BBL Round 14: s.Oliver Baskets sent ALBA down the ladder - Dec 23, 2012
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The round was exceptionally exciting as three games ended with a tiny margin. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.
The most exciting game of round 14 in the BBL took place in Trier. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 5th ranked TBB Trier (8-6) to sixth ranked Artland Dragons (8-6) 79-77 in the game for the fifth place. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But TBB Trier won third quarter 18-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Strangely TBB Trier outrebounded Artland Dragons 35-23 including 23 on the defensive glass. Serbian center Petar Popovic (211-79) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points. American guard Marquez Haynes (191-86, college: Texas Arlington) contributed with 17 points for the winners. American swingman Brian Harper (206-85, college: Paine, agency: Pro One Sports) replied with 18 points and 8 rebounds for TBB Trier. TBB Trier's coach Henrik Roedl rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Artland Dragons moved-up to fifth place, which they share with TBB Trier and B.Muenchen. Artland Dragons is looking forward to face New Yorker Phantoms (#11) in Braunschweig in the next round where they are favorite. TBB Trier will play on the road against ratiopharm Ulm (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Very important is a road loss of third ranked ALBA Berlin (10-4) against ninth ranked s Oliver Baskets (7-7) on Sunday night. Visiting ALBA Berlin was defeated by s Oliver Baskets in Wuerzburg 75-65. The former international Alex King (200-85, agency: Pro One Sports) had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Courtney Pigram chipped in 15 points and 5 assists during the contest. American forward Deon Thompson (203-88, college: N.Carolina) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds. s Oliver Baskets maintains ninth position with 7-7 record. ALBA Berlin at the other side keeps the third place with four games lost. s Oliver Baskets will play against league's leader Brose Bask. in Bamberg in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. ALBA Berlin will play at home against the league's second-placed EWE Baskets and will have a slim chance for a victory. Bottom-ranked LTi 46ers managed to get the second consecutive victory on Saturday night. This time they edged fourth-ranked ratiopharm Ulm in Giessen 72-69. Elvir Ovcina notched a double-double by scoring 12 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the effort. Even 20 points and 4 assists by Per Guenther did not help to save the game for ratiopharm Ulm. ratiopharm Ulm's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. LTi 46ers (4-10) moved-up to sixteenth place, which they share with Neckar L'burg and Fraport SKY. Loser ratiopharm Ulm keeps the fourth position with five games lost. LTi 46ers will meet higher ranked Mitteldeutscher BC (#15) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. ratiopharm Ulm will play against TBB Trier (#7) and hope to secure a win. BBL top team - Brose Bask. (12-2) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat twelfth ranked Telekom Baskets (5-8) in Bamberg 92-78. The best player for the winners was Bostjan Nachbar who scored 25 points. Brose Bask.'s coach Chris Fleming allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains first position with 12-2 record. Telekom Baskets lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourteenth place with eight games lost. Brose Bask.'s next round opponent will be s Oliver Baskets (#9) in Wuerzburg and are hoping to win another game. Telekom Baskets will play at home against Walter Tigers (#12) in Tuebingen and it may be a tough game between close rivals. BBL top team - Brose Bask. (12-2) managed to deliver another win on Wednesday. This time they beat fifth ranked TBB Trier (8-6) in Bamberg 85-74. Casey Jacobsen orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points and 4 assists. TBB Trier's coach Henrik Roedl let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Defending champion maintains first position with 12-2 record. Loser TBB Trier keeps the fifth place with six games lost. Brose Bask. will face s Oliver Baskets (#9) in Wuerzburg in the next round and are hoping to win another game. TBB Trier will play on the road against ratiopharm Ulm (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
There were no big surprises in other games of round 14: Fraport SKY was beaten by Walter Tigers on the road 87-75. Bayreuth was destroyed by Bremerhaven on its own court 69-89. Neckar L'burg unfortunately lost to NY Phantoms in Braunschweig 75-77. Phoenix Hagen was rolled over B.Muenchen at home 97-123. MBC was crushed by EWE Baskets on the opponent's court 83-62. Walter Tigers was beaten by ALBA in a home game 77-78. The most impressive performance of 14th round was 29 points and 6 rebounds by Chevon Troutman of B.Muenchen.
No shocking result in a game when fourteenth ranked Walter Tigers (6-8) beat 16th ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (4-10) in Tuebingen 87-75 on Sunday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Walter Tigers made 31-of-38 free shots (81.6 percent) during the game, while Deutsche Bank Skyliners only scored ten points from the stripe. Deutsche Bank Skyliners were plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. American players dominated the game. Center Kenny Frease (213-89, college: Xavier) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!). Guard Vaughn Duggins (190-87, college: Wright St., agency: Pro One Sports) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Five Walter Tigers players scored in double figures. Forward Zachery Peacock (203-87, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Pro One Sports) replied with 18 points and 7 rebounds and guard Quantez Robertson (189-84, college: Auburn) added 9 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Deutsche Bank Skyliners. Deutsche Bank Skyliners' coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Walter Tigers moved-up to tenth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Deutsche Bank Skyliners lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixteenth position with ten games lost. Walter Tigers will face Telekom Baskets (#14) in Bonn in the next round. Deutsche Bank Skyliners will play at home against BBC Bayreuth. Top scorers: Walter Tigers: K.Frease 18+7reb+4ast, V.Duggins 17+3reb+3ast, R.Redding 12+6reb+2ast, T.Nash 12+4reb+2ast, J.Young 10+4reb, J.Lischka 10+3reb Fraport SKY: Z.Peacock 18+7reb+2ast, T.Scott 13+2reb+3ast, D.Dowell 12+2reb+2ast, Q.Robertson 9+10reb+3ast, D.Gibson 7+2reb+5ast, M.Nolte 6
Very important is a road loss of third ranked ALBA Berlin (10-4) against ninth ranked s Oliver Baskets (7-7) on Sunday night. Visiting ALBA Berlin was defeated by s Oliver Baskets in Wuerzburg 75-65. ALBA Berlin was ahead by 1 point after three quarters before a 26-15 charge of s Oliver Baskets, which allowed them to win the game. The former international Alex King (200-85, agency: Pro One Sports) had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Courtney Pigram (185-85, college: