Blake Poole is a 25 year old 195cm center that is playing his first season with RheinLand Versicherungen Hertener Lions (Germany-ProB). He started his basketball career in 2007 with St.Martin’s (NCAA2) where he played until 2011. In his senior year he played 29 games: 19.3ppg, 11.6rpg, 2.8apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 54.7%, 3Pts: 28.9%, FT: 73.5%. In 2011, he started his professional basketball career with Bellingham Slam (IBL) left during the season: 17 games: 12.5ppg, 10.9rpg, 1.8apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 49.3% and then played for BG Dorsten (Germany-ProB) playing 26 games: 14.9ppg, Reb-1(12.9rpg), 2.8apg, 2.3spg, FGP: 58.3%, 3PT: 24.0%, FT: 70.1%. Last season he played for Bellingham Slam (IBL): 20 games: 18.7ppg, 13.2rpg, 4.1apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 52.7%, 3PT: 32.4%, FT: 80.4%
and for BG Topstar Leitershofen/Stadtbergen (Germany-ProB), injured in pre-seaon, in Oct.’12 moved to BG Dorsten (Germany-ProB): 10 games: 14.7ppg, 14.1rpg, 2.4apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 54.8%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 79.4%. He spoke to German Hoops before the next game against Hannover.
Herten suffered a tough 99-86 loss last weekend to Wolfenbuettel. This was a game that Wolfenbuettel controlled despite having only a six man rotation. How much did this loss hurt and take to digest?
It was a tough loss for us as a whole, but they played well and had players step up. We knew we made mistakes and look to correct them.
Herten were led by their three Americans while Wolfenbuettel had four players in double figures including two Germans and a Canadian. What were the main reasons for the loss.
I think the main reason for the lost was going out of the structure. When we played to our strengths we made good runs in the game, but once we deviated from the structure we were unsuccessful.
Herten has averaged giving up 98 points in the current two game losing streak. Has the team been losing track of their defensive principles?
I don’t think we have lost track of the principles. I think we need to just take more pride on defense and be a lot more consistent.
Despite the loss you had a monster game with 32 points and 16 rebounds. Is there any way you can enjoy a performance like that even after losing the game?
It’s really not something to be that happy about if you don’t get the win. I would rather score zero points, grab zero rebounds and get the win any day.
You are currently averaging 20,3ppg and 12,5rpg this season for Herten. You are nearly averaging 3,0apg and 2,0spg. Is there any point in your game that isn´t appealing to you at the moment?
Right now I just want to work on being a better defensive player and staying active the whole game. I like the direction my game is heading, but I definitely have room to grow.
Currently Herten has a record of 7-10 and in ninth place. What does the team have to do now to turn the season around and start a new winning streak?
We have to come together and play to our strengths, stay positive and play team defense.
The next game is against Hannover. What memories do you have form the 89-78 loss on the road?
I remember that they are a physical and talented team.
In the loss to Hannover they had six guys in double figures and easily won the rebounding. How important will be support on the boards for you against Hannover?
Very important as much as I like rebounds, I cannot grab them all. I will always need the support of my teammates.
How proud are you of the Seahawks and did you do your own victory dance after the Seattle Sea Hawks Superbowl win or did you celebrate quietly in Herten?
Oh yea I loved watching the Seahawks win the championship in the fashion that they did. I definitely was jumping up for the many good plays for the Hawks, just like the rest of the 12th man.
What for you was the big Superbowl story of 2014?
It just supported the quote. “Offense wins games, defense wins championships.”
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
The last DVD I saw was Next Friday.
Thanks Blake for the chat.