Ruben Spoden is a 21 year old 202cm forward playing his second season for the Walter Tigers Tuebingen. He started his career for Eintracht Frankfurt (Regionalliga) in 2005 and played there until 2008. In 2008-2009, he played for TV Langen (ProA): 17 games: 2.4ppg, 1.8rpg; also played at Eintracht Frankfurt (2.Regionalliga): 11 games: 18.6ppg. In 2009-2010, he played for Erdgas Ehingen/Urspringschule (ProB, starting five): 29 games: 14.8ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 61.5%, 3PT: 32.6%, FT: 74.7%. Last season, he split time between Walter Tigers Tuebingen (1.Bundesliga): 8 games: 1.3ppg; also played at Erdgas Ehingen/Urspringschule (ProB): 28 games: 7.4ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP: 50.4%, 3PT: 21.7%, FT: 60.7%. He spoke to German Hoops after the 81-77 win against the EWE Baskets Oldenburg.
Congrats on the 81-77 win against the EWE Baskets Oldenburg. The Walter Tigers Tuebingen got revenge after the bad loss in Oldenburg wouldn´t you say?
That was a bad loss in Oldenburg where we lost by 24 points. We came back in Tuebingen fought hard and deserved to win at the end.
The Walter Tigers Tuebingen had the slim 42-39 lead at halftime. What did coach Igor Perovic tell the guys to do better at halftime?
We actually didn´t start well, but had a nice run at the end of the second quarter thanks to strong play by Lou Campbell who got some steals. Coach Perovic mainly told us to keep playing the way we did at the end of the second quarter.
It wasn´t one player in crunch time, but young players Reggie Redding, Vaughn Duggins and Josh Young that made big shots. The young Tigers seem to have no ego.
That is right. We have a good mix and play as a team.
The Tigers forced ex NBA player Bobby Brown to 7 turnovers. Which Tiger was most responsible for annoying Brown?
Campbell put a lot of pressure on Brown. Campbell was very motivated to play against his old team too. He stole a ball from Brown and went in for the dunk. Campbell just took apart Brown.
The Walter Tigers Tuebigen have many quality players, but my unsung hero is Josh Young. How important is he for the team?
He comes from the bench and brings a lot of intensity and scoring. He also defends very well. He may only be 180cm, but he does a great job getting rebounds and always fights on the blocks. He has that tiger face. It is in his mentality.
In the last two seasons, the Tigers have had a run in February, but then faltered near the end not reaching the playoffs. Will a third time be the charm?
We have played very well since Cukinas came with a record of 10-6. We are a top 5 team now. If we hadn´t started off so bad, we could be a lot better in the standings now. We have no pressure as no one expects anything from us. Our goal is to be around 8-10 at the end of the season.
What is the secret to the success of the Walter Tigers Tuebingen besides team play?
We improve from week to week. We also have been able to take the concept of Igor Perovic and use it to our advantage. Usually when a team is able to take the game plan and use it to their advantage, then you usually win.
The next two games are against Braunschweig and Wurzburg. What will be key in getting the wins on the road?
We beat Braunschweig by 20 and need to go to Braunschweig and be aggressive. We can´t let John Little get to us. We have to pressure them and not let them get us out of our rhythm with their pressure.
Are you disappointed that you haven´t got more playing time in a young team?
I am not disappointed. I see the season positive. I am playing less now sometimes five minutes whereas I was playing 15-16 minutes earlier in the season. With Tyrone Nash, I have a very good player at my position. I just have to accept my role and continue to show what I can do and keep trying to find my game in this league.
Have you jumped on the Linsanity train?
It has been an unbelievable Cinderella story for Jeremy Lin. Everybody would like to be him to be able to perform like that in a city like New York where he is loved. I had heard his name last summer when he played NBA summer league for the Dallas Mavericks, but never seen him play.
Who are your early NCAA Final 4 teams?
I would hope that Gonzaga gets a high speed and hope that Elias Harris gets far. I also hope that Uconn get far and that Nils Giffey gets some minutes.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Thanks Ruben for the chat.