In the past week playing beko BBl and NBA spoiler has been as common as little kids annoying their parents with the uncomfortable phrase “where is the Easter bunny really”, humans contemplating when a day will go by without seeing has been Hollywood actress Lindsay Lohan in the tabloids and her latest sunglasses fashion, or Atlanta, Georgia citizens imagining driving the Lamborghini of Allen Iverson and wondering if the ex NBA star would give them his shiny sports car if the police department doesn´t want it even if he has a collection of ten more rotting away in his garage. In the beko BBL spoilers were on the prowl as The Artland Dragons sent TBB Trier into summer vacation with a heart breaking one point loss or The Deutsche Bank Sklyinersgiving an unforgettable Globetrotter showcase not giving EnBW Ludwigsburg any real chance giving the players an early ticket home to the beaches and cafes of the world as both clubs were ousted on the last game day while in the NBA teams like Portland, Memphis and Indiana aren´t allowing Dallas, san Antonio or Chicago from dragging out the brooms as they have annoyed the favorites with pesky and a ruthless display of basketball. “I am enjoying the NBA playoffs now. The top teams are getting more of a challenge, because the underdog teams are playing with their backs to the wall and giving all that they have. I have no real idea what is going on in the Spurs-Grizzlies series, but I think the injury to Manu Ginobolli is really hurting the Spurs. I think that Dallas-Portland are evenly matched. I think it will be a toss up to who wins this series”, stressed Eisbaeren Bremerhaven guard Tyrone Brazelton. Last season BG Goettingen played spoiler entered the Eurochallenge tournament as a long shot, but plowed through the competition winning the title and letting coach John Patrick taste his first giant success of sweet champagne German style, while this season BG Goettingen want to get back to that spoiler role against The Deutsche Bank Skyliners in the opening round of the 2010-2011 beko BBL playoffs which start on April 30th. Actor George Cloony dying his head red while growing a beard of the same color, Cheyene Woods, the niece of Tiger Woods stealing the spotlight from him just a bit with her golf or world class designer Karl Lagerfeld taking off his sunglasses for an interview may be very unexpected, but the chances of BG Goettingen winning a 5 game series against Frankfurt should not be unexpected either. Frankfurt demonstrated last year that it can be done as they snuck by second seed Alba Berlin as the seventh seed 3-1. This time the roles are reversed as Frankfurt is seeded second and BG Goettingen seventh. “I think that anything is possible in this series, but I think that Frankfurt might be a little to strong to handle for BG Goettingen. But I remember when I was with western kentucky we were the underdog against Drake who were the fifth seed in the NCAA and we pulled off a win, because we had as a team, had better players and good coaching. As a pro playing in Poland for Asseco Prokom in the Euroleague we were evenly matched against Armani Milian, but we came out with the win, because we had more determination from the start and that is exactly what BG Goettingen will need to have to beat Frankfurt and will need someone else to beat them besides Dashaun Wood”, warned Bremerhaven guard Tyrone Brazelton.
After the sensational 2010 Eurochallenge win that brought some new fresh wind into German Basketball, BG Goettingen faithful fans were hoping for a majority of the team to remain, but the opposite happened. It may have been summer, but the atmosphere seemed as a big spring cleaning that didn´t take place in just one family house, but a neighborhood. The club let go off nine players including such key players like Chris Oliver, Taylor Rochestie, Chris Mcnaughton, Ben Jacobson and Chester Frazier. This BG Goettingen facelift was about as extreme as if the Los Angeles Lakers had parted with the one and only Kobe Bryant this summer. The only players to remain were Dwayne Anderson, John Little, Jason Boone and Robert Kulawick. In the last years, BG Goettingen have always been in the playoff hunt and just performed very well. BG Goettingen coach John Patrick never has a lot of money for players, but he has the incredible talent of finding players out of college like a Taylor Rochestie or Dwayne Anderson or guys from lower leagues like a Chris Oliver and make them develop quickly into very solid role players moving to team star players. The only problem is that many players have such good seasons that they then become nmon affordable and leave as Taylor Rochestie showed going to Turkey to continue playing the game he loves so much,but return back to the bEKO BBL to Alba Berlin recently.
BG Goettingen finished the 2010-2011 beko BBL season in seventh place with a record of 19-15. Before the first meeting between both teams this season, BG Goettingen had a 3-4 record. When comparing this years team to last years team after seven games, there was little difference as BG Goettingen had a record of 4-3. Last season after seven games BG Goettingen, then won 15 of their next 18 games and also were playing Eurochallenge. Defense seemed to be an issue in the early part of the season concerning the 3-4 start. “We were missing 24 seconds of defense. Looking back on our loses, we did not do a good job playing defense until the possession was over. This is something that we have been working on”, stressed BG Goettingen center Jason Boone. BG Goettingen has been up and down since the start of the season and have had a record of 10-8 and have quietly moved on to the Top 16 of the Eurocup. The club had a 5 game winning streak around the holiday season having big wins against The Artland Dragons and The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. But then also had two 4 game losing streaks. The club then had a three game winning streak coming off a huge win at home against The Brose Baskets Bamberg. Despite being up and down, the team is capable of beating anyone in the BEKO BBL. “Goettingen is a great team and have had an up and down season but they can beat anyone on any giving night because of there style of play”, stressed John Bynum. After their 88-82 loss to Frankfurt in mid March, the club bowed out of the Eurocup competition and finished the beko BBL year strong with a record of 6-2 and they seemed to be ready for the post season. The competition wasn´t as potent with opponents like Phoenix Hagen, Giessen or MBC, but that gave the team a chance to work on their defense as they averaged giving up only 63 points a game and didn´t give up more than 65 points in 6 of the 8 games. Their biggest win in this time was against Alba Berlin BG Goettingen was always seen as a playoff team and the question was only at what position they would land. “I always thought that they were a playoff team. They are capable of beating anyone on any giving night and if they get it going they are tough to beat on their home court as well”, warned John Bynum.
Losing key players like Taylor Rochestie, Chris Oliver, Ben Jacobson and Chester Frazier seems to have made a difference in the quality of play as well as in their style this season. “Rochestie and Oliver are two great players that meant a lot to their team. They seem to be dearly missed. I think that they had a much better roster the last few years, but some players had success and moved on. Playing against them this season was much easier than the last few years, but they still have a lot of pressure. They still play their kind of style, but not as extreme as in the past”, warned ex Walter Tigers Tuebingen guard Steven Wright. Despite a little change in the new style of BG Goettingen, the team has also gained a few new positives in their game. “Our game plan changes from game to game, but we still try to control the tempo in each game. I think that our team is more athletic than in the past, but also better at slowing down the pace when its needed”, stressed New York native Jason Boone. “BG Goettingen play a fast paced speed up style and have a lot of the same type of players. They are small and have to play like this. I like their style”, stressed ex Michigan State guard Travis Walton. Patrick also seems to have understood how to form the style with the players that he has gotten this season. “I think the coach of Goettingen is great at adjusting. And with this team this year he adjusted to the players he has they still put up pressure but are more controlled. Its not as “wild” as the past couple seasons. Before it seemed like “organized chaos”. Now, it is more controlled pressure. Nothing “hell-like”, laughed Wayne Bernard. BG Goettingen may have to step up their pressure against Dashaun Wood. “I think they Mix it up and still use some press but not like they used to. I would say like 75% press but for Dashaun Wood I would say more Pressure”, joked Mark Dorris.
This will be the ninth meeting between The Deutsche Bank Skyliners and BG Goettingen Goettingen, and the clan of Gordon Herbert have a 500 record of 4-4 since BG Goettingen arrived in the BEKO BBL in 2007. Frankfurt have won the last three games against BG Goettingen. Frankfurt is 2-2 at home and 2-2 in the dark Lokhalle. Who could forget the stellar 74-67 Frankfurt win in the Lokhalle in 2008 as half of the team was sick and Maksym Shtein showed a totally other side of him as he exploded on the court making just about every touch he had land in the basket as he led the club in scoring with 24 points. In 2008-2009, the luck of last years Frankfurt team seemed to be with BG Goettingen as they won two nail bitters. In Frankfurt, they prevailed 64-61 despite 16 points from Ilian Evtimov. In the return date in late February and 48 hours before the Top 4 in Hamburg, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners lost 70-65 as they had all chances to win in the crunch time, but missed some key shots. Pascal Roller had a huge game with 20 points. Last season, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners lost 90-78 and were outplayed for 40 minutes. In the return game in Frankfurt, BG Goettingen lost in overtime 90-88 as Aubrey Reese tied the game at 88 with a three pointer and then won the game with two free throws with nine seconds to play and Seth Doliboa blocked the last BG Goettingen shot with two seconds to play. In the first meeting this season between the two clubs, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were able to escape the Lokhalle with a 70-58 win as the club displayed a consistent defensive effort for 40 minutes and keep BG Goettingen at 33% from the field and 21% from the parking lot.. Frankfurt were led by Dashaun Wood and Roger Powell with 18 points a piece. In the second meeting this season, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners pulled out a 88-82 win after BG goettinge shot out the lights in the first quarter, Frankfurt did it in the second half. The fourth quarter was a shoot out and with the score tied at 67-67, Dashaun Wood took command of the game scoring 8 unanswered points leading the team to victory. Wood had a huge game with 25 points, 12 assists and seven rebounds. Quantez Robertson chipped in with 14 points and Roger Powell steered 13 points. BG Goettingen was led by Dwayne Anderson with 16 points, Louis Dale contributed 15 points and jason Boone 14 points.
Dwayne Anderson is playing his second season in Goettingen. The 24 year old 198cm forward from Silver Spring, Maryland was one of the big surprises last season being of the top rookies in the BEKO BBL and being a very important part of the John Patrick winning formula playing 27 games: 11.6ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.4spg, FGP: 64.4%, 3PT: 33.7%, FT: 74.3%; EuroChallenge: 10 games: 10.9ppg, Reb-5(7.0rpg), 1.3apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 63.0%, 3PT: 19.2%, FT: 81.3%. He played at Villanova (NCAA) from 2005-2009 and in his senior year played 31 games: 9.0ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.4apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 44.4%, 3PT: 30.7%, FT: 84.5%. He reached the NCAA Lat 8 in 2006 and Sweet 16 in 2008. This season, he is averaging 13,2ppg, 6,8rpg and 1,5apg. He is shooting solid at 46,8% from the field. He hass cored in double figurers 19 times and exploded with 36 points against Bremerhaven.
The team added Louis Dale who is a 22 year old 180cm point guard from Birmingham, Alabama. He played at Cornell (NCAA) from 2006-2010 an din his senior year played 31 games: 12.8ppg, 2.9rpg, 4.7apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 46.9%, 3PT. He reached the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2010 and was All Ivy- League Player of the Year -08, All-Ivy League 1st Team -08, 09, 10 and was Ivy League Champion -08, 09, 10. He is currently averaging 8,2ppg, 2,4rpg and 2,1apg. He has scored in double figures 12 times and had two big games against Aris in the Eurocup. The club also added American Trenton Meacham who is a 25 year old 188cm guard from Champaigne, Illinois. He played at Dayton (NCAA) from 2004-2005 and then transferred to Illinois where he played from 2005-2009. In his senior year, he played 34 games: 10.2ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.7apg, FGP: 42.2%, 3Pts: 42.1%, FT: 84.5%. He has quite a college career at Illinois especially in his senior year as he was named an Academic All-Big Ten selection in all 3 years at Illinois. Also, ´he was team captain in the 2008 and 2009 seasons. He is an outstanding guard who is very capable of playing the point full time as well as the 2 spot. He started all 34 games on the season in 09, ranking third on the team in scoring with an average of 10.2 points. He is an outstanding shooter and he led the Illini and ranked second in the Big Ten in 3-point field goal shooting at 42.1 percent (69-164). Ranks fifth on the Illinois career 3-point field goal percentage list at 40.8 percent (178-436) and ninth on the school career 3-point field goals list with 178 treys. Scored in double figures 16 times and was the Illini’s leading scorer in six games on the year. In final game of his career, scored a season-high 24 points vs. Western Kentucky in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. He was named Big Ten Co-Player of the Week on Dec. 29 after averaging 19.5 points, 4.0 assists and 2.5 rebounds in wins over No. 25 Missouri and Eastern Michigan. He scored 23 points vs. Mizzou and had 16 points vs. EMU. Scored 21 points vs. Indiana on Jan. 10 and made seven 3-pointers vs. the Hoosiers, one shy of his school record…Trent was third on the team in assists with an average of 2.7 apg. Tied career-high of six assists on three occasions, vs. Georgia (Dec. 6), at Purdue (Dec. 30) and at Ohio State (Feb. 22). Trent was third on the team with 31 steals. Last season, he played for Kraftwerk Wels (Austria-A Bundesliga, starting five): EuroChallenge: 6 games: 13.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.0apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 45.2%, 3PT: 45.2%, FT: 91.7%; Austrian League: 37 games: 15.4ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.6apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 55.8%, 3PT-2(45.0%), FT: 82.4%. This season, he is averaging 11,3ppg, 1,9rpg and 2,9apg. he has scored in double figurers in 18 games and produced 28 points against Phoenix Hagen.
The biggest signing of summer was bringing back fan favorite Kyle Bailey who is one of the few Americans who will offer to do an interview in the German language. He is a 28 year old 188cm guard from Fairbanks Alaska that is playing his third season for BG Goettingen. He played at Santa Clara from 2000-2005 playing together with Macabbi Tel Aviv guard Dorin Perkins. He is a very smart player that handles the ball well and is strong in pressure situations. In his rookie season, he split time between the Florida Flame(NBDL) and BK Riga. Since 2006, he has played in Germany. He helped BG Goettingen reach the BBL in 2007 from the second division. In 2007-2008, he played for Ratiopharm Ulm and in 2008-2009 helped BG Goettingen reach the playoffs averaging 14,4ppg, 4,3rpg and 3,3apg. Last season, he played EnBW Ludwigsburg, but it was a season to forget. He played 21 games: 8.8ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.5apg, FGP: 47.8%, 3PT: 18.3%, FT: 82.0%. He was released in February 2010. He somehow didn´t seem to fit into the game style of coach Tolga Ongoren. This season, Bailey is averaging 9,8ppg, 3,6rpg and 3,0apg. He is still looking for his three point shooting touch as he is only shooting 29% from outside. The American missed 17 BEKO BBL games this season, but is back in the lineup. he has scored in double figurers in nine games. 24 year old 191cm guard Robert Kulawick is playing his third season in Goettingen. He started his basketball career at TUS Lichterfelde in 2003 and also played for Alba Berlin from 2004-2006 playing 14 BBL games, three ULEB Cup games and winning the BBL cup in 2006. After playing with The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven in 2006-2007, he crossed the boarder into Holland and played for Den Helder Seals playing 34 games averaging 7.9ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.3apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 42.2%, 3PT: 39.7%, FT: 84.6%. Already in 2008-2009, one could see the confidence of John Patrick in the German letting him average 10 minutes per game, and last season he increased his minutes to 17 minutes This season, he is averaging 5,5ppg, and 1,9rpg He has been a member of the German U-18 and U-20 teams the last years and if he keeps developing the way he does, then German National coach Dirk Bauermann will have to invite him to the German National team some day.
Another important signing over the summer was bringing John Little back. John Little is a 26 year old 180cm guard from Peoria, Illinois. He is playing his third season with BG Goettingen. He played at Northern Iowa from 2002-2006. In 2007-2008, he wanted to play for the Peoria Kings of the ABA league, but the team folded, so he returned to Northern Iowa and finished the season as assistant coach. Last season, he played EuroChallenge: 16 games: 5.1ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.1spg, FGP: 48.8%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 55.6%; German League: 37 games: 7.2ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 51.9%, 3PT: 26.7%, FT: 81.1%. “Little is their energy guy. He brings a lot of energy and athletic ability from the bench. He doesn´t have much of a shot and likes to drive to the hoop and finish at the rim. He is a good rebounder for his size. He is possibly the best defender on the team. He has long arms and plays the passing lanes well and is their best on ball defender”, stressed Omari Westley. “He is probably one of the scrappiest players in the league and always plays hard and gives 100% every minute on the court”, added Ricky Hickman. This season, Little is averaging 6,3ppg, 2,7rpg and 1,3apg. He hass cored in double figurers five times and scored 20 points against The Gloria Giants Duesseldorf. The team also brought back Jason Boone who is a 25 year old 198cm power forward/center from Sugar Loaf, New York who is playing his fourth season with Goettingen. Three years ago, he made the jump form the Regionalliga to the BBL, which is similar as if a professional baseball player jumped from A ball to MLB. “Jason Boone is a strong athlete who likes to finish around the rim and is not a shooter at all. One should give him the jump shot and don’t let him penetrate. He is a strong offensive rebounder and goes to the boards each time. He isn´t a good free throw shooter and don’t give him any easy layups. One should attack him on defense and despite his athletic body, doesn´t move his feet so well and he is foul prone”, stressed Omari Westley. Frankfurt will have to keep an eye on him in the paint. “Boone is probably one of the strongest low post players in the BBL. He can move anybody with his strength down low”, added Ricky Hickman. Last season, he played 16 games: 10.7ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 59.6%, FT: 53.8%; German League: 35 games: 9.1ppg, 6.1rpg, FGP: 60.3%, FT: 55.9%. This season, he is averaging 8,7ppg and 6,0rpg. He has scored in double figurers 15 times and had three double doubles and manufactured 20 points against Ratiopharm Ulm.
The club also signed Jermaine Raffington who is a 25 year old 205cm power forward/center German. He played at TSG Ehingen from 2002-2005. He played at Southeastern CC from 2005-2007 and then returned back to Germany. He played at BV Chemnitz 99 (2.Bundesliga) in 2007-2008 playing 30 games: 12.6ppg, 5.7rpg, 2FGP: 53.4%, 3FGP: 31.8%, FT: 59.3%. He played for BBC Bayreuth from 2008-2010. Last season, he played games: 10.2ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 45.8%, 3PT: 35.5%, FT: 72.7%. This season, he is averaging 2,4ppg and 1,7rpg.The team recently picked up 38 year old 207cm power forward Michael Meeks who was born in Jamaica, but has the Canadian/American citizenship. He was working out in Cologne and came to the team after Adam Waleskowski was released. He is fast for his size and is a great jumper with good timing. Has a nice jump shot from the top of the key. When posting up low he likes to finish with a dunk. The switching of positions and his speed makes him very dangerous in offense. On the defensive side he impresses with his shot blocking. He can hit the three pointer. He played at Canisius from 1992-1996. Since then he has had a long and successful basketball career having played in Countries like Italy, France, Turkey, Croatia, Czech Republic and Germany. He played for Brandt Hagen and The Telekom Baskets Bonn. He played at the 1998 and 2002 World Championships for Canada with NBA star Steve Nash and at the Olympics in Sydney in 2000, where he was the tournaments fifth best scorer averaging 14,3ppg. Last season Meeks played Eurochallenge 15 games: 4.5ppg, 1.5rpg; German League: 25 games: 5.3ppg, 2.3rpg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 34.9%, FT: 70.4%. Currently he is averaging 3,6ppg and 2,orpg. The team also brought back Antoine Jordan recently who is a 28 year old 196cm forward from Baltimore, Maryland. he played at Siena from 2002-2006. In his senior year at Siena he averaged 8.1rpg, 3.0apg, 1.5spg, FG: 46.9%, 3PT: 45.3%, FT: 81.8%. From 2007-2009, he played in Holland for Magix Nijmegen (Holland-Eredivisie). Last season for BG Goettingen he played 8 games: 3.8ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.1apg; German League: 18 games: 4.8ppg, 1.9rpg. Currently he is averaging 5,2ppg and 2,2rpg.
The Deutsche Bank Skyliners are looking for their third straight win while BG Goettingen is going for their fourth win in a row. The loss of Mike Scott will hurt the team especially on the offensive boards. He might of played little to no factor in the last six games missing three and scoring only 15 points in 26 minutes, but coach John Patrick has one less player to count on who always could ofbeen able to be inserted and create havoc on the court. At first glance, one might think that getting the ball inside against BG Goettingen should be the first priority, but this is something that BG Goettingen is prepared for. “They might be undersized, but they have a good inside game. When you go inside, BG Goettingen shrink the court so you have to make the open shots, because they will force you to make them. They know that teams will always try to go inside against them”, warned Ratiopharm Ulm guard Travis Walton. In their first meeting, Frankfurt was averaging 41 rebounds a game and now some months later Frankfurt is averaging 36,1 rebounds while BG Goettingen is averaging 35,6 rebounds a game. Adam Waleskowski is gone, but the team has Michael Meeks for stability, but Frankfurt still has the upper hand under the boards. It is no secret, that BG Goettingen will have to work extra hard under the boards. “We have to go inside and dictate the speed of which the game is played and rebound well. It would be nice to knock down shots”, warned Jason Boone. BG Goettingen might not play their furious 40 minutes of hell like in the past, but teams always have to be aware of their fast break game. Frankfurt should concentrate in getting BG Goettingen used to a half court game. “Frankfurt has to defend them and control them in transition. They can not let them get hot from outside. BG Goettingen is small and Frankfurt should attack them inside. If Wood can control the tempo and lead them, then they will be ok. Powell is so big and will really help them”, warned Steven Wright. As always Frankfurt have their road runner to get them on track. “The Wood show. Let him do his magic and get players involved. Defensively I just think they have to make Gottingen play there sets all the way through and not get on too many runs. Gottingen just has to get easy baskets and also make Frankfurt play defense, attack when they can. At the defensive end they have to cause some turnovers and get some easy baskets”, commented John Bynum. Point guard Trenton Meacham is injured and the question is when he will return, but BG Goettingen fan favorite is back after his long injury and will be playing his 7th game since coming back from injury missing 17 games. Bailey is back to his work horse role and is giving stability at the playmaker position scoring and running the team. Bailey will have to step up and bring his magic that he displayed the first two times that he played in Goettingen. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners host BG Goettingen in Game one of the 2011 beko BBL playoffs April 30th at 18:00.