Torvoris Baker(s. Oliver Baskets Würzburg): We Had Tunnel Vision And Focused On Putting BV Chemnitz Away

Torvoris Baker is a 201 cm forward that was born in Albany, New York and grew up in Detroit, Michigan. He played at Detroit-Mercy(NCAA) from 2003-2006. In his senior year, he played 32 games averaging 8.9ppg, 7.6rpg, 1.3apg, FG: 50.6%, 3PT: 11.1%, FT: 64.1%. In 2006-2007, he came to Europe and played for Neptune Cork (Ireland-SuperLeague, starting five): 16 games: 23.0ppg, 14.2rpg, 2.8apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 65.5%, FT: 44.2%. In 2007-2008, he played for Hertener Löwen (Germany-ProB, starting five): 30 games: 18.8ppg, Reb-2(11.6rpg), 2.2apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 58.3%, 3FGP: 28.0%, FT: 58.7%. In 2008-2009, he played for Chemnitz 99 (Germany-ProA, starting five): 30 games: 12.0ppg, 8.1rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 48.9%, 3PT: 7.1%, FT: 55.7%. In 2009-2010, he played for GiroLive-Ballers Osnabrueck (Germany-ProA, starting five): 27 games: 16.1ppg, Reb-5(8.8rpg), 1.4apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 56.8%, 3PT: 34.2%, FT: 62.2%. This season, he played for the S. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg playing 30games averaging 5.6ppg, 4.6rpg, FGP: 47.8%, 3PT: 18.9%, FT: 72.5%. He spoke to German Hoops concerning winning the 2011 PRO A title.

Congrats on the 77-61 win against BV Chemnitz and reaching the beko BBL. What was your first thought as the buzzer sounded after 40 minutes?

After game regulation, I thanked GOD for helping use climb out the hole we made. But winning a championship game at home was a great feeling. I like to call it a case of pursuit to happiness.

Where would you rate this win with other big games in your career?

Well I only been in one championship in my career and that was in college. We lost by 1point to make it to the dance. So for sure the feeling this season was the best.

How was the mood in the team shortly before the game? Was there more nervousness or just healthy self confidence?

The mood was more of like an anxious feeling….ready for a battle and thats what we did. Battled!!!

Wurzburg had the 40-30 lead at halftime. What was key in the first half for having the comfortable lead?

Our main goal was to defend the ball, stop their fast break and rebound the ball. Looking back on the first meeting in Chemnitz, we lost in ever category there was. It being out rebound, hustled, defensive stops, smart decision. But this is why we prepare for games. To correct our weaknesses and build on our strengths.

In the second half, Wurzburg kept control of the game. What was the biggest strength of Wurzburg in the second half?

To tell you the truth I believe we had tunnel vision and focused on putting the team away. After we accomplished that, the game became fun.

Tim Burnette came very late to the team. How importnat has he been for the ability of Wurzburg moving up to the beko BBL?

Tim Burnette was a great addition to the team. He was with us in the pre-season and should’ve continue but better late than never. I know Tim from my Herten days and liked his game because you can build off his intensity.

BV Chemnitz had a lot of support from usual guys like Johnson, Harbut and Zazai, but was a big difference the benches?

As a player coming off the bench I can absolutey say we out hustled them. With encouragement from all players we won that war.

What did you enjoy most this season with s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg?

What I enjoyed the most about würzburg was that we had accesses to whatever we needed. It was like having anything you needed within reach. Oh yeah, many thanks to the Würzburg fans. Without them there was no use.

Kevin Love was named the most improved player. Were you surprised by his rapid development this season?

Kevin Love is a work horse. He deserve everything he gets.

The Los Angeles Lakers have the 2-1 lead over the Hornets. Is this series over?


Rajon Rondo exploded against The New York Knicks with 15 points, 20 assists and 11 rebounds. After struggling the last months, is Rondo back for good or was this just a fluke?

Rondo never left the building in my opinion. His performance may have not been up to expectations but it’s playoff time and as long as he his getting job done now is what counts because no one is really concerned about what he didn’t doand just get back to the finals.

Please end this sentence. The Indiana Paces coming back down from 3-0 to win ove r the Chicago Bulls 4-3 is as likely as………….

Well not to take away any credit from the Pacers but no way they were going to stop D. Rose and Boozer.

Thanks Torvoris for the chat.

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