Eurobasket.com All-German Regionalliga South-East 1st Team 2013
Player of the Year: Yorman Polas (192-G/F-85) of Muenchen Domestic Player of the Year: Joerg Dippold (195-G-92) of TSV Troester Defensive Player of the Year: Chris Reinhardt (202-F-88) of Ansbach Bosman Player of the Year: Joseph Fuca (182-G-89) of Vilsbiburg Most Improved Player of the Year: Volker Lang (C) of Treuchtlingen Newcomer of the Year: Julius Wolf (202-F-93) of Muenchen B. II Co-Coach of the Year: Timo Fuchs of Baunach Co-Coach of the Year: Joerg Mausolf of Baunach
White Wings Hanau part company with head coach Hans Beth - Mar 9, 2013
The White Wings Hanau (2. Bundesliga Pro B) have parted company with head coach Hans Beth, the team announced. Beth worked for the White Wings since 2010 and guided the team to a 1. Regionalliga South-West championship and to promotion to the Pro B.
"It's not about Hans Beth, it's about the White Wings project. We have to exhaust all possibilities to stay in the league", manager Jens Gottwald stated [read more]
The White Wings Hanau (2. Bundesliga Pro B) have parted company with head coach Hans Beth, the team announced. Beth worked for the White Wings since 2010 and guided the team to a 1. Regionalliga South-West championship and to promotion to the Pro B. "It's not about Hans Beth, it's about the White Wings project. We have to exhaust all possibilities to stay in the league", manager Jens Gottwald stated. The Hanau team was named among the biggest favorites to win a Pro B championship this season after signing some high-caliber players in the summer. However, the White Wings fell short of living up to the high expectations and failed to qualify for the play offs. Beth coached the team to a 9-12 record this season, the White Wings are currently 9th in the Pro B South standings and will have to go to the start in the Pro B "play down" Beth's assistant Helmut Wolf will take over head coaching duties.
Travis Clark and Herzoege Wolfenbuettel determined to make final push for Pro B playoffs - Mar 1, 2013
In March 2012 it was do or die for the Herzoege Wolfenbuettel. On the last game day of the 2011-12 regular season they had to travel to SC Rist Wedel and both teams knew that only one of them would make the 2. Bundesliga Pro B playoffs - the team that would get away with the victory. In the waning moments of a close encounter the Dukes eventually fell short and had to skip the knockout stages. They don't want to let it happen again this year [read more]
In March 2012 it was do or die for the Herzoege Wolfenbuettel. On the last game day of the 2011-12 regular season they had to travel to SC Rist Wedel and both teams knew that only one of them would make the 2. Bundesliga Pro B playoffs - the team that would get away with the victory. In the waning moments of a close encounter the Dukes eventually fell short and had to skip the knockout stages. They don't want to let it happen again this year. "To get through the final stretch towards playoffs we just have to make sure we stick together", Herzoege forward/center Travis Clark (195-F/C, college: Lake Forest) said. On Saturday they will play BG Dorsten at home, a team that shares the same goal and situation. "No game from here on out is going to be easy and we have to come in with an edge right away like we are ten points down", Clark told Eurobasket.com. "Every team is going to be playing like there is nothing to lose, so we have to make sure we do the same, maybe more."
Clark is currently in his first season playing in Germany after graduating from Lake Forest College, a NCAA Division 3 institution in Illinois. He was a four-year starter on the Foresters' team, known for his consistency, tireless effort and for keeping the stats crew busy, being a major contributor in several statistical categories. He started all but two of his 94 games during his college career, finished as the Foresters' career leader in field goals made, field goal percentage, and blocked shots and ranks third in program history in career points. The Evanston, Illinois, native completed his senior season with averages of 18.0 points, 9.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.3 blocked shots and 1.7 steals per contest.
While he earned the reputation of a perennial double-double threat at the D3 level and received NABC Division 3 All-America 2nd Team honors, he had to switch back to freshman mode heading into his first year overseas. A new team, new teammates, a new coach, a new league, new gyms, new opponents, a new country, a new culture - a huge amount of facets to adapt to. But one thing remained almost untouched: "I didn't adjust my game a whole lot", Clark said. "Coming here, I did go from playing strictly center in college to playing more forward which has worked for me. It has given me more freedom to move around away from the ball to find the right space for shots, or to position myself for rebounds. Overall I think the transition was smooth."
Though considered small by Pro B standards for the forward/center spot, Clark is Wolfenbuettel's leading rebounder (7.9rpg) and shot blocker (1.0bpg). He is also scoring 13.1 points per outing and on account of his position needs to play bigger than his size. Not to mention that the Herzoege roster is short of size anyway. "I've played the forward/center position my whole career and being an undersized big man I had to realize I have advantages that some taller guys don't have", Clark said. "I am strong wide body which helps on the defensive end as well as a long wingspan that helps contesting shots. Offensively I would say I'm quicker than the taller, bigger big men in the league, so I use that advantage to go around them in the post or attack off the dribble some. Each opponent is different though, so I usually let the game come to me and go from there."
Both him and his teammate Lamonte Thomas spent their college careers at small schools, with Thomas being the leading scorer in all of Division 3 basketball last season. "It's nice to see another D3 guy play well over here", Clark said, "Coming from D3 we are the underdogs, not many people expect us to perform as well and doubt us. I personally use that as motivation. I know that I had to work twice as hard in some cases to get to where I am and it has benefited me so far. I would say it's difficult to land a spot, but it depends on your position as well. Being a D3 guy, you really have nothing to lose once you get over here, so you give it everything you have and play with a chip on your shoulder. "
After winning only four games before the christmas break, Wolfenbuettel turned things around in January and went from struggling to shining: "Winning the past 5 of 7 is huge for us", Clark said. "We got off to a slow start this season but are making a strong push for the playoffs. I think we finally realized our defense is what wins us games. We have a pretty quick team defensively and with the right intensity we get stops and then out in transition for easy baskets." That's where Lamonte Thomas excels. The former Johnson & Wales University scoring machine joined the Herzoege team during the season. Clark: "Lamonte Thomas was a real good pick up for us. He brought in the extra scoring we needed that we lacked early on in the season and he is probably one of the fastest guys end to end with the ball in our league."
Wolfenbuettel coach Benjamin Travnizek will need both Clark and Thomas to deliver their A games on Saturday against Dorsten. Clark wouldn't mind to get into some playoff action in his first year as a professional basketball player in Germany. That would add to the enriching overseas experience that he has had so far: "Off the court everyone is really nice around town and the fans show a lot of support. Also, its been nice to see things and places I haven't seen before. On the court, things are good too. After bouncing back from an early season injury I got into a good rhythm and just have been focused on winning and making the playoffs, so we have to keep it going for the next few weeks."
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