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 after the 63-53 loss in Wurzburg.
How clear was the humiliating loss against Wurzburg at home earlier in the season in your mind?
It wasn´t so much on my mind. We had to leave that experience behind us. Each game starts at 0-0 and doesn´t start from the end of that game.
How big was the revenge factor in this game against the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg?
We had revenge and wanted to get back at them. This is a tough place to play with the atmosphere and their fans.
How sad were you that you couldn´t play against your ex teammate Jimmy Mckinney?
It sucked. I wanted to give him a hard time on the court. I talked to him a bit before the game. I hope that he continues to have a good recovery.
How would win a modeling contest at Xuits in Frankfurt Jimmy Mckinney or you?
I would win hands down. Jimmy would come in a distant second. I am way better looking than him. Lol
What was key for losing 63-53 in Wurzburg?
We did a good job letting up just 63 points, but we gave up too many offensive rebounds and easy points.
A lot of bodies were hitting the ground in the first quarter. Was the court slippery?
Yes the floor seemed a bit slick. We wet our shoes a bit. Sometimes when people walk on the floor not wearing basketball shoes, dust tends to come on the floor resulting in the court being slippery.
You are known for diving on the floor. You saved a ball from going out in the first quarter. What NBA player did you always like to watch who was known for diving for balls?
I liked watching Shane Battier of the Miami Heat. He isn´t a fancy player, but he dives all over the court.
At halftime Wurzburg had the 36-28 lead. I noticed that German Anthony Canty had a tough time bringing the ball up and many players had to help. Did this effect the game of Bremerhaven?
Canty did a good job bringing the ball for a guy with little experience. It was tough for him to come into a game where he had to play a lot and then play against that excellent full court press, but he did a great job.
Right before halftime, Canty nailed a tough three point buzzer beater. Did you know the ball was going in?
When he fell back double clutching, I knew it would hit the glass, but didn´t know that it would go in.
You once had a hard battle with Jason Boone inside. Is he more like a steam roller or tank?
He is more like a tank. He just moves his body into you and just does what he wants with you. I just tried to hold my own with him.
After the Eisbaeren cut the Wurzburg lead to 36-33, they exploded on a 14-2 run. What was key for the run?
I thought that we did a good job after they led by 16 to get the lead back down to single digits. They played very good defense and we had defensive break downs leading to that big run.
In the fourth quarter Bremerhaven made one more run cutting the Wurzburg lead to 61-53, but Wurzburg clamped down to win. What was key for them closing out game?
We just ran out of time. In our last come back, we were more focused on loose balls and rebounds. If we had played more like that earlier in the quarter then we would have better chance to win.
Were you surprised that Louisville won the 2013 NCAA tournament?
No I wasn´t because I picked them to win. I love how Louisville play defense. I also love Rick Pitino. He is a great coach. I picked then from the start to win it all.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Shooter with Mark Wahlberg.
Thanks Jacob for the chat.