It had been a strange sight and something that one had to get used to in the first few months in Frankfurt basketball land not seeing Jimmy McKinney (192-G-83, college: Missouri) sporting his GQ outfits and St Louis Cardinals hats, listening to his actor like soft voice philosophying about the game like a young Wesly Snipes or just getting into a groove of saying ahhhhhhhh after witnessing the grace and beauty of seeing his shooting stroke from all over the court. Not seeing Jimmy McKinney in a Fraport Skyliners jersey has been as difficult for fans on the Main as if the famous Frankfurt drink Appelwoi had been banished for good, the Romer place had been painted pink for marketing reasons or if the famous Frankfurt wurtschen hot dogs had been replaced by the ball park franks. These things ever happening would have been like a cut in the heart for people just like it was the gregarious St Louis native packing his stuff and heading to Wurzburg. Mckinney had returned back to Frankfurt in preseason with the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg to battle in a preseason game at the Skyliners traing facility which they lost. However that preseason clout wasnt the same for Mckinney as returning to the Fraport arena which had been his living room for the past six years. Mckinney has started a bit subpar into the season shooting under 40% from the field and from downtown, but when one saw Mckinney step on the floor for the first time in a Wurzburg jersey, one could see the look in his eyes that he was as focused as head coach Mike D antoni trying to bring glory days back to the Los Angeles Lakers, well known soccer player Zlatan Ibrahimovic still showing that he can score amazing goals like a Messi or Ronaldo at the ripe age of 31 or like any American making the most of a Thanksgiving meal each year. Mckinney came back to Frankfurt and wasnt a big factor on offense scoring seven points, but helped guide the team to a hard fought 59-55 victory. It was tough playing, because the whole return was so emotional which led to me not finding my rhythm until the end. I was really happy to play against Tez. He is my guy and I love him dirty. He is like a real brother to me and I hope that we can be teammates again someday. He is one of the best athletes I ever saw, stressed Jimmy McKinney. Robertson also enjoyed playing against his friend. We competed very hard and really made it hard for each other. He didnt score much, but the team still scored. I miss the fun we had on and off the court, smilied Quantez Robertson. Jason Boone was all smiles when describing the worth of Mckinney to the team. He might not have admitted it, but Jimmy was locked in for this game. We really wanted to get him the win. He works so hard is always the first in the gym and last to go. He just wants to win so much. I never saw such a pure shooter like him, warned New York native Jason Boone. I like Jimmy McKinney. He is a real smooth guy and great shooter. You cant give him any space. You always need to know where he is at all times, stressed American Skyliner Ted Scott.
The Fraport Skyliners entered the game in 12th place and coming off a high with their domination and win against ratiopharm Ulm last weekend. They were looking for their fourth home win in a row and were defending like a Boston Celtic team of the 60s with Bill Russell at the helm as they were averaging only giving up 60 points a game. Frankfurt stayed on track allowing only 59 points, but were unable to get a flow on offense. It was one of those games where the ball wasnt falling. We had great looks, but they just werent falling. On offense you need to execute and we didnt do that. Everyone has to be in the right place. We were a bit hesitant at times and were a bit too unselfish. At the end of the day if you want to be successful you still have to hit your shots. We did play good defense though, stressed Ted Scott. The s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg entered the game in 13th place and were coming off a big win in Eurocup play against Valencia. They are a team that is known as playing in the trenches on defense, but still havent found a consistency in offense. They didnt have their best offensive game, but played hard enough defense to prevail and even at the end when the Fraport Skyliners made a run and cut the lead to three points, were able to grind out the win in crunch time even though they had lost three games with seven or less points. Jason Boone saw parallels to the 55-51 loss in Wurzburg. Both games were similar in that both teams defended very well. We were able to grind out the game at the end and hit some big shots, added Jason Boone. Mckinney was as comical as usual when asked if he could win round three at the battle of Wurzburg later this season. I think we can win round three in Wurzburg. Only Miles can say something like that, laughed Jimmy MCkinney. Quantez Robertson had a fierce look of a tiger about round three at the battle of Wurzburg latte rin the season. Jimmy knows I want revenge and he better be ready, warned Quantez Robertson.
4,560 fans wanted to watch a classic defensive battle on a Sunday afternoon and that is exactly what they got. The first few minutes remained scoreless as both teams were feeling each other out as Quantez Robertson already set the tone on defense as he made two steals. No team was giving the other team any gifts as defense was on the menu and offense seemed like a rotten apple had been served for desert. Jimmy McKinney finally got Wurzburg on the board first with an off balance jumper. Skyliner head coach brought in energy spark Zach Peacock who came from the bench and right hit a fade away jumper from the left wing. The game continued to be very tight as both teams had to fight like a lion for their shots as open shots in the first quarter seemed as scare as finding water in the desert. Jason Boone then got the 300 Wurzburg fans who made the trip to jump from their seats with a powering left handed slam dunk over American Dion Dowell. Robertson then tied the game at 4-4 with a pair of free throws. Villanova alumnist Dwayne Anderson then showed that he can score in bounces like a Mckinney making a floater and jumper from the wing as Wurzburg led 8-4. Wurzburg continued their run to 7-0 as they had great ball movement and found Mckinney open and he dropped a three pointer as Wrzburg led 11-4. The Fraport Skyliners then put a small dent into the run making a 5-0 run to cut the Wurzburg lead to 11-9. Dowell who iis always a threat from outside nailed a bomb form outside and Robertson got to the free throw line again making two free throws. Jason Boone then made like Shaq again dunking as if that was all he should do as German Danilo Barthel did the right choice by stepping out of the way. The s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg led 13-9 after one quarter. This was what all expected with a defensive battle. Both teams had problems finding a rhythm on offense. Both teams seemed a bit nervous and one could see that the Skyliners were missing their injured players, stressed s.Oliver baskets assistant press secretary Michael Will. The s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg were shooting 38% from the field and 25% from outside while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 25% from the field and 25% from outside. Wurzburg had the 10-5 rebound edge and both teams had five turnovers a piece.
The Fraport Skyliners didnt get out of the gate fast in the second quarter as the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg stepped up their intensity on offense speeding out on a crushing 8-0 run to lead 21-9. Wurzburg got three pointers from unlikely players like John Little and German Christoph Henneberger. One can defend a Little in that he has vastly improved his scoring in the last year as he was always known as a top defender. Since the playoff series last season against Alba Berlin, he was top scorer in that series and was more like a Dashaun Wood than a John Little on offense in that series. Ex Skyliner Alex King then found some space inside and also dunked. Frankfurt continued to have difficulty on offense by getting any support besides from Peacock who traded baskets with Little. Wurzburg continued to get too the free throw line as Dwayne Anderson drew two fouls. Peacock then scored a turn around jumper over Anderson as whenever he called for the ball he got it. Devin Gibson then made a shot in the lane as Frankfurt trailed 28-15. Frankfurt continued to be too inconsistent and lacked concentration as Robertson made a steal and then lost the ball on that possession in the first quarter and Gibson did it in the second quarter. Ex Artland Dragon Lamont Mcintosh nailed a pull up jumper and Johnathan Jones made a tip in as Frankfurt trailed 30-18. Dwayne Anderson then made a pretty penetration giving Germans Barthel and Voightman nice head fakes and then laying in the ball with his left hand. Jones closed out the second quarter with a coast to coast run as the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg led 33-21 at halftime. The first two three pointers by Little and Henneberger were key for getting the momentum. We ahd better ball movement and the Valencia game gave the team self confidence. It was just a mental thing before our shots started to fall, added Michael Will. The s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg were shooting 43% from the field and 30% from the three point line while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 29% from the field and 11% from the three point line. Wurzburg had the 20-13 rebound edge, but ten turnovers and Frankfurt had eight turnovers.
In the third quarter, the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg continued to keep their 10-12 point lead as the Fraport Skyliners continued to have scoring woes. The team could have used Ted Scott who is still out with an injury as that deadly shooting presence that the American has was missed as much as Germna national player Holger Badstuber will be for the FC Bayern Munich soccer team. Boone started the third quarter with a free throw as Wurzburg led 34-21. Zach Peacock was a player that was being the go to guy, but another Skyliner was being a presence with German Konstantin Klein. The young German who is a license player that also plays PRO B was a guy that was really trying to take charge as he was looking for the shot, penetrating and just being a beast any way he could as a guard. He dropped a three pointer and right away on the next play force a turnover on American Ben Jacobson. Frankfurt still trailed 34-24. Then it was time again for Jason Boone who was in dunk mode making two consecutive dunks in a row as Wurzburg led 38-24. After missing a dunk, Boone got another chance and kind of dunked it home softly like a baby. I like to play physical, but at times, but the opponent buries me and I miss the dunk, then I get a different mindset and that is the wakeup call for the next opportunity to finish well, stressed ex BG Goettingen American Jason Boone. Little and Peacock exchanged three pointers as Wurzburg still had the upperhand leading 41-30. Here and there there were minor breakdowns in the Frankfurt defense allowing a Alex King to fly unscathed to the hop for an easy lay up as his man and help were nowhere to be seen. Johannes Voigtmann continues to use the extended playing time to grow as a big man as he made a pretty baby hook shot over Jason Boone. The s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg still led after three quarters 45-34. The third quarter was back and forth and we knew we had to keep a good lead, because Frankfurt can always come back. We kept lead at 10 points, added Jason Boone. The s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg were shooting 52% form the two point range and 27% from the parking lot while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 37% from the field and 19% from the parking lot. Wurzburg had the 27-19 rebound edge, but 16 turnovers while Frankfurt had 12 turnovers.
With ten minutes to play, time was running out for the Fraport Skyliners, but one should never count out the players of Muli Katzurin until the final buzzer has sounded. Peacock started the scoring for Frankfurt with a nice shovel lay in between King and Boone. Little then hit another big three pointer as Wurzburg led 48-36. Saved his best for last dropping a three pointer and hitting a pull up jumper. Robertson also hit a three pointer, but Wurzburg still led 55-41 as the Fraport Skyliners continued to be unable to make any ground. However one can argue what are the most exciting things in a basketball game to mega dunks or monster blocks, but the ability for a team to race back into a game with a run has to be high on the list for any basketball fan as the Fraport Skyliners did exactly that going on a 11-0 run to cut the Wurzburg lead to 55-52 with two minutes to play. A massive Zach Peacock dunk on the fast break got Frankfurt the momentum for the run. German Johannes Voigtman also played an important role hitting back to back mid distance jumpers in the run. Robertson then made a lay up and on the next in bound play, Gibson stole the ball out of Mckinneys hand under the basket and fed the ball to Tez for the next lay in and three point difference. Frankfurt never gave up. There are so many teams that when they are down much will say we will get them back the next day, but not Frankfurt. Frankfurt hit big shots and got the crowd going. We had to shut the door faster, but couldnt, stressed Jason Boone. The Fraport Skyliners seemed like they were going to pull out an incredible come from behind win, but then had misfortune again as Jones made a big steal and fed super Tez, but he missed the lay up with a hard penetration. After Mckinney got the ball, he went back and Skyliner Devin Gibson tried to draw a foul, but instead got hit for too much acting getting a technical foul and sending Mckinney to the free throw line. Then Frankfurt had a chance to cut the lead to two points, but Robertson missed a tough three pointer from the wing. I tried to get off the quick shot to cut the lead to two points, but it just didnt want to fall, commented Quantez Robertson. Little then made two free throws and Klein hit a tough lay in high off the glass, but was all too late as the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg escaped the trench of the Fraport arena with a win. Giving up 59 points is good on defense, but we need to find some offensive punch. Peacock did a good job, but we need to have more guys step up. We missed too many free throws, warned Devin Gibson.
The s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg were led by John Little with 15 points. Dwayne Anderson contributed 11 points and Jason Boone mustered 10 points and seven rebounds. The Fraport Skyliners were led by Zach Peacocok with 18 points. Quantez Robertson had 12 points, nine rebounds, three assists and five steals. The Fraport Skyliners had a weak day at the shooting office shooting 35% from the field and 20% from downtown while the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg shot 37% from the field and 26% form downtown. The offense will have to improve if the Fraport Skyliners want to see more wins this season. We werent always taking open shots. We were taking more tough shots. We have to create more for others, warned Quantez Robertson. Wurzburg won the rebounding duel 34-30. Frankfurt did a great job forcing Wurzburg to 20 turnovers and having nine fast break points and not allowing Wurzburg any fast break points. The next game for the Fraport Skyliners in on December 8th in Oldenburg.
Preston Medlin (193-G-91, college: Utah St.) is a 25 year old 193cm guard that is playing his third professional season and first with the Kirchheim Knights in the German Pro A. He started his basketball career in 2009 with Utah St. (NCAA) where he played until 2014 playinga total of 102 NCAA games. As a senior he played 32 games averaging 12.4ppg, 2.7rpg, 4.1apg, FGP: 41.1%, 3PT: 42.4%, FT: 78.0%. He started his professional basketball career in 2014 with BK Saldus (Latvia-LBL): 29 games... [read more]
Preston Medlin (193-G-91, college: Utah St.) is a 25 year old 193cm guard that is playing his third professional season and first with the Kirchheim Knights in the German Pro A. He started his basketball career in 2009 with Utah St. (NCAA) where he played until 2014 playinga total of 102 NCAA games. As a senior he played 32 games averaging 12.4ppg, 2.7rpg, 4.1apg, FGP: 41.1%, 3PT: 42.4%, FT: 78.0%. He started his professional basketball career in 2014 with BK Saldus (Latvia-LBL): 29 games: Score-4 (14.7ppg), 3.1rpg, 3.0apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 49.5%, 3PT: 42.7%, FT: 75.8%. Last season he had limited duty with Enosi Kalathosfairisis Kavalas (Greece-A1): 3 games: 3.7ppg, 1.0rpg, 1.3apg. Eurobasket talked to Preston after the big win against the Hamburg Towers.
Preston thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. 2017 has come and did you make any new years resolutions or is that something that you don't bother with?
No problem thanks for interviewing me. My wife and I always make little new years resolutions together but never anything to crazy, Just the normal stuff like eating better and being healthy.
The Kirchheim Knights went into 2017 riding a 4 game losing streak. What do you believe did the team get away from in this period that hindered you from getting victories?
That was a tough stretch for us, part of it was we played 4 playoff teams and 3 of the 4 games on the road. I think we got away from playing team basketball and got a little selfish. Also I think it was good for us to lose a few games (I am not sure it was good to lose 4 but) I think we were getting a little complacent and not working as hard as were should be.
A big worry in this 4 game losing streak was the offense that couldn't get 70 points in three of the four games. Do you feel like the team will continue to be able to score well in the second half of the season as its averaging 90 points in the two game winning streak?
I think if we can play as a team and to our strengths we should have no problem with our offense. But like any team we need to keep working and playing together so we can achieve our goals.
Congrats on the huge 87-86 win against the Hamburg Towers. Kirchheim was down39-33. It was able to pick up it's offense in the second half. Was there any adjustments that the team made to be able to score better?
To be honest we didn't really make any changes on the offense end we just kept playing hard and shots started to fall for us.
The Hamburg Towers went on a huge run in the fourth quarter and led as much as 14 points with four minutes to go. Was that amazing Mexico State come back and win form last week on your mind?
That's funny that you mention that because after the game my teammates and I were talking about the game and how we were all thinking that no matter the score the game is not over till the last buzzer.
The Kirchheim Knights then went on a 14-0 run to regain the lead at 84-83. How proud were of the team being able to make this instant comeback and what was key in having this happen?
Oh man I was so proud we fought hard for 5 minutes straight pressing and running up and down the court like mad men. And when we took the lead I was so happy.
You hit the game winning shot with three seconds left in the game. What experiences have you had with last second shots. How special was this one?
In my life I have maybe had 4 of 5 game winning shots but every time it happens it feels amazing. This on in particular was amazing because of the comeback that my teammates and I made in the minutes leading up to the shot.
You had had a pretty quiet night before making the shot as nothing was falling from downtown until the one that counted most. How thankful were you of the trust in your teammates in your abilities?
Yes up to that shot I was 0 for 4 and my shot was just not falling for me but if you want to be a good shooter you always have to have the mind set that the next one is going in. I am thankful that my teammates had the trust in me to shot the ball when the game is on the line.
With American Carrington Love out of the game with his fifth foul did you feel the need to step up on that last play?
The be honest the last play just kind of happened we got the rebound with about 10 seconds left and just went down the court and I was just trying to get the best shot possible for our team.
The team also showed it can win without Seth Hinrichs. Was this another good indication of how much heart this club has?
Missing Seth really hurts us because of the depth he give us plus he is a great shooter and does most of the dirty work for us. we need him to get healthy and on the court as soon as possible.
The Pro A continues to be very competitive as the Kirchheim Knights are only 3 wins behind number one team MBC. Does the team have more on their minds then just solidifying home court in the playoffs or is one looking at the possibility of finishing the regular season at the top?
I think every team has the goal to finish on top but we are just trying to take it game by game and worry about what we can control and that is our effort and heart on the court.
You stated in the last interview that the biggest challenge is being a consistent scorer. How can a player in general become a consistent scorer on a game basis?
That is a great question but I think it starts with having the mindset of a scorer. You have to do it in practice, you have to get that rhythm with your teammates and then it has to carry over to the game.
What in general have you learned to enjoy the most about playing in the competitive German Pro A?
I have learned that you have to bring your best every night because for the most part any team can beat any team so that makes the league really fun because you never know who is going to win.
Russell Westbrook obviously has gotten a lot of attention with his constant triple doubles, but James Harden is doing the same thing with the Houston Rockets. Where do you see him head to head against Westbrook as best point guard at the moment in the NBA?
I think they are both great players but in my eyes they are both not true point guards. But you have to give the edge right now to Westbrook I mean any guy that can average a triple double in the NBA is amazing.
Which 2 clubs will make the Superbowl and who will win it all?
I think the Patriots will play the Packers and the Patriots will win.
Dennis Schroeder selected the top German playing abroad in last week's games - 15 hours ago
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Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Germans who are currently playing abroad. This week's number one is former international point guard Dennis Schroeder (181-93, agency: Octagon Europe). He led Atlanta Hawks to a victory over the New York Knicks in the NBA in Monday night's game.
Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Germans who are currently playing abroad.
#1. This week's number one is former international point guard Dennis Schroeder (181-93, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in NBA). He led Atlanta Hawks to a 1-point victory over the New York Knicks (18-24) 108-107 in the NBA in Monday night's game.
Schroeder was MVP of the game. He recorded 28 points (!!!) and added 3 passes in 34 minutes on the court.
The Atlanta Hawks have 24-17 record this season.
It's Schroeder's fourth year with the team.
Schroeder has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.4ppg, 3.0rpg, 6.2apg, 2FGP: 50.2%, 3FGP: 35.9% and FT: 81.1% in 41 games he played so far.
Schroeder played for the German senior national team two years ago.
#2. Second place goes to an international center Tibor Pleiss (217-89, currently plays in Euroleague). He was the major contributor in Galatasaray's victory against the closely-ranked Zalgiris (6-11) 87-79 in the Euroleague last Friday.
Pleiss scored 17 points and grabbed 7 rebounds.
Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul (5-12) is placed second from the bottom (#15) in group A.
They ended the series of four consecutive loses.
Pleiss' overall stats this season are: 7.1ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.1bpg, 2FGP: 53.5%, 3FGP: 66.7% and FT: 78.1%.
He is in the roster of the German senior national team.
#3. The German player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international point guard Heiko Schaffartzik (183-84, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup). Schaffartzik could not help JSF Nanterre (4-1) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his very good performance the first-placed JSF Nanterre (4-1) was badly defeated 91-74 on the road by the second-ranked Kormend in the group N of FIBA Europe Cup.
Schaffartzik was the top scorer with 22 points. He also added 4 passes.
Schaffartzik's team will play only one more game in the FIBA Europe Cup Second Stage. And that game will be critical.
It's Schaffartzik's first season with the team.
He has relatively good stats this year: 11.9ppg, 2.5rpg, 4.5apg, 2FGP: 28.6%, 3FGP: 46.6%(34-73) and FT: 85.0%.
Schaffartzik played for the German national team two years ago.
#4. Center Johannes Voigtmann (211-92, currently plays in Spain) led Baskonia to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked RETAbet BB (6-9) crushing them 84-63 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday.
He scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 22 minutes.
Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (11-5) is placed fifth in the Liga Endesa.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
This year Voigtmann's overall stats are: 8.1ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.9apg in 16 games.
He is also German national team player.
#5. U20 international swingman Kostja Mushidi (195-98, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) led his Serbian team Mega Leks to a victory against the third-ranked Strasbourg IG (8-5) 86-82 in the Basketball Champions League on Wednesday night.
Mushidi scored 15 points, made 3 passes and 3 steals.
BC Mega Leks (4-9) is placed seventh in group D.
His team will play only one more game in the Basketball Champions League Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial.
Mushidi's total stats this season are: 9.7ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.5apg.
He plays currently for the German U20 national team.
#6. Forward Dirk Nowitzki (213-78, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a Dallas Mavericks' victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves (14-28) 98-87 in the NBA in Sunday night's game.
Nowitzki scored 17 points, had 6 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 28 minutes.
The Dallas Mavericks have not so impressive 14-27 record this season.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
Nowitzki is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his 19th year in Mavericks' roster.
He has very impressive stats this season: 13.3ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.6apg in 16 games.
Nowitzki is a former international player as he played for the German senior team two years ago.
#7. International forward Robin Benzing (208-89, currently plays in Spain) helped CAI Zaragoza win their n overtime game against the league outsider La ICL Manresa (2-14) 87-77 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday.
He scored 15 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
CAI Zaragoza (6-10) is placed 12th in the Liga Endesa.
It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses.
This season Benzing has relatively solid stats: 13.2ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.5apg and 1.3spg.
He is also German national team player.
#8. Forward Moritz Wagner (208-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Michigan win their game against the University of Nebraska (0-2) 91-85 in the NCAA on Saturday night.
Wagner scored 23 points, had 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 31 minutes.
The University of Michigan has 2-3 conference record this season.
Wagner has reliable stats this year: 12.1ppg and 3.7rpg in 19 games.
He used to play for the German U18 national team
back in 2014.
#9. International swingman Paul Zipser (203-94, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the Chicago Bulls in their game against the New York Knicks (18-24) in the NBA.
Zipser scored 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.
The Chicago Bulls (21-22) were defeated 104-89 in New York by the Knicks.
Zipser's total stats this season are: 1.5ppg and 1.7rpg.
He is also in the roster of the German national team.
#10. Forward Cameron Neubauer (202-94, currently studies in the States) helped San Diego win their game against the Brigham Young University (1-1) 88-75 in the NCAA last Saturday.
Neubauer scored 22 points, had 9 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 34 minutes.
The University of San Diego has not so impressive 2-4 conference record this season.
Neubauer's stats this year are: 10.7ppg, 5.4rpg and 2.4apg in 18 games.
He is a former U20 international player as three years ago he still played for the German national team.
#11. Former U22 international power forward Tilo Klette (206-77, currently plays in Austria) was not able to secure a victory for Gmunden Swans (12-5) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Klette's good performance Gmunden Swans was defeated 72-60 in Traiskirchen by the lower-ranked Arkadia Lions (#7).
He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Klette also added 6 rebounds.
Klette averaged so far 12.6ppg, 4.6rpg and 2.2apg.
He used to play for the German U22 national team
eighteen years ago.
#12. Former U20 international forward Michael Kessens (206-91, agency: Court Side, is currently at the American university), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the FIU (0-5) in their last game. Despite Kessens' very good performance the FIU was edged 57-55 at home by the The Univ.of Texas - San Antonio.
He scored 17 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 28 minutes.
Kessens averaged so far 14.2ppg and 9.7rpg in 18 games.
He used to play for the German U20 national team
back in 2011.
#13. International center Maik Zirbes (208-90, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Euroleague) couldn't help Maccabi T-A in their game against Real Madrid in the Euroleague. He cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones.
Zirbes scored only 2 points in 7 minutes on the court.
His team lost 75-80.
This year Zirbes' total stats are: 8.1ppg and 3.0rpg in 15 games.
He is also German national team player.
#14. Former U18 international forward Max Hoetzel (206-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped San Diego St. win their game against the San Jose State University 76-61 in the NCAA in Tuesday night's game.
Hoetzel scored 12 points and grabbed 9 rebounds.
Hoetzel has averaged so far 9.3ppg and 4.6rpg.
He is a naturalized American.
Hoetzel used to play for the German U18 national team
back in 2013. Strangely he has never played in Germany.
#15. Former U18 international forward Lars Schlueter (203-95, currently plays in Canada) helped University of Calgary win their game against the Cascades 92-87 in the Canadian university league CIS on Friday night.
He scored 13 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 24 minutes.
Schlueter has averaged so far 10.0ppg and 2.4rpg in 12 games.
He used to play for the German U18 national team
four years ago.
The list of other players, who all have German passport but never been selected to any of German national teams:
#1.Bar Timor (190-G-92, currently plays in Israel) led Hapoel Jerusalem to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Galil Gilboa (5-9) crushing them 100-75 in the Israeli Winner League on Sunday night.
Timor was the best player in that game. He scored 19 points and added 7 passes in 31 minutes.
Hapoel Jerusalem (8-6) is placed fourth in the Winner League.
Timor has relatively good stats this year: 11.1ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.4apg and 1.1spg in 14 games he played so far.
He has a dual citizenship: German and Israeli.
#2. Experienced Kiril Wachsmann (203-C-84, college: Iona, currently plays in Uruguay). Wachsmann could not help Defensor (2-3) to beat U Universitario (5-1). He cannot count Tuesday's game as one of the best ones.
Wachsmann recorded only 2 points and grabbed 9 rebounds.
Defensor (#5) was defeated 94-90 in a derby game by the second-ranked U Universitario in the Promocional 1 group.
It was Defensor's third consecutive loss in a row.
There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical.
Wachsmann's total stats this season are: 6.3ppg, 8.3rpg and 1.2apg.
#3.Frederik Joerg (214-C-92, currently plays in NCAA2) was not able to help the St.Martin's University (3-5) in their last game. Despite Joerg's very good performance the St.Martin's University lost 69-82 on the road to the Northwest Nazarene University.
He scored 18 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 22 minutes.
It was St.Martin's University's fourth consecutive loss in a row.
Joerg has averaged so far 9.7ppg and 4.9rpg in 10 games.
#4.Sven Stammberger (198-F, currently plays in Canada) contributed to a 3-point Dalhousie University's victory against the Axemen (4-6) 84-81 in the Canadian university league CIS on Tuesday night.
He recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 13 rebounds.
The Dalhousie University has a solid 7-3 record this season.
Stammberger has been at the team for five years.
Stammberger averaged so far 12.8ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.7apg.
He is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and German.
#5.Adam Ariel (192-G/F-94, currently plays in Israel) was not able to secure a victory for Maccabi Ashdod (9-1) in their game against Ironi Nahariya (7-7) in the Israeli Winner League.
Ariel scored 7 points in 25 minutes.
The league leader Maccabi Ashdod lost 69-76 in Nahariya to the lower-ranked (#6) Ironi.
Ariel has averaged so far 7.2ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.5apg in 14 games.
He has both German and Israeli nationalities.
#6.Sven Jeuschede (190-G-95, currently plays in NCAA2) contributed to a Montana St. - Billings' victory against the Alaska-Fairbanks 99-94 in the NCAA2 last Saturday.
Jeuschede recorded 14 points and grabbed 7 rebounds (made all of his five free throws).
Jeuschede has averaged so far 6.5ppg and 2.9rpg.
#7.Tyree Chambers (188-G-94, currently plays in NCAA2) helped Le Moyne College edge the St.Anselm College 67-65 in the NCAA2 last Tuesday.
Chambers scored 13 points in 22 minutes.
Chambers has averaged so far 6.3ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.6apg in 11 games.
#8.Nils Lehmann (196-F-96, currently plays in NCAA2) helped Rollins College win their game against the Saint Leo University 77-72 in the NCAA2 in Saturday night's game.
He recorded 11 points in 20 minutes.
Lehmann has averaged so far 3.7ppg and 2.0rpg in 11 games.
#9.Marco Sanders (202-F-79, college: Point Park, currently plays in Norway) couldn't help Ammerud Bskt (5-14) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his very good performance Ammerud Bskt was crushed 88-63 in Bekkestua by the second-ranked Baerum Basket.
Sanders was the top scorer with 16 points. He also added 6 rebounds.
Sanders has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 17.5ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.4apg and 1.2spg.
Sanders is a naturalized American.
He used to play for EnBW Ludwigsburg in German league.
#10.Max Eisele (193-G-96, currently plays in Canada) helped University of Calgary win their game against the Cascades crushing them 106-68 in the Canadian CIS on Thursday night.
Eisele scored 8 points, made 4 passes and 3 steals in 19 minutes.
Eisele has averaged so far 3.3ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.8apg and 1.2spg in 12 games.
Chris McNealy (194-G-92, college: Cal-Irvine) is a 24 year old 194cm guard from Danville, California playing his second professional season and second with the Redwell Gunners Oberwart (Austria-A Bundesliga). Last season as a rookie for the Redwell Gunners Oberwart (Austria-A Bundesliga), he played 31 games averaging 13.7ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 53.8%, 3PT: 31.6%, FT: 79.0%. He started his basketball career in 2010 with Cal-Irvine (NCAA) playing a 135 games and a senior played 35 games a... [read more]
Chris McNealy (194-G-92, college: Cal-Irvine) is a 24 year old 194cm guard from Danville, California playing his second professional season and second with the Redwell Gunners Oberwart (Austria-A Bundesliga). Last season as a rookie for the Redwell Gunners Oberwart (Austria-A Bundesliga), he played 31 games averaging 13.7ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 53.8%, 3PT: 31.6%, FT: 79.0%. He started his basketball career in 2010 with Cal-Irvine (NCAA) playing a 135 games and a senior played 35 games averaging 11.0ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 43.8% (138-315), 3PT: 35.9% (37-103), FT: 68.9% (73-106). He spoke to eurobasket before the Fiba Europe Cup Game against the Telekom Baskets Bonn.
Chris welcome to Germany. Your playing your second professional season and second with the Redwell Gunners Oberwart (Austria-A Bundesliga) and playing Fiba Europe Cup as well. This competition has taken you all over Europe. How blessed do you feel as a guy from California to be traveling the world at age 23?
It's amazing to be traveling. I've been to many places throughout the world and have created a lot of memories that I would like to tell my kids one day.
You play and live in Austria and are experiencing a totally new kind of lifestyle in Austria this and last season. What has been your most memorable experience so far in Europe off the court that none of your friends in California had ever seen before?
Being in the snow. I don't think I've ever seen snow in California and I see it out here on a daily basis.
Your playing against the Telekom Baskets Bonn in Bonn in Fiba Europe Cup play. What do you know in general about the country Germany and it's basketball?
I know basketball is really big in Germany and that Bonn is a great team. This will be my first time there so I;m excited to see more.
In the first game against the Telekom Baskets Bonn, the Redwell Gunners Oberwart (Austria-A Bundesliga) lost badly at home 83-64. It was kind of a strange game stat wise as Bonn dominated the boards and shot very well from outside, but had 22 turnovers. What will the Redwell Gunners Oberwart (Austria-A Bundesliga) have to do better this time around to get the win?
We can't have a long lapse like we did last time we played. Game was close until the 3rd quarter when they went on a run and we didn't respond. We want to create havoc on the court and cause them to make turnovers like last time and not to get rattled when they go on a run.
The Redwell Gunners Oberwart (Austria-A Bundesliga) give up 82 points in the Fiba Europe Cup which is 28th. Is it the overall better skill level of the competition that has made it harder to defend than in the Austrian Bundesliga?
Yea the teams we play in the Euro Cup have been better than what we usually face, but we enjoy that because it makes us a better team. We work hard every day to compete at this high level.
The Redwell Gunners Oberwart (Austria-A Bundesliga) are leading the Austrian Bundesliga at the moment with a 13-2 record. The team is ranked first in points and third in points allowed. Does the club feel much pressure having to defend their Bundesliga title?
We try not to put pressure on ourselves and just focus on the next game ahead of us. Each game holds different situations and we learn from every game to make us ready for when the playoffs come around
How .much fun and challenging has it been playing with the 4 other Americans Traylor, Cumberbatch, Jackson and Kuakumensah who are all young and each guy at the start of their professional career wanting to prove something? Do you feel like each player is growing this season with the drive that each other guy has and gives on the court on a daily basis?
It's been fun playing with those guys we have good chemistry on and off the court and by pushing each other every day will help us become better individual players.