Bucket of Fun
Sunday provided some quality action from the German professional basketball league, the BEKO Basketball Bundesliga (BBL).
ratiopharm Arena, Ulm – Anton Gavel scored 30 points as the Brose Baskets from Bamberg escaped 85-83 in overtime over ratiopharm ulm. The win secured the three-time defending champs’ spot at the top of the league table.
Last year’s MVP John Bryant lead Ulm with 26 points and 11 rebounds, but it was not enough for the team that are looking to win the title this year, after getting swept in the Finals last year. The case in this game was the same as always when these two quality teams meet: Ulm can’t close the game.
The hosts were up 38-25 at the half, but allowed Bamberg to get back in, getting outscored 33-19 in the third quarter and giving up the lead.
But in the fourth, Ulm fought back and Bryant’s basket gave them a 66-62 lead with 3:16 left. But Gavel hit a trey and a couple of free throws to keep Bamberg close, trailing by one point 68-67. Dane Watts scored to give what Ulm thought would be the winning bucket, up 70-67. But John Goldsberry sent the game into the extra period by nailing a three-pointer from the corner.
The fireworks continued in OT as Casey Jacobsen hit a three-pointer to regain the lead at 78-77 and then followed up with a bucket to build a 80-77 lead. Keaton Nankivil gave the home side hope, answering with a long distance trey, it was tied once again, 80-80. But Gavel hit all of his free throws at the end, and the final shot for Ulm did not fall, giving Bamberg the victory once more.
The two will face each other again in league play on April 10th. Here’s hoping they meet again in both the Cup games, and in the playoffs like last year.
The Baskets travel to Lithuania for a Euroleague game against Lietuvos Rytas on Friday, and then host Phoenix Hagen next Monday, December 10th. Ulm will host Cholet Basket on Wednesday in the Eurocup competition, and travel to Franconia to play BBC Bayreuth on Sunday.
Project Pesic Sputters in Debut
O2 World, Berlin – Svetislav Pesic only took over the position as FC Bayern Basketball head coach five days ago, so to expect a complete turn around would be premature. But the new leader got a front row seat to what ails the team expected to battle for the title but as of yet, failed to live up to expectations.
Bayern killer Yassin Idbihi scored 20 points and ALBA Berlin held Munich scoreless during a crucial 11-0 run at the beginning of the 2nd quarter to build a lead and cruise to a 82-70 victory. The win helps Berlin keep pace with both Bamberg and Ulm, holding on to 3rd place with a 7-4 record.
Pesic made his debut against his former club but couldn’t figure out how to keep Bayern (5-6) from falling behind by 20 points midway in the third quarter after a DaShaun Wood three-pointer. Bayern did make a mini-run, led by Tyrese Rice who scored 14 points, but Berlin were intent on closing out the game.
Bayern will have another chance in front of a national TV audience to give their new coach his first win when they host the Telekom Baskets Bonn on Sunday, December 9th at 13:15 CET.
Berlin will host Unicaja Malaga in Euroleague play on Thursday, and then travel to Giessen to take on the LTi 46ers on Sunday.
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