Jeremy Black(203-C-85, college: Tampa, agency: Court Side) is a 30 year old 203cm forward from Tampa, Florida that is playing his sixth season for BG Karlsruhe. He played at Tampa (NCAA2) from 2004-2008 and in his senior year played 30 games: 18.7ppg, 11.0rpg, 1.6apg, 1.1bpg, 1.5spg, FG: 49.3%, 3Pts: 30.8%, FT: 72.1%. He turned professional in 2008 and since then has always played in Germany except two seasons ago where he played for AB Contern (Luxembourg-Total League) 4 games: 12.8ppg,... [read more]
Jeremy Black (203-C-85, college: Tampa, agency: Court Side) is a 30 year old 203cm forward from Tampa, Florida that is playing his sixth season for BG Karlsruhe. He played at Tampa (NCAA2) from 2004-2008 and in his senior year played 30 games: 18.7ppg, 11.0rpg, 1.6apg, 1.1bpg, 1.5spg, FG: 49.3%, 3Pts: 30.8%, FT: 72.1%. He turned professional in 2008 and since then has always played in Germany except two seasons ago where he played for AB Contern (Luxembourg-Total League) 4 games: 12.8ppg, 10.3rpg, 1.8apg, in Nov.'14 moved to BCKE Wallabies (Switzerland-LNB). He also played two seasons for Science City Jena. Last season with BG Karlsruhe he played 21 games averaging 11.4ppg, 8.3rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 56.2%, 3PT: 17.6%, FT: 61.5%. He spoke to eurobasket before the season opener in Rhondorf against the Dragons.
Thanks Jeremy for talking to eurobasket.com. You are playing your sixth season for BG Karlsruhe. What is missing most in Karlsruhe that could almost substitute it with Tampa as home? Karlsruhe is my new home base. I can always go back home but what I miss most is my family and the food!
Except for a short stay in Luxemburg two seasons ago, you seem to always come back to Karlsruhe. What is most appealing about the organization and city that makes you want to return? Yeah, Karlsruhe is and always will be special to me. I came here not expecting much but I got way more than I can bargain for. The city is awesome besides the never ending construction. The people who I've came in contact with while being here have been nothing short of amazing.
When looking back at this season's roster, for me BG Karlsruhe seems just a tad weaker than last season. How do you summarize this seasons roster in comparison to last season? I think last year's team we had more veterans who led the team, while this year's team we have a few vets and will rely more on our younger German players.
BG Karlsruhe lost key guys like Marcus Smallwood, Rouven Roessler and Hayden Lescault, but gained top Pro B player Ricky Easterling, center Anton Kvarnoski and Kenny Fluellen. How will this season's team be different in playing style in comparison to last season?
I don't think it would be much of a difference! We will still let our defense dictate our offense! We will push the tempo for quick easy baskets, when we can and when we can't, we will run our plays.
How much will you miss big man Marcus Smallwood and how is the game of Anton Kavarnoski different than of Smallwood?
Marcus was a great teammate and a competitor. He was one of the key reasons why we were successful last year and we played really well together. Anton is more than capable of replacing him. Anton I think is the best shooting big man in the league and he is capable of posting up and putting the ball on the floor and attacking the basket.
What do you see as being BG Karlsruhe's biggest strength on the court this season? I think our defense will be our focus and let that dictate our offense and how we control the game.
What BG Karlsruhe German do you see as having the biggest chance of having his breakthrough season? Aaron Schmitz or Andrej Schmidt
Ricky Easterling is considered the best Pro B player. How thrilled are you to have him on your side and will he continue to be as dominating or perhaps become more of a playmaker?
How can you not be excited to have a player like Ricky join your team? I think you will see him doing both. He knows the game and our team well. He has the experience to know what our team needs him to be at a given time.
Have you ever seen a more deadly mid distance shot than his? Will the day come when he can blindly hit that shot? Haha in this league honestly not; I think its no different than having multiple defenders contesting his shot and him being capable of consistently knocking it down.
You have had very consistent stats throughout your career. Now at 30 where do you see your game going as you get older?
I think I'm still improving. At this point in my career, everybody knows what I can and can't do. I strive each day to get better. I have the experience to know how best I can help my team achieve success.
The next opponent are the Dragons Rhondorf. They are back in the Pro B after a horrible Pro A season where they only mustered two wins. What kind of game can we await in the season opener? The first game of the season is always tough to measure. Rhondorf and my team both want to start the season on the right track. I think both teams have a lot to prove so I think it will be a defensive battle.
If you had to construct your own NBA Rushmore and chose 4 NBA heads which best four would you pick? Michael Jordan, Tim Duncan, Kobe Bryant and Lebron James
Now that Lebron finally brought an NBA title to the Cavs where does this further NBA title put him against the best that ever played the game?
LeBron is definitely a top five player in the history of the game. Players and game itself has changed a lot over the years. LeBron still has years to play and I think his point in history should be judged when he is done playing the game or he gets three rings in a row just make his case while still playing
What was the last movie that you saw? The Good Neighbor.
Virgil Matthews (188-PG-83, college: Montana) is a 33 year old 188cm guard from Federal Way, Washington that is playing his tenth professional season and third with BV Chemnitz. Last season for BV Chemnitz he played 33 games averaging 12.6ppg, 6.1rpg, Assists-2 (7.6apg), 1.6spg, FGP: 55.5%, 3PT: 34.5%, FT: 75.2%. He played at Montana (NCAA) and in his senior year played 31 games averaging 10.1ppg, 4.6rpg, 4.0apg, 1.7spg, FG: 49.8%, 3PT: 48.4%, FT: 76.1%. In 2006-2007, he turned profession... [read more]
Virgil Matthews (188-PG-83, college: Montana) is a 33 year old 188cm guard from Federal Way, Washington that is playing his tenth professional season and third with BV Chemnitz. Last season for BV Chemnitz he played 33 games averaging 12.6ppg, 6.1rpg, Assists-2 (7.6apg), 1.6spg, FGP: 55.5%, 3PT: 34.5%, FT: 75.2%. He played at Montana (NCAA) and in his senior year played 31 games averaging 10.1ppg, 4.6rpg, 4.0apg, 1.7spg, FG: 49.8%, 3PT: 48.4%, FT: 76.1%. In 2006-2007, he turned professional and came to Germany and played for KICKZ Muenchen Basket (Germany-2.Bundesliga) playing 29 games averaging 18.0ppg, 6.1rpg, 5.2apg, 2.6spg, 2FGP: 57.3%, 3FGP: 31.8%, FT: 66.5%. In 2007-2008, he played for Tacoma Jazz (IBL). In 2008-2009, he returned back to Germany and played for Schwelmer Baskets (Germany-Regionalliga). In 2009-2010, he played for Olympia Reign (IBL) playing 28 games averaging 23.1ppg, 7.2rpg and for Seattle Aviators (NABL).In 2010-2011, he played his first season for Erdgas Ehingen playing 32 games: 11.6ppg, 5.3rpg, 3.6apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 57.6%, 3PT: 29.4%, FT: 71.3%. He would play until 2014 with Ehingen playing 126 games with three seasons in the Pro A and one in the Pro B. He spoke to eurobasket after the season opening win in Erfurt against Gotha.
Virgil thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. The new season kicked off tonight with a road win against Gotha. What do you believe is most fascinating about this derby? Gotha fans have their own way of supporting their team and they are very loud and do a good job. Combining that with the great fans of Chemnitz makes a great derby.
Congrats on the exciting 74-72 victory. What a great start to the new season with such a close finish. Is this a further token how competitive the German pro A will continue to be this season? I think the Pro A is always pretty competitive it doesn't get the credit it deserves I think, but yes I think this season will be very competitive.
Gotha scored 21 points in the first quarter, but Chemnitz came roaring back heightening their point production with 22 and defended better letting Gotha only 14 points. What do you believe was the biggest difference at halftime between the two scores besides the 40-35 score? I think we just got settled in a bit the big stage is always something new for guys and it takes a minute to get back to being who you are and I think we did that after going down early.
BV Chemnitz had started off very well in the third quarter and had a double digit lead , but led only 58-52 after three quarters due to being held scoreless in the last three minutes. Are these the type of phases that can be avoided as the season carries on and the team knows it's self even better on the court? There will always be runs in games we have to make sure to continue to make good plays when teams make runs, which will in turn get us good shots and hopefully help us set up defense on the other end which should help make an 8-0 run to an 8-4 run which is a big difference.
You had 11 of the 17 BV Chemnitz points in the third quarter. Did coach Pastore give you more of the green light or did you feel the need to step up more? Coach never tells anyone not to shoot. I just made my first shot out the half and so I felt good and was open so I shot. Everyone on our team can help in multiple ways at that time I guess scoring just fell my way, not usually my thing to score big but it happens.
After Sam Parker hit a huge three pointer to cut the BV Chemnitz lead to 71-70,BV Chemnitz held their nerves and won the game with Carter and Ziegenhagen free throws, What biggest asset on the defensive end got you the win in crunch time? Just sticking to the game plan and they missed shots, I mean they had an open look to win the game sometimes you just got to be lucky.
What was your overall impression of team Gotha that reached the semi-finals last season. They have big ambitions in Gotha. In what direction is this team going and where will their journey end on the court?
They are a good team, but so are we so I hope that showed last night, we have our own aspirations and goals too we just focus on us.
BV Chemnitz Kept Gotha to 72 points. Do you see BV Chemnitz being able to win many games this season when you keep opponents to 75 points or under? Is Chemnitz a team that offensively will be able to score 80 points a game?
I think 70 is always a good defensive goal so they were over that. We have a talented team though so we will see how many teams hold us under 70 so we feel good when we hold teams to 70.
You led BV Chemnitz with 22 points and was the most effective player on the court. Your obviously a veteran that has known for years when you need to score and when playmaking is needed mostly, but could scoring be needed more this season from you in the BV Chemnitz offense? I felt I was playing awful in the preseason so it just felt good to see the ball go in. I think some games the team will need me to score, others just to lead, others to facilitate, I just do whatever is necessary.
Your 33 now. Is your biggest goal this season to win the Pro A title? Haha my goal is just to make it through the season. Kidding the goal is always a title.
Last season you had a triple double against the Bayer Giants Leverkusen and just missed one with 11,9,17 against Nurnberg. Do you think that you might get one this season with the continued style that you play on the court? Its always possible, but I hope we won't need me to do that much, because our team is very good.
What has been your impression of American Chris Carter who was always a scorer at Florida Tech (NCAA2) and last season in the Ukraine. Do you see him continuing to be a scorer and carrying the team as a scorer? Chris has been great I think we play well together and I think the sky is the limit for him and he will definitely be one of the people carrying the team this season.
Talk a bit on new Germans Malte Zigenhagen who played in the BBL and Stefan Wess that won 2 Pro B titles with Oldenburg. Will these guy be consistent contributors in the Pro A this season? We expect them to they both are more than capable of being contributors to BBL teams so we expect them to have significant roles here in the Pro A.
Now that Lebron finally won the NBA title with his home twon team Cavs, where does he stand in the debate with Michael Jordan as the alltime best? He's right there with him. Lebron is something we will never see again the way basketball is going.
What was the last movie that you saw? Last movie I saw was War Dogs.
In Freak city Bamberg, one can tackle the difficult question about which player in the last 10 years had the most impact on their two dynasties, ex NBA player Casey Jacobsen or Brad Wanamaker, but one thing is for sure, the eight time BBL champion would have won far less titles had the club not had these two players aboard. Of course a team effort belongs to the success of a club, but these two players had a major impact on their teams. Granted a Jacobsen won 5 league titles in four and a... [read more]
In Freak city Bamberg, one can tackle the difficult question about which player in the last 10 years had the most impact on their two dynasties, ex NBA player Casey Jacobsen or Brad Wanamaker, but one thing is for sure, the eight time BBL champion would have won far less titles had the club not had these two players aboard. Of course a team effort belongs to the success of a club, but these two players had a major impact on their teams. Granted a Jacobsen won 5 league titles in four and a half years while a Wanamker won only two, but the American who head coach Sasa Obradovic once called one of the three best players to have ever played in the BBL played only two seasons with the team going two for two in league titles and now has headed to greener pastures in Turkey with Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul. Just how dominant would the Brose Baskets Bamberg have been this season and for the future if the club had miraculously been able to produce an extra crate full of cash to keep the Philadelphia native on board? In any case when Jacobsen retired in 2013 the Brose Baskets Bamberg were dethroned in 2014 by FC Bayern Munich and now with Wanamaker departed, will they be able to keep the new started dynasty alive? This season the Brose Baskets Bamberg don't have that dominant guard from nature on and off the court like a Wanamaker, but a very potent guard rotation of French national player Fabien Causeur, rookie Maodo Lo and Janis Strelnieks. All three have their own diverse talents with the French man's basketball IQ, drive and shooting, Lo's undeniable quickness and drive that is hard to stop as well as probably the best playmaker of the lot, and Strelnieks's dangerous shooting and ongoing basketball IQ. Bamberg will have one of the best guard rotation's in the league and even if they lost such a huge leader in a Wanamaker, the club has enough other players that will be able to slip into the role that Wanamaker once had. The question will be what player will be able and want to take over that responsibility? 'I think Bamberg is still the favorite. But losing Wanamaker is a big loss for them, similar like when Munich lost Delaney. It will be interesting how they compensate for this loss', stressed Phoenix Hagen assistant coach Steven Wriedt.
Last season the Brose Baskets were able to repeat as league champions, but were caught off guard losing in Munich in the cup semi-finals to FC Bayern Munich. They started off the season with two wins, then had an embarrassing loss in Giessen 81-80 which was a wakeup call preceding to win 23 of the next 24 games losing only in Frankfurt in a nail bitter 88-86. Since November 15th, 2015 where they lost in Frankfurt, they have only lost one more time in a shoot out in Oldenburg 102-97 and are still perfect in 2016 at home. Euroleague teams like Barcelona, Moscow and Piraus all left Bamberg understanding why playing in Freak City is a phenomenon. In the playoffs it was clear sailing for them as they swept Wurzburg, FC Bayern Munich and ratiopharm Ulm like a nasty tornado can the wayside in the prairies of Oklahoma. Their biggest strength last season was their immaculate sense of team play, team chemistry, ball movement that is similar to the San Antonio Spurs and a hard edged defense that kept teams under 70 points 22 times. Their offense is probably even more impressive than their defense as they nailed opponents with 80 points or more 37 times as teams got dizzy with the whipping around of the ball in the set offense. The Brose Baskets Bamberg were a well oiled team that made history reaching the Euroleague Top 16 and many said that last season's Brose Baskets Bamberg was one of the best teams ever.
This season it is no secret that the club wants to continue their success and keep collecting new titles the same way Jared Jordan has dimes in the BBL the last years. The club can't and won't have any other goals other than winning all national titles and reaching the Euroleague top 16 again and possibly going a step further this season by having some more fortune than last season in this competition. The club is deeper than last season and their goal like last season is too play total team basketball with a deadly ball movement and a defense that will make opponents go home wondering why they couldn't score 70 plus points. The club has another packed roster with guys that would start for any other BBL team except for maybe Yassin Idbihi. They have held on to 11 players and added three new players with Fabien Causeur, Maodo Lo and Vladimir Veremeenko and thus rounding out the leagues deepest roster. The club held on to ex Kentucky (NCAA) forward Darius Miller (203-G-90, college: Kentucky) who will be playing his third season with the team and last season played 39 games averaging 10.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.7apg, FGP: 54.8%, 3PT: 49.3%, FT: 88.9%; Euroleague: 24 games: 9.4ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 52.6%, 3PT: 40.3%, FT: 90.9%. He now fully concentrated on Bamberg with his NBA hopes on the back burner and he is the player that could slip into the Wanamaker leader role. Janis Strelnieks goes into his third season with the team and last season played 39 games: 11.1ppg, 1.9rpg, 3.3apg, FGP-3 (68.9%), 3PT: 43.4%, FT: 79.2%; Euroleague: 24 games: 9.8ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.3apg, FGP: 55.8%, 3PT: 40.4%, FT: 91.3%. The Latvian was known for the big shots in crunch time and his high shooting percentages from downtown proved his worth. After 5 years with EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (SerieA) where he developed nicely, Italian Nicolo Melli had his breakthrough last season with Bamberg playing 40 games averaging 9.4ppg, 5.1rpg, 2.6apg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 43.8%, FT: 76.0%; Euroleague: 23 games: 9.2ppg, 6.5rpg, 2.7apg, FGP: 47.5%, 3PT: 45.3%, FT: 81.5%. He was the team's unsung hero as his consistent inside/out play was vital for the success of the team. There was a reason why Bamberg brought in 16 time title winner Greek Nikos Zisis as his experience was the back bone of the team. Last season 2008 Euroleague champion with CSKA Moscow played 38 games averaging 9.3ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.7apg, FGP: 49.6%, 3PT: 36.5%, FT: 88.1%; Euroleague: 24 games: 10.1ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.6apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 38.8%, FT: 80.0%. 208 cm Croatian Leon Radosevic returns for a second season and last season played 32 games: 6.1ppg, 2.9rpg, FGP: 56.3%, FT: 81.5%; Euroleague: 19 games: 7.5ppg, 3.5rpg, FGP: 55.2%, FT: 71.2%. He came in November, but gave the club added stability inside and he had some huge games in the team's biggest wins of the season in the Euroleague against Piraus and Moscow where he steered 14 points in 16 minutes.
The club also kept their quintet of five Germans with Daniel Theis, Elias Harris, Patrick Heckmann, Lucca Staiger and Yassin Idbihi. The unending deepness of the Brose Baskets Bamberg continues with their potent German lineup as with Theis and Harris the club have the two best German power forwards ever on one team. Theis is going into his third season with Bamberg and continues to develop nicely and heightened his game from his first season playing 40 games averaging 10.7ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.2apg, Blocks-4 (1.4bpg), FGP: 67.4%, 3PT: 45.7%, FT: 75.4%; Euroleague: 24 games: 9.2ppg, 4.4rpg, FGP: 58.1%, 3PT: 38.9%, FT: 76.4%. He can do it all on the court and is simply a game changer on both ends of the court. Elias Harris reached the big show in the NBA which Theis hasn't so far, but the German is in the shadow of the ex Ulm player, but the ex Gonzaga player couldn't be more of a professional in that his good character has won over his ego as he has accepted the more limited role. Harris who played two NBA games with the Los Angeles Lakers and can always tell his grandchildren that he was teammates with Kobe Bryant last season played 35 games: 7.7ppg, 2.3rpg, FGP: 68.8%, 3PT: 46.2%, FT: 81.6%; Euroleague: 20 games: 4.6ppg, 2.4rpg. He has accepted his role and his job is too be as efficient as possible in the minutes he gets and he has been able to do that. He had his best stint in the 3-0 sweep of Wurzburg where he gave efficient a new meaning as he scored 14 points in 16 minutes, 15 points in 17 minutes and 21 points in 16 minutes. German national player Patrick Heckman is playing his second season with Bamberg. He was one of the team's biggest surprises last season as the ex Boston College player started on occasion and played 40 games: 6.9ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 61.9%, 3PT: 40.3%, FT: 77.7%; Euroleague: 23 games: 4.1ppg, 2.0rpg. He continues to develop and will get his minutes. Lucca Staiger is going into his second season with Bamberg and last season despite the heavy competition had a pretty solid season despite never knowing how much he would play. He played 39 games: 6.7ppg, 1.3rpg, FGP: 59.1%, 3PT-3 (52.9%), FT: 85.7%; Euroleague: 20 games: 2.7ppg. He had a 22 point game against BG Goettingen and 19 point games against Bonn and Crailsheim. His 52% shooting from the parking lot was the best in his professional career and he is always good for a big shooting game. Yassin Idbihi is the elder gentleman on the team at 33 and has won at least a title with each of the big three teams Alba Berlin, FC Bayern Munich and Bamberg. Last season in a very limited role he played 29 games: 2.6ppg, 1.4rpg; Euroleague: 13 games: 1.2ppg. The ex Buffalo (NCAA) center isn't concerned with minutes anymore, but just wants to keep collecting titles and enjoy the ride.
The club added three new players with Fabien Causeur, Maodo Lo and Vladimir Veremeenko. Causeur is a 29 year old 194cm guard that is a truly explosive player who is effective in putting the ball on the floor and getting to the basket. Thanks to size and solid body, he's also a good defender, even on taller opponents. He started his career at STB Le Havre (ProA) and then played at Cholet before moving to Laboral Kutxa Vitoria (Spain-Liga Endesa) where he played the last four seasons. Last season he played 24 games: 9.0ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.6apg, Steals-5 (1.5spg), FGP: 48.8%, 3PT: 34.9%, FT: 71.2%; Euroleague: 21 games: 10.3ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.0apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 48.9%, 3PT: 39.5%, FT: 81.0%. The French national player and two time France allstar has won only two professional titles and is hungry to add on more hardware with Bamberg. His experience will be vital to Bamberg and just how well he can slip into the Wanamaker role is to be seen. Maodo Lo is a 23 year old 190cm guard who can thank a strong season at Wilbraham & Monson Academy in 2011-2012 averaging 19.8ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.6apg for keeping his basketball career alive as the year before it seemed like his basketball career was going nowhere with the Central Hoops Berlin (2.Regionalliga). He moved to Ivy league school Columbia in 2012 and the rest is history. He had a strong four year career there, got NBA workouts and took the vacant spot of NBA player Dennis Schroeder in the German national team this summer leading the team to the 2017 European championships. As a senior at Columbia he played 35 games averaging 16.9ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.9apg, 2.2spg, FGP: 55.2%, 3PT: 37.4%, FT: 70.3%. Then he played at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (Pre-NBA Draft): 3 games: 5.7ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.7apg. Then he got valuable experience at the NBA Pro Summer League in Utah (Philadelphia 76ers): 2 games: 10.5ppg, 4.0rpg and at the NBA Pro Summer League in Las Vegas (Philadelphia 76ers): 5 games: 6.8ppg, 1.8rpg. After four years in the NCAA, he will have to adapt to the BBL and Bamberg style, but one that he should be able to handle with the strong roster and coaching staff to assist him. Vladimir Veremeenko is another player that brings valuable experience to the club as he is a 32 year old 208cm forward from Russia that was drafted by the Washington Wizzards in 2006 and played mostly in Russia, but also has played in Turkey and last season with Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia (Italy-Serie A, starting five): 37 games: 8.7ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 62.1%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 78.7%; Eurocup: 14 games: 7.0ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 62.9%, 3PT-1 (66.7%), FT: 70.0%. He may not be able to boast like a Zisis about winning 16 titles, but many players dream of winning 6 titles something he has accomplished. He has an all around game, but is very versatile on the floor and can play multiple positions.
The Fraport Skyliners have a massive negative record on the road in Bamberg going six years without a win until the Beko BBL playoffs 2010 where the club of Gordon Herbert won in game one 65-63. Who could forget the embarrassing 81-48 loss in 2007 which was the last game for Skyliner coach Charles Barton. In 2009-2010 the club won twice winning in the regular season 84-80 as the team was led by American point guard Aubrey Reese with 18 points. They won a second time in game four of the 2010 finals with a 69-56 win sending the 2010 BEKO BBL finals back to Bamberg as Alba Berlin American Derrick Allen led the charge with 19 points and seven rebounds. In the first meeting in 2010-2011, The Brose Baskets Bamberg were able to pull out a hard fought 71-62 win as they rallied from being down 60-55 and ended the game with a 16-2 run. Anton Gavel led all scorers with 19 points and Reyshawn Terry added 15 points. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were led by Dashaun Wood with 15 points, but he steered only two assists. Brad Buckman and Jimmy Mckinney chipped in with 10 points a piece. Bamberg was able to shoot over 40% from the field and outside while Frankfurt didnt have the touch from the three point line at only 29%. In the second game at home, Bamberg won easily 81-63. In 2011-2012, the Fraport Skyliners stunk up the Stechert arena with a degrading 97-63 loss. Julius Jenkins led Bamberg with 20 points while Jon Leuer produced 17 points and 14 rebounds. In the return game, the Fraport Skyliners gave a spirited effort winning in sensational style 76-68. Frankfurt had a strong 16-7 third quarter leading the team to the win. Jimmy Mckinney had 19 points while Marcus Slaughter had 15 points. In the 2012-2013 season in the first game, despite a strong first half by Frankfurt, Bamberg was able to prevail in the second half wining 76-67. Anton Gavel led Bamberg with 19 points and the ex NBA players Casey Jacobson and Bostjan Nachbar contributed 14 points a piece, while ex Skyliner Ted Scott produced 14 points. In the return game in Frankfurt, the Fraport Skyliners took apart Bamberg 77-64 as they were led by American Dawan Robinson with19 points, Ryan Brooks added 13 points and Zack Peacock 12 points. Bamberg was led by Anton Gavel with 22 points. Frankfurt did a superb job controlling the boards and showing their aggressive Katzurian defense. In their first meeting in the 2013-2014 season, the Brose Baskets Bamberg took apart the Fraport Skyliners 73-43 as Frankfurt had many injuries and many young players that had to take responsibility which is never easy in the hostle Bamberg environment. Bamberg was led by Elias Harris with 13 points, while Anton Gavel and Casey Jacobsen had 12 points a piece. The Fraport Skyliners were led by Konstantin Klein with 14 points. In the return game in Frankfurt, Frankfurt defended well keeping Bamberg to 64 points, but couldn't muster anything on offense scoring only 54 points. The Brose Baskets Bamberg were led by Americans Jamar Smith with 18 points and Rakim Sanders with 16 points. The Fraport Skyliners were led by Johannes Voigtmann with 15 points and Ramon Galloway steered home 13 points. In the 2014-2015 season the Brose Baskets Bamberg swept the season series winning 81-62 in Bamberg as they were led by Ryan Thompson with 14 points and Daniel Theis had 13 points while Frankfurt was led by Johannes Voigtmann with 18 points and Danilo Barthel had 11 points. Bamberg also won in Frankfurt 85-69 as they were led by Josh Duncan and Janis Strelnieks with 15 points a piece while Frankfurt was led by Danilo Barthel with 16 points and Johannes Voigtmann with 14 points.
Last season the Fraport Skyliners won in sensational fashion at home 88-86 as they had five guys score in double figures as Danilo Bathel had 23 points and Aaron Doornekamp had 22 points. Bamberg was led by the one and only Brad Wanamaker with 36 points in 36 minutes. In the return game in Bamberg, Bamberg got revenge winning 71-58 as they clamped down on defense and totally dominated the bench points 35-8. Bamberg was led by Janis Strelnieks with 18 points while Frankfurt was led by Jordan Theodore with 21 points while Aaron Doornekamp supplied 16 points. The Brose Baskets open the season at home against the Fraport Skyliners and go in with huge expectations. Losing is never in the equation, but most will be speculating how long their first win streak will last. The Fraport Skyliners have a mostly healthy roster and go in with some self confidence after giving a very spirited performance in the Fiba Intercontinental Cup where they were in it to the end against Guaros De Lara of Venezuela until a lack of experience cost them the game. Nobody is expecting any miracles in Bamberg as the team hasn't won there in six years, but just not getting creamed and letting the new youth program era reloaded 2,0 start with their development phase and the club will take it from there.
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