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