BV Chemnitz 99 (#6) forced the game against Cuxhaven BasCats (#4) into an overtime, but lost by four points 81-85 on Saturday night. The game took place in Chemnitz. But the guests from Cuxhaven were better at the end. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of BV Chemnitz 99. American players dominated the game. Jeremiah Kelly orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Cuxhaven BasCats have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 11-6 record, which they share with Duesseldorf. BV Chemnitz 99 at the other side keeps the sixth position with seven games lost. Cuxhaven BasCats will face Finke Baskets (#12) in Paderborn in the next round and are hoping to win another game. BV Chemnitz 99 will play on the road against Kirchheim Knights (#14).
There were no big surprises in other games of round 17: Vechta beat Heidelberg on the road 85-79. Duesseldorf won against Crailsheim on its own court 83-66. Finke Baskets managed to outperform Gotha in Paderborn 97-85. Ehingen managed to beat Leipzig at home 61-58. Kirchheim was defeated by NBC on the opponent's court 83-71. Karlsruhe beat Jena in a home game 89-76. ETB Wohnbau was destroyed by Goettingen on the road 69-47. The most impressive performance of 17th round was 10 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists by Ahmad Smith of NBC.
No shocking result in a game when second ranked SC Rasta Vechta (13-4) beat on the road 8th ranked MLP Academics Heidelberg (8-9) 85-79 on Sunday. MLP Academics Heidelberg was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. SC Rasta Vechta dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to MLP Academics Heidelberg's 30. SC Rasta Vechta forced 21 MLP Academics Heidelberg turnovers. American point guard Richard Williams (178-87, college: San Diego St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points, 9 assists and 7 steals. Canadian forward Jacob Doerksen (200-87) contributed with 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American forward Devin White (203-88, college: SUNO) answered with 19 points and 5 rebounds and swingman Janis Heindel (199-83) added 12 points and 4 assists in the effort for MLP Academics Heidelberg. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. SC Rasta Vechta have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. Newly promoted SC Rasta Vechta maintains second place with 13-4 record behind leader Goettingen. MLP Academics Heidelberg at the other side keeps the eighth position with nine games lost. SC Rasta Vechta will face league's leader BG Goettingen at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. MLP Academics Heidelberg will play against Crailsheim Merlins (#15). Top scorers: Vechta: R.Williams 21+3reb+9ast, J.Doerksen 16+5reb+1ast, R.Ferguson 10, C.Hassan 10+3reb+3ast, D.Madrich 10+8reb, D.Krause 7+1reb+1ast Heidelberg: D.White 19+5reb+2ast, J.Heindel 12+3reb+4ast, K.Barth 12+2reb+3ast, T.Blackwood 10+1reb+4ast, C.Sargent 8+5reb+1ast, K.Kuhn 6+5reb+2ast
Very expected game when 14th ranked Crailsheim Merlins (5-12) lost on the road to fifth ranked Duesseldorf Baskets (11-6) 83-66 on Sunday. The game without a history. Duesseldorf Baskets led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Naturalized American forward Adam Waleskowski (204-82, college: Florida St., agency: Three Eye Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 14 points. Guard Nico Adamczak (189-90) contributed with 15 points for the winners. American guard Mike Rose (193-87, college: E.Kentucky) answered with 19 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import power forward Stevie Johnson (198-78, college: Iowa St.) added 12 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Crailsheim Merlins. Crailsheim Merlins' coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Duesseldorf Baskets moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Cuxhaven. Crailsheim Merlins at the other side keep the fourteenth position with 12 games lost. Duesseldorf Baskets will face bottom-ranked USC Leipzig (#16) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Crailsheim Merlins will play against MLP Academics Heidelberg. Top scorers: Duesseldorf: N.Adamczak 15+3reb+1ast, A.Waleskowski 14+4reb+2ast, P.Flomo 10+1reb, T.Tzakopoulos 10+4reb+2ast, G.Johnson 8+3reb+5ast, K.Chones 7+6reb+1ast Crailsheim: M.Rose 19+5reb+1ast, S.Johnson 12+5reb, B.Lischka 9+4reb+1ast, P.Friedel 9+4reb+2ast, J.Moore 8+6reb+1ast, D.Coleman 3+1reb+1ast
Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both twelfth ranked Finke Baskets and 11th ranked Oettinger Rockets Gotha had identical 6-10 record. But Oettinger Rockets Gotha was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Paderborn 97-85 on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by Finke Baskets. Oettinger Rockets Gotha was better in third quarter 21-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Finke Baskets dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Oettinger Rockets Gotha's 44 and made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Oettinger Rockets Gotha 34-20 including 23 on the defensive glass. Forward Michael Jost (204-88) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points and 7 rebounds. American swingman Jason Adams (194-89, college: Missouri So.) contributed with 22 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Five Finke Baskets players scored in double figures. American guard Chase Griffin (188-83, college: Pepperdine) answered with 28 points and 5 assists and naturalized Russian forward Albert Kuppe (195-88) added 16 points in the effort for Oettinger Rockets Gotha. Oettinger Rockets Gotha's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Finke Baskets (7-10) moved-up to tenth place, which they share with ETB Wohnbau and NBC. Newly promoted Oettinger Rockets Gotha dropped to the thirteenth position with 11 games lost. Finke Baskets will face higher ranked Cuxhaven BasCats (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Oettinger Rockets Gotha will play against Ehingen/Urspringschule (#7) in Allmendingen. Top scorers: Finke Baskets: J.Adams 22+6reb, M.Jost 22+7reb+2ast, B.Rush 14+1reb, M.Fleischmann 14+6reb, J.Jamerson 10+6reb+12ast, V.Kittmann 8+5reb Gotha: C.Griffin 28+2reb+5ast, A.Kuppe 16+3reb+1ast, L.Niebuhr 14+2ast, J.Person 5, T.Baker 5+7reb+1ast, D.Kreis 5+2reb+3ast
Not a big story in a game when 16th ranked USC Leipzig (3-14) was edged by ninth ranked Ehingen/Urspringschule (9-8) in Allmendingen 61-58 on Saturday. However just three-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 61-58. American players dominated the game. Guard Virgil Matthews (188-83, college: Montana) orchestrated the victory by scoring 14 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Forward Andre Calvin (196-85, college: Drake) contributed with 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Ehingen/Urspringschule's coach Ralph Junge used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Center Chris Gadley (207-87, college: Canisius) answered with 14 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and swingman Nick Freer (198-85, college: Grand Valley St.) added 16 points in the effort for USC Leipzig. Ehingen/Urspringschule moved-up to seventh place. USC Leipzig lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost. Ehingen/Urspringschule will face Oettinger Rockets Gotha (#13) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. USC Leipzig will play against Duesseldorf Baskets. Top scorers: Ehingen: A.Calvin 14+7reb+2ast, V.Matthews 14+7reb+8ast, T.Unterluggauer 11+2reb, S.Marlon Theis 5+1reb+1ast, T.Rohde 5+1reb, K.Ogbe 5+3reb+1ast Leipzig: N.Freer 16+3reb+2ast, C.Gadley 14+8reb, W.Simon 11+5reb+3ast, A.Sollazzo 7+4reb+3ast, K.Schaffartzik 5+4reb+1ast, K.Kranz 5+3reb
BV Chemnitz 99 (#6) forced the game against Cuxhaven BasCats (#4) into an overtime, but lost by four points 81-85 on Saturday night. The game took place in Chemnitz. But the guests from Cuxhaven were better at the end. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of BV Chemnitz 99. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 18-11 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 17-13. Cuxhaven BasCats had a 35-23 advantage in offensive rebounds. BV Chemnitz 99 was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. American players dominated the game. point guard Jeremiah Kelly (182, college: De Paul) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Power forward Evan Harris (206-86, college: Harvard, agency: I.D.S. Law) contributed with 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Guard John Bynum (191-78, college: Metro St.) answered with 22 points and 6 assists and center Donald Lawson (208-88, college: W.Michigan) added 12 points and 16 rebounds in the effort for BV Chemnitz 99. Four Cuxhaven BasCats and five BV Chemnitz 99 players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Cuxhaven BasCats have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 11-6 record, which they share with Duesseldorf. BV Chemnitz 99 at the other side keeps the sixth position with seven games lost. Cuxhaven BasCats will face Finke Baskets (#12) in Paderborn in the next round and are hoping to win another game. BV Chemnitz 99 will play on the road against Kirchheim Knights (#14). Top scorers: Cuxhaven: E.Harris 16+8reb, M.Rockmann 16+4reb+1ast, J.Kelly 15+5reb+4ast, S.Thomas 14+6reb+1ast, J.Dunbar 9+4reb, M.Pratt 8+7reb+2ast Chemnitz: J.Bynum 22+4reb+6ast, D.Lawson 12+16reb, R.Cardenas 12+4reb+2ast, J.Schmidt 11+1reb+3ast, T.Ishizaki 10+3reb+4ast, A.Jones 9+4reb+1ast
The game between closely ranked teams ended with thirteenth ranked NBC's (7-10) home victory over 14th ranked Kirchheim Knights (5-12) in Nurnberg 83-71 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 83-71. NBC made 26-of-29 free shots (89.7 percent) during the game, while Kirchheim Knights only scored ten points from the stripe. American players dominated also this game. Guard Ahmad Smith (194-84, college: St.Bonaventure) orchestrated the victory with a triple-double by scoring 10 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists. point guard Zamal Nixon (186-89, college: Houston) contributed with 18 points (was perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line !!!) for the winners. Five NBC players scored in double figures. NBC's coach Martin Ides used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Marcus Smallwood (198-82, college: N.Illinois, agency: Court Side) answered with 17 points and 9 rebounds and point guard Chris Alexander (186-83, college: Southern) added 17 points and 4 assists in the effort for Kirchheim Knights. NBC moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Finke Baskets and ETB Wohnbau. Kirchheim Knights lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth position with 12 games lost. NBC will face higher ranked Science City Jena (#9) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kirchheim Knights will play against BV Chemnitz 99 (#6). Top scorers: NBC: Z.Nixon 18+1reb+2ast, N.Khartchenkov 17+1reb, D.McDaniel 13+3reb+1ast, C.Adler 11+2reb+1ast, R.Thompson 10+10reb, A.Smith 10+13reb+11ast Kirchheim: M.Smallwood 17+9reb, C.Alexander 17+3reb+4ast, C.Brooks 9+3reb+1ast, R.Tomasevic 8+3reb+1ast, D.Schneider 6+2reb, S.Adeberg 6+5reb+2ast
There was no surprise when 8th ranked Science City Jena (8-9) lost on the road to third ranked BG Karlsruhe (12-5) 89-76 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by BG Karlsruhe. Science City Jena was better in second period 25-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BG Karlsruhe made 29-of-37 free shots (78.4 percent) during the game. BG Karlsruhe outrebounded Science City Jena 46-28 including a 32-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Science City Jena was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Rouven Roessler (200-80) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward Jeremy Black (203-85, college: Tampa, agency: Court Side) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Five BG Karlsruhe players scored in double figures. American guard Kenny Barker (191-86, college: Alaska-Anch.) answered with 19 points and 7 assists and British-Australian guard Lee Jeka (187-83, agency: Limelight Hoops) added 9 points and 4 assists in the effort for Science City Jena. BG Karlsruhe maintains third place with 12-5 record having just two points less than leader Goettingen. Science City Jena lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with nine games lost. BG Karlsruhe will face ETB Wohnbau (#10) in Essen in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Science City Jena will play at home against NBC in Nurnberg. Top scorers: Karlsruhe: R.Roessler 28+10reb+4ast, J.Black 17+12reb+3ast, J.Harris 12+7reb+4ast, N.Menck 11+7reb+2ast, M.Stockton 10+2reb+3ast, D.Richardson 6+6reb Jena: K.Barker 19+4reb+7ast, C.Roquette 11+2reb+1ast, L.Jeka 9+3reb+4ast, T.Schwartz 9+2reb+3ast, S.Watts 8+8reb, E.Reyes-Napoles 8+1reb+1ast
No shocking result in a game when first ranked BG Goettingen (14-3) crushed at home 10th ranked ETB Wohnbau (7-10) 69-47 on Saturday. BG Goettingen forced 20 ETB Wohnbau turnovers. Bermudas-British swingman Sullivan Phillips (198-79, college: Wash.Adventist) orchestrated the victory by scoring 10 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. British swingman Paul Guede (195-87, college: Portland St., agency: Interperformances) contributed with 9 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Forward Fabian Franke (198-88, agency: Limelight Hoops) answered with 8 points and 10 rebounds and American forward Logan Stutz (205-88, college: Washburn) added 10 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for ETB Wohnbau. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. BG Goettingen have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 14-3 record. Loser ETB Wohnbau keeps the tenth position with ten games lost. BG Goettingen will face league's second-placed SC Rasta Vechta on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. ETB Wohnbau will play against BG Karlsruhe (#3). Top scorers: Goettingen: A.Vargas 11+1reb+2ast, S.Phillips 10+5reb+4ast, R.Harris 10+7reb, P.Guede 9+6reb+2ast, B.Davis 9, M.Wenzl 6+3reb+1ast ETB Wohnbau: J.Henley 12+3reb+1ast, L.Stutz 10+8reb, F.Franke 8+10reb+1ast, T.Bannister 5+4ast, M.Buljevic 5+2reb+1ast, R.Christen 4+1ast
Itzehoe Eagles (ProB) inked 30-year old American forward Qarraan Calhoun (203-86, college: Houston). He played most recently at New Jersey Thunder (APBL) in the U.S. Calhoun helped them to win the league title (twice) (also twice). The previous (14-15) season he played at ASS Sale (D1) in Moroccan league. Calhoun contributed to his team winning the Cup. He was selected to Polish League All-Star Game back in 2012. Calhoun is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his... [read more]
Itzehoe Eagles (ProB) inked 30-year old American forward Qarraan Calhoun (203-86, college: Houston). He played most recently at New Jersey Thunder (APBL) in the U.S. Calhoun helped them to win the league title (twice) (also twice). The previous (14-15) season he played at ASS Sale (D1) in Moroccan league. Calhoun contributed to his team winning the Cup. He was selected to Polish League All-Star Game back in 2012. Calhoun is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to four different continents (Europe, Latin America, Africa and of course North America). Calhoun has played previously professionally in Holland (ABC Amsterdam), Romania (Ploiesti), Uruguay (Hebraica) and Poland (Slask and Kotwica). He attended University of Houston until 2009 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball. Calhoun's game is described as:
A dynamic forward who had triple-double capabilities. boasts an inside and outside game. at 6-foot-8 and 215 pounds, has ideal athleticism and length to play on the wing or down low.
Norm Roberts on Calhoun: 'Qa'rraan Calhoun is a guy that is really going to allow us to spread the floor more. He is a perimeter four-man that can step out away from the basket and shoot the ball for three and also put it on the floor to create for himself as well as others. He is a terrific offensive rebounder who may be one of the best athletes on our team, and he does a great job of running in transition. I think he will add a lot to our team.'.
There was an instance in Danilo Barthel(208-PF-91)'s third season with the Fraport Skyliners where a rumor was leaked that the big man who had found a liking to facial hair in his tenure with Frankfurt was not remotely amused by having any kind of confrontation with the insect that has eight legs and at times franticly moves about as nervously as a Paris Hilton does at home in her walk through closet when she doesn't find the matching outfit for her nightly engagement at some kind of fund... [read more]
There was an instance in Danilo Barthel (208-PF-91)'s third season with the Fraport Skyliners where a rumor was leaked that the big man who had found a liking to facial hair in his tenure with Frankfurt was not remotely amused by having any kind of confrontation with the insect that has eight legs and at times franticly moves about as nervously as a Paris Hilton does at home in her walk through closet when she doesn't find the matching outfit for her nightly engagement at some kind of fundraiser. Even if one would have to be very unlucky to meet a tarantula in the Nord west centrum mall where Barthel lived during his 5 year tenure, the little creature surely could of found bondage to the German's hairy beard. Sometime in the 2013-2014 season, the 207cm forward who has made dunking a normal daily occurrence as much as it is for an Anthony Davis to get a double double found a spider in his mail box, but it soon was revealed that it was a fake rubber spider and the secret of his dislike for the quick runners was slowly lifted. Who the prankster was that placed the spider in the mail box of Barthel was never revealed, but I would have bet my special George Gervin autograph on prankster Jacob Burtschi or the silent and innocent looking Johannes Voigtmann. One thing that Barthel was not scared to present was his sharp and improving basketball skills on the court as he continued to develop since coming to Frankfurt in 2011. Barthel may be the first guy that will be half way to Siberia by the sight of a spider before a Quantez Roberton can be on the break from Frankfurt to Auburn, but if Beko BBL teams came upon the idea to place a spider on a rim to keep Barthel away, they better think twice, because despite his fear of the little creature, the rim is the best friend of the German on the court. That is probably the only place where Barthel will forget how disgusting a spider really is because nothing in safe around the rim when the 25 year old German is on flight. Barthel has made some crashing dunks over his years as he continues his career with FC Bayern Munich this season, but before he could sign on the dotted line and be able to meet Uli Hoeness on a more regular basis and pick his brain about FC Bayern Munich basketball, one has to remember that there was a reason why he was able to move to the charming city of Munich and woo fans there with his skills and that was his development with the Fraport Skyliners from 2011-2016.
Since he came to the Fraport Skyliners in the 2011-2012 season nothing seems to have changed with the demeanor of Danilo Barthel even now with top German club FC Bayern Munich as he is still the calm quiet big man from Heidelberg that at times can glide past you in a hall way as if he was trying to avoid his house doctor from getting scolded for not having made that next checkup, but his appearance in no way is any disrespect, but just how he is. He may still come over as reserved as a person, but his game is anything but restrained, but became a real force on the court and a few years ago was among young Germans as one of the best candidates of making the big breakthrough as according to ex top Beko BBL rebounder Larry Gordon from ex team Phoenix Hagen. As a rookie in the 2011-2012 season, he had to play for Muli Katzurin who wasn't known for giving young Germans a chance as he had coached Alba Berlin to the 2011 Beko BBL final without ever really letting German national players Lucca Staiger get positioned in the corner to have fans chant 'bombs away' or letting Andreas Seiferth get nasty in the paint. However on a cool rainy autumn day in Tubingen in October 2011, Katzurin put Barthel into cold water as the club was hampered with injuries and attitude problems as his eight points were less remembered than ex NBA player Jermario Davidson sitting at the end of the bench having conversations with his mobile phone. 'I was very surprised. I played little minutes in the preseason and then to come in and score so well was like a dream for me', stressed Danilo Barthel. In his first year the Heidelberg native played 13 Beko BBL games and averaged a very respectable 8,33 minutes per game averaging 2,8ppg and 1,1rpg. It wasn't simple getting ample playing time that season as four man Jermario Davidson was the work horse of the team and one of the main factors why the team almost made the playoffs. As a rookie, he got valuable experience in Eurocup play playing four games and continued to be able to work on his game in the German Pro B playing 16 games averaging 13.1ppg, 7.2rpg, 2.7apg, Blocks-4 (1.6bpg), FGP: 57.4%, 3PT: 22.7%, FT: 71.4%. Having current NBA player Jon Leuer as a teammate for three months helped his game mature as well at the start. 'Playing against such a strong offensive player like Jon Leuer that is so versatile really helped my game. My 1-1 defense was helped with his play. I also remembered some of his spin moves to incorporate into my game', stressed Danilo Barthel.
In his second season with the Fraport Skyliners, management made it clear early with the arrival of further German wunder kids Konstantin Klein and Johannes Voigtmann that they would go a totally new route by taking advantage of the 6-6 rule and giving young Germans playing time. The concept of signing talented Americans and reaching the playoffs was first put on hold as rebuilding and looking to the future was first on the agenda. In the 2012-2013 season, Muli Katzurin noticed the talent level of the Germans and gave them minutes. The role of Barthel increased from his rookie season as he played 30 games and averaged 17,3 minutes per game. Just like in his rookie season he had a another work horse in front of him with Zach Peacock, but what better way than to learn from him the way he did from Davidson the year before. In the 2012-2013 season, Barthel averaged 4.3ppg, 2.9rpg. He scored in double figures four times with 15 points against Bayreuth being his best points effort In his second season in Frankfurt. He also found a new relationship to the rim besides just hitting shots, but getting a better feel for what they feel like and how soothing a dunk is when one rams the ball through the netting with authority. His dunking breakthrough came in the first month in a home game against the Telekom Baskets Bonn where he flew through the air making a fierce penetrating two handed dunk over Patrick Ewing junior and Johannes Wolfarth-Bottermann feeling the breeze of the German as he was too late on transition defense. That dunk seemed like that special basketball release for him. From then on dunking had become a big part of his basketball repertoire. If you were to have told NBA legend Larry Bird that he could jump, one would have been lying, because he grabbed rebounds more through effort than athletic ability and that white men can't jump is more of a cliche, because Danilo Barthel could star in his own movie called White men can jump. He proved that he was given that special jumping ability, He continued to play in the Pro B in his second season getting extra game time practice as well playing 12 games and averaging 12.7ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.3apg, 1.3bpg, FGP: 67.7%, 3PT: 30.6%, FT: 75.6%. He ended the season with massive back problems, but worked hard over the summer and came into this season fit.
Barthel who's favorite player is Dwight Howard and likes to mold his game around 63 point man Carmelo Anthony of the Knicks had his real BBL break out season in 2013-2014 playing 34 games averaging 11.3ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 57.4%, 3PT: 31.1%, FT: 78.4%; That season, ex Toronto Raptors assistant coach Gordon Herbert had given the big German three of Voigtmann, Klein and Barthel more responsibility and were inserted into the starting lineup each weekend. All three were averaging plus 20 minutes per game. If one had predicted this the season before that this could happen, many might not have thought it happening so quickly, but a lot of the credit goes to the Skyliner coaches of Gordon Herbert, Klaus Perwass and Eric Detlef who put in countless hours of teaching the kids how to get better. A big reason for his breakthrough season is the immense confidence that Gordon Herbert had given the German. Barthel showed more and more that season his unending killer instinct to want to get to the bucket whenever possible and just finish off the play with a monster dunk. However a criticism in his game that season at times had been his hesitation of taking the three ball. From a span from December first until January fifth, the German was 0/10 in six games including two games where he didn't even attempt a three pointer. But in the next two games, he took on more responsibility from downtown and with the absence of injured Andrew Rautins and Oklahoma native Jacob Burtschi, Barthel had to take more of the bulk of the shooting as he was 5/9 in two games making three against Alba Berlin and two in Artland. His passing gets underestimated, but there isn't a better passing combination of four and five men in the Beko BBL than with Johannes Voigtmann and Barthel as he had improved his passing with the daily practice with the German center. He worked on his one on one defense which improved from the previous season as blocks became more of a standard in each game for him. His mobility is a strong suit which has helped him mature better the last years on the defensive end. There was a span in his third season where he registered five blocks in four games and was getting less fouls as his timing and IQ on one on one defense continued to improve. His ex coach Thorsten Daume at USC Heidelberg always preached to give all he has in every minute on the floor and that is what Barthel has always done as he is that relentless fighter that never gives up and that is exactly what every coach wants from his player. He made his debut at the 2014 beko BBL allstar game in Bonn and held his own scoring eight points and showing his usual aggressive play and blocked ex Euroleague player David Logan. 1993 German European champion Henning Harnisch who won just about everything with Leverkusen in the 90s and was general manager of Alba Berlin had nothing but praise for Barthel after examining his play in Bonn at the Beko BBL allstar game.
Before starting the 2014-2015 season with the Fraport Skyliners, Barthel had the huge opportunity to play NBA Summer league with the Miami Heat in Orlando and Las Vegas. This was a grand opportunity to show his skills and test himself against the other rising stars of the world. He played NBA Pro Summer League in Orlando with Miami playing 4 games averaging 4.8ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.0apg, 0.5spg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 31.6%, 3PT: 9.1%, FT: 75%. He then moved west to Las Vegas with Miami and played 6 games averaging 4.7ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 39.1%, 3PT: 20%, FT: 69.2%. He had some stiff competition with guys like Larry Drew, James Ennis, Shabazz Napier or Justin Hamilton fighting for minutes, but he held his own and did the most out of minutes mixing it up from outside and as well as showing his game inside which had some GM heads turn in both locations. As time flies so does one's memory, but current Brooklyn Net Justin Hamilton remembered who Barthel was even a year and a half after they were shortly teammates. 'I remember Danilo having a very good shot and being very athletic for his size. He impressed the Miami Heat very much. He showed up and turned heads at the NBA Summer League. I didn't have much conversations with Danilo. In the Summer League you get thrown together for a couple of weeks and it's hard building relationships. I remember him telling me where he was from and where he played. He was a very good guy. He was very competitive and spirited', stressed Justin Hamilton. Another guy that was also his teammate was Larry Drew II who currently plays for Neptunas Klaipeda (Lithuania-LKL) couldn't quite recall his time with the German. Recently before a Champions League game in Oldenburg, the American had to think hard and long when hearing the name Danilo Barthel completely blanking his memory. 'Honestly I don't remember him. I would have to see his face. He must have been very skilled to have been invited by the Miami Heat', stressed Larry drew II. Barthel returned back to Germany and in the 2014-2015 season and played 30 games: 9.3ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 53.1%, 3PT: 41.5%, FT: 74.1%; EuroChallenge: 10 games: 10.4ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 55.6%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 81.0%. In the BBL he scored in double figures 12 times and had two double doubles and in the Eurochallenge scored in double figures in seven games. He had a serious injury that kept him out for two months at the start of 2015 and when he came back at the end of March put up some solid games in the BBL, but had misfortune in the Eurochallenge semi-final where Frankfurt met a very hungry and energy driven French team Naterre who had a superb day put up the big goose egg in 14 minutes. All in all the injury hindered his development a bit. At the end of the season he had racked up another BBL allstar game appearance and made the Eurochallenge Top 4. In his last season, Barthel won his first professional title with the Fiba Europe Cup and played 32 BBL games averaging 9.6ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 68.3%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 83.8%; and in the FIBA Europe Cup played 14 games averaging 8.6ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.9apg, FGP: 56.5%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 78.6%. He had another injury at the start of 2016 that kept him out for a month, but overall it was another solid season for him. In the BBL he scored in double figures 17 times and in the Fiba Europe Cup scored in double figures five times. He probably could of improved his scoring and rebounding tremendously in his last two seasons with the Fraport Skyliners, but the club had added the perfect parts for success. Two seasons ago, the trio of Justin Cobbs, Sean Armand and Aaron Doornekamp combined for much points and last season Jordan Theodore and Aaron Doornekamp supplied much fire power. The German twin towers of Danilo Barthel and Johannes Voigtmann obviously were hindered more in their production. The Fraport Skyliners played team basketball and stats were put on the back burner. Barthel became more of an inside animal going to places where most wouldn't want to venture to. How many times Barthel got elbowed in the face, got his nose rearranged or had traces of a bloody nose are hard to pinpoint, but his mom who sat a few rows up behind the Frankfurt bench probably had a better recollection of her son's trauma under the hoop. Barthel's outside shot is still a work in progress, but his inside game definitely developed further in his last two seasons in Frankfurt. After winning the Fiba Europe Cup and standing high and mighty on the balcony of the Frankfurt council house during the celebrations, a big ugly spider could of found a new home on the trophy and Barthel may have forgot his spider phobia for at least a moment while holding the shiny silver award.
This season Barthel has moved on to FC Bayern Munich and has become part of a team that has a 12 man roster where each guy could be a starter for any other BBL team. He can be proud to call guys like Bryce Taylor, Maxi Kleber, Devin Booker, ex NBA player Nick Johnson and ex Bamberg sniper Anton Gavel his teammates. It is obvious that when you are on a team like this, minutes will be as desired by each guy as is that 5th Super Bowl ring that Tom Brady is striving for to finally be called the greatest quarter back of all-time. Even if some may call having German Maxi Kleber as his main competitor at the position four a tough pill to swallow, having battles in practice each day will make the German only better. So far this season, Barthel is averaging 15,6 minutes per game, 8,2ppg, 2,6rpg, 1,3apg and shooting 33,3% from outside. He has scored in double figures in four games and netted 15 points against Tuebingen and 14 points against Wurzburg. In Eurocup action is averaging 7,6ppg, 4,1rpg and 1,3apg. Barthel really has only two main goals on his mind which is winning to sooth the heart of Uli Hoeness and being as effective as possible in his minutes which will keep head coach Aleksandar Djordevic ready to keep penciling him in. FC Bayern Munich is definitely on paper and in their play so far in the BBL an upgrade from last season, but getting by Bamberg will be a giant hurdle and challenge. But Barthel knows that the season won't really start until May 2017. The sky is still the limit for Barthel at the age of 25 as his time with FC Bayern Munich will help him further in his development. When Barthel returns back to the Fraport arena on Sunday, he will surely take a look up at the rafters for a moment and look at the 2016 Fiba Europe cup banner and reflect on the closing moments in Chalon as the buzzer sounded and teammate Jordan Theodore took the ball and threw the ball to space and the German let out a fierce roar after the title win like a black bear in Colorado who needs his daily fish rations. Jacob Burtschi might not be around as a possible prankster this season but Barthel may just have to check his space in the visiting locker room especially closely on Sunday just in case a Quantez Robertson didn't enter early and place something very hairy and undesirable there for him to meet.
ratiopharm Ulm has become a top BBL team in the last years and management continue to realize that head coach Thorsten Leibenath has something to do with it The 41 year old German who coached in the United Kingdom, Giesen and Artland made his real break through with ratiopharm Ulm arriving in 2011 and the rest has been history. The Head coach is in his sixth season with Ulm and in these 6 years has reached two BBL finals and 2 cup finals and yesterday got a contract extension until 2019.... [read more]
ratiopharm Ulm has become a top BBL team in the last years and management continue to realize that head coach Thorsten Leibenath has something to do with it The 41 year old German who coached in the United Kingdom, Giesen and Artland made his real break through with ratiopharm Ulm arriving in 2011 and the rest has been history. The Head coach is in his sixth season with Ulm and in these 6 years has reached two BBL finals and 2 cup finals and yesterday got a contract extension until 2019.
It was an absolute no brainer for manager Thomas Stoll to hand Leibenath the piece of paper so he could sign on the dotted line. "This is our sixth season where we are successfully working together and we just feel that it all fits with him. With Thorsten staying on board, we have that planning security for the next two years", stated Thomas Stoll. Leibenath also helped lead the club into the Eurocup quarterfinal in 2013 and has a current winning streak of 62% with 181 wins in 293 games. This season one could call ratiopharm Olm the baby Bamberg as they are like them undefeated at 12-0 a feat that no other team has been able to do for years at the start of a season. "The contract talks went smoothly as both sides felt it was right. This is how postive and constructive work happens in the organization. It starts with the employees in the office and continues with the players, coaches and medical department and ends with the two CEO's Thomas Stoll and Andreas Oettel. I also feel making this step was right for my personal development", stressed Thorsten Leibenath .
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