Brian Qvale is a 24 year old 210cm center from Williston, North Dakota that is playing his first season in the Beko BBL with Medi bayreuth. He played at Montana (NCAA) from 2007-2011 playing a total of 116 NCAA games and in his senior year played 32 games: 14.9ppg, 8.8rpg, 3.0bpg, FGP: 62.6%, FT: 64.5%. In 2011-2012, he started his professional basketball career with Aliaga Petkim (Turkey-TBL): 32 games: 8.9ppg, 4.4rpg, FGP: 56.5%, FT: 58.3%. Last season he played for : Belfius Mons-Hainaut (Belgium-Ethias League, starting five): 31 games: 9.8ppg, Reb-4(6.1rpg), Blocks-2(1.1bpg), FGP-2(65.3%), FT: 66.7%; EuroChallenge: 6 games: 13.3ppg, 9.7rpg, 1.0apg, 1.7bpg, FGP: 71.1%, FT: 57.1%. He spoke to German Hoops before the game against Phoenix Hagen
Congrats on the 82-70 win against SC RASTA Vechta. How thrilling was it getting a huge win in the fight to stay in the league and was this the best season effort of the club?
Thank you, beating Vechta was a huge win for us. It gives us confidence, puts us in a much better spot in the standings than if we would have lost, and it was great to win a game and give something back to the fans and community who support us.
Medi bayreuth had a nice lead going into the fourth quarter, but SC RASTA Vechta made a run which is always typical in basketball. Did medi bayreuth get a bit tired or just lose focus a bit in closing out the game?
We did not finish the game as strong as we could have. We held on for the win but coach made sure to tell us that we did an awful job of closing out the game and we need to finish the game stronger next time.
Medi bayreuth played extreme strong team basketball. Did the team follow the game plan 100% or did Michael Koch make adjustments in comparison to the last game that you guys were able to transform into good team basketball?
Coach always makes adjustments based on who we play each game so we can try to use our strengths and expose their weaknesses and I think we did a good job of executing last game.
What has been your impression of new guard DJ Seeley. What does he give the team now that William Conroy couldn´t give Bayreuth?
They are both good players, Will is more of a penetrating player and DJ can shoot well from anywhere on the court. DJ has helped us and will continue to help us, he is a good all around player.
Point guard Kevin Hamilton had a huge game with nine assists. Did you know that he could dunk so well? Or has he pull out some dunk gems in practice?
I have known all season that Kevin can dunk easily, maybe he just saves his dunks for big game situations!
What memories do you have of the 82-76 medi bayreuth loss in Hagen early in the season? Burrell had a huge game while David Bell poured in 23 points.
I remember being up by double digits in the 3rd quarter and them getting on a hot streak. They can score a lot of points in a hurry and are a dangerous team.
This is another do or die game in Bayreuth. Will the arena be even louder than against SC RASTA Vechta? What will be key in getting the win?
I hope the fans will be packed into the arena and excited for the game as they always are! We will need to take care of the ball against their aggressive defense and then try to slow down their weapons on offense by playing solid defense and getting back in transition.
Lebron James recently scored 61 points. Do you think he will ever be able to break the 81 points of Kobe Bryant?
Yes, I think anything is possible for Lebron James.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Thanks Brian for the chat.