Allen And Harper Aren´t Bremerhaven Real Estate, But Their Basketball Foundation For The Eisbaeren Success

A phenomenal thing about basketball is besides being able to use actor´s Billy´s Crystal´s favorite word marvelous  is that the Beko BBL never gets old or tedious as each season as there are so many wonderful new things to get excited about like  the life of the famous American celebrity family Kardashian where daily surprises could be their middle name.  It is no different in the Beko BBL as each new season you can go down the board and check each team and see new exciting beginings like with Alba Berlin where youth being in the spotlight was never usual, but this season the club are holding onto players Johannes Wolfarth-Bottermann, Ismet Akpinar, Bar Timor and Akeem Vargas for a combined 12 years. Or in Munich where the club has possibly the best put together roster of all time in the beko BBl where there isn´t a  12th man bus driver, but each player could start for any other Beko BBl team. Other exciting things happening in the league is the return of diminutive point guard David Holston to Artland, new team Rasta Vechta or the Fraport Skyliners who could be called the German Skyliners. After the less than satisfactory season of Bremerhaven last season, the club is begging for new success and could have the best position four tandem in the league with Derrick Allen and Brian Harper. They sound like an American real estate company, but really are the basketball foundation for Eisbaeren Success this season. Out with the old and in with the new can only be described in that they are new to the team, but in their case being 28 and over 30 hasn´t hurt their production at all yet. What do you get when you pair a hectic ballerina dancer and roadrunner meeting on a deserted road in the desert of Arizona ? You get a mix of Derrick Allen and Brian Harper. Derrick Allen is finally back in Germany after spending last season in Belgium with : Belgacom Spirou playing 28 games averaging  10.4ppg, 4.5rpg, FGP: 56.7%, FT: 65.1%; EuroCup: 5 games: 12.4ppg, 5.4rpg, FGP: 50.0%, FT: 76.9%. This will be his ninth season in the Beko BBL after stops in Karlsruhe, Leverkusen where he won the scoring title in 2007, Frankfurt and Berlin. 33 year old Allen has dazzled fans in Germany for years with his unique style of play in the zone where his side steps and spins are as lethal as his mid distance jumper. He has been a scorer all his life and will continue to be a scoring option under head coach Calvin Oldham. Harper is a 28 year old 206cm forward that is playing his second season in the Beko BBL. Last season he played for  TBB Trier playing 33 games: 11.0ppg, 4.8rpg, FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 60.3%. His legs look like chicken legs and has a first step that can leave any defender looking for his jock strap. Last season he dazzled observers with his nonstop flights to the rim and could get the Eisbaeren cage heated up early before the first snow drops. It will be interesting to see how Oldham uses his two lethal weapons at the forward position. One thing is for sure, there will never be a dull moment on the court when one of them is playing.

Last season the Eisbaeren had as usual a very formidable roster on paper and had a solid first half, but totally fell apart in the second half losing too teams they should of beat and just had no team chemistry and there were talks of rifts in the team. The team finished in 12th place with a record of 15-19 and missed the playoffs for a second straight seasons and the yearning of having the Jeff Gibbs, Lou Campbell or Andrew Drevo winner types is something that fans will never forget. Consistency was a big factor last season for the unsuccessful season despite home wins against FC Bayern Munich and the Brose Baskets Bamberg which helped carry one or the another fans into the dog days of summer with sweet memories. But what better way then to go into their 10th year anniversary with a season to forget with highlights and a playoffs appearance?  The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven entered the Beko BBL in 2005 reached three consecutive playoffs, two Top 4 cup appearances and two semi final playoff showings.

Bremerhaven manager Jan Ratjen who is more of a reserved person when observing him in arena´s is hungry for success again and did  a house cleaning bringing in new coach Calvin Oldham who coached in the Alba Berlin system back in 2005 and had been coach in Korea the last six years winning the title in 2009 and coached Brian Harper then. The team let go of nine players and  kept German national player Philipp Zwiener, sharp shooter Stefon Jackson and young German talents Jusuf E l Domiaty that developed well under ex coach Doug Spradley and Bazoumana Kone. The club brought in very experienced players Derrick Allen and Brian Harper. The rest of their new Americans Devin Searcy, Darius Adams and Angelo Sharpless don’t have more than three years of professional experience combined. German Nick Schneiders developed well in Braunschweig, but is no where near done with reaching his potential as is young Lithuvanian Adas Juskevicious. Young Germans like Jeferey Martin, Helge Baus and jonathan Malu round out the roster as these three will also play for their cooperation partner. The club has an average age of 24,3 years and a player like Derrick Allen will be the prefect role model for the young guns as there is no harder worker in the Beko BBL then the Gadsen native. Back when Allen was in his second season as a professional after being a rookie and top scorer of the Iceland league, he came to Karlsruhe as a still unfinished player in his development and learned from top scorer  of the German league in 2005 Narcisse Ewodo. Now he has the role of Ewodo in Bremerhaven. Oldham has put together an athletic team and wants to use that to his advantage and play flashy and defend aggressive leading to easy points on the break. In the set play you wont find a better scorer than Derrick Allen and with some height and strength at the center position open it up for their shooters like Jackson. The club hasn´t always had fortune at the point guard position so it will be interesting to see how Darius Adams develops in the Beko BBL. Their youth could be their weakness this season as they may have too little experience in spots. The x factor this season could be Philipp Zwiener. The team has strong Americans, but will desperately need the consistency of Zwiener on the offensive end to give the team depth.

Since The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven entered the BBL in 2005-2006, they have had some interesting battles with The Skyliners. Bremerhaven have had the number of Frankfurt in the first four season posting a 6-3 record. In the first two seasons, Bremerhaven totally dominated Frankfurt with a 4-0 record. Who could forget the stunning 89-88 Bremerhaven win in their first meeting ever in the fall of 2005 as Brian Jones won the game with a buzzer beater. The Eisbaeren won the return date in Bremerhaven 94-78 as ex Skyliner Nino Garris played one of his few good games for Frankfurt dropping 20 points. However in the 2007-2009 seasons, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners have had a positive record of 3-2 and were 2-2 at home. The curious thing is that the two games at home were decided by one point. In the 2007-2008 season, Frankfurt lost 82-81 in the Ballsporthalle and last season Frankfurt nipped Bremerhaven 66-65 with 16 points and 11 rebounds from ex Skyliner Lorenzo Gordon. In the 2009-2010 season, both clubs played seven games including five games in the playoffs. Frankfurt won the season series 4-3 last season posting a 2-1 record in the Ballsporthalle and posting a 2-2 record in Bremerhaven. The two wins at home remain unforgettable as Frankfurt won the season game 70-69 as Pascal Roller led the charge with 15 points and game two 84-83 as Aubrey Reese poured in 18 points. In the 2010-2011, Frankfurt won 81-66 at home as Dashaun Wood and AJ Moye led the charge with 19 points a piece and they also won in Bremerhaven 71-56 as Dashaun Wood had a Lebron James type game with 25 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Since the Eisbaeren entered the Beko BBL in 2005, the series between both teams has the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven with the 11-10 advantage. In the first meeting in the 2011-2012 season, the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven came to Frankfurt winning 63-55. Torrell Martin hit some big shots leading his team with 19 points. The Fraport Skyliners were led by Justin Gray and Jermareo Davidson with 14 points a piece. In the second game in Bremerhaven, the Fraport Skyliners lost 76-70 thanks to a strong 28 point second quarter sparked by a 25 point Anthony Smith night in which the Skyliners couldn´t recover from. Jimmy Mckinney led the Fraport Skyliners with 16 points and Tim Ohlbrecht and Devin Gibson added 12 points a piece. In the first meeting last season, the Eisbaeren came away with a 74-68 win as ex Skyliner Jacob Burtschi led the way with 16 points and 12 rebounds. A strong fourth quarter and 41 rebounds helped pave the way for Bremerhaven. The Fraport Skyliners were led by Ted Scott with 17 points and Zach peacock with 14 points points. In the return game in Frankfurt, the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven losing 86-73. The Fraport Skyliners were led by Dawan Robinson with 17 points while Ryan brooks added 16 points. The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven were led by Stanley Burrell with 19 points.

The Fraport Skyliners will take their 0-2 record to Bremerhaven and be looking for their first win while the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven are returning home with a 1-1 record and 40 point thrashing in ULM. Both teams will be on a mission and wanting to prove something. Jacob Burtschi will be returning to his ex team and knows that the game will be a fight. “We will be pumped for this game as well as Bremerhaven who will have a short memory after their loss in Ulm. Both teams need a win and it will be a tough game”, stressed Fraport Skyliner forward Jacob Burtschi.

The club not only held on to Derrick Allen and Brian Harper, but also Stefan Jackson who is playing hiss second season with Bremerhaven. He is a 28 year old 196cm guard from Philadelphia that played at UTep and finished career as UTEP and Conference USA’s all-time leading scorer with 2,456 points. His defense and mid distance shooting is his weapons  as is his experience having played in Turkey and Belgium.  Philipp Zwiener is a 28 year old 201cm forward that is playing his season in Bremerhaven. He started his basketball career with TSV Lesum-Bremen (2Bundealiga) in 2002. He played with Alba Berlin from 2005-2010 winning a league title and cup. He played at TBB Trier from 2010-2012. Last season for Bremerhaven he played 34 games: 9.6ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 43.3%, 3PT: 34.6%, FT: 81.3%. Oldham will use him as a mismatch whenever possible. Darius Adams is a 24 year old 182 cm point guard from Decatur, Illinois. He was one of the best players in Division II in his college career. Unlike most high-profile guys, Adams has been through the struggles. He went from being a bench player for the Generals to a two-year college before becoming the nation’s seventh-best scorer in division two. So far in his short career he has gotten around as a rookie playing in Venezuela and the Dominican Republic and last season for Kryvbasbasket-Lux Kryvyi Rih (Ukraine-Superleague, starting five): 14 games: 19.3ppg, 3.7rpg, 5.1apg, 1.9spg, 2FGP: 49.2%, 3FGP: 36.1%, FT: 79.0%, in Apr.’13 moved to Entente Orleans 45 (France-ProA, starting five): 4 games: 6.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.3apg, 1.5spg. He is an athletic point guard that is tough to stop in the one against one. He still needs experience and it will be interesting if he can lead the offense?

Devin Searcy is a 24 year old 208cm power forward  from Romulus, Michigan that is entering his third season as  a professional. He played at Dayton with NBA player and  ex Bamberg star Brian Roberts. After a solid rookie season for  Toyama Grouses (Japan-BJ League) 45 games: 13.8ppg, Reb-5(10.8rpg), 1.2apg, FGP: 55.6%, FT: 62.2%, he got a 2012 Summer League invite by the Philadelphia 76ers and was close to sticking to the team. Last season he played for Triumph Lyubertsy (Russia-PBL): 5 games: 5.6ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP: 59.1%, FT: 40.0%, 3.1rpg, 3.4rpg, FGP: 51.4%, FT: 72.2%. He is a very physical player that likes to go where it hurts most. Adas juskevicius is a 24 year old 194 cm swingman. He played for top club B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (LKL) the last two seasons and last year played VTB League: 25 games: 4.6ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.2apg; Euroleague: 13 games: 2.3ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.0apg; Lithuanian LKL: 19 games: 7.7ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.4apg, FGP-2(73.7%), 3PT-2(53.6%), FT: 60.0%. He is a quick player with  a lot of talent that will help in the shooting department. Jusuf El Domiaty is a 22 year old 189cm guard that is playing his second season with Bremerhaven. He started his basketball career in 2006 for SG FT/MTV Braunschweig (2.Bundesliga). He played 29 Beko BBL games for Braunschweig. Last season for Bremerhaven he played 15 games averaging 3,5ppg. His best agmes were a 11 point performance against ratiopharm Ulm and 10 points against Giessen. He can always hurt you with his timely shooting something he showed last season. Nick Schneiders is 29 and has the distinction of being the biggets player in the league at 221cm. He played the last three seasons in Braunschweig playing a total of 97Beko BBL games and was able to improve hiss coring each season. Last season he played 32 games: 5.1ppg, 2.7rpg, FGP-3(67.4%), FT: 60.9%. he had 13 points against Wurzburg and 12 points against Bayreuth. Angelo Sharpless is a 23 year old 193cm guard that is a rookie that played at  Elizabeth City (NCAA2). In his rookies eason he played 28 games: 20.5ppg, 8.8rpg, 2.6apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 50.7%, 3PT: 35.4%, FT: 77.8%. He played at Elisabeth City with ex Artland Dragon Anthony Hilliard. How well he can get used to the European style will be interesting to see. Bazoumana kone is a 19 year old 190cm guard that followed Julius Jenkins is cutting his hair. He has been in the Bremerhaven system since 2011 after starting his career at Bramfelder SV Hamburg junior team. He is very quick and has a big future. Lasts eason he had five points against Braunschweig. Jonathan Malu is a 20 year old 198cm forward from Congo that was born in Wiesbaden. He came to Bremerhaven in 2010 after playing for the Cologne and Rhondorf junior teams. He is your typical robust 198cm player that fights for every rebound. Jefery Martin is playing his first season for the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven after last season playing for : BSG Bremerhaven (2.Regionalliga): 13 games: 7.5ppg. He is a young point guard that will gain valuable experience each day practicing with the Beko BBL team. Helge Baus is a 19 year old 205cm forward that is  a big talent from the year 1994. He played the last two seasons with  BSG Bremerhaven (2.Regionalliga) and now makes the jump to the Beko BBL team. He moves well for his height and can shoot. His development will be interesting to observe in the next years.

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