It is never easy coming to a new team and then playing on the road for three straight games and just having to wait and wait and wait to getting that first taste of the Fraport arena. For Americans Ryan Brooks and Laquan Prowell having to wait 12 days before playing their first home game in front of the energetic home crowd must have been as difficult as school grades being delayed and straight A students not being able to brag for a while, Rajon Rondo tearing his ACL and having to miss the rest of the season and recuperate and having to have to wait until next season to play again and typical D-league players who have to wait for their call up never knowing when the NBA limelight will shine into their faces like a floodlight giving off glittering dollar signs. Many fans enter the Fraport arena to see the next amazing dunk battle on the court between Quantez Robertson and Danilo white men can jump Barthel, seeing if a Sebastian Jung or Alex Meier are sitting courtside to help support the home team or if a Kamil Novak made the trip back to Frankfurt to help cheer on the Skyliners. Of course there were many fans also that wanted to see the two ex LTi Giessen 46ers Ryan Brooks and Tez buddy from Auburn Laquan Prowell and watch them strut their basketball tricks. Both guys were on the floor highly motivated and gave the fans a show as always as they combined for 25 points, but Quantez Robertson/Reggie Redding duel was really what many were waiting for and cleaning the drool from their mouthes, but Air Tez left the floor with the satisfying 92-78 win. Redding had fond memories from last season as he stepped on the floor in the Fraport arena having his best point game of the season netting 24 points and help lead Tuebingen to the late season win after the playoff train had already been derailed. Just observing basketball duels on the court is always a delectable basketball delight, because no matter how delicious the serving is, the munchies will always last you until breakfast and the next game. This is a great duel. I really like Reggie Redding. He is the sparkplug and heart and soul of the team. When Redding is on then so are the Tigers, but when he isnt then the Tigers arent either. It is interesting to see how both player play and use their advantages like Redding with his physical play and Robertson with his athletic play. It is always wise to get Redding in foul trouble. I always like to look at how the players use their strength and how the coaches figure out ways to help them. It is always interesting to see how Tez plays against bigger players. One saw that he had problems against the bigger Robin Benzing in Munich, stressed basketball expert Steven Clauss. Fraport Skyliner American Taylor Brown watched the Tez-Redding duel from the first row behind the Skyliners bench and was amazed at their play. They were both banging down low and were very physical. Redding didnt have his best shooting day, but that was because of the defense of Tez. If Frankfurt could of limited the passing of Redding, then they would of led at halftime. Redding is a good passer and not selfish at all and knows how to make the right passes, stressed Taylor Brown. Robertson was as soft spoken as always and saw as just another day at the office guarding Redding. Redding is always a challenge to guard. He is one of the best wings in the league. I just tried to contain him and not give him any open looks, expressed Quantez Robertson. Robertson played very well, making the big plays and grabbing rebounds and getting steals, added Reggie Redding. Devin Gibson might be the second best defender on the Fraport Skyliners and has to concentrate on his man, but even he was able to catch glimpses of this Cincinnati-Philadelphia battle. It is always fun to watch Tez play defense. He always has to defend the other teams best player. He is the best defender that I have ever played with. I have never seen an opponent have his way with him, added Quantez Robertson.
Dawan Robinson (189-G-82, college: Rhode Island) was playing his ninth Beko BBL game for the Fraport Skyliners and has been up and down so far. He had good scoring games with 16 in Giessen, 12 points in Munich and 14 points in Bayreuth, but then again weaker games like 0 points against the Artland Dragons. He may not have a high assist rate, but he is able to find his teammates if he has to. His biggest strength is his penetration which just exploded against the Walter Tigers Tuebingen. Robinson finished with 21 points on 7/9 shooting and just killed the Schwaben team with his quick penetration. Robinson hails from Philadelphia and has that sweet Philly touch in his game. However according to the 30 year old, there was nothing sweet Philly about his potent driving to the basket. There was nothing sweet about my penetration, but it was hard and ruthless and as hard as nails, smilied Dawan Robinson. Robinson was as aggressive as ever in the set play finding the holes and not losing any time getting to the hole as well as getting quickly out on the fast break and getting easy buckets. This is the best that I have seen him play. He seemed to attack more than ever and I think that he finally has his stamina after his injury. He is quick, but very smart how to use his body, expressed Fraport Skyliner guard Devin Gibson. Robertson quickly got on the fast break and often found Robinson down court for the easy lay up. He didnt do much in the first half, but going in the second half. He got to basket and used the pick and role well and got wide open on the fast break. Having a big body and getting to the free throw line was also important, stressed Quantez Robertson.
The Fraport Skyliners desperately needed a win and were looking to snap their five game losing streak and instead of starting slowly came in very focused and a high intensity showing the Walter Tigers Tuebingen quickly that they had come to play. It was high noon for the Fraport Skyliners and they understood how important the game was and just played top team basketball. Coach Katzurin was pissed at us after the Braunschwieg loss. Last Thursday, we didnt even practice, but just watched video of that game. We came into this game with a sense of urgency and we just knew how important this game was. We played with a lot of energy and just came out with passion and desire, explained Dawan Robinson. For the Walter Tigers Tuebingen, they have never been this close to the playoffs at position nine so late in the season and were looking to get a tighter grip on the playoff picture. The Walter Tigers Tuebingen played a solid first half, but in the second half seemed to be a bit surprised at the stronger and improved play of the Fraport Skyliners and just couldnt match their intensity and just couldnt play consistent defense to derail their the offense of Frankfurt. Points came easily for both teams in the first half. We took the whole situation to comfortable and they came out at us in the second half. We had many turnovers and just couldnt get over the hump. We had stupid turnovers at crucial times and just made uncharacteristic mistakes on defense, warned Dashaun Wood buddy Vaughn Duggins.
The Walter Tigers came out on a mission in the first quarter leading 6-0 before the Beko BBL mascot had even introduced itself to Fraport Skyliner mascot Dunking Kong. Tuebingen started to attack Frankfurt inside early as Duggins and Notre Dame alumnist Tyrone Nash scored inside. This quick force of offense didnt hinder Frankfurt from getting points fast as ex LTi Giessen 46er Ryan Brooks who was making his debut in a Skyliner uniform in Frankfurt nailed a three pointer and then scored inside driving past Vaughn Duggins as Frankfurt trailed 6-5. The game was high paced as both teams were in an offensive furry. The Fraport Skyliners got some buckets from Robinson and Peacock, but Tuebingen kept the lead, mainly because they also scored at leisure. Duggins scored on a runner and big man Kenny Frease who can chew a stick of gum with the best baseball players scored on the fast break as Tuebingen led 14-11. After Cameron Wells found Redding for a back door reverse lay up and 16-13 Tigers lead, Frankfurt took a 5-0 run to lead 18-16 for the first time getting a big boost from the German kids Johannes Voigtman making a mid distance jumper and Danilo Barthel hitting from down town. Wells and Barthel then exchanged free throws as Frankfurt led 20-18. Tuebingen had one last possession and Houston native Wells hit a three pointer with one second on the shot clock as the Frankfurt trailed 21-20 after one quarter. Frankfurt played at a good tempo. Frankfurt had a good flow on offense and taking good shots. Frankfurt had problems securing that first rebound which hurt them, expressed Fraport Skyliner junior Taylor Brown. The Walter Tigers Tuebingen was shooting 64% from the two point range and 33% from outside while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 50% from the two point range and 40% from outside. Both teams secured seven rebounds and Tuebingen had three turnovers and Frankfurt two turnovers.
The Walter Tigers Tuebingen kept up their fats tempo offense going on a 5-0 run as Oklahoma native Josh Young was the recipient of making all five points and giving Tuebingen the 26-20 lead. A 6-0 Tuebingen run was followed by a 5-0 Frankfurt run as the Skyliners understood to keep their offense in rhythm and not let it sputter for minutes and let the opponent go on a high lead something that had happened in the past. Barthel hit his second three pointer of the game and Peacock took his money shot the mid distance jumper cutting the Tuebingen lead to 26-25. Once Peacock gets going nothing can really stop him except for maybe some let loose alligators from the Everglades, but even then the Miami native could probably shoot over them. Peacock made a step back jumper and tied the game at 29-29 with free throws. Nash then made a tip in off a Duggins miss and Super Tez scored with a hard penetration drive with his left hand to dead lock game at 31-31. Tuebingen kept attacking the Frankfurt bucket and making the Skyliners penetration defense look harmless as Frease and Redding scored for the 35-31 lead. We had problems with their drive and dish. We were unable to stop penetration earlier, added Dawan Robinson. Laquan Prowell then scored on a lay in as the Fraport Skyliners did a super job freeing themselves from a full court Tiger press. Redding then found Duggins for a back door cut and Robertson closed out the scoring with a lay in as the Walter Tigers Tuebingen led only 39-37 at halftime. Frankfurt was giving up too many easy baskets inside. On offense Frankfurt made some bad decisions, but they continued to fight as they showed they knew how big this game was, stressed Fraport Skyliner junior Benedikt Nicolay. The Walter Tigers Tuebingen were shooting 48% from the field and 33% from the three point line while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 45% from the field and 33% from the three point line. Tuebingen had the 18-12 rebound edge, but six turnovers while Frankfurt only had three turnovers.
The third quarter remained a very tight game until the last few minutes where the Fraport Skyliners were able to regain the lead again. After Peacock scored inside after getting a slick pass from Barthel, the Walter Tigers Tuebingen escaped out on a 4-0 run to lead 44-39. Young scored inside getting past Ryan Brooks and Frease made a baby hook shot. Frankfurt got free throws from Brooks and Robertson, but Tuebingen was still very aggressive inside as Duggins gave Frease a no look pass and then scored himself past Barthel as Frankfurt trailed 49-43. When your behind and in need of scoring, then you call on a Peacock who could be called Mr scoring in bunches. He scored three times showing just how explosive he can be tying the game at 49-49. Frankfurt had a great offensive rhythm and were finding open shots. They were looking for Peacock and if they had been a bit more aggressive on defense would have been leading. Skyliners fed of the energy of Peacock, added Taylor Brown. Tuebingen then took two leads as Redding scored inside getting the perfect bounce pass form Nash and Duggins scored high of the glass, but Frankfurt tied the score twice as Tez scored and Robinson scored as the game was knotted at 53-53. However Frankfurt closed out the third quarter strong getting buckets from Robinson, Prowell and Brooks and stepping up their defesne forcing some Tiger turnovers. Ohle closed out the scoring with a lay in as Frankfurt led 62-59. Zack Peacock already got involved in the second quarter, but really got going in the third quarter. He got comfortable and we fed off his energy, stated Dawan Robinson. We didnt come out as strong as we needed to. We just didnt attack enough at both ends of the court, stressed Reggie Redding. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 54% from the two point area and 36% from the parking lot while the Walter Tigers Tuebingen were shooting 63% from the field and 25% from the parking lot. Tuebingen had the 25-16 rebound advantage, but 11 turnovers while Frankfurt had only three turnovers.
The Fraport Skyliners kept their high intensity in the fourth quarter as they kept their lead and never looked back. Despite Devin Gibson turning the ball over at the start and being punished by a Wells lay up, the Fraport Skyliners went on a 6-0 run to lead comfortably 68-61. Little used captain Marius Nolte exerted some extra team energy with a bucket inside, Robinson hit free throws and Prowell took advantage of the mismatch against the smaller Wells and shot a hook shot over him. Lischka and Redding answered cutting the Frankfurt lead to 68-65, but Frankfurt never let up on offense continuing to attack inside weakening the Tigers. Robinson scored inside as Frankfurt led 71-65. Tuebingen once again scored on the Drive and dish as they had so often as Redding found Ohle inside for a difficult with contact lay up cutting the Frankfurt lead to 71-67. We actually focused on the Drive and dish in this game. Their help was so good that we did more drive and dish and were able to finish well, added Vaughn Duggins. Our rotations was a problem on their drive and dish, stressed Dawan Robinson. Frankfurt continued to attack on offense and defense getting steals that led to fast break points from Robinson and Brooks as Frankfurt led 77-67. Tuebingen had big problems against the Frankfurt penetration as they could do what they wanted and were attacking with passion. Our penetration opened it up on the pick and role. We were able to find each other due to our aggressive play, said Dawan Robinson. However Tuebingen wasnt down and out yet as German Johannes Lischka reeled his team back with a lightening 5-0 run dropping a three pointer and finishing on the fast break cutting the Frankfurt lead to 77-72. However Frankfurt continued to be too strong for Tuebingen as they continued to score any which way as Tez stole the ball from Nashs hands under his bucket or the smaller Brooks hitting over FRease as Frankfurt led 81-74 with time running out. After Duggins free throws, the Fraport Skyliners sealed the victory with back to back steals from Brooks and Robinson leading to transition buckets from Robinson and Brooks. Frankfurt made big steals in the last minutes leading to easy transition baskets. Brooks had the icing on the cake with a big shot. They played great team basketball at the end, stressed Taylor Brown. We were able to cut it down to five points, but then they were up again. Then we had two big turnovers. It was tough having to come back then, commented Reggie Redding.
The Fraport Skyliners were led by Dawan Robinson with 21 points. Zach Peacock added 20 points and five rebounds. Ryan Brooks contributed 19 points, five rebounds and four assists. Quantez Robertson added 12 points and Danilo Barthel 10 points. The Walter Tigers Tuebingen were led by Vaughn Duggins with 15 points. Kenny Frease added 13 points. Reggie Redding produced 11 points, six rebounds and five assists. Tyrone Nash has 10 points, six rebounds and three assists. The Fraport Skyliners had a much needed win with an offense that had sputtered much this season, but finally broke out of its funk managing 92 points. When you shoot 55% from the field and 42% from outside and defend well, then you will win on many nights. Frankfurt lost the rebound battle 30-22 and had problems with the constant inside pounding of their drive and dish, but took good care of the ball coughing it up only seven times. Frankfurt simply had so many positives on this night. Our biggest strength was our cohesiveness. We just stayed together today, stressed Dawan Robinson. Tigers Vaughn Duggins saw anything but a team close to the bottom of the standings. Frankfurt was a totally different team to what we saw before Christmas in Tuebingen. The addition of Prowell and Brooks have helped. They were feeling their way around in the first games, but are here now. Danilo Barthel was very strong one more player that we had to worry about and Robinson had a big second half, added Vaughn Duggins.
Jamal Shuler(191-SG-86) is a 31 year old 191cm shooting guard from Jacksonville, North Carolina that is playing his ninth professional season, sixth in France and second with As Monaco. Last season with AS Monaco he played 40 games averaging15.9ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.8apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 44.0%, 3PT: 35.2%, FT: 88.7%. He started his basketball career in 2004 with Va Commonwealth (NCAA) where he played until 2008 and as a senior played 32 games averaging 15.5ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.3apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 44.0%, 3... [read more]
Jamal Shuler (191-SG-86) is a 31 year old 191cm shooting guard from Jacksonville, North Carolina that is playing his ninth professional season, sixth in France and second with As Monaco. Last season with AS Monaco he played 40 games averaging15.9ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.8apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 44.0%, 3PT: 35.2%, FT: 88.7%. He started his basketball career in 2004 with Va Commonwealth (NCAA) where he played until 2008 and as a senior played 32 games averaging 15.5ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.3apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 44.0%, 3Pts: 41.3%, FT: 79.8%. He turned professional in 2008 with TBB Trier in Germany and played there until 2010. Then he went to France and played for teams like JA Vichy Val d'Allier Auvergne basket, Sluc Nancy Basket Pro, and JSF Nanterre. He also played a season with Khimik-OPZ Yuhzny (Ukraine-Superleague). He spoke to eurobasket before the Champions League game against the Fraport Skyliners in Frankfurt.
Jamal thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. Welcome back to Germany and Frankfurt. It has been a while since you played in Germany. Back in the 2013-2014 season you lost two Eurocup games to Alba Berlin. Where would you rank the giant Mercedes Benz arena in Berlin in your all-time best arena's that you have played in? Berlin's arena is definitely one of the top gyms in Europe! It's always fun to play there because of the competition and also because the crowd was always great!
You have played so many games in your career, but let's see how good your memory is. Do you remember your record against Frankfurt during 2008-2010?
We won always split games with each team winning at home!
Let me help you. It was 2-2. Each team won their home games. What do you remember from the games in Frankfurt?
I know I never won in Frankfurt during my 2 seasons in the BBL lol it was always tough to play there just because back then they had such physical teams!
What memories do you have of the 84-79 Eurochallenge semi-final win against the Fraport Skyliners in 2015? Frankfurt really had a good team that season, but Nanterre was just a little better. I think during that game we jumped out early on the Skyliners and that was a major focus of ours just because they were playing great basketball leading up to the final 4 so it was important for us not to dig ourselves in a whole! In the end my bro Kyle Weems made some hug shots and plays to lead us to a victory!
You only played against Quantez Robertson three times in your career. You saw that freak athleticism when he was a rookie twice. What do you feel does an offensive player have to fear most when he is starring into your eyes and ball on ball defense? You just have to make sure you're protecting the ball when he's guarding you or even in the area of the play because he just has a nose for the ball defensively! As an offensive player you're not going to beat him easily so you just have to be aware he's one of the best defenders in Europe and just play your game and attack!
You won the 2010 BBL slam dunk contest in Bonn. Where is your trophy today and what dunk is still in your mind from that glorious day for you?
The trophy is with my parents! Everything I ever accomplish I give to my parents because they always pushed me growing up to try to be the best I could at basketball! As far as dunks I would say the kick flip alley Derek Raivio threw to me that I dunked and I think that helped me win the dunk contest!
Monaco is playing the Fraport Skyliners as Frankfurt is a tattered team at the moment having a very tough season. Monaco go in as the favorite. What do you believe will be key to winning the game? I think limiting our turnovers will be the key to the game! If we allow them to get easy points off of our turnovers and get players and the crowd involved it will be a long tough night for us.
Monaco is currently at the top of the France Pro A with a 9-2 record and despite keeping only four players and adding eight new one's have had little problems meshing. What do you feel has been key for the good start? It seems the team has a lot of experience also •The key for us this year has just been a group of guys just wanting to WIN! We came together in early august and from day 1 everyone talked about winning, no stats just as a team doing something special this year so even though we are a fairly new team everyone kind of set their own role and it's been working for us!
What is also interesting is that Monaco distributes minutes like a Euroleague team with no player playing more than 28 minutes. Plus the club is very deep. How beneficial will this become in the post season? It's very beneficial because we are not a one man show! Everyone wants one another to be successful and it's hard to focus on one person when you are game planning for us! We have a nice mix of veterans and young athletic talent that has meshed well!
John Bryant came to the BBL after you had left and tore up the league being best rebounder each season. What do you believe does he give the team now besides the mass inside that will make the team even more successful? Big John gives us a lot of leadership, a lot of experience and a lot of great play! And he's hungry to prove that he's still one of the best bigs in Europe so I'm excited to have him with us even thoght it's a short term contract, he's one of the players I've followed since I've left Germany so it's cool to actually get to play on the same team as him!
You and Zack Wright are among the oldest after Nik Caner-Medley, but besides both having experience, do you feel like you can learn something new each season?
I learn something new every season that's the beautiful thing about the sport we play! I think the older you get overseas you have to find ways to evolve and try to bring something new to the table!
Your playing your second season with AS Monaco Basket. Last season you had huge scoring stats and lead the team in scoring last season. Is your role the same as last season? My role is the same in a sense of I have to be aggressive for my team every night but I also have a lot of weapons this season so I don't have to force anything offensively. I can let the game come to me! I also have to be a leader on and off the court and keep my teammates in good spirits because if everyone doesn't have a positive mindset it's hard to win!
I can imagine it was a no brainer that you remained in Monaco. How cool is it living in Monte Carlo? Iit really was a no brainer to me! I love it here in Monaco and I really wanted to bring an excitement and a respect level to basketball here and it's starting to happen! Living here is unbelievable!!
You recently met Prince Albert in Monte Carlo. What kind of experience was that for you and is he as down to earth as many say? It was actually my second time meeting him face to face but my first time holding a lengthy conversation with him! He is a very down to earth guy and he's very passionate about Monaco and the people living here and he's very hands on with events around the principality and that's what I respect the most about him!
What other celebrities have you seen in and about in Monte Carlo?
I've had bad luck with celebrities here in Monaco because every time they come we are always on the road and I miss having the chance to meet them!
This is your sixth season in playing in France. Would you say that France has become your second home? What does a North Carolina boy like yourself like most about the league and country?
For sure France is my second home! I really just enjoy the people I've met here! France has been great for my family and I my middle daughter was pretty much raised in France and my youngest was born last year in Monaco so it's a special place for us!
How often do you see your amazing half court game winner against Limoges from the 2010-2011 season and get asked about it? I used to watch it every day lol just being in disbelief that it actually went in! But now I look at it every once in a blue moon!
You played two seasons with current NBA player Chris Copeland. In one of those seasons he was top scorer in the BBL. Did you ever imagine that he could make the NBA?
I used to tell Cope from time to time I don't know how he wasn't in the NBA! Just because he could score at will and he had NBA size but the NBA is all about timing and I think his last year in Belgium he just proved to the scouts that he was ready and I was truly happy for him! He is an extremely talented player and works hard every day! That's my guy man nothing but good memories and good things to say about him!
How shocked were you with the news of Chris Copeland being stabbed in New York city? Do you think twice now when you go out at night?
When I saw the report my heart dropped because you don't want that happening to anyone, let alone someone you call a friend! When you hear stabbing you automatically think the worst but I was relieved he was ok and I reached out to him to send my well wishes! I'm not really a person who goes out unless I'm with family or teammates but of course you think twice after situations close to home like that happens!
If you had to construct your own NBA Rushmore, which 4 heads would you choose?
MJ, Kobe, Shaq and Magic
Lebron finally brought an NBA title to the Cavs. Where does he stand at the moment in the never ending debate with where he stands as the best of all-time?
As a Kobe fan I said when Lebron went back to Cleveland if he wins a championship with the Cavs then he would be 2nd all time for sure! I still think he had a lot of work to do to pass MJ maybe like 4 more rings in Cleveland lol but there will never be another player to come in the NBA with as much hype, fame and pressure as Lebron did and handle it the way he did so for that he's an all-time great!
Where do you rank Kevin Garnett with the best power forwards that ever played the game? I think KG is 2a and Karl Malone is 2b just because KG got the ring but Timmy D is number 1 lol
Brian Qvale claims German BBL weekly honour - 1 hour ago
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American Brian Qvale (210-C-88) put on an amazing game in the last round for EWE Baskets and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 12. The 28-year old center had the game-high 33 points adding four rebounds for EWE Baskets in his team's victory, helping them to beat Telekom Bsk (#6, 7-5) 91-77. EWE Baskets is placed at 7th position in German BBL. EWE Baskets is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the stand... [read more]
American Brian Qvale (210-C-88) put on an amazing game in the last round for EWE Baskets and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 12. The 28-year old center had the game-high 33 points adding four rebounds for EWE Baskets in his team's victory, helping them to beat Telekom Bsk (#6, 7-5) 91-77. EWE Baskets is placed at 7th position in German BBL. EWE Baskets is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 7-6 record. In the team's last game Qvale had a remarkable 91.7% from 2-point range. It's his second year at EWE Baskets and it's hard to imagine this team without him. University of Montana graduate has very impressive stats this year. Qvale is in league's top in points (2nd best: 19.0ppg), rebounds (9th best: 6.6rpg) and averages solid 66.4% FGP.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old American forward Augustine Rubit (201-F-89) of second-ranked Ratiopharm. Rubit impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds. Of course Ratiopharm cruised to a 89-79 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Walter Tigers (#14, 4-8). Ratiopharm's second position in the standings has not changed. He plays for the best team in the league and Ratiopharm managed to win all 12 games keeping a perfect record. Rubit is well-known by Ratiopharm fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.
The third best performed player last round was Canadian Dyshawn Pierre (198-F-93) of Braunschweig (#16). Pierre scored 16 points and grabbed nineteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Pierre's great performance Braunschweig lost 74-75 to slightly higher-ranked Fraport SKY (#15, 4-9). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Braunschweig can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 2-10 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Pierre he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Pierre has individually a great season in Germany. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.3rpg (6th best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Robin Amaize (188-SG-94) of Bayreuth - 25 points and 2 assists 5. Rickey Paulding (196-F/G-82) of EWE Baskets - 23 points and 4 assists 6. Joshiko Saibou (188-PG-90) of Giessen 46ers - 19 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists 7. Dragan Milosavljevic (198-G/F-89) of ALBA - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 9 assists 8. Cameron Wells (186-PG-88) of Giessen 46ers - 19 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists 9. Steve Wachalski (202-F-83) of Bayreuth - 18 points and 4 rebounds 10. Chris Kramer (191-G-88) of EWE Baskets - 12 points, 6 rebounds and 13 assists
The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
ProA Round 13: Leader Kirchheim Knights lose to Gladiators - 2 hours ago
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The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team and favorites losing the games. Top ranked Kirchheim Knights (11-2) recorded its second loss at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by tenth ranked Gladiators (6-7) 90-72. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Kirchheim Knights. Gladiators well out of reach of Kirchheim Knights shooting 74.0 percent from the field. Gladiators had a 27-10... [read more]
The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team and favorites losing the games.
Top ranked Kirchheim Knights (11-2) recorded its second loss at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by tenth ranked Gladiators (6-7) 90-72. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Kirchheim Knights. Gladiators well out of reach of Kirchheim Knights shooting 74.0 percent from the field. Gladiators had a 27-10 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 52.0 percentage. Gladiators looked well-organized offensively handing out 31 assists. American forward Ryan Nicholas (201-91, college: Portland) fired 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. point guard Simon Schmitz (188-90) chipped in 6 points, 8 rebounds and 13 assists. Gladiators' coach Marco van den Berg used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Jonathon Williams (198-90, college: Wagner) produced 19 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. Gladiators moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Hamburg. Kirchheim Knights at the other side dropped to the second position with two games lost. Gladiators is looking forward to face Hamburg (#9) at home in the next round. Kirchheim Knights will play against the league's leader Mitteldeutscher BC (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory. An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Crailsheim. Second ranked Mitteldeutscher BC faced 3rd placed Crailsheim Merlins. Guests from Weissenfels (12-1) defeated host Crailsheim Merlins (9-4) 89-72. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Marcus Hatten (185-80, college: St.John's) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 7 assists. Sergio Kerusch contributed with 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American guard Chase Griffin (190-83, college: Pepperdine) answered with 21 points for Crailsheim Merlins. Crailsheim Merlins' coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Mitteldeutscher BC have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader. Crailsheim Merlins at the other side keep the third place with four games lost. They share the position with Chemnitz. Mitteldeutscher BC will play against league's second-placed Kirchheim Knights at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Crailsheim Merlins will play against Uni Baskets in Paderborn and hope to get back on the winning track. An interesting game where Oettinger Rockets Gotha (#7) won against host MLP Academics Heidelberg (#4) 64-56 on Sunday evening. Jacob Parker stepped up and scored 22 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. At the losing side Phillipp Heyden responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. MLP Academics Heidelberg's coach tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Oettinger Rockets Gotha maintains seventh place with 7-6 record, which they share with Uni Baskets. Loser MLP Academics Heidelberg dropped to the fifth position with five games lost. They share it with Hanau. Oettinger Rockets Gotha will meet at home ETB Wohnbau (#15) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. MLP Academics Heidelberg will play against Titans (#16) in Dresden and hope to secure a win. We should not miss the game where eighth ranked Uni Baskets (7-6) against 5th ranked White Wings (8-5) where Uni Baskets won on the road by fifteen points 70-55. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of White Wings. Nick Tufegdzich nailed 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Uni Baskets' coach Uli Naechster allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Uni Baskets moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Oettinger R. White Wings at the other side keep the fifth position with five games lost. Uni Baskets' next round opponent will be higher ranked Crailsheim Merlins (#3) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. White Wings will play against Chemnitz and it may be a tough game between close rivals. The game with biggest result difference took place in Koeln. Local Koeln Rh.Stars (5-8) outscored 12th ranked Nuernberg (4-9) 88-51 on Monday night. Hugh Robertson fired 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Koeln Rh.Stars' coach Arne Woltmann felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Koeln Rh.Stars maintains eleventh place with 5-8 record. Loser Nuernberg keeps the twelfth position with nine games lost. Koeln Rh.Stars will face Baunach (#14) on the road in the next round. Nuernberg will play against Ehingen/Urspringschule and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Other games of round 13 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are: bottom-ranked Dresden was crushed by Hamburg in a road game 86-54. Ehingen beat Baunach at home 77-61. Chemnitz won against ETB Wohnbau on the opponent's court 83-79. The best stats of 13th round was 9 points and 13 rebounds by Dennis Heinzmann of Koeln Rh.Stars.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Koeln. Local Koeln Rh.Stars (5-8) outscored 12th ranked Nuernberg (4-9) 88-51 on Monday night. They outrebounded Nuernberg 47-28 including a 30-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Koeln Rh.Stars looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American guard Hugh Robertson (195-89, college: S.Florida) fired 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Center Dennis Heinzmann (216-91) chipped in 9 points and 13 rebounds. Koeln Rh.Stars' coach Arne Woltmann felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. American forward Andre Calvin (201-85, college: Drake) produced 10 points and 6 rebounds and guard Sebastian Schroeder (192-88) added 7 points respectively for lost side. Koeln Rh.Stars maintains eleventh place with 5-8 record. Loser Nuernberg keeps the twelfth position with nine games lost. Koeln Rh.Stars will face Baunach (#14) on the road in the next round. Nuernberg will play against Ehingen/Urspringschule and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: Nuernberg: A.Calvin 10+6reb+1ast, D.Watkins 9+1reb+2ast, M.Sanders 7+3reb+1ast, S.Schroeder 7+3reb+2ast, D.Oppland 6+6reb, B.Bennett 4+3reb Koeln Rh.Stars: H.Robertson 19+6reb+3ast, C.Eversley 15+5reb+1ast, A.Foster 15+5reb+1ast, D.Heinzmann 9+13reb+3ast, B.Van Laack 8+4reb+1ast, J.Hewitt 7+2reb+5ast
An interesting game where Oettinger Rockets Gotha (#7) won against host MLP Academics Heidelberg (#4) 64-56 on Sunday evening. American forward Jacob Parker (198-93, college: SF Austin) stepped up and scored 22 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and center Robert Oehle (209-88, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in 10 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side center Phillipp Heyden (206-88) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and American point guard Vance Hall (193-91, college: Bellarmine) scored 9 points and 5 rebounds. MLP Academics Heidelberg's coach tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Oettinger Rockets Gotha maintains seventh place with 7-6 record, which they share with Uni Baskets. Loser MLP Academics Heidelberg dropped to the fifth position with five games lost. They share it with Hanau. Oettinger Rockets Gotha will meet at home ETB Wohnbau (#15) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. MLP Academics Heidelberg will play against Titans (#16) in Dresden and hope to secure a win. Top scorers: Heidelberg: P.Heyden 15+10reb+1ast, V.Hall 9+5reb+1ast, N.Wuerzner 8+1reb+2ast, D.White 7+2reb, A.Kuppe 6+3reb, H.Kovacevic 5+2reb+2ast Oettinger R.: J.Parker 22+6reb+2ast, D.Watts 10+4reb+3ast, R.Oehle 10+5reb+2ast, G.Gibbs 7+6reb+4ast, E.Allen 4+1ast, G.Gomila 3+2reb+1ast
Top ranked Kirchheim Knights (11-2) recorded its second loss at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by tenth ranked Gladiators (6-7) 90-72. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Kirchheim Knights. Gladiators well out of reach of Kirchheim Knights shooting 74.0 percent from the field. Gladiators had a 27-10 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 52.0 percentage. Gladiators looked well-organized offensively handing out 31 assists. American forward Ryan Nicholas (201-91, college: Portland) fired 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Point guard Simon Schmitz (188-90) chipped in 6 points, 8 rebounds and 13 assists. Gladiators' coach Marco van den Berg used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Jonathon Williams (198-90, college: Wagner) produced 19 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import guard Carrington Love (186-94, college: Green Bay) added 9 points and 9 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Gladiators moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Hamburg. Kirchheim Knights at the other side dropped to the second position with two games lost. Gladiators is looking forward to face Hamburg (#9) at home in the next round. Kirchheim Knights will play against the league's leader Mitteldeutscher BC (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory. Top scorers: Kirchheim: J.Williams 19+6reb+2ast, A.Kronhardt 14+6reb+2ast, P.Medlin 10+2ast, S.Hinrichs 10+4reb+2ast, C.Love 9+4reb+9ast, J.Maier 6+4reb Trier: B.Spearman 20+3reb+1ast, S.Herrera 17+3reb+4ast, R.Nicholas 16+8reb+4ast, P.Coro 12+3reb+2ast, J.van Zegeren 10+1reb+1ast, S.Schmitz 6+8reb+13ast
There was no surprise when 16th ranked Titans (1-12) were crushed on the road by ninth ranked Hamburg (6-7) 86-54 on Saturday. Hamburg made 17-of-10 free shots (170.0 percent) during the game. Point guard Anthony Canty (183-91, agency: Octagon Europe) fired 19 points and 7 assists for the winners. American guard DeAndre Lansdowne (187-89, college: Fort Lewis) chipped in 18 points. American power forward David Sturner (206-90, college: S.Oregon) produced 10 points and 8 rebounds and Helge Baues (205-94) added 10 points respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Hamburg maintains ninth place with 6-7 record, which they share with Trier. Titans lost their eighth game in a row. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 12 games lost. Hamburg will face Gladiators (#10) in Trier in the next round. Titans will play at home against MLP Academics Heidelberg (#5) and hope to win that game. Top scorers: Dresden: R.Holt 11+3reb+1ast, D.Sturner 10+8reb+3ast, H.Baues 10+4reb+1ast, R.Price 7+3reb+1ast, J.El Domiaty 6+1reb, W.Simon 6+6reb+1ast Hamburg: A.Canty 19+1reb+7ast, D.Lansdowne 18+4reb+1ast, J.Raffington 14+5reb, R.Camphor 9+1reb+1ast, E.Wolf 8+8reb, M.Blessing 5+3reb+1ast
There was a small surprise in Allmendingen where fourteenth ranked Ehingen/Urspringschule (4-9) defeated 11th ranked Baunach (4-9) 77-61 on Saturday. They outrebounded Baunach 40-27 including 28 on the defensive glass. Ehingen/Urspringschule looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American guard Kameron Taylor (198-94, college: Seton Hill) fired 25 points (on 8-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winners. Scottish forward Alasdair Fraser (201-92, college: Maine, agency: Court Side) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds. Ehingen/Urspringschule's coach Domenik Reinboth used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Lithuanian Arnoldas Kulboka (207-98) produced 12 points and 8 rebounds and swingman Tibor Taras (197-97) added 12 points respectively for lost side. Ehingen/Urspringschule moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Baunach and Nuernberg. Baunach lost their third game in a row. Ehingen/Urspringschule will face Nuernberg (#13) in Nurnberg in the next round. Top scorers: Baunach: D.Keppeler 12+1reb+2ast, A.Kulboka 12+8reb, T.Taras 12+4reb+3ast, J.Hoffmann 9+2reb+4ast, M.Mueller 8+5reb+5ast, L.Olinde 5+5reb+2ast Ehingen: K.Taylor 25+1reb+2ast, A.Fraser 15+7reb+1ast, T.Jahn 9+12reb, C.Wolf 8+5reb, Z.Thompson 5+4reb+1ast, N.Aghas 5+5reb
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Crailsheim. Second ranked Mitteldeutscher BC faced 3rd placed Crailsheim Merlins. Guests from Weissenfels (12-1) defeated host Crailsheim Merlins (9-4) 89-72. Mitteldeutscher BC made 23-of-22 charity shots (104.5 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. Crailsheim Merlins were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Marcus Hatten (185-80, college: St.John's) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 7 assists. Naturalized American forward Sergio Kerusch (195-89, college: W.Kentucky, agency: Octagon Europe) contributed with 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Five Mitteldeutscher BC players scored in double figures. American guard Chase Griffin (190-83, college: Pepperdine) answered with 21 points and point guard Martin Bogdanov (186-92) added 9 points in the effort for Crailsheim Merlins. Crailsheim Merlins' coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Mitteldeutscher BC have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader. Crailsheim Merlins at the other side keep the third place with four games lost. They share the position with Chemnitz. Mitteldeutscher BC will play against league's second-placed Kirchheim Knights at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Crailsheim Merlins will play against Uni Baskets in Paderborn and hope to get back on the winning track. Top scorers: Crailsheim: C.Griffin 21+3reb+1ast, K.Tiggs 9+4reb+2ast, M.Bogdanov 9+3reb+3ast, M.Jost 8+3reb+2ast, N.Hilliard IV 8+4ast, C.Dunn 5+1reb+4ast MBC: S.Kerusch 19+5reb+1ast, M.Hatten 15+3reb+7ast, T.Hinz 14+8reb+2ast, A.Warren 12+1reb+4ast, A.Zazai 10+4reb+3ast, D.Pantelic 10+2reb+3ast
Very expected game in Essen where 15th ranked ETB Wohnbau (3-10) was defeated by sixth ranked Chemnitz (9-4) 83-79 on Saturday. Chemnitz shot 60.4 percent from the field and made 17-of-11 free shots (154.5 percent) during the game. Chemnitz forced 20 ETB Wohnbau turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. American guard Chris Carter (195-92, college: Florida Tech, agency: Interperformances) fired a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 assists for the winners. His fellow American import power forward Joe Lawson (201-92, college: Indianapolis, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Lawson is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Forward Jannik Lodders (198-92) produced 20 points and American forward Eric Thompson (204-93, college: Pacific) added 15 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Chemnitz. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Crailsheim. Loser ETB Wohnbau keeps the fifteenth position with ten games lost. Chemnitz will face White Wings (#6) in Hanau in the next round. ETB Wohnbau will play on the road against Oettinger Rockets Gotha (#7) and hope to win that game. Top scorers: ETB Wohnbau: J.Lodders 20+3reb+3ast, A.Moore 17, C.Alexander 16+3ast, E.Thompson 15+9reb+1ast, R.Lodders 7+1reb+1ast, M.Gebhardt 2+3reb+3ast Chemnitz: J.Lawson 18+6reb+2ast, C.Carter 17+3reb+10ast, M.Ziegenhagen 14+2reb+2ast, V.Matthews 12+2reb+6ast, M.Fleischmann 9+1reb+4ast, D.Mixich 8+3reb+1ast
We should not miss the game where eighth ranked Uni Baskets (7-6) against 5th ranked White Wings (8-5) where Uni Baskets won on the road by fifteen points 70-55. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of White Wings. Canadian Nick Tufegdzich (203-92) nailed 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side and forward Till Gloger (204-93, college: Maine) accounted for 14 points. Uni Baskets' coach Uli Naechster allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Point guard Till-Joscha Joenke (193-92) came up with 14 points and 7 rebounds and American forward Kruize Pinkins (203-93, college: USF) added 16 points respectively for White Wings in the defeat. Uni Baskets moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Oettinger R. White Wings at the other side keep the fifth position with five games lost. Uni Baskets' next round opponent will be higher ranked Crailsheim Merlins (#3) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. White Wings will play against Chemnitz and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: Hanau: K.Pinkins 16+2reb+2ast, T.Joenke 14+7reb+2ast, E.Harris 10+1reb+4ast, S.Brown 8+4reb, C.von Fintel 3+1ast, J.Eichler 2+7reb+1ast Uni Baskets: N.Tufegdzich 14+5reb+1ast, T.Gloger 14+3reb+1ast, I.Buntic 10+5reb, C.Adams 8+3reb+2ast, M.Kuhle 8+2ast, M.Vest 8+5reb+4ast
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