Five years ago, medi bayreuth head coach Michael Koch and new medi Bayreuth forward Brandon Bowman began a very fruitful working cooperation with the Telekom Baskets Bonn that would take them to the Beko BBL final against the EWE Baskets Oldenburg, but their season came to an end in game 5 as it was Rickey Paulding and Jason Gardner sipping champagne and smoking cigars while Koch probably had nightmares after and Bowmann was already thinking about his summer in Los Angeles and how much harder he would work to get even better on the long bus ride home to the former German capital Bonn. Since that frightful June evening in Oldenburg that ended their season, Bowmann had had more team changes than Koch. Koch remained in Bonn until 2013, but would never get back to a final except for the Cup in 2012 and even missed the playoffs in 2011 for only the second time since 1996 for Bonn. Bowmann on the other hand got to know the basketball world as he was on the training camp roster of the Philadelphia 76ers in 2009 and also played in countries like Bulgaria, Turkey, France, Serbia, Israel, Korea and New Zealand. It took him a while to win his first title as a professional as he did this past summer for the Pacific Jewellers Saints (New Zealand-NBL) where he played 10 games averaging 18.5ppg, 7.4rpg, 3.2apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 53.8%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 77.1%. Bowman is one of those guys that eats, sleeps and thinks basketball. Last season he played for SC Rasta Vechta which has 32,000 people and about the only thing to do besides count cows on the pastures and take a stroll down the miniature main-street is to live in the gym which he did. Its no different in Bayreuth, even if the city is a little more than twice as big as Vechta, it is in the nature of the Los Angeles native to always get better even at the age of 30. Koch is still looking for his first coaching title in Germany and continues to be very hungry while Bowman is still hungry to get another professional title which would be only his second. Just how well medi Bayreuth functions this season is still difficult to predict since the season is still young, but the club has a good mix of veterans and youth and with the leadership of Bowman and unending preparation mentality of Koch, the only thing that might be missing for the team to get the extra push for success is if Bowman puts on the famous song Glory Days of American singer legend Bruce Springsteen to get his team ready each day. Often a player is in his prime at 31 according to 2 time Euroleague champion Kyle Hines, so Bowmann should be close at age 30? “I personally think that Brandon is in a great point in his career. The word prime is just a word. When you prepare and workout like Brandon does, you control how good you can be. We live together and I see first hand how hard he works to be a top talent in this league. The biggest strength I would say is his ability to let the game slow down. This allows him to pick his moments when he can be productive. Just like most players, the longer you play the better you read the game. His good decision making will play a big role in every win for THE TEAM. Brandon has always been a motivated player. That doesn’t change. I can’t give away all his eating habits/secrets but I will say, he is by far the cleanest eater I’ve ever met. His dedication to his eating and training habits is why he will play the game as long as he wants at a productive level.”, warned friend Zeon Gray who plays for Bayreuth Regionaliga team. Teammate American Bryan Bailey is also very content with the work ethic of Brandon Bowman. “Brandon can play different positions for us and brings and inside and outside presence for us. He can take slower defenders off the dribble and can post up guys that are smaller. He is a guy that always works hard and wants to continue to improve every day and leads by example. I’ve never seen a player put in so much extra work in the weight room than him”, stressed ex Artland Dragon Bryan Bailey.
Ever since coming back to the first German basketball division in 2010, the Bayreuth basketball team has had a name change, Kevin Durant rumors of him playing a few games and living in a castle and Gary Mcghee never hearing the end of his ankle breaker Kemba Walker gave him in the NCAA, but reaching the playoffs still has only been a whisper in the small cultural city in east Bavaria as the club has more been near the middle of the standings to the end than anywhere else. Last season was no exception either as the club finished in 14th place mainly due to the top leadership and guidance of head coach Michael Koch who came early to replace Predrag Krunich who Koch will never forget battling in the 2009 finals where Bonn was seen as the winner before those last famous seconds changed the whole title game. Last season actually started out great for the team winning two of their first three games where the club showed their defensive qualities holding Frankfurt and Braunschweig to 58 points average. However than as if a dark brutal black cloud had set over Bayreuth and never left, the team next lost 11 of their next 12 games and was in the Beko BBL cellar. They did lose a few games in crunch time to Artland and Vechta, but in most games were without a chance like their 33 point massacre that FC Bayern Munich gave them. The chemistry between Krunich and the team was as distant as the current Jacksonville Jaguars of eclipsing a win anytime soon. With the mergence and arrival of Koch, things changed as one could feel that the players appreciated him more as he gave them more freedom. With time wins started to pop up more as did the self confidence of the players. In the second half of the season with Koch on the sidelines the club won three games in a row twice and were saved. In a season to be forgotten, there weren´t many bright spots, but if one had to name a few then it was the win against Phoenix Hagen and the sweeping of Frankfurt and Braunschweig. Defense was a big problem last season as the club gave up 80 points or more 15 times, but one has to mention that after the allstar break with Koch there, the club defended better and gave up only an excess of 80 points five times.
The club underwent a major house cleaning session as seven guys departed like Kevin Hamilton and Kyle Weems to France, Nico Simon to Braunschweig, Brian Qvale to the NBA as well as guys like DJ Seeley, Tom Spoeler and Beckham Wyrick. Bayreuth kept five players from last season including American Ronald Burrell who played under Koch in Bonn and are on the same page basketball wise. Burrell will be playing his sixth season in Germany after having played also in Cologne and Oldenburg and still belongs to the top 5 power forwards in the Beko BBL. The club also held on to American Bryan Bailey that just doesn´t quit with age as is playing his 13th professional season and Germans Simon Schmitz who is a reliable back up point guard and is playing his fifth season with Bayreuth, Philipp Heyden who is a solid back up center and Peter Zeis who can give energy from the bench and hit three pointers. The team brought in four new players including two Americans, a Czech and a German/Polish player. The most important pick up was point guard Trevon Hughes. If Bayreuth will have success this season will rest quite a bit on his shoulders. The American has more talent to work with than last season in Trier. Already last season in a pretty weak team, he showed what he is capable of and this season could have that Darius Adams or Dashaun Wood type of seasons that they had in the Beko BBL. The club also brought in Brandon Bowmann who has had a solid basketball career and still has gas left to make another memorable season like in 2009 with Bonn. Bowman is a basketball junkie that eats and sleeps the sport. The team also hauled in rookie Javon Mccrea who seems eccentric from the first impression, but he is all business on the court. The guy improved his scoring and rebounding each season at Buffalo(NCAA) and could have been a NBA Draft pick had he played in a stronger conference. He could be the x-factor for the team. Michael Koch also brought in some youth that also will need to contribute in big ways for the club to be successful. With Lukas Palyza they have a young Czech national player that played the last 3 years for top team Nymburk and has international experience at the club level and is looking to make the next step in Germany and David Brembly who has German roots and last season played in Poland for Trefl Sopot (Poland-TBL) and in the German A-2 national team. He also is looking to make the next step at a higher level. The play of medi Bayreuth will be different from last season simply that they have gotten more athletic and with the speed of Hughes play more transition basketball. The defense can only get better and with a more athletic team should get better. The question only remains how much of a classic inside game the team will have with no real center. Will the answer to success be more small ball? The club also has a very thin rotation so the bench will need to be consistent all season long and rookie Javon Mccrea could have big shoes to fill being the X-factor? “I think this team is a more athletic team than the team we had last season. Our biggest strength is our ability to put pressure on teams defensively. Q was very talented, but we have two good centers in Javon McCrea and Phil Heyden. Both can play with their back to the basket and give us a good inside presence..Javon is very talented and could definitely be an x-factor for us. He is strong defensively and quick on the offensive end. He’s not extremely tall, but makes up for that with his athleticism. So far he’s made a good transition to the pro’s and will continue to work hard”, warned Bryan Bailey. Zeon Gray practices with the team and could easily function as an assistant coach to Tim Nees. “The strengths of the team are obviously that they were picked specifically by German coaching great Mike Koch. Some teams just buy the best possible players. Medi depends on solid team basketball, which is what the game is all about. This team has players willing to sacrifice anything to win. It’s tough to really say if the team has a weakness. They have a great staff and players that can play multiple positions. The X factor will be the entire team. Like I stated above, this team isn’t built around one player. It’s built around each one of the guys on the team doing their part to contribute to each win. Javon will be a force in the BBL. He is obviously a bruiser. He plays hard and I think BBL fans will appreciate what he brings to the game”, stressed Zeon Gray.
The Fraport Skyliners have split the season series from 2010-2013, but last season got swept in the season series. In 2010-2011, they won at home 83-75 getting 26 points from Dashaun Wood, but losing on the road 86-79 despite 29 points form Wood. In 2011-2012, they lost at home 79-71 despite 27 points form Tim Ohlbrecht, but won in Bayreuth 90-57 getting 22 points from Jimmy Mckinney. In their first meeting in the 2012-2013 season, the Fraport Skyliners won 76-59 as they were led by Ted Scott and Danilo Barthel with 15 points a piece. In the return game in Bayreuth, the Fraport Skyliners lost 75-69 in a game that was tight in the last few minutes as Beckham Wyrick hit some big three pointers. Frankfurt was led by Ryan Brooks with 15 points and Dawan Robinson with 14 points. Last season the Fraport Skyliners lost the Bayreuth home opener 74-67 as they didn´t have the nerves in crunch time and got beat from Beckham Wyrick´s big shots. The FRaport Skyliners were led by Dawan Robinson with 19 points and 11 from Andrew Rautins while medi Bayreuth was led by Brian Qvale with 19 points and Ronald Burrell chipped in with 17 points. In the return game in Frankfurt, Bayreuth won again 72-64. Medi Bayreuth was led by Kyle Weems with 15 points and Ronald Burrell added 14 points. The Fraport Skyliners were led by Ramon Galloway with 17 points and Danilo Barthel added 15 points. Medi Bayreuth enter the game against the Fraport Skyliners Sunday coming off a huge 64-56 win at home against Bremerhaven while the Fraport Skyliners finally shook their 0-3 start with a huge win against the Telekom Baskets Bonn at home, but then a week later showed a poor team effort in Bremerhaven. Frankfurt is no where near their potential as this will be an interesting game as the Skyliners will meet one of the leagues top defensive teams.
Medi Bayreuth is led by Brandon Bowmann who is a 30 year old 204cm forward from Santa Monica, California that played at Georgetown from 2002-2006 reaching the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2006. He is a very versatile player who can spend time in either forward slot. Good shooter and quick runner, can score in traffic or create his shot from the dribble. Goes well to the offensive rebounds, has a great leaping ability. Above all, he’ s a very good defender on every kind of opponent, with a relentless mentality that makes him a very good player for the European leagues. He was very close reaching the NBA twice playing in NBA training camps with the New Jersey Nets and Philadelphia 76ers. He is no unknown face in the Beko BBL playing for Bonn in the 2008-2009 season reaching the Beko BBL final. He has much experience in the D-league and has played in countries like Italy, Bulgaria, France, Serbia and Israel. In 2012-2013 he played for Dongbu Promy (Korea-KBL): 4 games: 13.3ppg, 5.8rpg, 2.5apg, 1.0bpg, in Oct.’12 signed at Seoul Samsung Thunders (South Korea-KBL): 4 games: 13.3ppg, 5.8rpg, 2.5apg, 1.0bpg, in Jan.’13 moved to Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa (Israel-Winner League): 4 games: 5.0ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.3spg; Balkan League: 2 games: 10.5ppg, 5.0rpg, 3.5apg, 1.0spg. Last season he played for SC Rasta Vechta playing 23 games: 13.0ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.7apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 42.5%, 3FGP: 39.5%, FT: 83.0%- Last summer he got further basketball experience playing for the Pacific Jewellers Saints (New Zealand-NBL, starting five): 10 games: 18.5ppg, 7.4rpg, 3.2apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 53.8%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 77.1%. Ronald Burrell is a 31 year old 204cm forward from New Jersey that will be playing his 10th professional season. He played at NC-Greensboro (NCAA) and as a professional also in countries like France and Poland. He played three seasons for top team Asseco Prokom Gdynia (Poland-PLK) winning the league title three times and playing 45 Euroleague games. Last season for Bayreuth he played 33 games: 11.4ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 49.4%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 69.9%.He can bang, hit consecutive three pointers and likes the extra pass. Trevon Hughes is a 27 year old 184cm point guard from Queens, New York that may have the best cross over in the Beko BBL this season. He played at Wisconsin from 2007-2011 and played with future nBA players like Jon Leuer, Marcus Landry or Greg Stiemsma. In his first three professional seasons he played in Slovenia and Lithuania and last season rocked the Beko BBL with TBB Trier (Germany-BBL) playing 31 games: 14.7ppg, 3.9rpg, 3.6apg, Steals-1(2.2spg), FGP: 42.9%, 3PT: 31.8%, FT: 74.0%.
Bryan Bailey is a 34 year old 185cm guard from New York that has played in 10 of 13 seasons in Germany. He has played in countries like Bosnia and Holland and in Germany for Wurzburg, Oldenburg and five seasons with the Artland Dragons. This will be his third season with Bayreuth. Last season he was injured for the most part and played only 4 games: 8.0ppg, 1.3rpg, 2.3apg, 1.5spg. He seems to get smarter with age and is still a powerful defender at 34 and can do it all as an aggressive guard. Philipp Heyden is a 26 year old 206cm center that is playing his third season with Bayreuth. He started his career with BSG Ludwigsburg and then stayed two seasons in the Alba Berlin organization playing 1 beko BBL game. He then got experience with Ludwigsburg playing 28 Beko BBL games. He then played with MBC from 2011-2013 playing 55 Beko BBL games. Last season for Bayreuth he played 28 games: 5.4ppg, 2.4rpg, FGP: 57.7%, FT: 76.0%. Simon Schmitz is a 24 year old 188cm guard that started his basketball career with SG Bad Duerkheim/Speyer junior team. He then played two seasons for BIS Baskets Speyer (ProB) before coming to Bayreuth in 2010 where he played a total of 127 Beko BBL games. Last season he played 33 games: 2.6ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.2apg. He is the team captain that can always nail the open three pointer and hardly misses from the free throw line. Peter Zeis is a 25 year old 196cm forward that is playing his fourth season for Bayreuth. In the last three seasons he has played 52 Beko BBL games. He started his basketball career in 2005 for TSV Troester II Breitengussbach (Regionalliga) where he played until 2011.
Javon Mccrea is a 21 year old 201cm forward from Newark, New York that likes Lebron james and his favorite show is the Fresh prince Of Bel Air and his personality is somewhere between Lebron James and Will Smith. He played at Buffalo(NCAA) from 2010-2013 and as a senior played 29 games: 18.5ppg, 9.9rpg, 2.2apg, 1.5spg, 2.2bpg, FGP: 56.1%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 66.7%. He was the All-MAC Player of the Year in 2014. This past summer he played NBA Pro Summer League in Las Vegas (Dallas Mavericks): 5 games: 4.8ppg, 1.4rpg, FGP: 62.5%, FT: 66.7%. Lukas Palyza is a 24 year old 202cm forward that was born in Ostrava. He is a classic modern player at position SF. A 204 cm tall athlete with a basketball body, with a very good range and a dangerous shot from a short and long distances. He understands the game, is a smart and hardened player, who likes the team-play, and is unselfish. He can work up his own shot position. He takes advantage of his quick penetration, has the opponents focus on him and passes the ball to the open teammate. Very hardworking and ambitious player. He started his basketball career in 2006 with BK Nova Hut Ostrava where he played until 2011. He played for CEZ Basketball Nymburk (NBL) the last three seasons playing 27 Eurocup games. Last season he played VTB United League: 15 games: 3.1ppg, 1.1rpg; Czech Rep. NBL: 28 games: 8.6ppg, 2.7rpg, FGP: 55.4%, 3PT: 42.5%, FT: 69.7%; Eurocup: 10 games: 1.6ppg, 1.0rpg. David Brembly is a 21 year old 197cm forward that started his basketball career with the Trefl Sopot junior team. Two seasons ago he played two Eurocup games for Trefl Sopot and last season for them played 40 games: 3.4ppg, 1.1rpg, played also at Trefl II Sopot (Poland-2Liga). In 2013 he was a German U-20 player playing the European Championships U20 in Tallinn (Estonia) -13: 9 games: 9.4ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP: 45.2%, 3PT: 38.2%, FT: 53.3%. Last summer he moved up to the German A-2 national team.
Myles Hesson(Eisbaeren Bremerhaven) All I Could Think About Was Making Up The Difference And Winning The Game
Myles Hesson is a 24 year old 195 cm forward from Birmingham, England was one of the 12 best players in Great Britain in 2013 and was selected for the 2013 national team playing in Slovenia at the Eurochampionships. He currently is playing in the Beko BBL for the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven.Last season he played for the Giessen 46ers (ProA) playing 33 games: 16.1ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 50.4%, 3PT: 30.1%, FT: 78.8%. Two seasons ago he played for Weissenhorn Youngstars (Germany-ProB, starting five): 20 games: 19.7ppg, 10.3rpg, 1.5apg, 1.7spg, 1.5bpg, 2FGP: 54.4%, 3FGP: 27.4%, FT: 65.6%, in Mar.’13 moved to Ratiopharm Ulm (Germany-BBL): 9 games: 4.2ppg, 2.8rpg. He started his professional career in 2009-2010 for Birmingham Aces (EBL2) averaging 13.1ppg, 4.9rpg, 2FGP: 47.9%, 3PT: 33.3%. In 2010-2011, he played for the Essex Pirates Basketball Club (BBL): 11 games: 9.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 47.1%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 68.4%. In 2011-2012 he played for Liverpool Mersey Tigers (BBL, starting five): 27 games: 15.1ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.3apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 48.8%, 3PT: 32.0%, FT: 61.5%. He spoke to German Hoops after the 64-56 loss in Bayreuth.
A tough 64-56 loss in Bayreuth. Can you remember playing a more crazy game like this scoring no points in the first quarter and then holding medi Bayreuth to 25 points in the second half and coming up short to win?
It was a very weird game with a lot of ups and downs, we came out flat as a team and couldnt make open looks that we usually knock down.
Bremerhaven was down 22-0 after one quarter, a stat that one needs to look at twice or three times or even four times to believe it. What was going through your head after the first 10 minutes. Were you feeling more embarrassment or anger for the team performance?
It was quite embarrassing to be honest at the time but all I could think about was making up the difference and winning the game.
What words did head coach Calvin Oldham find after the first quarter? This was also a new experience for him and he has seen it all in the last 35 years as a player and head coach.
He made sure that we stayed focused and didnt hang our heads.
The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven made an amazing comeback and got back to 58-56 with 2.45 to go on a Sven Schulze three pointer, but then gave up a 6-0 run. What was key down the stretch for medi Bayreuth getting the win?
They hit a deep 3 late in the shot clock and also had a questionable and 1.
Despite the loss, this was like a movie for Bremerhaven with many different parts. Despite the loss, what could the team learn from this loss?
The biggest thing to learn from that game is that we cant ever start off like that again.
Was a key point keeping Trevon Hughes pretty much in check? He usually has big games and Bremerhaven did a superb job limiting his scoring and forcing him to four turnovers.
Our guards did a good job keeping him in front of them and forcing him into taking difficult shots.
What was your impression of young medi Bayreuth German David Brembly who led the team with 12 points and hit three big three pointers. He showed nerves coming up big and taking on the slack that some of the American veterans.
He was pivotal for them down the stretch, the 3 he hit was somewhat of a back breaker for us.
The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven don´t have much time to recuperate as they next meet top team FC Bayern Munich. How excited are you to play them and will the medi bayreuth learning lesson help against them?
I am looking forward to the challenge of taking on a euroleague team. As long as we dont start as bad as we did today we will be alright.
What was the last movie that you saw?
Jet li – fist of legend.
Thanks Myles for the chat.
Jimmy Sherburne(Vfl Astrostars Bochum) I Believe I See The Floor And Read Defenses As Well As Anyone I’ve Played With.
Jimmy Sherburne is a 23 year old 191cm guard from White Fish Bay, Wisconson that is a rookie in Germany playing for the VfL AstroStars Bochum (Germany-ProB). He played at Princeton (NCAA) from 2009-2014 and was an Ivy League champion in 2012. Currently for Bochum he is averaging 14,5ppg, 4,0rpg and 2,0apg. He spoke to German Hoops before coming to Germany last summer.
Jimmy thanks for talking to German Hoops. You got signed very late in the off season to German Pro B team Astrostars Bochum. Were you losing some hope this summer about being able to start your professional basketball career or did you already have a nice high paying job lined up should basketball not work out?
I didn’t have a job lined up in the event that a contract offer didn’t come, so there were times when I couldn’t help but get a little worried about the situation. However, I played well enough in Las Vegas that I really believed things would work out in the end.
You studied and played at top Ivy league school Princeton for four years. Besides working out during the summer is your routine off the court during the summer a bit different than perhaps the normal basketball player? Do Ivy league graduates in general have different habits off the court than the normal basketball player that didn´t go to a top school?
The main difference for us at Princeton was that we didn’t have to be on campus during the summer. A lot of guys used the summer to get internships, but my main focus in the summer was always basketball.
What sold you most on the Bochum program? Did you have talks with head coach Kai Frie
What sold me most on Bochum was that they wanted me on their team. It was an easy decision for me.
With what expectations did you come to Germany? What do you know about the country and basketball in Germany? Did you talk to some ex teammates like Ian Hummer or Douglas Davis who have played in Germany?
I expect to enjoy my time in Germany. I have spoken with Ian and Doug about their experiences, and they had nothing but positive things to say about the quality of play and fan support. I’ve never been to Germany before, but based on everything I’ve heard, I’m sure I’ll enjoy every aspect of my time there.
In 4 seasons at Princeton, you played a total of 72 games. How was this whole basketball experience for you? When you started there in 2009, did you ever think that you might go a professional basketball route?
At Princeton, I fell short of the expectations I had for myself. But at the same time, I improved so much since 2009 that I set myself up to have the opportunity to play professionally. That was definitely a goal of mine when I got to school.
You had to battle injuries all through your career starting as a freshman where you came to Princeton with an injury and sat out the 2012-2103 season. How difficult was this time for you? Did you learn more about patience and believing in your abilities during your injuries?
My injuries helped me learn to be patient and to really appreciate having the ability to play. During my time away from school in the 2012-13 season, I was able to vastly improve my game. Without that year off, I don’t think I’d have been nearly as prepared to begin a pro career as I am now.
You had some nice games as a senior playing 37 minutes in a win against Florida A & M notching 13 points and dishing out 5 assists and also scored 15 points in a loss to Portland. Was the Florida A & M game your personal season highlight? What do you remember from that game?
I don’t know if I’d consider that the top highlight of my season, but I do remember being very proud after that game because it was my first game back after missing an entire season. I had worked really hard to get healthy and come back to make an impact, and to be able to play well in that first game like I did was a good feeling.
From your stats it is a bit difficult to read what your biggest strength is, but if you took a look at your game and had to describe a hidden strength that seems to be often off the radar what would you say is that disguised strength on the floor?
I think my biggest strength is how well-rounded my game is. I don’t feel as though I have any glaring weaknesses. I can obviously improve every aspect of my game, but I don’t think you could say there’s one thing I do poorly. But if I had to pick one aspect as my best, I believe I see the floor and read defenses as well as anyone I’ve played with.
You had two head coaches at Princeton with Sydney Johnson and Mitch Henderson. How did Coach Johnson and Coach Henderson prepare you best for a professional career?
They prepared me best by being honest with me about areas I needed to improve, especially offensively. My ball-handling and shooting improved dramatically during my college career.
During the 2012-2103 season you had to sit out due to injury and worked at a Law Firm. How was this experience for you and was it difficult coming back after not having played a full season?
I had a very productive year away from school. I worked about 30 hours per week at the law firm and also tutored high school kids in my area in various subjects. Between these jobs, shoulder rehab, and weightlifting and skill work, I stayed really busy and had very full days during the week. This helped me stay sharp and by the time I came back to school, I felt like I picked up right where I left off. But the best thing about my shoulder injury was that it forced me to improve my left hand.
Last season German Hans-George Brase really emerged averaging 11.0ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 52.1%, 3PT: 33.0%, FT: 73.8% in his second season. How much potential does he have and where do you see his journey as a basketball player heading to?
Hans is already a very good player, but I think he still has so much room to grow. If he keeps improving at the rate he has been, he’ll have outstanding junior and senior years. I think he could be a great addition to the German national team and have a long professional career.
How does a normal summer work out day look like for Jimmy Sherburne on and off the court?
A typical day for me this past summer would begin with training a neighbor of mine. He’s going to be a junior at our high school, and we worked on his skills nearly every morning this summer. After that, I would go the gym for skill work with my younger brother, who is 18 years old and will be attending a post graduate year at Brewster Academy this year. After dinner, I would return to the gym with a friend of mine for additional shooting and then weights.
In high school, you were also a very gifted football player playing quarterback and being captain and was a two-time first-team all-conference and honorable mention all-area in football. As a kid did you ever dream of playing for the Green Bay Packers? Why did you later choose basketball over football?
The Packers are my favorite sports team, but when I was younger, my only dream was to play in the NBA, not the NFL. I have always preferred basketball over football, even though I think I had more natural ability at quarterback. I ultimately chose basketball simply because I enjoy it more.
You are from a small village called White Fish Bay of 15,000 people, but still it has a big list of notable people with professional baseball, football and basketball players having come from your town. Is there something in the fish there that has made so many talented athletes come out of there?
Ha I don’t know if it’s the fish, but you never know! I really don’t know what it is, but I know that I’m proud of where I come from and don’t think I’d have had the same level of success without being surrounded by as many great athletes growing up. My group of friends growing up was very athletic in a variety of sports.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
I can’t remember the last time I watched an actual DVD. But I went and say A Most Wanted Man in theaters last week, and I thought it was really good. It actually takes place in Hamburg.
Thanks Jimmy for the chat.
Will Barnes is a 26 year old 185cm point guard from Tuscaloosa, Alabama that is playing his second professional season and first with the Hamburg Towers. He started his basketball career in 2006 for Tennessee Tech (NCAA) where he played a total of 98 NCAA games. In 2012-2013 he played at Lee (NAIA) playing 34 games: 20.0ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.6apg, FGP: 50.3%, 3PT: 41.0%, FT: 77.7%. Last season as a rookie he played for the Finke Baskets playing 29 games: Score-3(18.8ppg), 3.5rpg, 3.4apg, FGP: 64.3%, 3PT: 37.2%, FT: 75.8%. He spoke to German Hoops after the first home game of the Hamburg Towers defeating the Bayer Giants Leverkusen 74-64.
Will congrats to the 74-64 win against the Bayer Giants Leverkusen at home. What experience did you have after the game celebrating? I am sure you have way more options to enjoy a big win in Hamburg than in Paderborn?
Thanks Miles! It definitely was a great win for us. Our first home game was an experience that I will never forget. It was amazing to play in front of a sold out crowd. We celebrated by hanging it with fans at a restaurant that sponsors us, Mr. Kabob. They’re great people!
For months, the Hamburg Towers have been working on getting the arena done and it was ready for the first home game. Please explain the atmosphere in your new living room and how would you compare it to other settings that you have had in your career?
It’s great! It’s easily the nicest gym I’ve had to call my own. Everything is brand new and the area that surrounds the gym makes the experience even better. I am walking distance away. It’s just seems to all fight perfectly.
Hamburg controlled the game never really getting a huge lead in double figures, but just doing enough to always be leading. How perfect was this game in terms of lead management and just always having your nose in front and never letting Leverkusen to get the lead?
I wouldn’t describe it as perfect because it was a hard fought game. Leverkusen is a very dangerous team that has tons of shooters. I feel like we didn’t play our best basketball but played enough defense to maintain our lead the entire game. We have a lot of heart on this team and I feel more than anything, that will take us a long way.
The Bayer Giants Leverkusen was without their American point guard Willy Manigat. Did this take some pressure off Hamburg being able to just concentrate on their own game and getting that consistent offensive rhythm?
Yes, but that’s also a part of basketball. People get injured and players play banged up. Of course they are better with him but we just have to focus on what’s in front of us.
Hamburg wasn´t as consistent from the distance, registered only eight assists and had 15 turnovers, but won the rebounding duel. What would you say was the biggest strength of the Hamburg Towers in the home opener?
I would say our defense and energy. Just as you mentioned, this wasn’t our most efficient game so we had to do a lot of dirty work. The rebounding more than anything helps us control the game.
How difficult was it playing your first 4 games on the road. How did this period help the team mature and build chemistry as well as trust in each other early in the season?
The 4 game road stretch was definitely a big challenge that we handled quite well. Coach Hamed prepared us in the preseason by scheduled a lot of true road games. We were ready mentally for the challenge. It was just a matter of coming out and executing. The stretch helped our chemistry tremendously though. None of the four games were easy. Many times we had to face adversity and stick together as a team. We gained trust in one another.
You are the leading scorer on the team averaging 14,6ppg, grabbing 2,8rpg and dishing out 2,0apg. How happy have you been with your own performance?
I feel like I’m playing ok. I’m playing a lot better on the defense end and with more intensity. I haven’t been as efficient as I usually am but as long as we are winning I have no complaints. I love my teammates and truly want to see everyone succeed. Having our gym finally open will help a lot also. I now can hit up the gym whenever I like and put in the work like I’m used to. It was tough early on because we practiced in a different gym around Hamburg every day.
Before the season started you stated that you want to be a better leader in your second season than how you were with Paderborn. How have you changed your leadership ways or made them different than in Paderborn?
The biggest change I’ve made is to take everything one game at a time and focus all the way in on my opponent. I’m not worried about other teams, players, or my stats. It’s all about winning. I’m also trying my hardest to make that mindset contagious throughout our team. Seems to be working quite well so far but we still have a lot of work to do.
There is not one real superstar on the team, but it seems obvious the club has this we mentality instead of me mentality. How much of this early chemistry can be credited to head coach Hamed Attarbashi?
Almost all of it honestly. He trusts in every player’s ability and gives everyone fair opportunity. Our system also helps us spread the ball around and keep everyone involved. Our team’s willingness to play this way is huge also. Not once this season have players had attitudes or allowed selfishness to creep in. Things haven’t been perfect but we work & talk all of our disputes out.
Michael Wenzl has really turned into one of the German leaders averaging 11,4ppg and 9,4rpg. He has had Beko BBL experience and seems to be developing very nice as a center. In a team that concentrates on team, do you see the German expanding his role even more and becoming even more dominating as the season continues?
Yes, Big Mike is huge for us. When he’s on top of his game and controlling the boards, we elevate to another level as a team. Honestly, we don’t do a good enough job of feeding him the ball. We get caught up in playing too much of a penetrating game sometimes. But Mike is great. He is and will continue to be huge for us this year, no doubt.
When I see Bazoumana Kone penetrate it looks like Dennis Schroeder is in the house. What has been your impression of him in the first five games and what advice do you give him?
Bazou is like my little brother. We guard each other every practice and really compete at a high level. His defense and on the ball pressure has rubbed off on me and my team. He sets the tone and is a pest for every point guard that we play. His skill set at his young age is very impressive. I feel like the sky is the limit for him. He controls his own destiny.
The German PRO A has become more and more competitive each season. Currently there are two 5-0 teams and a few 4-1 teams. It looks like it will be another very exciting season. How proud are you in general how the team has played in the first five games. It is still early, but on what things does the team need to concentrate most on in the next games to keep their position near the top?
Of course we are happy we have been successful early but we feel like we haven’t even come close to reaching our potential. We’ve won a bunch of ugly games playing bad offensively; yet we still win. We just have to continue to focus in on our defense and watch film to make the necessary adjustments to continue with our early success.
Have Marvin Willoughby or Pascal Roller showed their basketball skills in a shoot around yet or have they kept on their working clothes? What do you appreciate most about your 2 bosses?
Haha, Marvin tends to shoot some shots and play one on one with the team sometimes! He’s more hands on with the team than Pascal is. Pascal handles more of the business side of things which keeps him in the office a lot. But they both have done a tremendous job of getting the club operating the way it is. They’ve been under tons of pressure and stress but they have handled it well! I personally have a good relationship with them both and love playing for them.
Alster lake, Reeperbahn or harbor. In what place have you been most to in Hamburg and why?
I’ve been to the Harbor the most. It’s such a beautiful place to go and relax. People are always out there, and it’s just a great vibe. I haven’t had the chance to visit the fish market on Sunday mornings but I will very soon.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
The last movie I watched was Sin City!
Thanks Will for the chat.
Levi Knutson is a 25 year old 191cm shooting guard form Littleton, Colorado that is playing his third professional season and first with BV Chemnitz. He played at Colorado from 2007-2011 playing a total of 133 NCAA games and as a senior played 38 games: 11.7ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 50.6%, 3PT: 47.4%, FT: 90.4%. In 2011-2012 he started his professional career for Basquet Mallorca (Spain-LEB Gold, starting five): 12 games: 15.5ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 47.2%, 3PT: 46.6%, FT: 84.0%, in Dec.’11 signed at CB Lobe Huesca (Spain-LEB Gold, starting five): 22 games: 12.9ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.8apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 39.3%, FT-3(90.9%). In 2012-2013 he played for Energa Czarni Slupsk (Poland-TBL, starting five): 33 games: 10.8ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 46.5%, 3PT: 37.8%, FT: 84.0%. He spoke to German Hoops about basketball.
You are playing your first season in the German Pro A. How has the adjustment been for you coming from the first division in Poland?
It has been good. The German Pro A is a high level that has many good players. The league is competitive from top to bottom. Any team can beat you on any given night.
How difficult was it sitting out last season?
I had surgery on both ankles and the recovery time took 6-7 months. I tried to catch on to a team at the end of last season, but didn´t get the right opportunity. I am very blessed to be able to play again now.
What were the main reasons for coming to Chmenitz?
My wife who travels with me and I heard very good things about Germany. WE thought it would be a good chance to play in Germany and further my career.
You are the same age as head coach Felix Schreier. What is it like playing for a kid?
I don´t think that coach is a kid in terms of basketball knowledge. He gives me the freedom to do what I do well. He has the respect of all the players. WE like to play hard for him and he does a great job keeping us positive at all times.
You were shooting around 31% early from downtown. Has it been bad decisions or just easy misses that has kept your shooting percentage down?
It has been a combination. I have had to force up some shots at the end of the shot clock that I would normally not take. However I am not worried. My shot feels good and I will continue to stay aggressive on offense.
Do you feel any pressure having to be the go to guy for BV Chemnitz?
I have no pressure. The situation comes natural to me and is what I have always done. When the defense focuses on me then I get my teammates the ball. We have a lot of guys that can score.
You are from Littleton, Colorado and were 11 when the shooting occurred at Columbine high school. How did you experience this time?
I was pretty young and really was unable to process it all. I went to school about 30 minutes away.
In your senior year at Colorado(NCAA) your role increased. What did you learn in your senior year?
We got a new coach, system and style. The system just fit me. We had very talented offensive players and we just played well together. I was fortunate that coach had the trust in me and let me shoot the ball which boosted my self confidence through out the season.
How did Colorado head coach Tad Boyle get you prepared for a professional basketball career?
Coach Boyle and all the other coaches took a lot of pride in player development. WE would work 30 minutes before practice on individual skills. This gave me more confidence on my ball handling.
You had teammates that would later play in the NBA like Xavier Silas, Ander Roberson, Alec Burks and Corey Higgins. From what player did you learn the most?
The talent level that Alec Burks had was incredible. I learned the most from Corey Higgins. WE spent four years together and pushed each other in practice each day. I remember he had a great pull up jumper from the midrange.
What was your wake up call to the professional ranks?
During the summer before my senior year we went to Europe and played professional teams in Poland. This gave me idea that I had the game to play in Europe. Before going to Europe that summer, I hadn´t really thought about the professional ranks in Europe.
You played two seasons ago with ex BG Goettingen forward Rocky Trice at Energa Czarni Slupsk. What was the most amazing thing that you saw him do on the court?
I remember seeing him catch a half court ally-op pass with his right hand and dunking it home. He is a lefty.
Where will the NBA journey of the Denver Nuggets end this season?
I think that they will find a way to get into the playoffs. Maybe in 2-3 years they can compete for a title.
Who wins a one on one you or Virgil Matthews?
I have to take myself.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
A Disney movie with my nieces that recently visited me.
Thanks Levi for the chat.
Kyle Mr Alaska Fossman Didn´t Shoot Icicles, But Burned TV Langen Leading The Fraport Skyliners Juniors To The 69-49 Victory
It was a fairly mild winter evening back on December 14, 2013 and ex Fraport Skyliner Jacob Burtschi was in Langen on a free Saturday night supporting his teammates when the Fraport Skyliners Juniors entered the Georg Sehring gym in Langen to do battle against TV Langen in a seemingly one sided contest as head coach Eric Detlef had future German national players Danilo Barthel,and Johannes Voigtmann in the lineup as well as ex NCAA Vanderbilt player Kevin Bright who still had visions of his Kevin the light is bright evening a few weeks earlier against Ludwigsburg where he sunk six three pointers 23 Kilometers north in the Fraport arena. However the one sided event happened, but not for Frankfurt, but TV Langen as one could have bet that pigs would enter the gym at their own power and people would have believed that more than TV Langen actually leaving their living room with a 24 point win. TV Langen crushed the Fraport Skyliners Juniors 93-69 as Martinis Woody shocked Frankfurt with 33 points and made Barthel and Voigtmann feel about 20 cm instead of their powering 208cm and 210cm. Even the presence and support of Oklahoma native Burtschi couldn´t help the Juniors on this night as focus was more the problem than skill. Barthel and Voigtman played combined 46 minutes while the other two Beko BBL players Kevin Bright and Max Merz played 58 minutes combined. The light of bright wasn´t very dim, but off as he shot only 1/7 from the parking lot Add Johannes Richter who also plays BBL as he chipped in for 14 minutes playing time. Both teams only had four players in the lineup as Frankfurt had Tim Oldenburg, Lennart Okeke while TV Langen had Martinis Woody, Maxim Schneider, Benedict Nicolay and Tom Alte that played tonight. Both teams came into the game with a 1-2 record while the Fraport Skyliners seeked revenge for their pathetic display last season while Martinis Woody wanted to have his first big game this season, but it was the Fraport Skyliners that found back to their winning ways and superb team basketball which they showed in the season opener against Weissenhorn disposing of TV Langen 69-49 as it was their best defensive performance of the season and Martinis Woody remained cold and is still trying to find his form. After the win Max Merz and Maxim Schneider remembered what had happened last time when both teams played in Langen as Frankfurt was embarrassed. “Last season in Langen, we had all our players, but weren´t prepared. Langen had a very good day and we lost badly. We didn´t want to leave the gym like that again tonight. We had some bad phases, but all in all it was a very good game for us. We played very good defense from the start and carried it through until the end. We also did a lot better job moving the ball tonight”, stressed Fraport Skyliners Juniors point guard Max Merz. “We were surprised how Frankfurt played, but we played very well against Frankfurt last season in Langen. It was surprising though that we played so well against so many BBL players from Frankfurt”, stressed TV Langen point guard Maxim Schneider. Skyliners Juniors head coach Eric Detlef was pleased how well his team played and also had advice for too over confident teams. “It doesn´t matter in what sport, but if you aren´t ready to give your all, you won´t give anything. TV Langen came into the game last season hot and we went in easy going and we lost. Nobody had a Pro B level on that night. You have to always be ready to give your all mentally. Tonight we played well in the first half, but just didn´t hit any shots. We defended well and made good decisions. I told the guys to keep shooting. In the second half, we defended the pick and role better, hit shots while TV Langen missed easy shots”, explained Eric Detlef.
The Fraport Skyliners were thrilled to have shooter Nikolaj Vukovic back in the lineup after he had had problems with his thumb and missed the first three games of the season. TV Langen was coming of a bitter 72-69 loss in Lich where they had produced 12 turnovers more, but only lost by three points while the Fraport Skyliners had lost in Iserlohn with76-59. Eric Detlef stressed 30 minutes before the start of the game that he was hoping that Frankfurt would find back to their old form when they clobbered Weissenhorn in the opening game 75-50 where their incredible ball movement infected the whole team and tonight he was rewarded with very good team basketball and aggressive defense that TV Langen could not get used to. Frankfurt displayed their annoying pressure defense in the first quarter holding TV Langen to only six points. Frankfurt got off to a 6-0 lead as Tim Oldenburg opened up the scoring with a one handed dunk as he freed himself from Woody, and Merz and Oldenburg followed with free throws. The first quarter was rather sloppy as both teams were hit with untimely turnovers as often the turnovers came through bad decisions. TV Langen came back as they went on a mini 4-0 run as Michigan native Nick Freer hit a mid distance jumper and Filmore Beck made a tip in on the third try. The turnovers kept coming and the points less and less. Tim Oldenburg then made about the easiest put back ever as he was totally free in front of the Langen bucket. Beck then made an off balance jumper to cut the Frankfurt lead to 8-6. Frankfurt closed out the first quarter with a mini 4-0 run as Oldenburg made a jumper and Marius Nolte who played 242 Beko BBL games made free throws. “This was a derby, so I think both teams were a bit excited which led to so many turnovers. Frankfurt defended very well and really doubled Woody well”, stressed injured Fraport Skyliner Junior Jakob Merz. Frankfurt was shooting 29% from the field and 0% from outside while TV Langen was shooting 23% from the field and 0% from outside. Frankfurt had the 14-8 rebound advantage and both teams had eight turnovers.
In the second quarter, the Fraport Skyliners held the lead, but TV Langen slowly found their rhythm and got closer and closer as halftime drew nearer. After 17 year old 207cm power forward Niklas Kiel gave Frankfurt the 13-6 lead sinking one free throw, it was TV Langen that went on a mini 4-0 run as their two imports scored. Woody nailed his first bucket and Freer also scored inside as Frankfurt led 13-10. Then came a very strong phase from young Frankfurt German Lennart Okeke who made two fascinating extra passes to Oldenburg as he finished with a two handed dunk on one of them as Frankfurt led 17-13. Nick Freer kept TV Langen in the game remaining very aggressive on offense nailing a few jumpers cutting the Frankfurt lead to 19-15. After missing some easy open three pointers in the first quarter, Alaska native Kyle Fossman who was playing his first professional game in front of the eyes of his dad nailed a three pointer. Oldenburg dropped a jumper from the corner as Frankfurt led 24-27. TV Langen took advantage of unneeded Frankfurt fouls as Tom Alte got to the free throw line twice cutting the Frankfurt lead to 24-19. Then it Was Max Merz who surprisingly got much playing time against TV Langen as he had to depart early Sunday morning for a 5 hour car ride and 3 pm game with the Fraport Skyliners against Bremerhaven as he nailed a high floater that hit the top of the back board and fell in the cup for the 26-19 Frankfurt advantage. Freer and Richter hit free throws in the last minute, but it was 30 year old TV Langen role player Cedric Quarshie who nailed a three pointer with 5 seconds to play as Frankfurt had the tight 27-24 lead at half time. “It might only have been a three point lead, but Frankfurt was clearly the better team. Frankfurt played very good against the zone while TV Langen got free throws because of dumb Frankfurt mistakes. Okeke played very well. He helps us most on defense putting unending pressure on the guards. He is such an unselfish player and just a team player”, added Jakob Merz. Frankfurt was shooting 36% from the field and 14% from the three point line while TV Langen was shooting 3% from the field and 14% from the three point line. Frankfurt had the 22-17 rebound edge and 10 turnovers while TV Langen had 11 turnovers.
In the third quarter, the Fraport Skyliners Juniors broke the game open going on a huge run and deciding the game. After Freer started the second half with a free throw, it was Lennart Okeke who nailed home a three pointer as Frankfurt led 30-25. Woody who was shut down well from Frankfurt scored inside as Schneider fed him nicely as TV Langen trailed 30-27. Kiel and Jan Moritz Overdick then traded buckets as TV Langen clung on the door step of Frankfurt 32-29. However then Frankfurt marched on a 19-3 run to lead 51-34. In the run, Frankfurt continued to hit their shots very consistently and TV Langen couldn´t get anything going on offense. In the Frankfurt run, Kyle Fossman kept melting Alaska icicles in thought with his hot scorching shooting, Marius Nolte was a real force and showed his presence inside as Woody couldn´t contain the Paderborn native as he scored twice as did Max Merz who once showed beautiful tip toeing ability dancing by Quarshie. Before TV Langen really knew what had happed the Fraport Skyliners led 51-34 and the first TV Langen fans were wondering what football surprises were in store in the Saturday night ZDF sports show. TV Langen continued to miss and miss as bricks were on the menu while head coach Kostic also gave his youth extended minutes. “We slept at the start of the third quarter. We just didn´t come to terms with the aggressive pressure defense from Frankfurt. Fossman hit a few jumpers and they were gone”, added Maxim Schneider. “We started to hit more open shots than in the first half and kept defending aggressively and one could see that we wanted to win the game”, stressed Max Merz. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 44% from the field and 31% from the parking lot while TV Langen was shooting 30% from the field and 14% from the parking lot. Frankfurt had the 32-22 rebound lead and both teams had 13 turnovers a piece.
It is no secret that at any level in basketball, exerting energy and coming back hurt the team trailing. TV Langen couldn´t go on a run in the fourth quarter and easily lost the fourth quarter 18-10. Frankfurt continued where they left off in the third quarter jumping out on a 11-4 run to lead 62-41. Frankfurt kept dropping three pointers at regularity as ex Fraport Skyliners Andrew Rautins did in practice and games as Fossman and Okeke hit from outside. Richter also scored inside and Merz hit free throws. Young German Jan Moritz Overdick who is 17 years old and 207cm showed that he can hit from outside and also did a fine job getting to the free throw line for TV Langen. Frankfurt kept keeping Woody away from the bucket and down the stretch, Richter scored and Marius Nolte took his bread and butter to work as he scored inside twice. Frankfurt closed out the game and kept TV Langen to their lowest point total of the season at 49 points. “I don´t think that we were tired at the end. Frankfurt just took us out of the game early and we couldn´t react. We weren´t motivated enough to come back”, stressed Maxim Schneider. “TV Langen played their youth and we had a lot of experience on the court and it was obvious that we wouldn´t give this game out of our hands”, expressed Max Merz.
The Fraport Skyliners were led by Kyle Fossman and Tim Oldenburg with 14 points a piece. Max Merz added 11 points, four rebounds and five assists. TV Langen was led by Nick Freer with 16 points. Martinis Woody continues to be a riddle as he was kept under his season average of 8,0ppg with 7,0ppg. “Teams are doubling him and not letting him get the ball. WE aren´t getting him the ball and penetrating as much as we would like. We have to improve this and get him the ball in good situations. We also have to play more as a team and talk more on defense and just hustle”, warned Maxim Schneider. Frankfurt shot 44% from the field and 33% from outside while TV Langen shot 32% from the field and 17% from outside. Frankfurt won the rebounding duel 39-29 and had 17 turnovers while TV Langen had 18 turnovers. Frankfurt hopes that they can take this current level into the next games and not get back to bad habits against Wurzburg and Iserlohn. “We are a young team and it isn´t easy to be consistent. We want to keep this level, but it is important that we continue to play with heart and just work hard”, explained Max Merz.
Myles Hesson(Eisbaeren Bremerhaven) Our Team Defense Was What Won Us The Game Against Frankfurt And We All Helped Each Other And Came Up With Big Stops Down The Stretch
Myles Hesson is a 24 year old 195 cm forward from Birmingham, England was one of the 12 best players in Great Britain in 2013 and was selected for the 2013 national team playing in Slovenia at the Eurochampionships. He currently is playing in the Beko BBL for the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven.Last season he played for the Giessen 46ers (ProA) playing 33 games: 16.1ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 50.4%, 3PT: 30.1%, FT: 78.8%. Two seasons ago he played for Weissenhorn Youngstars (Germany-ProB, starting five): 20 games: 19.7ppg, 10.3rpg, 1.5apg, 1.7spg, 1.5bpg, 2FGP: 54.4%, 3FGP: 27.4%, FT: 65.6%, in Mar.’13 moved to Ratiopharm Ulm (Germany-BBL): 9 games: 4.2ppg, 2.8rpg. He started his professional career in 2009-2010 for Birmingham Aces (EBL2) averaging 13.1ppg, 4.9rpg, 2FGP: 47.9%, 3PT: 33.3%. In 2010-2011, he played for the Essex Pirates Basketball Club (BBL): 11 games: 9.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 47.1%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 68.4%. In 2011-2012 he played for Liverpool Mersey Tigers (BBL, starting five): 27 games: 15.1ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.3apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 48.8%, 3PT: 32.0%, FT: 61.5%. He spoke to German Hoops after the 71-62 win against the Fraport Skyliners.
Myles congrats on the 71-62 win against the Fraport Skyliners. The last two games against Phoenix Hagen and the Brose Baskets Bamberg was decided by only 2 points combined. How relieved was the team that the game wasn´t as close at the end as the last two games?
Its not something that any of us were particularly thinking about, but it was good to get a commanding lead in the last few minutes to ease the pressure.
Bremerhaven had the nice 29-24 lead at halftime. What was the secret to keep Frankfurt to only 24 points in the first half? What was the biggest strength on defense in the first 20 minutes?
We really pressured all their guards and made sure their bigs found it difficult to make interior passes. We didn’t let them score much in transition and really slowed them down.
In the third quarter, the Eisaberen Bremerhaven went on a run storming out to a 26 point quarter to lead 55-41. What was key for breaking open the game in the third quarter?
Moses Ehambe came out hot to begin the quarter and we all followed suit, our shots started falling and the crowd got behind us.
The Fraport Skyliners made a come back and came back to cut the Bremerhaven lead to 59-58, but you didn´t get scared and countered with an 8-0 run. Especially on defense the club made big blocks on Konstantin Klein and Aaron Doornekamp. It wasn´t one player but a team effort. What really stood out in crunch time for being able to secure the win?
Our team defense was what won us the game, we all helped each other and came up with big stops down the stretch.
He didn´t lead the team in scoring, but led the team in rebounding with 13 and assists with three. American Devin Searcy was clearly the unsung hero. How lost would the team been without him cleaning up in the back?
Devin is an anchor for us inside challenging shots at the basket and rebounding on both ends of the floor.
What was it like playing against Quantez Robertson for the first time? Is freak athlete the best description for him?
I like the intensity he plays with. Maybe, we didn’t allow him to do much today so I never got to see anything spectacularto have a description for him
What was your overall impression of the Fraport Skyliners? Are they better than their 1-4 record shows? Doornekamp and Williams played combined 46 minutes and went 0/11 combined. This is something that will probably never happen again this season. With better production from Frankfurt, they may have won the game?
I think they have played better in their previous games but today we executed our game plan and were the better team.
You average 18 minutes per game, but played the least minutes this season with 13 against Frankfurt. However you still have very solid stats for your minutes. How happy have you been with your game and development in the first two months back in the Beko BBL?
I am happy to do whatever it is the team needs me to do to win games. I am continuing to work hard so its onwards and upwards for me hopefully.
Bremerhaven is 3-1 and much improved to their 0-7 start last season. The club seems to be on a very good way. Is it more a defined early chemistry or overall talent that has made the team so successful so far?
Yes I believe so. We all get along with each other, there are no ego’s on the team, we just want to win games and will do whatever it takes to do so
What is your favorite place to relax in Bremerhaven? The Fraport Skyliners visited the Bremerhaven zoo before the game. Do you like to hang out in the zoo?
I like to eat at different restaurants around the city. I havent actually been to the zoo yet but I will soon.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
I went to the cinemas in Bremen and watched the Equalizer. It was a great movie.
Thanks Myles for the chat.