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Philip Scrubb(Fraport Skyliners) Is The Mini Doornekamp In A Guard´s Body Following Every Players Dream Route

February 12, 2016

What do Dashaun Wood, Andrew Rautins, Jon Leuer, Justin Cobbs, Aaron Doornekamp and Philip Scrubb all have in common? At first glance not much except for the last two, but before all is said and done in four months Philip Scrubb could belong to the six best players Gordon Herbert has ever gotten since returning to the Fraport Skyliners in 2010. The only difference is that with Wood you had a Beko BBL MVP, with Rautins an ex NBA player, Leuer a current NBA player for the Phoenix Suns that played three months in Frankfurt before going to the NBA, Cobbs a point guard that saved last season with his calm play and now moved to FC Bayern Munich and with Doornekamp an experienced Canadian national player that won three medals last summer. While Scrubb is a guy who could add to his 8 titles as a Canadian collegian and simply belong to this crowd should he continue to spark the team the way he has in a short time with his timely shooting, passing and big plays that could very well be the missing piece to winning titles this season. He could possibly win his first title with the Fraport Skyliners in a shorter amount of time than what it will have taken his teammate Doornekamp to have achieved. So what is all this hype about a rookie who when you see walking down the long corridor in the Fraport arena from the locker room to the VIP dining room between a Jordan Theodore and a Quantez Robertson looks more like a ball boy that got lost from staying on the court and fetching balls during shoot around or an altar boy who attends to supporting tasks at the altar such as fetching and carrying and ringing the altar bell and just standing by the side of the priest like a loyal dog does his master. When you observe the young man from Richmond, British Columbia shuffling down the hall way, he just doesn´t present that menacing basketball presence, but more of a good boy that took the wrong door and somehow landed between athletic professional basketball players on their way to getting a healthy good meal after another day at the office. The only thing missing for Scrubb would be wearing that white altar boy attire to officially distance himself from everyone else. However looks isn´t everything as Scrubb is as Sean Pean once said in the legendary 80´s movie Fast Times At Ridgemont High “The Full hot order” at least in basketball terms. For most in Europe, Scrubb is an unknown unturned basketball leaf, but in Canada he is known as the greatest college player ever and also had NBA buzz in the last year.

Before Philip Scrubb came to 2004 Beko BBL champion Fraport Skyliners, he first made history at Carleton. In order to be able to be classified as the greatest Canadian college player ever in Canada, he had to display greatness and did winning five CIS tournaments which is the equivalent of winning the NCAA tournament, racked up 3 OUA tournaments, won CIS All-Canadian Player of the Year three times, was CIS All-Canadian All-Tournament MVP in 2015 and rookie of the year in 2011. He improved his scoring average each season and as a senior played 24 games averaging 19.1ppg, 3.6rpg, 4.8apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 50.3%, 3PT: 48.9%, FT: 88.2%. His shooting out the lights in the CIS was the norm the way it is for FC Barcelona striker Lionel Messi scoring goals as he had season averages of 45% and 53,2% from outside. Some of his best scoring games in his college career were 44 and 32 points against Mcmaster, and 33 points against Brock. His consistency was sizzling in his last four years at Carleton as he scored in double figures in 93 of 104 CIS games. He was teammates with his brother Thomas Scrubb for four years who is also a rookie this season in Finland for Joensuun Kataja Basket (Finland-Korisliiga).Of course the harsh critics will say the CIS doesn´t compare to the more competitive NCAA, but Scrubb proved that he can play against top NCAA teams. His stats don´t lie as he racked up some impressive numbers during some exhibition games against Villanova with 32 points, Wisconsin with 30 points and 12 assists, and took apart Memphis twice with 30 points and then 35 points, seven rebounds and 10 assists. The latter stat line against Memphis would have been a solid day at the office for Larry Bird in his days at Indiana State 40 years ago. Once a winner always a winner as his champion traits continued to carry over into last summer. He had a work out with the Toronto Raptors and then played NBA Pro Summer League in Orlando (Memphis Grizzlies) playing 5 games: 2.2ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 20.0%. He also played NBA Pro Summer League in Las Vegas (Toronto Raptors) playing 4 games: 5.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.0apg. He won the NBA Summer League in Orlando with the Grizzles and then wasn´t done and decided to keep chiseling his game and didn´t take a rest to go enjoy his summer on the lakes in British Columbia, but had two tours of duty with the Canadian national team and guess what more hardware there as well in the shape of medals. He took part at the Marchand Cup in San Juan (Puerto Rico) winning the Gold medal as he played 4 games averaging 10.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 46.7%, FT-3(85.7%). He then played at the FIBA Americas in Mexico winning the Bronze medal playing 10 games averaging 7.6ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.5apg, FGP: 42.4%, 3PT: 48.0%, FT: 85.7%. He played against teams from Central America and South America seeing a totally different brand of basketball and often being inserted into the starting line up playing alongside NBA players Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett while other times coming from the bench for Toronto Raptor Cory Joseph. It also didn´t hurt getting valuable experience battling against NBA veterans Luis Scola and Andreas Nocioni from Argentina. One would have thought with so much winning going on in the basketball life of Scrubb that his luck would continue with his path moving to the NBA, but it didn´t. After the Fraport Skyliners had won their 12th game in a row and 8th in a row with Scrubb, head coach Gordon Herbert was asked why Scrubb was in Europe and not exiting the Ritz Carlton hotel in New York city with an NBA team heading for Madison Square Garden. The Canadian head coach had a tough time coming up with a plausible reason why he wasn´t in the NBA as he seemed more concentrated on his chewing gum. “He is a young kid and everyone has NBA dreams. He played well in two NBA summer leagues and then he joined AEK Athens. He needs to be more explosive to make the NBA. It is hard to say, but I believe he needs a couple of years in Europe”, stressed Fraport Skyliners head coach Gordon Herbert.

Scrubb started his professional career in Greece with AEK Athens and right from the get go knew that his new challenge wouldn´t be a cake walk as the guard competition was fierce. The club had respectable players like DJ Cooper, Giannis Kalambokis, Nontas Papantoniou, Malik Hairston and Chris Warren. In the Greek division he played 5 games averaging 12 minutes and 4,2ppg, 1,6rpg and 1,0apg while shooting 50% from downtown and in Euro Cup play played 6 averaging only 4,7 minutes per game. He had very little luck there averaging 0,7ppg and going 0/6 from the parking lot. Perhaps he mistakingly had on a white altar boy robe which got lost in the shuffle of the yellow uniforms of AEK Athens. It was a total change of pace from his previous winning ways and always being a force on the court, but he took his short stay in Greece in stride. “I played in the first game and got decent minutes. I thought that I played decent, but then we started to lose. Then I wasn´t put in anymore. The head coach had a lot of pressure to win. I think that he wanted to play me, but he wasn´t totally comfortable in doing it”, stressed Philip Scrubb.

It didn´t take long for the Canadian to find a new team as he was hauled in by the Fraport Skyliners on January 7th first for a two week try-out, but with his instant success to the club, he was soon given the contract extension to the end of the season. Fraport Skyliners head coach Gordon Herbert once again let his contacts go to work as he obviously had heard of the Canadian, but also got good feedback from Aaron Doornekamp who had played with him last summer as well as Carleton head coach Dave Smart. Scrubb came to Frankfurt in the midst of a winning streak and since he has arrived has contributed in a major way helping give support in 8 wins. He also helped the farm team win in Nordlingen as he gave instant power with 17 points, nine rebounds and four assists. The first thing that stands out was his quick ability to fit in and have absolutely no problems adjusting to anything. “The way the team plays makes it easy for me to fit in. Every player knows how to pass and are unselfish. The team has good ball movement and it lets me make the simple plays. I don´t have to overthink too much”, stressed Philip Scrubb. His head coach is also very impressed by his quick integration. “He doesn´t play like a rookie, but like a guy who has been in the league for 4-5 years. He played at a good program at Carleton and his poise and self-confidence has helped him adjust so fast”, stressed Gordon Herbert. His stats speak for themselves as he has scored in double figures in eight of nine games. He was a major force in keeping their Europe Cup record unbeaten at 12-0 as he took command like a veteran in the 91-79 come from behind win against Turkish team Royal Hali Gaziantep steering home 26 points and 15 points in the second quarter in the big Skyliner rally. Last week, he came into the game and poured in big three pointers in the victory against medi Bayreuth. Obviously his shooting is the first thing to stand out always. “He is a great shooter, can play on ball and can guard the three position. He has given this team a new dynamic that we hadn´t had yet”, stressed Fraport Skyliner Jordan Theodore. His teammate Aaron Doornekamp was already introduced to the stellar play of Scrubb last summer and knows what to expect now. “He really knows how to play. He can really shoot. He doesn´t make many mistakes and our system is perfect for him. His game just has made it very easy for him to fit”, warned ex Braunschweig forward Aaron Doornekamp. Scrubb is working on his game to become the most complete player like teammate Aaron Doornekamp and that is why he is the “mini Doornekamp in a guard´s body” as his complete game aspirations are moving in a decent way.

Of course the young Canadian knows that he is still far away from being the complete player. On offense he is definitely on a good way, but he is alert about the possibility of getting better on the defensive end. “Adjusting to the professional game is difficult. Guys are bigger and smarter at this level. You have to focus on so much all at once. I think that I can improve my foot speed and thinking on the court”, added Philip Scrubb. Even if he has always been known as a scorer and has demonstrated it in the Beko BBL, he sees another part of his game as hidden and not fully noticed yet. “I think that I am not a bad passer. I can make the right pass to lead to an assist and I am calm with the ball”, expressed Philip Scrubb. His passing skills really came into life in the 91-60 win against the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven where he had five assists. It will be interesting to see just how well his passing skills continue to develop having a superb teacher like Jordan Theodore and also German national player Johannes Voigtmann who is the best passing big man in the Beko BBL and has displayed some cute Globetrotter like passes this season. Another big strength in his game his unending self-confidence and calmness that is apparent on the court and is like an aura in the air when he has the ball in his hands. “He has a very cool demeanor on the court and nothing rattles him. Even when he isn´t hitting shots, I keep coming at him giving him the ball. He is always willing to take the big shot and make the big play”, warned Jordan Theodore. He credit´s a lot of his early success to his teammates especially Aaron Doornekamp. “It is so important that Aaron is here. He is the biggest reason why I came. I know that he will help me on and off the court and he is a guy I trust”, warned Philip Scrubb. Other guys that have been very key for his early success has been ex Seton Hall guard Jordan Theodore as well as Quantez Robertson. “Jordan has helped me so much just by playing with him. He is the point guard and runs the show. He takes a lot of pressure off me so I don´t need to overthink and can pick the time when to get aggressive. Robertson is our leader and does so much on the court. He is our best defender and I learn so much from him on the defensive end”, added Philip Scrubb.

Philip Scrubb has so much going for him on the basketball court, but he also has other amazing traits. What really stands out is his character and just how humble he is. Gordon Herbert knew what he was getting from Scrubb as a player, but also knew that his team was getting the ultimate winner as his character has role model status plastered all over it. In a day and age where the ego seems to have taken control over the professional athlete way more than even 20 years ago with the media world having grown so much, Scrubb would be the last guy to laud himself before the team or a teammate. He is as nondescript as an altar boy would be, but that is just how he is. He lets his stellar play speak for him on the court and let´s his teammates talk everywhere else. “He is quiet and humble and never talks about his self. He works hard, listens and always wants to help the team first”, stressed Aaron Doornekamp. Teammate Jordan Theodore has noticed the more taciturn mentality of his teammate, but jokes that he hopes that may change. “He is quiet, down to earth and goes about his business, but he professional about everything. I am more the funny and talkative guy. Maybe he will open up more”, smiled Jordan Theodore. Scrubb credits his upbringing to his parents for having a big part in how his character has developed. “Growing up I looked up to my parents very much. They were humble people. I learned that if you focus on your job, everything will come easier to you. If you do your job good, then you feel great internally”, stressed Philip Scrubb. His Carleton head coach Dave Smart who said there was no Canadian better than him playing in the NCAA last season obviously also had a huge impact on the continued development of his character. “Smart made me realize that you can be a nice guy, but still focus on your teammates. In my first year at Carleton I focused more on myself, but coach then made me realize that the team and being unselfish is most important. Smart was a great life coach that helped me in all areas”, warned Philip Scrubb. The best example of just how humble he is is when he is confronted with the best Canadian college player of all time label. When Scrubb listens he is focused 100% on you and here and there will smile and laugh very quietly and even when addressing this difficult label, he keeps the same expression. “There have been many great players from Canada. I played at the best program and the best coach. There was much handed to me. Winning improves the way people look at you. I was lucky to be on winning teams. The media helps people remember this”, added Philip Scrubb. Scrubb continues to win and once you have had that winning gene, it just sticks with you as guys like Bill Russell, Magic Johnson or Michael Jordan learned in their careers. Just when Scrubb exactly first started to work on that winning mentality is unknown, but it may have started when he was two or three years old when his dad was playfully taunting him standing tall over his little son and blocking every shot from the kid at the children´s Fischer Price basketball rim while the future professional player was getting madder and madder and getting more and more agitated. He is a man of little words, but one thing that he knows best about and wants most is too win. “I didn´t play much in Greece. I am very happy about my situation with the Fraport Skyliners. I just want to win games. We have high goals and I want to do my part and not waste it”, warned Philip Scrubb. Scrubb has the chance to win 3 titles in Frankfurt. The club will most surely make the playoffs in May and have a long road then needing to win three best of five series, but in Europe Cup play, they have to win 6 more games to win their first international title and in one week need to win two games at the Beko BBL cup weekend. That will be a tough hurdle to have to beat Alba Berlin and then FC Bayern Munich/Brose Baskets Bamberg, but Frankfurt has a 12 game winning streak and has much self-confidence. If Scrubb can win at least one title, he will instantly belong to the best signings/steals that Gordon Herbert ever got. The Fraport Skyliners have a very special team this season and winning on a very consistent rate and have found the ultimate missing piece with Philip “the mini Doornekamp in a guards body” Scrubb who only knows how to win and that will continue to rub off on the club in a very positive way.

 

 

Ray Mitchell(Westfalen Mustangs)I Did Think Pro Teams Would Be Knocking At My Door But It Didn’t Happen Like I Thought

February 11, 2016

Ray Mitchell is a 26 year old 201cm forward from California playing in Germany this season for the Westfalen Mustangs (Germany-Oberliga). He played college ball at Chadron St. (NCAA2) and CS Stanislaus (NCAA2). He started his professional basketball career in 2013 and played for teams like Inland Empire Invaders (ABA), Issa Town (Bahrain-Premier League), and Soles de Ojinaga (Mexico-Chihuahua Vive).He spoke to German Hoops about basketball.

 

 

 

Ray thanks for talking to German Hoops. It´s Rosen Montag a big carnival thing in the west part of Germany. Did you catch any of this atmosphere the last days or is it more quiet in Rheda Wiedenbruck?

It is a very quiet and peaceful town, more older people than younger. Though I do enjoy the small town, helps me focus on improving my game.

You have been a professional since 2013 that has taken you to the semi pro leagues in the states, Bahrain, Mexico and now Germany. Would you classify yourself as a basketball globetrotter?

Haha not exactly, I have a lot more work to do at this stage of my career, just enjoying the experience of playing and traveling.

How difficult has the last 2 years been for you in general just finding a new team and finding a way to survive?

It’s very difficult, some years you have more offers than needed and other years you have to take what you can get. The toughest part is seasons in different countries collage within each other so you have to pick one or the other. The percentage of you playing pro at any level is under 1% so I feel blessed to be a part of any team/club or organization.

What has kept you going since 2013? Is it your absolute passion for the game that won´t allow you to ever give up your dream?

At this point basketball is all I know, even if I was done playing, I would find a way to coach or find some way to be a part of the game. Though passion has a big part of it.

Currently you are playing for the Westfalen Mustangs (Germany-Oberliga) which is the 6th league in Germany. What kind of experience has Germany been coming from Bahrain and Mexico?

It’s been cold! That’s the biggest change because in Bahrain or Mexico, the winters are still summer weathers. But I am enjoying it no different, just adjusting to different cultures.

How would you classify the level of the Oberliga compared to what you saw in the States, Bahrain and Mexico?

Everywhere I play seems to have their own set of style. As Germany and Bahrain seem to have more of a set offense of trying to get the ball where it belongs in the offense. While Mexico and the states are more up and down, run and gun style but more physical, as the referee let the players play.

Currently Westfalen in 16-0. What do you believe has been the secret of the success of the team so far?

Being aggressive, sharing the ball, playing both ends of the court. Playing every team as if they was the best team in the league. Never taking any team lightly.

Currently you are averaging 26.8 pts. 9.2 rebounds and 4.4 assists for Westfalen. Do you feel like a man playing with boys?

Like the great Shaquille O’Neal once said, “with great team work, comes great individual play”. I also feel no Matter what level I play, my numbers will be similar from my previous club because how hard I work and play.

You are a versatile 201cm forward, but what is a hidden strength in your game that doesn´t always get noticed?

My ball handling ability and passing skills. People see my athletic ability, shooting, scoring and defense but fail to realize how much effort I put on other aspects.

You play with a mix of older and younger Germans. How special would you classify your leadership role that you have on the team?

A big role but not too big, the team does a decent job of taking responsibility of their mistakes and as do I. No one is perfect so we try to pay close attention to details

I am sure that you have seen other levels in Germany like the Regionaliga or Pro B. Are these levels that you believe you could play at?

No doubt about it, just need the opportunity and I am sure I will make any organization very pleased.

Last season you played with Issa Town (Bahrain-Premier League). What kind of experience was that? Were there any invitations to giant palaces or was the whole affair more laid back?

Well it’s something like the Disney movie Aladdin though I had a chance to have training camp in Dubai which made the experience a lot better. The toughest part about playing in Bahrain is each team can only have one import, which makes my job a lot tougher on both ends of the floor. Not only that but I was the smallest and youngest import that season.

Recently you played for Soles de Ojinaga (Mexico-Chihuahua Vive). You scored 51 points against the Tigers. Were you feeling it from the first minute?

No it was a slow game, and the other American was in foul trouble early. I had to pick up the slack, and ended up shooting 19/21 from the Free throw line. It also help me being 14-22 from the field. It felt really good because we won that game by 4 points. I wouldn’t call it my best performance ever but highest point game.

You played at Chadron St. (NCAA2) and CS Stanislaus (NCAA2). How was the whole college basketball experience for you? Did you know coming out that being a professional would be such a challenge?

College was fun, wouldn’t change that experience for nothing. I did think pro teams would be knocking at my door but it didn’t happen like I thought. It was more of a process that I am still learning more about today.

As a rookie in 2013 you got your first professional experience with Inland Empire Invaders (ABA) and the Los Angeles Revolution (NEBA). Was there ever a point where you wanted to just pack it in and quit? How tough was this period for you?

No because I was proud to be a part of the invaders, they helped me in my development in furthering my career. My coach, Dwayne Richardson had over 10 years of pro experience and he became the coach right after his last season pro in 2013. He helped out a lot and so did management. The competitions was way better than I anticipated, and we made it all the way to the sweet 16 as a team with over 90 teams fighting for spots. Very good experience for me as a rookie. Lastly the NEBA I never participated in, I really don’t know how that came about on my profile.

You are only 26 years old. Have you reached your prime yet and what is your biggest basketball goal now?

No of course not, I got at least another 10 years in me, I believe once I hit 30 years of age is where my true prime will be. Now a days I believe players understand the longevity of playing. I still feel, run and jump like I am still 22 years old.

Who was the best player that you ever battled in college or in summer leagues that is in the NBA now?

Paul George, we been playing against each other since high school, and ran into each other in the Nike say no classic, drew league in Los Angeles California, and more pick up runs. I knew he would be good but never knew a super star! Glad to see he is still playing well and healthy.

What was the last movie that you saw?

The water boy! I enjoy the classic movies.

Thanks Ray for the chat.

DJ Covington(Phoenix Hagen) Chasing The Money Isn’t Going To Be The Best For Your Game And Development As A Pro

February 10, 2016

DJ Covington is a 24 year old 203cm forward from Virginia Beach playing his second professional season and first with Phoenox Hagen where he is currently averaging 11,9ppg and 6,3rpg. He has scored in double figures 11 times and registered four double doubles. Some of his best games include a 19/16 showing in the win against Bayreuth and 21 points and 10 rebounds against the Telekom Baskets Bonn. Last season as a rookie he played for Basic-Fit Brussels (Belgium-Scooore League): 8 games: 4.8ppg, 3.9rpg and then signed at AE Nea Kifisia Dimoulas Athens (Greece-A1): 5 games: 1.2ppg, 1.6rpg. Last summer he got experience playing with Alaska Aces (Philippines-PBA): 4 games: 22.0ppg, 9.0rpg, 1.0apg, 1.3bpg. He started his basketball career in 2010 with VMI (NCAA) playing a total of 30 games averaging 19.3ppg, 9.2rpg, 1.0spg, 3.2bpg, FGP: 58.7%, FT: 69.3%. He spoke to German Hoops earlier in the season after a huge win against Ludwigsburg.

 

 

DJ Congrats on the big win over Ludwigsburg. How good did it feel beating one of the best teams in the league and then so convincingly?

It felt great we had a tough start and just tried to stick to our game plan and make sure that we were focused on what we were trying to accomplish and it worked out for us.

How key was it keeping them reduced to making only one three pointer all night long while Phoenix Hagen had their usual solid three point shooting night?

Very key. We understood that if we allowed for them to get into a rhythm while hitting their threes and having Brockman inside collecting boards it would have been a really long night for us by not limiting their 3’s

How challenging is it playing against one of the best big men in the league Jon Brockman? Do you watch a guy like that more closely to try to pick up little things about how he gets rebounds so easy?

Very he does a really good job of doing his work early and making sure that he is in the best position to get a possible miss.

Do you see yourself as a little good luck charm? Ever since you came back from injury the team has won three of five games and beat two playoff teams with Oldenburg and Ludwigsburg?

I wouldn’t say a good luck charm but I do think that I am an important part of the team. All of our wins have come from playing solid tough team basketball and I think our chemistry that we have on and off the court is a key factor in our success. There are no egos and we are all hungry for wins

Phoenix Hagen probably gave their best back to back defensive efforts this season as you give up 72 points per game. What has been especially good and improved over the last two games?

I think our toughness and our never quoting mentality has been the biggest help in overcoming a lot of adversity and knuckling down and containing our opponents

Do you feel extra pressure coming from the bench? Does Phoenix Hagen rely too much on their starting five?

No I don’t really feel any pressure. I actually like it and I think of it as a chance to come in and give my team that extra push when we need it in the game. I think that we have solid players off the bench that all play a key role in our success

Do you ever sit back on the bench and just enjoy the game of baby Shaq David Bell. Have you played with a better shooter than him in your young career?

I really haven’t he is a lights out shooter. With a hairpin trigger pull I mean once he is ready to shoot the ball is out of there and into the net and not to mention he is our leader out there

You were injured for the first two months. How tough was this time and was the adjustment period tough for you when you first came back?

It was a pretty tough adjustment being out so long but I think that the toughest thing that I had to adjust to was getting the conditioning back that is needed to play in our system. And secondly finding my rhythm again.

What has been the most challenging thing to get used to in the Beko BBL concerning the style and pace of game?

I would say the way that fouls are called I’m still trying to understand some of the situations and how the officials call things here

You are averaging 9,8ppg and 3,0rpg in five games. How happy have you been with your game. Is getting your rebound input up a goal of yours?

I couldn’t say that I’m happy with my game just yet but I do feel like every week I’m getting closer to playing the Way that I normally play. And as for the rebounds I need to improve on those and focus on grabbing the balls that I tip instead of tipping them to teammates .Its been a focus of mine and I’m a believer that hard work always pays off

How challenging and fulfilling is it battling a guy like Ivan Elliot every day in practice? What have you been able to pick up form his game in the last months?

Ivan is a great player and a fierce competitor it keeps the intensity level up in practice and brings the most out of you for sure and I think the biggest thing would have to be his crafty ness in finishing on the drive

You bring it on the offensive and defensive end of the court, but what is a hidden strength in your game that doesn´t get noticed right away on the court?

I think my biggest strength that I have is firing up my teammates and helping us all stay focused and together especially through some tough times

Last season as a rookie you played in Belgium and Greece. What was your wake up call to being a rookie last season in Europe?

I would say that its all about the situation rather than the money. Everyone wants to get paid but sometimes chasing the money isn’t going to be the best for your game and development as a pro

You never found a rhythm in Belgium or in Greece. What lesson did you learn in your rookie season that will help you now in your basketball career?

Just remain positive and continue to have faith in your game because once you lose that it makes things a lot tougher as a player

When you came to AE Nea Kifisia Dimoulas Athens (Greece-A1), you came for the departed Patrick Ewing Jr who then went into coaching. Is this a side note that you might remember now?

No not really being there allowed for me to see another side of what it takes to be a pro and it all leads back to consistency and self confidence

You played at VMI from 2010-2014. How did head coach Duggar Baucom prepare and groom you best for a professional basketball career?

Work ethic. He allowed for me to develop myself and taught me early that there are going to be a lot of situations where all the pressure will be on you and you still have to produce. He taught me things like always being on time and putting the extra work in no matter what

You played two seasons with guard Keith Gabriel at VMI. What was the most amazing thing that you remember him doing on the court?

His dunks. Keith was a high flyer and a very streaky shooter and with him being left handed no one really expected him to take off the way that he did

Who won a one on one in practice you or Craig Hinton?

Me for sure but Craig is a good player but he wasn’t ready. I´d like to see him 3 years from now once the full package if put together he will really be a great pro

What is the state of Lebron James in 2015? Do you ever see him being mentioned in the same breath as a Michael Jordan?

I don’t know to me Michael Jordan will always be number one but I don’t see him taking over games while still keeping everyone involved the same way that MJ did but he is one of the greats though hands down

What was the last movie that you saw?

DOPE it was actually pretty good too was´t expecting that.

 

Thanks DJ for the chat.

 

Devin Gibson(SC Rasta Vechta) I Feel Like I Am A Smarter Defender But That Comes With More Experience

February 9, 2016

Devin Gibson is a 26 year old 180cm point guard from Austin, Texas that currently is playing for SC Rasta Vechta (Germany-ProA) and last season played for the Kangoeroes Basket Willebroek (Belgium-Scooore League) playing 26 games averaging 11.7ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.2apg, Steals-4(1.8spg), FGP: 53.1%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 79.0%. The American started his basketball career in 2007 at UTSA (NCAA) playing a total of 119 NCAA games and as a senior played 34 games averaging 17.0ppg, 5.2rpg, 5.4apg, 2.7spg, FGP: 42.3%, 3PT: 30.3%, FT: 78.1%. He started his professional basketball career in 2011 with the San Antonio Spurs (NBA), only pre-season, in Dec.’11 moved to Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt (Germany-BBL) playing 18 games averaging 8.4ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.7apg, Steals-5(1.4spg), FGP: 42.4%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 72.8%. In the 2012-2013 season he remained with the Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt (Germany-BBL) playing 29 games averaging 6.1ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.2apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 45.5%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 62.0%. In the 2013-2014 season he played for BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn (Estonia-KML): Eurocup: 10 games: 7.0ppg, 3.4rpg, 3.1apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 51.5%, 3FGP: 33.3%, FT: 72.0%; VTB United League: 16 games: 5.8ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.4apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 34.6%, 3FGP: 42.1%, FT: 78.6%; Estonian League: 23 games: 7.7ppg, 3.4rpg, 3.3apg, Steals-1(2.4spg), FGP: 53.7%, 3PT: 40.5%, FT: 62.7%. He spoke to German Hoops after the big SC Rasta Vechta win against the Hamburg Towers.

 

 

 

Devin congrats on the big 70-52 win against the Hamburg Towers. How good does it feel to have won 10 games in a row?

Feels really good but can’t get too high or too low.

Can you remember what your highest winning streak was in college and as a professional?

No I can’t remember but I definitely would like to keep this one going to the end of the season.

Except for the wins against Essen and Nurnberg, you have kept every opponent to less than 63 points in the 10 game winning streak. You held Hamburg to seven points in the first quarter. How important is it in general to have the defense on the same page early?

It’s very important. We create a lot of our offense by our defense. And when a team is playing defense at a high level you know the effort and concentration is there.

The offense sputtered a bit in the second and third quarters, but in the fourth came alive again shutting the door on Hamburg scoring 20 points. What was key in the last 10 minutes to breeze to the win?

I feel it was our defensive pressure. We pressure you for three quarters trying to tire you out so we can get the benefits in the fourth quarter and that was the case against Hamburg.

SC Rasta Vechta is packed with offensive power, but how gratifying is it that even when you don´t play your best offensive game, you still win because the defense is working well?

Very gratifying because on any given night shots may go in or they may not but every night your effort on defense should be there.

SC Rasta Vechta obviously have played very well defensively in the 10 game winning streak, but what else has been key that has made you so successful?

Another key is that we are very deep. Every guy is ready to produce on any given night whether it be offensively or defensively.

SC Rasta Vechta is marching on and in the direction of the Beko BBL. However the post season is still long. How well is the team taking the success and also knowing the season is still very long?

Right now we are just taking it one game at a time. Trying to get better day by day.

How has the adjustment been for you coming back to Germany, but to a lower league? Currently you are averaging 6,8ppg, 2,0rpg and 5,3apg.

The adjustment has been ok. The guys and organization made me feel at home since the first practice so everything is going well. And it doesn’t hurt that we are on a nice winning streak.

What has been the biggest difference from the Beko BBL to the Pro A?

BBL has a lot more structure and athleticism. In pro A the structure is not always there so it’s something I had to adjust to.

You seem to be more of a playmaker than finisher with SC Rasta Vechta. Is creating for others your role this season instead of finishing which is also a big strength in your game?

It’s just how the games have played out. And it’s due to the fact that we have so much fire power at every position.

You are averaging 2,5spg. How has your defensive game developed since you played in Frankfurt?

I feel like I am a smarter defender but that just comes with more experience.

How important has point guard Carlos Medlock been? How do you guys compliment each other best?

Very important. We compete against each other every day and he helped me a lot when I first got here. We compliment each other very well he’s a great shooter and I’m more of a penetrator so it works.

How often have you heard your teammate Derrick Allen marvel about the success of his old team Fraport Skyliners who currently have a 12 game winning streak?

Occasionally he will bring it up. But he doesn’t brag about it. It’s usually me asking him questions about how he has been able to have such a successful career.

Who will win Super Bowl 50 Denver or Carolina?

Denver will win but I want Cam to get a ring.

What was the last movie that you saw?

Ride along 2.

Thanks Devin for the chat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greg Logins(BV Chemnitz) We Have A Lot Of Weapons And It Doesn´t Put A Lot Of Pressure On Me So I Can Just Play My Game

February 9, 2016

Greg Logins is a 27 year old 203cm forward from Sodus, New York that is playing his fifth professional season and first in Germany with BV Chemnitz. He started his basketball career with Canisius (NCAA) in 2007 where he played until 2011 and as a senior played 30 games: 11.8ppg, 6.0rpg, FGP: 47.0%, 3PT: 45.4%, FT: 78.3%. In 2011 he turned professional and played for Barreteros de Zacatecas (Mexico-LNBP): 10 games: 7.5ppg, 4.9rpg, FGP: 52.8%, 3PT: 9.1%, FT: 68.4%, left in Dec.’11, then joined RST Tanger (Morocco-D1) playing 15 games: 25.3ppg, 11.6rpg, 3.5apg, 1.2spg, 0.9bpg, 2FGP: 54.3%, 3PT: 39.3%, FT: 69.5%. He then played for Lappeenranta NMKY (Korisliiga) in Finland from 2012-2014. Last season he played for Fukuoka Rizing (Japan-BJ League): 30 games: 9.8ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 47.5%, 3FGP: 35.3%, FT: 70.6%, in Feb.’15 moved to Tapiolan Honka (Finland-Korisliiga): 10 games: 12.0ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 58.3%, 3PT: 31.8%. He spoke to German Hoops after the huge 91-73 win against the Hebeisen White Wings Hanau.

 

 

Congrats Greg on the big 91-73 victory. How much of a relief was it finally winning again after sustaining a four game losing streak?

It felt really good to get the home win tonight at home in front of our home crowd. With the little losing streak that we had, it has been tough. With some little nagging injuries with players, had set back a little, but tonight we were a full roster, and back at it playing Niners basketball.

BV Chemnitz showed right from the start who was Sir in the house and the offense was clicking. What was working better on the offensive end tonight than the last two weekends in the losses to Gotha and Kirchheim?

We just played our game with confidence, and did the things we know we can do better. We hustled even harder, and executed well. The last past 2 games, we have done some really good things, but the outcome just was not as what we played. For the most part, we competed with those top teams, as a whole, we just have to continue to progress and finish off the games.

How key was it holding their work horse Kriuze Pinkins to 0 points and only 10 minutes? Usually when he gets his double double they win as of late.

Pinkins is a good player. He is the key factor to that team, and to get him out the game early, was huge for us. With him not being on the court bringing his presence, it allowed us to turn it up even more, and finish the game.

BV Chemnitz have a 10-11 record, but very close to the playoff places. Have you been impressed by the unbelievable competitive aura of the Pro A?

Pro A is a good competitive league, and has a lot of good players. I think that our team is better than what our record holds, and we are a dangerous team, with a lot of weapons. I believe if we continue to move forward from how we played tonight, we will be in a good position for the playoffs.

BV Chemnitz have defended very well this season giving up 69 points per game, but average only 71 points. Why can´t this team score more despite it´s offensive weapons?

I believe at times we are not as smart with the type of shots that we take. If we play fast ball and execute well, getting everyone involved, I believe we can put points up on the board.

What does BV Chemnitz have do better now in the stretch run to make the playoffs?

We just have to stay consistent, and bring it every night once that ball is thrown up in the air for the tip until the end. If we play our style throughout the whole game, we will be fine and it is enough to get it done.

Currently you are averaging 10,5ppg, 6,1rpg and 1,9apg. Have you been pleased how you have adapted to the German Pro A?

Yes, I am. Previous teams I have been on in different leagues, I play different roles as I do here. I like the position that I am in because we have a lot of weapons that can do things, and it does not put a lot of pressure on me, so I can just play my game and fit in. Joining the team late, It took me a little while to adapt and find my new role to the team, but now I am comfortable, and happy about what I am doing.

You are shooting 42,9% from outside and haven´t shot this high since your senior year at Canisius (NCAA). Has the good shooting been more a testament to your teammates finding you or your good shot selection?

Yes, my teammates do a great job, putting me in good situations to get good shots. I usually been shooting pretty solid my professional career, but this year has been a good year stroking the ball for me.

Besides winning, what personal goals do you still have this season for improving your game?

I just want to continue to have a high energy influence on my teammates and I want to be known as a good 4 man that can shoot, rebound, pass, defend, and bring a high level of energy.

How much of a pleasure has it been playing with work horse Nate Buss? Are you surprised that he needed no time to really adapt as a rookie as he has been on since day one?

Nate is a good player. He has definitely adapted to the game quickly over here. As a rookie, he is doing great things, and I am really happy for him. It has been great playing with him this far.

Dashaun Wiggins has been another rookie that has needed no time to adjust. How much credit does head coach Rodrigo Pastore get for shaping these rookies so fast?

Coach Rod is a good coach. He is a coach,that breaks the game down to the simplest facts for you and put you into good situations. I think the rookies adapt so well, because of coaches knowledge of the game. He emphasizes well on all the tactics and things we need to know as players, which puts us in good situations. As you can see, with the rookies, it is helping a lot and quickly.

When will we see Virgil Matthews notch a triple double this season?

I think he was really close to doing it. I think it will happen at some point. Virgil is a good player, I can see that happening.

Who will win Super Bowl 50 Denver or Carolina?

I think the Carolina Panthers will win. I am a Cam Newton fan, so I hope he can get the job done.

What was the last movie that you saw?

Paid and Full.

 

Thanks Greg for the chat.

 

Quantez Robertson And Jordan Theodore Preach Skyliner Basketball Propelling The Fraport Skyliners Past Bremerhaven 91-60 For 12th Straight Win

February 8, 2016

A professional basketball player with experience has played many games in his life, but the big win, loss or scoring games definitely stay in a mind and can stay as vivid and as long inside as does that first ever snow storm for a person. For second year man Brandyn Curry of the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven coming back to the Fraport arena was a delight as he most likely had his best personal game as a professional last season. Last season as a rookie with Dutch team Den Bosch, he almost single-handedly led his team to victory as he poured home 27 points on an amazingly hot night from down town nailing seven three pointers. Despite his potent single effort, he was unable to get the win. In the loss, he won the head to head duel with top rookie guard last season Justin Cobbs and also showed in the return game in Holland netting 26 points that his game had arrived in Europe. “Matching up with Cobbs was a great for me. I had to play at my best and those two performances in particular gave me a lot of confidence moving forward into the rest of my season. It definitely showed me that I can play with anyone and I am indeed on the right path to becoming a top point guard in Europe”, stressed Brandyn Curry. Curry was back in an old stomping ground, but with a new team the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven and with a new role coming from the bench and almost double as little minutes on average as he did last season. Curry played 11 minutes getting a few minutes in the first half and garbage time in the fourth after Frankfurt had already decided the game. After the game, the American was disappointed with the loss, but happy to have been able to play in that old one game stomping ground. “It was good to be back in Frankfurt, but honestly I didn´t like that they changed the nets. It felt good to be back, but bad to leave 0-2. I want to be out more on the court, but it’s the decision of the coach. I just always have to be ready, aggressive and help the team win in any way”, stressed Eisbaeren Bremerhaven guard Brandyn Curry. Bremerhaven entered the game riding a one game winning streak having disposed of the Telekom Baskets Bonn last weekend, but had to deal with the hottest team in the Beko BBL again as after having a 13 game winning streak earlier in the season, the Fraport Skyliners currently had a 11 game winning streak and kept displaying that they could win without four key players and head coach Gordon Herbert in Poland as they beat Polish team Rosa Radom four days ago moving to 12-0 in Europe Cup play. With the injury plague still alive and kicking with the Fraport Skyliners, they met an underachieving team, but hungry and talented Eisbaeren Bremerhaven and heightened their game each quarter going from a 10-20-30 point lead crushing their opponent 91-60 moving to second place in the Beko BBL standings with their 12th win in a row. It was one of those days where everything was working and for Bremerhaven a day at the office where you just wanted to crawl out unnoticed. “We were clicking on all cylinders on offense and defense and were able to mostly capitalize on their mistakes. A big key in the game was getting the loose balls on offense and defense. We moved the ball very well and played Skyliner basketball. When we play like that we are unbeatable”, warned ex Seton Hall point Guard Jordan Theodore. The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven entered the game in 16th place with an unbelievable talented roster as always, but were unable to find a plan to score efficiently and stop the immaculate Frankfurt ball movement. “We didn´t have enough intensity the whole game. We shot ok, but they hardly missed. We didn´t execute well enough on offense and didn´t bring enough on defense. We gave up too many open shots”, expressed Eisbaeren Bremerhaven guard Lorenzo Williams. “Skyliner basketball is defined as playing hard, sharing the ball, making hustle plays and having high energy on defense”, warned John Little.

Despite the Rhein Main area being enthralled in Carnival fever, 4540 fans still found their path into the Fraport arena for a Saturday night showdown that was still quite even in the first 10 minutes. The Fraport Skyliners quickly demonstrated their sheer excellence on offense jumping out on a 5-0 lead as German national player Johannes Voigtmann made a lay in off a broken play and 2010 Eurochallenge winner John Little dropped a three pointer. Despite coughing up the ball twice on transition, the Fraport Skyliners could extend their lead to 9-2 as Canadian national player Aaron Doornekamp made a pretty put back and Voigtmann a lay in. Bremerhaven got off to a rocky start on offense as they were getting their share of open shots, but not connecting. Basketball never takes a day off from runs and Bremerhaven was able to cut the good Frankfurt advantage to 9-8 running off on a 6-0 run as ex Arizona (NCAA) guard Kyle Fogg scored in transition catching Frankfurt napping then made two free throws and ex Phoenix Hagen forward Larry Gordon hit a step back jumper. However a big strength of the Fraport Skyliners this season has been their uncanny ability to be able to switch on that instant offense button when they need to stop a team from coming back to much. They went on a mini 4-0 run as John Little nailed a pull up jumper and Quantez Robertson switched on the Tez button which he does on occasion going coast to coast for the easy lay up as Frankfurt led 13-8. Despite a Robertson trey, Bremerhaven had their offense going at a better rate as ex Giessen 46er Lorenzo Williams hit a jumper and Larry Gordon hit a jumper as Frankfurt led 16-13 after one quarter. “Both teams were feeling each other out. We knew that Bremerhaven was talented and could put the ball in the hole. We knew that we had to come out strong and did”, stressed Jordan Theodore. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 41% from the field and 33% from outside while the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven were shooting 29% from the field and 0% from outside. Bremerhaven had the 13-10 rebound edge, but five turnovers while Frankfurt had four turnovers.

In the second quarter, the first few minutes were tight as there were four lead changes, but then the Fraport Skyliners were able to break away and have the comfortable 10 point advantage at the break. The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven got rolling in the second quarter with a mini 4-0 run to take their first lead at 17-16 as ex Chicago Bull Tyrus Thomas nailed a 20 footer and ex New Jersey Net Jerry Smith scored inside on the hard penetration. Frankfurt quickly got the lead back 18-17 as Mr Canada Philip Scrubb made a back door pass to Johannes Richter who made the reverse lay up. Thomas got Bremerhaven the lead back at 19-18 with a pull up jumper, but that was quickly erased as Jordan Theoodore hit a three pointer as Frankfurt led 21-19 and they would never look back. The Fraport Skyliners then went on a 9-3 run to raise their lead to 30-22. In the run, Frankfurt proved to be the more active team on both ends of the floor and just outworked their opponent. Robertson hit another three pointer, Little snuck inside for the tip in and Voigtmann made a hook shot and tip in while Fogg connected on a three pointer. In the last few minutes, Frankfurt got some key three pointers from Voigtmann who let go his emotions after missing some shots in a row and from Doornekamp. It was apparent to see that Bremerhaven had to really work for each shot while Frankfurt was letting the ball fly around and making their open shots. “Bremerhaven went to zone in the second quarter. They wanted to slow down the game, but we were still moving the ball well and scoring”, added Jordan Theodore. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 43% from the field and 35% from the three point line while the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven were shooting 34% from the field and 8% from the three point line. Frankfurt had the 22-18 rebound edge and six turnovers while Bremerhaven had eight turnovers.

In the third quarter the Fraport Skyliners were able to extend their lead to 20 points as the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven continued to have no clue how to shut down the opponents ball movement and shooting arsenal. As has been so often the case this season, Engelwood, New Jersey guard Jordan Theodore usually puts on the microwave in the second half and did against Bremerhaven scoring eight of the first 12 Frankfurt points in the third quarter leading the team to the 48-32 advantage. He switched up his game as always scoring inside, from outside and drilling home three free throws. Scrubb also was in attack mode making free throws and a lay in as Theodore found him all alone. Bremerhaven was having more fortune on offense, but was unable to get some consecutive stops to claw at the Frankfurt lead. Doornekamp made a trey which was matched by a Jannik Freese tip in, but Frankfurt just had too much on the offensive end as ex George Mason center Mike Morrison made a lay in and Theodore a runner as Frankfurt led 57-39. Then Gordon and Morrsion traded buckets and after a Robertson miss, it was ex Oregon(NCAA) center Waverly Austin connecting on a 20 footer as Bremerhaven trailed 60-43. On the last Frankfurt possession of the third quarter, it was Quantez Robertson that drilled home a bomb from outside sending the Fraport arena into a frenzy as the lead was 63-43 after 30 minutes. “We had a lot of confidence with the 10 point lead going into the third quarter. We knew that they weren´t playing overly well, so we had to take it up a notch. We did a good job taking their two key players Fogg and Smith out of the game”, warned Jordan Theodore. “The game was really the same as in the first half, only now Frankfurt made more shots. It was like fools gold in the first half, but they missed their shots. In the second half it bit us in the butt”, added Bremerhaven guard Lorenzo Williams. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 50% from the field and 43% from the parking lot while the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven were shooting 40% from the field and 13% from the parking lot. Frankfurt had the 26-25 rebound edge and eight turnovers while Bremerhaven had 12 turnovers.

In the fourth quarter, the Fraport Skyliners continued their offense domination pouring home 28 points and winning the game easily by 31 points as head coach Gordon Herbert gave the young Germans extended minutes. Larry Gordon got Bremerhaven going though making a tough turn around shot and then feeding German Fabian Bleck for the lay in as Frankfurt led 65-47. However Frankfurt then got back to their old ways of shooting and hitting going on a 8-1 run to extend their lead to 73-48. Robertson and Theodore nailed back to back three pointers and then it was Voigtmann who got an easy bucket as once again Frankfurt had the benefit of a loose ball that went their way. Theodore finished the game with 16 points, seven assists and six rebounds and was content as always in helping his team in any way no matter when during the game. “I got guys the ball in the first half. I had open looks, but wasn´t making shots. If the team needs me to step up I will, even though I didn´t need to as much, I picked my spots. My teammates found me and I got some easy lay ups. I got some steals, we got on transition. All were clicking and got hot”, stressed Jordan Theodore. After an Austin lay in, Scrubb hit a timely trey and Richter a jumper as Frankfurt led 80-50 reaching the 30 point lead for the first time on the night and now Herbert had the luxury of being able to relax and inserted 4 Germans on the court and had kids Richter, Merz, and Ilzhoefer on the floor. Bremerhaven then went on a rare 6-0 run as Gordon, Bleck and Freese all scored in the paint cutting the Frankfurt advantage to 80-56. Frankfurt then closed out the game with a 11-4 run. In the run it was Scrubb and Ilzhoefer that made three pointers, Merz a floater and Morrison a lay in. “I came into the game with confidence after playing in Poland. It was good to get minutes in the BBL. We played well together. I had two easy open shots and made one. It is fun playing again when you are able to play more”, stressed Stefan Ilzhoefer. “Bremerhaven wasn´t tired in the fourth quarter. We just continued to shoot the ball very well and that took a lot out of them”, added Jordan Theodore. The Fraport Skyliners were led by Jordan Theodore and Quantez Robertson with 16 points a piece. Johannes Voigtmann added 13 points and Pjilip Scrubb 12 points and five assists. The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven were led by Larry Gordon with 13 points while Tyrus Thomas added 10 points. The Fraport Skyliners shot 54% from the field and 48% from outside while the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven shot 44% from the field and 14% from outside. Frankfurt won the rebound duel 35-30 and had 10 turnovers while Bremerhaven coughed up the ball 16 times.

 

Donald Lawson(SC Rasta Vechta) We Are Approaching Things Game By Game So We Can Maintain Momentum Going Forward

February 8, 2016

Donald Lawson is a 27 year old 208cm center from Chicago that is playing his sixth professional season in Germany and second with SC Rasta Vechta. He played with BV Chemnitz from 2010-2014 playing a total of 118 Pro A games and two seasons ago played 30 games: 9.7ppg, Reb-2(9.4rpg), 1.4apg, 1.3spg, Blocks-5(1.3bpg), FGP: 47.0%, FT: 56.5%. Last season for SC Rasta Vechta he played 25 games: 5.0ppg, 4.8rpg. He started his basketball career at W.Michigan (NCAA) from 2006-2010 playing a total of 115 NCAA games. He spoke to German Hoops after the win against the Hamburg Towers.

 

 

Donald congrats on the big 70-52 win against the Hamburg Towers. How good does it feel to have won 10 games in a row?

It’s always a good feeling to win but we’re focusing on one game at a time and trying to improve each and every game.

Can you remember what your highest winning streak was in college and as a professional?

This may be the longest streak I’ve been a part of professionally. The other was my high school state championship team (Leo Catholic High School) the only things you remember is the good times and the tough journey.

Except for the wins against Essen and Nurnberg, you have kept every opponent to less than 63 points in the 10 game winning streak. You held Hamburg to seven points in the first quarter. How important is it in general to have the defense on the same page early?

Having a good defensive scheme is key to the success of any team, we just embrace it and know we have to grind on the defensive end to stop teams from finding rhythm.

The offense sputtered a bit in the second and third quarters, but in the fourth came alive again shutting the door on Hamburg scoring 20 points. What was key in the last 10 minutes to breeze to the win?

We fed off our defense, it fueled us on the offensive end especially late; it helped us get the lid off the rim and shots began to fall. It wasn’t a breeze. It was tough game Hamburg fought to the very end

SC Rasta Vechta is packed with offensive power, but how gratifying is it that even when you don´t play your best offensive game, you still win because the defense is working well?

Any given night we can have a great offensive output, but our backbone is defense. Which will always be something we can count on to be our core and something we can build off every game.

SC Rasta Vechta obviously have played very well defensively in the 10 game winning streak, but what else has been key that has made you so successful?

Our competitiveness as a unit against opponents, but most importantly how we compete in practice. We are always pushing each other to get better so we can play at a high level on game day.

SC Rasta Vechta is marching on and in the direction of the Beko BBL. However the post season is still long. How well is the team taking the success and also knowing the season is still very long?

We are approaching things game by game. The playoffs will come, but we still have to finish the regular season strong so we can maintain momentum going forward.

It seems like the team is doing everything right at the moment. It is averaging 84 points a game. 84 points is a lot, but with the overwhelming talent on the team do you see the offensive power will still be able to grow in the stretch run?

Growth in any offense is always good, as long as we execute and defend well I think it’s possible.

How important was the pick up of American Devin Gibson who is another talented guard for your very potent guard rotation?

Devin was a good addition, he was a perfect fit for our team.. His defense has been great and he has brought more experience.

Despite averaging only 13 minutes, you continue to be effective averaging 4,3rpg and leading the team in blocks with 1,3 per game. Is winning and being efficient the two biggest goals for you at the moment?

I want to be effective and efficient as much as possible. Everyone on the team sees the big picture and we understand what we have to do to win. I just want to make an impact each and every time I am on the court.

How has the work horse Christian Standhardinger grown as a player this season? He took a step back from the BBL to redefine his game in the Pro A.

Chris is a work horse who has been playing well. We count on him to play at a high level each game and he continues to improve in varies ways especially scoring and rebounding.

How often have you heard your teammate Derrick Allen marvel about the success of his old team Fraport Skyliners who currently have a 12 game winning streak?

DA just focusing on helping us win here; I’m sure he notices the result and scores from teams he had played on. But his main focus his helping Rasta Vechta be successful

Who will win Super Bowl 50 Denver or Carolina?

The Carolina Panthers

What was the last movie that you saw?

Star Wars.

Thanks Donald for the chat.

 

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