#1. This week's number one is an international center Chris Kaman (213-82, college: Cent.Michigan, currently plays in NBA). He was the major contributor in a Dallas Mavericks' victory against the Houston Rockets (9-11) 116-109 in the NBA in Saturday night's game.
Kaman scored 20 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in a mere 19 minutes on the court.
The Dallas Mavericks have 11-10 record this season.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen.
Kaman has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 14.3ppg, 6.7rpg, 2FGP: 54.1% and FT: 81.4% in the 19 games he played so far.
Kaman is a naturalized American.
He played for the German senior national team one years ago.
Strangely Kaman has never played in Germany.
#2. Second place goes to an international center Tibor Pleiss (215-89, currently plays in Euroleague). He contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Anadolu Efes (5-4) 91-76 in the Euroleague on Friday night.
Pleiss scored 8 points in only 13 minutes.
Caja Laboral Vitoria (3-6) is placed fourth in group C.
His team will play only one more game in the Euroleague Regular Season. And that game will be critical.
This year Pleiss' overall stats are: 4.2ppg, 2.3rpg, 2FGP: 43.8% in the six games.
He is in the roster of the German senior national team.
#3. The German player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Elias Harris (203-89, currently plays college basketball in the States). He led Gonzaga to a 2-point victory against the Washington State University 71-69 in the NCAA last Wednesday.
Harris scored 23 points, had 6 boards, passed 3 assists and added 4 steals in 37 minutes.
The Gonzaga University has conference record this season.
It's Harris' fourth year with the team.
This year his total stats are: 10.0ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 53.8%, 3FGP: 46.7%(14-30) and FT: 74.3% in the 11 games.
Harris is also a member of the German senior national team.
#4. Shooting guard Patrick Heckmann (196-92, currently studies in the States) led Boston Coll. to a victory against the St.Francis College (NY) 72-64 in the NCAA on Saturday night.
He scored 18 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 5 assists.
The Boston College has conference record this season.
Heckmann has averaged so far 10.0ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.6apg.
He is also German national team player.
#5. Former international guard Chad Toppert (201-85, college: N.Mexico, currently plays in Spain) managed to help CAI Zaragoza in a victory against one of league's weakest teams Assignia Manresa (1-10) 82-75 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday.
He scored only 2 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 15 minutes.
CAI Zaragoza (7-4) is placed sixth in the ACB.
But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen.
Toppert has averaged so far 2.4ppg and 1.5rpg in the 11 games.
He is a naturalized American.
Toppert used to play for the German national team
two years ago.
Apparently he has never played in Germany.
#6. Swingman Kevin Bright (196-92, is currently at the American university) contributed to an overtime Vanderbilt's surprising victory against the Xavier University (1-0) 66-64 in the NCAA in Thursday night's game.
Bright had a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 10 rebounds in 42 minutes.
The Vanderbilt University has conference record this season.
It's Bright's first year with the team.
He has very impressive stats this year: 15.9ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.1spg in the 15 games.
Bright is U20 international player who is currently on the German National Team roster.
#7. Former U20 international forward Christian Standhardinger (203-89, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the Hawaii in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance the Hawaii was defeated 63-56 at home by the Pepperdine University.
Standhardinger recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 10 rebounds.
This season Standhardinger has very high stats. He averages: 15.9ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.1spg.
Standhardinger used to play for the German U20 national team
three years ago.
#8. Guard Thomas Reuter (198-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to help the E.Washington in their game against the University of Idaho (0-0) in the NCAA. Despite his good performance in Thursday night's game Reuter recorded 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.
It's Reuter's first season with the team.
He has relatively good stats this year: 12.9ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.6apg.
Reuter used to play for the German U18 national team
back in 2010.
#9. An experienced former U22 international power forward Tilo Klette (206-77, currently plays in Japan) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Levanga Hokkaido (3-17) in their game against Tochigi Brex (5-15) in the Japanese JBL, despite his very good performance last Saturday.
He recorded 13 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in a mere 17 minutes.
But the bottom-ranked Levanga Hokkaido lost 77-89 on the road to the one of league's weakest teams (#7) Tochigi Brex.
This year Klette has relatively solid stats: 12.6ppg and 6.5rpg in the 19 games.
He used to play for the German U22 national team
thirteen years ago.
#10. Forward Michael Kessens (206-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the one of league's weakest teams one of league's weakest teams Longwood in their game against the Georgetown University (0-0) in the NCAA. Despite his good performance on Monday night Kessens scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.
Kessens has reliable stats this season: 12.6ppg and 6.5rpg.
He is U20 international player as one years ago he still played for the German national team.
#11. Former U20 international guard T.J. DiLeo (190-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Temple in their game against the Duke University in the NCAA.
He scored 7 points in 19 minutes.
His team was crushed by 23 points 90-67.
DiLeo's stats this year are: 12.6ppg and 6.5rpg in the 19 games.
He is a naturalized American.
DiLeo used to play for the German U20 national team
two years ago.
Interesting that he has never played in Germany.
#12. Former U18 international guard Sebastian Koch (203-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an Elon's shocking victory against the Dartmouth College crushing them 71-49 in the NCAA on Tuesday night.
Koch scored only 3 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 30 minutes.
Koch averaged so far 12.6ppg and 6.5rpg in the 19 games.
He used to play for the German U18 national team
back in 2009.
#13. U20 international guard Mario Blessing (188-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to a USC Upstate's victory against the The Univ.of Texas - San Antonio 88-77 in the NCAA last Saturday.
Blessing scored 6 points and added 3 passes in 24 minutes.
Blessing averaged so far 12.6ppg and 6.5rpg in the 19 games.
He is also German U20 national team player.
#14. 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 Gardner-Webb University in the NCAA.
Ogbe scored 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 26 minutes.
His team was badly defeated by 20 points 61-41.
Ogbe averaged so far 12.6ppg and 6.5rpg in the 19 games.
He used to play for the German U20 national team
#15. Former U16 international center Alexander Machowski (205-91, currently plays in Poland) couldn't help Polonia in their game against MKS DG in the Polish 1Liga (second division).
Machowski recorded 5 points.
His team was defeated 82-69.
Machowski has averaged so far 2.8ppg and 1.3rpg.
He used to play for the German U16 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 Liga SudAmericana) was the major contributor in a Regatas Corrientes' victory against the fourth-ranked Penarol (0-3) 65-58 in the Liga Sudamericana last Wednesday.
He recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 16 rebounds. Kammerichs also added 2 blocks (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line).
Regatas Corrientes (2-1) is placed first in group G.
It's Kammerichs' first season with the team.
Kammerichs is currently third on the league's list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (third place).
His overall stats this season are: 8.0ppg, 11.3rpg, 1.3apg and 1.7bpg.
Kammerichs has a dual citizenship: German and Argentinian.
#2. Experienced Robert Sarovic (205-F-78, currently plays in Romania) led Timisoara to a victory against the eighth-ranked Gaz Metan (7-5) 77-69 in the Romanian Division A in Saturday night's game.
Sarovic scored 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds.
BC Timisoara (8-3) is placed third in the Division A.
It's Sarovic's first season with the team.
His total stats this year are: 10.0ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.6apg.
Sarovic is another player who holds two passports: Serbian and German.
#3.Kiril Wachsmann (203-C/F-83, agency: Edge Sports, college: Iona, currently plays in Spain) led Melilla Baloncesto to a 1-point victory over the closely-ranked Ourense (0-4) 76-75 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Friday night's game.
Wachsmann was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 11 rebounds in 37 minutes.
Melilla Baloncesto (2-8) is placed second from the bottom (#13) in the LEB Gold.
It was Melilla Baloncesto's first victory after eight consecutive loses.
Wachsmann is currently second on the list of best rebounders with 7.9rpg.
He also averaged so far 9.5ppg and 1.2apg in the 10 games he played so far.
#4.Robert Tomaszek (204-F-81, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Texas Tech, currently plays in Poland) contributed to a Energa Czarni's victory against the eighth-ranked Kotwica (3-8) 80-76 in the Polish TBL last Sunday.
Tomaszek scored 6 points.
Energa Czarni Slupsk (8-4) is placed third in the TBL.
Tomaszek has averaged so far 8.8ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.5apg and 1.1spg.
He has both German and Polish nationalities.
#5.Mario Stojic (198-G/F-80, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Belgium), who plays in the Belgian Ethias League could not help Base Oostende (4-4) to beat VOO Verviers-Pepinster (2-6).
Stojic scored 9 points in 35 minutes.
But Base Oostende was edged 63-61 on the road by the league outsider (#8) VOO Verviers-Pepinster.
But the season just started, so everything may happen.
It's Stojic's first year with the team.
He has relatively good stats this season: 11.7ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.4apg in the seven games.
Stojic also holds two passports: Croatian and German.
#6.Julian Sensley (206-F-82, college: Hawaii, currently plays in South Korea) helped Dongbu Promy win their game against the closely-ranked Sonic Boom KT 72-62 in the South Korean KBL in Wednesday night's game.
He scored 14 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 7 assists.
Sensley has relatively good stats this season: 13.6ppg, 6.3rpg and 3.6apg.
He is a naturalized American.
Apparently Sensley has never played in Germany.
#7.Urule Igbavboa (203-C-87, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Sweden), who plays in the Swedish Basketligan was not able to help LF Basket (7-8) in their last game on Wednesday. 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.
Igbavboa has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.9ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.1spg.
Igbavboa is a naturalized American.
He used to play for MEG Goettingen in German league.
#8.Ben Rice (195-F-90, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, currently plays in Israel) helped Bnei Hasharon win their game against one of league's weakest teams Galil Gilboa 84-81 in the Israeli Winner League on Monday night.
He scored 8 points in 25 minutes.
Rice has relatively good stats this year: 12.9ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.6apg in the eight games.
He has Israeli and German nationalities.
#9.Till Gloger (203-F-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Maine win their game against the Fisher College crushing them 97-42 in the NCAA in Thursday night's game.
Gloger recorded 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 23 minutes.
Gloger's stats this year are: 12.6ppg and 6.5rpg in the 19 games.
#10.Martin Seiferth (208-F-90, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to secure a victory for the E.Washington in their last game on Thursday. Despite his good performance the E.Washington was edged in an overtime 81-79 on their home court in Cheney, WA by the University of Idaho.
Seiferth recorded 10 points.
Seiferth's stats this season are: 12.6ppg and 6.5rpg.
Sometimes the overwhelming differences that two basketball teams may possess on paper can be as hard to digest for an opposing coach in terms of what strategy he will use for 40 minutes as it was NFL coaches and defenses to figure out how to stop a Tom Brady of the New England Patriots who at age 39 seems to be playing like in his prime and having that very special and rare football gen called forever young. When one observes Germany's youth league NBBL which displays the faces of tomorro... [read more]
Sometimes the overwhelming differences that two basketball teams may possess on paper can be as hard to digest for an opposing coach in terms of what strategy he will use for 40 minutes as it was NFL coaches and defenses to figure out how to stop a Tom Brady of the New England Patriots who at age 39 seems to be playing like in his prime and having that very special and rare football gen called forever young. When one observes Germany's youth league NBBL which displays the faces of tomorrow and possible professional players in the making, one can't always expect games in the 90's or a 50% field goal percentage as these kids are all still learning, but sometimes the stats on paper do tell the story. This was the case as unbeaten Eintracht Frankfurt who had beat MTV Kronberg in a thrilling OT game where they showed their true colors in OT and last weekend needed a 26 point explosion in the fourth quarter to leave the Junior Baskets Rhein Necker in the dust faced off against the 1-1 Schoder Junior Giraffen Langen in another classic Hessen derby. The guests lost the first game of the season against Porsche BBA Ludwigsburg with 65-58, but last weekend nipped the well-known basketball academy Urspring 55-53. The immense statistical advantages that Eintracht Frankfurt had were mindboggling as they averaged 82 points to 56 points of Langen, had the massive rebound edge of 51-26 and in the playmaking department also had more creativity with the 20-11 edge. Langen did have the better defense in the first two games giving up only 59 points while Eintracht Frankfurt did 65 which wasn't too shabby either. Stats are one thing, but in the end the only thing that counts is what happens on the court for 40 minutes and that is when both teams leave everything they have on the court. The Schoder Junior Giraffen Langen played a hard first half where nobody would of noticed any kind of big advantage for Eintracht Frankfurt, but the home team did break out of their shell in the third leading by as much as 17 points only to see the guests fight back and force OT, but then ran out of gas as Eintracht Frankfurt squeaked out a 82-74 win. After the game, 18 year old German Konstantin Schubert (195-SF-98) didn't look anymore pooped than after any other game, but he had played an overwhelming 81 minutes in 17 hours dating back to the Fraport skyliners Juniors OT win in Nordlingen the night before, but was still able to give sound answers concerning his second OT win within 24 hours. 'I feel very tired. This was my second OT game. I played 42 minutes last night and 39 minutes now. We were up by 17 in the third and can't let the opponent come back like that. We brought more power than Langen did into the OT and hit the deciding shots that gave us the win', stressed Eintracht Frankfurt forward Konstantin Schubert (195-SF-98). The Schoder Junior Giraffen Langen played a very spirited game, but used up a lot of energy after being down 17 in the third and just didn't have the needed gusto in OT to prevail. 'This was a tough loss for us. The third quarter killed us. We never gave up until the end, but Frankfurt just had more energy than we did', added Schoder Junior Giraffen Langen forward Julian Pfaff.
Both teams struggled on the offensive end in the first quarter as the guests were able to slow down the Eintracht Frankfurt offensive machine, but couldn't get much going on the offensive end either as turnovers hurt them. Eintracht Frankfurt got early production from 16 year old 207cm forward Beat Weichsler who got aggressive inside twice getting to the hole and scoring. EX USC Freiburg center Cosmo Gruehn who played 28 minutes in Nordlingen scoring eight points and hauling down five boards scored with his left hand and ex TV Langen guard Niklas Pons also scored inside as Eintracht Frankfurt led 8-5. Both teams were having their misfortune from outside and attacked the inside as 17 year old Christian Lonrich scored and 17 year old Turk Alper Bastiyali gave the Langen team the 9-8 lead. However Eintracht Frankfurt closed out the first quarter with an Oliver Babitisch lay in and Gruehn and Schuebert free throws as they led 14-11. Eintracht Frankfurt was shooting 31% from the field and the Schoder Junior Giraffen Langen were shooting 27% from the field. Both were shooting 0% from outside. The guests had the 12-8 rebound edge, but also eight turnovers while Eintracht Frankfurt had six turnovers.
The game remained tight in the second quarter until Eintracht Frankfurt was able to extend their lead to 10 points only to see it dwindle down again as the guests made a furious run to get back into the game. The Schoder Junior Giraffen came out with a lot of energy in the opening minutes as 18 year old 207cm center Ante Brko who played with Eintracht Frankfurt two years ago scored twice inside using his big body to his advantage and 18 year old Felix Lewe tied the game at 17-17 with free throws. Eintracht Frankfurt then found some rhythm on offense going on a 13-3 run to extend their lead to 30-20. In the run, Eintracht Frankfurt was sparked by the energy of 15 year old Alvin Onyia who made a quick inbounds pass to Schuebert for the easy lay in as two seconds were on the shot clock and then nailed a trey. The club also got free throws from Babitisch and Gruehn. It seemed like Eintracht Frankfurt might run away early with the game, but the Schoder Junior Giraffen Langen mounted a furious come back going on a 7-0 run to cut the Frankfurt lead to 30-27. In the run, Pfaff dropped a three pointer and Lovrich sneaked inside for the bucket and made free throws. The guests were fortified by three consecutive Eintracht Frankfurt turnovers. Eintracht Frankfurt guard 15 year old Maximillian Begue closed out the second quarter with a free throws as Eintracht Frankfurt led 31-27. Eintracht Frankfurt was shooting 36% from the field and 20% from the three point line while the Schoder Junior Giraffen Langen were shooting 33% from the field and 17% from the three point line. Eintracht Frankfurt had 13 turnovers and the guests 14 turnovers.
Eintracht Frankfurt pulled away in the third quarter going on a 14-o run to extend their lead to 45-27 as the guests remained scoreless for almost six minutes. In the run, Eintracht Frankfurt got production from 16 year old 198cm forward Leon Pullen who scored in the paint as did Gruehn. Schubert also was very active scoring three buckets with two inside and one from the parking lot. The Schoder Junior Giraffen Langen found out of their funk just in time to close out the third quarter going on a 13-3 run to trail only 48-40. In the run, the guests were sparked by various options as 16 year old Micha Hoffmann who is the brother of ex Skyliner Jona Hoffmann hit two difficult shots with a runner and running hook shot. Lovrich hit an off balance shot and Brko scored in the paint area again. 'We did a good job on defense and just stopped them for a long time. Our one on one defense was very good. We communicated better on defense and our help defense also was good. On offense we moved the ball better', added Konstantin Schubert (195-SF-98). 'We didn't think and had no structure. We had too many own ideas. We got away from what we know from practice', stressed Julian Pfaff. Eintracht Frankfurt was shooting 36% from the field and 21% from the parking lot while the Schoder Junior Giraffen Langen were shooting 33% from the field and 11% from the parking lot. Eintracht Frankfurt had the 30-24 rebound edge and 20 turnovers while the guests had 21 turnovers.
In the fourth quarter, Eintracht Frankfurt was able to keep their comfortable lead for the first few minutes, but then watched as the Schoder Junior Giraffen Langen slowly chipped away at their lead and forced the game into OT. In the first few minutes, both teams were scoring at a good rate as Eintracht Frankfurt got buckets from Pullen, Schubert and Pons, but the guests didn't roll over and die as they also executed well as 18 year old Dan Gerst hit a jumper to cut the Eintracht Frankfurt lead to 55-45. After Jonathan Torbica and Pons exchanged three pointers, Eintracht Frankfurt still led 58-48, but now it was time for one last push by the Schoder Junior Giraffen Langen as they went on a 12-2 run to recapture the lead 60-59 with a minute to go. In the run, the guests got valuable production from Torbica who hit a difficult runner high of the glass, Pfaff got a steal and coast to coast dunk and then scored later in the paint. The club also got points from 18 year old power forward Alexander Arndt who made a big tip in as well as a Lovric lay in. Arndt then held his cool sinking two free throws for the lead. Then it seemed like the happy end of the guests would end as Gruehn made an offensive rebound and put back for the 61-60 advantage, but the guests forced OT with a Lewe free throw as the game was dead locked at 61-61. 'We did everything wrong in their comeback. We gave up too many fast break points, didn't rebound well and second chance points', added Konstantin Schubert (195-SF-98). 'The fans helped us back into the game. We always believed in ourselves and fought to the end and our shots finally began to fall more', said Julian Pfaff. Eintracht Frankfurt was shooting 37% from the field and 19% from outside while the Schoder Junior Giraffen Langen were shooting 39% from the field and 15% from outside. Eintracht Frankfurt had the 36-31 rebound advantage, but 28 turnovers while the guests had 25 turnovers.
In the OT, the Schoder Junior Giraffen langen got the lead back 62-61 on a Pfaff free throw, but Eintracht Frankfurt then went out on a 7-2 run to take the 68-63 lead and would never look back again. Eintracht Frankfurt were playing like on a mission something what head coach Jan Eichberger probably wonders why it doesn't happen more on a consistent rate as they used their various options as Pullen scored inside and Gruehn dropped a trey. The guests continued to fight to stay in range as Torbica scored with his left hand and Pfaff hit a three pointer to cut Eintracht Frankfurt's lead to 74-69, but they couldn't get the needed stops to get closer. Gerst gave the guests one last gasp of hope with a lay in cutting the Eintracht Frankfurt lead to 75-71 with a jumper, but the club then slammed the door tight on the guests they went on a 7-3 run to close out the game as Schubert hit free throws and Pons a trey for the 80-71 advantage. Before the guests could react, Pons made a steal and scored for the 82-71 lead. Lovric closed out the game with a three pointer to spice up his stat afternoon as Eintracht Frankfurt won their third game of the season 82-74 and remain unbeaten. 'I liked how we came out in OT and always fought. Gruehn was also key with his three pointer getting us ahead', stressed Konstantin Schubert (195-SF-98). 'We were tired at the end and when there are five team fouls, it is always hard to play tactical basketball', said Julian Pfaff. Eintracht Frankfurt was led by Konstantin Schubert (195-SF-98) with 23 points. Cosmo Gruehn added 19 points and Niklas Pons added 13 points. The Schoder Junior Giraffen Langen were led by Julian Pfaff with 20 poinbts. Christian Lovric scored 13 points and Dan Gerst added 12 points. Eintracht Frankfurt shot 40% from the field and 28% from the three point line while the Schoder Junior Giraffen langen shot 41% from the field and 27% from the three point line. Eintracht Frankfurt had the 39-33 rebound edge and 29 turnovers while the guests coughed up the ball 30 times.
Every season there are always numerous new players that arrive in the Pro B to show their extraordinary basketball abilities with the hope of being able to showcase their talent to a vast array of people and hoping to continue to develop and make the next step at a higher level. The Dragons Rhondorf and Bayer Giants Leverkusen have three of these players that squared off against each other in the Dragon Dome with the one player big dawg Aaron Nelson that stands 203cm that cleans up in the... [read more]
Every season there are always numerous new players that arrive in the Pro B to show their extraordinary basketball abilities with the hope of being able to showcase their talent to a vast array of people and hoping to continue to develop and make the next step at a higher level. The Dragons Rhondorf and Bayer Giants Leverkusen have three of these players that squared off against each other in the Dragon Dome with the one player big dawg Aaron Nelson that stands 203cm that cleans up in the paint area and at times is unstoppable and only content when he gets a double double as he averaged double double stats as a senior at S. Indiana and as a rookie in Chile with Los Leones de Quilpue. The other two players stood on the other side as one guy is a pure scorer and has the same last name as an ex American president. Kerry Carter who played at St Mary (NCAA) and last season had a 5 game stint in Europe's best league in Spain Endesa with Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias and racked up 9 points in 10 minutes against top club Real Madrid. The last player in this trio is an American that like Nelson loves to get physical inside and post double doubles and loves Manchester United. Brandon Nazione played at Eastern Michigan and has mixed it up in the Pro B this season and had his first very tough match up against Nelson. This game not only matched up three top players who wanted to do as much as possible to help lead their club to victory, but was also the homecoming of German Tim Schonborn who played three seasons with the Dragons amassing 78 games. With so many interesting side stories to the contest, one had the tendency to forget that the most important aspect to the evening was two teams battling for a win as the 2-2 Dragons Rhondorf were looking to keep their home record spotless while the Bayer Giants Leverkusen also 2-2 were still looking for their first road victory of the season, but that still had to wait as they lost their fourth game in a row in Rhondorf since 2008 92-87 in OT. In the head to head battle Kerry Carter finished with 31 points having a 27 efficiency rate while Aaron Nelson finished with 26 points and nine boards and also a 27 efficiency rate, but the Rhondorf American won the game. After the game, Nelson was torn and tattered as Leverkusen had really made him work hard for his pay check. 'I take every game the same. We knew that Carter was a good scorer and we had to try to focus on him more, but also take away the rest of the team. He had a very good game and I am just glad we came away with the win', stressed Illinois native Aaron Nelson. Carter didn't show it with his game face still on after the game, but one could see that he was very peeved at the loss. 'I never caught up in these type of matchups. Some players get overhyped while others are off the radar. Nelson is a great player and had a great game. I go into every game the same way no matter who we play', warned Bayer Giants Leverkusen scoring ace Kerry Carter.
The Bayer Giants Leverkusen were unable to connect in their first three possessions, but then got some buckets from ex Dragon Tim Schonborn and 31 year old German Gotz Twiehof scored for the early 4-2 advantage, but then it was time for the Canadian sensation Mike Lucier who gave the word scoring a new special meaning as he rattled off seven unanswered points giving Rhondorf the 9-4 lead. He can always dazzle you with his trey, but he got aggressive early in the paint as he scored twice and then made a steal and went coast to coast for the dunk. Rhondorf continued to carry the momentum upping their lead to 13-6 as Aaron Nelson scored as did Thomas Michel. However one can only control a guy like Kerry Carter so long as he had been stifled by Rhondorf in the first five minutes, but then got his motor going as he carried the Bayer Giants on a 13-4 run giving them the 19-17 lead as he nailed three trey's. Leverkusen had found their offensive rhythm and closed out the first quarter strong with the fourth three pointer of Carter and an Alexander Blessing lay in. New York native Will Trawick finished the first quarter with a timely three pointer cutting the Leverkusen lead to 23-22. 'I was really happy with how Patrick Reusch (185-G-93) played. It wasn't easy for him to come in and replace Viktor Frankl-Maus. He did a good job on offense and finding the open man. You can never really control a Carter. Take away his 10 points and we would have given up 13 points and the game would have looked a lot different', stressed Dragons Rhondorf CEO Boris Kaminski. The Bayer Giants Leverkusen were shooting 47% from the field and 50% from outside while the Dragons Rhondorf were shooting 40% from the field and 20% from outside. Rhondorf had the slim 12-10 rebound edge, but five turnovers while Leverkusen had four turnovers.
In the second quarter, the Bayer Giants Leverkusen got off to a rough start once again not executing on their first three possessions, while Rhondorf went on a 10-1 run to extend their lead to 32-24. In the run, Rhondorf got solid production from Aaron 'big dawg' Nelson scoring inside twice, Will Trawick also got aggressive finishing in the paint and Sascha Tratnjek scored. The Bayer Giants Leverkusen were just careless in their sets and pulled off two quick possessions without really getting settled. But then came the turning point of the second quarter as the Bayer Giants Leverkusen switched to zone propelling them on a 9-0 run as Carter once again got going again scoring seven points getting the guests the 33-32 advantage. Carter scored twice in the lane and once from the parking lot. 17 year old German Anton Geretzki stopped the run connecting on a pretty high rainbow giving Rhondorf the 35-33 lead which didn't hold up long as American rookie Brandon Nazione controlled an offensive rebound and made the put back tying the game at 35-35. Trawick made a free throw and lay in sending Rhondorf into halftime with the tight 39-36 lead. 'We started well, but they came back when they went to zone taking away our strength with Nelson and Lucier. We gave up an open three pointer to Carter which should never happen', added Dragons Rhondorf CEO Boris Kaminski. The Dragons Rhondorf were shooting 31% from the field and 23% from the three point line while the Bayer Giants Leverkusen were shooting 41% from the field and 33% from the three point line. Rhondorf had the 27-22 rebound edge and eight turnovers while Leverkusen had nine turnovers.
In the third quarter, the Dragons Rhondorf got off to another good start which was benefited by their two opening stops which led to an 8-2 run lifting their lead to 47-38. Geretzki started the run with his second trey and Nelson scored in bunches making it look so easy. But basketball always remains a game of runs as Rhondorf didn't execute on the next few possessions which enabled Leverkusen to tie the game at 47-47 benefited by an overwhelming 9-0 run. In the run the ex BBL team got some free throws, a reverse lay up by Carter, and a Schonborn lay in and trey. The game now was a dog fight as a team would take the lead and then the other would match them. Nazione made a massive dunk and Schonborn continued to be aggressive from all areas of the court and made an acrobatic lay in tying the game at 52-52. The Bayer Giants Leverkusen closed out the third quarter with the 61-57 lead as they got some instant offense from Blessing who dropped a three and made a steal and went coast to coast for the lay in. Carter and Nazione finished with two lay ins. 'We got more stops and let our defense dictate our offense instead of the other way around. I just wish that we could of done that more throughout the game', said ex St Mary's guard Kerry Carter. 'We turned the ball over too much and they hit shots. That is when basketball becomes a game of runs. They saw the ball go in and automatically they played better offense and defense. That always feels good', added Dragons Rhondorf forward Will Trawick. The Bayer Giants Leverkusen were shooting 47% from the field and 35% from the parking lot while the Dragons Rhondorf were shooting 35% from the field and 29% from the parking lot. Rhondorf had the 34-31 rebound advantage, but 16 turnovers while Leverkusen had 14 turnovers.
In the fourth quarter, despite not executing on their first two possessions, the Bayer Giants Leverkusen soon got going taking a healthy lead and it seemed like they would carry it back home, but let the game slip away in the last four minutes letting Rhondorf sneak back and force OT. Rhondorf started off on a 4-0 run as German Patrick Reusch (185-G-93) nailed free throws and Lucier scored inside to dead lock the game at 61-61. Then Leverkusen upped their defensive intensity and rushed out on a stellar 7-2run to lead 69-63. In the run, Leverkusen was fortified by Carter with two lay ups, a Nazione reverse lay up showing on more than one occasion during the game that he can play like a guard at the 203cm frame, and a Michael Kuczmann jumper. Rhondorf continued to battle back with Nelson free throws and a Reusch lay in to cut the Leverkusen lead to 69-67. However then it seemed like the Bayer Giants Leverkusen would slam the door on Rhondorf with a timely 9-0 run as crunch-time was approaching. In the run, Leverkusen was aided by a Carter trey and Nazione lay in off a second chance and then a hard dunk off a steal and coast to coast run. Leverkusen was aided by their two best American imports and it seemed like they couldn't falter now with three minutes remaining. However behind the massive support of their fans, Rhondorf continued to chip away at the lead and come back. Rhondorf made the game dramatic going on an unbelievable 11-0 run to retake the lead 78-77 with a minute to play. In the run, Rhondorf got potent production from Aaron Nelson who got to the free throw line three times and helped the team come back. 'Leverkusen made it tough for me all night. They made me work for every bucket. I knew at this time that I had to assert my dominance and get to the free throw line, get buckets and rebounds', added Aaron Nelson. The Dragon Dome went out of control when Will Trawick nailed the go ahead three for the 78-77 Rhondorf lead. 'My shot was huge. It felt amazing when it went in. We came from being down despite them having control. I sucked the momentum out of them and gave some energy to our fans while we took the momentum into OT. I never think about shooting, because the more you do the more you tend to miss. My coach and teammates always give me the confidence to keep shooting', stressed ex Emory (NCAA3) guard Will Trawick. The Bayer Giants Leverkusen had the chance to win the game down the stretch, but Carter attempted an air ball and then missed a lay up. 'I should of made those two shots regardless if I was tired or not', warned Kerry Carter. Bastian Winterhalter then connected on free throws and Nazione put the game into OT with two free throws tying the game at 79-79. The Dragons Rhondorf were shooting 34% from the field and 30% from outside while the Bayer Giants Leverkusen were shooting 46% from the field and 27% from outside. Rhondorf had the 42-37 rebound edge, but 20 turnovers while Leverksuen had 19 turnovers.
In the OT it was the Rhondorf German kid's show of Reusch and Falkenstein that led the club past the Bayer Giants Leverkusen. The Dragons Rhondorf went on a quick 5-2 run to lead 84-81. The run was sparked by the clever play by Patrick Reusch (185-G-93) who showed a lot of responsibility scoring inside, then drawing a foul and nailing free throws and then making a steal. Lucier added free throws. The Bayer Giants Leverkusen made one last push going on a 6-2 run to cut the Rhondorf advantage to 85-84. In the run, Leverkusen was sparked by a Blessing fingertip roll in and two buckets in the paint by Brandon 'the beast' Nazione. After a Michel free throw came the closing dagger into the heart of Leverkusen as 18 year German David Falkenstein who only practices once a week with the team stepped into a passing lane made the steal and went coast to coast for the lay in and 88-85 lead. Lucier and Reusch closed out the game with free throws as Rhondorf stayed unbeaten at home. 'The kids played great. Reusch played with a lot of confidence and Falkenstein doesn't practice much with us, but still knows all the plays was huge. Our focus was too make it tough on Carter at the end and we did a good job', stressed Aaron Nelson. 'We should of played tougher and smarter in OT. A few turnovers at the end cost us the game. We played good defense, but they just scored a little more', added ex eastern Michigan forward Brandon Nazione. 'Every guy on our team can give good minutes. Falkenstein and Reuch played good defense and had good drives. They were huge for us', warned Will Trawick. The Dragons Rhondorf were led by Aaron nelson with 26 points and nine rebounds. Will Trawick added 18 points and Mike Lucier 16 points while Patrick Reusch (185-G-93) scored 10 points. The Bayer Giants Leverkusen were led by Kerry Carter with 31 points, four rebounds, six assists and five steals. Brandon Nazione added 21 points and 12 rebounds. Tim Schonborn supplied 12 points and nine rebounds. The Dragons Rhondorf shot 34% from the field and 29% from the three point line while the Bayer Giants Leverkusen shot 46% from the field and 23% from the three point line. Rhondorf had the 46-43 rebound edge and 22 turnovers and Leverkusen coughed up the ball 24 times.
Wes Washpun (185-PG-93, college: N.Iowa) is a 23 year old 185cm point guard from Cedar Rapids, iowa that will be starting his professional basketball career in Germany with the MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg (Germany-BBL). He began his basketball career in 2011 with Tennessee (NCAA). He then moved to N.Iowa (NCAA) in 2013 and in his first season played 31 games averaging 8.3ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.8apg, FGP: 46.9%, 3PT: 34.3%, FT: 68.9%. As a junior he played 35 games averaging 7.6ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.6apg, FGP... [read more]
Wes Washpun (185-PG-93, college: N.Iowa) is a 23 year old 185cm point guard from Cedar Rapids, iowa that will be starting his professional basketball career in Germany with the MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg (Germany-BBL). He began his basketball career in 2011 with Tennessee (NCAA). He then moved to N.Iowa (NCAA) in 2013 and in his first season played 31 games averaging 8.3ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.8apg, FGP: 46.9%, 3PT: 34.3%, FT: 68.9%. As a junior he played 35 games averaging 7.6ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.6apg, FGP: 51.1%, 3PT: 39.5%, FT: 68.1%. As a senior he played 35 games averaging 14.2ppg, 4.0rpg, 5.2apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 51.9%, 3PT: 27.9%, FT: 72.1%. This past summer he took part in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (Pre-NBA Draft): 3 games: 8.7ppg, 3.3rpg, 4.3apg and NBA Pro Summer League in Orlando (Los Angeles Clippers): 5 games: 4.0ppg, 1.4rpg. He spoke to eurobasket about basketball earlier this summer after signing in Germany.
Wes thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. Where are you at the moment and how has your summer been? I am currently in Iowa and my summer has been going on!
Congrats on signing with German club MHP Riesen Ludwigbsurg. What was the deciding factor that made you want to start your professional career in Germany? Germany felt like a great fit for me right away and Coach Patrick and I hit it off right away!
What do you know about the country Germany and it's basketball. Many ex N Iowa players have played in Germany like John Little, Ben Jacobsen, Deon Mitchell or Mark Sonnen to name a few. I don't know much about Germany yet but excited to learn as much as I can !
Did you have some talks with head coach John Patrick? He always has had aliking to getting N Iowa players as he reeled in John Little and Ben Jacobsen years ago when he was coaching team BG Goettingen. What kind of an impression did you have of John Patrick? Did you sense like you both spoke the same basketball language? We connected right of the bat we definitely speak the same language when it comes to basketball
You have had a very exciting summer as you recently played in the NBA Summer league with the Los Angeles Clippers. What kind of experience was this? Playing in the summer league was great and I had a wonderful experience.
Was the team basketball aspect which you get more of in the NCAA on the back burner here as players play for their stats to get noticed? No not really.
The Los Angeles Clippers were 0-5 and there were games where you had decent minutes and then games where you didn't. What do you feel like was the biggest asset that you got here that will help you when you come to Germany to start your professional basketball career? I feel like my defense and my ability to run a team will translate to the pro game!!
There was a lot of competition on the court, but what was it like practicing with and watching New Orleans draft pick French man David Michineau? When you watch a guy like this, do you sense like there is any real difference in skill between an undrafted player like yourself and a drafted player?
As a competitor you never feel like there is a difference but David and I competed and played against each other all week it was a great match up!
What was it like playing for Doc Rivers and what kind of general advice did he give you?
Doc wasn't our head coach but the coaches were telling me to be more aggressive on offense look to score more!
Let's talk a bit about your game. You're a point guard that can score, but also find your teammates at ease. How would you describe your game and to what NBA player could you describe your game too? I am a defense first point guard who can find ways to score and be effective on offense I have been called a mix between 'Westbrook and Patrick Beverly.
You're a guy that can fill up the stat sheet, but what is a hidden strength in your game that doesn't get noticed right away? I would say that my defense doesn't get noticed as much because I don't get a lot of steals or anything I just don't get scored on a lot.
You really broke out as a senior and had many amazing games. If you had to pick one game that was your best and favorite which one would it be? Possible your 21 point, eight assist game in the win against North Carolina, or your buzzer beater against Evansville or your 28 point, 11 assist game against iowa State? I would definitely say the North Carolina game because taking down the number one was great!
Your college career ended in the NCAA tournament with a bitter 92-88 loss against Texas A & M, but you gave your all with nine points and 10 assists, but you fouled out. Is this a game that you will remember for a long time? Yeah I will never forget that game, but I have put it behind me.
How did head coach Ben Jacobson groom and prepare you best for a professional basketball career? He made me a man he helped me grow up that's how he helped me the most!
How won a one on one in practice you or Matt Bohannon?
If you had to construct an NBA Rushmore, which 4 NBA legends would you choose? Jordan, Karem, Magic,Bird
Now that Lebron won another title for the Cavs where does this win put him in the alltime best debate against Michael Jordan? Still behind Jordan.
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