In every basketball game there are so many exciting and detailed things that one can observe like how a team reacts to the words of their head coach after a timeout, if the dance team is dancing insych during a timeout, the certain delicate procedures at the foul line of players concentrating, who has the better advantage of the mismatches, which team has better time management during time outs or how a mascot goes about its business during a game. There are so many more things to observe on the court, but one thing that is always present during games is the matchups on the floor. It is always interesting to see who Quantez Robertson will guard, if ex NBA player Jermareo Davidson was in the mood to defend last season or how intensive the Edward scissor hands of Devin Gibson will be functioning on the court. One interesting duel in this game was the center duel between Zachery Peacock (203-F-87, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia Tech) and Johannes Voigtmann against John big country Bryant. It wasnt even sure if the American from Miami Peacock was going to play because of injury, but he did play. Peacocok is more a position four player, but has had to fill in at the five in Frankfurt this season. Bryant is a 208cm center who is as physically difficult to move from the zone as it is David Ortiz is from the batters box. But it wasnt only Peacocok who had to battle Bryant, but also young German Voigtmann who was inserted into the starting five because Marius Nolte was suffering from a shoulder injury. Bryant consistently brings good stats and Peacock and Voigtman had to be at the top of their games to somewhat get Bryant out of his game and they did helping lead the Fraport Skyliners to a surprising, but also very convincing 78-62 win. Bryant finished with 10 points and six rebounds in 22 minutes which is about half his average. Peacocok came from the bench and amassed amazing 18 points in 16 minutes despite not being 100% and hitting a good percentage of his shots and didnt have to guard Bryant too much. In his days in Giessen he was known as the mad baller because as a rookie he was so focused and didnt want to make any mistakes. In the game against ratiopharm Ulm, he was all business and had that game face on with make no mistakes written all over his face. I was the mad baller today. The only difficult thing today for me was that I was a bit winded. I am a professional and one week of not practicing wont change how I play. I only really had one possession where I guarded him and he passed the ball out. The other times, he was more outside which was more my advantage. We caught him at the wrong spots which helped, stressed Zach Pecocok. Voigtmann played a superb game against the 2012 Beko BBL MVP making eight points and five rebounds and was happy for the match up against Byrant. It was a great experience playing against Byrant. I like playing against the more massive players than the shorter quicker players. Our help defense really helped me and it was key keeping him far from the basket. It was just a great challenge playing against him today, added Johannes Voigtmann. It was especially the play of Peacock which was lauded by his teammates after the game. He was in his special zone. He is just tough as nails. Once he hit that first shot, it was over. He just played big, stressed American Ted Scott. Zach played very aggressive which had been seen all week in practice. He knew that we were short at the big position and he just thought I will try to play and everybody saw what he did after 40 minutes, commented Fraport Skyliner captain Marius Nolte.
Ratiopharm Ulm had come into the game into the game in Frankfurt off a huge 96-66 win against the EWE Baskets Oldenburg and were looking to keep their position at the top of the Beko BBL standings, but were rudely awaken to a tough as nails Skyliner defense that gave the ratiopharm Ulm offense fits all day long. At halftime the team already had 13 turnovers and after 40 minutes it was 23 turnovers as the team was never able to find a consistent rhythm in their offense. At times one could sense astonishment on the faces of ratiopharm Ulm as they had absolute no cure of the Skyliner mix of traps and full court presses. I dont have any good memories of Frankfurt the last two years as I have lost each time. Frankfurt played very aggressive forcing us to too many turnovers. They made us do things that we didnt want to do in our offense. Frankfurt simply played spectacular, stressed Ohio native Steve Esterkamp. For the Fraport Skyliners, each game is a survival act of 40 minutes as they were sitting near the bottom in 15th place with an unsatisfactory 3-5 record and were coming off a miserable performance in Berlin where they had only given a 40% effort according to head coach Muli Katzurin. But like it is so often, when a team is the big underdog, special strength and energy is often exerted as the Fraport Skyliners held ratiopharm Ulm to 27 points under their average as they showed the Katzurian school of defense driving the opponent crazy for 40 minutes. Frankfurt gave a great team effort. The best team in the league came in and we stepped up the defense and our defensive intensity helped us win the game. The team knows that they can compete with any team in the league. If the team defends like that then they can beat anyone, warned Larry Wright. The Fraport Skyliners entered the game giving up 72 points a game and will have to continue to defend like this if they want to achieve further success. Defense wins championships. Defense will be key for us in every game if we want to win, warned Zachery Peacock.
There are always interesting things to observe before a game and against ratiopharm Ulm it was no different. One could watch small compact American Lance Jeter who from a distance could pass for a Jeff Gibbs clone practicing his dribbling against John Bryant who displayed suitable footwork, German U-20 national players Danilo Barthel and Daniel Thies catching up before the game and German national player Per Guenther dropping jumper after jumper in warm ups as if Skyliner legend Pascal Roller was magically in his shoes. When the game finally did start, 4220 person were in attendance and the Fraport Skyliners were without top scorer Ted Scott and Marius Nolte who were out due to injuries. Ratiopharm Ulm jumped out on a quick 5-0 lead as ex NBA player Allan Ray hit a three pointer and then used his quickness to get by Dion Dowell for an easy lay up. However the Fraport Skyliners then stepped up their defense as they came back as Devin Gibson hit a off balance jumper in the lane and Voigtmann a mid distance jumper. The score was knotted at 5-5 as ratiopharm Ulm was getting an early taste of the aggressive Frankfurt defense as Bryant had some easy misses inside and the club was making hurried decisions. However Ulm recovered and raced out again on a run of 7-0 as Ray and Guenther scored inside as Frankfurt trailed 12-5. However the Fraport Skyliners were slowly finding their offensive rhythm as they went on a 10-1 run to lead 15-13. Barthel fought for an offensive rebound and put back, Gibson did what he does best with a penetrration lay in and Johnathan Jones nailed a three pointer. The spectacular run was somewhat dampened by a last second three pointer from Dane Watts as ratiopharm Ulm led 16-15 after one quarter. Frankfurt did a good job taking Ulm out of their offense with their aggressive defense. They also did a good job making it hard for John Bryant to get the ball. I thought the Ulm defense was ok, stressed ex ratiopharm Ulm player Emeka Erege. Ratiopharm Ulm was shooting 42% from the field and 50% from outside while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 40% from the field and 14% from outside. Ulm had the narrow nine to eight rebound edge, but seven turnovers while Frankfurt had four turnovers.
In the second quarter, there were a few lead changes, but the Fraport Skyliners then were able to take the lead and keep it until halftime. Devin Gibson locked the score at 16-16 with a free throw. Dane Watts then made a tip in giving ratiopharm Ulm the 18-16 lead. The Fraport Skyliners continued to do a great job making ratiopharm Ulm work for every shot. Peacock and German Sebastian Betz then traded baskets as Frankfurt trailed 20-19. German Danilo Barthel then got Frankfurt going on a 10-0 run and the 21-20 lead with a nice pick and roll with Gibson and an easy lay up. Jones then sunk a three pointer, followed by a Dowell three pointer and a Voigtman ally-op tip in as the Fraport Skyliners led 30-20. Sooner or later a strong scoring team like ratiopharm Ulm will have success on the offensive end and did with a 5-0 run to cut the Frankfurt lead to 30-25. German Per Guenther who had been kept quiet then exploded finding that open space and using his weapon his quickness getting an easy bucket. Bryant than got an offensive rebound and put back. Both teams traded some free throws before American Dion Dowell connected from downtown again giving Frankfurt the 35-28 advantage. Missouri native Dane Watts then followed up his own miss with a reverse lay up as the Fraport Skyliners led at the break 35-31. Ulm continued to be very surprised by the pressure defense by Frankfurt which continued to force Ulm to easy turnovers. Frankfurt capitalized on the mistakes with transition baskets. The three guard system by Frankfurt worked well as did their help defense, stressed Emeka Erege. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 41% from the field and 27% from the three point line while ratiopharm Ulm was shooting 40% from the field and 33% from the three point line. Ulm had the 20-14 rebound advantage, but had 13 turnovers while Frankfurt only had six turnovers.
A team will very rarely be able to totally dominate a John Bryant as sooner or later he will get going some way and did in the third quarter helping keep his team in the game. The Fraport Sklyiners also made three difficult shots at the start with hands in the face which kept their lead going despite the Bryant better play. Bryant and Voigtmann exchanged baskets as Frankfurt still led 37-33. Quantez Robertson then hit a tough three pointer over Steve Esterkamp and Ray once again was able to score inside as ratopharm Ulm trailed 40-35. Gibson then nailed a difficult three pointer giving Frankfurt the 43-35 lead. Ratiopharm Ulm then went on a sudden 7-0 run to cut the Frankfurt lead to 43-42. Bryant was able to score consecutive buckets inside using the pick and role once with Guenther. German national player Philipp Schwethelm then dropped a three pointer. However this sudden Ulm attack didnt ruffle the feathers of the Fraport Skyliners as they exploded out on a 12-0 run to lead 55-42 as it was Zach the mad baller Peacock who what ever he touched turned to gold as he hit three shots. Dowell also made a three pointer. Watts and Peacock then traded buckets at the end of the third quarter and the Fraport Skyliners led 59-44 after three quarters. We had too many turnovers in the third quarter. Frankfurt hit five or six shots in a row to help get the big lead while we hit nothing, expressed ex Bremerhaven forward Steve Esterkamp. We didnt lose our focus in the third quarter, kept up our composure and just continued to pressure them, stated Larry Wright. We spread it up good in the third quarter. It wasnt so much our offense, but we just had good traps which led to the fast break and easy lay ups, added Devin Gibson.
In the fourth quarter, the Fraport Skyliners kept up the pressure on defense continued to score at their leisure on offense and never let ratiopharm Ulm get closer than eight points. Robertson got the Fraport Skyliners on the board first with a step back jumper, but ratiopharm Ulm had some instant energy going on a 5-0 run to trail only 61-49 as Bryant made a tip in dunk and Ray hit another three pointer. Despite some nice dunks by Robertson and Barthel, ratiopharm Ulm just didnt want to disappear as they continued to stick with them as ultimate role player German Sebastian Betz got some extra playing time from Thorsten Leibenath scoring inside twice as ratiopharm Ulm trailed only 65-54. Ratiopharm Ulm made one more run at a comeback cutting the Skyliners lead to 69-61 as Lance Jeter hit a three pointer and Ray made a pretty cross over and scored with his left hand. However that was the end of the ratiopharm Ulm comeback as the Fraport Skyliners closed out the game with a 9-1 run to easily win against ratiopharm Ulm. In the last few minutes, the Fraport Skyliners continued to play offense with a lot of cleverness, uniqueness and lust. Peacock found Gibson with a pretty back door pass, Barthel scored inside as did Peacock with a second effort. Ulm had a little run, but we kept our composure, didnt let up and stuck to the game plan. The German kids really helped a lot, added Larry Wright. We tried to make adjustment, but were unable to. We had many options, but Frankfurt just got into us. We played too much individual basketball. We are team orientated, but Frankfurt didnt allow us to play like that today, expressed Steve Esterkamp. We got outplayed. Frankfurt played harder and were more aggressive, stressed ex Boston Celtic Allan ray.
The Fraport Skyliners were led by Zachery Peacock with 18 points and six rebounds. Devin Gibson contributed 17 points, three rebounds and six assists. Dion Dowell and Quantez Robertson chipped in with 10 points a piece. Ratiopharm Ulm was led by Allan Ray with 18 points. Dane Watts mustered 11 points and eight rebounds and John Bryant contributed 10 points and six rebounds. The Fraport shot 48% from the field and 30% from the parking lot while ratopharm Ulm shot 43% from the field and 29% from the parking lot. Ratiopharm Ulm won the rebound battle 35-30, but had no cure against the aggressive Frankfurt defense coughing up the ball 23 times while Frankfurt did 12 times. One of the sore points this season for ratiopharm Ulm continue to be their defense. They were giving up close to 85 points a game in the first five games, but had cut it down to 76 points the last games. If they had been able to be around their game average of 89 points in scoring then they would of won, but if they cant score, then the defense should be able to keep the team in games, but that wasnt the case in Frankfurt. Our defense is inconsistent. When we have break downs on our help or ball screens then we have problems. It is the little things which good teams take advantage of, stressed ratiopharm Ulm forward Keaton Nankivill. Fraport Skyliner Ted Scott didnt play, but had a good view of the game form the bench and was able to break down the 40 minutes well. We executed our offense well, moved the ball well, made the extra pass and just played good team basketball. Our pressure and trapping defense was key to getting the win. But the biggest plus was just that we were all together on the court, added Ohio native Ted Scott. The Fraport Skyliners host the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg December second at 15:00.
The Regular Season in BBL just started. ALBA Berlin defeated Telekom Baskets at home 96-89. ALBA Berlin shot 60.7 percent from the field and made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Telekom Baskets helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Bosnian center Elmedin Kikanovic (210-88, agency: BeoBasket) stepped up and scored 23 points and 6 rebounds for the winners an... [read more]
The Regular Season in BBL just started.
ALBA Berlin defeated Telekom Baskets at home 96-89. ALBA Berlin shot 60.7 percent from the field and made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Telekom Baskets helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Bosnian center Elmedin Kikanovic (210-88, agency: BeoBasket) stepped up and scored 23 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and naturalized Turkish guard Engin Atsur (191-84, college: N.Carolina St., agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 16 points and 7 assists. At the losing side American forward Ken Horton (199-89, college: Cent.Conn.St.) responded with 19 points and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Telekom Baskets will play next round against Deutsche Bank Skyliners trying to get back on the winning streak. ALBA Berlin will try to continue on its current victory against Science City Jena on the road. The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of BBC Bayreuth (0-1) at the home court. Hosts were defeated by ratiopharm Ulm (1-0) 95-87. American guard Chris Babb (196-90, college: Iowa St.) nailed 27 points and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winning side and Per Guenther accounted for 15 points and 7 assists. ratiopharm Ulm's coach Thorsten Leibenath allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Joseph Lewis (188-92, college: Louisville) came up with 30 points and 4 assists (made all of his nine free throws !!!) for BBC Bayreuth in the defeat. ratiopharm Ulm will play against EWE Baskets (#11) in Oldenburg in the next round and are hoping to win another game. BBC Bayreuth will play on the road against SC Rasta Vechta to get more than just one victory in their record. Quite upsetting was EWE Baskets' home defeat in a game versus Bayern Muenchen83-69. Americans were the main players on the court. Bryce Taylor fired 16 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Brian Qvale produced 20 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Bayern Muenchen will meet at home s Oliver Baskets (#18) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. EWE Baskets will play against ratiopharm Ulm (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Brose Baskets (1-0) crushed at home Deutsche Bank Skyliners (0-1) by 29 points 84-55, which is the biggest margin this round. Worth to mention a great performance of Fabien Causeur who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 6 assists. Brose Baskets' coach Andrea Trinchieri felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Brose Baskets' next round opponent will be Braunschweig (#3) in Braunschweig, which may be the game of the day. Deutsche Bank Skyliners will play on the road against Telekom Baskets (#15) in Bonn and hope to win that game.
There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 1: Walter Tigers lost to Bremerhaven on the opponent's court 84-92. Giessen 46ers managed to outperform Jena in a home game 86-76. Goettingen managed to beat Phoenix Hagen on the road 84-75. Vechta lost to Braunschweig on its own court 59-72. Ludwigsburg beat Wuerzburg in a road game 81-72.
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of BBC Bayreuth (0-1) at the home court. Hosts were defeated by ratiopharm Ulm (1-0) 95-87. They made 20-of-23 charity shots (87.0 percent) during the game. BBC Bayreuth was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Chris Babb (196-90, college: Iowa St.) nailed 27 points and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winning side and international point guard Per Guenther (185-88) accounted for 15 points and 7 assists. Five ratiopharm Ulm players scored in double figures. ratiopharm Ulm's coach Thorsten Leibenath allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Joseph Lewis (188-92, college: Louisville) came up with 30 points and 4 assists (made all of his nine free throws !!!) and the former international center Andreas Seiferth (209-89) added 9 points and 10 rebounds respectively for BBC Bayreuth in the defeat. ratiopharm Ulm will play against EWE Baskets (#11) in Oldenburg in the next round and are hoping to win another game. BBC Bayreuth will play on the road against SC Rasta Vechta to get more than just one victory in their record. Top scorers: Ratiopharm: C.Babb 27+5reb+2ast, P.Guenther 15+1reb+7ast, D.Sutton 13+8reb, D.Butler 11+3reb+1ast, R.Morgan 11+4reb+1ast, B.Hobbs 7+4reb+3ast Bayreuth: J.Lewis 30+1reb+4ast, D.Brooks 13+5reb+1ast, K.Anderson 11+3reb+4ast, A.Seiferth 9+10reb+2ast, A.Marei 8+3reb, N.Linhart 8+4reb+5ast
Eisbaeren Bremerhaven used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Tuebingen 92-84. It was a great shooting night for Eisbaeren Bremerhaven especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 58.8 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Walter Tigers helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Quincy Diggs (198-90, college: Akron, agency: Mansfield and Associates) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 8 assists. Forward Ivan Elliott (203-86, college: UCSB) contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven's coach Sebastian Machowski used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Point guard Jared Jordan (183-84, college: Marist) answered with 15 points and 9 assists and swingman Garlon Green (201-91, college: TCU) added 20 points in the effort for Walter Tigers. Five Eisbaeren Bremerhaven and four Walter Tigers players scored in double figures. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven's next round opponent will be Phoenix Hagen (#14) at home which should be an easy win for them. Walter Tigers will play against Giessen 46ers (#6) and hope to win that game. Top scorers: Bremerhaven: Q.Diggs 24+4reb+8ast, H.Kamp 16+2reb+3ast, I.Elliott 14+5reb+2ast, J.Hulls 12+2reb+3ast, E.Smotrycz 10+5reb, F.Bleck 5+3reb+5ast Walter Tigers: G.Green 20+3reb+1ast, J.Jordan 15+4reb+9ast, G.McGhee 13+3reb+1ast, I.Philmore 12+2reb+1ast, A.Munoz 8+4reb, B.Stewart 7+4reb+6ast
ALBA Berlin defeated Telekom Baskets at home 96-89. ALBA Berlin shot 60.7 percent from the field and made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Telekom Baskets helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Bosnian center Elmedin Kikanovic (210-88, agency: BeoBasket) stepped up and scored 23 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and naturalized Turkish guard Engin Atsur (191-84, college: N.Carolina St., agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 16 points and 7 assists. At the losing side American forward Ken Horton (199-89, college: Cent.Conn.St.) responded with 19 points and 4 assists and the other American import swingman Ryan Thompson (198-89, college: Rider, agency: BeoBasket) scored 18 points. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Telekom Baskets will play next round against Deutsche Bank Skyliners trying to get back on the winning streak. ALBA Berlin will try to continue on its current victory against Science City Jena on the road. Top scorers: ALBA: E.Kikanovic 23+6reb, D.Milosavljevic 20+3reb+2ast, E.Atsur 16+3reb+7ast, B.Radosavljevic 12+1reb+2ast, D.Johnson 11+2reb+3ast, T.Gaffney 4+5reb+2ast Telekom Bsk: K.Horton 19+3reb+4ast, R.Thompson 18+3reb+3ast, F.Barovic 13+6reb+1ast, Y.Polas 12+2ast, K.Klein 12+2reb+1ast, J.Mayo 10+3reb+5ast
Giessen 46ers used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Jena 86-76. 24 personal fouls committed by Science City Jena helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Cameron Wells (186-88, college: Citadel) who helped to win the game recording 23 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. British-Canadian forward Thomas Scrubb (198-91) contributed with 17 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Giessen 46ers players scored in double figures. American guard Marcos Knight (188-89, college: Middle Tenn.St.) answered with 26 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import point guard Julius Jenkins (187-81, college: Georgia South) added 12 points in the effort for Science City Jena. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Giessen 46ers' next round opponent will be Walter Tigers (#17) in Tuebingen which should be an easy win for them. Science City Jena will play at home against ALBA Berlin (#1) and hope to win that game. Top scorers: Giessen 46ers: C.Wells 23+5reb+6ast, T.Scrubb 17+8reb+2ast, S.Bowlin 15+2reb+7ast, D.Evans 10+6reb+1ast, J.Sears 7+2reb, B.Lischka 5+2reb Jena: M.Knight 26+8reb+1ast, I.McElroy 12+4reb+1ast, J.Jenkins 12+3reb+3ast, F.Rivera 8+1reb+4ast, K.Frease 6+1reb, O.Mackeldanz 5+4reb
Quite upsetting was EWE Baskets' home defeat in a game versus Bayern Muenchen83-69. It was a great shooting night for Bayern Muenchen especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.1 percentage. Americans were the main players on the court. Bryce Taylor (193-86, agency: BeoBasket) fired 16 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Swingman Reggie Redding (196-88, college: Villanova) chipped in 13 points. Four Bayern Muenchen players scored in double figures. Center Brian Qvale (210-88, college: Montana, agency: Pensack Sports) produced 20 points and 7 rebounds and swingman Rickey Paulding (196-82, college: Missouri) added 21 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Bayern Muenchen will meet at home s Oliver Baskets (#18) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. EWE Baskets will play against ratiopharm Ulm (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: B.Muenchen: B.Taylor 16+3ast, R.Redding 13+3reb+1ast, M.Kleber 11+3reb+3ast, A.Renfroe 11+1reb+3ast, A.Gavel 9+4reb+1ast, N.Djedovic 9+3reb EWE Baskets: R.Paulding 21+1ast, B.Qvale 20+7reb, P.Schwethelm 10+1reb+2ast, C.Kramer 9+6reb+5ast, M.De Zeeuw 4+3reb+1ast, F.Massenat 3+1reb+1ast
Phoenix Hagen was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Goettingen 84-75. BG Goettingen made 18-of-23 charity shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Phoenix Hagen helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized American forward Adam Waleskowski (203-82, college: Florida St., agency: Three Eye Sports) who helped to win the game recording 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. American power forward Scott Eatherton (203-91, college: Northeastern, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Five BG Goettingen players scored in double figures. American point guard David Bell (188-81, agency: Three Eye Sports) answered with 17 points and 6 assists and Canadian power forward Owen Klassen (208-91, college: Acadia) added 9 points and 13 rebounds in the effort for Phoenix Hagen. BG Goettingen's next round opponent will be EnBW Ludwigsburg (#8) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Phoenix Hagen will play against Eisbaeren Bremerhaven and hope to win that game. Top scorers: Goettingen: A.Waleskowski 17+8reb+4ast, S.Eatherton 13+10reb+2ast, M.Monninghoff 12+5reb+2ast, D.Carter 12+6reb, B.Veikalas 10+5reb+3ast, J.Sanders 7+2reb+9ast Phoenix Hagen: D.Bell 17+3reb+6ast, A.Hess 14+6reb+1ast, R.Williams 10+4reb+4ast, O.Klassen 9+13reb+2ast, T.Plaisted 8+5reb+1ast, C.Hass 7+1ast
SC Rasta Vechta was not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Braunschweig 72-59. Braunschweig shot 25 for 34 from the free-throw line, while SC Rasta Vechta only scored eight points from the stripe. 26 personal fouls committed by SC Rasta Vechta helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of Canadian forward Dyshawn Pierre (198-93, college: Dayton) who helped to win the game recording 16 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. American point guard Carlos Medlock (183-87, college: E.Michigan) contributed with 11 points and 5 assists for the winners. Four Braunschweig players scored in double figures. American Frank Gaines (191-90, college: IPFW) answered with 18 points and 5 rebounds and naturalized Filipino forward Christian Standhardinger (206-89, college: Hawaii) added 11 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for SC Rasta Vechta. SC Rasta Vechta's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Braunschweig's next round opponent will be Brose Baskets (#5) in Bamberg. SC Rasta Vechta will play at home against BBC Bayreuth (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: Braunschweig: D.Pierre 16+8reb+5ast, C.Medlock 11+3reb+5ast, G.Groselle 10+6reb+1ast, N.Simon 10+5reb+1ast, C.Guyton 8+6reb+2ast, J.Freese 7+5reb Vechta: F.Gaines 18+5reb+2ast, C.Standhardinger 11+8reb+2ast, D.Allen 7+2reb+1ast, M.Ehambe 6+4reb, S.Machado 6+2reb+4ast, R.Buckles 4+5reb+1ast
s Oliver Baskets were not able to use a home court advantage and were defeated by the opponent from Ludwigsburg 81-72. 28 personal fouls committed by s Oliver Baskets helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Alex Ruoff (198-86, college: W.Virginia, agency: Inception Sports) who helped to win the game recording 25 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Point guard Wes Washpun (185-93, college: N.Iowa) contributed with 15 points for the winners. EnBW Ludwigsburg's coach John Patrick used entire bench and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Point guard Jake Odum (193-91, college: Indiana St.) answered with 17 points and 6 assists and forward James Southerland (203-90, college: Syracuse) added 10 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for s Oliver Baskets. EnBW Ludwigsburg's next round opponent will be BG Goettingen (#7) at home which should be theoretically an easy game. s Oliver Baskets will play against Bayern Muenchen (#2) and hope to win that game. Top scorers: Ludwigsburg: A.Ruoff 25+6reb+5ast, W.Washpun 15+2reb+3ast, J.Thiemann 10+5reb, J.Cooley 9+5reb, K.Martin 6+3reb+1ast, T.Cotton 6+2reb+1ast Wuerzburg: J.Odum 17+2reb+6ast, J.Southerland 10+5reb, L.Ulmer 10+4reb+1ast, M.Ugrai 9+3reb, V.Mihailovic 7+2reb+4ast, C.Barton 7+1reb+1ast
Brose Baskets (1-0) crushed at home Deutsche Bank Skyliners (0-1) by 29 points 84-55, which is the biggest margin this round. Brose Baskets made 18-of-23 charity shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Brose Baskets outrebounded Deutsche Bank Skyliners 38-22 including a 30-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Deutsche Bank Skyliners helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of French Fabien Causeur (194-87) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 6 assists. The former international guard Patrick Heckmann (198-92, college: Boston Coll.) contributed with 12 points for the winners. Four Brose Baskets players scored in double figures. Brose Baskets' coach Andrea Trinchieri felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Danish guard Shavon Shields (201-94, college: Nebraska) answered with 10 points and 7 rebounds and American guard Antonio Graves (191-85, college: Pittsburgh) added 12 points and 5 assists in the effort for Deutsche Bank Skyliners. Brose Baskets' next round opponent will be Braunschweig (#3) in Braunschweig, which may be the game of the day. Deutsche Bank Skyliners will play on the road against Telekom Baskets (#15) in Bonn and hope to win that game. Top scorers: Brose Bask.: F.Causeur 18+3reb+6ast, D.Miller 12+1reb, P.Heckmann 12+4reb+2ast, D.Theis 10+2reb+1ast, J.Strelnieks 8+2reb+4ast, E.Harris 6+3reb+3ast Fraport SKY: A.Graves 12+2reb+5ast, M.Morrison 11+4reb+1ast, S.Shields 10+7reb+3ast, Q.Robertson 9+2reb+1ast, N.Kiel 5+2reb, M.Merz 3+1reb+1ast
K.K. Simmons (191-G-93, college: Pikeville) is a 23 year old 190cm combo guard from Marietta, Georgia that started his professional career with German Pro B team Licher Basket Baeren. He played at three schools with NC-Wilmington (NCAA), Kent St. (NCAA) and Pikeville (NAIA). Last season he finished his college basketball career with Pikeville (NAIA) playing 31 games and averaging 16.4ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.6apg, FGP: 46.1%, 3PT: 39.2%, FT: 78.5%. Simmons is an amazing shooter and shot 48% from ou... [read more]
K.K. Simmons (191-G-93, college: Pikeville) is a 23 year old 190cm combo guard from Marietta, Georgia that started his professional career with German Pro B team Licher Basket Baeren. He played at three schools with NC-Wilmington (NCAA), Kent St. (NCAA) and Pikeville (NAIA). Last season he finished his college basketball career with Pikeville (NAIA) playing 31 games and averaging 16.4ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.6apg, FGP: 46.1%, 3PT: 39.2%, FT: 78.5%. Simmons is an amazing shooter and shot 48% from outside in his junior season at Pikeville, but can also mix it up getting to the hole. In his first season with Pikeville, he played 25 games averaging 20.8ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.0apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 45.3%, 3PT: 48.9%, FT: 78.4%. He spoke to eurobasket after giving his debut as a professional for the Licher Basket Baeren beating the Bayer Giants Leverkusen 99-93.
Karriem congrats on the big 99-93 victory over the Bayer Giants Leverkusen. Top scorer of the game and a win to go along with it. Was this the perfect start to your professional season? Getting a good tough win, against a great team, on the road is definitely a great way to start off my professional career! I'm so proud of what my teammates and I have accomplished.
What kind of a feeling was it playing in the legendary Smid arena that housed Germany's best team in the 90's with the Bayer Giants Leverkusen?
It was an amazing feeling. The gym was very nice. Also, the feeling of the atmosphere and energy in the gym was top notch. I really respect what they have going on over there. I had a lot of fun.
The Bayer Giants Leverkusen had the 46-40 advantage at halftime. What was key for being behind after 20 minutes?
Going in at half time we felt we were right where we needed to be. As a team we all agreed that we didn't play our best half of basketball, but we were only down 6 points, so that was the big picture. We needed to remain in striking distance at all times.
The Licher Baskets Baeren went on a furious run in the fourth to cut down the 10 point lead. You and American Lamar Mallory went to work. Did you guys know it was time to step up or did head coach Rolf Scholz advise you guys to go to work? Lamar and I know when it's time to lead our team in the right direction. Also, coach will let us know when it's our time to step up and make plays for the team when need be. Big time players make big time plays when needed. It's on us to make it happen.
You and Mallory hooked up for the go ahead bucket, but Leverkusen sent the game into OT with Carter free throws. Lich could have sent the game into OT with a game winner from Simon Kutzschmar. Was this the desired shot that the team wanted at the end? We wanted to search for whatever good clean look we could have at the end of the 4th. Simon had a good look, it was a good shot, it just didn't fall. We have good shooters and scorers throughout our entire team. So we live with whoever takes the shot. Make or miss.
You got Lich going with back to back three pointers in OT which got you the momentum. Was this the moment that why you love and play the game as a professional? Yes!!! It's what I live for. To hit big shots at a time and need to fire my teammates up and get the momentum and energy shifted towards our way a bit.
What was key in OT for the Licher Baskets Baeren winning? Did you simply want it more than Leverkusen? I wouldn't say we wanted it more!!!! Because they competed very hard and played an amazing game throughout the 5 quarters. I just know my teammates and I really locked in, and focused and made those plays we needed to make in the crunch to become successful in the end. We have so much room for growth that it's scary. We will continue to work.
As a team what were you happy with and what not? Lich shot well and had 61 rebounds, but only 14 assists and 20 turnovers. We were happy with the way we played. When I say that, I'm talking about our effort and our attitude to never give up no matter what the score looks like or the flow of the game. Play good defense and let the offense come. We do need to cut down on the turnovers. It will come better with time.
You had a strong 34 points, but shot an overwhelming 29 times and shot 38%. Do the many shots and shooting percentage somewhat outweigh the meaning of your 34 points?
Not at all. I watched the game again on film. I didn't feel like any of my shots were really bad shots. Some of them I feel like I could have not took and found us a better look as a team. I will work on that. My teammates trust me and my decision making and as a leader on the floor. They lead me as well. They believe in every move I make and shots that I shoot. They seen what I can do and they accept me for it. So I just go out there and try to remain aggressive knowing they got my back no matter what. I'm not into the 34 points or how many shots I took. I'm more concerned with what we did to become victorious.
Do you remember shooting so much in a game? I have shot this many shots in a game before, but it definitely has been a while haha. I just have so much confidence in my ability to score and to make plays for my team. It was a lot of good looks and shots missed in that gym last night from both teams. I will continue to work on becoming more efficient.
You had a game high 34 points. Was this the best K.K. Simmons people will see, or do you feel like there is even more to come this season from you? Way more to come. It was just the first game. My first game as a professional athlete. Only way from here is up for us.
You combined for 55 points with Lamar Mallory. How did feel playing your first professional game with him? Is this a deadly duo in the making? My boy Lamar is the bus driver for this team. He does so much for us and covers up so much of our trash we do commit on the court. He's a magnet for that ball. He gets big rebounds! Impossible rebounds! And he plays hard for us every single play! Never does he take a play off. He attacks hard and is coming at you every possession. On both ends of the court. We really feed off his energy and effort. We all believe he has our backs no matter what the situation. We can count on him when it's time to battle. Front line.
How much fun was it dueling Kerry Carter? Is he a guy that you could see battling for the scoring crown? Carter is a great player. He has the total package. Competes hard. Leads his team by example along with being verbal. I appreciate his competitive spirit and respect him and their organization. Good team. I'm not really caught up in the whole scoring crown thing, but we shall see.
Where will the journey of the Atlanta Hawks end this season?
I have no clue about the Hawks. I love my city and hometown, but the past couple of years have been a lot of ups and downs. Some adjustments were made in the origination as you can see. I think they will do just fine this year.
Kevin Garnett retired from the NBA. Where does his legacy rank in the NBA now that his career has ended? His legacy lives on forever!!!! KG is a legend!!! A veterinarian, an animal on the court. A perfect example of putting your heart out there each and every night. I had the opportunity to meet him in person for a couple of days and received a lot of words wisdom from him. Things bigger than basketball. He's so real and his story can be nothing but honored and respected. He is branded in one of the NBA's best. The game will miss him.
What was the last movie that you saw? Rush hour. Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan. One of my favorites of all time.
Pro B club UNI Riesen Leipzig have gotten active on the transfer market signing Jordan Faison (201-F). Faison is a 201cm forward from Lake Forest, California that will be starting his professional career in Germany with the Uni Riesen Leipzig. He started his basketball career at El Toro High School and then played at Cal Poly Pomona (NCAA2) from 2012-2016. As a senior he played 30 games averaging 16.9ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.8apg, 1.5bpg, FGP: 56.9%, 3PT: 22.5%, FT: 65.4%. Last season the American... [read more]
Pro B club UNI Riesen Leipzig have gotten active on the transfer market signing Jordan Faison (201-F). Faison is a 201cm forward from Lake Forest, California that will be starting his professional career in Germany with the Uni Riesen Leipzig. He started his basketball career at El Toro High School and then played at Cal Poly Pomona (NCAA2) from 2012-2016. As a senior he played 30 games averaging 16.9ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.8apg, 1.5bpg, FGP: 56.9%, 3PT: 22.5%, FT: 65.4%. Last season the American scored in double figures in 23 of 27 games. He had some huge games against Cal State San Bernardino with 27 points, 24 points against Chico State, Azusa Pacific and Cal State East Bay. He also collected seven double doubles.
Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been CCAA Regular Season Champion -13, CCAA Tournament Winner -13, 15, CCAA Regular Season Runner-Up -14, 15, CCAA Tournament Semifinals -14, 16, All-CCAA 1st Team -14, 15, 16, CCAA All-Tournament MVP -15, CCAA All-Tournament Team -15, Reese's NCAA D2 All-Star Game -16, and NABC NCAA D2 All-West District 1st Team -16.
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