NBBL team Urspring had a big success prior to Christmas winning the well known Arby classic in Nashville, Tennesse. The Arby classic is a basketball tournament where many top American high schools clash. Urspring played Aaron Academy and dominated the game from the start and the German side learned of a special rule in that if a team is leading by more than 35 points to begin of the fourth quarter, then the last quarter is played with no running time. The German team easily won 77-44 reaching the final of the Arby classic and was led by Kalidou Diouf (203-F/C-94) with 15 points, five rebounds and four assists. Kevin Bryant (193-SG-94) added 12 points, four rebounds and three steals.
In the final Urspring met John Paul II. The German side started very hot going on a 24-10 run. The American team struck back taking the lead and leading 25-24 at halftime. However in the second half, Urspring came out more focused and showed a strong defensive performance being able to grind out a remarkable 52-45 win and first ever title in the United States. Kevin Bryant led Urspring with 12 points. Kevin Bryant mit 12 Punkten. Malik Mller and Kalidou Diouf were named to the all tournament teams. The team also were able to watch ex Erdgas Ehingen and Urspring player Kevin Bright play with Vanderbilt against East Tennesse. Urspring were unable to see Kevin Bright win, but were able to taste the amazing NCAA atmosphere of 20,00 people.
The familiarity of German arenas for German basketball ambassador Hans Beth where ex NBA players like Elias Harris and Chris Babb battle to the extreme to get back on the radar of overseas scouts or tiny gyms were American ex NAIA or Juco players play out their dreams just to be able to make a scant basketball living is about equal to if you asked NBA legend Larry Bird to recount specific plays from the 1986 finals where the Boston Celtics dismissed the Houston Rockets to win another NBA... [read more]
The familiarity of German arenas for German basketball ambassador Hans Beth where ex NBA players like Elias Harris and Chris Babb battle to the extreme to get back on the radar of overseas scouts or tiny gyms were American ex NAIA or Juco players play out their dreams just to be able to make a scant basketball living is about equal to if you asked NBA legend Larry Bird to recount specific plays from the 1986 finals where the Boston Celtics dismissed the Houston Rockets to win another NBA title. However for one night in June 2016, Beth left the German basketball court on the back burner and witnessed a totally different sport and breathed in a totally different way of life in the eyes of an American at the legendary Fenway Park. The game had 10 players like basketball, but not on a court, but on grass and dirt. The playing area wasn't in a arena like the Fraport arena that has a capacity of 5,002, but outside with a capacity of 37,949. The music was totally different as there was no Separate Ways from Journey or current pop songs blaring in the Fraport arena, but classic American songs like Sweet Caroline from Neil Diamond or the song every American knows by heart 'Take me out to the ball park. The food was also different as unlike the fewer food choices in the Fraport arena, there was the smell of roasted peanuts or the famous Fenway Franks which is an American Hotdog that tastes best at the ball park. In the Fraport arena, Hans Beth can mingle with people like Jason Boone, Martinis Woody or head coach Steven Key while in Fenway Park, he could come across a totally different type of person with celebrities like New England Patriots CEO Bill Kraft, US secretary of State John Kerry, country singer Kenny Chesney, American writer Stephan King, 80s top model Christie Brinkley, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck or the Wahlberg brothers Donnie and Mark. For one evening Hans Beth who comes over like he could be the lost brother of James Bond as his dapper look is always on as he was able to forget basketball for three hours and catch America's pastime Baseball, a sport from a totally different perspective or could he? Hans Beth 's sole purpose in Boston wasn't to become a German expert on the sport of baseball, but to continue to shape the 2016 Basketball Aid international tour and get to personally meet and spend time with Northeastern head coach Bill Coen and athletic director Peter Robby. Even if watching that baseball game wasn't the first time for Beth, basketball will still dominate his heart. 'When I am in the states, I enjoy watching baseball and football games. My American friends didn't only explain the rules, but I also understand the tactical things better and better. I think that when one is in Boston, it is a must to visit the traditional Fenway Park with the Boston Red Sox to catch the atmosphere. However if there is a college game at the same time, then you will see me there. Basketball is and will remain my number one sport', stressed Hans Beth .
Hans Beth has 30 years of experience as a head coach of performance-oriented basketball teams and has had leading positions in investment banking for 30 years He has great expertise in multiple basketball fields like university teams, youth representative teams & professional teams. He was Coach of the year in Rhineland-Palatinate multiple times, three times helped promote teams to the 2nd Pro Division, twice was a German champion of Youth trains for the Olympic Games, was German champion with the representative youth team of Rhineland-Palatine, took 2nd place at the German university championships, and is a professional speaker for compan