It is always a special pleasure when Fans are able to see former teammates battling against their ex team again. This season the EWE Baskets Oldenburg have two ex Frankfurt Skyliners on their roster with Germans Konrad Wysocki and Dominic Bahinese De Mello who combined played seven seasons and 260 games. De Mello played from 2005-2011 and was primarly known as a shooter and didnt always have an easy time under head coach Murat Didin, but seemed to forever escape his basketball shell in Frankfurt under Gordon Herbert. Konrad Wysocki played at Ivy league school Princeton getting Ivy league rookie of the year in 2001 and when wearing spectacles could be seen as a young Russell Crowe from the movie A Beautiful Mind and could always hold his own in a conversation about architecture. In his only season in Frankfurt in 2008-2009, he played under Murat Didin who wanted him to play more the position four even though he has his advantages at the position three. That season was nt the best experience for him as he averaged only 6,0ppg, 4,3rpg, 1,4apg and shot only 29,3% from downtown. The nicest memory of the ex ratiopharm Ulm player was prior to him coming to Frankfurt when he was allowed to guard NBA superstar Lebron James at the 2008 Olympic games in Bejing. Wysocki then departed Frankfurt in 2009 and went a bit further east to Poland where he played three seasons for PGE Turow and played Eurocup and hit very prosperous the lats two seasons at 41% from the parking lot. Wysocki wasnt able to play, because he was suffering from a charley horse injury, but spent some time before the game saying hello to friends that had made the trip form Frankfurt. De Mello was looking to break the 1-1 record form last season where he helped crush Frankfurt in the home opener on the road, but then lost at home near the end of the season. De Mello was as focused to beta his old team as OJ Mayo of the Dallas Mavericks has been being on of the better players so far, Rick Adelman of the Timberwolves keeping a competitive team there despite nagging in juries or Damien Lillard showing he has been a solid rookie for the Portland Trailblazers so far and the young German was able to help the EWE Baskets Oldenburg grind out a tough 63-61 win. I was excited to play against my former team and see many friends especially seeing Klaus Perwass and Quantez Robertson was nice. It is always special to play against Frankfurt stressed Dominic Bahiense De Mello. De Mello also is thrilled to be reacquainted again with Wysocki. He is a good friend of mine. We understand each other very much. He plays the kind of style I play. He does so much for the team and has become such a good player and developed in his time in Poland, added Dominic Bahiense De Mello. Wysocki learned very well at Princeton. I always know that I can find him cutting to the basket. He is a leader and always fights until falling down, said EWE Baskets Oldenburg center Jannik Freese. Purdue almunist Chris Kramer that got the deciding steal and hoop to win the game just uttered a huge smile when talking about the German boys. De Mello is a clown and always joking around. He was struggling a bit rushing his shot this season, but when he is open and has his feet set, then he is one of the best shooters that I have ever been around. Fis hilarious. He is a Princeton boy and sometimes he makes comments that you would never expect from him. He is a huge asset to the team and very versatile. He is one of the bets offensive rebounders that I have ever seen. He is like a magnate getting those rebounds, warned ex s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg guard Chris Kramer (191-G-88, college: Purdue)
The Fraport Skyliners came into the game in 14th place coming off a bitter 59-55 home loss against the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg and once again were not rewarded with their strong defense losing a 63-61 heartbreaker where they had the game in their hands, but lost it at the end with two crucial mistakes. The Fraport Skyliners fall to 17th place and seem to be a lot better 17th ranked team then their record shows, but a loss is a loss no matter how well you play. We are a bit mad and down at the end of this game. We knew that we could of won the game. We simply didnt execute at the end of the game, stressed Fraport Skyliner American Quantez Robertson. Despite losing there continues to be bright spots with the team play. The Skyliners held Oldenburg to 63 points which is a huge accomplishment. They can build on this and need to continue to play aggressive, stressed basketball expert Steven Clauss. The EWE Baskets Oldenburg came into the game reeling off a 69-62 loss in Trier and wanted to continue to put an end to their up and down play in the Beko BBL after their continued strong play in the Eurochallenge where they are perfect at 5-0. It doesnt really get any more exciting than this. This was a very intense game on defense and you have to respect Frankfurt for their performance. They put so much pressure in the passing lanes and we were never able to get rolling and get away, because we didnt hit our shots. At the end it was small things that decided this game and I am happy that we were able to pull out the win, stressed ex Sklyiner Dominic bahiense De Mello.
The injury woes continued for the Fraport Skyliners as they were without top scoorer Ted Scott once again as well as captain Marius Nolte. The EWE Baskets Oldenburg jumped on the Fraport Skyliners quickly taking a 6-1 lead as De Mello scored on a lay up with his left hand, Adam Chubb got that extra pass from Ronald Burrell and Rickey Paulding hit a pull up jumper. The Fraport Skyliners didnt let this quick explosion rattle their feathers as they stormed back on a 6-2 run and trailed only 8-7. Young German Danilo Barthel got some early self confidence making in an ally-op pass from Johnathan Jones and then scored inside again as did Quantez Robertson. This back and fourth offense was about as much as the fans would get until the fourth quarter as defense would play the major role in this game. Oldenburg stayed in front despite the Fraport Skyliners tying the game at 9-9 through Zack Peacock and at 11-11 through a Johannes Vogtman lay in. 2008 Beko BBL champion with Alba Berlin Julius Jenkins hit a floater which he would do again in crunch time and Quantez Robertson replied with a three pointer, but the Fraport Skyliners still were behind 17-16 after one quarter. The game was very open. Both teams were defending very aggressive leading with the Fraport Skyliners shooting very weak, stressed basketball expert Steven Clauss. The EWE Baskets Oldenburg were shooting 50% from the field and 0% from outside while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 33% from the field and 33% from outside. Frankfurt had the 10-8 rebound edge and both teams had two turnovers a piece.
The EWE Baskets Oldenburg got off to a quick start despite Dion Dowell making a block on the first play and then forcing 2007 Beko BBL cup winner with Cologne Ronald Burrell to a turnover. Oldenburg went on a 8-2 run to lead 25-18. Chubb used his height advantage over Zach peacock nailing a fade away and hit free throws. Julius Jenkins nailed the teams only three pointer of the game. This was a very strong phase of Oldenburg defending as the Fraport Skyliners continued to struggle in their offensive sets as the shot clock was down in many plays forcing low percentage shots. However the Fraport Skyliners knew that in order to stay in the game they would have to put up their defense a few notches and they did letting their defense spark their offense. After a Dowell catch and pop, Devin Gibson made a steal which led to a Zach Peacock fade away jumper and mini 4-0 run as Oldenburg led only 26-22. After Kramer and Peacock traded free throws, it was time for another mini 4-0 run by the Fraport Skyliners as Quantez Robertson made a tip in and then on the very next play, a fierce full court press forced another turnover as Barthel came up with the steal and Konstantin Klein made the lay in as all of a sudden a Skyliner 25-18 disadvantage turned into a 28-28 ball game. The EWE Baskets Oldenburg were able to close out the second quarter with free throws from Robin Smeulders and Ronald Burrell to lead 31-28. The game continued to a defensive battle. Frankfurt increased their aggressive play in the second quarter, but still had problems on offense. Oldenburg pressured so well and the kick wasnt there, because the shooters were covered keeping the shooting percentage down, expressed basketball expert Steven Clauss. The EWE Baskets Oldenburg were shooting 42% from the field and 20% from the tree point line while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 31% from the field and 17% from the three point line. Oldenburg had the rebound advantage at 19-14, but 11 turnovers while Frankfurt only ahd six turnovers.
The third quarter continued to have little scoring output from both teams as defense was continuing to rule the game. The Fraport Skyliners continued to stay on the heel of Oldenburg as Zach Peacock made a lay in to cut the Oldenburg lead to 33-32, but Ronaly Burrell hit a mid distance jumper to put the Oldenburg lead at 35-32. Ronald Burrell was doing a super job keeping Dowell away from the taking the three point line so somebody else had to step up and it was Robertson testing his 27% three point percentage hitting the three pointer knotting the game at 35-35. Jones then gave Frankfurt their first lead of the game dropping an open three pointer for the 38-35 lead. Frankfurt was finally rewarded for their stellar defense. However Oldenburg roared back going on a mini 4-0 run to retake the lead 39-38. Rickey Paulding caught Frankfurt napping scoring on the fast break and Adam Chubb hit two free throws. Peacock tied the score at 39-39 with a free throw, but Jannik Freese then made two free throws for the 41-39 lead. Peacock then tied the score again with a lay in 41-41. DE Mello closed out the third quarter with a bucket as Oldenburg led 43-41. The Skyliners won the third quarter. They dictated the game as they gave Oldenburg no chance to get away. Both teams continued to defend very hard as neither team had any rhythm on offense, stressed basketball expert Steven Clauss. The EWE Baskets Oldenburg were shooting 37% from the field and 14% from the parking lot and the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 31% from the field and 25% from the parking lot. Oldenburg had the rebound edge 30-21, but 17 turnovers while Frankfurt had only eight turnovers.
Both teams really saved their best for last as there would be 10 lead changes and the game was decided in the last minute. The Fraport Skyliners raced out on a 5-0 run to retake the lead 46-43 as Quantez Robertson made a spectacular reverse lay up and Johnathan Jones connected on a bomb form downtown. Julius Jenkins then was fouled in the corner behind the three point line and connected on two of three free throws. Burrell then hit a free throw as Oldenburg led 47-46. Peacock then reacted like a beast hauling down an offensive rebound and registering the put back and 48-47 Frankfurt lead. It continued to go back and forth as Burrell snuck inside and got a lay in as Oldenburg led 49-48. Frankfurt then tied the score at 52-52 with a heads up play by Dowell who gobbled up the Voigtmann air ball and lay it in. Gibson who had had drawn fouls all night long, but not hit on a regular basis on the penetration snuck into the zone made a hesitation step and turn around shot as Frankfurt led 55-52. Now it was Oldenburgs turn again to retake the lead going on a mini 4-0 run to lead 56-55. Kramer scored in traffic and Dru Joyce who had been quiet all night long in the scoring department made his only bucket of the game finding a hole as no one picked him up. Gibson then made free throws giving Frankfurt the lead back 57-56, which was quickly erased by Mr money ball Jenkins who quickly found the open space and got inside and made the floater as Oldenburg led again 58-57. Frankfurt then retook the lead 61-58 as Gibson showed no nerves at the free throw line making four free throws in crunch time after having problems recently and Dowell made a huge bucket as Frankfurt led 61-58 with less than a minute to play. Oldenburg countered with two quick points with Robin Smeulders cutting the Frankfurt lead to 61-60. With time running out and eight seconds to go, the Fraport Skyliners had their destiny in their own hands as Oldenburg had to foul, but the unexpected came as Chris Kramer came between a Tez inbounds pass to Gibson scoring an easy break away hoop and Oldenburg 62-61 lead as Oldenburg would never trail again. That was my fault. I have to make a better inbounds pass, stated Quantez Robertson. It was my mistake. I should of came quicker to the ball, added Devin Gibson. Chris Kramer who was named to the defensive team three years in a row in his conference at Purdue showed why he is a big time defensive player even if his steal wasnt as spectacular as his shot from his knees against Arizona in 2007. That steal wasnt as spectacular as that, but is was big. We needed a big play and the pass wasnt strong and I got in the passing lane and got the basket, added Chris Kramer Kramer never gives up. He plays until he falls down, stressed Jannik Freese. Frankfurt had one more chance with 4 seconds to play on an inbounds play, but Oldenburg denied well as Frankfurt got the ball to young German Johannes Voigtman that lost the ball in the corner and turned the ball over. It was obvious that I wasnt the first option, but Oldenburg did a good job on our players and I was unlucky losing the ball on the dribble off my foot, expressed Johannes Voigtmann. Jenkins made one more free throw sealing the win for the EWE Baskets Oldenburg 63-61. We had good looks at end and executed ok. I think that if we would have made more of our open shots then we would of won, added Quantez Robertson. This was one of those games where one play can decide it. This was a huge win for us and this is what can capitulate a team and keep us moving forward, warned Chris Kramer
The EWE Baskets Oldenburg were led by Adam Chubb with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Ronald Burrell added 11 points and six boards and Julius Jenkins 10 points. The Fraport Skyliners were led by Zach peacock with 17 points, five rebounds and two assists. Quantez Robertson added 14 points. The FRaport Skyliners continue to struggle on offense as they cant find a rhythm and shot only 34% from the field and 24% from outside. Their defense continues to be their bright spot as they limited Oldenburg to only one three pointer and forced them to 21 turnovers. Our defense was very aggressive tonight. We did a good job not letting them get into their plays and limiting their hot players Jenkins and Paulding and not letting them get a rhythm early, stressed Quantez Robertson. Frankfurt defended very aggressive hedge hard on ball screens and making us make the extra pass. We missed many shots. We can work on many things. We have to get back to scoring 75-80 points, added Chris Kramer Frankfurt scrambled very much and it wasnt easy against their baseline trap, warned Jannik Freese. The Fraport Skyliners will be back at the office next weekend against Phoenix Hagen and will need to defend hard again as Phoenix Hagen can put points up on the board as fast as Julius Jenkins can get hot and stop their run and gun game.
Dennis Schroeder selected the top German playing abroad in last week's games - 10 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.
You are a guy that can really fill up the stat sheet, but on what part of your game are you still trying to incorporate new things too? Something that I'm working on is making more plays on the defensive end. Being able to play the passing lanes will not only get me more steals but opportunities to score in open floor.
Your stats are much improved from last season especially your three point shooting. What been the main reasons for your improvement? Is knowing the league better come into play?
I really made an effort to improve my shot in the offseason. Worked on it on it all the time and also having the belief that every shot is going in.
You had your best scoring Fiba Europe Cup games against Apoel and Yytautas recently with 24 and 25 points. Do you feel like you have landed in European competition now? I'm just in a very good flow right now and playing with a lot of confidence. Going to continue to being aggressive on the floor.
How important has American Derek Jackson become this season for the team and you? This is the second season that you guys are teammates. Do you guys understand each other blindly on the court? He has played very well this season. He is playing with a ton of confidence and is a reason on why we have been a successful team. We play well together.
You are a very active defender. To what NBA player did you always look up too growing up and now when it comes to taking care of defensive assignments on the court? One player I liked to watch was Rip Hamilton. I think he was a very underrated defender but was pesky and able to defend stars well on his time with the Pistons.
How vital was American Quincy Diggs last season in Oberwart winning the title? What did you appreciate most about his game? Quincy did a lot for us last season and had a knack for scoring. I appreciated his dirve and working every day in the gym to try to get better.
What was your wake up call to being a rookie in Europe last season where you knew that you were very far away from home? Was tough being away from family especially on the time difference and being able to talk. Definitley struggled with that.
You didn't play in the 2016-2015 season after being waived by the Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League). How difficult was this season and after being drafted by them what was the best example that basketball is always a business first? That was the first real time being cut from a team like that but heading into I had a feeling it would happen. I learned mostly that its all about who you know and how big your brand is (name, school attended, agent, ect)
You played at Cal-Irvine (NCAA) from 2011-2015 reaching the Big West final in 2013. What was your overall best experience on the court?
Winning the regular season title my senior year
You played against countless talented players for example in your second season you played against California that had future NBA player Allen Crabbe and Justin Cobbs and against Cal Fullerton that had DJ Seeley whos playing with top Euroleague team Macabbi Tel Aviv and Kwame Vaughn who is with the Fraport Skyliners. When you look back over the years how much difference is there really between guys like that and you? When you see where these guys are how much does that make you want to work harder each day to continue to move up the basketball ladder?
Honestly I dont think there is much difference in our games and I know I can compete with those guys so yea every day I work hard and inspire to be at the level they are at now.
How did head coach Russell Turner groom and prepare you best for a professional basketball career? He gave me a competitive edge. He was known as a guy who would yell and get on you because he knew the skill you possessed and by doing that he made me more mentally tough.
Who was the toughest player that you had to battle in the NCAA that is in the NBA now? Damian Lillard by far. Played against him my second year and he killed us.
If the world ended tomorrow would you pick a last meal at Mcdonalds or get Austria's best Wiener Schnietzel?
If you had to construct your own NBA Rushmore, which 4 heads would you choose? MJ, Magic, Russel, and Kareem
Lebron finally brought an NBA title to the Cavs. Where does he stand at the moment in the never ending debate with where he stands as the best of all-time? That hurt me because I'm a big time warrior fan but he is definitely top 10 possibly top 5 players of all time.
Where do you rank Kevin Garnett with the best power forwards that ever played the game?
Klay Thompson recently hit 60 points in 29 minutes touching the ball for only 90 seconds. Where does this performance rank with you? I don't know to be honest but was very exciting. That and the 37 in a quarter was crazy .
One always talks about Lebron and Curry, but one has to mention Russell Westbrook. He is averaging triple double stats at the moment. Is he stat wise the best player in the world right now?
Yea he has to do a lot more for his team now that KD is gone. The numbers he is putting up are video game stats.
What was the last movie that you saw? The Girl on the Train
There have been players to land in the NBA with lower stats in their senior year than Dallas Anglin (185-G-93) but the American is as far away from the nBA right now as the Brooklyn Nets are from making the playoffs, but like so many rookies before him, Anglin will start his basketball career in the German fourth league for the Hannover Korbjager and attempt to work his way up the basketball ladder in the next years. He is a 23 year old 185cm points guard from Mont Clair, New Jersey that... [read more]
There have been players to land in the NBA with lower stats in their senior year than