Brandon Spearman is a 24 year old 190cm guard playing his second season in Germany in the Pro A for the Gladiators Trier. He started his basketball career in 2010 for Dayton(NCAA) where he played 36 NCAA games. He then moved to Indian Hills CC (JUCO) and finished his last two seasons at Hawaii (NCAA) and as a senior played 26 games averaging 11.2ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 57.8%, 3PT: 33.0%, FT: 52.8%. As a rookie last season in Germany he played for SC Rist Wedel (Germany-ProB) playing 18 games: 17.1ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.8apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 54.8%, 3PT: 41.0%, FT: 64.0%. He spoke to German Hoops after the double weekend win against Kirchheim and Essen.
Brandon thanks for talking to German Hoops. Congrats on the successful sweep weekend of beating Kirchheim and Essen. Did you guys learn something about how to win games within 48 hours through the tough experience from losing the other two double weekend games earlier in the season?
We have been playing playing some great ball, the best ball this season and it’s coming at a great time right now while we continue this playoff push and also everyone is healthy.
Did you ever realize that if you had won the other 4 games in the double weekend games earlier in the season against the RheinStars, SC Rasta Vechta, MLP Academics Heidelberg and Science City Jena that the team would be in second place now with 18 victories?
That is something I haven’t realized until now but were fine sometimes things don’t go as planned in a full season. Extremely happy how were bouncing back from those losses.
Since then you have lost only one more close game a week ago against Baunach. How have the Gladiators Trier become a better crunch time team?
Well right now were clicking as a team we have a good rhythm playing with each other also everyone is healthy now.
In the 92-82 win against Kirchheim, fans saw a fine offensive performance from both teams. Trier rebounded a lot better. Was that and the 36 point explosion by Dwayne Evans key for the win?
Yea most defiantly Dwayne played out of his mind and he made great plays when it was needed. That was a great win for us.
In the second game on the weekend, Trier pulled out another win against the ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen 87-69. How difficult was it preparing for this team in such a short time and then being able to defend so well again?
I think it’s more us. If we prepare and have a great mind set for the game I know things will go good. If we play our way every night were going to be just fine. In both games this weekend we were locked in on both ends.
Tre Bowman has scored in double figures in 19 of 23 games this season and Trier is the only team that has controlled him twice limiting him to 10 points. How key was it keeping him in check as when he is on, he fuels his team to get going?
Well we played good defense and made it hard for them to score
How proud are you of the team that it won two games over the weekend without Kwadzo Ahelegbe? Did you feel more pressure to have to do more things than the usual for success?
No there was no pressure going in to these games. And not having Kwadzo was difficult, but we have plenty of other guys that can step up and play.
The Gladiators Trier now have a 14-11 record and in the playoff standings, but everything is very tight. The club is defending very consistently, but can the offense get more consistent?
Yes we still growing and still becoming better as a team while most teams have reached their peak already, I feel as if were still evolving.
Dwayne Evans scored 58 points this weekend and has been so key this season to the success of the team. What besides his consistent play has been most valuable for the team?
Just his effort and attitude and everyone enjoy being around him and he’s a nice guy. He plays hard every night. He had a very great weekend for us.
How much easier does the play of Dwayne Evans make your game easier in terms of being able to pick your spots and just do other things on the floor besides score to help your team win?
Me and Wayne are always feeding off each other when I’m going he looks for me and when he’s going I look for him. Wayne and I draws a lot of attention from defenses so you can’t stick with both of us. We pick them apart with a steady inside & out game. He defiantly makes it easier this 2nd half of the season.
You also continue to remain very consistent having scored in double figures in 22 of 24 games just like Dwayne Evans. What do you feel has improved in your game that has on account of how Dwayne Evans plays?
Well me and Wayne are just two guys that is going to give all we have every night and we have been doing that all season and we just want to continue this play we must.
Free throw shooting hasn´t been your strong point this season as your shooting 60%, but in the last 5 games your 16/17. Your best season shooting free throws was your junior year at Hawaii where you shot 72%. What continues to be your biggest problem in this area?
Well there are always areas throughout your career as a basketball player you want to work on as a player and this is one of them. But as you can see you things are changing.
Now that the Super Bowl is history, do you focus on NCAA March Madness?
Yeah March should be a lot of fun. Don’t sleep on my Hawaii Warriors! They are having a great year and defiantly will make the tournament.
What was the last movie that you saw?
Thanks Brandon for the chat.