Chicago Cub fans wish for a World Series win since 105 years, just about every little basketball crazied kid pretends to be Michael Jordan on the court, ex Dawson Creek star James Van Der Beek finally came out of the closet reveling that he dreams of being on the cover of People Magazine cover for the Sexiest man alive issue and 2013 Jungle camp winner Joey Heindle striving to be one of the few DSDS candidates to have a successful singing career. It is no secret that Walter Tiger Tuebingen have die hard fans and also have dreams of making the Beko BBL playoffs for the first time since arriving in the Beko BBL in 2004. It is no secret that the club has a limited budget and is more of a stepping stone for players showing their skill and then going to better teams with higher budgets. A tiger is regarded as a guardian that drives away evil spirit and a sacred creature that brings good luck the symbol of courage and absolute power. There is no doubt that Tiger mascot Walter has the right attitude at games as do the players and this attitude determines your altitude and more than anything else, I believe, is a vitally important ingredient in seeing your dreams come to fruition. Of course many things have to come together concerning the other teams and how they play, but all teams are in the same boat. Currently there are seven teams that are as close to the playoffs as Quantez Robertson is to winning the Fraport Skyliner team rebound title as a small forward as the Cincinnati native is like a middle big Jeff Gibbs on the boards. In the last years the Walter Tigers Tuebingen have had some late season runs, but then faltered in the last weeks not reaching the playoffs. The club has a pretty nice schedule until the end and so far no serious injury problems and could just sneak into the playoffs this season if many factors work in their favor including having six of their last 10 games in their own pink living room the Paul Horn arena. The Walter Tigers Tuebingen are always capable of making surprises or even being able to beat teams totally silencing their strength as they did with Phoenix Hagen last weekend taking their part of a high scoring tiger machine and scoring over 90 points while keeping them to under 70 points. Despite all this potential, the dream of the Beko BBL playoffs will seem to continue to be a dream that could be realized in a few years if certain components are met by the front office. Tuebingen is a very young team and had some personal changes this season as they got Cameron Wells. They are a typical young team with potential. Igor Perovic and Robert Wintermantel have done a super job getting the right players the last years. They could defend a bit more. If they have good offense then they pick up their defense, but if their offense isnt working then they have problems picking up their defense. They probably will not reach the playoffs this season, but if they can continue to find a way to keep the team together than they could be a playoff team in 1-2 years, stressed basketball expert Steven Clauss. Currently the Walter Tigers Tuebingen are in ninth place and are as close to the playoffs as never before. They have been known for late season runs and running out of gas, but possibly this season the Tigers will be fortified with an extra helping of pigs to help keep their energy until the end.
Last season, The Walter Tigers Tuebingen might use a motto that German basketball player Christian Standhardinger might be using after a few miscues in the NCAA and always coming back to try his luck in the NCAA with If you dont succeed at first then try try again in hopes of reaching the Beko BBL playoffs. However if a strong starting five in 2010-2011 with Bane Ratkovica, Johannes Herber, Chris Oliver, Dane Watts and Anatoly Kashirov wasnt potent enough for May basketball, how does the team see making an impact last season in the even stronger Beko BBL and a new starting five? Guys like Dane Watts had a very strong season whereas other starters solid seasons, but were still able to double their market value and get better financial contracts with other teams. Some teams play for titles, while other teams play for the playoffs and in the last years , The Walter Tigers Tuebingen seem to be a team that brings in younger talented players guaranteeing them playing time so they can develop further and then go to more attractive and more lucrative teams. You can expect a group of guys that play with a lot of passion and play extremely hard. We will defend well and can score with anybody in the Bundesliga, warned Vaughn Duggins last season. In 2010-2011, Tuebingen already had established Beko BBL players like Dane Watts and Chris Oliver, but last season the team has their youngest team ever having six guys that were only 23 years old. With Beko BBL babies Vaughn Duggins, Tyrone Nash and Adnan Hodzic coming from the NCAA and Americans Reggie Redding (196-SF-88, college: Villanova) and Josh Young coming off their rookie years in 2010-2011 and born in 1988, Igor Perovic speculated that these guys would have to perform right away getting their feet wet quickly. Perovic had much experience with thirty something players Lou Campbell and Velomir Radiovic and Nicolai Simon who has title experience with Alba Berlin, but still many young bucks that were inserted into a nasty shark infested basketball pool each weekend. . I think if you have a good chemistry of players then it is a good thing. Experience is key in close games early in the season but once your out on the court all that age goes out the window in most cases. It is risky but if you got good chemistry it will help in a lot of ways. I think the team will play hard and will surprise a lot of teams. Young teams are usually hungry and they may struggle at times but just like most young teams we may not know which team may show up. But they will be a team that competes just like the rest of the BBL, warned BV Chemnitz guard John Bynum last season. Still having so much youth can also be a positive thing. I think their strength will be them playing hard, I didnt really get a chance to see them in preseason but on paper they have some solid individual players. I really dont know about weaknesses but I'm sure that will show up as the season goes along, added John Bynum. We just need to continue to get better as a whole. Our ceiling with how good we can be is so high because we are so young. If we get better every day we will be fine during the season, added Walter Tigers Tuebingen guard Vaughn Duggins. The glue for the Walter Tigers Tuebingen was Lou Campbell and teams will learn quickly that keeping the American in check will make basketball life on the court very difficult for the Tigers. I think that Campbell was the key but we had to see what the newcomers would bring to the table as well. To put so much pressure on one guy meaning Campbell isnt fair but I think they got some young guys who can make a difference as well, stressed John Bynum last season. One Skyliner that was motivated to play against so many NCAA rookies was fellow rookie Michael Thompson. I was great to be on the court with those three great players with Duggins, Nash and Hodzic. All three had great careers in the NCAA. I played against Nash. You always have to keep an eye on him. He can do it all, shoot the three, play with his back to the basket and play aggressive defense, warned Michael Thompson.
The speculating really played dividends for head coach Igor Perovic despite starting with a six game losing streak, the team finished at the end of the 2011-2012 season with a record of 15-19 and in 12th place. Much like the Fraport Skyliners, the Walter Tigers Tuebingen didnt have any luck with their draw at the start getting opponents like Bamberg, FC Bayern Munich, Artland, Alba Berlin and ratiopharm Ulm. However they finally got their first win in Bremerhaven and from then on slowly got going getting out of the Beko BBL cellar. After an unneeded loss at home against BBC Bayreuth followed a three game winning streak as they beat Phoenix Hagen and potential playoff teams Braunschweig and Bonn displaying that they are a talented team that can play with anyone. In February followed the highlight of the season where they went on a four game winning streak beating FC Bayern Munich and the EWE Baskets Oldenburg at home. It wasnt quite enough for the Beko BBL playoffs, but the team showed a lot of grit and fighting power and already had many people speculating over the summer what would be possible in 2012-2013 with so many players staying on board and team chemistry staying intact.
Usually the job of a team is to try to keep key players over the summer, but the Walter Tigers Tuebingen did something very untraditional, but something that earns a lot of respect, but giving their four Americans contract extensions during last summer. Guys like Vaughn Duggins who had a solid rookie season often shining with his scoring, power forward Tyrone Nash that at times seems invisible, but at the same time so present under the basket, top 5 Beko BBL player Reggie Redding that could make the break to a top European team if his stats improve even more this season and solid Josh Young that made the jump from PRO B to the Beko BBL with flying colors and more often than not had guys searching for their jock straps on the baseline. The team also kept likeable German Ruben Spoden. Of course the high quality of living in Tuebingen may be a reason for players staying, but another reason is simply that everyone understands each other and like to be around each other including big brother type head coach Igor Perovic. Perovic still had the duty of getting some good pieces to fit the missing parts. A valuable acquisition was German Johannes Lischka who has developed into a fine Beko BBL player that can shoot, penetrate and play nasty under the court, but still hasnt reached his full potential yet. The club also got two big men with American Kenny Frease who had a strong career at Xavier and can be the vocal leader on the court and bang on the boards and German Robert Ohle who is supposed to bring stability from the bench. Perovic has been very fortunate last season to get rookies that made an impact, but this season pulled a blank with Douglas Davis who was unable to fill the expectations. Perovic recently brought in a second year professional with Cameron Wells who has shown more progress than a Davis after playing a strong season in Holland. The biggest strength of the Tigers is that they kept a core of players and there is a healthy team chemistry already intact. The team also is more of a presence inside this season with Frease and Ohle which will make the team more flexible on both ends of the court. Weaknesses could be their youth and thin bench. If the team sustains one or two injuries then they will be reeling for some kind of help that just wont be there. The Walter Tigers Tuebingen have been playing very good basketball in the last weeks winning two of the last three games. They trounced the LTi Giessen 46ers 107-71, beat Phoenix Hagen at their own game 99-69 and showing when they do defend that they can easily beat an offensive machine. They lost a bitter 71-69 game in Berlin. The Fraport Skyliners continue to sink farther and farther into the basketball cellar having lost five games in a row. The offense continues to be lukewarm and just not ready to be hot. The biggest strength of the Fraport Skyliners is their defense and possibly that could finally spark the offense? We have to as always start on defense and then execute on offense. We need to get some easy buckets from our bigs and just compete, warned Quantez Robertson. The Fraport Skyliners know that its more than do or die Sunday against Tuebingen. We cant talk anymore now, but we just have to win. It is a duty to win. We have to defend and play fast break basketball like in the last quarter in BRaunschweig and just all play with heart, warned Johannes Voigtmann.
Since the 2005-2005 season, the Frankfurt Skyliners have a record of 10-4. After losing the season series in 2005-2006, the Frankfurt Skyliners had some glorious years winning seven games in a row. In the 2007-2008 season, Frankfurt won both games as Derrick Allen totally dominated both games scoring 27 and 21 points. Even in the third game in a row the next season, Allen was top scorer with 22 points. Who could forget the 25 point effort of Keith Simmons in 2009 in a 72-59 victory. Two seasons ago, the Frankfurt Skyliners swept the season series as 2011 Beko BBL MVP Dashaun Wood had 34 and 22 points to lead all scorers. In the first meeting of the season last year, the Tigers lost to the Fraport Skyliners 73-66 in a game that was on the line in crunch time and a game they could of won. Duggins brought the Tigers to 66-69 with 1.13 to play, but a Jon Leuer bucket and Justin Gray free throws sealed the win for Frankfurt. In the return game in Frankfurt, Tuebingen got revenge winning 96-89 as Reggie Redding led all scorers with 25 points. In the first meeting this season, The Walter Tigers Tuebingen played an alla round solid game defeating Frankfurt 87-75 and had six players in double figures as Kenny Frease had 18 points, Vaughn Duggins chipped in with 17 points and Reggie Redding and Tyrone Nash contributed 12 points each. The Fraport Skyliners were led by Zach Peacock with 18 points and Ted Scott with 13 points. Tiger Josh Young knows what Frankfurt is capable of and how to stop Devin Gibson. Frankfurt is a solid team every year. I don't think their record really tells how good of a team they are. Devin is a solid PG. He does a great job of getting to the rim and finishing. We will have to limit that as much as possible, warned Josh Young.
The Walter Tigers Tuebingen are led by The team also brought in Reggie Redding who is playing his third professional season despite being only 24 years old. Redding is a 196cm guard from Philadelphia and possesses a great feel for the game, moves well without the ball, offers size and the ability to score from the guard position. He played at Villanova (NCAA) with ex BG Goettingen forward Dwayne Anderson and in his senior year played 23 games: 7.3ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.4apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 40.8%, 3PT: 39.5%, FT: 63.8%. he reached the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2008. As a rookie he played for InterCollege Etha Engomis (Cyprus-Division A) winning the league and cup title and played 16 games: 9.5ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.1apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 46.1%, 3PT: 44.4%, FT: 73.9%; EuroChallenge: 8 games: 7.0ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 31.3%, FT: 62.5%. Last season for Tuebingen he played 34 games: 13.2ppg, 5.8rpg, 3.3apg, Steals-3 (1.4spg), FGP: 50.6%, 3PT: 41.4%, FT: 69.0%. For his strong season in the Beko BBL, he received Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga 2nd Team -12, Eurobasket.com German Bundesliga All-Imports Team -12, and Eurobasket.com German Bundesliga All-Newcomers Team -12. Vaughn Duggins is playing his second season in the Beko BBL rookie and is a 25 year old 187cm guard from Pendelton, Indiana. He played at Wright State from 2006-2011 including his freshman season with 2011 Beko BBL MVP Dashaun Wood as has fond memories of the Alba Berlin guard on the court and their one on one battles. Every once in a while at practice I'd be walking by Dashaun and he would stop me and tell me exactly how he was going to score on his opponent that next possession and sure enough he would go out there and do that exact thing and look at me and laugh while running down the court. Thats easy! Dashaun beat me 9 out of 10 times on one on one. I was a young puppy out of high school and he was the horizon league player of the year. I don't remember him having any weaknesses other than he was smaller than me so I could post him up, stressed Vaughn Duggins. In his senior year, the American played 33 games: 18.0ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.2apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 44.7%, 3PT: 31.1%, FT: 82.2%. Beko BBL teams will have to be aware of the dangerous game of the American. He is a scorer, but also has hidden attributes. My jumping ability isnt always noticed. I've surprised a lot people when I get up to block a shot or dunk, warned Vaughn Duggins. Last season as a rookie, he played 34 games: 13.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 50.9%, 3PT: 41.0%, FT: 77.8%Another. Tyrone Nash is a 23 year old 203cm forward from Queens, New York. He played together with FC Bayern Munich guard Ben Hansbrough at Notre Dame and in his senior year played Notre Dame 34 games: 9.5ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.6apg, FGP: 48.7%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 68.9%. Last season with the Tigers he played 34 games: 9.1ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 55.1%, 3PT: 31.6%, FT: 56.6%. Josh Young is playing his second season with the Walter Tigers Tuebingen made the jump from the PRO B to the Beko BBL. Young is a 24 year old 185cm guard from Shawnee, Oklahoma. He played at Drake from 2006-2010 including two years with ex Skyliner Adam Emmenecker. In his senior year, he played 32 games: 14.4ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.7apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 44.0%, 3PT: 35.8%, FT: 73.0%. In 2010-2011 he came to Germany and played for Bayer Giants Leverkusen (Germany-ProB) tearing up the league playing 11 games averaging 26.7ppg, 6.4rpg, 3.0apg, 2.3spg, FGP: 45.2%, 3PT: 45.3%, FT: 79.0%. Last season for the Tigers he played 34 games: 10.3ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.6apg, FGP: 52.5%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 76.0%.
25 year old 203cm power forward Johannes Lischka is playing his first season with the Walter Tigers Tuebingen. He can hurt you with his three pointer and has a very dangerous penetration into the lane where he can finish in many different ways He started his professional basketball career with TV Lich in 2004 and played for the Giessen 46ers from 2007-2010 while also playing for TV Lich. In 2008-2009 for TV Lich he led the PRO A in scoring with 23,7ppg, 8,8rpg, 2,2apg and 1,8spg. He was bitterly disappointed in 2009 not being invited to the Euro Championships in Poland. The next calamity happened in the second game of the season, as he injured his hand in Frankfurt missing seven games. In 2009-2010, he played games: 5.4ppg, 3.5rpg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 56.1%. In three seasons for Giessen, he played 86 games. He was a member of the German A-2 national team in 2009 and then played at the University Games in Belgrade (Serbia) -09: 7 games: 10.6ppg, Reb-5 (10.4rpg), 2.0spg, FGP: 41.0%, FT: 77.4%. He played for EnBW Ludwigsburg from 2010-2012. Last season he played 34 games: 8.5ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 46.4%, 3PT: 32.1%, FT: 66.2%. Kenny Frease is playing his first season for the Walter Tigers Tuebingen and is a Beko BBL rookie. He is 23 years ole and 213cm and hails from Massillion, Ohio. He played at Xavier from 2008-2012 playing atotal of 137 NCAA games and reaching the NCAA Sweet 16 three times. In his senior year, he played 36 games: 10.2ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.1apg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 51.4%, FT: 56.9%.Frease knows exactly what he has to do as a rookie. I want to come in and be as much of a force as I can be down low. Rebound and score when its needed. Defensively, I could see myself becoming a vocal leader because I am in the back of the play and can see most of the court, so that is something I will have to focus on as we go through our preseason. Something that comes naturally to me and is one of the most fun parts of the game is being able to pass the ball out of the post. Finding open shooters and cutters from the post is something that is difficult to stop for a defense, stressed Kenny Frease.
Cameron Wells is a 24 year old 185cm guard from Houston, Texas that is playing his second professional season. He played at Citadel (NCAA) from 2007-2011 playing a total of 137 NCAA games. In his senior year he played 32 games: 17.2ppg, 5.1rpg, 4.3apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 43.7%, 3PT: 24.7%, FT: 82.7%. Last season as a rookie he played for Landstede Basketbal Zwolle (Holland-Eredivisie, starting five): 36 games: 14.0ppg, 3.9rpg, Assists-4 (3.6apg), Steals-1 (2.4spg), FGP: 45.5%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 78.1%. Last summer he played NBA Pro Summer League in Las Vegas (Milwaukee Bucks): 4 games: 4.3ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.3apg. The team also signed 24 year old 209cm center Robert Ohle who started his basketball career in Paderborn playing together with Fraport Skyliners captain Marius Nolte. He already got Beko BBL experience from 2007-2010 playing a total of 35 beko BBL games and already played a Beko BBL game as a 19 year old. In 2010-2011, he played a year in the PRO A to sharpen his skills and get more playing time for the Saar-Pfalz Braves playing 26 games: 8.4ppg, 5.7rpg, FGP: 48.3%, FT: 64.6%. He played at the European Championships U20 Division B in Targu Mures (Romania) -08: (Champion): 6 games: 5.8ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.0bpg, 2FGP: 73.7%, FT: 77.8%. Last season with Giessen he played 34 games: 4.1ppg, 2.3rpg. Rueben Spoeden is a 23 year old 202cm forward from Frankfurt that is playing his third season in Tuebingen. He started his basketball career with Eintracht Frankfurt an dthen played for TV Langen where his teammate was Robin Benzing. He also has a license for Ergas Ehingen. Last season he with the Walter Tigers Tuebingen he played 8 games: 1.3ppg; also played at ErdgaEhingen/Urspringschule (ProB): 28 games: 7.4ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP: 50.4%, 3PT: 21.7%, FT: 60.7%. German American Akeem Vargas rounds out the roster. He is a 21 year old 190 cm guard that started his basketball career with the SG Urspringschule junior team in 2005. In 2009-2010, he got experience in the States playing for Iowa Lakes CC (JUCO): 31 games: 5.6ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.5apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 53.0%, FT: 94.0%. In 2010-2011with Tuebingen, he got into 12 games: 0.4ppg; and also had also a license to play for Erdgas Ehingen/Urspringschule (2. Bundesliga Pro B)playing 27 games: 8.6ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.9apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 50.4%, 3PT: 25.5%, FT: 77.6%. Last season he played 29 games: 2.4ppg, 1.5rpg.
Usually professional teams start carving out their new roster for the upcomng season by first giving contract extensions, but sometimes that gets reversed as in the case of Jason Boone (200-F/C-85, college: New York U., agency: Three Eye Sports) who got rewarded very late in the transfer market phase by being able to call Ludwigsburg home for a second season as he will remain until 2017. Boone is a 30 year old 200cm power forward/center that tips at 116 Kilo's on the scale and will go int... [read more]
Usually professional teams start carving out their new roster for the upcomng season by first giving contract extensions, but sometimes that gets reversed as in the case of Jason Boone (200-F/C-85, college: New York U., agency: Three Eye Sports) who got rewarded very late in the transfer market phase by being able to call Ludwigsburg home for a second season as he will remain until 2017. Boone is a 30 year old 200cm power forward/center that tips at 116 Kilo's on the scale and will go into his ninth season in Germany after playing one season in Turkey.In Ludwigsburg, The Suguar Loaf, New York native is a fan favorite and even in Frankfurt last season, he was known as being that sixth man in the stands supporting his friend John Little on many occassions last season, but if he will make the trip to Frankfurt in street clothes this season is more than unlikely as his friend left, but on the court he will as usual create havoc in the paint area. Last season for the MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg (Germany-BBL), he played 33 games averaging 6.0ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP-1 (71.6%), FT: 51.9%; Eurocup: 16 games: 5.7ppg, 2.6rpg, FGP: 61.8%, FT: 56.1%. "It is always a good feeling to return. I feel at home here and am ready for the new season. It is still early in the preseason, but we are playing together at the moment. That will be important in the next weeks. The guys are working hard. I feel I can take the role in as a veteran and guy that gives experience", stated Jason Boone (200-F/C-85, college: New York U., agency: Three Eye Sports).
Even if the opening game of the 2016 Basketball Aid international tour is 72 hours old, memories of that game for players and fans will be on their mind radar for a while as fans will relive the alley-oop put backs by Mike Morrison and amazing unending talent of 16 year old Isaac Bonga where not the sky, but space seems to be the limit and especially for Americans Mike Morrison and Quantez Robertson being on American solid and trying to find their home state flags of Florida and Ohio in t... [read more]
Even if the opening game of the 2016 Basketball Aid international tour is 72 hours old, memories of that game for players and fans will be on their mind radar for a while as fans will relive the alley-oop put backs by Mike Morrison and amazing unending talent of 16 year old Isaac Bonga where not the sky, but space seems to be the limit and especially for Americans Mike Morrison and Quantez Robertson being on American solid and trying to find their home state flags of Florida and Ohio in the beautiful cozy state of the art Clay Kaserne gym for everyone to swoon at. However even if the tour has moved on rapidly in the last days having gone to Luxemburg where their national team battled German Pro A team Dresden Titans and on Sunday still with the Luxemburg national team on board moved to German city Hanau which is 25 kilometers east of Frankfurt, the term that still had a tiny effect was the Frankfurt Skyliners. If Luxemburg national team head coach Ken Diederich who as a player was a nine time Luxemburg all-star and four time league champion with AB Contern, had done his homework the last days, he would have found out that both head coaches that he faced with Steven Clauss of Dresden and Simon Cote of Hanau had been coaches with the Fraport Skyliners within the last 10 years. However on Sunday in game three of the 2016 Basketball Aid international tour, the name Frankfurt Skyliners wasn't on the menu, but instead good European basketball with an always international flair and not too forgot the Basketball Aid cause always as the main focus as that was what the players were really playing for. As always Basketball Aid international tour chairman Hans Beth who was head coach of the Hanau organization four years ago was present and running around shaking hands and making sure that everything was running along smoothly and as always was pleased with another well-made production that benefited the basketball aid charity as well as bringing fans the best possible preseason basketball action as high scoring was on the menu as the Hebeisen White Wings delighted their fans with a nasty 109-66 spanking of the Luxemburg national team. 'I am very happy how everything went in Hanau. It was well organized and the fans saw a good game. Hanau had a very good shooting game. For Luxemburg it was a good test for their upcoming Euro qualifying games. They played against a very physical team with Hanau and that will help them for their upcoming Euro qualifying schedule'. explained 2016 Basketball Aid international tour chairman Hans Beth.
With it being one of the hottest days of the summer in the Frankfurt region, there was no difference in Hanau either as it felt like a desert outside and when one arrived in the Main-Kinzig arena, it felt even worse, like one was locked away in a sticky sauna with the door was slammed shut in your face. It wasn't the best conditions for the players, but every single player knew that there was a special meaning behind the game with the Basketball Aid charity as always as the main feature. Finding a player who hasn't in some way been effected by the cancer disease would be about as difficult as guessing the real mistress count that Wilt Chamberlain had back in the day, because cancer just seems to be everywhere. Ex TBB Trier player Samy Picard who played 52 BBL games and played catch with current NBA player Chris Copeland with his former German team took a deep breath when he had to recount how cancer had effected his family. 'The mother of my wife died a few years ago on cancer. It was a very difficult time for her. It is important to support basketball aid. We all love basketball and to be able to play for a good cause is excellent. I don't know if we will ever be able to beat cancer, but we have to try it', stressed Samy Picard. 'I lost my uncle and grandmother to cancer. Playing the game is only a small part, but it is most important to help fight cancer in any way. I will always do what I can to help', expressed Hebeisen White Wing guard Eugene Harris.
The Hebeisen White Wings had had some tough test against BBL teams like Giessen and Wurzburg where they had had some very close games and then had another game against the MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg where they were spanked in a bad way losing by 40 points. They came into the game knowing that the Luxemburg national team wasn't of BBL caliber, but remained focused and just shot the lights out shooting 49%, controlling the boards and just playing unselfish basketball. 'We went into the game with some goals and we improved our rebounding, ball movement and competing well for 40 minutes. I liked our style in the game and we know that no matter who we play, we play unselfish', stressed ex Davidson (NCAA) guard Brian Sullivan (180-PG-93, college: Davidson). Ex High Point (NCAA) standout Eugene Harris was also pleased by the effort of the Hebeisen White Wings and felt despite having a blow out, the self confidence was vital for the team. 'Key in this win was competing with ourselves. This was a game to get better at executing on offense and defense and getting myself in the right spots to get my teammates to be their best. This win also helped the self confidence of our new German guys', added Eugene Harris. After losing to the Dresden Titans 48 hours ago by only 10 points, they had a more difficult time with the Hebeisen White Wings as the intensive heat cloud in the arena coupled with the opponents hot shooting did them in all night long. 'We could use the excuse and say that we had a 4 hour bus drive and then had to play in this heat, but Hanau also had to play against the heat. Hanau just shot extremely well. We tried everything on defense to shake them up, but nothing worked', expressed Luxemburg national player Samy Picard.
The Luxemburg national team was without star Tom Schumacher who was at home waiting for the birth of a child while Rueben Spoden of Hanau was still nursing an injury, but is expected back ready at the start of the season. There wasn't total domination by the Hebeisen White Wings from the get go, but rather the usual feeling out of both teams as the game was tight in the early going. It was the work horse Kuize Pinkins who got going early establishing good position and just getting easy buckets as he scored twice giving the Hebesien White Wings the early 6-4 advantage. This in turn kept sparking the Hanau offense as they continued to get easy baskets inside and on transition as Harris scored on transition and Pinkins made an offensive rebound and easy put back for the12-6 Hanau lead. German Tili Joscha Joenke was also very important in the early going doing an excellent job at the point pushing the ball forward whenever possible and organizing the Hanau offense well and just getting them rolling. After a Dean Gindt lay up who has won three Luxemburg league titles, Hanau started to switch up their offense and started hitting from downtown as Harris and Sullivan hit back to back trey's for the 18-10 Hanau advantage. Samy Picard ceased this sudden Hanau offensive onslaught with two big buckets inside, but Hanau put the ultimate dagger in the comeback heart of Luxemburg burying two further back to back three's from Sullivan and Christian Von Fintel. After one quarter, the Hebeisen White Wings had the comfortable 26-14 lead. The Hebeisen White Wings were shooting 53% from the field and 50% from outside while the Luxemburg national team was shooting 40% from the field and 20% from outside. Hanau had the 12-5 rebound edge, but three turnovers while Luxemburg only had two turnovers.
In the second quarter the Hebeisen White Wings continued to execute at ease and continued their hot shooting from the parking lot. The two Hanau Americans Sullivan and Harris were sprouting with immense zeal and self-confidence and just wanted the ball at all times and were successful as Sullivan hit a jumper and then nailed a three followed by a Harris trey which extended the Hanau lead to 36-19. Luxemburg didn't have any massive offensive threats down low so they relied on their shooting which was mediocre or here and there sneaking inside as 23 year old Alex Laurent did showing why he won the 2016 Luxemburg allstar slam dunk contest with a hard dunk. However the Hebeisen White Wings always had an answer and just continued to shoot shoot shoot and hit hit hit as ex Kirchheim Knight Jordan Wild hit twice and Joenke and Sullivan again and before Luxemburg head coach Ken Diederich could wipe his brow for the 25th time getting rid of the nasty sweat, Hanau was leading 48-26. Luxemburg closed out the second quarter with a mini 4-0 run as Laurent hit four free throws. At halftime the Hebeisen White Wings were leading 48-30. The Hebeisen White Wings were shooting 44% from the field and 50% from the three point line while the Luxemburg national team was shooting 43% from the field and 22% from the three point line. Hanau had the 21-12 rebound edge and both clubs had seven turnovers a piece.
The Hebeisen continued to dominate the game in the third quarter as they continued to shoot out the lights while the Luxemburg national team mixed up their defensive formations with different zone's as well as man to man, but they couldn't put a rattle into the sound Hanau offense. Hanau didn't waste any time jumping out on a quick 7-2 run as Joenke nailed another three pointer while Pinkins showed his unique inside out game scoring inside where he really makes it look like he is on a stroll in a park and then nailed a three pointer as the Hebeisen White Wings led 56-32. The three pointer is something Pinks wants to develop further this season as he came in as a rookie last season having shot 39% as a senior at USF, but only 20% last season with Hanau. Luxemburg got another dunk from Laurent who was the most consistent player for them, but Hanau had production from every player as the success of the American guard combo of Sullivan and Harris seemed to rub off on German Von Fintel as he scored in bunches with a trey and lay in to extend the Hanau lead to 63-38. Luxemburg then got a rare 5-0 run as Picard buried a trey and Bob Melcher who plays for Amicale Steinsil since 2010 scored inside as Hanau suffered a defensive breakdown cutting the Hanau lead to 63-43. Sullivan had already lite up the Main-Kinzig arena in the first half and didn't hear any Sulliiiiiiiiiiiiii chants yet as he did in the Belk arena at Davidson the last years whenever he demonstrated his shooting art, but the Hanau fans might catch on in the next games, but the Ohio native showed also a strong separation between knowing when to score and when to display his playmaking abilities. On back to back plays, Sullivan showed his explosiveness as an offensive player as he first found ex Essen forward Paul Albrecht with a bullet pass inside and then caught Von Fintel back door for the reverse lay up and then stroked home another three pointer giving Hanau the huge 70-43 lead. 'Luxemburg played much zone so we drove and kicked and that opened me up much more for shots which got me in rhythm. I think that my shooting and playmaking feed off each other. I am not a one dimensional player. My goal is always to get my team the best shot', warned Brian Sullivan (180-PG-93, college: Davidson). Teammate Eugene Harris is happy that he has Sullivan in the back court with him. 'Sullivan can really shoot the heck out of the ball and it is vital that he can spread the floor. He also is a very good defender', stressed Eugene Harris. Hanau continued to supply the pressure pffensively as Sullivan connected for another trey and ex Nordlingen big man Josef Eicher scored inside and also made free throws. Harris also made a beautiful step back three from the corner that a Steph Curry couldn't have done better. After three quarter, the Hebeisen Whi+te Wings had the commanding 85-57 advantage. The Hebeisen White Wings were shooting 51% from the field and 48% from the parking lot while the Luxemburg national team was shooting 47% from the field and 33% from the parking lot. Hanau had the overwhelming 33-16 rebound edge, but 11 turnovers while Luxemburg had nine turnovers.
The Hebeisen White Wings had their best defensive quarter in the fourth keeping Luxemburg to nine points, but the question for the fans was how many point would Hanau get at the end? The Hebeisen White Wings seemed to want to get that 100 points quickly as they cruised out on a massive 12-2 run as they got three consecutive three's from Harris, Albrecht and ex Tuebingen German Julian Albus, Eichler also scored using some baby steps to confuse his defender. After 22 year old 200cm forward Yann Wolf made an off balance jumper, Hanau went on a 7-0 run to eclipse the 100 point mark. Pinkins started the run with an unbelievable off balance shot from the corner with an angle that only NBA legend Larry Bird could of made in the day, but the Hanau forward saw nothing but net an d then Von Fintel nailed a three and Albrecht hit free throws as the Hebeisen White Wings led 104-61. With a few minutes remaining, Luxemburg got some production from Pit Koster and a three from Gindt while Hanau got a fascinating shot clock buzzer beater from Von Fintel as he nailed the three over Delgado and he ended the game with free throws. The Hebeisen White Wings continue to prepare for the regular season while Luxemburg now will compete in the 2016 Euro qualifying tournament. ''We start with three road games, so it will be tough. We will have to sell ourselves as best as we can. I think we will have the best chance against Hungary. We have nothing to lose and seemingly no pressure, but there is always that pressure not to lose by 30 or 40 points', stated Luxemburg national player Samy Picard. The Hebeisen White Wings were led by Brian Sullivan (180-PG-93, college: Davidson) and Christian Von Fintel who scored 22 points a piece. Kruize Pinks chipped in with 15 points and nine rebounds and Eugen Harris added 14 points and 10 assists. Josef Eichler contributed 10 points. The Luxemburg national team was led by Alex Laurent with 14 points. Samy Picard and Bob Melcher added 11 points a piece. The Hebeisen White Wings shot 49% from the field and 45% from outside while Luxemburg shot 43% from the field and 27% from outside. Hanau had the massive 47-23 rebound advantage and both teams had 13 turnovers a piece. The 2016 Basketball Aid Tour resumes on Tuesday in Mainz as the Giessen 46ers meet Pro A team Gotha.
Jordan Talbert (198-F-91, college: Missouri So.) is a 25 year old 198cm forward from Little Rock, Arkansas that will be playing his third professional season and first with the PS Karlsruhe Lions. He came to Germany as a rookie in 2014 and played with the Giants TSV 1861 Noerdlingen (Germany-Regionalliga) playing 26 games: 21.6ppg, 9.6rpg, 3.2apg, 2.0spg, Blocks-4 (1.5bpg), FGP: 51.7%, 3PT: 28.9%, FT: 78.4%. He played his college career at Missouri SO (NCAA2) from 2010-2014 and as a senio... [read more]
Jordan Talbert (198-F-91, college: Missouri So.) is a 25 year old 198cm forward from Little Rock, Arkansas that will be playing his third professional season and first with the PS Karlsruhe Lions. He came to Germany as a rookie in 2014 and played with the Giants TSV 1861 Noerdlingen (Germany-Regionalliga) playing 26 games: 21.6ppg, 9.6rpg, 3.2apg, 2.0spg, Blocks-4 (1.5bpg), FGP: 51.7%, 3PT: 28.9%, FT: 78.4%. He played his college career at Missouri SO (NCAA2) from 2010-2014 and as a senior played 31 games averaging 11.7ppg, 7.4rpg, 2.9apg, 1.1spg, 1.7bpg, FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 70.1%. Last season with Nordlingen he tore up the Pro B averaging 17.5ppg, Reb-1 (11.0rpg), 2.4apg, 1.7spg, Blocks-5 (1.5bpg), FGP: 48.5%, 3PT: 27.5%, FT: 73.4%. He spoke to eurobasket about his new adventure with PS Karlsruhe.
Jordan thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. Where are you at the moment and how has your summer been? No problem, my summer was great and fulfilling. I really enjoyed my time back in the states with family and friends. At the moment I'm in Karlsruhe preparing for the upcoming season.
Congrats on signing with PS Karlsruhe. How was the summer transfer period for you? You signed rather late. Did you have a good share of offers that made your decision making tougher? No the decision was fairly easy for me. And to my knowledge I didn't have many offers to choose from but I'm happy that PS Karlsruhe had enough interest in me to bring me in.
There were some of your colleagues from last season like Elijah Allen and Julian Scott that made thr jump to the Pro A. I would have thought that you would be a sure shot. Did you have Pro A offers that just didn't fit your situation? No I didn't have any pro A offers. I guess I wasn't what any of the teams were looking for or they found better options than me which is understandable. I'm very happy for those guys that were able to make the transition and wish them much success.
Last season with Nordlingen you averaged 17,5ppg and led the league with 11rpg. Is Jordan Talbert (198-F-91, college: Missouri So.) a Pro A caliber player playing in the Pro B at this point? I really don't know what caliber player I am. I know that I'm a competitor that's going to give 100% each game and at each practice to be the best player I can be. Anything other than that is out of my control, and anything that's out of my control are things that I don't worry about.
What were the main reasons for joining PS Karlsruhe? What sold you on their program most? The club is up and coming, and very hungry from what I can tell. Me already being a very motivated and driven player it's like adding fuel to a fire when everyone else around you is just as ambitious and prepared to put in the necessary work. I've felt right at home from the first day.
After two seasons with the Giants Nordlingen what is your personal goal this season?
Perhaps the most logical helping PS Karlsruhe move up to the Pro A? My personal goal is to win as many games as possible. I like to not have any expectations going in but we have a lot potential and I plan on doing everything in my power to make sure we maximize it.
The club just moved up from the Regionaliga and are very focused to keep their winning ways alive. The club has hauled in many German players. Do you see having the same type of role as last season in Nordlingen were you were the main scoring option?
It's still very early to determine each players role from game to game. I think that's apart of team chemistry building. My intent is to come in and do whatever is needed for us to win rebounding, defense, or scoring.
The club has talented forwards with German Bill Borekambi and Croatian Dino Jakolis. Will not necessarily having to carry that' scoring load like in Karlsruhe like you did in Nordlingen be welcoming to you? We definitely have talented guys here that are able to do a lot of things. In Nordlingen much of the season and for most of the playoffs we only had a 7 or 8 man rotation. So playing 35+ minutes a night and doing all the things I had to last season for us to have a chance won't be necessary. But if coach asks that of me I will be prepared to deliver at any moments notice.
How excited are you to be playing in a city that has another team with BG Karlsruhe? In New York they call the Yankees-Mets series the subway series and in Karlsruhe they could call it the cross town series. Being from another country I was definitely unfamiliar with the rivalry but just in week I think everyone has caught me up on the history. Personally I'm looking forward to it. Those games are always the best games because it means just a little bit more to everyone which raises the competition level. The energy for that game is building day by day and I know that we're going to come prepared to battle that day.
You had a very strong season last season in Nordlingen. How did you keep the hunger alive this summer and keep working on parts of your game that you aren't happy with? Motivation has never been a problem for me. My ambitions and work ethic are the only reasons I'm still playing right now. I wasn't happy at all with my shooting percentages last season and with how my body felt towards the end of the season. So I really focused on things I could do to improve in those areas.
How did a summer work out session look like for Jordan Talbert (198-F-91, college: Missouri So.) on and off the court? My day would start at 4AM with a good healthy breakfast and meditation. I would make it to gym at 5 and stay until 8 with some weight lifting and shooting. Then from 6PM to 830PM I was strictly on the court working on my craft. Off the court I had a strict diet. Cut out chocolate in particular which has always been an Achilles heel of mine. I would do this 5 times a week which now has me in the best shape of my life I believe.
Are you catching the 2016 Summer Olympics. What events besides Basketball do you enjoy watching? Yes I'm definitely keeping up with the Olympics. I enjoy track and field, swimming, gymnastics, and women's soccer. I just love watching people compete. As an athlete I know how much this moment means to them and what's not to love about watching someone put their heart and soul on the line for any event. It's inspiring.
Is Australia a dark horse for a medal? They beat France by 21 points in the opening game and have a pretty motivated team with 4 NBA players? When it comes to basketball I'm not sure nor do I care who the silver and bronze go to as long as USA brings home the gold.
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