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 before the do or die game in Rostock.
Congrats Andrew on the big 95-84 win against the Rostock Sea Wolves to force a deciding game three. In how many do or die games had you been in before game 2 in Dresden?
Thanks Miles! I’ve been in quite a few of those games. I would like to remember the wins only, but the losses make you ready for the next opportunity.
It was a team effort again by the Dresden Titans, but how happy were you that Randall Holt was on board again?
I was excited to know he is back! When he is at the point guard it changes the structure of our team. He is dangerous just being on the court.
Seriously would the Dresden Titans had won without his 22 points, 13 assist and seven rebounds?
We had a good chance of winning the first game without him. However, with him playing our chances are better.
How was the week of practice? In what special way did head coach Steven Clauss motivate and gear the team in the right direction?
Coach focused on the simple mistakes we made in the first game. We played our game, but we had too many mental breakdowns against Rostock. Also, our floor general would return.
Both games have been high scoring affairs. Why have both team´s defenses not been able to keep the score down more?
We push a high pace game which will also increases the opponents pace as well. So scores will be high most of the time.
The game 2 was a very tight battle from the get go. The Dresden Titans led only by two points at halftime. How confident was the team after 20 minutes that the season wouldn´t end 20 minutes later?
We needed to start the 3rd quarter strong. Going point for point with a team like Rostock is dangerous.
The game was decided in the third quarter as the Dresden Titans went on a 19-2 run fueled by back to back three pointers by Randall Holt. How key was the Dresden team for totally dominating the first five minutes of the third quarter?
At halftime we talked about increasing the intensity and not letting off the gas. We wanted to swing the momentum in the third quarter and finish them off in the fourth.
How proud were of the team for keeping a powerful team like Rostock at bay in the fourth and never letting Rostock be down by less than double digits points?
I was very proud! It’s always great to still be in the fight!
I don´t need to stress the importance of the Germans Daniel Krause, Walter Simon and Philipp Lieser who combined for 47 points, but has their confidence risen in the last weeks?
We have a very good group of ball players here. Walter and Daniel coming from ProA last year have a lot of experience. Phillip is a 6’5 pg that creates many matchup problems for guards. Everyone here is feeling confident!
Next weekend is a new do or die game. Do you think that your excitement will rise this week as the day gets nearer?
I’m excited already! The next game will put the winners in the second round. It will be a scrappy game.
Head coach Steven Clauss doesn´t have good memories of last season as he was in the same situation as he is now in Dresden as he had come in as a fireman in Hanau saved the season, led the team into the playoffs and lost a game three in Rostock. How will this game be different this time in that he will go home as the winner?
It goes back to your question about how many do or die games I’ve been in personally. The scenario is the same for Coach Clauss. After losing last year he had time to think about it. Now that he is presented with the same situation, he has the opportunity for redemption from last year.
Matt Hunter was hot as usual with 29 points, but Dresden kept other guys in check. Will there be more focus on Hunter or is just focusing on a superb team defensive performance most key in a demanding game like this?
Hunter is a good player. He will find ways to score always. We will try to apply our defensive principles and keep them working hard for every point.
Who will reach the 2016 NCAA final Oklahoma or Villanova and what other team will march to the final?
I have to say Oklahoma, they look pretty good in the tournament.
What was the last movie that you saw?
The Mentalist (Tv Show).
Thanks Andrew for the chat.