Tim Uhlemann Gives NBBL Power Sparking The Giessen 46ers Rackelos Past Rhondorf 76-71

 

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Miles Schmidt-Scheuber interviewing 18 year old Giessen NBBL player Tim Uhlemann who sparked his team in crunch-time over the Dragons Rhondorf 76-71 with 12 points and 11 rebounds

 

 

Last weekend the Dragons Rhondorf were on the verge through two quarters of possibly setting a new trend in basketball by arriving fashionably late to the gym on a road trip that was hampered by snow and traffic as instead of finding no rhythm in the game after having only a few minutes to put up some shots before the jump ball, they came out with a lot of energy and shocking the Fraport Skyliners Juniors by leading by 10 points in the break. In the second half, Frankfurt was sparked by a snowfall of three´s deciding the game and sending the Dragons home with a lot of thoughts about how they could of somehow pulled out the win. One of those guys that had a few hours to think about the loss as the mini bus was traveling back to Rhondorf on clear and wet roads as the snow had subsided was Kameron Taylor. The Maryland native who played at Seton Hill(NCAA) and at Ehingen(Pro A) last season had had another big game producing 28 points and hauling down 12 rebounds, but it wasn´t enough as not being able to lead his team to victory surely was eating at him. With the Frankfurt loss in the back of his mind, his head was also being challenged with memories of the horrible 90-67 loss in Giessen earlier in the season as they did a great job limiting Taylor on offense. In Giessen Taylor had his lowest point total of the season and attempted his fewest shots of the season with only five. Taylor was double focused and hungry to seek revenge against Giessen and also had no worries of getting late to his home living room, but this time the tables were turned. Not only didn´t Giessen show up until 30 minutes before game time, but the Giessen Taylor wasn´t present as weren´t other key players like Nick Hornsby and Bjarne Kraushaar as they were giving their services to the Giessen BBL team in Braunschweig that prevailed on the road. The Dragons Rhondorf went into the game as the heavy favorite, but instead left the floor after 40 minutes losing 76-71 as Kameron Taylor flirted with another triple double and 18 year old German NBBL youth player Tim Uhlemann scored seven of Giessen´s last nine points rallying his team to an amazing come back win with only seven players. “Despite playing Wednesday against Schwelm and today with only seven players, we got the most out of everyone. We started slow, but we always believed in ourselves and we always found our rhythm as the game went on while Rhondorf lost it”, stressed Marian Schick. Rhondorf lost their first home game of the season and their heart and soul Viktor Frankl-Maus was extra disappointed by the loss. “We had had a similar situation two weeks ago against Wurzburg and pulled out the win. They had seven players, but we had only nine players so the difference wasn´t that great. We were missing our bigs and Alex Moeller was in foul trouble. Giessen fought hard and always hit shots when they had to. We didn´t have the needed self confidence at the end”, stressed Viktor Frankl-Maus. “We went in and did the best we could and wanted to give the win to the guys who weren´t there”, added Tim Uhlemann.

The Dragons Rhondorf came into the game motivated and didn´t underestimate the Giessen 46ers Rackelos speeding out to a quick 10-0 lead as they were able to halt the first seven possessions of Giessen contesting most shots which sparked their offense. The Dragons Rhondorf got two buckets from Kameron Taylor who scored in the first four seconds, Frankl-Maus also scored four points and big man Alexander Moeller dropped free throws. After a Giessen timeout, they went to zone which quickly started to handicap Rhondorf as it helped them rally and get back into the game as they went on a 9-3 run to cut the Rhondorf lead to 15-11. In the run, Giessen who had to play with their BBL jersey´s was led by ex German national player Johannes Lischka who scored six points including a pretty finger tip roll in as he was all over in the paint area. Rhondorf lost intensity and became lackadaisical and got quick five team fouls which allowed Giessen to get to the line. Rhondorf led only 17-12 after one quarter as they were unable to get the most out of their resources. “It was an ugly game. We started off well, but then we were unable to finish well. We were hitting nothing from outside as the shots weren´t contested, but mostly open shots. Giessen did a good job coming back”, stressed Dragons Rhondorf assistant coach Max Schamborn. The Dragons Rhondorf were shooting 32% from the field and 9% from outside while the Giessen 46ers Rackelos were shooting 14% from the field and 0% from outside. Rhondorf had the 14-12 rebound lead and three turnovers and Giessen four turnovers.

The Dragons Rhondorf quickly jumped all over the Giessen 46ers Rackelos going on a 10-2 run to extend their lead to 27-14. In the run, the Dragons Rhondorf once again upped their defense led by ex Ehingen guard Kameron Taylor who made a big block on Alen Pjanic and made a steal and were able to get fast break buckets from Frankl-Maus and 24 year old ex Bayer Uerdingen guard Patrick Reusch. German Thomas Michel and Kameron Taylor also scored in the paint. Rhondorf was doing a good job getting easy buckets in the paint compensating their horrible three point accuracy. 18 year old 203cm Tim Uhlemann made a huge play blocking Thomas Michel on the penetration as the youngster gave a first sign of his talent as it would really come to life in crunch-time. Giessen then shocked Rhondorf with a lightening 6-0 run to cut the Dragons lead to 27-20 as 30 year old veteran German Marian Schick who played three seasons with Hanau showed his inside out game hitting a trey wearing the John Bryant jersey and scoring a layup. Giessen kept up the lead and pressure as they continued to get valuable production from their Germans Anton Geretzki, Viktor Frankl-Maus and Patrick Reusch for the 34-25 lead. But Giessen never let up or lost confidence in not being able to keep pace with Rhondorf as they chipped away and had success on offense as Schick dropped another trey and Lischka scored in the paint cutting the Rhondorf advantage to 36-30. Taylor closed out the first half with a pull up jumper with two seconds remaining as Rhondorf led 38-30. “We led by only eight points and could have been playing a lot better. Giessen hurt our zone and we didn´t make good decisions”, added Rhondorf assistant coach Max Schwamborn. The Dragons Rhondorf were shooting 39% from the field and 11% from the three point line while the Giessen 46ers Rackelos were shooting 32% from the field and 38% from outside. Giessen had the 22-21 rebound edge, but 11 turnovers while Giessen had nine turnovers.

In the third quarter, Rhondorf held the lead, but Giessen continued to stay on the heels of the home team. Giessen NBBL player Tim Kordyaka got Giessen on the board first after he dropped a trey after the club had established nice ball movement and Schick made a free throw as Rhondorf led only 38-34. Rhondorf responded with a furious 6-0 run as their guard play ruled as Taylor set up Frankl-Maus twice and the American then scored on transition as Rhondorf led 44-34. Giessen shot back going on a 8-2 run as they cut Rhondorfs lead to only 46-42. In the run, Giessen was sparked by Schick who was aggressive in the paint scoring twice and Lischka hit his bread and butter step back jumper. Then all of a sudden both teams found their range from outside as Rhondorf got key three´s from Frankl-Maus and Michel while Giessen got trey´s from Pjanic and ex Nordlingen guard Leo Vrkas, but Rhondorf still had the narrow 56-50 lead. “The game was ugly and you could see that both teams were tired. Our energy was missing and we were unable to make the extra step”, added Viktor Frankl-Maus. “We knew that we had to work harder in our zone defense, because Rhondorf was still getting easy baskets inside. We calmed down a bit on offense and stayed in the game”, added Marian Schick. The Dragons Rhondorf was shooting 42% from the field and 16% from the parking lot while the Giessen 46ers Rackelos were shooting 35% from the field and 43% from the parking lot. Giessen had the 33-30 rebound edge and had 13 turnovers while Rhondorf had 11 turnovers.

The fourth quarter was a real dog fight as Rhondorf had a horrible start which allowed Giessen to threaten, take the lead and win the game. Giessen stopped Rhondorf´s first seven possessions allowing no field goals and got only three points from free throws from Reusch and Taylor and were able to cut their lead to 58-57. Giessen continued to get great support from their work horse Johannes Lischka who scored twice in the paint and Pjanic made a beautiful tip in alley-op on a perfect Vrkas feed. The great Giessen come back continued to get their emotions high which sparked NBBL player Tim Uhlemann to new heights as he nailed a three from the corner giving Giessen it´s first lead of the game at 60-59. That was short lived as Taylor hit a step back jumper for the 61-60 lead. Giessen kept battling and got quick buckets form Lischka and Pjanic for the 65-61 advantage. Michel and Pjanic then traded baskets, but Giessen still led 67-63 with 3,41 minutes remaining. Rhondorf then went on a key 6-0 run to lead 69-67 heightening their defense forcing a few turnovers and Mr energy Patrick Reusch nailed two clutch pull up jumpers not hesitating for a second finding nothing but net. When many thought it would be Taylor time, it was actually Uhlemann time as he stepped up again hitting a huge three for the 70-69 Giessen lead. “Joe Lischka found me in the corner. I believe that his good play sparked my good play”, added Tim Uhlemann. “I saw Uhlemann play in the Oberliga yesterday and told him before this game just to go out and play your game and shoot whenever your open.”, smiled Marian Schick. Taylor gave Rhondorf their last lead 71-70 with 38 seconds to go. Uhlemann showed no nerves hitting two free throws as Giessen led again 72-71 with 24 seconds to go and never looked back. With 24 seconds to go Rhondorf elected to give Latvian lion Ronalds Elknis the three attempt, but he missed. Pjanic then made free throws for the 74-71 lead. Taylor missed to tie the game and Uhlemann closed out the game with free throws. “We did a good job on the last two possessions. I stayed off Elksnis giving him the shot rather than letting a Frankl-Maus or Geretzki get open shots. We contested Taylor well. We stayed calm at the end and made all the right decisions and had the needed self confidence”, added Marian Schick. “Elksnis had the best opportunity and I told him earlier to shoot when open. We had bad luck as shots were going in at the other end. Giessen hit their shots and made all the right decisions. We didn´t have Uhlemann on the scouting sheet. He came up big and you have to respect that”, stressed Viktor Frankl-Maus. The Giessen 46ers Rackelos were led by Johannes Lischka with 25 points and 12 rebounds. Marian Schick added 14 points and Tim Uhlemann had 12 points and 11 rebounds and Alen Pjanic had 12 points. The Dragons Rhondorf were led by Kameron Taylor with 23 points, nine rebounds, 12 assists, three steals and four blocks. Viktor Frankl-Maus produced 18 points and Thomas Michel and Patrick Reusch added 11 points apiece. The Giessen 46ers Rackelos shot 38% from the field and 42% from outside while the Dragons Rhondorf shot 40% from the field and 13% from outside, Giessen won the rebound battle 46-38, but had 17 turnovers while Rhondorf coughed up the ball 13 times.

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Basketball Aid Supports Cancer Stricken Children And Physical Activity

 

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The BASKET AID charity game in Heidelberg in August 2017: From left to right: Martin Lautenschläger of the MLP Academics, Fran McCaffery(head coach Iowa) and BASKETBALL AID International Tour chairmen Hans Beth

 

 

When a child is stricken with cancer, a first thought may be that a continued life can only occur in the hospital, but that isn´t correct as there is so much more value to life. There was always that misconception that children, cancer and sports can´t mix, but that is false. The notion that cancer stricken children can´t do sports something that they had always done before isn´t correct, but it is actually possible. Studies have shown that that children continuing to take part is physical activity can have a positive impact in fighting cancer. BASKETBALL AID International Tour, in cooperation with the ISSW and the NCT, supports the sports program at the oncology station for children. BASKETBALL AID International Tour chairmen Hans Beth supports the children’s cancer station at the University Hospital in Mainz and now additionally the children’s oncology station in Heidelberg. Beth believes very strongly that physical activity is very important for children stricken with cancer. BASKETBALL AID have come up with a plan that will allow cancer stricken children to take part in sport activities at a regular basis especially basketball. The sessions will be held by Simon Feisst, who is part of the ISSW (Institute for Sports and sports science).

 

Last August a charity basketball game was held in Heidelberg, Germany organized by the BASKETBALL AID International Tour and the MLP Academics Heidelberg where the BASKETBALL AID allstar basketball team that consisted of many German professional basketball players took on the well known American NCAA team of the Iowa Hawkeyes. 5000 Euro was raised on this night as many of the clubs sponsors helped raise the money as well as entrée fees. On this night there was also a Maik Zirbes Jersey that was auctioned off that had signatures of all the current German national players. BASKETBALL AID International Tour chairman Hans Beth looks back at this event and the continued support as very positive. “„I’m very happy that we have managed to collect 5.000€ to support the sports session for the kids and give them an opportunity get active and play basketball. Maybe for some of them it will be a new hobby and a passion as well.“ Martin Lautenschläger of the MLP Academics was is also thrilled about this new step. “The organization and support for the BASKETBALL AID International Tour has been a heartfelt wish for us. Additionally to the fact that our supporters saw a very competitive game, we are pleased that the money will be used to start such a wonderful project. We will follow this project closely in the future.“  Dr. Joachim Wiskemann, NCT Heidelberg, group „Movement & cancer also looks positively towards the future. “We have started with physical activities back in 2009 at the oncology station for children, back then for patients with bone marrow transplantations. With this donation, we want to focus on children that have completed the therapy and want to get back to their normal, active life.

 

Contacts Chairman BASKETBALL AID International Tour 2017 Hans Beth Mobil 0049 (0) 1467151 234 73 404 Mail hans.beth@hb-basketballcoach.de Skype hans.beth1 Web http://www.hb-basketballcoach.de english: http://hb-basketballcoach.de/en/index.html Managing Director Public Relation Malte Pohl CURUBA Media / Thomas Schaarschmidt Mobil 0049 152 249 03 734 Mobil 0049 172 341 84 69 Mail maltepohl1@googlemail.com Mail thomas@curuba-media.de

 

 

A Valuable Character and Physical Presence Will Get Dennis Clifford(Alba Berlin) To The Next Level

At first glance when you observe 25 year old Dennis Clifford, his 216cm frame stands out with long arms dangling, but he has two positive traits that aren´t necessarily present in everyone, but definitely two things that any person would love to have not only professional basketball players. Besides being a very skilled professional basketball player, the Bridgewater, Mass native has a very good character and also knows how to joke around, but at the same time knows when it´s time to be serious. Before having an illustrious basketball career at the well Known Boston College where he got the fullness of intellectual life while experiencing the big religious tradition the school offers, he got his last year of high school learning at the top prep school Milton Academy 15 minutes outside of Boston where a part of it´s mission statement expressed Embracing diversity and the pursuit of excellence, while creating a community in which individuals develop competence, confidence and character. His character definitely was made in these two places of learning and a big reason why Alba Berlin hauled in the big man as they learned from their roster fluctuations from last season as the team chemistry just didn´t function without having stellar character players. But just because you have a strong character doesn´t mean that you have to refrain from having fun and only thinking about what is proper 24 hours a day. Clifford also knows how to have a sense of humor and might have indirectly picked up on how to tickle a German´s sense of humor when he played at Boston College and was roommates with German national player Patrick Heckmann. He is one of those guys that likes to joke around, but he learned at Boston College that when comparing countries, you shouldn´t mess with Germany and Patrick Heckmann. “Pat Heckman was my roommate in college so we would always talk trash about Germany vs America”, joked Dennis Clifford. On the basketball side, Clifford has already been near the NBA world as last season as a rookie he played with the Santa Cruz Warriors (D-League) playing 38 games averaging 11.9ppg, 8.1rpg, 2.0apg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 59.2%, FT: 64.5%. “My experiences in Santa Cruz were all positive. I was kind of an unknown player when I arrived in Santa Cruz, and my teammates and coaches really helped me develop into the player I am today. I like to believe that I was really close to a NBA call up last year. I heard rumors of almost getting one before my injury”, stressed Dennis Clifford. This season with Alba Berlin the American has been very solid in the BBL and Eurocup being very consistent in both competitions putting up 11/5 stats. The American takes a lot of pride on his defensive game and knows no matter what that will always save a not so bright offensive day. “I have always loved playing defense because no matter if youre having a bad day on offense, you can always play good defense. In the last few years I have added a lot of strength and I think that has helped me a lot with my defense and physicality”, expressed Dennis Clifford. Even if he might not have noticed yet that his fine basketball IQ has already grown due to his new teammate Luke Sikma who has the perfect basketball IQ. “On transition, offense and defense I think I can really help the team by being quick and making good decisions”, added Dennis Clifford. His character will bring him a long way, but one thing is missing from making the next step. “I think I still need to be more of a physical presence on offense and defense in order to get to the next level”, said Dennis Clifford. Even if the NBA doesn´t pan out, he must of got the best of Heckmann on the joke side as he is already growing a love for Germany. “If the NBA doesn´t work out I would love to have a long and prosperous career in Germany”, warned Dennis Clifford.

After the disastrous last season where Alba Berlin finished in sixth place and were manhandled by FC Bayern Munich in the playoffs, it was time for Alba Berlin CEO Marco Baldi to sit down and conduct some serious soul searching . The only bright spot was their offense last season where they averaged 81 points per game. But they really floundered on the defensive end as the once strong defense that coaches like Luca Pavicevic and Sasa Obradovic had prided was nonexistent as they allowed 81 points in the BBL and even worse 91 points in the Eurocup. They also lost a handle under the boards grabbing only a pathetic 27 per game. The first order was bringing discipline back to the club and they brought in Spanish legend Garcia Aito Reneses. Who could forget last summer the first speculations that Denis Wucherer might be the next coach? Instead Garcia Aito Reneses was named and many moaned why him. Now nobody is moaning anymore as Alba Berlin is back on track to living up to it´s proud tradition as the club is playing well again and near the top of the standings. The real basketball experts had their thumbs up because he is a Spanish legend and real basketball teacher. His success speaks for itself as he has won 3 ACB titles and three cups with FC Barcelona as well as 2 Eurcups in the 80´s and 90´s, the Korac cup in 1999 and demonstrated his coaching skill winning the Uleb Cup in 2008 with DKV Joventut Badalona. He also won a silver with the Spanish national team at the 2012 Olympics. He has brought excitement back to the Alba Berlin community after last season´s horrible finish losing 9 of their last 14 and then sinking against FC Bayern Munich. This season he has brought back discipline to the team and a club that has prided it´s self on defense under Pavicevic and Obradovic are back to defending like they know how allowing only 71 points per game third best in the BBL.

It´s no secret that having good team chemistry has to do with getting the right mix of players as well as keeping the correct players. The club didn´t have an easy job as most left from last season, but it held Germans Niels Giffey(last season BBL 8.3ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.4apgEurocup 6.6ppg, 2.4rpg)  Bogdan Radosavljevic(last season  BBL 5.3ppg, 1.9rpg Eurocup 4.7ppg, 2.4rpg) and Akeem Vargas that combined have eight years of service with the team. Giffey ´s stats are a bit down from last season, but is shooting over 50% from outside while Radosavljevic is extremely effective and efficient in the minutes he is getting from the bench. The key player is Peyton Siva who had a solid season last season despite the troubles with the play of the team, but this year is making the next step as he already proved with upping his stats and showing he can lead a team. The three Americans have panned out to be excellent signings as Aito knew Sikma from the ACB who reads a defense as well as Tom Brady does an NFL defense and is averaging four assists a game, Spencer Butterfield is shooting over 50% from outside and Dennis Clifford is bringing stability to the paint. All three are known as super character guys. Aito had Lituanina Marius Grigonis last season and his hot shooting and annoying defense have also paid off. Stefan Peno is the only player that hasn´t panned out, but he is only 20 years old and already showed glimpses of brilliance in the Europcuo with 15 and 12 point games. One can only wonder if Alba Berlin has a second Brendan Rooney as scout?

Basketball fans in Berlin have been living an annoying titleless basketball life since 2008 without a league title and if this season´s team has enough  to win the title is hard to say at this time, but the team has the ability to be way better than last season. So far the club has shown it´s an upgrade from last season. The club has quickly gotten on the same page on defense but had a few accidents against Munich and Bayreuth that resulted in loses, but overall this team has a lot of potential and will continue to heighten their game. They have a lot of scoring power and will continue to improve there as the chemistry continues to build with experience. The rebounding is still a work in progress, but with the experience of Aito something they didn´t have last season on the sidelines, this team should if injuries don´t totally get in the way at least reach the semi finals or even the finals should everything go right. It´s good to have a successful Alba Berlin back so Munich and Bamberg have someone to worry about in the rear view mirror. The team is very talented and the current team chemistry is very scary. The key is a consistent potent Peyton Siva doing his playmaking thing and the three Americans Sikma, Butterfield and Clifford. If these three character guys can stay healthy then they might bring back memories to a certain year 2008 where two other great American character guys Julius Jenkins and Immanuel Mcelroy who had some kind of say in winning the league title. But before they can continue to dream very casually about the league title and cup, they have to take it game by game especially in the BBL, a league that becomes closer and closer competition wise. They first have to get by the Fraport Skyliners this weekend who have been drastically hit by the injury bug. Frankfurt has been playing brilliant considering their seven man roster, but suddenly were hit with three injuries to Jonas Wolfarth-Bottermann, Richard Freudenberg and Shawn Huff last week. The injury bug continued with top scorer Philip Scrubb and center Mike Morrison.  A team reeling for healthy bodies is meeting a power and offensive hungry Alba Berlin who are shooting out the lights as Butterfield, Grigonis, Giffey and Saibou are hitting over 40% from the parking lot. The Fraport Skyliners aren´t where they want to be yet with their consistent defense as it is still a work in progress, but gradually getting better, but now meet a very strong offensive team where their defense will be tested and are undermined while their team chemistry was hit with the injury bug. Frankfurt head coach Gordon Herbert is known for expertise scouting and he will really be tested for his qualities in this game. Every time Frankfurt played against strong teams this season, they have faltered and it most likely will be like that again this season. The Fraport Skyliners will likely suit up half their Pro B team for this encounter.

 

 

 

 

Ryan Harrow (Rosa Radom) If I Had Played Just A Little Better At Kentucky It Could Have Changed My Life

Ryan Harrow is a 26 year old 188 cm guard from Georgia playing his third professional season and first with Rosa Radom (Poland-PLK) after starting the season with Pieno Zvaigzdes Pasvalys (Lithuania-LKL) playing 5 games averaging 15.2ppg, 2.0rpg, 4.4apg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 52.1%, 3FGP: 42.9%, FT: 66.7%. Last season he played with  Consultinvest VL Pesaro (Italy-Serie A) playing 20 games averaging 10.2ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.0apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 49.2%, 3FGP: 42.1%, FT: 67.6%, in Mar.’17 moved to Rosa Radom (Poland-PLK) playing 12 games averaging 15.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 4.3apg, FGP: 49.1%, 3PT: 39.4%, FT: 81.8%. AS a rookie he played with  A.G.O Rethymno Aegean (Greece-A1) playing 25 games averaging 12.7ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.2apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 45.4%, 3PT: 41.2%, FT: 73.1%. He played at three NCAA school´s North Carolina State, Kentucky and Georgia State and as a senior at Georgia St played 28 games averaging 18.9ppg, 2.1rpg, 3.7apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 54.3%, 3PT: 39.4%, FT: 71.7%. He spoke to German Hoops about basketball before the Basketball Champions League game against medi Bayreuth in Bayreuth.

 

Welcome to Germany. Is this your first time to Germany and how have you liked it?

This is my first time in Germany. Even if it was dark with us coming in, I had a nice first impression. The Christmas lights were up in Bayreuth.

What do you know in general about the country Germany and its basketball? Do you have any friends playing here?

I don´t know much about Germany, but watched the movie Atomic Blond which is set in Berlin and has the wall in it. My friend Tre Bussey just signed in Germany with Bremerhaven. We’re family. He lives five minutes from me at home.

Your playing your first season with Polish team Rosa Radom. Was the attraction to be able to play Champions League basketball a big reason why you joined this team?

I finished with Rosa last season, but ended up in Lithuania this season. Rosa wanted me to come back so I returned.

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Kevin Punter (Rosa Radom) I Was Never One And Done

Kevin Punter is a 24 year old 188cm point guard from the Bronx, New York playing his second professional season and first with Rosa Radom (Poland-PLK). Last season as a rookie he played with  GS Lavrio (Greece-A1) playing 21 games averaging 12.5ppg, 2.4rpg, 2FGP: 45.8%, 3FGP: 43.2%, FT: 80.0%, in Mar.’17 moved to Port of Antwerp Giants (Belgium-Euromillions League) playing 16 games averaging 11.5ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.6apg, Steals-2(1.9spg), FGP: 46.0%, 3PT: 30.9%, FT: 89.1%. He started his college career at  State Fair CC (JUCO) and finished at Tennessee (NCAA). In his senior year he played 26 games averaging 22.2ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.5apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 52.2%, 3PT: 36.9%, FT: 81.7%. He spoke to German Hoops about basketball before the Basketball Champions League game against medi Bayreuth in Bayreuth.

 

 

Kevin thanks for talking to German Hoops. Before we start how often have you heard the wise comment “How far can you punt the ball?

When I was a little kid I often heard the phrase do you play football, but now I don´t hear it anymore.

Welcome to Germany. Is this your first time to Germany or did you check it out when you played in Belgium briefly last season?

This is my first time here. We got in late, but it´s cool.

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Kameron Taylor (Dragons Rhondorf) Sometimes You Have To Take A Step Back To Take Two Steps Forward

Kameron Taylor is a 22 year old 198cm guard from Hyattsville, Maryland that is playing his second professional season and first with Pro B team Dragons Rhondorf and tearing up the Pro B averaging 23,3ppg, 7,2rpg and 4,5apg. Last season as a rookie he played with Team Ehingen Urspring (Germany-ProA) playing 29 games averaging 10.8ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.3apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 43.9%, FT: 80.2%. He started his basketball career at DeMatha Catholic and in 2012-2013 started his career at Seton Hill (NCAA2) and as a freshman played 28 games averaging 7.8ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.0apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 40.6%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 70.0%. In his second season at Seton Hill (NCAA2) he played 27 games averaging 12.6ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.6apg, 2.0spg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 43.5%, 3PT: 35.3%, FT: 77.9%. In his junior season at Seton Hill (NCAA2) he played 16 games averaging 13.1ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.1apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 43.3%, 3PT: 39.6%, FT: 70.6%. In his senior year at Seton Hill (NCAA2) he played 27 games averaging 20.8ppg, 8.7rpg, 4.1apg, 2.2spg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 49.6%, 3PT: 36.1%, FT: 76.8%. He spoke to German Hoops about basketball before he signed with the Dragons Rhondorf.

Kam thanks for talking to German Hoops. You are playing your second professional season and first with the Dragons Rhondorf. You had a solid rookie season in Germany with Ehingen, but chose to play in the Pro B for Rhondorf. What were the main factors for you making this move?

Rhondorf gave me a direct access to learn and train with the Telekom Baskets BBL in where I can not only compete with the highest competition but also see where my skill and athleticism is compared to the athletes of the BBL, and can directly help Rhondorf and keep my gameplay high for the Pro B.

Sometimes taking a step back can be seen as a step forward. Why did you choose to take a step back to the Pro B? It isn´t like you have to prove yourself after what you showed in the Pro A last season?

Yea sometimes you have to take a step back to take two steps forward.

What has been your early impression of this years Pro B team Dragons Rhondorf? They have a solid core of Germans led by Viktor Frankl- Maus and three talented imports. What kind of style do you see the team playing and how successful will the team be?

I really enjoy the team, we have great chemistry on and off the court. I especially think the chemistry off the court is important because it eliminates selfishness between the team. I feel we are a defensive team that can get out run as well as run a good half court offense. I expect a really good season because our success will depend on us coming out ready to play every game.

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The Fraport Skyliners Juniors Overcome The Double Whammy With Cosmo Gruehn´s Precision Shooting Getting By The Dragons Rhondorf 84-77

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Miles Schmidt-Scheuber interviewing Kameron Taylor after dropping 28 points and hauling down 12 rebounds in 84-77 loss in Frankfurt

After being on the road for weeks which must have felt like an eternity as something like that is rather untypical in the Pro B basketball world, the Fraport Skyliners Juniors were finally back home again, but even if they didn´t want to admit it were facing a type of double whammy at home even if it was more a mental thing that they had to contend with. The last time the Fraport Skyliners Juniors stepped off the court in their own smug living room they had left with hanging heads as they had suffered every player´s nightmare having been hit and shattered by a last second buzzer beater shot by ScanPlus Baskets guard Hayden Lescault that not only put a piercing dagger into the hearts of Frankfurt, but also had the audacity not to go through the netting in the usual way with a beautiful swish, but had the nerve to bounce around the rim for seemingly minutes and then trickle through somewhat delaying the celebrations by the visitors. That was the first whammy that Frankfurt had to encounter and the second one was having to face the Dragons Rhondorf again as the last time they faced them in October in the Dragon Dome in Rhondorf, they also had to exit the floor as the losers on a last second buzzer beater by Mr “it´s Seton Hill not Seton Hall” Kameron Taylor who had nerves of steel in the last 9 seconds and the slick self confidence of a clutch crunch time player like Michael Jordan back in the day as he took Jules Akodo to the cleaners with a pull up jumper that found nothing but net and put the Dragons Rhondorf into basketball heaven for a night. The good news was that the Fraport Skyliners Juniors were coming off a big win in Schwelm where German Garai Zeeb had supplied the heroics supplying a game winning shot and three seasons ago Frankfurt beat Rhondorf in Frankfurt with a Kyle Fossman buzzer beater. With so many buzzer beaters swirling around in everybody´s minds, one could only have figured that this game would experience another shocking fate at the end, but it didn´t as the Fraport Skyliners Juniors won their fourth game in a row after staging a comeback in the second half winning 84-77.

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