ProB Round 20: Spot Up Medien Baskets beat Oldenburg by three after a very close game - Feb 24, 2013
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There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in ProB. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.
The most exciting game of round 20 in the ProB took place in Oldenburg. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 4th ranked Oldenburg (10-10) to sixth ranked Spot Up Medien Baskets (9-11) 69-66 on Saturday evening. Spot Up Medien Baskets forced 19 Oldenburg turnovers. American point guard Steven Bennett (173-88, college: Chaminade) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 7 rebounds. Cuban Howard Sant-Roos (200-91) contributed with 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American guard Michael Taylor (193-87, college: Whitworth) replied with 27 points for Oldenburg. Spot Up Medien Baskets have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position in Group North with 9-11 record, which they share with MTV Wolfenbuettel and BSW Sixers. Newly promoted Oldenburg keeps the fourth place with ten games lost. They share the position with Recklinghausen. Spot Up Medien Baskets is looking forward to face BSW Sixers (#8) in Sandersdorf in the next round. Oldenburg will play on the road against the league's leader SG Schwelmer Baskets (#1) and is hoping to win this game. Very important is a road loss of third ranked Herten Lions (12-8) against eleventh ranked Dorsten (8-12) on Saturday night. Visiting Herten Lions were defeated by Dorsten in Dorsten 81-70. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Christopher Jones (183-88, college: Prairie View A&M) who helped to win the game recording 20 points, 6 rebounds, 9 assists and 5 steals and Blake Poole who added 9 points and 14 rebounds during the contest. American forward Will Taylor (200-89, college: Cal Poly - SLO) responded with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds. Dorsten moved-up to ninth place in Group North, which they share with Wulfen and Hannover. Herten Lions at the other side keep the third position with eight games lost. Dorsten will play against higher ranked Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (#7) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Herten Lions will play against the league's second-placed SC Rist Wedel (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory. Very important is a road loss of second ranked Weissenhorn Youngstars (13-7) against fifth ranked Licher Baeren (12-8) on Sunday night. Visiting Weissenhorn Youngstars were crushed by Licher Baeren in Lich 98-74. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Weissenhorn Youngstars. The winners were led by Jermale Jones who scored that evening 23 points. Even a double-double of 31 points and 15 rebounds by Myles Hesson did not help to save the game for Weissenhorn Youngstars. Licher Baeren have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place in Group South, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Weissenhorn Youngstars keep the second position with seven games lost. Licher Baeren will meet Dresden (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Weissenhorn Youngstars will play against Fraport Skyliners II (#7) in Frankfurt and hope to secure a win. ProB top team - SG Schwelmer Baskets (17-3) added another victory to their record. This time they beat ninth ranked Hannover Tigers (8-12) 76-71. The best player for the winners was Julius Coles who scored 26 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. SG Schwelmer Baskets maintains first position in Group North with 17-3 record. Hannover Tigers at the other side keep the ninth place with 12 games lost. SG Schwelmer Baskets' next round opponent will be Oldenburg (#4) at home. Hannover Tigers will play against Recklinghausen (#5). ProB top team - Dragons Rhoendorf (18-2) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they beat eleventh ranked ifm Baskets Konstanz (4-16) 96-78. Geddes Robinson orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 18 rebounds and 4 assists. ifm Baskets Konstanz's coach rotated twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Dragons Rhoendorf have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position in Group South with 18-2 record. ifm Baskets Konstanz lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place with 16 games lost. Dragons Rhoendorf will face Bayer Giants (#4) in Leverkusen in the next round. ifm Baskets Konstanz will play on the road against Leitershofen (#8) in Diedorf.
There were no big surprises in other games of round 20: In Group North MTV Wolfenbuettel beat Stahnsdorf on the road 86-78. Rist Wedel won against Recklinghausen on its own court 128-115. Wulfen unfortunately lost to BSW Sixers in Sandersdorf 81-90. In Group South Fraport SKY II rolled over TSV Troester at home 71-49. Leitershofen was defeated by Langen on the opponent's court 84-80. Noerdlingen smashed Dresden in a home game 89-70. Hanau lost to Bayer Giants on the road 52-54. The most impressive performance of 20th round was 41 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds by Robert Franklin of Recklinghausen.
No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (9-11) beat 12th ranked RSV Eintracht (6-14) in Stahnsdorf 86-78 on Saturday. RSV Eintracht was tied after three quarters and then recorded another tie at the end of regular time. They were eventually defeated in overtime 12-20s. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel forced 24 RSV Eintracht turnovers. RSV Eintracht was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Travis Clark (195, college: Lake Forest) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 13 rebounds. Center Frank Theis (200-82) contributed with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American guard Blair Wheadon (191-90, college: W.Oregon) replied with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and center Michael Haucke (210-85) added 13 points, 11 rebounds and 7 blocks in the effort for RSV Eintracht. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. RSV Eintracht's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel moved-up to sixth place in Group North, which they share with SU Medien and BSW Sixers. Loser RSV Eintracht keeps the twelfth position with 14 games lost. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel will face Dorsten (#10) at home in the next round. RSV Eintracht will play against BSV Wulfen and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: MTV Wolfenbuettel: T.Clark 25+13reb+2ast, F.Theis 21+10reb, L.Thomas 15+1reb+4ast, H.Knopke 12+5reb+1ast, D.Nawrocki 8+3reb+2ast, M.Poeschel 5+3reb+3ast Stahnsdorf: B.Wheadon 18+7reb+6ast, T.Malone 16+3reb+1ast, M.Haucke 13+11reb, Y.Evans 13+7reb+3ast, T.Grauel 8+2reb+2ast, T.Modersitzki 8+7reb
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Herten Lions (12-8) against eleventh ranked Dorsten (8-12) on Saturday night. Visiting Herten Lions were defeated by Dorsten in Dorsten 81-70. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Christopher Jones (183-88, college: Prairie View A&M) who helped to win the game recording 20 points, 6 rebounds, 9 assists and 5 steals and the other American import center Blake Poole (195-88, college: St.Martin's) who added 9 points and 14 rebounds during the contest. Four Dorsten players scored in double figures. American forward Will Taylor (200-89, college: Cal Poly - SLO) responded with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds and power forward Christoph Hackenesch (204-86) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. Dorsten moved-up to ninth place in Group North, which they share with Wulfen and Hannover. Herten Lions at the other side keep the third position with eight games lost. Dorsten will play against higher ranked Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (#7) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game