Jason Boone Reflects On Reaching The EuroChallenge Final 4

Jason Boone is a 24 year old 198cm power forward/center from Sugar Loaf, New York. He is playing his third season with MEG Goettingen. He played at New York University(NCAA 3) from 2003-2007. In his senior year, he played 28 games averaging 14.1ppg, 9.6rpg, 2.4bpg, 2.9apg, FG: 63.0%, FT: 64.3%. Two seasons ago, he played at Bernau(Regionalliga) before making the jump up three leagues to MEG Goettingen. Last season, he averaged 4.4ppg, 4.0rpg, FG: 53.7%.. He took some time to talk to German Hoops following the 76-71 win against FMP bringing BG Goettingen into the EuroChallenge Final 4.

Congrats Jason on reaching the Eurochallenge Final 4 with a 76-71 against FMP. Can you describe the feeling that you have at the moment? What was the scene like as the siren sounded?

Thanks a lot, it was a big win for us, we knew we wanted to close it out there and avoid a third game. We feel great about the chance to play for the EuroChallenge championship and once it was official we all threw our “fours” up.

How did the team celebrate after the game? Any nice stories to tell?

We didn’t get too crazy, Serbia was an odd country. On one side of the street it looked very poor and directly across the street there were mansions. We hung out as a team a little in the hotel but the real celebration will be when we win the whole thing.

It seems like BG Goettingen keeps having success after success. Do you sometimes think like you are in a dream world where nothing can go wrong?

In my dream world all of my teammates are 100% healthy. I deal with the reality that we are undermanned everyday but it’s good to see that on any given night another player can step up and carry the load.

BG Goettingen showed real fighting qualities playing without Dwayne Anderson, Ben Jacobson and Chester Frazier. How easily was the team able to block out the three absences?

It started when Taj Finger went down, then Cody Toppert left, then Chris Oliver got hurt and so on and so forth. It’s a part of this sport and like I said we’ve been fortunate to not let it affect us too much. We don’t make any excuses and keep finding a way to win.

You beat FMP twice as well as many other teams. How do you describe this clear dominance in the EuroChallenge?

Well they were one of the biggest teams we’ve played this season and anytime you look across the court and see 7’2″ and 7’0″ you know that rebounding is going to be a pivotal factor.

The game was tight in the first five minutes, but BG Goettingen then finished the first quarter with a 15-2 run. What had changed in the game for the better for BG Goettingen?

The EuroChallenge is a great forum to display our unique playing style. We catch a few teams off guard and the others don’t adjust well. But our success, similar to the BBL successes have been mainly because of hard work.

How was the game under the boards? In the second quarter, BG Goettingen really took control under the boards.

It took us a little while to hit our rhythm. That can sometimes cause us to expend a lot more energy then we want to. Digging a hole for ourselves to climb out of, but we played them tough in the beginning and let our subs really jump on them when they came in.

In the third quarter FMP came back and went on a 12-0 run and trailed only 56-54. Why was FMP able to score easier.

I have to give them credit, they definitely fought hard. When your back is up against the wall and it’s “win or go home” good teams don’t just throw in the towel. Fortunately we were able to hit big shots down the stretch and come up with huge defensive stops.

The fourth quarter remained very very exciting as FMP stayed on the heals of BG Goettingen. Did BG Goettingen win the game with experience?

They were young and made some “youthful” mistakes but I think we won by just outworking them. It came down to loose balls and charges. Those hustle plays that coaches always talk about and you don’t understand the importance of until they win you a game.

How did that last minute dunk feel that sealed the win for BG Goettingen. Are these the type of moments where the emotions might be hard to control?

Taylor’s lay up had a good chance of falling in but they fell asleep on the box out and I just put it in to be 100% sure. It was a great feeling to know that we were heading to the Final Four and something I will always remember.

What did John Patrick tell the team after the win?

He just reminded us that when the EuroChallenge started no one expected us to win a game. He dropped the old cliche that “with hard work anything is possible” but he also reiterated the fact that we worked hard to get where we are at and we should enjoy the moment.

How was the flight to Belgrade? Any problems on board?

Well we flew with the Serbian team from Frankfurt to Belgrad and it was a little awkward sitting next to the guy you played last night and were going to play the following night. But they played their video games, I read my book and that was that. No problems at all.

Thanks Jason for the chat.

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