Bryan Bailey (Artland Dragons): We Have To Keep Our Composure In Different Parts Of The Game Against Bamberg

Bryan Bailey is a 30 year old 185cm combo guard that is playing his 9th professional basketball season playing his 4th with The Artland Dragons. He is a true team leader both on and off the court. He possesses a diverse game, with an ability to stroke the long-range jumper, penetrate to the rim or distribute the ball. He is solid on the defensive end of the floor as well. His fierce competitive drive rubs off on his teammates. He started his professional basketball career at Bucknell and player there from 1998-2002 and in his senior year played 17games averaging 18.1ppg,5.3rpg,2.4apg. He made All-Patriot League 1st Team in 2001 and 2002. In 2002-2003, he started his professional basketball season in Germany with DJK S. Oliver Wurzburg (Germany-1Bundesliga, starting five): 26 games, 15.4ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.4spg. In 2003-2004, he played in Holland for Landstede Zwolle (Holland-Eredivisie, starting five): 35 games: 17.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.1apg, 2.4spg, 0.2bpg. He then played with The Artland Dragons from 2004-2007 reaching the league and cup final in 2007. His best statistical season was 2005-2006 playing 33 games and averaging 11.4ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.7apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 46.9%, 3PT: 25.3%. In 2007-2008, he played with Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo (Bosnia-D1, starting five): ULEB Cup: 12 games: 10.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 4.5apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 54.1%, 3PT: 20.8%, FT: 84.3%. In 2008-2009, he played in Poland for PGE Turow Zgorzelec (Poland-DBE): Eurocup: 6 games: 7.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.7apg, 1.7spg; Polish League: 32 games: 8.0ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.8apg, FGP: 51.9%, 3PT: 32.4%, FT: 77.0%. Last season, he played with the EWE Baskets Oldenburg playing Euroleague: 4 games: 8.3ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.8apg; German League: 6 games: 9.3ppg, 1.3apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 89.7%. He sat down and spoke with German Hoops before the 2011 beko BBL Cup game against The Brose Baskets Bamberg.

This is the first big chance for Artland to win a title again since the cup win in 2008. How excited is the team and fans this week?

We are definitely excited and ready to go to Bamberg and play good basketball. Winning the cup was one of our goals this season and we have a chance to accomplish that this weekend.

The Artland Dragons have great veteran players like yourself, Boumtje Boumtje, Adam Hess or Johannes Strasser, but how handy would a darius Hall be thisweekend?

Darius Hall is a great emotional leader, who is good at getting his teammates fired up. We don’t have him here this year, but we have guys on our team who get us going.

Maybe Stefan Koch can speak with Bayern Munich coach Dirk Bauermann to get him to bamberg as a cheerleader? lol

Lol! That would be cool, but I think they have a game the same weekend.

How big is the Artland revenge factor. Both loses to Bamberg were games you could of won? What will Artland want to do better this weekend?

Both losses were tough, because we were right there until the end and made small mistakes that cost us the game. We have to keep our composure in different parts of the game. This will be crucial on the road with Bamberg’s loud fans.

It doesn´t help to just stop a jacobsen or a Roberts, because they have 7 guys that can score 20 plus points. Will team defense for 40 minutes be the most important thing to do well?

Team defense will be big for us. We have to stay focused for 40 mins and help each other out.

What will be the key matchup in this game?

Thats hard to say, because Bamberg is a deep team. We definitely have to take pride in our 1 on 1 defense and keep them out of the lane.

Will the 12th time be the charm of Braunschweig against Frankfurt? Braunschweig has lost the last 11 games. What will be key for them winning besides controlling Dashaun Wood?

I think controlling Wood, will be a big key for Braunschweig. They have to limit his playmaking ability, because he gets their team going. Another big key will be controlling the boards.

What is your pick for UCONN-Kentucky and why?

UCONN. Walker has been carrying them all season and is hard to stop.

What is your pcik for VCU-Butler and why?

Im rooting for VCU, because they are the underdogs and are playing really well right now.

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