#1. This week's number one is an experienced former international forward Dirk Nowitzki (213-78, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Dallas Mavericks (22-29) in their last game. Despite Nowitzki's very good performance the Dallas Mavericks lost 101-105 on the road to the Atlanta Hawks.
He was the top scorer with 24 points. Nowitzki also added 7 rebounds in 36 minutes on the court.
It's Nowitzki's 15th season with the team.
He has individually a very good year with high stats. Nowitzki averages: 15.1ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 42.2%, 3FGP: 39.1% and FT: 78.8% in the 22 games he played so far.
He played for the German senior national team two years ago.
#2. Second place goes to former U20 international forward Christian Standhardinger (203-89, currently plays college basketball in the States). Standhardinger led Hawaii to an easy victory against the Long Beach State University (10-2) crushing them 94-73 in the NCAA last Thursday.
He recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 13 rebounds. Standhardinger also added 3 assists and 3 steals.
The University of Hawaii has a solid 8-4 conference record this season.
It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row.
This season Standhardinger has very high stats. He averages: 15.1ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 42.2%, 3FGP: 39.1% and FT: 78.8%.
Standhardinger has a dual citizenship: Filipino and German.
He played for the German U20 national team in 2009.
#3. The German player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Elias Harris (203-89, currently studies in the States). He led Gonzaga to an easy victory against the Loyola Marymount University (1-10) 74-55 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game.
Harris recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 10 rebounds.
The Gonzaga University has a very solid 10-0 conference record this season.
So far his team won all ten games in the conference.
Harris is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Gonzaga's roster.
He has relatively good stats this season: 12.6ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 64.8%(46-71), 3FGP: 34.0% and FT: 82.7%.
Harris is also a member of the German senior national team.
#4. Guard Sebastian Koch (203-91, is currently at the American university) led Elon to a victory against the Furman University (2-9) 64-60 in the NCAA last Saturday.
He recorded 19 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 33 minutes.
The Elon University has a solid 9-3 conference record this season.
This year Koch has relatively solid stats: 12.6ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.9apg in the 15 games.
He used to play for the German U18 national team
back in 2009.
#5. Former U20 international forward Dennis Ogbe (201-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to a Tenn Tech's victory against the Jacksonville State University (6-6) 78-64 in the NCAA last Saturday.
Ogbe recorded 18 points and grabbed 6 rebounds.
The Tennessee Tech University has 4-7 conference record this season.
Ogbe's overall stats this year are: 10.0ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.6apg.
He used to play for the German U20 national team
two years ago.
#6. Forward Dennis Kramer (211-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped San Diego win their game against the Brigham Young University (8-4) 74-68 in the NCAA on Thursday night.
Kramer scored 8 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in 19 minutes.
The University of San Diego has 6-5 conference record this season.
This year Kramer's overall stats are: 10.0ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.6apg in the 16 games.
He is a naturalized American.
Kramer is a former U20 international player as he played for the German team two years ago.
Strangely he has never played in Germany.
#7. U20 international swingman Kevin Bright (196-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Vanderbilt win their game against the The University of Arkansas (5-5) 67-49 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game.
Bright recorded 8 points and grabbed 7 rebounds.
The Vanderbilt University has not so impressive 3-6 conference record this season.
They ended the series of four consecutive loses.
Bright's total stats this year are: 10.0ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.6apg.
He is also German U20 national team player.
#8. Guard Maodo Lo (190-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Columbia win their game against the Harvard University (3-1) 78-63 in the NCAA last Sunday.
Lo scored 12 points in a mere 18 minutes.
The Columbia University has 2-2 conference record this season.
It's Lo's first year with the team.
This year his total stats are: 10.0ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.6apg in the 16 games.
Lo used to play for the German U20 national team
back in 2011.
#9. Former U18 international guard Thomas Reuter (198-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to help the E.Washington (5-9) in their game against the Sacramento State University (7-7) in the NCAA.
Reuter scored 9 points and added 5 assists. It was his first game for E.Washington this season.
But the E.Washington was defeated 61-55 in Sacramento, CA by the Sacramento State University.
Reuter used to play for the German U18 national team
three years ago.
#10. Power forward Tilo Klette (206-77, currently plays in Japan), who plays in the Japanese JBL was not able to secure a victory for Levanga Hokkaido Sapporo (3-27) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Klette's good performance the bottom-ranked Levanga Hokkaido Sapporo was badly defeated 78-61 in Kariya by the leading Aishin Sea Horses.
He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Klette also added 4 rebounds.
Klette has reliable stats this season: 12.3ppg and 6.3rpg.
He is a former U22 international player as fourteen years ago he still played for the German national team.
#11. U20 international point guard Mario Blessing (188-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the one of league's weakest teams USC Upstate in their game against the Stetson University in the NCAA.
Blessing scored 5 points.
His team was defeated 73-66.
Blessing has averaged so far 4.5ppg and 1.7rpg.
He plays currently for the German U20 national team.
#12. Former U16 international guard Max Dileo (185-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Monmouth win their game against the Fairleigh Dickinson University 80-76 in the NCAA in Sunday night's game.
Dileo scored 6 points in 21 minutes.
Dileo has averaged so far 4.5ppg and 1.7rpg in the 18 games.
He is a naturalized American.
Dileo used to play for the German U16 national team
back in 2009. Apparently he has never played in Germany.
#13. International shooting guard Patrick Heckmann (196-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Boston Coll. in their game against the Duke University in the NCAA. He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones.
Heckmann scored only 3 points in 7 minutes on the court.
His team was edged 62-61.
Heckmann averaged so far 11.5ppg and 5.8rpg in the 13 games.
He is also German national team player.
#14. International swingman Niels Giffey (201-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Connecticut win their game against the Seton Hall University 78-67 in the NCAA on Sunday night.
Giffey scored 6 points in 20 minutes.
Giffey averaged so far 11.5ppg and 5.8rpg in the 13 games.
He plays currently for the German national team.
#15. Former U16 international center Enosch Wolf (216-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) is a teammate of previously mentioned Niels Giffey and both played together in the last NCAA game.
Wolf managed to help University of Connecticut to win against the Seton Hall University 78-67.
He scored only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
Wolf's stats this season are: 11.5ppg and 5.8rpg.
He used to play for the German U16 national team
seven years ago.
The list of other players, who all have German passport but never been selected to any of German national teams:
#1. Experienced Mario Stojic (198-G/F-80, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Belgium) led Base Oostende to an overtime victory against the sixth-ranked Liege Basket (6-10) 84-77 in the Belgian Ethias League on Friday night.
Stojic recorded 11 points and added 4 passes in 29 minutes.
Telenet Oostende (12-4) is placed first in the Ethias League.
It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row.
It's Stojic's first season with the team.
He has relatively good stats this year: 12.6ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.9apg in the 15 games he played so far.
Stojic has a dual citizenship: Croatian and German.
#2.Julian Sensley (206-F-82, college: Hawaii, currently plays in South Korea), who plays in the South Korean KBL could not help Dongbu Promy (16-25) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Sensley's very good performance Dongbu Promy was defeated 75-66 on the road by the higher-ranked ET Land Elephants (#3).
He recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 11 rebounds. Sensley also added 3 assists.
Sensley has reliable stats this season: 13.6ppg, 5.7rpg and 2.7apg.
He is a naturalized American.
Strangely Sensley has never played in Germany.
#3.Ben Rice (195-F-90, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, currently plays in Israel), who plays in the Israeli Winner League was not able to help Bnei Hasharon (7-9) in their last game. Despite his good performance Bnei Hasharon was edged 70-67 in Jerusalem by the higher-ranked (#3) Hapoel.
Rice was the second best scorer with 12 points. He also added 6 rebounds in 25 minutes.
Rice has been at the team for five years.
This season Rice's overall stats are: 10.0ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.6apg in the 16 games.
He is another player who holds two passports: Israeli and German.
#4.Bar Timor (190-PG-92, agency: Avi Zilberman, currently plays in Israel) contributed to a 1-point Hapoel Tel-Aviv's victory against the fourth-ranked Maccabi Haifa (9-7) 78-77 in the Israeli Winner League on Sunday night.
He recorded 9 points.
Hapoel Tel-Aviv (7-9) is placed ninth in the Winner League.
Timor has averaged so far 8.1ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.4apg and 1.3spg.
He has both Israeli and German nationalities.
#5.Joachim Thoss (201-C-81, currently plays in Philippines) was the major contributor in a 2-point Alaska Aces' victory against the eighth-ranked Rain or Shine (0-1) 83-81 in the Filipino PBA in Saturday night's game.
Thoss scored 17 points in 33 minutes. It was his first game for Alaska Aces this season.
His team are placed first in Commissioner's Cup group.
It's Thoss' first year with the team.
He also holds two passports: German and Filipino.
#6.Kiril Wachsmann (203-C/F-83, agency: Edge Sports, college: Iona, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Melilla Baloncesto in their game against River Andorra in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division).
He scored 8 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in 33 minutes.
His team lost 72-79.
Wachsmann is ranked second on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 8.6rpg.
This year his other stats are: 9.6ppg and 1.3apg in the 17 games.
#7.Ismar Seferagic (201-F, currently plays in Canada) couldn't help the University of Windsor in their game against the Thunderwolves in the Canadian university league CIS.
Seferagic was the second best scorer with 9 points in only 13 minutes.
His team lost 64-70.
Seferagic has averaged so far 4.5ppg and 1.7rpg in the 18 games.
He holds both German and Canadian passports.
#8.Martin Seiferth (208-F-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the E.Washington in their game against the Sacramento State University in the NCAA.
Seiferth scored only 4 points and grabbed 9 rebounds.
His team was defeated 61-55.
Seiferth has averaged so far 4.5ppg and 1.7rpg.
#9.Josh Lockett (203-F/C-89, college: Georgetown, KY, currently plays in United Kingdom) couldn't help the league outsider Liverpool Mersey Tigers in their game against Glasgow Rocks in the British BBL, despite his good performance on Friday night.
He scored 10 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 23 minutes.
But his team was crushed by 39 points 97-58.
Lockett averaged so far 11.5ppg and 5.8rpg in the 13 games.
He is a naturalized American.
#10.Till Gloger (203-F-93, currently studies in the States) couldn't help the Maine in their game against the Boston University in the NCAA.
Gloger scored 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
His team was defeated 79-72.
Gloger's stats this season are: 11.5ppg and 5.8rpg.
Sometimes the overwhelming differences that two basketball teams may possess on paper can be as hard to digest for an opposing coach in terms of what strategy he will use for 40 minutes as it was NFL coaches and defenses to figure out how to stop a Tom Brady of the New England Patriots who at age 39 seems to be playing like in his prime and having that very special and rare football gen called forever young. When one observes Germany's youth league NBBL which displays the faces of tomorro... [read more]
Sometimes the overwhelming differences that two basketball teams may possess on paper can be as hard to digest for an opposing coach in terms of what strategy he will use for 40 minutes as it was NFL coaches and defenses to figure out how to stop a Tom Brady of the New England Patriots who at age 39 seems to be playing like in his prime and having that very special and rare football gen called forever young. When one observes Germany's youth league NBBL which displays the faces of tomorrow and possible professional players in the making, one can't always expect games in the 90's or a 50% field goal percentage as these kids are all still learning, but sometimes the stats on paper do tell the story. This was the case as unbeaten Eintracht Frankfurt who had beat MTV Kronberg in a thrilling OT game where they showed their true colors in OT and last weekend needed a 26 point explosion in the fourth quarter to leave the Junior Baskets Rhein Necker in the dust faced off against the 1-1 Schoder Junior Giraffen Langen in another classic Hessen derby. The guests lost the first game of the season against Porsche BBA Ludwigsburg with 65-58, but last weekend nipped the well-known basketball academy Urspring 55-53. The immense statistical advantages that Eintracht Frankfurt had were mindboggling as they averaged 82 points to 56 points of Langen, had the massive rebound edge of 51-26 and in the playmaking department also had more creativity with the 20-11 edge. Langen did have the better defense in the first two games giving up only 59 points while Eintracht Frankfurt did 65 which wasn't too shabby either. Stats are one thing, but in the end the only thing that counts is what happens on the court for 40 minutes and that is when both teams leave everything they have on the court. The Schoder Junior Giraffen Langen played a hard first half where nobody would of noticed any kind of big advantage for Eintracht Frankfurt, but the home team did break out of their shell in the third leading by as much as 17 points only to see the guests fight back and force OT, but then ran out of gas as Eintracht Frankfurt squeaked out a 82-74 win. After the game, 18 year old German Konstantin Schubert (195-SF-98) didn't look anymore pooped than after any other game, but he had played an overwhelming 81 minutes in 17 hours dating back to the Fraport skyliners Juniors OT win in Nordlingen the night before, but was still able to give sound answers concerning his second OT win within 24 hours. 'I feel very tired. This was my second OT game. I played 42 minutes last night and 39 minutes now. We were up by 17 in the third and can't let the opponent come back like that. We brought more power than Langen did into the OT and hit the deciding shots that gave us the win', stressed Eintracht Frankfurt forward Konstantin Schubert (195-SF-98). The Schoder Junior Giraffen Langen played a very spirited game, but used up a lot of energy after being down 17 in the third and just didn't have the needed gusto in OT to prevail. 'This was a tough loss for us. The third quarter killed us. We never gave up until the end, but Frankfurt just had more energy than we did', added Schoder Junior Giraffen Langen forward Julian Pfaff.
Both teams struggled on the offensive end in the first quarter as the guests were able to slow down the Eintracht Frankfurt offensive machine, but couldn't get much going on the offensive end either as turnovers hurt them. Eintracht Frankfurt got early production from 16 year old 207cm forward Beat Weichsler who got aggressive inside twice getting to the hole and scoring. EX USC Freiburg center Cosmo Gruehn who played 28 minutes in Nordlingen scoring eight points and hauling down five boards scored with his left hand and ex TV Langen guard Niklas Pons also scored inside as Eintracht Frankfurt led 8-5. Both teams were having their misfortune from outside and attacked the inside as 17 year old Christian Lonrich scored and 17 year old Turk Alper Bastiyali gave the Langen team the 9-8 lead. However Eintracht Frankfurt closed out the first quarter with an Oliver Babitisch lay in and Gruehn and Schuebert free throws as they led 14-11. Eintracht Frankfurt was shooting 31% from the field and the Schoder Junior Giraffen Langen were shooting 27% from the field. Both were shooting 0% from outside. The guests had the 12-8 rebound edge, but also eight turnovers while Eintracht Frankfurt had six turnovers.
The game remained tight in the second quarter until Eintracht Frankfurt was able to extend their lead to 10 points only to see it dwindle down again as the guests made a furious run to get back into the game. The Schoder Junior Giraffen came out with a lot of energy in the opening minutes as 18 year old 207cm center Ante Brko who played with Eintracht Frankfurt two years ago scored twice inside using his big body to his advantage and 18 year old Felix Lewe tied the game at 17-17 with free throws. Eintracht Frankfurt then found some rhythm on offense going on a 13-3 run to extend their lead to 30-20. In the run, Eintracht Frankfurt was sparked by the energy of 15 year old Alvin Onyia who made a quick inbounds pass to Schuebert for the easy lay in as two seconds were on the shot clock and then nailed a trey. The club also got free throws from Babitisch and Gruehn. It seemed like Eintracht Frankfurt might run away early with the game, but the Schoder Junior Giraffen Langen mounted a furious come back going on a 7-0 run to cut the Frankfurt lead to 30-27. In the run, Pfaff dropped a three pointer and Lovrich sneaked inside for the bucket and made free throws. The guests were fortified by three consecutive Eintracht Frankfurt turnovers. Eintracht Frankfurt guard 15 year old Maximillian Begue closed out the second quarter with a free throws as Eintracht Frankfurt led 31-27. Eintracht Frankfurt was shooting 36% from the field and 20% from the three point line while the Schoder Junior Giraffen Langen were shooting 33% from the field and 17% from the three point line. Eintracht Frankfurt had 13 turnovers and the guests 14 turnovers.
Eintracht Frankfurt pulled away in the third quarter going on a 14-o run to extend their lead to 45-27 as the guests remained scoreless for almost six minutes. In the run, Eintracht Frankfurt got production from 16 year old 198cm forward Leon Pullen who scored in the paint as did Gruehn. Schubert also was very active scoring three buckets with two inside and one from the parking lot. The Schoder Junior Giraffen Langen found out of their funk just in time to close out the third quarter going on a 13-3 run to trail only 48-40. In the run, the guests were sparked by various options as 16 year old Micha Hoffmann who is the brother of ex Skyliner Jona Hoffmann hit two difficult shots with a runner and running hook shot. Lovrich hit an off balance shot and Brko scored in the paint area again. 'We did a good job on defense and just stopped them for a long time. Our one on one defense was very good. We communicated better on defense and our help defense also was good. On offense we moved the ball better', added Konstantin Schubert (195-SF-98). 'We didn't think and had no structure. We had too many own ideas. We got away from what we know from practice', stressed Julian Pfaff. Eintracht Frankfurt was shooting 36% from the field and 21% from the parking lot while the Schoder Junior Giraffen Langen were shooting 33% from the field and 11% from the parking lot. Eintracht Frankfurt had the 30-24 rebound edge and 20 turnovers while the guests had 21 turnovers.
In the fourth quarter, Eintracht Frankfurt was able to keep their comfortable lead for the first few minutes, but then watched as the Schoder Junior Giraffen Langen slowly chipped away at their lead and forced the game into OT. In the first few minutes, both teams were scoring at a good rate as Eintracht Frankfurt got buckets from Pullen, Schubert and Pons, but the guests didn't roll over and die as they also executed well as 18 year old Dan Gerst hit a jumper to cut the Eintracht Frankfurt lead to 55-45. After Jonathan Torbica and Pons exchanged three pointers, Eintracht Frankfurt still led 58-48, but now it was time for one last push by the Schoder Junior Giraffen Langen as they went on a 12-2 run to recapture the lead 60-59 with a minute to go. In the run, the guests got valuable production from Torbica who hit a difficult runner high of the glass, Pfaff got a steal and coast to coast dunk and then scored later in the paint. The club also got points from 18 year old power forward Alexander Arndt who made a big tip in as well as a Lovric lay in. Arndt then held his cool sinking two free throws for the lead. Then it seemed like the happy end of the guests would end as Gruehn made an offensive rebound and put back for the 61-60 advantage, but the guests forced OT with a Lewe free throw as the game was dead locked at 61-61. 'We did everything wrong in their comeback. We gave up too many fast break points, didn't rebound well and second chance points', added Konstantin Schubert (195-SF-98). 'The fans helped us back into the game. We always believed in ourselves and fought to the end and our shots finally began to fall more', said Julian Pfaff. Eintracht Frankfurt was shooting 37% from the field and 19% from outside while the Schoder Junior Giraffen Langen were shooting 39% from the field and 15% from outside. Eintracht Frankfurt had the 36-31 rebound advantage, but 28 turnovers while the guests had 25 turnovers.
In the OT, the Schoder Junior Giraffen langen got the lead back 62-61 on a Pfaff free throw, but Eintracht Frankfurt then went out on a 7-2 run to take the 68-63 lead and would never look back again. Eintracht Frankfurt were playing like on a mission something what head coach Jan Eichberger probably wonders why it doesn't happen more on a consistent rate as they used their various options as Pullen scored inside and Gruehn dropped a trey. The guests continued to fight to stay in range as Torbica scored with his left hand and Pfaff hit a three pointer to cut Eintracht Frankfurt's lead to 74-69, but they couldn't get the needed stops to get closer. Gerst gave the guests one last gasp of hope with a lay in cutting the Eintracht Frankfurt lead to 75-71 with a jumper, but the club then slammed the door tight on the guests they went on a 7-3 run to close out the game as Schubert hit free throws and Pons a trey for the 80-71 advantage. Before the guests could react, Pons made a steal and scored for the 82-71 lead. Lovric closed out the game with a three pointer to spice up his stat afternoon as Eintracht Frankfurt won their third game of the season 82-74 and remain unbeaten. 'I liked how we came out in OT and always fought. Gruehn was also key with his three pointer getting us ahead', stressed Konstantin Schubert (195-SF-98). 'We were tired at the end and when there are five team fouls, it is always hard to play tactical basketball', said Julian Pfaff. Eintracht Frankfurt was led by Konstantin Schubert (195-SF-98) with 23 points. Cosmo Gruehn added 19 points and Niklas Pons added 13 points. The Schoder Junior Giraffen Langen were led by Julian Pfaff with 20 poinbts. Christian Lovric scored 13 points and Dan Gerst added 12 points. Eintracht Frankfurt shot 40% from the field and 28% from the three point line while the Schoder Junior Giraffen langen shot 41% from the field and 27% from the three point line. Eintracht Frankfurt had the 39-33 rebound edge and 29 turnovers while the guests coughed up the ball 30 times.
Every season there are always numerous new players that arrive in the Pro B to show their extraordinary basketball abilities with the hope of being able to showcase their talent to a vast array of people and hoping to continue to develop and make the next step at a higher level. The Dragons Rhondorf and Bayer Giants Leverkusen have three of these players that squared off against each other in the Dragon Dome with the one player big dawg Aaron Nelson that stands 203cm that cleans up in the... [read more]
Every season there are always numerous new players that arrive in the Pro B to show their extraordinary basketball abilities with the hope of being able to showcase their talent to a vast array of people and hoping to continue to develop and make the next step at a higher level. The Dragons Rhondorf and Bayer Giants Leverkusen have three of these players that squared off against each other in the Dragon Dome with the one player big dawg Aaron Nelson that stands 203cm that cleans up in the paint area and at times is unstoppable and only content when he gets a double double as he averaged double double stats as a senior at S. Indiana and as a rookie in Chile with Los Leones de Quilpue. The other two players stood on the other side as one guy is a pure scorer and has the same last name as an ex American president. Kerry Carter who played at St Mary (NCAA) and last season had a 5 game stint in Europe's best league in Spain Endesa with Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias and racked up 9 points in 10 minutes against top club Real Madrid. The last player in this trio is an American that like Nelson loves to get physical inside and post double doubles and loves Manchester United. Brandon Nazione played at Eastern Michigan and has mixed it up in the Pro B this season and had his first very tough match up against Nelson. This game not only matched up three top players who wanted to do as much as possible to help lead their club to victory, but was also the homecoming of German Tim Schonborn who played three seasons with the Dragons amassing 78 games. With so many interesting side stories to the contest, one had the tendency to forget that the most important aspect to the evening was two teams battling for a win as the 2-2 Dragons Rhondorf were looking to keep their home record spotless while the Bayer Giants Leverkusen also 2-2 were still looking for their first road victory of the season, but that still had to wait as they lost their fourth game in a row in Rhondorf since 2008 92-87 in OT. In the head to head battle Kerry Carter finished with 31 points having a 27 efficiency rate while Aaron Nelson finished with 26 points and nine boards and also a 27 efficiency rate, but the Rhondorf American won the game. After the game, Nelson was torn and tattered as Leverkusen had really made him work hard for his pay check. 'I take every game the same. We knew that Carter was a good scorer and we had to try to focus on him more, but also take away the rest of the team. He had a very good game and I am just glad we came away with the win', stressed Illinois native Aaron Nelson. Carter didn't show it with his game face still on after the game, but one could see that he was very peeved at the loss. 'I never caught up in these type of matchups. Some players get overhyped while others are off the radar. Nelson is a great player and had a great game. I go into every game the same way no matter who we play', warned Bayer Giants Leverkusen scoring ace Kerry Carter.
The Bayer Giants Leverkusen were unable to connect in their first three possessions, but then got some buckets from ex Dragon Tim Schonborn and 31 year old German Gotz Twiehof scored for the early 4-2 advantage, but then it was time for the Canadian sensation Mike Lucier who gave the word scoring a new special meaning as he rattled off seven unanswered points giving Rhondorf the 9-4 lead. He can always dazzle you with his trey, but he got aggressive early in the paint as he scored twice and then made a steal and went coast to coast for the dunk. Rhondorf continued to carry the momentum upping their lead to 13-6 as Aaron Nelson scored as did Thomas Michel. However one can only control a guy like Kerry Carter so long as he had been stifled by Rhondorf in the first five minutes, but then got his motor going as he carried the Bayer Giants on a 13-4 run giving them the 19-17 lead as he nailed three trey's. Leverkusen had found their offensive rhythm and closed out the first quarter strong with the fourth three pointer of Carter and an Alexander Blessing lay in. New York native Will Trawick finished the first quarter with a timely three pointer cutting the Leverkusen lead to 23-22. 'I was really happy with how Patrick Reusch (185-G-93) played. It wasn't easy for him to come in and replace Viktor Frankl-Maus. He did a good job on offense and finding the open man. You can never really control a Carter. Take away his 10 points and we would have given up 13 points and the game would have looked a lot different', stressed Dragons Rhondorf CEO Boris Kaminski. The Bayer Giants Leverkusen were shooting 47% from the field and 50% from outside while the Dragons Rhondorf were shooting 40% from the field and 20% from outside. Rhondorf had the slim 12-10 rebound edge, but five turnovers while Leverkusen had four turnovers.
In the second quarter, the Bayer Giants Leverkusen got off to a rough start once again not executing on their first three possessions, while Rhondorf went on a 10-1 run to extend their lead to 32-24. In the run, Rhondorf got solid production from Aaron 'big dawg' Nelson scoring inside twice, Will Trawick also got aggressive finishing in the paint and Sascha Tratnjek scored. The Bayer Giants Leverkusen were just careless in their sets and pulled off two quick possessions without really getting settled. But then came the turning point of the second quarter as the Bayer Giants Leverkusen switched to zone propelling them on a 9-0 run as Carter once again got going again scoring seven points getting the guests the 33-32 advantage. Carter scored twice in the lane and once from the parking lot. 17 year old German Anton Geretzki stopped the run connecting on a pretty high rainbow giving Rhondorf the 35-33 lead which didn't hold up long as American rookie Brandon Nazione controlled an offensive rebound and made the put back tying the game at 35-35. Trawick made a free throw and lay in sending Rhondorf into halftime with the tight 39-36 lead. 'We started well, but they came back when they went to zone taking away our strength with Nelson and Lucier. We gave up an open three pointer to Carter which should never happen', added Dragons Rhondorf CEO Boris Kaminski. The Dragons Rhondorf were shooting 31% from the field and 23% from the three point line while the Bayer Giants Leverkusen were shooting 41% from the field and 33% from the three point line. Rhondorf had the 27-22 rebound edge and eight turnovers while Leverkusen had nine turnovers.
In the third quarter, the Dragons Rhondorf got off to another good start which was benefited by their two opening stops which led to an 8-2 run lifting their lead to 47-38. Geretzki started the run with his second trey and Nelson scored in bunches making it look so easy. But basketball always remains a game of runs as Rhondorf didn't execute on the next few possessions which enabled Leverkusen to tie the game at 47-47 benefited by an overwhelming 9-0 run. In the run the ex BBL team got some free throws, a reverse lay up by Carter, and a Schonborn lay in and trey. The game now was a dog fight as a team would take the lead and then the other would match them. Nazione made a massive dunk and Schonborn continued to be aggressive from all areas of the court and made an acrobatic lay in tying the game at 52-52. The Bayer Giants Leverkusen closed out the third quarter with the 61-57 lead as they got some instant offense from Blessing who dropped a three and made a steal and went coast to coast for the lay in. Carter and Nazione finished with two lay ins. 'We got more stops and let our defense dictate our offense instead of the other way around. I just wish that we could of done that more throughout the game', said ex St Mary's guard Kerry Carter. 'We turned the ball over too much and they hit shots. That is when basketball becomes a game of runs. They saw the ball go in and automatically they played better offense and defense. That always feels good', added Dragons Rhondorf forward Will Trawick. The Bayer Giants Leverkusen were shooting 47% from the field and 35% from the parking lot while the Dragons Rhondorf were shooting 35% from the field and 29% from the parking lot. Rhondorf had the 34-31 rebound advantage, but 16 turnovers while Leverkusen had 14 turnovers.
In the fourth quarter, despite not executing on their first two possessions, the Bayer Giants Leverkusen soon got going taking a healthy lead and it seemed like they would carry it back home, but let the game slip away in the last four minutes letting Rhondorf sneak back and force OT. Rhondorf started off on a 4-0 run as German Patrick Reusch (185-G-93) nailed free throws and Lucier scored inside to dead lock the game at 61-61. Then Leverkusen upped their defensive intensity and rushed out on a stellar 7-2run to lead 69-63. In the run, Leverkusen was fortified by Carter with two lay ups, a Nazione reverse lay up showing on more than one occasion during the game that he can play like a guard at the 203cm frame, and a Michael Kuczmann jumper. Rhondorf continued to battle back with Nelson free throws and a Reusch lay in to cut the Leverkusen lead to 69-67. However then it seemed like the Bayer Giants Leverkusen would slam the door on Rhondorf with a timely 9-0 run as crunch-time was approaching. In the run, Leverkusen was aided by a Carter trey and Nazione lay in off a second chance and then a hard dunk off a steal and coast to coast run. Leverkusen was aided by their two best American imports and it seemed like they couldn't falter now with three minutes remaining. However behind the massive support of their fans, Rhondorf continued to chip away at the lead and come back. Rhondorf made the game dramatic going on an unbelievable 11-0 run to retake the lead 78-77 with a minute to play. In the run, Rhondorf got potent production from Aaron Nelson who got to the free throw line three times and helped the team come back. 'Leverkusen made it tough for me all night. They made me work for every bucket. I knew at this time that I had to assert my dominance and get to the free throw line, get buckets and rebounds', added Aaron Nelson. The Dragon Dome went out of control when Will Trawick nailed the go ahead three for the 78-77 Rhondorf lead. 'My shot was huge. It felt amazing when it went in. We came from being down despite them having control. I sucked the momentum out of them and gave some energy to our fans while we took the momentum into OT. I never think about shooting, because the more you do the more you tend to miss. My coach and teammates always give me the confidence to keep shooting', stressed ex Emory (NCAA3) guard Will Trawick. The Bayer Giants Leverkusen had the chance to win the game down the stretch, but Carter attempted an air ball and then missed a lay up. 'I should of made those two shots regardless if I was tired or not', warned Kerry Carter. Bastian Winterhalter then connected on free throws and Nazione put the game into OT with two free throws tying the game at 79-79. The Dragons Rhondorf were shooting 34% from the field and 30% from outside while the Bayer Giants Leverkusen were shooting 46% from the field and 27% from outside. Rhondorf had the 42-37 rebound edge, but 20 turnovers while Leverksuen had 19 turnovers.
In the OT it was the Rhondorf German kid's show of Reusch and Falkenstein that led the club past the Bayer Giants Leverkusen. The Dragons Rhondorf went on a quick 5-2 run to lead 84-81. The run was sparked by the clever play by Patrick Reusch (185-G-93) who showed a lot of responsibility scoring inside, then drawing a foul and nailing free throws and then making a steal. Lucier added free throws. The Bayer Giants Leverkusen made one last push going on a 6-2 run to cut the Rhondorf advantage to 85-84. In the run, Leverkusen was sparked by a Blessing fingertip roll in and two buckets in the paint by Brandon 'the beast' Nazione. After a Michel free throw came the closing dagger into the heart of Leverkusen as 18 year German David Falkenstein who only practices once a week with the team stepped into a passing lane made the steal and went coast to coast for the lay in and 88-85 lead. Lucier and Reusch closed out the game with free throws as Rhondorf stayed unbeaten at home. 'The kids played great. Reusch played with a lot of confidence and Falkenstein doesn't practice much with us, but still knows all the plays was huge. Our focus was too make it tough on Carter at the end and we did a good job', stressed Aaron Nelson. 'We should of played tougher and smarter in OT. A few turnovers at the end cost us the game. We played good defense, but they just scored a little more', added ex eastern Michigan forward Brandon Nazione. 'Every guy on our team can give good minutes. Falkenstein and Reuch played good defense and had good drives. They were huge for us', warned Will Trawick. The Dragons Rhondorf were led by Aaron nelson with 26 points and nine rebounds. Will Trawick added 18 points and Mike Lucier 16 points while Patrick Reusch (185-G-93) scored 10 points. The Bayer Giants Leverkusen were led by Kerry Carter with 31 points, four rebounds, six assists and five steals. Brandon Nazione added 21 points and 12 rebounds. Tim Schonborn supplied 12 points and nine rebounds. The Dragons Rhondorf shot 34% from the field and 29% from the three point line while the Bayer Giants Leverkusen shot 46% from the field and 23% from the three point line. Rhondorf had the 46-43 rebound edge and 22 turnovers and Leverkusen coughed up the ball 24 times.
Wes Washpun (185-PG-93, college: N.Iowa) is a 23 year old 185cm point guard from Cedar Rapids, iowa that will be starting his professional basketball career in Germany with the MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg (Germany-BBL). He began his basketball career in 2011 with Tennessee (NCAA). He then moved to N.Iowa (NCAA) in 2013 and in his first season played 31 games averaging 8.3ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.8apg, FGP: 46.9%, 3PT: 34.3%, FT: 68.9%. As a junior he played 35 games averaging 7.6ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.6apg, FGP... [read more]
Wes Washpun (185-PG-93, college: N.Iowa) is a 23 year old 185cm point guard from Cedar Rapids, iowa that will be starting his professional basketball career in Germany with the MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg (Germany-BBL). He began his basketball career in 2011 with Tennessee (NCAA). He then moved to N.Iowa (NCAA) in 2013 and in his first season played 31 games averaging 8.3ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.8apg, FGP: 46.9%, 3PT: 34.3%, FT: 68.9%. As a junior he played 35 games averaging 7.6ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.6apg, FGP: 51.1%, 3PT: 39.5%, FT: 68.1%. As a senior he played 35 games averaging 14.2ppg, 4.0rpg, 5.2apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 51.9%, 3PT: 27.9%, FT: 72.1%. This past summer he took part in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (Pre-NBA Draft): 3 games: 8.7ppg, 3.3rpg, 4.3apg and NBA Pro Summer League in Orlando (Los Angeles Clippers): 5 games: 4.0ppg, 1.4rpg. He spoke to eurobasket about basketball earlier this summer after signing in Germany.
Wes thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. Where are you at the moment and how has your summer been? I am currently in Iowa and my summer has been going on!
Congrats on signing with German club MHP Riesen Ludwigbsurg. What was the deciding factor that made you want to start your professional career in Germany? Germany felt like a great fit for me right away and Coach Patrick and I hit it off right away!
What do you know about the country Germany and it's basketball. Many ex N Iowa players have played in Germany like John Little, Ben Jacobsen, Deon Mitchell or Mark Sonnen to name a few. I don't know much about Germany yet but excited to learn as much as I can !
Did you have some talks with head coach John Patrick? He always has had aliking to getting N Iowa players as he reeled in John Little and Ben Jacobsen years ago when he was coaching team BG Goettingen. What kind of an impression did you have of John Patrick? Did you sense like you both spoke the same basketball language? We connected right of the bat we definitely speak the same language when it comes to basketball
You have had a very exciting summer as you recently played in the NBA Summer league with the Los Angeles Clippers. What kind of experience was this? Playing in the summer league was great and I had a wonderful experience.
Was the team basketball aspect which you get more of in the NCAA on the back burner here as players play for their stats to get noticed? No not really.
The Los Angeles Clippers were 0-5 and there were games where you had decent minutes and then games where you didn't. What do you feel like was the biggest asset that you got here that will help you when you come to Germany to start your professional basketball career? I feel like my defense and my ability to run a team will translate to the pro game!!
There was a lot of competition on the court, but what was it like practicing with and watching New Orleans draft pick French man David Michineau? When you watch a guy like this, do you sense like there is any real difference in skill between an undrafted player like yourself and a drafted player?
As a competitor you never feel like there is a difference but David and I competed and played against each other all week it was a great match up!
What was it like playing for Doc Rivers and what kind of general advice did he give you?
Doc wasn't our head coach but the coaches were telling me to be more aggressive on offense look to score more!
Let's talk a bit about your game. You're a point guard that can score, but also find your teammates at ease. How would you describe your game and to what NBA player could you describe your game too? I am a defense first point guard who can find ways to score and be effective on offense I have been called a mix between 'Westbrook and Patrick Beverly.
You're a guy that can fill up the stat sheet, but what is a hidden strength in your game that doesn't get noticed right away? I would say that my defense doesn't get noticed as much because I don't get a lot of steals or anything I just don't get scored on a lot.
You really broke out as a senior and had many amazing games. If you had to pick one game that was your best and favorite which one would it be? Possible your 21 point, eight assist game in the win against North Carolina, or your buzzer beater against Evansville or your 28 point, 11 assist game against iowa State? I would definitely say the North Carolina game because taking down the number one was great!
Your college career ended in the NCAA tournament with a bitter 92-88 loss against Texas A & M, but you gave your all with nine points and 10 assists, but you fouled out. Is this a game that you will remember for a long time? Yeah I will never forget that game, but I have put it behind me.
How did head coach Ben Jacobson groom and prepare you best for a professional basketball career? He made me a man he helped me grow up that's how he helped me the most!
How won a one on one in practice you or Matt Bohannon?
If you had to construct an NBA Rushmore, which 4 NBA legends would you choose? Jordan, Karem, Magic,Bird
Now that Lebron won another title for the Cavs where does this win put him in the alltime best debate against Michael Jordan? Still behind Jordan.
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