CSKA Moscow down Brose Baskets in Stechert Arena in EuroLeague Group E. The Russian team took 7-3 record after a road 78:58 win. Brose Baskets suffered their 10th consecutive loss. CSKA Moscow won the opening period 23-18 and posted all the victories later in the quarters. The Russian team added 23-17 rally for 11-point halftime advantage. CSKA Moscow scored 16 points in the third and the last quarters that was also enough for the narrow wins. Brose Baskets managed to post 12 points in the third quarter and ended up with 11 points at the end. Nenad Krstic (212-C-83) and Vladimir Micov (201-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) top-scored for the winners with 17 points each. Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) nailed 16, while Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86, college: Arkansas) added 11. Sharrod Ford (206-F/C-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Clemson) ended up with 16 points in the losing effort, while Matt Walsh (197-F/G-82, college: Florida) had 13. Maik Zirbes (208-C-90, agency: LUMANI 10.7) brought 8 and Anton Gavel (188-PG-84, agency: Pro One Sports) as well as Casey Jacobsen (198-G/F-81, college: Stanford) had 7 apiece.
CSKA - Brose Baskets 85:64 CSKA celebrated the 14th victory in EuroLeague regular season. The defending champions overcame the absence of Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) to edge Brose Baskets in Moscow. Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) scored 26 points to lead the winners. CSKA jumped to a 21:17 lead ten minutes into the game. CSKA stretched the lead to double digits in the second term. The hosts piled up a 44:33 halftime lead. CSKA followed with a 25:15 run in the third quarter to clear off for go... [read more]
CSKA - Brose Baskets 85:64
CSKA celebrated the 14th victory in EuroLeague regular season. The defending champions overcame the absence of Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) to edge Brose Baskets in Moscow. Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) scored 26 points to lead the winners. CSKA jumped to a 21:17 lead ten minutes into the game. CSKA stretched the lead to double digits in the second term. The hosts piled up a 44:33 halftime lead. CSKA followed with a 25:15 run in the third quarter to clear off for good. CSKA held Brose Baskets to just 16 points in the fourth quarter and cruised to the win. Kyle Hines (198-F/C-86, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 13 points, while Vitaliy Fridzon (195-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) and Nikita Kurbanov (202-F-86) delivered 10 points each in the victory. Daniel Theis (204-PF-92, agency: Octagon Europe) responded with 16 points for Brose Baskets. Nicolo Melli (205-PF-91) had 15 points in the defeat.
Preston Medlin (193-G-91, college: Utah St.) is a 25 year old 193cm guard that is playing his third professional season and first with the Kirchheim Knights in the German Pro A. He started his basketball career in 2009 with Utah St. (NCAA) where he played until 2014 playinga total of 102 NCAA games. As a senior he played 32 games averaging 12.4ppg, 2.7rpg, 4.1apg, FGP: 41.1%, 3PT: 42.4%, FT: 78.0%. He started his professional basketball career in 2014 with BK Saldus (Latvia-LBL): 29 games... [read more]
Preston Medlin (193-G-91, college: Utah St.) is a 25 year old 193cm guard that is playing his third professional season and first with the Kirchheim Knights in the German Pro A. He started his basketball career in 2009 with Utah St. (NCAA) where he played until 2014 playinga total of 102 NCAA games. As a senior he played 32 games averaging 12.4ppg, 2.7rpg, 4.1apg, FGP: 41.1%, 3PT: 42.4%, FT: 78.0%. He started his professional basketball career in 2014 with BK Saldus (Latvia-LBL): 29 games: Score-4 (14.7ppg), 3.1rpg, 3.0apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 49.5%, 3PT: 42.7%, FT: 75.8%. Last season he had limited duty with Enosi Kalathosfairisis Kavalas (Greece-A1): 3 games: 3.7ppg, 1.0rpg, 1.3apg. Eurobasket talked to Preston after the big win against the Hamburg Towers.
Preston thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. 2017 has come and did you make any new years resolutions or is that something that you don't bother with?
No problem thanks for interviewing me. My wife and I always make little new years resolutions together but never anything to crazy, Just the normal stuff like eating better and being healthy.
The Kirchheim Knights went into 2017 riding a 4 game losing streak. What do you believe did the team get away from in this period that hindered you from getting victories?
That was a tough stretch for us, part of it was we played 4 playoff teams and 3 of the 4 games on the road. I think we got away from playing team basketball and got a little selfish. Also I think it was good for us to lose a few games (I am not sure it was good to lose 4 but) I think we were getting a little complacent and not working as hard as were should be.
A big worry in this 4 game losing streak was the offense that couldn't get 70 points in three of the four games. Do you feel like the team will continue to be able to score well in the second half of the season as its averaging 90 points in the two game winning streak?
I think if we can play as a team and to our strengths we should have no problem with our offense. But like any team we need to keep working and playing together so we can achieve our goals.
Congrats on the huge 87-86 win against the Hamburg Towers. Kirchheim was down39-33. It was able to pick up it's offense in the second half. Was there any adjustments that the team made to be able to score better?
To be honest we didn't really make any changes on the offense end we just kept playing hard and shots started to fall for us.
The Hamburg Towers went on a huge run in the fourth quarter and led as much as 14 points with four minutes to go. Was that amazing Mexico State come back and win form last week on your mind?
That's funny that you mention that because after the game my teammates and I were talking about the game and how we were all thinking that no matter the score the game is not over till the last buzzer.
The Kirchheim Knights then went on a 14-0 run to regain the lead at 84-83. How proud were of the team being able to make this instant comeback and what was key in having this happen?
Oh man I was so proud we fought hard for 5 minutes straight pressing and running up and down the court like mad men. And when we took the lead I was so happy.
You hit the game winning shot with three seconds left in the game. What experiences have you had with last second shots. How special was this one?
In my life I have maybe had 4 of 5 game winning shots but every time it happens it feels amazing. This on in particular was amazing because of the comeback that my teammates and I made in the minutes leading up to the shot.
You had had a pretty quiet night before making the shot as nothing was falling from downtown until the one that counted most. How thankful were you of the trust in your teammates in your abilities?
Yes up to that shot I was 0 for 4 and my shot was just not falling for me but if you want to be a good shooter you always have to have the mind set that the next one is going in. I am thankful that my teammates had the trust in me to shot the ball when the game is on the line.
With American Carrington Love out of the game with his fifth foul did you feel the need to step up on that last play?
The be honest the last play just kind of happened we got the rebound with about 10 seconds left and just went down the court and I was just trying to get the best shot possible for our team.
The team also showed it can win without Seth Hinrichs. Was this another good indication of how much heart this club has?
Missing Seth really hurts us because of the depth he give us plus he is a great shooter and does most of the dirty work for us. we need him to get healthy and on the court as soon as possible.
The Pro A continues to be very competitive as the Kirchheim Knights are only 3 wins behind number one team MBC. Does the team have more on their minds then just solidifying home court in the playoffs or is one looking at the possibility of finishing the regular season at the top?
I think every team has the goal to finish on top but we are just trying to take it game by game and worry about what we can control and that is our effort and heart on the court.
You stated in the last interview that the biggest challenge is being a consistent scorer. How can a player in general become a consistent scorer on a game basis?
That is a great question but I think it starts with having the mindset of a scorer. You have to do it in practice, you have to get that rhythm with your teammates and then it has to carry over to the game.
What in general have you learned to enjoy the most about playing in the competitive German Pro A?
I have learned that you have to bring your best every night because for the most part any team can beat any team so that makes the league really fun because you never know who is going to win.
Russell Westbrook obviously has gotten a lot of attention with his constant triple doubles, but James Harden is doing the same thing with the Houston Rockets. Where do you see him head to head against Westbrook as best point guard at the moment in the NBA?
I think they are both great players but in my eyes they are both not true point guards. But you have to give the edge right now to Westbrook I mean any guy that can average a triple double in the NBA is amazing.
Which 2 clubs will make the Superbowl and who will win it all?
I think the Patriots will play the Packers and the Patriots will win.
Dennis Schroeder selected the top German playing abroad in last week's games - 19 hours ago
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Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Germans who are currently playing abroad. This week's number one is former international point guard Dennis Schroeder (181-93, agency: Octagon Europe). He led Atlanta Hawks to a victory over the New York Knicks in the NBA in Monday night's game.
Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Germans who are currently playing abroad.
#1. This week's number one is former international point guard Dennis Schroeder (181-93, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in NBA). He led Atlanta Hawks to a 1-point victory over the New York Knicks (18-24) 108-107 in the NBA in Monday night's game.
Schroeder was MVP of the game. He recorded 28 points (!!!) and added 3 passes in 34 minutes on the court.
The Atlanta Hawks have 24-17 record this season.
It's Schroeder's fourth year with the team.
Schroeder has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.4ppg, 3.0rpg, 6.2apg, 2FGP: 50.2%, 3FGP: 35.9% and FT: 81.1% in 41 games he played so far.
Schroeder played for the German senior national team two years ago.
#2. Second place goes to an international center Tibor Pleiss (217-89, currently plays in Euroleague). He was the major contributor in Galatasaray's victory against the closely-ranked Zalgiris (6-11) 87-79 in the Euroleague last Friday.
Pleiss scored 17 points and grabbed 7 rebounds.
Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul (5-12) is placed second from the bottom (#15) in group A.
They ended the series of four consecutive loses.
Pleiss' overall stats this season are: 7.1ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.1bpg, 2FGP: 53.5%, 3FGP: 66.7% and FT: 78.1%.
He is in the roster of the German senior national team.
#3. The German player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international point guard Heiko Schaffartzik (183-84, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup). Schaffartzik could not help JSF Nanterre (4-1) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his very good performance the first-placed JSF Nanterre (4-1) was badly defeated 91-74 on the road by the second-ranked Kormend in the group N of FIBA Europe Cup.
Schaffartzik was the top scorer with 22 points. He also added 4 passes.
Schaffartzik's team will play only one more game in the FIBA Europe Cup Second Stage. And that game will be critical.
It's Schaffartzik's first season with the team.
He has relatively good stats this year: 11.9ppg, 2.5rpg, 4.5apg, 2FGP: 28.6%, 3FGP: 46.6%(34-73) and FT: 85.0%.
Schaffartzik played for the German national team two years ago.
#4. Center Johannes Voigtmann (211-92, currently plays in Spain) led Baskonia to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked RETAbet BB (6-9) crushing them 84-63 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday.
He scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 22 minutes.
Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (11-5) is placed fifth in the Liga Endesa.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
This year Voigtmann's overall stats are: 8.1ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.9apg in 16 games.
He is also German national team player.
#5. U20 international swingman Kostja Mushidi (195-98, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) led his Serbian team Mega Leks to a victory against the third-ranked Strasbourg IG (8-5) 86-82 in the Basketball Champions League on Wednesday night.
Mushidi scored 15 points, made 3 passes and 3 steals.
BC Mega Leks (4-9) is placed seventh in group D.
His team will play only one more game in the Basketball Champions League Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial.
Mushidi's total stats this season are: 9.7ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.5apg.
He plays currently for the German U20 national team.
#6. Forward Dirk Nowitzki (213-78, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a Dallas Mavericks' victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves (14-28) 98-87 in the NBA in Sunday night's game.
Nowitzki scored 17 points, had 6 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 28 minutes.
The Dallas Mavericks have not so impressive 14-27 record this season.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
Nowitzki is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his 19th year in Mavericks' roster.
He has very impressive stats this season: 13.3ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.6apg in 16 games.
Nowitzki is a former international player as he played for the German senior team two years ago.
#7. International forward Robin Benzing (208-89, currently plays in Spain) helped CAI Zaragoza win their n overtime game against the league outsider La ICL Manresa (2-14) 87-77 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday.
He scored 15 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
CAI Zaragoza (6-10) is placed 12th in the Liga Endesa.
It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses.
This season Benzing has relatively solid stats: 13.2ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.5apg and 1.3spg.
He is also German national team player.
#8. Forward Moritz Wagner (208-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Michigan win their game against the University of Nebraska (0-2) 91-85 in the NCAA on Saturday night.
Wagner scored 23 points, had 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 31 minutes.
The University of Michigan has 2-3 conference record this season.
Wagner has reliable stats this year: 12.1ppg and 3.7rpg in 19 games.
He used to play for the German U18 national team
back in 2014.
#9. International swingman Paul Zipser (203-94, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the Chicago Bulls in their game against the New York Knicks (18-24) in the NBA.
Zipser scored 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.
The Chicago Bulls (21-22) were defeated 104-89 in New York by the Knicks.
Zipser's total stats this season are: 1.5ppg and 1.7rpg.
He is also in the roster of the German national team.
#10. Forward Cameron Neubauer (202-94, currently studies in the States) helped San Diego win their game against the Brigham Young University (1-1) 88-75 in the NCAA last Saturday.
Neubauer scored 22 points, had 9 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 34 minutes.
The University of San Diego has not so impressive 2-4 conference record this season.
Neubauer's stats this year are: 10.7ppg, 5.4rpg and 2.4apg in 18 games.
He is a former U20 international player as three years ago he still played for the German national team.
#11. Former U22 international power forward Tilo Klette (206-77, currently plays in Austria) was not able to secure a victory for Gmunden Swans (12-5) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Klette's good performance Gmunden Swans was defeated 72-60 in Traiskirchen by the lower-ranked Arkadia Lions (#7).
He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Klette also added 6 rebounds.
Klette averaged so far 12.6ppg, 4.6rpg and 2.2apg.
He used to play for the German U22 national team
eighteen years ago.
#12. Former U20 international forward Michael Kessens (206-91, agency: Court Side, is currently at the American university), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the FIU (0-5) in their last game. Despite Kessens' very good performance the FIU was edged 57-55 at home by the The Univ.of Texas - San Antonio.
He scored 17 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 28 minutes.
Kessens averaged so far 14.2ppg and 9.7rpg in 18 games.
He used to play for the German U20 national team
back in 2011.
#13. International center Maik Zirbes (208-90, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Euroleague) couldn't help Maccabi T-A in their game against Real Madrid in the Euroleague. He cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones.
Zirbes scored only 2 points in 7 minutes on the court.
His team lost 75-80.
This year Zirbes' total stats are: 8.1ppg and 3.0rpg in 15 games.
He is also German national team player.
#14. Former U18 international forward Max Hoetzel (206-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped San Diego St. win their game against the San Jose State University 76-61 in the NCAA in Tuesday night's game.
Hoetzel scored 12 points and grabbed 9 rebounds.
Hoetzel has averaged so far 9.3ppg and 4.6rpg.
He is a naturalized American.
Hoetzel used to play for the German U18 national team
back in 2013. Strangely he has never played in Germany.
#15. Former U18 international forward Lars Schlueter (203-95, currently plays in Canada) helped University of Calgary win their game against the Cascades 92-87 in the Canadian university league CIS on Friday night.
He scored 13 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 24 minutes.
Schlueter has averaged so far 10.0ppg and 2.4rpg in 12 games.
He used to play for the German U18 national team
four years ago.
The list of other players, who all have German passport but never been selected to any of German national teams:
#1.Bar Timor (190-G-92, currently plays in Israel) led Hapoel Jerusalem to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Galil Gilboa (5-9) crushing them 100-75 in the Israeli Winner League on Sunday night.
Timor was the best player in that game. He scored 19 points and added 7 passes in 31 minutes.
Hapoel Jerusalem (8-6) is placed fourth in the Winner League.
Timor has relatively good stats this year: 11.1ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.4apg and 1.1spg in 14 games he played so far.
He has a dual citizenship: German and Israeli.
#2. Experienced Kiril Wachsmann (203-C-84, college: Iona, currently plays in Uruguay). Wachsmann could not help Defensor (2-3) to beat U Universitario (5-1). He cannot count Tuesday's game as one of the best ones.
Wachsmann recorded only 2 points and grabbed 9 rebounds.
Defensor (#5) was defeated 94-90 in a derby game by the second-ranked U Universitario in the Promocional 1 group.
It was Defensor's third consecutive loss in a row.
There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical.
Wachsmann's total stats this season are: 6.3ppg, 8.3rpg and 1.2apg.
#3.Frederik Joerg (214-C-92, currently plays in NCAA2) was not able to help the St.Martin's University (3-5) in their last game. Despite Joerg's very good performance the St.Martin's University lost 69-82 on the road to the Northwest Nazarene University.
He scored 18 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 22 minutes.
It was St.Martin's University's fourth consecutive loss in a row.
Joerg has averaged so far 9.7ppg and 4.9rpg in 10 games.
#4.Sven Stammberger (198-F, currently plays in Canada) contributed to a 3-point Dalhousie University's victory against the Axemen (4-6) 84-81 in the Canadian university league CIS on Tuesday night.
He recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 13 rebounds.
The Dalhousie University has a solid 7-3 record this season.
Stammberger has been at the team for five years.
Stammberger averaged so far 12.8ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.7apg.
He is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and German.
#5.Adam Ariel (192-G/F-94, currently plays in Israel) was not able to secure a victory for Maccabi Ashdod (9-1) in their game against Ironi Nahariya (7-7) in the Israeli Winner League.
Ariel scored 7 points in 25 minutes.
The league leader Maccabi Ashdod lost 69-76 in Nahariya to the lower-ranked (#6) Ironi.
Ariel has averaged so far 7.2ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.5apg in 14 games.
He has both German and Israeli nationalities.
#6.Sven Jeuschede (190-G-95, currently plays in NCAA2) contributed to a Montana St. - Billings' victory against the Alaska-Fairbanks 99-94 in the NCAA2 last Saturday.
Jeuschede recorded 14 points and grabbed 7 rebounds (made all of his five free throws).
Jeuschede has averaged so far 6.5ppg and 2.9rpg.
#7.Tyree Chambers (188-G-94, currently plays in NCAA2) helped Le Moyne College edge the St.Anselm College 67-65 in the NCAA2 last Tuesday.
Chambers scored 13 points in 22 minutes.
Chambers has averaged so far 6.3ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.6apg in 11 games.
#8.Nils Lehmann (196-F-96, currently plays in NCAA2) helped Rollins College win their game against the Saint Leo University 77-72 in the NCAA2 in Saturday night's game.
He recorded 11 points in 20 minutes.
Lehmann has averaged so far 3.7ppg and 2.0rpg in 11 games.
#9.Marco Sanders (202-F-79, college: Point Park, currently plays in Norway) couldn't help Ammerud Bskt (5-14) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his very good performance Ammerud Bskt was crushed 88-63 in Bekkestua by the second-ranked Baerum Basket.
Sanders was the top scorer with 16 points. He also added 6 rebounds.
Sanders has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 17.5ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.4apg and 1.2spg.
Sanders is a naturalized American.
He used to play for EnBW Ludwigsburg in German league.
#10.Max Eisele (193-G-96, currently plays in Canada) helped University of Calgary win their game against the Cascades crushing them 106-68 in the Canadian CIS on Thursday night.
Eisele scored 8 points, made 4 passes and 3 steals in 19 minutes.
Eisele has averaged so far 3.3ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.8apg and 1.2spg in 12 games.