Myles Hesson is a 23 year old 195 cm forward from Birmingham, England that is one of the 12 best players in Great Britain and was selected for the 2013 national team playing in Slovenia at the Eurochampionships. He will play in the German Pro A this season for the Giessen 46ers. Last season he played for Weissenhorn Youngstars (Germany-ProB, starting five): 20 games: 19.7ppg, 10.3rpg, 1.5apg, 1.7spg, 1.5bpg, 2FGP: 54.4%, 3FGP: 27.4%, FT: 65.6%, in Mar.’13 moved to Ratiopharm Ulm (Germany-BBL): 9 games: 4.2ppg, 2.8rpg. He started his professional career in 2009-2010 for Birmingham Aces (EBL2) averaging 13.1ppg, 4.9rpg, 2FGP: 47.9%, 3PT: 33.3%. In 2010-2011, he played for the Essex Pirates Basketball Club (BBL): 11 games: 9.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 47.1%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 68.4%. Last season he played for Liverpool Mersey Tigers (BBL, starting five): 27 games: 15.1ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.3apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 48.8%, 3PT: 32.0%, FT: 61.5%. This past summer, he was a member of the British national team taking part in preparations for the 2012 Summer Olympics. He also took part at the British 3×3 Mixed and menTeam for World Championships in Greece in 2012. He spoke to German Hoops after the 81-74 win against Germany,
Myles thanks for talking to German Hoops after the 81-74 win. Is this the biggest win for Great Britain in the 2013 Eurochampionships considering the importance of the game?
Every game has been important but yes this was a do or die game for us.
Germany had a very strong first quarter leading 23-16 after one quarter. What was giving Great Britain the biggest problems? It seemed like your team had no solution how to stop the ruthlessness of Alex King on the boards that led to quick points?
Yeah we started off a little sluggish and had a few defensive break downs which let Germany get a few second chance points and easy open shots.
In the second quarter, Great Britain got back into the game going on a 11-0 run to take the lead. What was Great Britain able to do better that finally got the team into a positive rhythm?
We rebounded the ball better and executed our plays.
The Third quarter was very tight, but Great Britain held onto the lead. Was it the German foul trouble and just more cleverness of Great Britain that helped you keep the lead?
Yeah we really attacked them in the paint and got them into foul trouble early which made them have a bit more to think about on defense.
With four minutes to play Tibor Pleiss brought Germany back to four points, but Great Britain was able to close the door on Germany. What was key in the last minutes in crunch time to getting the big win?
Just staying calm and composed, we hit three big three pointers which more or less put the nail in the coffin.
How does it feel to being the best man on the floor with 21 points and 11 boards and a rank of 22. Was this one of your best games in your career? The combination of the win and your play?
Im just thankful that I could contribute as much as I did in one of the best team victories I have been apart of, it was a great team effort.
How has your game improved from your last game in the Beko BBL with ratiopharm Ulm until now? It seems like you have grown in your basketball game?
I play with more confidence and energy after having good summer workouts at home in Birmingham.
How important was it to winning this do or die game in that you kept Heiko Schaffartzik in check with 9 points and one assist. A 22 point 11 assist game might have been enough for team Germany win.
It was our game plan to keep Schaffartzik and Benzing out of the game as much as we can and we did a good job of that.
What is more difficult to defend the quick first step of Robin Benzing or limiting his shot?
Both are pretty tough as he is a good player.
Did you have any soothing words for your ex teammate Per Guenther? Were you able to comfort him a little in the post game hand shakes?
He was obviously upset with the loss but was also happy to see me doing well.
If someone had told you before the 2013 Eurochampionships that Germany would beat France and then lose the next three games what would you have thought?
Its hard believe but it has been a crazy tournament so far.
You guys have one game left against the Ukraine and still have chances of advancing to the next round? What can we expect from this game and what will be key to getting the win?
Like every game we go into, we will have a game plan we have to stick to and if we give it 100% there is no reason why we cant come away with the victory
You are averaging 13,6ppg and 7,0rpg. You may have gotten some top offers from teams in Europe, but you have a contract with German Pro A team Giessen. Despite your play last season for ratiopharm Ulm in the Beko BBL, do you still see Giessen and Pro A the best step in your basketball development?
I havent spoken to my agent about any offers I may or may not have so im still looking forward to playing for Giessen next season.
What movie will you watch tonight in letting the big win day over Germany wind down?
No movie, just video on Ukraine and an early night for me.
Thanks Myles for the chat