Andrew Jones is a 32 year old 191cm shooting guard that has been a professional basketball player since 2007 and has returned back to the Dresden Titans this season. He played at Miles(NCAA2) and has played in Germany for most of his professional career with four seasons with the Dresden Titans and three seasons with the BG Aschersleben Tigers (Germany-Regionalliga). He also gained experience playing with teams like Marietta Storm (SEBL), BC Celtics (SEBL), C.B. Aridane (Spain-EBA) and Universidad Tecnologica Equinoc. Quito (Ecuador-National League). Last season he played for BG Aschersleben Tigers (Germany-Regionalliga) averaging 19,9ppg, 6,5rpg and 3,9apg. He spoke to German Hoops after the tough 91-88 loss against Rostock in game one.
Andrew a tough 91-88 loss against the Rostock Wolves in game one of the Pro B playoffs. How did it feel playing in this playoff game? When you look back on your career, how much experience have you had in these type of situations?
Yes it was a tough loss. We gave it up in the last quarter. However, the atmosphere in Rostock was amazing. The whole gym was packed! I’ve been in many playoff and big games in my career. It’s good to know that we have another opportunity to turn things around.
The Dresden Titans had two weeks to prepare for game one. How was this preparation period different than for a normal Pro B south opponent this season? Rostock was the first time you had ever played against them?
We prepared for them the same way we prepare for the other teams, but with an extra week. We actually played against them in preseason, so we knew they have a good team.
You have logged 23 minutes per game this season. How important were those two weeks off to refuel your body?
It was great! Recovery time is very important especially heading into the playoffs.
Lets talk about game one. After a solid first quarter, Rostock gave up an unbelievable 30 points in the second quarter. What was key for Dresden getting the big halftime lead?
We kept running after their offense. We want to continue to attack them as much as possible.
How key was the 6-0 run at the end of the third quarter which sparked Rostock to retake the lead in the fourth quarter again and the surge that Daniel Lopez gave the club which the team took to the buzzer to get the win?
That run going into the fourth quarter was big for them. The crowd got involved and Rostock had more confidence in the 4th quarter.
If one looks at the stat sheet, one notices that Rostock shot very poorly from outside and got outrebounded, but it seemed to be the free throw shooting that was big in Rostock getting the win. Was fouling something that will have to be revaluated in game two preparation?
We had three guys foul out the game and a few more close to fouling out as well. Even with the fouls we controlled the game until the end. We will be more disciplined on defense for these next games.
Dresden played without Randall Holt. How proud were you off the performance by German Philipp Lieser who came in and did a good job running the offense? All in all the Dresden Titans did a supper job as a team compensating the loss of Randall Holt. Do you expect him back for game two?
Phillip did a good job! He found open guys all over the floor and attacked constantly. Yes we will have him back for game two.
You had 11 points, but did a good job filling up the stat sheet and was a vital part on defense with four steals and two blocks. Was your mind filled with thoughts on the long drive home that Dresden probably would have won had you made two more shots?
Yes that was on my mind the whole time. We controlled that game and for us lose it at the end was tough.
You took 16 shots in the game second to the 18 by Daniel Krause. This was the most shots that you had taken since the loss to BG Karlsruhe. Were you happy with your overall aggressiveness and shot selection?
Yes I was happy with the shots I took. I will make more of an effort to attack more. But, overall I felt confident with every shot I took.
With a do or die game in Dresden next weekend, what will be your personal mentality going into the game? Obviously to win the game, but how confident are you that you will step it up a notch even more in the scoring department while doing all the other important things on the court?
This could be the last game of the season if we lose. Everything has to be left out there on the floor. I’m excited to play and ready to get this win on Sunday.
For game two Rostock will travel to Dresden. What will be key for tying the series. How big a role will the bench play and limiting the team fouls?
Everyone on this team understands what is at stake. We can’t afford any mental breakdowns.
Were you surprised by all the upsets in the first round of the NCAA tournament? Do you believe that there is more parity in the NCAA this season among schools?
I think the biggest upset was Michigan St. That was probably everyone’s pick to win except Middle Tennessee fans.
What sleeper from the early round winners do you think will go far?
Texas A&M looks like a sleeper who could make a run. They are looking confident especially after the last game against Northern Iowa.
What was the last movie that you saw?
Kung Fu Panda.
Thanks Andrew for the chat.