Adam Waleskowski(MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg) The Frankfurt Game Was A Combination Of Every Genre Thrown In A Blender With The Lid Off And It Was Just An Emotional Roller Coaster
Adam Waleskowski is a 31 year old 203cm power forward that was born in Cape Girardeau in the United States that also has the German citizenship that is playing his first season for Ludwigsburg. He played at Florida St. (NCAA) from 2001-2005. He played at Erdgas Ehingen/Urspringschule (Germany-2.Bundesliga) from 2005-2007, but in the second half of the 2006-2007 season moved to Etendard de Brest (France-ProB, starting five): 18 games: 14.2ppg, Reb-3(8.3), 2.5apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 54%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 75.0%. In 2007, he recieved the German Citizenship and played for Besancon Basket Comte Doubs (France-ProB, starting five): 26 games: 14.0ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.3apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 55.8%, 3PT: 30.4%, FT: 70.6%. In 2008-2009, he played for JSF Nanterre (France-ProB), French League: 7 games: 7.6ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 59.5%, FT: 37.5%; left in Nov.’08, in Jan.’09 moved to Achilleas Kaimakliou (Cyprus-Division A, starting five): 11pts, 17reb, 1ast, 1steal, in April ’09 signed at Besancon Basket Comte Doubs (France-ProA): 4 games: 4.8ppg. In 2009-2010 he played for Achilleas Kaimakliou (Cyprus-Division A). In 2010-2011, he played for BG Goettingen (Germany-1.Bundesliga): EuroCup: 8 games: 3.6ppg, 2.1rpg, left in Feb. ’11; German League: 20 games: 8.1ppg, 3.4rpg, FGP: 56.9%, 3PT: 18.2%, FT: 76.7% In 2011-2012, he played for Pizza Express Apollon (Cyprus-Division A): 7 games: 6.4ppg, left in Dec.’11, in Mar.’12 moved to Astrum Levice (Czech Rep.-NBL): 9 games: 10.9ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 48.6%, FT: 76.5%; played also at Onyx Levice (Slovakia-Extraliga): 4 games: 4.3ppg.Last season he played for Sigal Prishtina (Kosovo-SuperLeague, starting five), in Jan.’13 signed at Duesseldorf Baskets (Germany-ProA): 24 games: 13.3ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 58.2%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 68.8% He spoke to German Hoops after the amazing 77-76 win against the Fraport Skyliners
Congrats to the amazing 77-76 win against the Fraport Skyliners. You played at Florida State and in many countries, but have you ever been a part of a game like that?
The first round against Fraport we had a similar game where we got down and had to fight our way back in. But, it has been a while since I have been in such a crazy game with such a crazy ending.
What did you feel like when the siren sounded? How long did it take you to understand not only what the team had done, but that you had won the game?
When the game ended I had a sense of relief. Fraport fought really hard and I think a lot of our fans thought the game was lost. We kept playing until the final buzzer and escaped by the smallest possible margin.
It seemed like there were so many stories in this game. If you could compare this to a movie that you have seen in your lifetime to what would it compare most to?
That’s a tough question, because movies usually have a genre like comedy, thriller, drama, sci-fi, etc. This game was a combination of every genre thrown in a blender with the lid off. It was just and emotional roller coaster.
The Fraport Skyliners were up eight with a few minutes to go. It seemed like that they had had control of the game. How confident were you and the team that you guys could make a miraculous comeback at the end?
We made a conscious effort to keep pushing the ball quickly up the court to try and draw a foul or get a quick basket. We knew that if we kept attacking them on offense and either making them work on defense or put them on the free throw line we could still have an opportunity to come back and win.
The action of the game was the technical foul to Quantez Robertson pushing Coby Karl to the ground. Skyliner players that were in the huddle were certain there was flopping. How did you see the play? It seemed like an invisible Shaq had turned up on the court and by the way Karl fell back it could have only been a big guy like Shaq making a player fall back so hard. Lol
It was a really crazy stretch of events. I didn’t get a good look at what happened live because I was trying to huddle our guys up to get the strategy down. Next thing I saw was Coby on the ground. It was a tough decision for the referees to make. I’m just glad that I wasn’t in their position.
Do you think this was the turning point of the game. Did this play occupy the minds of the Fraport Skyliners which enabled Ludwigsburg to get a special type of momentum?
It was definitely a turning point. But I don’t think it was just the referees handing us the game. Coby did miss one of the two free throws after Galloway made his two. We were down three points with 8 or so seconds left when they put Coby back on the free throw line. So, they were definitely in the driver seat, but after that I think it was the hand of God. LOL
Explain your last second shot tying the game. Frankfurt had practiced FT rebounding all week, but couldn´t secure the last rebound. Was this harder work for you than it really looked like?
After Coby made the first free throw I was still in the mind set of making the second and fouling the inbound as quick as possible. Coby said he was going to miss the free throw. I lined up like a defense end and pushed my way in as much as possible without fouling. Shawn and I crossed as the ball came off the rim and Voigtmann was the first person to tip the ball, but luckily it hit off the backboard and I was able to grab it with my left hand. I knew the clock was running out so I tried to put it up on the glass as fast as possible and when I did Voigtmann hit my left elbow. It was a mix of hard work and luck that I was able to get the ball and finish it with the foul.
You had a great game with 24 points and 11 rebounds. If you look back on your career, where would you rank this game in all your games?
This is definitely one of my top performances. If felt great to finish it off in such a fashion that would make a memory of a lifetime.
Do you tip your hat to the Fraport Skyliners on how a team with so many injured players and Pro B players can turn up such a great performance like that? What German player are you most impressed by?
Of course, for a team that has struggle through so many injuries and inexperience, they played as strong as any team in this league. I was impressed at how well Klein and Merz handled the ball against our pressure and Barthel is a very talented young German player with huge potential.
What are your 2014 NCAA tournament favorites and sleepers?
Syracuse has been strong all season and I am hoping my Seminoles can creep in the dance and stir it up.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Zero Dark Thirty.
Thanks Adam for the chat.
Jermel Kennedy is a 24 year old 201cm forward from Toronto Canada that is playing his first season in the German Pro B with TV Langen. He started his basketball career in 2008 with Iowa Central Community College (NJCAA) playing 26 games: 4.3ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP:47.3%, FT: 57.1%. In 2009-2010, he played for Volunteer State Community College (NJCAA) playing 27 games: 11.7ppg, 8.2rpg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 26.0%, FT: 83.0%. He finished his college basketball career at Lander in 2012 playing two seasons there and as a senior played 27 games: 11.0ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.2spg, FGP: 66.1%, FT: 70.5%. Last summer he was drafted by Moncton Miracles (NBL Canada,1rd(6)). He spoke to German Hoops after the 62-61 win against Hanau.
Congrats on the 62-61 win in Hanau. How good did it feel beating on eof the top Pro B teams in their living room?
Appreciate it Miles it felt great they had a nice crowd and the game atmosphere was perfect. It was only right we beat up on them a little bit.
It was a pretty low scoring game. TV Langen had given up 58 points twice during the regular season. Was giving up 61 points a tribute to being how prepared now for the upcoming playoffs on the defensive end?
Coach Thomas did a great job of preparing us. We knew what they were doing most of the game we just needed to capitalize on the offensive end when we got the stops we wanted.
TV Langen was up 36-28, but Hanau roared out to 25 points in the third quarter. What was key for Hanau getting a better rhythm on offense?
They took more advantage of their size and was getting the ball to their bigs around the rim I was in foul trouble between this stretch of time so Thomas kept me on the bench
TV Langen was down 61-56 with 3.33 minutes to play and Hanau never scored again and TV Langen closed out the game with a 6-0 run. How proud were you of the team to really stick out crunch time and take it at Hanau on the defensive end?
I was extremely proud that we kept our heads and didn’t lose sight of the opportunity to win the game it was rough but we got through it.
You scored the last two buckets of the game. After a timeout you won the game with 11 seconds to play. Describe that last play? Was it designed for you or was it just the guy that had the best option?
Well the play was actually designed for Woody to make something happen and that he did he told me prior to the play that I would be open if I cut to the rim and sure enough that’s what happened and I got the easy dunk to end it.
When I say 9-7 for Martins Woody, do you know what I mean? Well this stat stands for how many games each guy led the team in scoring. How ready are you guys for the post season? Is there still enough energy in your gas tanks?
Well I guess I’m catching up if your keeping count I never noticed and I think we will be just fine we have a lot of momentum going into the playoffs. I’m sure fatigue will not play a role
TV Langen enters the playoffs with a four game winning streak and will play Oldenburg. Is there any area where the team will really focus on in preparation for this team?
We haven’t discussed about them as yet and I haven’t watched film on them either but we will handle them like anyone else we play
How pleased have you been with your rookie season in the German Pro B? If you had to give yourself a grade what would you give yourself?
I’m feel like my grade would probably a C pretty average nothing special I feel like I could have contributed much more in certain areas and I’ve failed to do so. So yeah I’m not pleased
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Blood and Bone.
Thanks Jermel for the chat.
Coby Karl Was Mowed Down By A Seemingly Invisible Shaq Leading To The Shocking Adam Waleskowski Game Ending Winning Shot Propelling Ludwigsburg Past Frankfurt 77-76
The number six has been present in the minds of the Fraport Skyliners in the last weeks as injuries and consecutive loses go hand in hand like Gold Medals and snow storms for citizens of the country Russia. Currently going into the next game in Ludwigsburg, the 2000 Beko BBL cup winner and 2004 Beko BBL champion has lost six games in a row and were still seeking their first victory in 2014. Winning six of seven games in a span from the middle of November to the end of December seems as ancient as remembering the last game Fraport Skyliner captain Marius Nolte played. The number six also has to do with the most number of injured players that Frankfurt has had out this season as they played in Oldenburg and almost won. One has to also mention that since the last game that Andy Rautins played was at home in the win against Vechta. Since then the club has only lost and there has been speculation that the ex NBA player might not even return back this season after having gone to the States to see medical specialists. The Fraport Skyliners already had one phase during this current losing streak where they had two weeks off between games, but couldn´t pull out the win in Oldenburg. Coming in Ludwigsburg, they had their second two week period off between the last loss in Bonn and wanted to make better use of the long preparation against John Patrick and co. The Fraport Skyliners with continued injured players on their game plan menu strutted into Ludwigsburg as motivated to finally break their long winning drought as Jason Collins is too show the world that he still has the basketball brute in him getting a 10 day contract from the Brooklyn Nets, wrestler Jake the snake Roberts telling a national TV audience “If the devil can’t defeat me, cancer doesn’t stand a chance in hell”, or singer Chris Brown getting through 90 days of anger management rehab school.The Fraport Skyliners prepared for the Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg with a week of team building and intense practices on the Spanish island of Mallorca, but weren´t rewarded, but moreover heartbroken losing a nail bitter at the end in Ludwigsburg 77-76. Despite the bitter loss, the Fraport Skyliners were able to take many important basketball ingredients from Mallorca which was already incorporated into their game in Ludwigsburg. “The trip to Mallorca was important and we needed to to get away.We connected as a team. We stepped up as individuals in our play which carried over to the team as a whole”, stressed Fraport Skyliners guard Ramon Galloway. After the loss, Fraport Skyliners head coach Gordon Herbert exited the locker room with his hair standing up as if he had seen a ghost on the court and was also positive about the Mallorca training camp results up to that last play. “We came together as a team in Mallorca. We focused on roles and goals and team building. I think we made strides with that, but we worked also much on free throw defense, but it didn´t help us at the end with the Waleskowski bucket which is just frustrating”, commented Canadian Gordon Herbert.
The Fraport Skyliners entered the game riding a six game losing streak and were still winless in 2014. Especially in the last six games, they played very well against the Artland Dragons, EWE Baskets Oldenburg and Mitteldeutscher BC games they could of won and would be a lot higher in the Beko BBL standings and in Ludwigbsurg, the Fraport Skyliners played another very solid and spirited game and had a healthy eight point lead in the down stretch of the fourth quarter, but then let it get away as it was the little things like getting fouls, missing free throws and not controlling important defensive rebounds. Fraport Skyliner heart and soul Marius Nolte made his comeback after missing six months due to injury and one could feel the sadness in his voice and observe wet eyes as he was trying to explain what he had just witnessed at the end of the game. “We are all very sad now. You couldn´t have written a better script and we deserved to win this game. We were up by three points with five seconds and to give the win away hurts. We had a good chance to win this, but Waleskowski became the hero of the game. It was nice to be back on the floor and the last game I played was the last game of last season against Ludwigsburg. I had a tough injury, but was ready to help again. We really played very well on offense and defense in the second, third and fourth quarters. We had much energy and were able to distribute the scoring on many shoulders. Even if we had many injuries, we didn´t come to Ludwigsburg to get slaughtered. We played great team basketball and that is something that we want to build on”, warned ex Paderborn center Marius Nolte.The MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg entered the game in eighth place with a 5-3 record in 2014, but were coming off a bitter loss in Weissenfels last weekend. However the club had great memories of the last home win two weeks ago against 8 time Beko BBL champion Alba Berlin and were motivated to win again, but met a very scrappy Frankfurt team and let them take control of the game in the fourth quarter, but some how stayed together as a team and dug themselves out of the hole to somehow preserve the win. 2010 Eurochallenge winner John Patrick was as always soft spoken after the game, but one sensed that he was more than relived that the basketball god seemed to be on his side at the end more than with the Faport Skyliners and had much respect for the spirited effort from the 2004 Beko BBL champion as well as their physicality. “Frankfurt clearly played better than we did It was nice seeing Marius Nolte back on the court. I was very impressed by the Frankfurt guards Konstantin Klein and Max Merz who played very good defense. I thought that Frankfurt was more physical than we were. Frankfurt pushed us around and we were way to soft against an aggressive team. We were playing too much with slapping hands and simply too undisciplined and sloppy. We were very lucky at the end”, expressed Ludwigsburg head coach John Patrick.
The MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg came out roaring out of the start gate going on a 5-0 run as Ohio native Adam Waleskowski got hot nailing a three pointer and ex NBA player Coby Karl hit two free throws. American Ramon Galloway got the Fraport Skyliners on the board testing his 17% three point percentage getting his self confidence going which would help him throughout the game hit more big shots. However Ludwigsburg had found their rhythm rapidly as the basket from downtown seemed as big as the sea as they put on a shooting clinic as Coby Karl who played 23 NBA games connected as did Waleskowski two more times as Frankfurt trailed 14-7. Ludwigsburg also mixed it up a bit getting their inside game inserted as ex Florida State forward Waleskowski scored on a left handed shot and ex Bayreuth forward Gary Mcghee spun around Dane Watts and scored on an easy lay up. Ludwigsburg got five team fouls early and Frankfurt took advantage of it as German Max Merz made three free throws as Frankfurt trailed only 18-13. However Ludwigsburg kept having an answer on offense as German/Croatian Mario Stojic who played nine years in the Spanish ACB and 324 games hit form outside as Ludwigbsurg led 21-13. After a pair of Watts free throws, it was Michael Stockton who found some day light and scored inside with his left hand. The MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg led 24-15 after one quarter. “Ludwigsburg had a great start as Waleskowsi was hot, but they then settled down a bit. Patrick plays a physical game, but the referees didn´t go with it and called many fouls which resulted in us getting to the free throw line early”, said Oklahoma native Jacob Burtschi. The MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg were shooting 47% from the field and 63% from outside while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 30% from the field and 33% from outside. Frankfurt had the 9-6 rebound edge, but four turnovers while Ludwigsburg had only one turnover.
In the second quarter, both teams stepped up their defense as fewer points were scored, but the Fraport Skyliners still had problems getting their offense going. Quantez Robertson who had been quiet offensively in the first quarter tested his miserable 9% three point shooting percentage nailing a three pointer. Ex Wake Forest stand out Calvin Harris responded with a pull jumper. He was only a shadow of his brilliant game he showcased in Frankfurt in the first half of the season as he attempted only one shot the whole game. Despite Frankfurt stopping Ludwigsburg on seven of the first eight possessions in the second quarter, they could hardly make any ground as they only got Danilo Barthel free throws and were trailing 26-20. After a Keaton Grant jumper, Danilo Barthel followed with a monster stuff on Washington native Michael Stockton. Frankfurt had problems making free throws as Klein and Nolte left two free throws on the rim. Shawn Huff who had four offensive rebounds got an offensive rebound and put back for the 30-23 Ludwigsburg advantage. Frankfurt then went on a 5-0 run to cut the Ludwigsburg lead to 30-28. German Konstantin Klein took control penetrated with authority and scored in traffic and nailed the free throw. Johannes Voigtmann then connected on his bread and butter the 15 footer. Waleskowski then ended the second quarter with his fourth three pointer of the game as the MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg went into the break with the slim 33-28 lead. “We picked it up on defense limiting them to one shot and not allowing any easy penetration. However we did allow a few offensive rebounds and points on the rotations”, stated ex Phoenix Hagen forward Jacob Burtschi. The MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg were shooting 35% from the field and 50% from the three point line while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 29% from the field and 20% from the three point line. Frankfurt had the 19-18 rebound edge, but had eight turnovers while Ludwigsburg had four turnovers.
In the third quarter, the MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg took a lead again, but the Fraport Skyliners rallied tying the game and only trailing by one point after three quarters. American Ketaon Grant is always good for scoring in bunches and got Ludwigsburg out on a 5-0 run to start the third quarter hitting a three pointer and then a jumper as Frankfurt trailed 38-28. Frankfurt kept their game face on and kept chugging away at the lead as Robertson hit a three pointer and free throws as Frankfurt trailed only 38-32. Coby Karl was left open again and he penalized Frankfurt with a soaring rain bow shot as Ludwigsburg led 41-32. Despite the nine point lead, Frankfurt was never out of this game and shifted up a few gears to end the third quarter on a 16-8 run to trail only 49-48 after 30 minutes. Frankfurt clawed back going on an 8-0 run to trail only 41-40. Barthel finished in traffic, Robertson showed his calm hand from outside, then hit free throws as did Konstantin Klein. Karl then displayed his vast basketball IQ seeing Stockton in the corner of the eye strutting into the zone as he fed him from the base line for an easy bucket. Robertson then connected on another three pointer as he ran back on defense roaring as if he was Tez of the jungle as the game was dead locked at 43-43. Waleskowski then scored on a left handed runner, and Grant shot his fourth air ball of the game as Frankfurt came back on offense with a Marius Nolte lay in. Ramon Galloway then gave Frankfurt its first lead of the game with a jumper 47-45 shortly before the en d of the third quarter. Karl then once again showcased great eye work finding Grant open from the inbounds pass for a three pointer and 48-47 Ludwigsburg advantage. Klein and Karl then exchanged once free throw as Frankfurt trailed 49-48 after 30 minutes. “I don´t think that we made adjustments on defense in the second half, but just played better. We just buckled down and played very good one on one defense”, warned Ramon Galloway. The MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg were shooting 38% from the field and 43% from the parking lot while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting35% from the field and 29% from the parking lot. Frankfurt had the narrow 26-25 rebound edge, but 11 turnovers while Ludwigsburg had nine turnovers.
With an excess of fouls, technical fouls, air balls and other bizarre stories after 30 minutes to this game, one may not have thought that the game could get any more crazy as it did as each fan left the arena with their money´s worth as Frankfurt let a nice lead slip away and went home crushed. After being rather silent in the first three quarters and having scored only two points, Missouri native Dane Watts took matters into his own hands carrying the Fraport Skyliners on his own 8-0 run similar to his outburst in Oldenburg in his Skyliner debut. Watts started his run with a quick lay in after he split the defense getting a quick inbounds pass from Robertson, then nailed two three pointers in a row which quickly silenced the crowd as Frankfurt had their biggest lead of the game 56-49. However as one run was broken, a new one was started as Ludwigsburg retaliated with their own 7-0 run to tie the game at 56-56. Waleskowski started the run with a turn around left handed shot, Huff got a put back as his continued aggressive play on the offensive board paid dividends and Stockton hit free throws. Nolte and Stockton then traded buckets as the game remained tight at 58-58. Frankfurt then went on a 7-0 run taking advantage of the five Ludwigsburg team fouls and making all free throws from Klein and Galloway as Frankfurt led 66-58. After Karl and Stojic made free throws, it was Mr fourth quarter Dane Watts again hitting a three pointer as Frankfurt kept their comfortable lead at 69-61. With the clock winding down, it seemed like Frankfurt was on the verge of their first win in 2014 and some writers may already have been crafting their Frankfurt win titles, but Ludwigsburg kept fighting as Waleskowski made three free throws cutting the Frankfurt lead to 69-64. After Galloway and Karl traded free throws, it was Karl banging home a clutch jumper as all of a sudden there was life in the arena again as Frankfurt led only 71-68. Grant then hit a lay in cutting the Frankfurt lead to 72-70. Tez and Grant then traded free throws, but Frankfurt still led 74-72. Galloway then made free throws as Frankfurt led 76-72. At this point with 30 seconds to go and the win as sure in the pocket as FC Bayern Munich soccer team are doing in the Bundesliga since October 2012, the turning point came where Ludwigsburg closed out the game in extreme dramatic fashion with a 5-0 run to win 77-76. With Frankfurt in a huddle, Coby Karl interrupted and was brushed back by Robertson where Karl fell back as if Shaq had secretly entered the court and steamrolled the ex NBA player. “It was flopping for me. Karl came over to our huddle and Tez told him to leave and then Karl fell backwards as if Superman had pushed him. That call was unbelievable”, stressed Ramon Galloway. “I didn´t flop. Robertson pushed me. I don´t remember it being illegal to go over to a huddle. The video will show what happened”, stated ex Golden State Warrior Coby Karl. Karl then made one free throw and missed the next on purpose which was scooped up by Waleskowski for the putback and one free throw and 76-76 game. “I communicated with head coach John Patrick that is was best to miss the second free throw and go for the rebound. I told my wing players to go to the right and big men to the left. I was hoping for the rebound to bounce to the right, but it went to the left which Waleskowski got. He did an amazing job. We kept fighting and crazy things happen when you stick together”, warned Coby Karl. Waleskowksi nailed the free throw which gave Ludwigsburg the amazing 77-76 win. “We lost focus at the end. We were up by two with six seconds and it is inexcusable to lose like that and it was a very tough call to decide the game”, added Frankfurt head coach Gordon Herbert. “I have never been a part of a crazy game like this before. It was an unbelievable ending”, stated Ramon Galloway.
The MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg were led by Adam Waleskowski with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Coby Karl chipped in with 17 points and Keaton Grant with 14 points. The Fraport Skyliners were led by Quantez Robertson with 15 points. Dane Watts steered 14 points and six rebounds. Ramon Galloway chipped in with 13 points and Konstantin Klein had 12 points. It was a poor shooting night for both teams as Ludwigsburg shot 35% from the field and 37% from outside while the Fraport Skyliners shot 37% from the field and 32% from outside. Ludwigsburg won the rebound battle 40-37 and turnovers 10 to 14. One thing that Skyliner players have been doing rapidly in 2014 is finding positives after loses and there were good things that the Fraport Skyliners did that they need to continue to carry on into the next games. “We have to keep our team spirit up. We continue to show that we can play with the top teams. Our energy was very good and we played together and it felt better than usual”, warned Ramon Galloway.
Virgil Matthews(Erdgas Ehingen) If We Want To Be A Real Contender And A Playoff Team, Then These Are The Games Against Giessen You Have To Win Especially At Home
Virgil Matthews is a 30 year old 188cm guard from Federal Way, Washington that is playing in Germany in the PRO A for Erdgas Ehingen now in his fourth season. He played at Montana (NCAA) and in his senior year played 31 games: 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): 29 games: 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, starting five): 21 games: 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%. In 2011-2012 for Ehingen, he played 28 games: 11.4ppg, 3.9rpg, 3.8apg, Steals-3(1.9spg), FGP: 54.5%, 3PT: 42.1%, FT: 77.1%. Last season for Ehingen you played Erdgas Ehingen/Urspringschule (Germany-ProA, starting five): 33 games: 11.5ppg, 4.2rpg, 4.5apg, Steals-4(2.1spg), FGP: 57.3%, 3PT: 35.7%, FT: 70.5%. He spoke to German Hoops before the game against the Giessen 46ers.
Virgil thanks for talking to eurobasket.com again. Congrats on sweeping Science City Jena this season and winning the last game 85-82. How good does it feel sweeping this team that belongs to the top three teams?
Thanks! It feels good to win more so because of our place in the standings we are just trying to get as high as we can so we just try to win every game.
Out of the last seven games, Erdgas Ehingen have won three of seven games by only a combined total of seven points. How important is this ability to win close games at this juncture of the season where the playoffs are coming closer?
I think playing in close games and winning them are important most games in playoffs and late in the season will be close so its good to get those wins. The more you experience the situation the easier it becomes the more confidence you get.
So far Erdgas Ehingen is 0-3 against BG Goettingen and Crailsheim. You still have a chance to upset BG Goettingen. When you look at these two teams, what do you feel is missing in the game of Erdgas Ehingen to get you to that level?
We actually lost to both of them twice already. I don’t really know what it is we played Goettingen tough just couldn’t get over the hump, and both Crailsheim games were not good don’t know whats missing but we don’t see those teams in the near future so we don’t worry about that.
How has Ehingen current top scorer and combo guard Carlton Guyton and yourself made each other better throughout the season? You guys are often on the floor at the same time and seem to feed off each other very well.
I think we do feed off of each other we both are point guards so we do a good job of controlling the team. He probably makes me better more than I do him. Guarding him every day in practice is tough he is probably the toughest 1on1 guard in the league so it just lets me work on defense. For as much as we are on the court together we are mostly going head to head in practice.
With the season winding down, you are currently averaging 10,3ppg, 4,4rpg and 4,8apg. You continue to be a major force in steals. With the stretch run in full swing how happy have you been with your game? You are near 40% from outside and I am sure you want to get that back up in that range.
I’ve been ok with my game I haven’t been shooting the percentage I want from 3 or from the field but I’m actually feeling better about it coming down the stretch, but that 40% from 3 is a good goal to have.
The next game is against the Giessen 46ers who you lost to 82-75 in Giessen earlier this season. Ehingen lost the rebounding battle badly. What else do you remember from the loss?
They got out early on us we weren’t ready for their intensity on the boards that was a big deal. But I mean this game means a lot for both teams and if we want to be a real contender and a playoff team these are the games you have to win especially at home.
Lebron James recently scored 61 points. Do you think any of the other top players in the NBA will break Kobe Bryants 81 points in the future?
I don’t think 81 will be happening soon 81 is a lot of points when you think about it, its crazy!
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Watched a classic, Snatch with Brad Pitt.
Thanks Virgil for the chat.
Brian Qvale(medi bayreuth) Phoenix Hagen Can Score A Lot Of Points In A Hurry So We Will Need To Slow Down Their Weapons On Offense
Brian Qvale is a 24 year old 210cm center from Williston, North Dakota that is playing his first season in the Beko BBL with Medi bayreuth. He played at Montana (NCAA) from 2007-2011 playing a total of 116 NCAA games and in his senior year played 32 games: 14.9ppg, 8.8rpg, 3.0bpg, FGP: 62.6%, FT: 64.5%. In 2011-2012, he started his professional basketball career with Aliaga Petkim (Turkey-TBL): 32 games: 8.9ppg, 4.4rpg, FGP: 56.5%, FT: 58.3%. Last season he played for : Belfius Mons-Hainaut (Belgium-Ethias League, starting five): 31 games: 9.8ppg, Reb-4(6.1rpg), Blocks-2(1.1bpg), FGP-2(65.3%), FT: 66.7%; EuroChallenge: 6 games: 13.3ppg, 9.7rpg, 1.0apg, 1.7bpg, FGP: 71.1%, FT: 57.1%. He spoke to German Hoops before the game against Phoenix Hagen
Congrats on the 82-70 win against SC RASTA Vechta. How thrilling was it getting a huge win in the fight to stay in the league and was this the best season effort of the club?
Thank you, beating Vechta was a huge win for us. It gives us confidence, puts us in a much better spot in the standings than if we would have lost, and it was great to win a game and give something back to the fans and community who support us.
Medi bayreuth had a nice lead going into the fourth quarter, but SC RASTA Vechta made a run which is always typical in basketball. Did medi bayreuth get a bit tired or just lose focus a bit in closing out the game?
We did not finish the game as strong as we could have. We held on for the win but coach made sure to tell us that we did an awful job of closing out the game and we need to finish the game stronger next time.
Medi bayreuth played extreme strong team basketball. Did the team follow the game plan 100% or did Michael Koch make adjustments in comparison to the last game that you guys were able to transform into good team basketball?
Coach always makes adjustments based on who we play each game so we can try to use our strengths and expose their weaknesses and I think we did a good job of executing last game.
What has been your impression of new guard DJ Seeley. What does he give the team now that William Conroy couldn´t give Bayreuth?
They are both good players, Will is more of a penetrating player and DJ can shoot well from anywhere on the court. DJ has helped us and will continue to help us, he is a good all around player.
Point guard Kevin Hamilton had a huge game with nine assists. Did you know that he could dunk so well? Or has he pull out some dunk gems in practice?
I have known all season that Kevin can dunk easily, maybe he just saves his dunks for big game situations!
What memories do you have of the 82-76 medi bayreuth loss in Hagen early in the season? Burrell had a huge game while David Bell poured in 23 points.
I remember being up by double digits in the 3rd quarter and them getting on a hot streak. They can score a lot of points in a hurry and are a dangerous team.
This is another do or die game in Bayreuth. Will the arena be even louder than against SC RASTA Vechta? What will be key in getting the win?
I hope the fans will be packed into the arena and excited for the game as they always are! We will need to take care of the ball against their aggressive defense and then try to slow down their weapons on offense by playing solid defense and getting back in transition.
Lebron James recently scored 61 points. Do you think he will ever be able to break the 81 points of Kobe Bryant?
Yes, I think anything is possible for Lebron James.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Thanks Brian for the chat.
Larry Gordon(Phoenix Hagen) I Just Feel Like Some Teams Have The Ability To Throw Them Off Their Game And Are Not Caught Up With The Fact That They Are FC Bayern Munich
Larry Gordon is a 26 year old 196cm forward that is playing his second season in the German Beko BBL for Phoenix Hagen. Last season for Phoenix Hagen he helped the team reach the playoffs playing 37 games: 12.7ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 52.9%, 3PT: 43.0%, FT: 83.2%He played at Cal Poly Pomona (NCAA2) from 2005 to 2009 playing a total of 116 NcAA2 games. In his senior year, he played 33 games: 15.7ppg, 10.4rpg, 2.0apg, 1.7apg, FGP: 53.8%, 3PT: 38.5%, FT: 75.7%. He was a CCAA Player of the Year and NCAA D2 Finalist in 2009. In 2009-2010, he came to Europe as a rookie and played for Landstede Basketbal Zwolle (Holland-Eredivisie, starting five): 36 games: 14.0ppg, 8.1rpg, 1.8apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 48.3%, 3PT: 33.7%, FT: 75.8%. He played for ECE Bulls Kapfenberg (Austria-A Bundesliga) the last two seasons and in his last season played 38 games: 14.7ppg, Reb-3(8.4rpg), 1.8apg, FGP-3(65.2%), 3PT: 36.2%, FT: 77.1%. He spoke to German Hoops before the game against medi bayreuth.
Phoenix Hagen suffered a tough 82-76 loss at home against FC Bayern Munich last weekend. How much pain was it being able to stay with them for 30 minutes, but then not being able to close out the game?
It was a bad feeling, we had them beat. But with good teams like them you have to do something extra to Win
Phoenix Hagen was up by two points going into the fourth quarter, but allowed FC Bayern Munich to go on a run. What was key for FC Bayern Munich pulling out the road win?
They started to hit shots and calls starting going their way towards the end
We have talked about rebounding in the past and against FC Bayern Munich, Phoenix Hagen was outrebounded badly 36-23. FC Bayern Munich obviously have a beast with John Bryant patrolling the zone, but was it a lack of rebounding depth for Phoenix Hagen or Bryce Taylor that was key for the guests dominating the glass?
I mean they have a big team, it was no secret that they were bigger than us, so it was a tough rebounding night but we only got out rebounded by 9, I don’t think that is so bad
The competition has always been great in the Beko BBL, but as of recently FC Bayern Munich has lost to Artland and had tight wins against Tuebingen and Phoenix Hagen. Do you sense that teams are getting more comfortable to how FC Bayern Munich plays? Do you think that FC Bayern Munich is getting a bit tired through the Euroleague Schedule and will we see more tight Beko BBL games?
I just feel like some teams have the ability to throw them off their game and are not caught up with the fact that they are FC Bayern Munich. For us we just went out and played
The next game is against medi bayreuth. Phoenix Hagen hosted them in the second week of the season and beat them 92-86. What do you remember from that game? Ronnoe Burrell had a huge game as did David Bell.
We forced them into a lot of turnovers, shared the ball and made our free throws at the end
This is another do or die game for medi bayreuth. They are coming off a huge win against SC RASTA Vechta in Bayreuth. Phoenix Hagen travels to Bayreuth still in the playoff hunt. Can we expect a playoff type atmosphere and what will be key to winning the game?
I’m sure they have sense of urgency but we do as well. Like you said we are still in the playoff race and that’s the focus that matters, everything is doesn’t matter
Lebron James scored 61 points the other night. Do you see him breaking 81 points that Kobe Bryant once made?
No, Kobe is lethal scorer
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Thanks Larry for the chat.
Brian Harper(Eisbaeren Bremerhaven) We Just Have To Come Out And Try To Make Isaiah Swann Work For Everything He Gets And Stay Locked In On Him The Entire Game
Brian Harper is a 28 year old 206cm forward that is playing his first season for the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. Last season he played for TBB Trier (Germany-BBL, starting five): 33 games: 11.0ppg, 4.8rpg, FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 60.3%. He started off playing guard at 6’5″ at Paine and grew to 6’10″ and never changing positions. Brian’s a smooth shooting wing with explosive athleticism. He has tremendous lateral movement with a wing span of 7’4″. Brian is a talented ball handler. He adds an extra advantage as he utilizes his size to rebound over smaller defenders. He played at Paine(NCAA2) from 2003-2007. He turned professional in 2007 and played for Gimle BBK Bergen (Norway-1Div., starting five): 15 games: Score-3(25.1ppg), 8.3rpg, 1.7apg, 1.2spg, 2.0bpg, 2FGP: 52.9%, 3PT: 21.5%, FT: 66.3%. In 2008-2009, he played for KCC Egis (Korea-KBL, starting five): Korean League: 9 games: 15.1ppg, 5.6rpg, FGP: 55.0%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 76.7%; released in Nov.’08, in Feb.’09 moved to Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League): 8 games: 3.5ppg, 1.6rpg; in March ’09 signed at Reno Bighorns (D-League): 5 games: 1.2ppg. In the last three years, he played in Japan for Toyama Grouses (Japan-BJ League) playing a total of 102 games. Last season, he played 49 games: 16.3ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 54.4%, 3PT: 28.7%, FT: 61.3%. He spoke to German Hoops before the game against Braunschweig.
The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven sustained a tough loss in Bonn. It was the fourth close loss of the season. Does one ever contemplate where the team may be resting in the standings had you won those four games, or do you try not to dwell on it?
It’s always hard losing a close game like the one in Bonn. Like you said we’ve had a few close ones this season where we have only lost by a few points but we don’t have time to dwell on that. What’s important at this point in the season is that we learn from those situations and allow them to help us down the stretch.
Describe the last play of the game where Derrick Allen missed the last shot. Was the play designed for D.A or had their possibly had been an even better option on the floor?
We executed the last play exactly how we wanted and got a great look. Coach Oldham drew up a play and Derrick had a good look. When the game comes down to the wire like this one did all you can ask for is the kind of quality shot and were confident that the next one will drop.
What was your impression of new point guard Eugene Lawrence? Does he give the team a new added threat that Jared Jordan didn´t have?
Eugene Lawrence is a good point guard and I think he is really going to do well in Bonn. It’s never easy comparing two players both are talented and everyone knows how unique and valuable Jared Jordan is to any team. I’m sure both will be successful during the remainder of the season.
A loss is a loss, but is there any positive thing that the team can take out of this game to build on the next game?
Yeah I think it’s always important to try to learn from each game. With that said we wanted to win the game and I felt like we played well enough to do so. At this point in the season every game is crucial and even though there is no such thing as a moral victory there’s still a lot we can take from a game like this one.
The next game is against the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig. Bremerhaven suffered one of those close defeats 77-73 on the road. Do you have some of the 32 points from Isaiah Swann in your mind?
We are looking forward to the game against Braunschweig this weekend. We expect another close game and are confident that if we come out and execute our game plan we will give ourselves a great chance at winning. When it comes to a guy that can score like Swann we just have to come out and try to make him work for everything he gets and stay locked in on him the entire game.
Every win now in the down stretch is huge. You will face Braunschweig at home. What kind of game can we await and what will be key in getting the win?
When it gets to March every game is big and this weekend is no exception. We are expecting a fight and know that it’s going to take us coming out ready to play in order to get the win.
Lebron James recently hit for 61 points. Do you think that he will ever break the 81 points of Kobe Bryant?
If anybody in the League can its Lebron, KD, or Melo. I wouldn’t put it past any of those three guys.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Thanks Brian for the chat.