Lietuvos Rytas clinched a vital win in the Euroleague Group D. They held off Brose Baskets to improve at 2-7 record for a three-team tie in the fourth position in the ladder. Renaldas Seibutis (198-SG-85) scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to pace the Vilnius team. Lietuvos Rytas and Bamberg exchanged baskets throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 15:15 after ten minutes. Lietuvos Rytas surged ahead in the second term. They established a 35:28 halftime advantage. Brose Baskets slowed the hosts down in the third term. The German team got within 5 points midway through the quarter. Renaldas Seibutis and Samardziski stretched the margin to 7 points at the final break 50:43. Lietuvos Rytas stayed calm throughout the fourth frame. They kept Brose Baskets at bay and rallied to the victory at the end. Leon Radosevic (206-C-90) provided 11 points and 9 rebounds, while Janis Blums (191-SG-82) and Simas Buterlevicius (200-F-89) added 8 points each for the winners. Bostjan Nachbar (207-F-80) and Maik Zirbes (208-C-90) responded with 12 points each for Brose Baskets.
Elijah Allen(195-G/F-89, college: NW Missouri St.) is a 26 year old 195cm swing man from Columbus, Ohio that recently completed his fourth professional season in Germany and second with Lich playing 27 games averaging 13.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.9apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 49.5%, 3PT: 36.2%, FT: 69.3%. He started his basketball career at NW Missouri St. (NCAA2) in 2007 where he played until 2011 playing a total of 103 NCAA games and as a senior played 26 games: 14.9ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.1apg, FG: 44.8%, 3Pts: 23.... [read more]
Elijah Allen (195-G/F-89, college: NW Missouri St.) is a 26 year old 195cm swing man from Columbus, Ohio that recently completed his fourth professional season in Germany and second with Lich playing 27 games averaging 13.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.9apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 49.5%, 3PT: 36.2%, FT: 69.3%. He started his basketball career at NW Missouri St. (NCAA2) in 2007 where he played until 2011 playing a total of 103 NCAA games and as a senior played 26 games: 14.9ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.1apg, FG: 44.8%, 3Pts: 23.1%, FT: 74.8%. He came to Germany in 2012 and played his first two seasons for the VfB 1900 Giessen Pointers (Germany-Regionalliga) and in the 2013-2014 season played 26 games averaging 20.0ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.3apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 58.7%, 3PT: 30.7%, FT: 68.4%. In the 2014-2015 season for the Licher Basket Baeren he played 28 games: 10.4ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 54.9%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 72.2% He spoke to Eurobasket after signing with Pro A team Gotha.
Elijah thanks for talking to eurobasket. Where are you at the moment and how has your summer been? Thanks for the interview Miles, I am currently in Lollar,Germany. The summer has been great for me. I have been staying fairly busy. I have been training and spending time with my family and I also just took part in the Scorers1st Showcase in Dusseldorf this past weekend.
There is nothing wrong with staying in Germany and enjoying the lifestyle, but isn't your extended family in Ohio as well as friends sad that you are still in Germany when you could be at home? Yes, I miss my family and friends very much. It has been about 3 years since I have been back in the United States. I just haven't had much time to make it back due to other priorities.
You obviously have your own family now here in Germany, but besides that what have you grown to cherish the most about being able to live in Germany? I think the fact of just realizing why I have been here so long is what I will cherish the most. I made a goal and stuck to it. I have been taking classes at a local school and also working a normal job the past few years in order to obtain a German passport. It took a lot of hard work and sacrifice but it was all worth it.
Congrats on signing with Gotha in the German Pro A. How thrilled are you to be able to make the next step in your professional career? I am very excited for this opportunity. I have worked hard for this. I am hungry and eager to help the program in continued success.
For some reason I always figured you were happy playing with the Licher Basket Baeren. How carefully did you plan this move? Leaving Lich and the Giessen area was one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make. It ideally was the perfect situation for me because it gave me the opportunity to play as well as being close to my wifes side of the family. Lich is like a second home to me and I am really thankful for all that they have done for me.
You made considerable steps in your second Pro B season. Do you feel that you really needed that second season in the Pro B to be able to make that next step to the Pro A? I think staying two years in Pro B was a positive for me. I felt I made big improvements year to year. Staying two years was really the best situation for me.
It is a no brainer to be able to play for BBL legend Chris Ensminger, but what else sold you on joining Gotha? Besides the coaching staff, I really wanted to come to a winning program. I think when you look at the fan support of Gotha that really shows what kind of program they are. They have good management and really give there all to reach their goals.
What kind of dealings have you had with Chris Ensminger in the past? Have you met him? What kind of talks have you had with him recently and what was your impression of him? I met Chris Ensminger for the first time a few weeks ago. I have heard great things about him before I met him. He is a coach that really makes his players better and helps them truly reach their potential. I know I have a lot of room to grow and I can't wait for him to help me get better.
He is a Ohio boy like you. Are the chances better this way that you both speak the same basketball language? It always helps when you have someone that can relate to your background. Gotha is a team that is st