Daniel Berger is a 25 year old 203cm forward from Medford, Oregon playing his rookie season with Team Ehingen Urspring (Germany-ProB). He started his basketball career with Chemeketa community college an dthen moved to Utah State(NCAA) where he played 59 NCAA games from 2011-2014. As a senior he played with BYU-Hawaii (NCAA2) playing 20 games: 14.2ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.5apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 52.9%, 3PT: 48.4%, FT: 79.2%. He spoke to German Hoops after sweeping the ScanPlus Baskets.
Daniel thanks for talking to German Hoops. Congrats on the second sweep in the playoffs for Ehingen. How good does it feel to be 4-0 in the playoffs and in the semi finals?
It feels great. We are playing well and all are having fun. I am just trying to enjoy every one of these moments.
How proud are you of your team that they were able to rebound from being swept in the regular season by the ScanPlus Baskets and now sweeping them back?
I am so proud of the team man. We responded when it was time and that shows some toughness. We are not done yet though!
Do you believe that having had that momentum from the Itzehoe series carried you to the series victory or was it more better preparation and execution this time?
The Itzehoe series gave us confidence for sure. It was a mixture because we were prepared and focused to execute our game plan against Elchingen.
Ehingen jumped on the ScanPlus Baskets early scoring 55 points in the first half. Did you know early on that the Ehingen offense would be rolling?
We played a good half offensively and just tried to stay focused to close it out. I told the guys at half time that its playoff basketball and they will make a run. We just needed to not lose our cool and close it out.
Ehingen was captured in a very exciting fourth quarter as the ScanPlus Baskets never gave up and really challenged you. What made the play of Lorne Jackson annoying in the fourth quarter that didn´t allow you to contain him better?
He was super aggressive in the fourth. When he gets out in transition he is tough to stop.
You won the game with a huge three pointer and free throws at the end. Did you feel an extra need to step up or did you just take what the defense gave you?
I didn´t want to force anything. Actually looking back I felt like I should have been more aggressive in the fourth quarter. But I took the open shots when I had them. We just wanted to get a quality shot every possession no matter who took it.
What do you feel ultimately won Ehingen this series against the ScanPlus Baskets?
We are all on the same page. Playing as a team and trusting each other is what won it for us. We all want each other to succeed and ultimately win. No one is out to get theirs at this point.
Did the blind on court understanding of you and Devon Moore grow a bit more with this victory?
Devon and I play well together. The entire season we have supported each other. He is so fun to play with. Always looking to get people involved and just wants to make the right play. This series proved what we have tried to do all season.
Was this a sort of break out game for Zaire Thompson who had 13 points, five rebounds, five assists and two steals? How vital was he for the team success in game two?
Zaire has been the x factor in both games of the series. His confidence is high and its really fun personally for me to watch. We all know he has it in him. His focus and determination has been awesome.
Ehingen is 4-0 in the playoffs, but with Nordlingen coming up, on what things will the team need to work on to get a good start into the semi-finals?
Nordlingen is a good team that is going to be ready to play. We are going to have to bring it when we play them. At this point its whoever wants it more. Getting on lose balls, getting rebounds, and determined defense is what is going to win the game.
The Giants Nordlingen are up next who upset top ranked team Iserlohn. How do you explain the success of a team that has the thinnest rotation in the Pro B?
They are relentless and confident. The second half of the season has been great for them. They believe their team should be here and so do we. Should make for a great series.
Ehingen split the season series against Nordlingen, but have home court advantage. What will be key in advancing to the final?
Like I said before, the game winning plays like loose balls and rebounds will be key. The aggressor usually is the one who comes out on top. We have to remember that and do a lot of the same things we have been doing.
The Golden State Warriors recently got the NBA regular season record of 73 wins. Who would win a game today the 1995-1996 Chicago Bulls or Golden State Warriors?
I am not sure who would win in a game. The two eras are different. That being said I don´t think I could bet against Michael Jordan.
Where does the 2016 Villanova final win rank up in all-time most exciting games that you have seen?
That shot was incredible. Literally a shot every basketball player dreams of. Jenkins taught me something when he said he thinks every shot he takes is going in.
What was the last movie that you saw?
I actually just got home from watching the new jungle book movie. Before that it was white men cant jump.
Thanks Daniel for the chat.