Jacob Burtschi(Eisbaeren Bremerhaven) Bostjan Nachbar Forces You To Play Great Defense Every Possession

Jacob Burtschi is a 28 year old 198cm forward from Chickasha, Oklahoma who is playing his first season with the Bremerhaven Eisbaeren. He played as a rookie for Phoenix Hagen in 2010-2011 averaging 14.2ppg, 6.9rpg, 2.5apg, Steals-3(1.5spg), FGP: 56.0%, 3PT: 44.2%, FT: 82.2%. He played at the Air Force from 2003-2007. In his senior year, he played 35 games averaging 13.5ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.3apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 49.7%, 3Pts: 39.0%, FT: 77.3%. He had offers to play in the NBA, but served in the Air Force the last three years and could only play club ball. Some achievements that he got in the NCAA were  All-MWC Honorable Mention -05, MWC Regular Season Runner-Up -06, All-MWC 2nd Team -06, 07, NABC All-NCAA District 13 2nd Team -07, and NIT Final Four -07. Last season he played for  CAI Zaragoza (Spain-ACB, starting five): 9 games: 2.6ppg, 2.4rpg; left in Nov.’11, in Dec.’11 moved to Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt (Germany-BBL): German League: 22 games: 8.2ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.4apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 36.3%, FT: 87.5%; EuroCup: 2 games: 5.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.0apg, 1.0spg. He spoke to German Hoops before the home opener against the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg October six.

A tough 85-68 loss in Bamberg. Bamberg had a comfortable lead at halftime. Bremerhaven came out stronger in the third to stay on the door step of Bamberg. What was key in the fourth quarter for Bamberg closing out the win?

They hit shots and got stops and we didnt.

What positives could you take out of this game? the 18-9 turnover advantage for the Eisbaeren must have been something coach Spradley might have liked?

There are a few positives.  They shot 60% to our 37% and we still kept it close in the 4th until the very end. But we still have a lot of work ahead of us to be the team we know we can be.

The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven shot 22% from downtown. What kind of new dimension has Chris Flemming put on their defense this season?

They rotate on defense so well and they can switch a lot of picks because of their size.

What new dimension does Bostjan Nachbar give this team that they didn´t have last season?

The guy can do it all. shoot, drive, post up, mid range game, the whole package.

What was it like playing against 206cm Nachbar? Did you have any dealings with him under the basket?

The guy is a tough cover. He didnt post me up on the black but he did face me up with his mid range game. He forces you to play great defense every possession.

The next game is against the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg. What is going to be the first thing you will say to Jimmy Mckinney when you see him on the court.

I will try and mess with his head and tell him his golf game is better than his hoop game. And his golf game isn´t very good.

The s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg seem vulnerable. They mustered only 56 points in the last preseason game against Frankfurt and lost their home opener against BBC Bayreuth. How good are the chances that Bremerhaven will win?

We feel confident. They are a great team. But we feel the same way about ourselves. We must play to our potential to have a chance to win.

If Jimmy Mckinney surprised the crowd with his tuxedo and had one for you too. Could you guys do a sponatenous Blues Brother performance on the court???

We might muster up a performance but I will let Jimmy take that over. He is good in the spot light

Whats your whole take on the 2012 Presidential race between Obama and Rommney?

Both promise a lot of things. Neither will come through with half their promises.

Thanks Jacob for the chat.

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