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.
The Regular Season in BBL just started. ALBA Berlin defeated Telekom Baskets at home 96-89. ALBA Berlin shot 60.7 percent from the field and made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Telekom Baskets helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Bosnian center Elmedin Kikanovic (210-88, agency: BeoBasket) stepped up and scored 23 points and 6 rebounds for the winners an... [read more]
The Regular Season in BBL just started.
ALBA Berlin defeated Telekom Baskets at home 96-89. ALBA Berlin shot 60.7 percent from the field and made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Telekom Baskets helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Bosnian center Elmedin Kikanovic (210-88, agency: BeoBasket) stepped up and scored 23 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and naturalized Turkish guard Engin Atsur (191-84, college: N.Carolina St., agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 16 points and 7 assists. At the losing side American forward Ken Horton (199-89, college: Cent.Conn.St.) responded with 19 points and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Telekom Baskets will play next round against Deutsche Bank Skyliners trying to get back on the winning streak. ALBA Berlin will try to continue on its current victory against Science City Jena on the road. The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of BBC Bayreuth (0-1) at the home court. Hosts were defeated by ratiopharm Ulm (1-0) 95-87. American guard Chris Babb (196-90, college: Iowa St.) nailed 27 points and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winning side and Per Guenther accounted for 15 points and 7 assists. ratiopharm Ulm's coach Thorsten Leibenath allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Joseph Lewis (188-92, college: Louisville) came up with 30 points and 4 assists (made all of his nine free throws !!!) for BBC Bayreuth in the defeat. ratiopharm Ulm will play against EWE Baskets (#11) in Oldenburg in the next round and are hoping to win another game. BBC Bayreuth will play on the road against SC Rasta Vechta to get more than just one victory in their record. Quite upsetting was EWE Baskets' home defeat in a game versus Bayern Muenchen83-69. Americans were the main players on the court. Bryce Taylor fired 16 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Brian Qvale produced 20 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Bayern Muenchen will meet at home s Oliver Baskets (#18) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. EWE Baskets will play against ratiopharm Ulm (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Brose Baskets (1-0) crushed at home Deutsche Bank Skyliners (0-1) by 29 points 84-55, which is the biggest margin this round. Worth to mention a great performance of Fabien Causeur who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 6 assists. Brose Baskets' coach Andrea Trinchieri felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Brose Baskets' next round opponent will be Braunschweig (#3) in Braunschweig, which may be the game of the day. Deutsche Bank Skyliners will play on the road against Telekom Baskets (#15) in Bonn and hope to win that game.
There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 1: Walter Tigers lost to Bremerhaven on the opponent's court 84-92. Giessen 46ers managed to outperform Jena in a home game 86-76. Goettingen managed to beat Phoenix Hagen on the road 84-75. Vechta lost to Braunschweig on its own court 59-72. Ludwigsburg beat Wuerzburg in a road game 81-72.
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of BBC Bayreuth (0-1) at the home court. Hosts were defeated by ratiopharm Ulm (1-0) 95-87. They made 20-of-23 charity shots (87.0 percent) during the game. BBC Bayreuth was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Chris Babb (196-90, college: Iowa St.) nailed 27 points and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winning side and international point guard Per Guenther (185-88) accounted for 15 points and 7 assists. Five ratiopharm Ulm players scored in double figures. ratiopharm Ulm's coach Thorsten Leibenath allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Joseph Lewis (188-92, college: Louisville) came up with 30 points and 4 assists (made all of his nine free throws !!!) and the former international center Andreas Seiferth (209-89) added 9 points and 10 rebounds respectively for BBC Bayreuth in the defeat. ratiopharm Ulm will play against EWE Baskets (#11) in Oldenburg in the next round and are hoping to win another game. BBC Bayreuth will play on the road against SC Rasta Vechta to get more than just one victory in their record. Top scorers: Ratiopharm: C.Babb 27+5reb+2ast, P.Guenther 15+1reb+7ast, D.Sutton 13+8reb, D.Butler 11+3reb+1ast, R.Morgan 11+4reb+1ast, B.Hobbs 7+4reb+3ast Bayreuth: J.Lewis 30+1reb+4ast, D.Brooks 13+5reb+1ast, K.Anderson 11+3reb+4ast, A.Seiferth 9+10reb+2ast, A.Marei 8+3reb, N.Linhart 8+4reb+5ast
Eisbaeren Bremerhaven used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Tuebingen 92-84. It was a great shooting night for Eisbaeren Bremerhaven especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 58.8 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Walter Tigers helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Quincy Diggs (198-90, college: Akron, agency: Mansfield and Associates) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 8 assists. Forward Ivan Elliott (203-86, college: UCSB) contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven's coach Sebastian Machowski used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Point guard Jared Jordan (183-84, college: Marist) answered with 15 points and 9 assists and swingman Garlon Green (201-91, college: TCU) added 20 points in the effort for Walter Tigers. Five Eisbaeren Bremerhaven and four Walter Tigers players scored in double figures. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven's next round opponent will be Phoenix Hagen (#14) at home which should be an easy win for them. Walter Tigers will play against Giessen 46ers (#6) and hope to win that game. Top scorers: Bremerhaven: Q.Diggs 24+4reb+8ast, H.Kamp 16+2reb+3ast, I.Elliott 14+5reb+2ast, J.Hulls 12+2reb+3ast, E.Smotrycz 10+5reb, F.Bleck 5+3reb+5ast Walter Tigers: G.Green 20+3reb+1ast, J.Jordan 15+4reb+9ast, G.McGhee 13+3reb+1ast, I.Philmore 12+2reb+1ast, A.Munoz 8+4reb, B.Stewart 7+4reb+6ast
ALBA Berlin defeated Telekom Baskets at home 96-89. ALBA Berlin shot 60.7 percent from the field and made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Telekom Baskets helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Bosnian center Elmedin Kikanovic (210-88, agency: BeoBasket) stepped up and scored 23 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and naturalized Turkish guard Engin Atsur (191-84, college: N.Carolina St., agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 16 points and 7 assists. At the losing side American forward Ken Horton (199-89, college: Cent.Conn.St.) responded with 19 points and 4 assists and the other American import swingman Ryan Thompson (198-89, college: Rider, agency: BeoBasket) scored 18 points. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Telekom Baskets will play next round against Deutsche Bank Skyliners trying to get back on the winning streak. ALBA Berlin will try to continue on its current victory against Science City Jena on the road. Top scorers: ALBA: E.Kikanovic 23+6reb, D.Milosavljevic 20+3reb+2ast, E.Atsur 16+3reb+7ast, B.Radosavljevic 12+1reb+2ast, D.Johnson 11+2reb+3ast, T.Gaffney 4+5reb+2ast Telekom Bsk: K.Horton 19+3reb+4ast, R.Thompson 18+3reb+3ast, F.Barovic 13+6reb+1ast, Y.Polas 12+2ast, K.Klein 12+2reb+1ast, J.Mayo 10+3reb+5ast
Giessen 46ers used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Jena 86-76. 24 personal fouls committed by Science City Jena helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Cameron Wells (186-88, college: Citadel) who helped to win the game recording 23 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. British-Canadian forward Thomas Scrubb (198-91) contributed with 17 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Giessen 46ers players scored in double figures. American guard Marcos Knight (188-89, college: Middle Tenn.St.) answered with 26 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import point guard Julius Jenkins (187-81, college: Georgia South) added 12 points in the effort for Science City Jena. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Giessen 46ers' next round opponent will be Walter Tigers (#17) in Tuebingen which should be an easy win for them. Science City Jena will play at home against ALBA Berlin (#1) and hope to win that game. Top scorers: Giessen 46ers: C.Wells 23+5reb+6ast, T.Scrubb 17+8reb+2ast, S.Bowlin 15+2reb+7ast, D.Evans 10+6reb+1ast, J.Sears 7+2reb, B.Lischka 5+2reb Jena: M.Knight 26+8reb+1ast, I.McElroy 12+4reb+1ast, J.Jenkins 12+3reb+3ast, F.Rivera 8+1reb+4ast, K.Frease 6+1reb, O.Mackeldanz 5+4reb
Quite upsetting was EWE Baskets' home defeat in a game versus Bayern Muenchen83-69. It was a great shooting night for Bayern Muenchen especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.1 percentage. Americans were the main players on the court. Bryce Taylor (193-86, agency: BeoBasket) fired 16 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Swingman Reggie Redding (196-88, college: Villanova) chipped in 13 points. Four Bayern Muenchen players scored in double figures. Center Brian Qvale (210-88, college: Montana, agency: Pensack Sports) produced 20 points and 7 rebounds and swingman Rickey Paulding (196-82, college: Missouri) added 21 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Bayern Muenchen will meet at home s Oliver Baskets (#18) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. EWE Baskets will play against ratiopharm Ulm (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: B.Muenchen: B.Taylor 16+3ast, R.Redding 13+3reb+1ast, M.Kleber 11+3reb+3ast, A.Renfroe 11+1reb+3ast, A.Gavel 9+4reb+1ast, N.Djedovic 9+3reb EWE Baskets: R.Paulding 21+1ast, B.Qvale 20+7reb, P.Schwethelm 10+1reb+2ast, C.Kramer 9+6reb+5ast, M.De Zeeuw 4+3reb+1ast, F.Massenat 3+1reb+1ast
Phoenix Hagen was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Goettingen 84-75. BG Goettingen made 18-of-23 charity shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Phoenix Hagen helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized American forward Adam Waleskowski (203-82, college: Florida St., agency: Three Eye Sports) who helped to win the game recording 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. American power forward Scott Eatherton (203-91, college: Northeastern, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Five BG Goettingen players scored in double figures. American point guard David Bell (188-81, agency: Three Eye Sports) answered with 17 points and 6 assists and Canadian power forward Owen Klassen (208-91, college: Acadia) added 9 points and 13 rebounds in the effort for Phoenix Hagen. BG Goettingen's next round opponent will be EnBW Ludwigsburg (#8) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Phoenix Hagen will play against Eisbaeren Bremerhaven and hope to win that game. Top scorers: Goettingen: A.Waleskowski 17+8reb+4ast, S.Eatherton 13+10reb+2ast, M.Monninghoff 12+5reb+2ast, D.Carter 12+6reb, B.Veikalas 10+5reb+3ast, J.Sanders 7+2reb+9ast Phoenix Hagen: D.Bell 17+3reb+6ast, A.Hess 14+6reb+1ast, R.Williams 10+4reb+4ast, O.Klassen 9+13reb+2ast, T.Plaisted 8+5reb+1ast, C.Hass 7+1ast
SC Rasta Vechta was not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Braunschweig 72-59. Braunschweig shot 25 for 34 from the free-throw line, while SC Rasta Vechta only scored eight points from the stripe. 26 personal fouls committed by SC Rasta Vechta helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of Canadian forward Dyshawn Pierre (198-93, college: Dayton) who helped to win the game recording 16 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. American point guard Carlos Medlock (183-87, college: E.Michigan) contributed with 11 points and 5 assists for the winners. Four Braunschweig players scored in double figures. American Frank Gaines (191-90, college: IPFW) answered with 18 points and 5 rebounds and naturalized Filipino forward Christian Standhardinger (206-89, college: Hawaii) added 11 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for SC Rasta Vechta. SC Rasta Vechta's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Braunschweig's next round opponent will be Brose Baskets (#5) in Bamberg. SC Rasta Vechta will play at home against BBC Bayreuth (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: Braunschweig: D.Pierre 16+8reb+5ast, C.Medlock 11+3reb+5ast, G.Groselle 10+6reb+1ast, N.Simon 10+5reb+1ast, C.Guyton 8+6reb+2ast, J.Freese 7+5reb Vechta: F.Gaines 18+5reb+2ast, C.Standhardinger 11+8reb+2ast, D.Allen 7+2reb+1ast, M.Ehambe 6+4reb, S.Machado 6+2reb+4ast, R.Buckles 4+5reb+1ast
s Oliver Baskets were not able to use a home court advantage and were defeated by the opponent from Ludwigsburg 81-72. 28 personal fouls committed by s Oliver Baskets helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Alex Ruoff (198-86, college: W.Virginia, agency: Inception Sports) who helped to win the game recording 25 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Point guard Wes Washpun (185-93, college: N.Iowa) contributed with 15 points for the winners. EnBW Ludwigsburg's coach John Patrick used entire bench and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Point guard Jake Odum (193-91, college: Indiana St.) answered with 17 points and 6 assists and forward James Southerland (203-90, college: Syracuse) added 10 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for s Oliver Baskets. EnBW Ludwigsburg's next round opponent will be BG Goettingen (#7) at home which should be theoretically an easy game. s Oliver Baskets will play against Bayern Muenchen (#2) and hope to win that game. Top scorers: Ludwigsburg: A.Ruoff 25+6reb+5ast, W.Washpun 15+2reb+3ast, J.Thiemann 10+5reb, J.Cooley 9+5reb, K.Martin 6+3reb+1ast, T.Cotton 6+2reb+1ast Wuerzburg: J.Odum 17+2reb+6ast, J.Southerland 10+5reb, L.Ulmer 10+4reb+1ast, M.Ugrai 9+3reb, V.Mihailovic 7+2reb+4ast, C.Barton 7+1reb+1ast
Brose Baskets (1-0) crushed at home Deutsche Bank Skyliners (0-1) by 29 points 84-55, which is the biggest margin this round. Brose Baskets made 18-of-23 charity shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Brose Baskets outrebounded Deutsche Bank Skyliners 38-22 including a 30-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Deutsche Bank Skyliners helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of French Fabien Causeur (194-87) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 6 assists. The former international guard Patrick Heckmann (198-92, college: Boston Coll.) contributed with 12 points for the winners. Four Brose Baskets players scored in double figures. Brose Baskets' coach Andrea Trinchieri felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Danish guard Shavon Shields (201-94, college: Nebraska) answered with 10 points and 7 rebounds and American guard Antonio Graves (191-85, college: Pittsburgh) added 12 points and 5 assists in the effort for Deutsche Bank Skyliners. Brose Baskets' next round opponent will be Braunschweig (#3) in Braunschweig, which may be the game of the day. Deutsche Bank Skyliners will play on the road against Telekom Baskets (#15) in Bonn and hope to win that game. Top scorers: Brose Bask.: F.Causeur 18+3reb+6ast, D.Miller 12+1reb, P.Heckmann 12+4reb+2ast, D.Theis 10+2reb+1ast, J.Strelnieks 8+2reb+4ast, E.Harris 6+3reb+3ast Fraport SKY: A.Graves 12+2reb+5ast, M.Morrison 11+4reb+1ast, S.Shields 10+7reb+3ast, Q.Robertson 9+2reb+1ast, N.Kiel 5+2reb, M.Merz 3+1reb+1ast
K.K. Simmons (191-G-93, college: Pikeville) is a 23 year old 190cm combo guard from Marietta, Georgia that started his professional career with German Pro B team Licher Basket Baeren. He played at three schools with NC-Wilmington (NCAA), Kent St. (NCAA) and Pikeville (NAIA). Last season he finished his college basketball career with Pikeville (NAIA) playing 31 games and averaging 16.4ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.6apg, FGP: 46.1%, 3PT: 39.2%, FT: 78.5%. Simmons is an amazing shooter and shot 48% from ou... [read more]
K.K. Simmons (191-G-93, college: Pikeville) is a 23 year old 190cm combo guard from Marietta, Georgia that started his professional career with German Pro B team Licher Basket Baeren. He played at three schools with NC-Wilmington (NCAA), Kent St. (NCAA) and Pikeville (NAIA). Last season he finished his college basketball career with Pikeville (NAIA) playing 31 games and averaging 16.4ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.6apg, FGP: 46.1%, 3PT: 39.2%, FT: 78.5%. Simmons is an amazing shooter and shot 48% from outside in his junior season at Pikeville, but can also mix it up getting to the hole. In his first season with Pikeville, he played 25 games averaging 20.8ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.0apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 45.3%, 3PT: 48.9%, FT: 78.4%. He spoke to eurobasket after giving his debut as a professional for the Licher Basket Baeren beating the Bayer Giants Leverkusen 99-93.
Karriem congrats on the big 99-93 victory over the Bayer Giants Leverkusen. Top scorer of the game and a win to go along with it. Was this the perfect start to your professional season? Getting a good tough win, against a great team, on the road is definitely a great way to start off my professional career! I'm so proud of what my teammates and I have accomplished.
What kind of a feeling was it playing in the legendary Smid arena that housed Germany's best team in the 90's with the Bayer Giants Leverkusen?
It was an amazing feeling. The gym was very nice. Also, the feeling of the atmosphere and energy in the gym was top notch. I really respect what they have going on over there. I had a lot of fun.
The Bayer Giants Leverkusen had the 46-40 advantage at halftime. What was key for being behind after 20 minutes?
Going in at half time we felt we were right where we needed to be. As a team we all agreed that we didn't play our best half of basketball, but we were only down 6 points, so that was the big picture. We needed to remain in striking distance at all times.
The Licher Baskets Baeren went on a furious run in the fourth to cut down the 10 point lead. You and American Lamar Mallory went to work. Did you guys know it was time to step up or did head coach Rolf Scholz advise you guys to go to work? Lamar and I know when it's time to lead our team in the right direction. Also, coach will let us know when it's our time to step up and make plays for the team when need be. Big time players make big time plays when needed. It's on us to make it happen.
You and Mallory hooked up for the go ahead bucket, but Leverkusen sent the game into OT with Carter free throws. Lich could have sent the game into OT with a game winner from Simon Kutzschmar. Was this the desired shot that the team wanted at the end? We wanted to search for whatever good clean look we could have at the end of the 4th. Simon had a good look, it was a good shot, it just didn't fall. We have good shooters and scorers throughout our entire team. So we live with whoever takes the shot. Make or miss.
You got Lich going with back to back three pointers in OT which got you the momentum. Was this the moment that why you love and play the game as a professional? Yes!!! It's what I live for. To hit big shots at a time and need to fire my teammates up and get the momentum and energy shifted towards our way a bit.
What was key in OT for the Licher Baskets Baeren winning? Did you simply want it more than Leverkusen? I wouldn't say we wanted it more!!!! Because they competed very hard and played an amazing game throughout the 5 quarters. I just know my teammates and I really locked in, and focused and made those plays we needed to make in the crunch to become successful in the end. We have so much room for growth that it's scary. We will continue to work.
As a team what were you happy with and what not? Lich shot well and had 61 rebounds, but only 14 assists and 20 turnovers. We were happy with the way we played. When I say that, I'm talking about our effort and our attitude to never give up no matter what the score looks like or the flow of the game. Play good defense and let the offense come. We do need to cut down on the turnovers. It will come better with time.
You had a strong 34 points, but shot an overwhelming 29 times and shot 38%. Do the many shots and shooting percentage somewhat outweigh the meaning of your 34 points?
Not at all. I watched the game again on film. I didn't feel like any of my shots were really bad shots. Some of them I feel like I could have not took and found us a better look as a team. I will work on that. My teammates trust me and my decision making and as a leader on the floor. They lead me as well. They believe in every move I make and shots that I shoot. They seen what I can do and they accept me for it. So I just go out there and try to remain aggressive knowing they got my back no matter what. I'm not into the 34 points or how many shots I took. I'm more concerned with what we did to become victorious.
Do you remember shooting so much in a game? I have shot this many shots in a game before, but it definitely has been a while haha. I just have so much confidence in my ability to score and to make plays for my team. It was a lot of good looks and shots missed in that gym last night from both teams. I will continue to work on becoming more efficient.
You had a game high 34 points. Was this the best K.K. Simmons people will see, or do you feel like there is even more to come this season from you? Way more to come. It was just the first game. My first game as a professional athlete. Only way from here is up for us.
You combined for 55 points with Lamar Mallory. How did feel playing your first professional game with him? Is this a deadly duo in the making? My boy Lamar is the bus driver for this team. He does so much for us and covers up so much of our trash we do commit on the court. He's a magnet for that ball. He gets big rebounds! Impossible rebounds! And he plays hard for us every single play! Never does he take a play off. He attacks hard and is coming at you every possession. On both ends of the court. We really feed off his energy and effort. We all believe he has our backs no matter what the situation. We can count on him when it's time to battle. Front line.
How much fun was it dueling Kerry Carter? Is he a guy that you could see battling for the scoring crown? Carter is a great player. He has the total package. Competes hard. Leads his team by example along with being verbal. I appreciate his competitive spirit and respect him and their organization. Good team. I'm not really caught up in the whole scoring crown thing, but we shall see.
Where will the journey of the Atlanta Hawks end this season?
I have no clue about the Hawks. I love my city and hometown, but the past couple of years have been a lot of ups and downs. Some adjustments were made in the origination as you can see. I think they will do just fine this year.
Kevin Garnett retired from the NBA. Where does his legacy rank in the NBA now that his career has ended? His legacy lives on forever!!!! KG is a legend!!! A veterinarian, an animal on the court. A perfect example of putting your heart out there each and every night. I had the opportunity to meet him in person for a couple of days and received a lot of words wisdom from him. Things bigger than basketball. He's so real and his story can be nothing but honored and respected. He is branded in one of the NBA's best. The game will miss him.
What was the last movie that you saw? Rush hour. Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan. One of my favorites of all time.
Pro B club UNI Riesen Leipzig have gotten active on the transfer market signing Jordan Faison (201-F). Faison is a 201cm forward from Lake Forest, California that will be starting his professional career in Germany with the Uni Riesen Leipzig. He started his basketball career at El Toro High School and then played at Cal Poly Pomona (NCAA2) from 2012-2016. As a senior he played 30 games averaging 16.9ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.8apg, 1.5bpg, FGP: 56.9%, 3PT: 22.5%, FT: 65.4%. Last season the American... [read more]
Pro B club UNI Riesen Leipzig have gotten active on the transfer market signing Jordan Faison (201-F). Faison is a 201cm forward from Lake Forest, California that will be starting his professional career in Germany with the Uni Riesen Leipzig. He started his basketball career at El Toro High School and then played at Cal Poly Pomona (NCAA2) from 2012-2016. As a senior he played 30 games averaging 16.9ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.8apg, 1.5bpg, FGP: 56.9%, 3PT: 22.5%, FT: 65.4%. Last season the American scored in double figures in 23 of 27 games. He had some huge games against Cal State San Bernardino with 27 points, 24 points against Chico State, Azusa Pacific and Cal State East Bay. He also collected seven double doubles.
Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been CCAA Regular Season Champion -13, CCAA Tournament Winner -13, 15, CCAA Regular Season Runner-Up -14, 15, CCAA Tournament Semifinals -14, 16, All-CCAA 1st Team -14, 15, 16, CCAA All-Tournament MVP -15, CCAA All-Tournament Team -15, Reese's NCAA D2 All-Star Game -16, and NABC NCAA D2 All-West District 1st Team -16.
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