Chase Adams is a 27 year old 188cm point guard from Baltimore, Maryland that is playing his second season for the Uni Baskets Paderborn in the (Germany-ProA) this season. He started his basketball career at Centenary (NCAA) in 2006 where he played three seasons and a total of 89 NCAA games. As a senior he moved to Pittsburgh (NCAA). He turned professional in 2001 and played briefly in the ABA and in the UBL before making Germany his home as he played for teams like Dortmund, Bochum, and Science City Jena. He spoke to German Hoops after the wild 130-125 double OT win in Dresden.
Chase congrats on the wild 130-125 double OT win over the Dresden Titans. Was this one of the more enjoyable bus rides that you have had since becoming a professional?
Absolutely. I know this going to be a season to remember and this game hopefully showed the league we can never be counted out.
One could almost say welcome to the NBA when looking at the crazy 130-125 score. Where does this game rank up with your most crazy games ever?
This is #1 because every other multiple OT game I’ve been in, I’ve lost.
The Dresden Titans came out scoring on all cylinders leading 33-21 after one quarter. Did their offense power scare you most or the inability of Paderborn to make an identity on the defensive end?
There was no doubt in our mind we would mount a comeback, they were coming off two tough losses so we expected them to be ready. Their style of play actually benefited us in the long run; forcing turnovers and quick shots led to easy baskets on the other end.
The Dresden Titans had the 52-42 lead at halftime. With what kind of a focus did Paderborn go into the second half?
We don’t want a repeat of last season, and it’s good we have the same team for a second go around because we know how to handle these situations a lot better.
Paderborn played a lot better in the third quarter and cut the Dresden lead down to 78-69. What adjustments did Paderborn make to get back into the game?
Attacking two of their key players made a big difference, we wanted the other players to try and beat us. Keeping the constant full court pressure also played a big role in our comeback.
How much belief did Paderborn have at the start of the fourth quarter that they could win this game?
When we are down we create a goal to cut the score down to for a particular time. We make adjustments and substitutions to ensure these results. Whether the game is in reach or not we will fight to the end.
The turning point of the game came at the 91-81 mark. Paderborn went on an incredible 17-2 run to break open the game and lead 98-93. Six different players scored in this phase. Did the team understand the term team basketball when it counted most?
Every player has a role on this team and through the course of the game, if we see an advantage we will always play to it. Sharing the ball, trusting in one another, being aggressive is important to our offense this year. When players have an opportunity they are allowed to make a play and that makes us hard to guard.
It seemed like Paderborn had the momentum, but Dresden sent the game into OT with a RJ Price shot. What was most annoying about giving up your lead at the end like that?
Unforced turnovers, bad fouls, and just the luck of their shot falling combined made it annoying. We gave them way too many chances to comeback and they certainly capitalized.
The game remained very exciting and this time it was Paderborn that played spoilers as Nick Tufegdzich sent the game into a second OT thanks to his hard work on the offensive glass. How confident were you that you could force another OT?
I knew these guys wanted this win BAD! We just lost by 1 point in our last match and we were prepared to do whatever it took to come out with a win tonight.
Both teams had their two best players with you and Randall Holt on the bench who had fouled out. Were you able to give any quick pointers to your teammates on key things that you had noticed?
I’ve made a point to be a vocal leader off and on the court. So play suggestions, defensive adjustments, information on player qualities/habits that I’ve noticed throughout the game were my main talking points with my teammates. It would be a disservice to not give input in those moments.
How vital was it setting the tone as a team at the start of the second OT which carried you to the victory?
We are so used to being the underdogs and our main objective was to put out more intensity and energy than Dresden. Who ever played the hardest after all of the extra time was going to come out with a victory.
We have talked about German Til Gloger in the past, but how important was this 33 point game for his early season development?
Like I’ve said before, everyone needs to look out for him. Being comfortable in a new system is always a concern for rookies and he’s fitting in perfectly. Sky is the limit now and he realizes how much of an impact he can have on this team. We truly need that inside presence and he is owning that role.
You have improved your scoring in each game. How do you see your game coming around after three games where you haven´t had felt the need to have to score, but organize more?
I am the type of player that can do it all and I want to show that in each game. I would love to score 20 points a game but I also know how important it is for my teammates to be threats offensively. If everyone can key in on me then we won’t go far. All the great clubs play organized team basketball and I will continue to do so and let the rest speak for itself. I can turn it on though if needed.
Now that Kevin Garnett has retired where does his legacy stand in the NBA with the alltime greats?
One of the Greatest Power Forwards Ever
What was the last movie that you saw?
Thanks Chase for the chat.