3rd placed Noerdlingen (9-6) fell to fourth ranked TV 1862 Langen (9-6) in overtime by twelve points 85-97 on Sunday night. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Noerdlingen. American players dominated the game. It was a good game for Malik Cooke who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds. TV 1862 Langen's coach Ty Shaw used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. TV 1862 Langen moved-up to second place in Group South, which they share with Noerdlingen and Weissenhorn. TV 1862 Langen will face Licher Baeren (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Noerdlingen will play against ifm Baskets Konstanz (#11).
There were no big surprises in other games of round 15: In Group North Hannover beat Stahnsdorf on the road 90-78. Wulfen lost to Schwelm on its own court 65-68. Rist Wedel managed to outperform Dorsten in a road game 77-74. BSW Sixers recorded a loss to Oldenburg at home 79-91. SU Medien were crushed by Herten Lions on the opponent's court 84-61. MTV Wolfenbuettel smashed Recklinghausen in a home game 100-81. In Group South Dresden lost to TSV Troester on the road 75-78. Dragons managed to outperform Weissenhorn on its own court 73-67. Hanau recorded a loss to Leitershofen in Diedorf 89-84. Konstanz was crushed by Bayer Giants at home 66-91. Licher Baeren was beaten by Fraport SKY II on the opponent's court 80-74.
No shocking result in a game when ninth ranked Hannover Tigers (6-9) beat 12th ranked RSV Eintracht (4-11) in Stahnsdorf 90-78 on Friday. Hannover Tigers moved-up to sixth place in Group North, which they share with 3 other teams. RSV Eintracht at the other side keeps the twelfth position with 11 games lost. Hannover Tigers will face Dorsten (#7) at home in the next round. RSV Eintracht will play against Oldenburg (#4).
Very expected game when 10th ranked BSV Wulfen (5-10) was edged at home by first ranked SG Schwelmer Baskets (14-1) 68-65 on Friday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 24-21. But BSV Wulfen won second period 12-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for Lars Wendt (190-92, agency: Limelight Hoops) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 6 rebounds. Center Andreas Kronhardt (204-89) contributed with 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four SG Schwelmer Baskets players scored in double figures. SG Schwelmer Baskets' coach Raphael Wilder used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American swingman Antonio Houston (196-88, college: Catawba) answered with 22 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import center Anthony Young (200-89, college: Ky Wesleyan) added 14 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for BSV Wulfen. SG Schwelmer Baskets have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They maintain first place in Group North with 14-1 record. BSV Wulfen at the other side keeps the tenth position with ten games lost. SG Schwelmer Baskets will face Spot Up Medien Baskets (#6) in Braunschweig in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. BSV Wulfen will play on the road against Recklinghausen (#5). Top scorers: Schwelm: L.Wendt 22+6reb+3ast, J.Coles 12+6reb+3ast, A.Kronhardt 12+7reb+2ast, S.Schroter 11+1reb, D.Malinowski 5+1reb, D.Hamilton 4+1reb+2ast Wulfen: A.Houston 22+5reb, A.Young 14+7reb+1ast, H.Bellscheidt 11+6reb+1ast, P.Mazur 8+3reb, P.Gunther 6+2ast, L.Griffin 4+4reb
Rather predictable result when second ranked SC Rist Wedel (12-3) edged on the road 6th ranked Dorsten (6-9) 77-74 on Friday. The guests trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 26-19 charge, which allowed them to win the game. SC Rist Wedel made 29-of-36 free shots (80.6 percent) during the game. It was a good game for Fabian Boeke (208-86, college: Washington St.) who led his team to a victory with 26 points and 7 rebounds. American Davey Hopkins (195-88, college: Biola, CA) contributed with 18 points (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) for the winners. SC Rist Wedel's coach Sebastian Gleim used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. American guard Christopher Jones (183-88, college: Prairie View A&M) answered with 11 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists and the other American import center Justin Eller (203-87, college: Sacramento St.) added 14 points in the effort for Dorsten. Five Dorsten players scored in double figures. SC Rist Wedel have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place in Group North with 12-3 record having just two points less than leader Dragons. Dorsten lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with nine games lost. SC Rist Wedel will face Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Dorsten will play against Hannover Tigers (#8) in Hannover and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: Rist Wedel: F.Boeke 26+7reb, A.Johnston 18+2reb+3ast, D.Hopkins 18+3reb+2ast, I.Akpinar 7+4reb+4ast, M.Adu 6+6reb, T.Lange 2+1reb Dorsten: J.Eller 14+3reb+2ast, J.Cadmus 14+2reb, G.Hagner 13+3reb+1ast, C.Jones 11+5reb+9ast, N.Janoschek 11+6reb+1ast, G.Budde 5+6reb
Not a big story in a game when 8th ranked BSW Sixers (6-9) lost to fourth ranked Oldenburg (8-7) in Sandersdorf 79-91 on Friday. BSW Sixers were trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 6-point lead after three quarters before a 32-14 charge of Oldenburg, which allowed them to win the game. BSW Sixers were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American guard Michael Taylor (193-87, college: Whitworth) who led his team to a victory with 30 points. point guard Kevin Smit (183-91) contributed with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. American guard Jeremie Simmons (188, college: Ohio St., agency: SDJ Sports) answered with 17 points and the other American import power forward Nate Gerwig (206-83, college: Kent St., agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) added 9 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for BSW Sixers. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. BSW Sixers' coach Timo Stumpf rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Newly promoted Oldenburg maintains fourth place in Group North with 8-7 record. BSW Sixers at the other side dropped to the sixth position with nine games lost. Oldenburg will face RSV Eintracht (#12) in Stahnsdorf in the next round and are hoping to win another game. BSW Sixers will play at home against Herten Lions (#3). Top scorers: Oldenburg: M.Taylor 30+3reb+3ast, A.Hartmann 14+5reb+4ast, K.Smit 13+6reb+6ast, K.Haenig 10+8reb, A.Witte 9+2reb, J.Wimberg 7 BSW Sixers: J.Simmons 17+3reb+2ast, F.Diestelhorst 14+2reb+1ast, R.Schirmer 13+3reb, T.Lipke 10+3reb, N.Gerwig 9+12reb, S.Ahnsehl 9+2reb+1ast
Everything went according to plan when third ranked Herten Lions (11-4) outplayed at home 6th ranked Spot Up Medien Baskets (6-9) 84-61 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 84-61. It was a good game for American forward Will Taylor (200-89, college: Cal Poly - SLO) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 15 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Adrian Bowie (189-89, college: Maryland) contributed with 20 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Herten Lions players scored in double figures. American point guard Steven Bennett (173-88, college: Chaminade) answered with 17 points and international point guard Dennis Schroeder (181-93) added 16 points and 5 assists in the effort for Spot Up Medien Baskets. Spot Up Medien Baskets' coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Herten Lions maintains third place in Group North with 11-4 record having just three points less than leader Dragons. Spot Up Medien Baskets at the other side keep the sixth position with nine games lost. Herten Lions will face BSW Sixers (#9) in Sandersdorf in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Spot Up Medien Baskets will play on the road against the league's leader SG Schwelmer Baskets. Top scorers: Herten Lions: A.Bowie 20+5reb+3ast, T.Schonborn 14+3reb+4ast, W.Taylor 13+15reb+1ast, C.Hackenesch 12+6reb+1ast, J.Ducker 9+7reb, Y.Opitz 8+1reb SU Medien: S.Bennett 17+4reb+3ast, D.Schroeder 16+3reb+5ast, H.Sant-Roos 10+4reb+1ast, E.Land 6+11reb, J.Wessels 6+5reb, D.Johnson 2+1reb+1ast
There was an upset when higher ranked Recklinghausen (7-8) was outleveled on the road by eleventh ranked Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (5-10) 100-81 on Friday. The game without a history. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Recklinghausen was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American guard Lamonte Thomas (187, college: J.and Wales, RI, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) who led his team to a victory with 31 points and 7 rebounds. Center Frank Theis (200-82) contributed with 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Herzoege Wolfenbuettel players scored in double figures. American forward Robert Franklin (195-81, college: N.Mexico Highlands) answered with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import guard Patrick Carney (185-85, college: Chapman) added 20 points in the effort for Recklinghausen. Recklinghausen's coach Bill Paterno rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel moved-up to tenth place in Group North, which they share with Wulfen. Newly promoted Recklinghausen keeps the fifth position with eight games lost. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel will face league's second-placed SC Rist Wedel at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Recklinghausen will play against BSV Wulfen. Top scorers: MTV Wolfenbuettel: L.Thomas 31+7reb+3ast, F.Theis 18+8reb+1ast, D.Nawrocki 17+3reb+1ast, D.Ward 14+3reb+2ast, H.Knopke 11+2reb+5ast, T.Clark 9+14reb Recklinghausen: P.Carney 20+4reb+2ast, M.Bregulla 14+6reb+6ast, R.Franklin 14+11reb+4ast, D.McDuffie 9+2reb+3ast, D.Leithner 9+2reb, A.Steed 8+8reb
There was a surprise result when twelfth ranked TSV Troester (3-12) edged higher ranked Dresden (6-9) in Breitenguessbach 78-75 on Sunday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Dresden won third quarter 23-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. TSV Troester forced 21 Dresden turnovers. Dresden was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for Johannes Richter (206-93) who led his team to a victory with 9 points and 15 rebounds. point guard Daniel Schmidt (186-90) contributed with 15 points for the winners. American guard Jason Boucher (180-80, college: Grand Valley St.) answered with 27 points and 4 assists (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!) and the other American import Andrew Jones (191-83, college: Miles) added 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Dresden. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. TSV Troester maintains twelfth place in Group South with 3-12 record. Newly promoted Dresden dropped to the ninth position with nine games lost. TSV Troester will face higher ranked Hanau (#10) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Top scorers: TSV Troester: D.Schmidt 15+3reb+2ast, S.Walde 9+2reb+2ast, J.Richter 9+15reb+3ast, J.Dippold 8+1reb, M.Rockmann 8+2ast, D.Dizdarevic 8+2ast Dresden: J.Boucher 27+4reb+4ast, A.Jones 15+6reb+5ast, M.von der Wippel 6+5reb, R.Haas 5+1reb+1ast, D.Pollrich 4+1reb+1ast, R.Zobel 4+1reb
3rd placed Noerdlingen (9-6) fell to fourth ranked TV 1862 Langen (9-6) in overtime by twelve points 85-97 on Sunday night. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Noerdlingen. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime then Noerdlingen managed to tie the game at the end of regular time. However that was TV 1862 Langen who were better in overtime eventually winning that period 17-5. They made 25-of-32 free shots (78.1 percent) during the game. TV 1862 Langen forced 23 Noerdlingen turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Noerdlingen was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American players dominated the game. It was a good game for forward Malik Cooke (198-89, college: S.Carolina) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds. Power forward Martinis Woody (201-82, college: Benedict) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. TV 1862 Langen's coach Ty Shaw used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Forward Chad Gray (200-85, college: Co.Carolina) answered with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds and guard Brandon Hogg (186-89, college: S.Indiana) added 22 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Noerdlingen. Five TV 1862 Langen and four Noerdlingen players scored in double figures. TV 1862 Langen moved-up to second place in Group South, which they share with Noerdlingen and Weissenhorn. TV 1862 Langen will face Licher Baeren (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Noerdlingen will play against ifm Baskets Konstanz (#11). Top scorers: Langen: M.Cooke 28+10reb+1ast, M.Woody 17+14reb+2ast, M.Schneider 15+4reb+9ast, S.Barth 12+1reb+3ast, T.Jahn 10+4reb+1ast, J.Boelke 6+1reb+3ast Noerdlingen: C.Gray 23+12reb+1ast, B.Hogg 22+7reb+6ast, F.Brutting 17+2ast, J.Eichler 11+10reb+1ast, D.Rastatter 5+6reb+1ast, S.Schmoll 5+2reb+1ast
The game between closely ranked teams ended with second-best Weissenhorn Youngstars' (9-6) road loss to first ranked Dragons Rhoendorf (14-1) 67-73 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 11 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 6 points. It was a good game for Nick Larsen (188-83) who led his team to a victory with 15 points and 9 assists. American center Alejo Rodriguez (203-88, college: Iona) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. Four Dragons Rhoendorf players scored in double figures. Dragons Rhoendorf's coach Boris Kaminski allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. British forward Myles Hesson (195-90, agency: Two Points) answered with 25 points and 9 rebounds and point guard Till-Joscha Joenke (190-92) added 22 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Weissenhorn Youngstars. Dragons Rhoendorf have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place in Group South with 14-1 record. Weissenhorn Youngstars at the other side keep the second position with six games lost. Dragons Rhoendorf will face Fraport Skyliners II (#5) in Frankfurt in the next round. Weissenhorn Youngstars will play on the road against Dresden. Top scorers: Dragons: F.Koch 21+3reb+2ast, N.Larsen 15+3reb+9ast, A.Rodriguez 11+14reb+2ast, G.Robinson 10+7reb+1ast, V.Frankl-Maus 6+3reb, E.Tukiss 4 Weissenhorn: M.Hesson 25+9reb, T.Joenke 22+5reb+3ast, M.Heberlein 9+1reb+3ast, K.Gausa 5+6reb+2ast, M.Shtein 4+6reb+2ast, B.Butler 2+1ast
Everything could happen in Diedorf at the game between two tied teams. Both ninth ranked Leitershofen and 10th ranked Hanau had identical 6-8 record. This time Leitershofen used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Hanau 89-84 on Friday night. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 43-35 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Leitershofen made 28-of-36 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. They also forced 22 Hanau turnovers. Hanau was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American guard James Washington (182-87, college: Middle Tenn.St., agency: FCM) who led his team to a victory with 31 points and 7 assists. His fellow American import guard Lindsey Hughey (190-89, college: Weber St.) contributed with 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Worth to mention Hughey played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped get the job in pro basketball. Indian-American point guard Anish Sharda (188-82, college: St.Mary's, KS) answered with 22 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and Marco Voeller (198-89) added 17 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Hanau. Leitershofen have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to seventh place in Group South, which they share with Licher Baeren. Hanau lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with nine games lost. Leitershofen will face higher ranked Bayer Giants (#6) in Leverkusen in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hanau will play at home against TSV Troester in Breitenguessbach. Top scorers: Leitershofen: J.Washington 31+2reb+7ast, L.Hughey 14+7reb+2ast, J.Genck 13+4reb+2ast, R.Froehlich 11+1reb, P.Smith 9+6reb+1ast, A.Chalusiak 9+5reb+5ast Hanau: A.Sharda 22+6reb+7ast, M.Voeller 17+9reb+1ast, J.Scott 17+6reb+2ast, M.Schick 9+2reb+3ast, M.Moelle 8, L.Sullivan 6+2reb
Not a big story in a game when 11th ranked ifm Baskets Konstanz (4-11) was outscored at home by seventh ranked Bayer Giants (8-7) 91-66 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Bayer Giants. ifm Baskets Konstanz was better in fourth quarter 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Bayer Giants made 27-of-33 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game, while ifm Baskets Konstanz only scored eleven points from the stripe. They outrebounded ifm Baskets Konstanz 44-32 including 35 on the defensive glass. ifm Baskets Konstanz was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American point guard Adonte Parker (183-89, college: Dayton) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists. His fellow American import Jack Eggleston (203-88, college: Pennsylvania, agency: Pro One Sports) contributed with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Four Bayer Giants players scored in double figures. Forward Frederik Henningsen (197-88) answered with 17 points and American forward Milos Nikolic (208-87, college: LIU Brooklyn) added 10 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for ifm Baskets Konstanz. ifm Baskets Konstanz's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Bayer Giants moved-up to fifth place in Group South, which they share with Fraport SKY II. ifm Baskets Konstanz at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 11 games lost. Bayer Giants will face Leitershofen (#8) in Diedorf in the next round. ifm Baskets Konstanz will play on the road against Noerdlingen. Top scorers: Bayer Giants: A.Parker 26+10reb+8ast, J.Eggleston 20+10reb+6ast, G.Twiehoff 15+11reb, M.Rass 13+4reb, M.Kuczmann 8+4reb+2ast, M.Goddek 6+4reb Konstanz: F.Henningsen 17+4reb+2ast, P.Leidig 11+2reb+1ast, M.Nikolic 10+7reb+3ast, A.Conerly 6+4reb+6ast, O.Sylla 6+2reb, L.Menck 5+1reb
Everything could happen in Frankfurt at the game between two tied teams. Both fifth ranked Fraport Skyliners II and 6th ranked Licher Baeren had identical 7-7 record. This time Fraport Skyliners II used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Lich 80-74 on Friday night. Licher Baeren trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 33-25 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 74-80 at the end of the game. Fraport Skyliners II made 22-of-27 free shots (81.5 percent) during the game. Fraport Skyliners II had a 28-16 advantage in offensive rebounds. Licher Baeren was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American point guard Larry Wright (188-87, college: Oakland) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds. Center Johannes Voigtmann (208-92, agency: Limelight Hoops) contributed with 12 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Four Fraport Skyliners II players scored in double figures. American guard Jermale Jones (186-86, college: Tuskegee) answered with 21 points and the other American import forward Jason Swanson (201-86, college: W.Alabama) added 10 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Licher Baeren. Licher Baeren's coach Igor Starcevic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Fraport Skyliners II maintains fifth place in Group South with 8-7 record, which they share with Bayer Giants. Licher Baeren lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with eight games lost. Fraport Skyliners II will face league's leader Dragons Rhoendorf at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Licher Baeren will play against TV 1862 Langen (#3). Top scorers: Fraport SKY II: L.Wright 23+10reb+1ast, J.Voigtmann 12+8reb+6ast, K.Klein 11+1reb+2ast, D.Barthel 11+5reb+2ast, F.Theilig 10+2ast, M.Merz 9+1reb+5ast Licher Baeren: J.Jones 21+4reb+1ast, N.Valentic 10+3reb+2ast, J.Swanson 10+5reb+3ast, M.Perl 8+1reb+2ast, V.Klassen 8+2reb+2ast, J.Hirschberg 8+3reb+1ast
On the court Chris Ensminger won just about every battle in the paint as there was a reason why he was the BBL's best rebounder for five consecutive years as his knack of always having the right position as the ball was released and correct instinct to where the ball would fall off the rim seemed to be as easy for him to successfully achieve as it was for once the best control pitcher in the majors Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees to seemingly get the ball where he wanted to to get... [read more]
On the court Chris Ensminger won just about every battle in the paint as there was a reason why he was the BBL's best rebounder for five consecutive years as his knack of always having the right position as the ball was released and correct instinct to where the ball would fall off the rim seemed to be as easy for him to successfully achieve as it was for once the best control pitcher in the majors Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees to seemingly get the ball where he wanted to to get through the full count to his team's benefit. However one thing that Ensminger couldn't control after life on the basketball court was keeping his now coaching foe Denis Wucherer of the Giessen 46ers in check while they were battling on the sidelines during their rookie coaching season in 2013-2014 and second season. Both guys are basketball legends in Germany as Ensminger not only made a name as one of the BBL's finest centers for years, but also belonged to numerous Bamberg championship teams while Wucherer won two BBL titles with the Bayer Giants Leverkusen for Dirk Bauermann and won the silver at the 2005 European championships in Belgrade under Dirk Bauermann once again and alongside NBA legend in the making Dirk Nowitzki. Both Ensminger and Wucherer were head coaching rookies in the 2013-2014 season and in four games Wucherer led the head to head battle confrontation's 3-1. Three of the four games were decided by 6 points and both games in the 2014-2015 season were intense nail bitters with 61-59 and 67-65 in favor of the Giessen 46ers and Wucherer. In that same season, Wucherer got the last laugh once again as he led his team into the BBL and almost made the playoffs last season. Ensminger is still trying to bring the BBL to Gotha and the only time, these two charachters can meet now on the sidelines is in the preseason. 'Gotha is a team that should reach the BBL in the future. They have a good infrastructure now, new arena and Wolfgang Heyder on board. One sees that the club is getting more and more professional. They are very ambitious to get to the BBL and have a good coaching staff with Ensminger and Esterkamp. Ensminger's team now plays the way he played as a player. He played hard and so does his team. He should have a good season', stressed Giessen 46ers head coach Denis Wucherer. After the 86-70 loss, Ensminger was very calm on the bench replaying the lost game in his mind one more time as his players were stretching and he had time to reflect on this coaching duel with Wucherer. 'Wucherer has a good background and played for Dirk Bauermann. He played tough and so do his teams. I enjoy coaching against him. We always had good games against Giessen and one season lost two games by two points. I respect him and like how he helps players develop further as he got my ex player Marco Voeller', stressed Chris Ensminger.
On another warm summer evening, but a lot more comfortable then the sauna like temperatures 48 hours earlier in Hanau, the 2016 Basketball Aid International tour next stopped in Mainz. This is an old stomping ground of Basketball Aid international tour chairman Hans Beth as back in the day he coached a young 14 year old Patrick Heckman and like his second living room as the only thing missing was his own comfy couch to help him ease into the game best. As always Beth was glowing after the buzzer had sounded as it was another successful game for the basketball aid charity and the golden basketball which had autographes of the German national team as well as Dirk Nowizki and Dennis Schroeder also found it's new owner. 'Both teams showed another good game, we had 900 people in the stands and the golden ball went for 800 euro. We achieved our goal once again today', added Basketball Aid international tour chairman Hans Beth. The second highlight of the night after the golden ball being auctioned off, was the basketball game, but as always in these international tour games, the real focus of the evening was the sick children with cancer as that was on the minds of the players somewhere between all the plays that they had stuck in their heads. 'I feel it is very important to show support for the children suffering with cancer. I lost my mom five years ago to cancer and she had a big impact on my life. You never know who cancer will effect next so it's always positive to help in any way possible', stated Giessen 46ers forward Thomas Scrubb. 'It means a lot for me to help support the basketball aid cause. I lost my father to cancer two years ago and this past week, my aunt past away. Back home, we try to raise as much as possible for cancer. It is very unfortunate that a real cure hasn't been found yet. I always try to do whatever possible to help fight cancer', stated Elijah Allen.
The Giessen 46ers came into the game having beat Hanau and Heidelberg and destroyed their farm team Lich while the Oettinger Rockets Gotha had raised more than a few eyebrows as they had disposed of 8 time BBL champion Alba Berlin. The first half remained rather even, but Giessen already had the usual lead as Gotha already had to exert extra energy as they were always in comeback mode. In the second half, the Giessen 46ers relied on their deadly shooting and stepped up their defense. While his brother Philip Scrubb was on the way to France with the Fraport Skyliners to play a four day tournament, brother Thomas was in Mainz and like his brother very reserved in his presence after the game, but very knowledgeable about what he had witnessed in the last 40 minutes on the court. 'We knew that this would be our hardest test so far. They had beat Alba Berlin and we knew that if we weren't prepared that it would be a challenge. We didn't have our defense where we wanted it in the first half. In the second half, we stepped up and took control. We were smart on offense and didn't allow easy baskets on transition or from outside. They had to beat us one on one', stressed Thomas Scrubb. After the game Gotha forward Elijah Allen had a long conversation with Giessen guard Skyler Bowlin (190-G-89, college: Missouri So.) who had been opponents in college four years earlier and then described why Giessen was the better team. 'Giessen played us very physical. They have a very good coach with Wucherer who I am familiar with having been with Lich the last years. We didn't have enough intensity and they wanted to win more. We tried to be too cute. The key was taking care of the ball, but we didn't. We will have to do that better when we play against tough competition', warned Elijah Allen.
In the first quarter, the game was even until the midpoint and then there would be 7 lead changes as no team was able to break away. Ex Creighton (NCAA) guard Grant Gibbs got Gotha on the board first with a turnaround shot over ex Trier forward Dwayne Evans and the American than stripped the Giessen player the ball and set up Jacob Parker with an easy bucket on transition as Gotha had the early 4-0 advantage. Giessen quickly halted the Giessen run in the making by countering with their own 4-0 mini run as Thomas Scrubb showed his distinct knack of knowing where his rebound would go and finishing with a floater and ex Citadel (NCAA) standout Cameron Wells connected on a turnaround shot to knot the game at 4-4. Gotha continued to keep the slim lead with Sam Muldrow and Robert Ohle buckets, but Giessen got their first lead of the game at 9-8 as ex Crailsheim guard Joshiko Saibou drilled home a three pointer. The lead then went back and forth as rookies ex West Virginia (NCAA) guard Jaysean Paige and Yale (NCAA) forward Justin Sears scored as Giessen had the slim 13-10 lead. Gotha got some major production from two ex Pro B players Elijah Allen who nailed two trey's with one at the shot clock buzzer and ex Nordlingen guard Janek Schmidkunz connected from outside for the 19-18 lead. Giessen got the lead back as ex Sodertalje champion Skyler Bowlin (190-G-89, college: Missouri So.) nailed a three giving his team the 21-19 lead. The Giessen 46ers were shooting 37% from the field and 33% from outside while Gotha was shooting 53% from the field and 42% from outside. Gotha had the 8-7 rebound edge and three turnovers while Giessen had five turnovers.
In the second quarter, Giessen would keep the lead, but couldn't shake Gotha as they always remained in striking range. Giessen started the second quarter going on a 8-3 run to extend their lead to 29-22. Giessen got solid support from Saibou who scored from the corner, Scrubb got inside making a finger tip roll in, Sears and Lischka also got productive in the paint. Giessen also had their difficulty of preventing Gotha from getting easy baskets inside as ex Stephen F. Austin (NCAA) forward Parker and ex CB Prat Juventud (LEB Gold) guard Gerald Gomilla got buckets cutting the Giessen advantage to 31-28. Even if the game was tight, it seemed like Giessen always had the more options and better execution rate as they extended their lead once again to 37-28 as Lischka completed the pick and roll perfectly and Wells nailed a 20 footer. Gotha closed out the second quarter with a perfectly timed 6-2 run to cut the Giessen lead to 41-38. Parker scored inside again, Allen hit his second buzzer beater at the shot clock in the game and GIbbs caught Giessen napping on transition defense as he got behind the defense making an easy lay in. The Giessen 46ers were shooting 53% from the field and 25% from the three point line while Gotha was shooting 56% from the field and 30% from the three point line. Giessen had the 14-13 rebound edge, but seven turnovers while Gotha had four turnovers.
In the third quarter, the Giessen 46ers were able to pull away from Gotha and extend their lead into the double digits and hold it until the end of 30 minutes. Giessen quickly showed who was in control going on a 12-5 run to extend their lead to 53-42. In the run, GIessen got their guns back out of their holsters nailing three three pointers as Evans, Saibou and Bowlin connected. After a Paige lay in, it was Bowlin again who found the hot hand making fade away jumper keeping Gotha at bay as Giessen led 55-45. Even after Ohle trimmed down the Giessen lead down under 10 points, the BBL team always found a way to get their lead back into double digits as Scrubb buried a three pointer for the 58-48 Giessen advantage. Gotha guard Max DiLeo who's brother moved from Giessen to the Telekom Baskets Bonn this season connected on a true rainbow and Grant made a free throw as Giessen kept the 63-52 lead after 30 minutes. The Giessen 46ers were shooting 50% from the field and 34% from the parking lot while Gotha was shooting 51% from the field and 28% from the parking lot. Gotha had the 24-21 rebound edge and eight turnovers while Giessen had nine turnovers.
In the fourth quarter, Gotha made one last comeback attempt, but then couldn't take care of the ball as the slick aggressive defense of Skyler Bowlin (190-G-89, college: Missouri So.) got the best of them. Gotha came out storming in the fourth quarter going on a 7-0 run to cut the Giessen lead to 65-59. In the run, Gotha received solid production from their two ex Pro B players once again as Schmidkunz who has brought that shooting touch from Nordlingen to Gotha dropped a trey and Allen made a step back jumper and Muldrow made free throws. However then came the turning point of the game as Bowlin got two steals which ignited the Giessen offense going on a 7-2 run to extend their lead to 72-61. The two Bowlin steals led to a Wells 20 footer and lay in by the defender himself. Saibou added on another trey as well. 'I finally hit some shots today. I wasn't hitting so well in the first games. This was my breakthrough game with Giessen', added Skyler Bowlin (190-G-89, college: Missouri So.). Despite Page and Ohle buckets, Gotha was unable to make some stops on defense as Giessen got a three pointer from Wells and Evans lay in to extend their lead to 78-65 which sealed the win for Giessen. Muldrow was able to cut the Giessen lead to 80-70 with a trey, but time was running out and Giessen ultimately slammed the door on Gotha with a Saibou pull up jumper, and Evans and Obst free throws closing out the game with a 6-0 run. 'We knew that Gotha could make a run. Bowlin made two huge steals and we made big shots which killed their momentum. We switched a lot and had more big men in the paint area which made the difference', stated Thomas Scrubb. 'In the run at the start we talked more on defense, but they continued to make big shots and rolled their big men in the paint which hurt us', stated Elijah Allen. The Giessen 46ers were led by Skyler Bowlin (190-G-89, college: Missouri So.) with 16 points. Cameron Wells and Joshiku Saibou added 14 points a piece. Dwayne Evans chipped in with 11 points and Andreas Obst added 10 points. The Oettinger Rockets Gotha were led by Jaysean Paige with 13 points. Sam Muldrow had 12 points while Robert Ohle chipped in with 11 points and Elijah Allen had 10 points. Giessen shot 48% from the field and 38% from outside while Gotha shot 53% from the field and 43% from outside. Gotha outrebounded Giessen 32-25, but had 16 turnovers while Giessen had 10 turnovers.
BG Goettingen (BBL) agreed terms with 33-year old Lithuanian guard Benas Veikalas (192-90kg-83, college: Metropolitan State of Denver). He played last season at Scandone Avellino in Italian Serie A. In 39 games he had 6.6ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.0apg. Veikalas helped them to make it to the cup final and to the league semifinals. The previous (14-15) season he played at Telekom Baskets where in 38 BBL games he recorded 10.9ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.2apg. Veikalas contributed to his team making it to the... [read more]
BG Goettingen (BBL) agreed terms with 33-year old Lithuanian guard Benas Veikalas (192-90kg-83, college: Metropolitan State of Denver). He played last season at Scandone Avellino in Italian Serie A. In 39 games he had 6.6ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.0apg. Veikalas helped them to make it to the cup final and to the league semifinals. The previous (14-15) season he played at Telekom Baskets where in 38 BBL games he recorded 10.9ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.2apg. Veikalas contributed to his team making it to the German Bundesliga Cup Semifinals. Veikalas also played 10 games in Eurocup where he averaged 14.4ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.3apg and 1.0spg. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Bosman Player of the Year in 2014. Veikalas has played previously professionally in Lithuania (Delikatesas and Nevezis) and Czech Republic (Prostejov). He attended Metropolitan State of Denver until 2007 and it will be his tenth season as a professional player. Veikalas could be described:
Benas is a versatile shooting guard with great shooting accuracy and ability to penetrate. Very smart and selective in taking shots, unselfish and knows how to create opportunities for his teammates.
Moves the ball quickly. Gives his best efforts in defense.
Adama Darboe(190-G-86) is a 30 year old 190cm guard that is a Danish national player and will play for the Bakken Bears (Ligaen) this season. He is a versatile guard with strong build, can play some time at the small forward too, and is a good rebounder for his size. He started his basketball career for Horsholm Basket (Basketliga) in 2002 and played there until 2006. He then played for U.M.F. Grindavik (Iceland-Express League) from 2006-2008. He then played for Huelva Baloncesto (Spain-L... [read more]
Adama Darboe (190-G-86) is a 30 year old 190cm guard that is a Danish national player and will play for the Bakken Bears (Ligaen) this season. He is a versatile guard with strong build, can play some time at the small forward too, and is a good rebounder for his size. He started his basketball career for Horsholm Basket (Basketliga) in 2002 and played there until 2006. He then played for U.M.F. Grindavik (Iceland-Express League) from 2006-2008. He then played for Huelva Baloncesto (Spain-LEB Bronze) in the 2008-2009 season. He then returned to Horsholm 79ers (Basketligaen) for a season before playing three seasons for Svendborg Rabbits (Ligaen). He then played for KFUM Jamtland Basket (Sweden-Basketligan) and the last two seasons with Boras Basket (Sweden-Basketligan) and last season played FIBA Europe Cup: 12 games: 10.6ppg, 4.6rpg, 3.7apg, FGP: 44.4%, 3PT: 41.8%, FT: 90.0%; Swedish Basketligan: 36 games: 11.5ppg, 4.7rpg, 4.1apg, FGP: 56.8%, 3PT: 36.9%, FT-2 (89.0%). He spoke to eurobasket before the Euro qualifying game against Germany in Kiel.
Adama thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. Where are you at the moment and how has your summer been? Right now, I am with the national team preparing for the upcoming games in a little city called Vejen. We got great facilities here, so things are going in the right direction.
You just completed two successful seasons with Boras Basket in Sweden, but unfortunately the club couldn't get over the hump losing in both semi-finals to Uppsala and Sodertalje. I would imagine the two point loss to Sodertalje hurt more than the 97-72 loss the season in game 5?
Yes it was very tough for the club and for me personally, not making the finals. I really thought that we had great teams both years, but it was tough, and both teams that we lost to in the semis, deserved their spot in the finals.
Do you believe a James Miller would have made the difference this season in that game 5 against Sodertalje?
Honestly I don't think so. We had a very good team, so it is what it is. You can always say what if, but I like to stick to what we had, and I was confident that our team this past season could have done the job and advanced.
James Miller recently retired after an illustrious 15 year career. You played only one season with the high scoring guard, but will always be your fondest memory with him on the court as well off the court?
JJ was a tremendous good player. Very professional and skilled player. I learned some moves from him watching him play, but mostly I have learned a lot from his professionalism off the court, and how he approached practices and games.
Last season you improved your stats in both the Europe Cup and Swedish Basketligan. Do you feel like you are in your best basketball age now at age 30?
For sure. I'm in my prime. My body feels great and I'm at the point where my routine is about to peak. Hopefully if I can stay healthy, keep working hard and most important keep my love for the game, I can achieve great things the next couple of years.
Especially in international play, you had a huge lift in your outside shooting as you improved your shooting drought from the season before from 9,1% 2/22 to 41% this season. Did you practice your shooting more in the summer of 2015 or did you just pick your spots better last season which helped you shoot at a lot higher percentage? There was no doubt that I wasn't happy about my shooting percentage from the arc that year. But I been in this game for a long time and I know that if you push extra and work harder, both mentally and psychically, then good things will happen to you. As a person and as a player. Luckily for me, it turned around pretty quickly.
Your heading back home to Denmark to the Baaken Bears . What was your biggest push to go back home and join this top Danish club?
I have always been seeking the best level I could play on. I'm luckily to be able to do what I love to do every single day. I'm making money of my hobby. Not a lot of people can say that in this world. Bakken Bears is a very professional club who wants to win every single year, and I like winners who do their very very best, to put themselves in a position to win. So it was a simple choice of mine.
At the moment you are with the Danish national team. This is now your seventh summer with the Danish team. What is always the most exciting part of being with the Danish national team in the summer time? This summer is very fun. We have the chance to make history for our country, concerning qualifying for the European Championship. I'm all in. It's very different playing for your club team and playing for the national team. You know the guys very well. Grew up with them, playing with the guys in the summer, so it's just a very special feeling all around. After all the guys on the team is representing a whole country.
What has been your summary of the early Danish preparation for the upcoming euro qualifying round? You had some friendly games beating Switzerland, but losing to countries like Slovakia and the Ukraine? It was a very good tournament in Slovakia. We grew as a team, and that was the most important thing.
You are one of the elder statesmen with Alan Voskuli. What besides being a leader are your main functions on the team? We are all men on the team. People respect each another not thinking about age. After all, it is what you bring to practice and games that determines what kind of respect you should have. I try to lead but at the same time, people should lead through effort.
There are many young guns on the team like David Knudsen who will be going into his second season at Marist (NCAA) or big man Lasse Elbaek. Who are the biggest young prospects on the Danish team and the faces of tomorrow. We are a very young team, that's for sure. We have a lot of great young players who will try and put DK on the map in the future. Gabriel Iffe lundberg, Lasse Elbk, Nicolai Hvidberg are definitely some of them. Zarko Jukic is also a very talented player whom will do great now and in the future.
Denmark is an interesting group with Germany, Portugal and Holland. Germany is the favorite. Is Denmark the main dark horse of the group? The group is very interesting. Germany is for sure the favorites, but I really believe in this team and that we can take us to the European Championship in 2017. We are equal until something else is proved. Good luck to everybody in the group.
What will be key for Denmark being able to compete with Germany for 40 minutes?
They are bigger than us. We have to play very intense and without any form of fear. I'm sure that we will do that. We are well prepared for the big challenge ahead of us.
Your buzzer beater against Frankfurt in the Eurochallenge two seasons ago is unforgettable. Does this shot still remain one of your biggest shots in your career and have you dreamt about in the last two years? Haha it was a very nice shot to make. Every player is happy about making gamewinners of course!;) But that is in the past. I will enjoy that shot when I retire and have it as a great memory. All my focus is on getting some great results with the nationalteam this summer.
Now that Lebron finally brought an NBA title home, where does this further ring put him in the debate against Michael Jordan as the all-time best ever? Tough question. But Lebron is definately getting up there. Jordan is Jordan, Lebron is Lebron.
What was the last movie that you saw? I'm not a big movie guy. I'm a series guy, so last thing I watched was Narcos and I can't wait for the next season.
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