#1. This week's number one is an international center Chris Kaman (213-82, college: Cent.Michigan, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Dallas Mavericks (8-9) in their last game. Despite Kaman's very good performance the Dallas Mavericks were edged 100-98 on the road by the Philadelphia 76ers.
He was the top scorer with 20 points. Kaman also added 4 rebounds in 29 minutes on the court.
It was Mavericks' third consecutive loss in a row.
But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen.
It's Kaman's first year with the team.
He has individually a very good season with high stats. Kaman averages: 13.6ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.1apg, 1.1bpg, 2FGP: 52.1% and FT: 81.1% in the 15 games he played so far.
He is a naturalized American.
Kaman played for the German senior national team one years ago.
Strangely he has never played in Germany.
#2. Second place goes to former U20 international forward Christian Standhardinger (203-89, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA. He was not able to help the Hawaii in their last game on Saturday. Despite Standhardinger's very good performance the Hawaii was defeated 77-63 in Las Vegas, NV by the University of Nevada - Las Vegas.
He recorded a double-double by scoring 27 points and getting 10 rebounds. Standhardinger also added and 3 steals.
Standhardinger has relatively good stats this season: 11.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 3FGP: 42.9% and FT: 66.7%.
He has a dual citizenship: Filipino and German.
Standhardinger played for the German U20 national team in 2009.
#3. The German player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Tibor Pleiss (215-89, currently plays in Spain). He contributed to a 2-point Caja Laboral's victory against the league outsider Lagun Aro GBC (1-9) 71-69 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game.
Pleiss recorded 6 points in only 7 minutes.
Caja Laboral Vitoria (7-3) is placed fourth in the ACB.
But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen.
It's Pleiss' first year with the team.
This season his overall stats are: 6.4ppg, 4.3rpg, 2FGP: 58.8%(20-34) and FT: 83.3% in the seven games.
Pleiss is also a member of the German senior national team.
#4. Swingman Kevin Bright (196-92, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to secure a victory for the Vanderbilt in their last game. Despite Bright's good performance the Vanderbilt lost 52-62 at home to the Villanova University.
He had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting the same number of rebounds. Bright also added 4 assists in 37 minutes.
This year Bright's total stats are: 9.1ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.6apg in the 10 games.
He is also German U20 national team player.
#5. An experienced former U22 international power forward Tilo Klette (206-77, currently plays in Japan), who plays in the Japanese JBL couldn't help Levanga Hokkaido (2-16) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Klette's very good performance the bottom-ranked Levanga Hokkaido was defeated 92-77 in Osaka by the higher-ranked Panasonic Trians (#3).
He was the second best scorer with 20 points. Klette also added 7 rebounds.
This season Klette has relatively solid stats: 12.8ppg and 6.9rpg.
He used to play for the German U22 national team
thirteen years ago.
#6. Forward Michael Kessens (206-91, is currently at the American university) led Longwood to a victory against the Central Pennsylvania College (11-4) 88-75 in the NCAA on Wednesday night.
Kessens recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 17 rebounds. He also added 3 blocks and 3 steals.
The Longwood College has conference record this season.
It's Kessens' first year with the team.
Kessens has averaged so far, 6.4rpg and 1.2spg.
He is U20 international player as he played for the German team one years ago.
#7. International forward Elias Harris (203-89, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the University of Pacific 85-67 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game.
Harris scored 17 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 25 minutes.
The Gonzaga University has conference record this season.
Harris has been at the team for four years.
He has averaged so far, 6.4rpg and 1.2spg in the 14 games.
Harris is also German national team player.
#8. Guard Thomas Reuter (198-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to E.Washington's surprising victory against the California State University, Fullerton 79-75 in the NCAA last Friday.
He recorded 16 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.
The Eastern Washington University has conference record this season.
It's Reuter's first year with the team.
Reuter has averaged so far, 6.4rpg and 1.2spg.
He used to play for the German U18 national team
back in 2010.
#9. International shooting guard Patrick Heckmann (196-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to a Boston Coll.'s shocking victory against the The Pennsylvania State University 73-61 in the NCAA in Wednesday night's game.
He scored 6 points, grabbed 6 boards, handed out 3 passes and blocked 2 shots.
The Boston College has conference record this season.
Heckmann has averaged so far 8.4ppg, 5.9rpg and 2.3apg.
He is also in the roster of the German national team.
#10. Guard Chad Toppert (201-85, college: N.Mexico, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help CAI Zaragoza (6-4) in their game against Real Madrid (10-0) in the Spanish ACB. Toppert cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones.
He recorded only 2 points in 11 minutes.
CAI Zaragoza lost 79-94 in Madrid to the leading Real.
They ended the series of four consecutive victories.
But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go.
Toppert has averaged so far 2.4ppg and 1.1rpg in the 10 games.
He is a naturalized American.
Toppert is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the German senior national team.
Apparently he has never played in Germany.
#11. Former U18 international center Mike Dejworek (210-87, college: Citadel, currently plays in Denmark) managed to help Bakken Bears to win against the closely-ranked Vaerlose crushing them 82-62 in the Danish Ligaen on Thursday night.
Dejworek recorded only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.
Dejworek has averaged so far 2.3ppg and 3.0rpg.
He used to play for the German U18 national team
seven years ago.
#12. U20 international forward Dennis Ogbe (201-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Tenn Tech in their game against the David Lipscomb University in the NCAA.
Ogbe recorded 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 27 minutes.
His team was badly defeated by 16 points 80-64.
Ogbe has averaged so far 9.7ppg, 6.0rpg and 2.0spg in the three games.
He used to play for the German U20 national team
#13. Former U20 international guard T.J. DiLeo (190-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Temple win their game against the The University of Buffalo 54-39 in the NCAA last Wednesday.
DiLeo scored 5 points and added 3 passes.
He has averaged so far 8.4ppg, 7.6rpg and 1.2apg.
DiLeo is a naturalized American.
He used to play for the German U20 national team
two years ago.
Interesting that DiLeo has never played in Germany.
#14. U20 international forward Dennis Kramer (211-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the San Diego in their game against the Stephen F. Austin State University in the NCAA.
He scored 6 points in 17 minutes.
His team lost 51-56.
Kramer has averaged so far 8.4ppg, 7.6rpg and 1.2apg in the nine games.
He is a naturalized American.
Kramer used to play for the German U20 national team
However he has never played in Germany.
#15. Former U18 international forward Davis Martens (206-89, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Siena in their game against the University of Massachusetts in the NCAA.
Martens scored only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 12 minutes.
His team was edged 64-63.
He has averaged so far 8.4ppg, 7.6rpg and 1.2apg in the nine games.
Martens used to play for the German U18 national team
five years ago.
The list of other players, who all have German passport but never been selected to any of German national teams:
#1.Federico Kammerichs (202-F-80, currently plays in Argentina) led Regatas Corrientes to a victory over the closely-ranked Lanus (14-6) 75-69 in the Argentinian LigaA last Friday.
Kammerichs was MVP of the game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 16 rebounds.
It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Regatas Corrientes (15-5) is placed first in the LigaA.
It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row.
Kammerichs is currently fourth on the list of best rebounders.
He has very reliable stats this season: 11.0ppg, 9.0rpg and 1.6apg.
Kammerichs has a dual citizenship: German and Argentinian.
#2.Ben Rice (195-F-90, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, currently plays in Israel), who plays in the Israeli Winner League could not help Bnei Hasharon (2-5) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Bnei Hasharon lost 86-91 on the road to the second-ranked Maccabi Haifa.
Rice was the top scorer with 27 points. He also added 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 38 minutes.
It was Bnei Hasharon's fourth consecutive loss in a row.
But the season just started, so everything may happen.
Rice is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Bnei Hasharon's roster.
Rice has relatively good stats this season: 13.6ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.7apg in the seven games he played so far.
He is another player who holds two passports: Israeli and German.
#3.Mario Stojic (198-G/F-80, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Eurocup), who plays in Belgium was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Base Oostende (2-3) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Stojic's very good performance Base Oostende was crushed 85-61 in Zielona Gora by the second-ranked Stelmet ZG.
He was the top scorer with 16 points (made all of his six free throws).
Stojic's team will play only one more game in the Eurocup Regular Season. And that game will be critical.
It's Stojic's first season with the team.
He has relatively good stats this year: 10.8ppg and 2.8rpg.
Stojic has both Croatian and German nationalities.
#4. Experienced Robert Sarovic (205-F-78, currently plays in EuroChallenge), who plays in Romania was not able to secure a victory for Timisoara (1-4) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the fourth-placed Timisoara lost 86-97 on the opponent's court to the second-ranked Kormend in the group F of EuroChallenge.
Sarovic was the top scorer with 19 points. He also added 7 rebounds in 26 minutes.
It was Timisoara's fourth consecutive loss in a row.
Sarovic's team will play only one more game in the EuroChallenge Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial.
It's Sarovic's first season with the team.
He has relatively good stats this year: 11.0ppg and 4.0rpg in the five games.
Sarovic also holds two passports: Serbian and German.
#5.Robert Tomaszek (204-F-81, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Texas Tech, currently plays in Poland) couldn't help Energa Czarni (7-4) in their game against AZS Koszalin (7-3) in the Polish TBL.
He recorded 7 points and grabbed 6 rebounds.
Energa Czarni was badly defeated 83-67 in Koszalin by the second-ranked AZS Koszalin.
It's Tomaszek's first season with the team.
Tomaszek's total stats this year are: 9.1ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.6apg.
He holds both German and Polish passports.
#6.Urule Igbavboa (203-C-87, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Sweden), who plays in the Swedish Basketligan couldn't help LF Basket (6-8) in their last game. Despite Igbavboa's very good performance LF Basket was edged 84-83 at home by the second-ranked Uppsala Basket.
He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Igbavboa also added 6 rebounds in 24 minutes.
Igbavboa is currently ninth on the league's list of top scorers with 16.7ppg.
This year he also averages: 6.4rpg and 1.2spg in the 14 games.
Igbavboa is a naturalized American.
He used to play for MEG Goettingen in German league.
#7.Joachim Thoss (201-C-81, currently plays in Philippines) contributed to a 3-point Alaska Aces' victory against the fifth-ranked Meralco Bolts 88-85 in the Filipino PBA on Wednesday night.
Thoss scored 12 points, had 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 27 minutes.
Thoss is ranked fifth on the list of the best blockers in the league with 1.0bpg.
This year his other stats are: 8.4ppg, 5.9rpg and 2.3apg in the 10 games.
Thoss has German and Filipino nationalities.
#8.Josh Lockett (203-F/C-89, college: Georgetown, KY, currently plays in United Kingdom), who plays in the British BBL couldn't help the league outsider Liverpool Mersey Tigers (0-12) in their last game. Despite Lockett's good performance the bottom-ranked Liverpool Mersey Tigers was crushed 92-65 in Chester by the higher-ranked (#8) Cheshire Jets.
He was the second best scorer with 12 points. Lockett also added 8 rebounds in 30 minutes.
Lockett has averaged so far 9.7ppg, 6.0rpg and 2.0spg in the three games.
He is a naturalized American.
#9.Jonathan Mesghna (198-F-89, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Maine's surprising victory against the Northeastern University 76-73 in the NCAA last Wednesday.
Mesghna scored 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds.
Mesghna has averaged so far 9.7ppg, 6.0rpg and 2.0spg.
He holds both German and Eritrean passports.
#10.Kiril Wachsmann (203-C/F-83, agency: Edge Sports, college: Iona, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Melilla Baloncesto in their game against Lleida Basquet in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division).
Wachsmann scored 5 points and grabbed 8 rebounds.
His team was badly defeated by 17 points 87-70.
Wachsmann belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #4.
He has averaged so far 8.4ppg, 7.6rpg and 1.2apg.
Ozarks All American guard Ethan Murray (188-G-93, college: Coll.of the Ozarks) scored 12 points and secured three steals in a 33-13 1st quarter against Weser Baskets Bremen/BTS Neustadt to start the route on Sunday afternoon. He would add 18 points over the final 3 quarters as Eurobasket Select eclipses 100 points in a 41 point victory. Four others scored in double figures for ESL Select, all off the bench, as Zack Leeper (193-G) scored 17, Dayton Mickens (203-F-91, college: Ark.-Monticel... [read more]
The first unit started quickly behind the shooting of Murray that consisted of Josiah Coleman (196-F-94, college: N.Dakota), Don Quarles (193-F/G-92, college: Paine), Ajani Santos (201-F/C-94), and Bruce Marshall (208-C-94). On the first play of the game the ball was entered into Marshall on the block where he quickly passed out of the double team to find an open Murray for 3. After another Murray jump shot, Quarles would get inside for an easy slam to the pleasure of the friendly Bremen audience. The route was on as the lead quickly ballooned to 20 plus points.
Bremen did not back down moving into the 2nd quarter as they played Eurobasket evenly in the period. Nick Hein (198-F) and Andreas Bruns (197-G/F) were a handful for all night but against 11 American players it was just too much to handle. Eurobasket was without point guards Jeremiah Dunnings (183-PG, college: William Carey) and Jack Montague (183-PG, college: Yale) which resulted in much bigger lineups across the first and second units. The size and pressure put a strain on Bremen's offense causing 23 turnovers (steals: Murray 4, Cole 3, Seldon 3) and eight blocked shots (Wise 3, Mickens 2, Seldon 2).
Eurobasket opened the 3rd quarter on an 18-0 run that pushed the lead from 20 to 38. The lead would grow to as high as 47 points in what was just a dominant performance from the second unit. Maurice Cole (182-PG-90, college: Dixie St.) led the unit with a flurry of open court spins and crosses that led to two 3 point FG's for Leeper and five assists overall to lead the team. Eurobasket is now 3-0 on it's 10 game tour schedule. Next up is a game tomorrow night August 29th against Grevenbroich.
Notes: Murray, Biber, and Santos each had 7 rebounds to lead the team...Eurobasket committed 28 fouls in the game including foul outs for Coleman and Quarles...Wise led the team with 3 blocks...Eurobasket connected on 11 3 point FG (Murray 5, Leeper 3, Coleman, Wise, Seldon)....Leeper, Cole, Murray, and Biber each had +25 +/- ratios.
Jack Montague (183-PG, college: Yale) and Ethan Murray (188-G-93, college: Coll.of the Ozarks) led five Eurobasket players in double figures as they continued to roll through Germany with a perfect record through four games. Montague and Murray each had 14 while Jeremiah Dunnings (183-PG, college: William Carey) continue his double figure streak with 11 points, Don Quarles (193-F/G-92, college: Paine) chipped in 10, and Maurice Cole (182-PG-90, college: Dixie St.) also finished with 10 po... [read more]
'We went through a lot of diversity today with a long bus ride and 30 minute delay on the game. However, I am happy we were able to get out to a big lead before the half. We have a long way to go to increase our chemistry together but that will come with experience,' Eurobasket Select Head Coach Allen Mkrtychyan. Eurobasket Select will move on to play 1. FC Kaiserslautern tomorrow.
Even if the opening game of the 2016 Basketball Aid international tour is 72 hours old, memories of that game for players and fans will be on their mind radar for a while as fans will relive the alley-oop put backs by Mike Morrison and amazing unending talent of 16 year old Isaac Bonga where not the sky, but space seems to be the limit and especially for Americans Mike Morrison and Quantez Robertson being on American solid and trying to find their home state flags of Florida and Ohio in t... [read more]
Even if the opening game of the 2016 Basketball Aid international tour is 72 hours old, memories of that game for players and fans will be on their mind radar for a while as fans will relive the alley-oop put backs by Mike Morrison and amazing unending talent of 16 year old Isaac Bonga where not the sky, but space seems to be the limit and especially for Americans Mike Morrison and Quantez Robertson being on American solid and trying to find their home state flags of Florida and Ohio in the beautiful cozy state of the art Clay Kaserne gym for everyone to swoon at. However even if the tour has moved on rapidly in the last days having gone to Luxemburg where their national team battled German Pro A team Dresden Titans and on Sunday still with the Luxemburg national team on board moved to German city Hanau which is 25 kilometers east of Frankfurt, the term that still had a tiny effect was the Frankfurt Skyliners. If Luxemburg national team head coach Ken Diederich who as a player was a nine time Luxemburg all-star and four time league champion with AB Contern, had done his homework the last days, he would have found out that both head coaches that he faced with Steven Clauss of Dresden and Simon Cote of Hanau had been coaches with the Fraport Skyliners within the last 10 years. However on Sunday in game three of the 2016 Basketball Aid international tour, the name Frankfurt Skyliners wasn't on the menu, but instead good European basketball with an always international flair and not too forgot the Basketball Aid cause always as the main focus as that was what the players were really playing for. As always Basketball Aid international tour chairman Hans Beth who was head coach of the Hanau organization four years ago was present and running around shaking hands and making sure that everything was running along smoothly and as always was pleased with another well-made production that benefited the basketball aid charity as well as bringing fans the best possible preseason basketball action as high scoring was on the menu as the Hebeisen White Wings delighted their fans with a nasty 109-66 spanking of the Luxemburg national team. 'I am very happy how everything went in Hanau. It was well organized and the fans saw a good game. Hanau had a very good shooting game. For Luxemburg it was a good test for their upcoming Euro qualifying games. They played against a very physical team with Hanau and that will help them for their upcoming Euro qualifying schedule'. explained 2016 Basketball Aid international tour chairman Hans Beth.
With it being one of the hottest days of the summer in the Frankfurt region, there was no difference in Hanau either as it felt like a desert outside and when one arrived in the Main-Kinzig arena, it felt even worse, like one was locked away in a sticky sauna with the door was slammed shut in your face. It wasn't the best conditions for the players, but every single player knew that there was a special meaning behind the game with the Basketball Aid charity as always as the main feature. Finding a player who hasn't in some way been effected by the cancer disease would be about as difficult as guessing the real mistress count that Wilt Chamberlain had back in the day, because cancer just seems to be everywhere. Ex TBB Trier player Samy Picard who played 52 BBL games and played catch with current NBA player Chris Copeland with his former German team took a deep breath when he had to recount how cancer had effected his family. 'The mother of my wife died a few years ago on cancer. It was a very difficult time for her. It is important to support basketball aid. We all love basketball and to be able to play for a good cause is excellent. I don't know if we will ever be able to beat cancer, but we have to try it', stressed Samy Picard. 'I lost my uncle and grandmother to cancer. Playing the game is only a small part, but it is most important to help fight cancer in any way. I will always do what I can to help', expressed Hebeisen White Wing guard Eugene Harris.
The Hebeisen White Wings had had some tough test against BBL teams like Giessen and Wurzburg where they had had some very close games and then had another game against the MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg where they were spanked in a bad way losing by 40 points. They came into the game knowing that the Luxemburg national team wasn't of BBL caliber, but remained focused and just shot the lights out shooting 49%, controlling the boards and just playing unselfish basketball. 'We went into the game with some goals and we improved our rebounding, ball movement and competing well for 40 minutes. I liked our style in the game and we know that no matter who we play, we play unselfish', stressed ex Davidson (NCAA) guard Brian Sullivan (180-PG-93, college: Davidson). Ex High Point (NCAA) standout Eugene Harris was also pleased by the effort of the Hebeisen White Wings and felt despite having a blow out, the self confidence was vital for the team. 'Key in this win was competing with ourselves. This was a game to get better at executing on offense and defense and getting myself in the right spots to get my teammates to be their best. This win also helped the self confidence of our new German guys', added Eugene Harris. After losing to the Dresden Titans 48 hours ago by only 10 points, they had a more difficult time with the Hebeisen White Wings as the intensive heat cloud in the arena coupled with the opponents hot shooting did them in all night long. 'We could use the excuse and say that we had a 4 hour bus drive and then had to play in this heat, but Hanau also had to play against the heat. Hanau just shot extremely well. We tried everything on defense to shake them up, but nothing worked', expressed Luxemburg national player Samy Picard. The Luxemburg national team was without star Tom Schumacher who was at home waiting for the birth of a child while Rueben Spoden of Hanau was still nursing an injury, but is expected back ready at the start of the season. There wasn't total domination by the Hebeisen White Wings from the get go, but rather the usual feeling out of both teams as the game was tight in the early going. It was the work horse Kuize Pinkins who got going early establishing good position and just getting easy buckets as he scored twice giving the Hebesien White Wings the early 6-4 advantage. This in turn kept sparking the Hanau offense as they continued to get easy baskets inside and on transition as Harris scored on transition and Pinkins made an offensive rebound and easy put back for the12-6 Hanau lead. German Tili Joscha Joenke was also very important in the early going doing an excellent job at the point pushing the ball forward whenever possible and organizing the Hanau offense well and just getting them rolling. After a Dean Gindt lay up who has won three Luxemburg league titles, Hanau started to switch up their offense and started hitting from downtown as Harris and Sullivan hit back to back trey's for the 18-10 Hanau advantage. Samy Picard ceased this sudden Hanau offensive onslaught with two big buckets inside, but Hanau put the ultimate dagger in the comeback heart of Luxemburg burying two further back to back three's from Sullivan and Christian Von Fintel. After one quarter, the Hebeisen White Wings had the comfortable 26-14 lead. The Hebeisen White Wings were shooting 53% from the field and 50% from outside while the Luxemburg national team was shooting 40% from the field and 20% from outside. Hanau had the 12-5 rebound edge, but three turnovers while Luxemburg only had two turnovers.
In the second quarter the Hebeisen White Wings continued to execute at ease and continued their hot shooting from the parking lot. The two Hanau Americans Sullivan and Harris were sprouting with immense zeal and self-confidence and just wanted the ball at all times and were successful as Sullivan hit a jumper and then nailed a three followed by a Harris trey which extended the Hanau lead to 36-19. Luxemburg didn't have any massive offensive threats down low so they relied on their shooting which was mediocre or here and there sneaking inside as 23 year old Alex Laurent did showing why he won the 2016 Luxemburg allstar slam dunk contest with a hard dunk. However the Hebeisen White Wings always had an answer and just continued to shoot shoot shoot and hit hit hit as ex Kirchheim Knight Jordan Wild hit twice and Joenke and Sullivan again and before Luxemburg head coach Ken Diederich could wipe his brow for the 25th time getting rid of the nasty sweat, Hanau was leading 48-26. Luxemburg closed out the second quarter with a mini 4-0 run as Laurent hit four free throws. At halftime the Hebeisen White Wings were leading 48-30. The Hebeisen White Wings were shooting 44% from the field and 50% from the three point line while the Luxemburg national team was shooting 43% from the field and 22% from the three point line. Hanau had the 21-12 rebound edge and both clubs had seven turnovers a piece.
The Hebeisen continued to dominate the game in the third quarter as they continued to shoot out the lights while the Luxemburg national team mixed up their defensive formations with different zone's as well as man to man, but they couldn't put a rattle into the sound Hanau offense. Hanau didn't waste any time jumping out on a quick 7-2 run as Joenke nailed another three pointer while Pinkins showed his unique inside out game scoring inside where he really makes it look like he is on a stroll in a park and then nailed a three pointer as the Hebeisen White Wings led 56-32. The three pointer is something Pinks wants to develop further this season as he came in as a rookie last season having shot 39% as a senior at USF, but only 20% last season with Hanau. Luxemburg got another dunk from Laurent who was the most consistent player for them, but Hanau had production from every player as the success of the American guard combo of Sullivan and Harris seemed to rub off on German Von Fintel as he scored in bunches with a trey and lay in to extend the Hanau lead to 63-38. Luxemburg then got a rare 5-0 run as Picard buried a trey and Bob Melcher who plays for Amicale Steinsil since 2010 scored inside as Hanau suffered a defensive breakdown cutting the Hanau lead to 63-43. Sullivan had already lite up the Main-Kinzig arena in the first half and didn't hear any Sulliiiiiiiiiiiiii chants yet as he did in the Belk arena at Davidson the last years whenever he demonstrated his shooting art, but the Hanau fans might catch on in the next games, but the Ohio native showed also a strong separation between knowing when to score and when to display his playmaking abilities. On back to back plays, Sullivan showed his explosiveness as an offensive player as he first found ex Essen forward Paul Albrecht with a bullet pass inside and then caught Von Fintel back door for the reverse lay up and then stroked home another three pointer giving Hanau the huge 70-43 lead. 'Luxemburg played much zone so we drove and kicked and that opened me up much more for shots which got me in rhythm. I think that my shooting and playmaking feed off each other. I am not a one dimensional player. My goal is always to get my team the best shot', warned Brian Sullivan (180-PG-93, college: Davidson). Teammate Eugene Harris is happy that he has Sullivan in the back court with him. 'Sullivan can really shoot the heck out of the ball and it is vital that he can spread the floor. He also is a very good defender', stressed Eugene Harris. Hanau continued to supply the pressure pffensively as Sullivan connected for another trey and ex Nordlingen big man Josef Eicher scored inside and also made free throws. Harris also made a beautiful step back three from the corner that a Steph Curry couldn't have done better. After three quarter, the Hebeisen Whi+te Wings had the commanding 85-57 advantage. The Hebeisen White Wings were shooting 51% from the field and 48% from the parking lot while the Luxemburg national team was shooting 47% from the field and 33% from the parking lot. Hanau had the overwhelming 33-16 rebound edge, but 11 turnovers while Luxemburg had nine turnovers.
The Hebeisen White Wings had their best defensive quarter in the fourth keeping Luxemburg to nine points, but the question for the fans was how many point would Hanau get at the end? The Hebeisen White Wings seemed to want to get that 100 points quickly as they cruised out on a massive 12-2 run as they got three consecutive three's from Harris, Albrecht and ex Tuebingen German Julian Albus, Eichler also scored using some baby steps to confuse his defender. After 22 year old 200cm forward Yann Wolf made an off balance jumper, Hanau went on a 7-0 run to eclipse the 100 point mark. Pinkins started the run with an unbelievable off balance shot from the corner with an angle that only NBA legend Larry Bird could of made in the day, but the Hanau forward saw nothing but net an d then Von Fintel nailed a three and Albrecht hit free throws as the Hebeisen White Wings led 104-61. With a few minutes remaining, Luxemburg got some production from Pit Koster and a three from Gindt while Hanau got a fascinating shot clock buzzer beater from Von Fintel as he nailed the three over Delgado and he ended the game with free throws. The Hebeisen White Wings continue to prepare for the regular season while Luxemburg now will compete in the 2016 Euro qualifying tournament. ''We start with three road games, so it will be tough. We will have to sell ourselves as best as we can. I think we will have the best chance against Hungary. We have nothing to lose and seemingly no pressure, but there is always that pressure not to lose by 30 or 40 points', stated Luxemburg national player Samy Picard. The Hebeisen White Wings were led by Brian Sullivan (180-PG-93, college: Davidson) and Christian Von Fintel who scored 22 points a piece. Kruize Pinks chipped in with 15 points and nine rebounds and Eugen Harris added 14 points and 10 assists. Josef Eichler contributed 10 points. The Luxemburg national team was led by Alex Laurent with 14 points. Samy Picard and Bob Melcher added 11 points a piece. The Hebeisen White Wings shot 49% from the field and 45% from outside while Luxemburg shot 43% from the field and 27% from outside. Hanau had the massive 47-23 rebound advantage and both teams had 13 turnovers a piece. The 2016 Basketball Aid Tour resumes on Tuesday in Mainz as the Giessen 46ers meet Pro A team Gotha.
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