast, A.Cook 16+3reb+3ast, J.Lodders 8+4reb+1ast, M.Williams 6+2reb+1ast, T.Welzel 5+3reb+4ast
There was no surprise when 7th ranked Recklinghausen (4-5) lost at home to second ranked SC Rist Wedel (8-1) 91-80 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 11 points at the halftime before their 61-39 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when SC Rist Wedel made 7 blocks. Recklinghausen was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for Fabian Boeke (208-86, college: Washington St.) who led his team to a victory with 23 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks. American Davey Hopkins (195-88, college: Biola, CA) contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Five SC Rist Wedel players scored in double figures. SC Rist Wedel's coach Sebastian Gleim used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Daniel Leithner (200-91) answered with 25 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Patrick Carney (185-85, college: Chapman) added 20 points in the effort for Recklinghausen. SC Rist Wedel keeps a position of Group North leader, which they share with Schwelm. Newly promoted Recklinghausen dropped to the fifth place with five games lost. SC Rist Wedel will face Herten Lions (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Recklinghausen will play against Hannover Tigers in Hannover and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: Rist Wedel: F.Boeke 23+9reb+1ast, A.Johnston 21+3reb, D.Hopkins 17+5reb+3ast, P.Owusu-Frimpong 16+8reb, M.Boadu 11+7reb+3ast, I.Akpinar 3+4reb+1ast Recklinghausen: D.Leithner 25+6reb+1ast, P.Carney 20+3ast, R.Franklin 10+8reb+4ast, A.Steed 9+4reb, F.Werner 8+9reb+1ast, S.Fuerst 4+1reb
No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Noerdlingen (5-4) beat on the road 9th ranked Dresden (3-6) 95-85 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Noerdlingen. Dresden was better in second period 22-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Noerdlingen dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Dresden's 46. Dresden was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for forward Josef Eichler (200-87) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 12 rebounds. American forward Kedrick Johnson (193-83, college: Lee) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Five Noerdlingen players scored in double figures. American guard Jason Boucher (180-80, college: Grand Valley St.) answered with 26 points and the other American import Andrew Jones (191-83, college: Miles) added 22 points in the effort for Dresden. Dresden's coach Thomas Krzywinski rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Noerdlingen moved-up to third place in Group South, which they share with 5 other teams. Newly promoted Dresden keeps the ninth position with six games lost. Noerdlingen will face Hanau (#5) at home in the next round. Dresden will play against Licher Baeren (#6). Top scorers: Noerdlingen: J.Eichler 26+12reb+2ast, K.Johnson 18+10reb+7ast, D.Rastatter 17+8reb, F.Brutting 13+3ast, B.Hogg 10+3reb+3ast, F.Sefranek 6+1reb Dresden: J.Boucher 26+3reb, A.Jones 22+3reb+2ast, A.Heide 6+6reb+1ast, T.Lienhardt 6+6reb, D.Pollrich 5+1reb, R.Zobel 4+4reb+1ast
Rather expected game when 10th ranked Leitershofen (3-6) lost to eighth ranked TV 1862 Langen (5-4) in Diedorf 70-77 on Saturday. Leitershofen was trailing by 9 points at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 27-15 charge of TV 1862 Langen, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for forward Tobias Jahn (205-86, college: Cal Poly Pomona) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 16 rebounds. American swingman P.J. Reyes (196, college: Charleston Un.) contributed with 21 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American guard Lindsey Hughey (190-89, college: Weber St.) answered with 21 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import forward Parnell Smith (200-84, college: Buffalo) added 18 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Leitershofen. Four Leitershofen players scored in double figures. TV 1862 Langen moved-up to third place in Group South, which they share with 5 other teams. Leitershofen lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with six games lost. TV 1862 Langen will face TSV Troester (#12) in Breitenguessbach in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Leitershofen will play on the road against ifm Baskets Konstanz and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: Langen: T.Jahn 22+16reb+2ast, P.Reyes 21+6reb+1ast, M.Woody 10+3reb, S.Barth 9+1reb+3ast, J.Domdey 5+1reb+1ast, J.Boelke 4+1reb Leitershofen: L.Hughey 21+8reb+2ast, P.Smith 18+6reb+1ast, P.Wischnewski 14, S.Montag 12+3reb+2ast, A.Chalusiak 3+4reb+2ast, R.Haenig 2+2reb
There was a surprise result when twelfth ranked TSV Troester (1-8) won against 3rd placed Fraport Skyliners II (5-4) in Breitenguessbach 86-72 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 45-30 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for forward Johannes Thiemann (203-94) who led his team to a victory with 25 points and 8 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eleven shots !!!). Johannes Richter (206-93) contributed with 9 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. TSV Troester's coach Jamie Duncan used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American point guard Larry Wright (188-87, college: Oakland) answered with 25 points and naturalized Czech Jan Novak (194-92) added 14 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Fraport Skyliners II. TSV Troester maintains twelfth place in Group South with 1-8 record. Fraport Skyliners II at the other side keeps the third position with four games lost. TSV Troester will face higher ranked TV 1862 Langen (#8) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Fraport Skyliners II will play against the league's second-placed Weissenhorn Youngstars (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either. Top scorers: TSV Troester: J.Thiemann 25+8reb+2ast, S.Walde 12+3reb+2ast, S.Dinkel 11+2reb+4ast, J.Richter 9+10reb+1ast, T.Korndoerfer 8+1reb+1ast, A.Engel 7+5reb+6ast Fraport SKY II: L.Wright 25+4reb+1ast, J.Novak 14+6reb+1ast, F.Theilig 12+3reb+3ast, M.Merz 9+1reb+2ast, T.Oldenburg 6+6reb+1ast, N.Vukovic 2+3reb+1ast
Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both fifth ranked Weissenhorn Youngstars and 4th placed Licher Baeren had identical 5-3 record. This time Weissenhorn Youngstars used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Lich 68-58 on Saturday night. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 68-58. Licher Baeren was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for point guard Till-Joscha Joenke (190-92) who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 7 rebounds. British forward Myles Hesson (195-90, agency: Two Points) contributed with 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Weissenhorn Youngstars players scored in double figures. Forward Jens Hirschberg (200-88) answered with 10 points and 5 rebounds and American forward Jason Swanson (201-86, college: W.Alabama) added 6 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Licher Baeren. Weissenhorn Youngstars (6-3) moved-up to second place in Group South. Licher Baeren at the other side dropped to the third position with four games lost. Weissenhorn Youngstars will face Fraport Skyliners II (#3) in Frankfurt in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Licher Baeren will play against Dresden. Top scorers: Weissenhorn: T.Joenke 20+7reb+2ast, M.Hesson 12+8reb+2ast, K.Gausa 11+4reb+3ast, M.Shtein 10+8reb+2ast, P.Vojkovic 7+2reb+3ast, B.Butler 4+2reb Licher Baeren: M.Perl 14+1reb+1ast, J.Hirschberg 10+5reb+2ast, D.Dorr 9+5reb, N.Valentic 8+4reb, V.Klassen 7+1reb+1ast, J.Swanson 6+11reb
Second-best Hanau (5-4) fell to seventh ranked Bayer Giants (5-4) in overtime by four points 93-97 on Saturday night. The game took place in Hanau. But the guests from Leverkusen were better at the end. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime then Hanau managed to tie the game at the end of regular time. However that was Bayer Giants who were better in overtime eventually winning that period 18-14. It was a good game for American point guard Adonte Parker (183-89, college: Dayton) who led his team to a victory with 34 points (!!!), 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. His fellow American import Jack Eggleston (203-88, college: Pennsylvania, agency: Pro One Sports) contributed with a double-double by scoring 30 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists (on 13-of-15 shooting from the field) for the winners. Indian-American point guard Anish Sharda (188-82, college: St.Mary's, KS) answered with 22 points and 8 assists and American Lionel Sullivan (201-87, college: Northwood) added 17 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Hanau. Five Hanau players scored in double figures. Bayer Giants have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to third place in Group South, which they share with 5 other teams including defeated Hanau. Hanau lost third consecutive game. Bayer Giants will face league's leader Dragons Rhoendorf on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hanau will play against Noerdlingen and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: Bayer Giants: A.Parker 34+5reb+6ast, J.Eggleston 30+10reb+5ast, G.Twiehoff 14+6reb+1ast, M.Rass 8+1reb+2ast, M.Goddek 6+5reb+2ast, M.Kuczmann 3+2reb Hanau: A.Sharda 22+3reb+8ast, M.Voeller 17+5reb+2ast, L.Sullivan 17+10reb+2ast, S.Koehnert 16+2reb+8ast, R.Huelsewede 12+2reb+4ast, M.Schick 6+11reb+1ast
Everything went according to plan when leader Dragons Rhoendorf (9-0) defeated at home 11th ranked ifm Baskets Konstanz (2-7) 94-78 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Dragons Rhoendorf. ifm Baskets Konstanz was better in fourth quarter 25-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Dragons Rhoendorf made 31-of-38 free shots (81.6 percent) during the game, while ifm Baskets Konstanz only scored fourteen points from the stripe. It was a good game for American Geddes Robinson (195-87, college: Utah Valley, agency: SDJ Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 17 rebounds. Latvian Edmunds Tukiss (200-89) contributed with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Five Dragons Rhoendorf players scored in double figures. Mali forward Oumar Sylla (201-84, college: Richmond) answered with 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and American forward Milos Nikolic (208-87, college: LIU Brooklyn) added 8 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for ifm Baskets Konstanz. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the ninth consecutive win for Dragons Rhoendorf. They maintain first place in Group South with 9-0 record. ifm Baskets Konstanz at the other side keeps the eleventh position with seven games lost. Dragons Rhoendorf will face Bayer Giants (#7) in Leverkusen in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. ifm Baskets Konstanz will play at home against Leitershofen (#10) in Diedorf and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: Dragons: E.Tukiss 20+10reb, N.Larsen 18+6ast, G.Robinson 16+17reb+2ast, L.Steffen 14+1reb+1ast, F.Koch 14+6reb, M.Leschek 9+1reb Konstanz: O.Sylla 23+5reb+4ast, F.Henningsen 9+1reb, E.Foth 9+1reb, M.Nikolic 8+5reb, H.Schinke 7+1reb, R.Louisme 7+3reb+3ast
Vaughn Duggins (190-SG-87, college: Wright St.) is a 29 year old 190cm guard from Pendleton, Indiana that is playing his sixth professional season, fourth in Germany and second with the EWE Baskets Oldenburg. Last season with Oldenburg he played 36 games: 14.7ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.3apg, FGP: 49.8%, 3PT: 35.0%, FT: 83.5%; Eurocup: 18 games: 11.9ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.4apg, FGP: 46.9%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 83.7%. He started his basketball career in 2006 with Wright St. (NCAA) where he played until 2011 paying... [read more]
Vaughn Duggins (190-SG-87, college: Wright St.) is a 29 year old 190cm guard from Pendleton, Indiana that is playing his sixth professional season, fourth in Germany and second with the EWE Baskets Oldenburg. Last season with Oldenburg he played 36 games: 14.7ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.3apg, FGP: 49.8%, 3PT: 35.0%, FT: 83.5%; Eurocup: 18 games: 11.9ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.4apg, FGP: 46.9%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 83.7%. He started his basketball career in 2006 with Wright St. (NCAA) where he played until 2011 paying a total of 130 NCAA games and as a senior played 33 games averaging 18.0ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.2apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 44.7%, 3PT: 31.1%, FT: 82.2%. In 2011, he started his professional basketball career in Germany with the Walter Tigers Tuebingen where he played until 2013 and in his second season played 33 games averaging 14.0ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.1apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 52.8%, 3PT: 32.0%, FT: 82.0%. He then played two seasons in France with Le Mans Sarthe Basket (France-ProA): 31 games: 10.5ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 48.4%, 3PT: 31.0%, FT: 85.9%; Eurocup: 10 games: 10.5ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 43.1%, 3PT: 31.6%, FT: 79.2% and Sluc Nancy Basket Pro (France-ProA, starting five): 32 games: 14.5ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.0apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 45.5%, 3PT: 36.0%, FT: 79.3%; Eurocup: 12 games: 11.1ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 49.3%, 3PT: 35.6%, FT: 78.6%. He spoke to eurobasket about basketball recently during holiday time..
Vaughn thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. Where are you and how have you enjoyed the Christmas time in Germany this season?
I'm currently at my apartment in Oldenburg. The Holiday season in Germany is always amazing. Now that I'm able to share it with my wife and son, it makes it even more special. My mom, Paula, came to visit as well so I have gotten to spend a lot of time with all of them.
You have experienced some Christmas markets over the years in Germany, but where did the Christmas market rank in my all-time favorite city of Hamburg?
The Hamburg Christmas market is high level, and it is always great to experience what each city does differently. It is definitely in my top 3, but Tuebingen's Christmas market has always had a special place in my heart and, together with Oldenburg's, is my favorite.
You had surgery on your ankle recently. How did that go and how has it been the last weeks not being able to play?
Surgery went amazingly well. I was in great hands with foot/ankle specialist Dr. Preis in Wiesbaden. I am feeling better every day and God-willing, I will be on the court faster than anticipated. The last few weeks not playing has not been fun. I am very competitive and not being able to be on the court with my teammates hurts.
You have been pretty injury free your whole career except your junior career with Wright State. With time and experience does a player gain the ability to know how to play wiser knowing how to get around sustaining dumb injuries that could have been avoided on the court?
Haha I wish that were the case. The longer you play, you get to know the 'dirtier' players and you try not to get caught in a situation where a dumb injury can occur. Injuries are going to happen regardless of how wise you become, and sometimes, if you actively try to avoid injuries, the more likely they happen.
Up until your last game in Frankfurt, you were playing very consistently averaging 13,0ppg,3,3rpg and 3,0apg. How much of a pain was it physically playing on a bad ankle?
I have been in pain almost all season and it has definitely affected my play, and it even affected my mentality at times. I wasn't as aggressive and did not have the explosiveness and power that my game commands. I could not help the team like I was used to and It was very frustrating at times.
Last season you averaged 14.7ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.3apg, FGP: 49.8%, 3PT: 35.0%, FT: 83.5%; Eurocup: 18 games: 11.9ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.4apg, FGP: 46.9%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 83.7%. Your scoring is down this season. Has your role changed a bit this season with more scoring options?
No, my role has
not changed at all. Up to my last game at the end of November, I have not
played to the level I played at last season. I do believe I can play a lot
better and will try to prove that when I get back on the court.
How much fun is it playing possibly with the best small forward Rickey Paulding and best center Brian Qvale in the BBL? How much easier do they make your job on the court?
I love playing with Rickey and Brian. I have gotten to know them over the last year and a half of being teammates and as good a players as they are, they are even better people off the court. They do so much for the team. Rickey is our leader and and sets a great example for everyone. Brian is an unstoppable force on the block and our defensive anchor.
The EWE Baskets Oldenburg have been up and down with a 8-8 record. How confident are you that the club will have a big turn around in the second half of the season?
I am 100% confident that we will turn up the heat and start playing how we did the second half of last year. We have too many good players and our team chemistry is too good for us not to make a second half push and a deep playoff run.
The club had some good defensive games against Braunschweig, Tuebingen and BG Goettingen earlier in the season. But overall the team has been allowing too many points. What area on the defensive end does the team need to make improvements in the second half of the season?
We just have to execute the defensive plan a little bit better. Our defense could be a lot worse, but if we want to challenge the Top 4, we need to have the same focus every defensive possession and to have constant communication. Just a little bit of talking on that end would fix a lot mistakes we make by having each other's backs.
The club is 6-4 in Champions League play and holding it's own, but it could be 8-2 having lost some close games. What has been the biggest challenge the team has had being successful in this competition?
The Champions league has proved to be a very competitive league in only its first year in existence. The challenge has been in bringing the focus and motivation to every game. We don't have as many fans attending the games home or away as in the BBL and the travel is much more intense also. It is important that we control only what we can control and that is our effort, focus, and mentality every night.
Last season Olden burg had an unwanted departure in the quarterfinals against a very nasty but potent Ulm team. Do the EWE Baskets Oldenburg have the character to be a championship team or just be a strong team that will make the playoffs, but not do damage?
Ulm has not looked back since that series. They are showing their class with their amazing start this year. Of course we believe we have the character, talent, and team chemistry to win a BBL championship. Why else do we play the game? We can beat anyone at any given time, but we have to take it one practice and one game at a time if we want to make it to that level.
I was impressed by the 16 point game by Belgium national player Maxime Zeeuw in Frankfurt. Has he been the solid role player from the bench that you envisioned when he was picked up?
I played against Maxime in Eurocup when I was in Nancy and he was in Rome, so I knew him as a player and his athletic ability and intensity still surprised me. He has high work ethic and can affect the game in many different ways on the court.
Chris Kramer once scored a bucket sitting on the floor at Purdue. You have seen him now everyday for the second season. What has been the most amazing thing you have seen him do on the court in a game or practice?
Chris is the definition of 'machine'. He is a work-horse that is always making amazing plays on both ends of the court. As many tomahawk dunks as he's had in his career, the most incredible things I've seen from him are his chase down blocks. He comes flying out of nowhere when you least expect it.
You are 29 years old and in your sixth season. Would you say that you are in your prime now? Do you see yourself heightening your game in the next few seasons?
Yes, I believe I am in my prime physically, but I always feel there is room to improve, especially from a mental perspective. I have no idea what God's plans are for me and my game, but I am always striving to get better and I want to play the best basketball I can for as long as possible. I will control what I can, but I am just along for the ride.
You played two seasons with the Walter Tigers Tuebingen.and Reggie Redding. Did you know then that he would become a Euroleague player with Alba Berlin and Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul (Turkey-BSL)?
I knew Reggie was incredibly talented and could play at a very high level, but you never know what is going to happen. He definitely belongs at that level and proves that day-in and day-out. He is a great guy and I want nothing but the best for him.
You also played a season with American point guard Cameron Wells. How refreshing is it for you to have seen his development with the Giessen 46ers into a very fine BBL player?
It is awesome to see the way Cam is playing. The situation in Tuebingen was a tough one for him. He has reinvented himself in Giessen as a leader and a go-to guy and he has really thrived in that role. He has a bright future.
As a rookie, you told me this about Dashaun Wood. '! Dashaun beat me 9 out of 10 times on one on one. I was a young puppy out of high school and he was the horizon league player of the year. I don't remember him having any weaknesses other than he was smaller than me so I could post him up. How would that older puppy do against him today?
Haha well Dashaun will for sure disagree with me,, but I think I could take him now. He is one of those guys that is best in a competitive trash talk situation. He raises his level and can play with ANYONE, but I think my strength and athleticism would outlast him. It would be interesting to see that go down. We might have to schedule a closed 1 on 1 game soon.
If you had to construct your own NBA Rushmore, which 4 heads would you choose?
Michael, Magic, Larry and Wilt. And there is no debate!
Lebron finally brought an NBA title to the Cavs. Where does he stand at the moment in the never ending debate with where he stands as the best of all-time?
That is a great question and I'm sure many fist fights have been started by it. I could argue that the last Championship was his greatest of the 3 and it puts him into the top 5 all-time greats. His resume needs a lot more work to crack the top 3, but he is definitely capable of that.
Where do you rank Kevin Garnett with the best power forwards that ever played the game? He is number 4 in my personal opinion. Tim Duncan is #1, Karl Malone, is 2, James Worthy is 3 and then KG, but that sure is debatable too.
Klay Thompson recently hit 60 points in 29 minutes touching the ball for only 90 seconds. Where does this performance rank with you?
It is one of the most amazing scoring displays of all-time. It is close behind Wilt's 100 and Kobe's 81. I was very surprised that he didn't demand to stay in the game. He was 'en fuego' and who knows how many times that type of feeling will happen throughout his career.
One always talks about Lebron and Curry, but one has to mention Russell Westbrook. He is averaging triple double stats at the moment. Is he stat wise the best player in the world right now?
Yes, he absolutely is. The numbers he puts up on a nightly bases are out of this world. He is responsible for almost every creative decision on that team and its crazy that he has that high of efficiency with the speed and intensity he plays with.
What was your most memorable Christmas experience in Indiana when you were a kid?
Our family had a long tradition of driving to Fort Wayne, Indiana and going to (what we thought) was the best Mexican restaurant in the U.S. We would eat there Christmas Eve with my Grandparents and then drive to their house, which was 30 minutes away, to stay and open of presents Christmas morning. We did that for 15+ straight years and it always puts a smile on my face when I think of those times.
What was the last movie that you saw?
Disney's Moana with my wife, Maria, and my 18 month old son, Gianni.
Giesen 46ers head coach Denis Wucherer is battling week by week in presenting the best prepared team for every new EasyCredit BBL opponent, but he does have some space in his basketball mind concerning next season and upholding the potent team chemistry and has kept the German boys Benjamin Lischka (204-F-89) and Marco Voeller together as they have agreed to contract extenstions. Lischka will stay until 2019 and Voeller until 2018. Lischka is a 27 year old 204cm forward that is currently... [read more]
Giesen 46ers head coach Denis Wucherer is battling week by week in presenting the best prepared team for every new EasyCredit BBL opponent, but he does have some space in his basketball mind concerning next season and upholding the potent team chemistry and has kept the German boys Benjamin Lischka (204-F-89) and Marco Voeller together as they have agreed to contract extenstions. Lischka will stay until 2019 and Voeller until 2018. Lischka is a 27 year old 204cm forward that is currently playing his fourth season with the Hessen team and made a fine debut in the BBL last season playing 31 games: 5.1ppg, 2.3rpg, FGP: 51.3%, 3PT: 40.7%, FT: 78.7%. This season he has played 18 games averaging 3,6ppg, and 2,1rpg while shooting 38,9% from outside. He recently had a 14 point game in 15 minutes in a win against SC Rasta Vechta. The German who also gained experience with Crailsheim and Kirchheim in the Pro A is elated about staying in Giessen. "I am looking forward to the next years. It is a great feeling that I can play in my home. I want to thank Heiko Schelberg that allowed this to happen", stressed Benjamin Lischka.
Marco Voeller is a 28 year old 199cm forward that celebrated his birthdayrecently and is playing his first season in Giessen. It took him a while in his career until he was able to make his debut in the EasyCredit BBL as he was 27 years old with Giessen. The German who is the son of German football legend Rudi Voeller played in locations like TV Langen, Hanau and Gotha where he developed slowly, but also stuck to his trade and now is playing in the best league in Germany. This season Voeller has seen action in 17 games averaging 3,2ppg, and 1,4rpg. The German is also content about remaining in Giessen. "I am looking forward to playing anotehr season in Giessen. I feel comfortable here and it is fun to play in this environment, so making this decision was easy", added Marco Voeller.
According to eurobasket sources Pro A team Hebesien White Wings have added Isaiah Sykes(198-G-91, college: Cent.Florida) to the roster to help bolster their rotation in the scoring and rebounding categories.Isaiah Sykes is a 25 year od 198cm guard from Detroit, Michigan playing his third professional season. He started the season in Israel with Hapoel Gilboa Afula (Israel-National League) where he played four games averaging 11,5ppg, 11,5rpg and 2,8apg. Last season he played for Maccabi H... [read more]
According to eurobasket sources Pro A team Hebesien White Wings have added Isaiah Sykes (198-G-91, college: Cent.Florida) to the roster to help bolste