Jacob Burtschi(Eisbaeren Bremerhaven) We Need To Tweak A Few Things On Defense, Then Get Back On Track.

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 game against the LTi Giessen 46ers October 13th.

A tough 88-82 ratiopharm Ulm win in Bremerhaven. Bremerhaven was close again but let up 29 points in the fourth quarter. What wa skey for not being able to buckle down on defense in the fourth quarter?

We gave up too many uncontested shots.

After two less than sub par games by ex NBA player Allan Ray, he lit up Bremerhaven for 31 points. What impressed you most about his game?

The guy hit clutch shots the whole night. He played with a chip on his shoulder.

You are the glue guy for the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven and had a great game with 14 points, 13 rebounds, three assists and two steals. Did Scott Morrison buy you dinner for being so helpful on the boards?

No, but he should. A döner Teller should suffice

After three games in the Beko BBL this season the Eisbaeren are averaging giving up 82 points per game. What still needs to be worked on most on the defensive end?

A lot. Our communication on defense, help rotation, and on ball defense. Teams are shooting well against us. We need to tweak a few things on defense, then get back on track.

The next game is against the LTi Giessen 46ers. They have started 1-2. They have made a lot of changes this season. What is your impression of them this season?

I havent had a chance to see video of them but, I hear they are more of an up and down tempo now, kind of like Hagen is.

Both teams are desperate for a win on Saturday. Giessen is always tough at home. What kind of game can we expect and what will be key for getting the win?

An all out brawl. Both of us need the win. Especially us.

If You had a foot race with Quantez Robertson from one baseline to the next and you started from the free throw line, would you still be able to beat him? lol

Easily. Tez wishes he had jets like me. He learned that last year.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
The other guys

Thanks Jacob for the chat

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