Bryan Bailey (medi bayreuth) We Need To Continue To Defend Over The Course Of The Game And Execute On Offense In Crunch Time Against The Fraport Skyliners

Bryan Bailey is a 34 year old 185cm combo guard that is playing his 13th professional basketball season and third for medi bayreuth. He is a true team leader both on and off the court. He possesses a diverse game, with an ability to stroke the long-range jumper, penetrate to the rim or distribute the ball. He is solid on the defensive end of the floor as well. His fierce competitive drive rubs off on his teammates. He started his professional basketball career at Bucknell and player there from 1998-2002 and in his senior year played 17 games averaging 18.1ppg, 5.3rpg, 2.4apg. He made All-Patriot League 1st Team in 2001 and 2002. In 2002-2003, he started his professional basketball season in Germany with DJK S. Oliver Wurzburg (Germany-1Bundesliga, starting five): 26 games, 15.4ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.4spg. In 2003-2004, he played in Holland for Landstede Zwolle (Holland-Eredivisie, starting five): 35 games: 17.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.1apg, 2.4spg, 0.2bpg. He then played with The Artland Dragons from 2004-2007 reaching the league and cup final in 2007. His best statistical season was 2005-2006 playing 33 games and averaging 11.4ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.7apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 46.9%, 3PT: 25.3%. In 2007-2008, he played with Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo (Bosnia-D1, starting five): ULEB Cup: 12 games: 10.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 4.5apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 54.1%, 3PT: 20.8%, FT: 84.3%. In 2008-2009, he played in Poland for PGE Turow Zgorzelec (Poland-DBE): Eurocup: 6 games: 7.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.7apg, 1.7spg; Polish League: 32 games: 8.0ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.8apg, FGP: 51.9%, 3PT: 32.4%, FT: 77.0%. In 2009-2010, he played with the EWE Baskets Oldenburg playing Euroleague: 4 games: 8.3ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.8apg; German League: 6 games: 9.3ppg, 1.3apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 89.7. In 2010, he returned back to the Artland Dragons where he played until 2012. He came to Bayreuth in 2012 and last season played 4 games: 8.0ppg, 1.3rpg, 2.3apg, 1.5spg. He spoke to German Hoops after the 64-56 win against Bremerhaven.

 

Congrats on the 64-56 win against the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. I guess each player on Bayreuth was worth their pay check after 40 minutes? Have you ever been in a more crazy game than that?

It was a pretty crazy start for us. The only other game that I’ve been that was this crazy, was the 5 overtime game I played in when I played for KK Bosna against Alba Berlin in ULEB Cup.

22-0 after one quarter. That is a feat that will probably stand forever not only in the BBL but any league because it is something so rare. What was going through your mind after one quarter just seeing the 22-0 score on the score board?

I was thinking that we need to keep up the pressure and not let down on defense. A game is never decided after one quarter.

Myles Hesson said they couldn´t hit any open shots. How much credit though does the medi Bayreuth defense get for that first quarter? What was key for getting the big goose egg up on the score board?

I think we did a good job of making them take tough shots. I don’t think they had that many open looks at the baskets. We also tried to keep them off the offensive boards.

What kind of advice did Michael Koch give the team after the first quarter besides not getting cocky and quickly letting Bremerhaven slip back into the game?

Coach Mike just told us to keep up the effort and not let down.

In the fourth quarter, Bremerhaven made a run cutting the medi bayreuth lead to one point with 2.45 minutes to play. Medi Bayreuth promply went on a 6-0 run to win the game. What was key for getting the win in crunch time?

We got some key stops at the end and Dave two big shots for us.

How key was it getting top Beko BBL point guard Lorenzo Williams in check with two points and two assists? How much credit did the medi Bayreuth guards get for this?

We just tried to keep pressure and make it difficult for him the whole game. We knew if he could get in the paint, he would create for himself and his teammates. I think it was a good team effort to stop him.

How key w as young German David Brembly in the win? He took up the slack for some of the veterans on the night.

Dave hit some crucial shots for us and also played with poise down the stretch. We definitely will see more of that from him as the season goes on.

What was the biggest strength of medi Bayreuth in the win against Bremerhaven that you want to carry over into the game against the Fraport Skyliners?

Obviously our defense in the first quarter was key for us getting a huge lead to start the game. We need to continue to do that over the course of the game and execute on offense in crunch time against the Fraport Skyliners

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Blitz.

Thanks Bryan for the chat

 

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