Adam Waleskowski(MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg) The Frankfurt Game Was A Combination Of Every Genre Thrown In A Blender With The Lid Off And It Was Just An Emotional Roller Coaster

Adam Waleskowski is a 31 year old 203cm power forward that was born in Cape Girardeau in the United States that also has the German citizenship that is playing his first season for Ludwigsburg. He played at Florida St. (NCAA) from 2001-2005. He played at Erdgas Ehingen/Urspringschule (Germany-2.Bundesliga) from 2005-2007, but in the second half of the 2006-2007 season moved to Etendard de Brest (France-ProB, starting five): 18 games: 14.2ppg, Reb-3(8.3), 2.5apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 54%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 75.0%. In 2007, he recieved the German Citizenship and played for Besancon Basket Comte Doubs (France-ProB, starting five): 26 games: 14.0ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.3apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 55.8%, 3PT: 30.4%, FT: 70.6%. In 2008-2009, he played for JSF Nanterre (France-ProB), French League: 7 games: 7.6ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 59.5%, FT: 37.5%; left in Nov.’08, in Jan.’09 moved to Achilleas Kaimakliou (Cyprus-Division A, starting five): 11pts, 17reb, 1ast, 1steal, in April ’09 signed at Besancon Basket Comte Doubs (France-ProA): 4 games: 4.8ppg. In 2009-2010 he played for Achilleas Kaimakliou (Cyprus-Division A). In 2010-2011, he played for  BG Goettingen (Germany-1.Bundesliga): EuroCup: 8 games: 3.6ppg, 2.1rpg, left in Feb. ’11; German League: 20 games: 8.1ppg, 3.4rpg, FGP: 56.9%, 3PT: 18.2%, FT: 76.7% In 2011-2012, he played for Pizza Express Apollon (Cyprus-Division A): 7 games: 6.4ppg, left in Dec.’11, in Mar.’12 moved to Astrum Levice (Czech Rep.-NBL): 9 games: 10.9ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 48.6%, FT: 76.5%; played also at Onyx Levice (Slovakia-Extraliga): 4 games: 4.3ppg.Last season he played for  Sigal Prishtina (Kosovo-SuperLeague, starting five), in Jan.’13 signed at Duesseldorf Baskets (Germany-ProA): 24 games: 13.3ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 58.2%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 68.8% He spoke to German Hoops after the amazing 77-76 win against the Fraport Skyliners

Congrats to the amazing 77-76 win against the Fraport Skyliners. You played at Florida State and in many countries, but have you ever been a part of a game like that?

The first round against Fraport we had a similar game where we got down and had to fight our way back in. But, it has been a while since I have been in such a crazy game with such a crazy ending.

What did you feel like when the siren sounded? How long did it take you to understand not only what the team had done, but that you had won the game?

When the game ended I had a sense of relief. Fraport fought really hard and I think a lot of our fans thought the game was lost. We kept playing until the final buzzer and escaped by the smallest possible margin.

It seemed like there were so many stories in this game. If you could compare this to a movie that you have seen in your lifetime to what would it compare most to?

That’s a tough question, because movies usually have a genre like comedy, thriller, drama, sci-fi, etc. This game was a combination of every genre thrown in a blender with the lid off. It was just and emotional roller coaster.

The Fraport Skyliners were up eight with a few minutes to go. It seemed like that they had had control of the game. How confident were you and the team that you guys could make a miraculous comeback at the end?

We made a conscious effort to keep pushing the ball quickly up the court to try and draw a foul or get a quick basket. We knew that if we kept attacking them on offense and either making them work on defense or put them on the free throw line we could still have an opportunity to come back and win.

The action of the game was the technical foul to Quantez Robertson pushing Coby Karl to the ground. Skyliner players that were in the huddle were certain there was flopping. How did you see the play? It seemed like an invisible Shaq had turned up on the court and by the way Karl fell back it could have only been a big guy like Shaq making a player fall back so hard. Lol

It was a really crazy stretch of events. I didn’t get a good look at what happened live because I was trying to huddle our guys up to get the strategy down. Next thing I saw was Coby on the ground. It was a tough decision for the referees to make. I’m just glad that I wasn’t in their position.

Do you think this was the turning point of the game. Did this play occupy the minds of the Fraport Skyliners which enabled Ludwigsburg to get a special type of momentum?

It was definitely a turning point. But I don’t think it was just the referees handing us the game. Coby did miss one of the two free throws after Galloway made his two. We were down three points with 8 or so seconds left when they put Coby back on the free throw line. So, they were definitely in the driver seat, but after that I think it was the hand of God. LOL

Explain your last second shot tying the game. Frankfurt had practiced FT rebounding all week, but couldn´t secure the last rebound. Was this harder work for you than it really looked like?

After Coby made the first free throw I was still in the mind set of making the second and fouling the inbound as quick as possible. Coby said he was going to miss the free throw. I lined up like a defense end and pushed my way in as much as possible without fouling. Shawn and I crossed as the ball came off the rim and Voigtmann was the first person to tip the ball, but luckily it hit off the backboard and I was able to grab it with my left hand. I knew the clock was running out so I tried to put it up on the glass as fast as possible and when I did Voigtmann hit my left elbow. It was a mix of hard work and luck that I was able to get the ball and finish it with the foul.

You had a great game with 24 points and 11 rebounds. If you look back on your career, where would you rank this game in all your games?

This is definitely one of my top performances. If felt great to finish it off in such a fashion that would make a memory of a lifetime.

Do you tip your hat to the Fraport Skyliners on how a team with so many injured players and Pro B players can turn up such a great performance like that? What German player are you most impressed by?

Of course, for a team that has struggle through so many injuries and inexperience, they played as strong as any team in this league. I was impressed at how well Klein and Merz handled the ball against our pressure and Barthel is a very talented young German player with huge potential.

What are your 2014 NCAA tournament favorites and sleepers?

Syracuse has been strong all season and I am hoping my Seminoles can creep in the dance and stir it up.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Zero Dark Thirty.

 

Thanks Adam for the chat.

 

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