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
Brandon Lockhart (185-G-90, college: Drury) is a 26 year old 185cm guard from St Louis, Missouri that is playing his third professional season and first with the ScanPlus Baskets Elchingen (Germany-ProB). Last season he played for the Giants TSV 1861 Noerdlingen (Germany-Pro B) playing 29 games averaging 16.8ppg, 4.1rpg, 5.7apg, 2.5spg, FGP: 49.6%, 3PT: 26.8%, FT: 81.1% As a rookie he played for BK Levicki Patrioti (Slovakia-Extraliga) playing 34 games: Score-5 (16.7ppg), 3.8rpg, Assists-... [read more]
Brandon Lockhart (185-G-90, college: Drury) is a 26 year old 185cm guard from St Louis, Missouri that is playing his third professional season and first with the ScanPlus Baskets Elchingen (Germany-ProB). Last season he played for the Giants TSV 1861 Noerdlingen (Germany-Pro B) playing 29 games averaging 16.8ppg, 4.1rpg, 5.7apg, 2.5spg, FGP: 49.6%, 3PT: 26.8%, FT: 81.1% As a rookie he played for BK Levicki Patrioti (Slovakia-Extraliga) playing 34 games: Score-5 (16.7ppg), 3.8rpg, Assists-5 (4.3apg), Steals-1 (3.0spg), FGP: 50.2%, 3PT: 28.5%, FT: 78.9%. He played at Drury (NCAA2) from 2009-2013 and as a senior played 35 games averaging 12.5ppg, 3.9rpg, 6.1apg, 2.9spg, FGP: 50.9%, 3PT: 48.3%, FT: 77.1%. He spoke to eurobasket after the season opening 105-74 win against Wurzburg.
Brandon congrats on the overpowering 105-74 win against Wurzburg. After the preseason and all the hard work did you expect to come out with such a good result before the game started? Danke Miles! Starting the season with a win is all we really had in mind. I do not think any of us believed the game would have a result as such.
Wurzburg had the narrow 22-19 lead after one quarter, but in the second quarter the ScanPlus baskets got their offense going with 33 points and gave up only 8 points to have the overwhelming 52-30 lead at the break. What did head coach Dario Jerkic want the team do change up in the second frame?
We were lacking focus on the defensive side of the ball and allowed them a bunch of second chances. So in the 2nd quarter, we wanted to make it harder for them to score and really focus on grabbing rebounds when they missed.
The Elchingen offense kept scoring,scoring and scoring adding 31 points in the third quarter. What makes the squad so dangerous on the offensive end? We have a good number of players that can score the ball in a variety of ways. Therefore the defense cannot just lock in on 1 or 2 players. They have to be worried about all 5 players on the court because anyone can score at any time.
But it isn't just the offensive end, but on the defensive end you had 14 team steals and forced Wurzburg to 23 turnovers. What has been key for getting so many on the same page so early on the defensive end?
We still have a long way to go but it's something we work on daily at practice. We really want the defensive side of the ball to carry us because we know there will be games when shots are not going in.
Would the score have been closer if Wurzburg had had some Americans. They played with only one import last season and this season recently added a new American, but he didn't play. Wurzburg is a good team that has talent so I believe the score would be closer if we played the same roster today or tomorrow. Lucky for us, we were clicking on both sides of the ball which contributed to the score being as such.
The ScanPlus baskets had five guys in double figures. Does this team make your job a bit easier than last season where Nordlingen needed you to score much every game with it's non deep scoring roster?
I don't know if it makes my job easier, but it does change it some. I might not have to score as much, but I still have to go out each game and give it my all. So my approach to the game is still the same.
What has been your early impression of rookie Taevaunn Prince. Is this a guy that will be able to make a consistent impact week in and week out? I would characterize Taevaunn as a "walking bucket" because he can get you a basket however you want it whenever you need it. He led all of NCAA DII last year in scoring and that just doesn't happen easily. I hope and believe that he will put up big numbers for us this season.
How important is the fact that the ScanPlus Baskets have a nice mix of imports and not only Americans. Has this reality had an early impact on the healthy growing team chemistry?
It's still early in the season and chemistry on/off the court is still developing. We are at a good point for this part of the season and I hope positive chemistry continues to happen within the club!
You had a very solid game with 14 points, six rebounds, nine assists and three steals. How is your role different this season to last? As the point guard, I feel my role is still the same no matter my stat lines. I still have to lead vocally and by example.
What is your main goal as a player this season besides winning. You obviously are not depended to score as much as last season. Could this be a season where your playmaking goes to a new dimension? With the amount of players we have this season that can score, having high assist totals are definitely in reach. I've always been a fan of passing more than scoring, so it should be a really fun year!
Defense is also a big part of your game. In a team that has many athletes, how is your defensive game able to grow this season which it might not have been last season? Haha coaches are not really a fan unless I get it, but it allows me to take a few more chances on defense. But it also allows me to pressure the ball more, which coaches like, without the fear of getting beat because help side can arrive quicker.
Jordan Talbert is in Karlsruhe and Janek Schmidtkunz in Gotha. How much do you miss these guys and how sure are you that both guys will be checking your box score each weekend to see how well you are doing?
I definitely miss those guys! They are like brothers to me. The three of us had a tremendous connection on/off the court. We are all in contact a couple times a week and have already told each other we will be keeping up with games and even try to catch a couple in person.
What does a football fan do in St Louis now without the Rams during the winter? Do you still follow them now even though they are home in Los Angeles now? Luckily for me, I was never really attached to the Rams. It would hurt more if the Cardinals were to leave the StL. So I'm not sure what a Rams' fan does during football season.
The great Kevin Garnett has retired. Where is his legacy now with the alltime great that have played in the NBA?
He is definitely one of the best to ever do it! I think basketball people could sit around for days and debate whether or not he is a top 5 PF of all time. But no debate about whether or not he will end up in the Hall of Fame!
Julian Scott (203-F/C-90, college: Adams St.) is a 26 year old 203cm forward from Sacramento, California that completed his second professional season and first with the Uni Riesen Leipzig playing 23 games: Score-5 (20.4ppg), Reb-2 (10.5rpg), 1.7apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 50.3%, 3PT: 17.9%, FT: 66.7%. He picked up Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Forward of the Year -16, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B 1st Team -16, and Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga Pro B All-Imports... [read more]
Julian Scott (203-F/C-90, college: Adams St.) is a 26 year old 203cm forward from Sacramento, California that completed his second professional season and first with the Uni Riesen Leipzig playing 23 games: Score-5 (20.4ppg), Reb-2 (10.5rpg), 1.7apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 50.3%, 3PT: 17.9%, FT: 66.7%. He picked up Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Forward of the Year -16, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B 1st Team -16, and Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga Pro B All-Imports Team -16. As a rookie, he played for TSV Quakenbrueck (Germany-2.Regionalliga) playing 16 games averaging 29.7ppg. He started his basketball career at Yuba junior college and then played two years at S.Utah (NCAA). He finished at Adams St. (NCAA2) playing 27 games: 10.8ppg, 4.0rpg, FGP: 58.5%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 70.2%. He spoke to eurobasket about the departure From Pro A team Ehingen.
Julian thanks for talking to eurobasket. Com. Where are you at the moment and what are momentarily most in your thoughts now? Hey Miles I'm currently in Ehingen looking for a new situation to come up. My thoughts are more reflecting on everything that's happened up to now.
Recently this summer we talked about your future season Ehingen and you were very motivated about the new opportunity. You must of never thought in your wildest dreams that your stay would be so short? Not at all but it was a mutual understanding with the manager as well as the coach.
You had been in pre-season with Pro A team Ehingen. How would you summarize your stay there?
Definitely took dedication and focus to come in and work so hard every single day and wake up sore as hell and get right back to work. I definitely can say my body benefited from the process.
Would you agree that it was more a problem with getting used to the system of head coach Domenik Reiboth then it was a matter of adjusting to the level of the Pro A? Yes definitely and that's what it came down to and in the end a decision had to be made so you live and you learn
What did 't fit with the system of Reinboth and combining the strength's of your game? I can't really sit here and complain about his structure they won the Pro B championship with that structure. I just wasn't able to adapt in the time frame he needed me to.
Was their possibly less room at the big positions with Danny Berger and Tobias Jahn and you became the odd man out? Not at all I was their starting 4/5 man Danny and Tobias just knew his system and were very comfortable with it. I was still learning but it wasn't quick enough for the coach to trust in me to be his leader in that system and position.
How comfortable did you feel playing in the Pro A? How confident are you still that you can be a productive player in this league? I was completely comfortable. I have no doubt in my mind I can do well in Pro A it just depends on the next club who is willing to give me the opportunity.
I guess you have left with no hard feelings? What kind of farewell did you get from coach? Yeah no hard feelings it's nothing personal and sometimes you got to remember this is a business I'm doing what I love but it is also my job and I didn't do it well enough for them to have confidence in me. Nothing special just good luck on a new situation for me and that's was it.
What have you learned from this experience that will help you in the future in this kind of situation. I would say just remember this is your job as well so meaning I need to be professional as well as being 100% every practice.
What is the next step for Julian Scott (203-F/C-90, college: Adams St.)? Will you stay in Germany and wait for a new opportunity? The next step for me will be to find a new club quickly to put this all behind me. I will stay in Europe yes in order to stay prepared for the next possible opportunity.
If a Pro B team opened their door tomorrow and the situation was good, would you go that route? I would speak with my agent and we would make a decision together if that's a route were interested in taking.
Your ex teammate Brandon Shingles is also without a team. How weird is it for both of you to be without a team despite your success from last season?
Not weird to me at all its a business and there are millions of athletes competing for jobs everyday so we're just trying to get in where we fit in and try to move up from there.
What is one thing that you would like to see happen in the NBA this season? See the Sacramento Kings be playoff contenders.
What was the last movie that you saw? Above the rim is the last movie I saw.
Seth Hinrichs (202-SF-93, college: Lafayette, agency: Duran International) is a 23 year old 203cm guard from Clara City, Minnesota that is playing his second professional season in the German Pro A with the Kirchheim Knights. Last season as a rookie he played for FC Porto (Portugal-LPB): 20 games: 8.7ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 55.0%, 3PT: 20.7%, FT: 79.1%; FIBA Europe Cup: 6 games: 6.7ppg, 3.2rpg, FGP: 64.7%, 3PT: 14.3%, FT: 83.3%. He played at Lafayette (NCAA) from 2011-2015 graduating fr... [read more]
Seth Hinrichs (202-SF-93, college: Lafayette, agency: Duran International) is a 23 year old 203cm guard from Clara City, Minnesota that is playing his second professional season in the German Pro A with the Kirchheim Knights. Last season as a rookie he played for FC Porto (Portugal-LPB): 20 games: 8.7ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 55.0%, 3PT: 20.7%, FT: 79.1%; FIBA Europe Cup: 6 games: 6.7ppg, 3.2rpg, FGP: 64.7%, 3PT: 14.3%, FT: 83.3%. He played at Lafayette (NCAA) from 2011-2015 graduating from Lafayette as the all-time leader in 3PG % in Patriot League history. As a senior he played 32 games averaging 12.9ppg, 5.8rpg, 2.6apg, FGP: 55.5%, 3PT: 38.3%, FT: 83.1%. He spoke to eurobasket after the 92-90 road victory in Dresden.
Seth thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. Welcome to Germany. You had a try-out with BBL team MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg, but landed with Kirchheim. What has been most appealing to you about the club since you joined? I really like the coaches and my teammates. We have a good, talented group of guys and have the potential to do really well this year.
Was it difficult for you to accept the fact that the MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg didn't need you? Your now in a league lower. How do you as a professional player handle this kind of rejection? I was definitely disappointed but I realize it is a part of playing basketball professionally. I am very appreciative for the opportunity that Coach Patrick gave me and for the people I was able to meet at Ludwigsburg. I think playing in the Pro A is a great opportunity and now my focus is to improve as a player so that one day I can reach the BBL level or higher.
You really have had little integration problems as you came very late to the team. What do you believe has helped you most in getting the transition stage going in the right direction? I think Coach Mai has helped in terms of going through things slowly and being patient. It's hard to join a team that has already played together and has chemistry but the guys have been great in this transition period as well.
You are on a team that has substantial talent and you are programmed to have a big role on the team. What is your goal this season and how is it different than last season with FC Porto? My goal is to win the Pro A and contribute to a championship in whatever ways possible. I think with the talent we have here we would be selling ourselves short with anything less.
Last season for FC Porto you played 20 games: 8.7ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 55.0%, 3PT: 20.7%, FT: 79.1%; FIBA Europe Cup: 6 games: 6.7ppg, 3.2rpg, FGP: 64.7%, 3PT: 14.3%, FT: 83.3%,. Do you feel like you can be a consistent scorer in the Pro A and more than you were with FC Porto? Like you said I'll have an expanded role compared to last year so I'll be playing more minutes and be called on to score, rebound, and assist more offensively. I have high expectations for myself this year and I am looking forward to playing for Coach Mai and Kirchheim.
Congrats on the big 92-90 road victory in Dresden. How did it feel playing your first professional game for a German team and did you remember having such an intense atmosphere last season in games in Portugal? Thank you! It felt great having not played in an actual game since February. The atmosphere and energy was great up in Dresden. It was comparable to some games in Portugal. I was just happy to be back on the court.
It was a wild game and scoring really took center stage in the first quarter. Did defense take a back step at first or was this just two explosive offensive teams in the making? I think both teams have potent offensive attacks but I don't think there was a lot of defense being played in the first quarter. It was the first game of the season, players have jitters, the crowd was into it, so I think both teams we're just getting acclimated to playing.
The game really remained close in the first three quarters and Dresden kept the lead until the midway point of the fourth until Kirchheim got the lead back. What was the most difficult thing about having to keep up with this offensive minded team on defense? I think they jumped ahead early and we had to keep battling. They are a great transition team and kept pushing the ball up the court early and often. As the game progressed we were able to keep chipping away and eventually close their lead in the fourth.
Randall Holt was a real thorn in the Kirchheim side as he nailed huge three pointers in crunch time, but Justin Hedley won the game at the end with a shot. Take me through that last play and was it the perfect script? Hedley surely wasn't the first option
Holt is a good player and hit some tough shots but Justin came up huge for us. We had run a pick and roll with Carrington Love and myself and he tried to create. Justin was open in the corner and dribbled past the close out and sank the 10 footer. I was excited that we won and excited for Justin! He's one of the young guys on the team and puts in a lot of work so it was great to see that shot go in.
You had a very solid game with 18 points, three assists, six rebounds and two steals. Do you have a good feeling that the German Pro A style fits your game well? I think the Pro A style fits my game and I think Coach Mai's overall scheme fits my game. I'm excited to play in the Pro A this year against some good competition.
You harmonized very well with German veteran Tim Koch. How much fun is it playing with him and learning from his game on the floor? Tim is a phenomenal shooter and basketball player. He makes shots at such a high rate that teams have to stay attached at all times or he'll hurt them with threes. Its great playing with him because when teams stay glued to him there are more open lanes.
You take a lot of pride on defense. Do you see the Kirchheim Knights being a team that can make an impact on a consistent basis on the defensive end this season? I definitely see potential for us to be a great defensive team. We have the tools to be great, but consistency is our problem. We'll put together five great minutes of defense and follow that up with five terrible minutes. But I think as the season goes on we'll improve and become a more cohesive unit.
If you had to construct your own NBA Rushmore which 4 NBA heads would you choose? This is tough.. It's hard to pick just four but I'll go with MJ, Bill Russell, Kareem, and Kobe
Now that Lebron finally won a NBA title with the Cavs where does this title put him in the debate as the all-time best player in the world? He's in the top 10 of all-time and probably the best active player but it's close.
What was the last movie that you saw? Jason Bourne.
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