Jermel Kennedy is a 24 year old 201cm forward from Toronto Canada that is playing his first season in the German Pro B with TV Langen. He started his basketball career in 2008 with Iowa Central Community College (NJCAA) playing 26 games: 4.3ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP:47.3%, FT: 57.1%. In 2009-2010, he played for Volunteer State Community College (NJCAA) playing 27 games: 11.7ppg, 8.2rpg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 26.0%, FT: 83.0%. He finished his college basketball career at Lander in 2012 playing two seasons there and as a senior played 27 games: 11.0ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.2spg, FGP: 66.1%, FT: 70.5%. Last summer he was drafted by Moncton Miracles (NBL Canada,1rd(6)). He spoke to German Hoops after the game one loss to Oldenburg.
A tough 78-73 loss in game one in Oldenburg. Was the preparation for this game tougher than normal Pro B south teams simply because you had never played against them?
I wouldn’t say the preparation was tougher they did things that a lot of teams do just a much higher level
TV Langen had the slim 36-32 advantage at halftime. What problems or mistakes pretty much disallowed TV Langen for having the bigger lead?
We had poor execution and their length was a big disadvantage for us as they caused a lot if turnovers
TV Langen had a seven point lead early in the fourth quarter and then it went back and fourth. TV Langen led 70-65, but then let Oldenburg go on a 11-0 run to lead 76-70 which iced the cake for them. What was the cause for the collapse at the end?
We had a couple mental breakdowns late in the game that led to empty possessions and turnovers which they capitalized on
TV Langen shot the ball very good, but were the 22 turnovers one of the main factors for the loss?
That was our biggest problem something that doesn’t normally happen to us. To much lost possessions down the stretch that we need to fix this week.
Sebastian Barth led the team in points, rebounds and assists. Was this his best game of the season?
It was one of his better games as he was very aggressive offensively which we definitely needed yesterday
You only had four points, but five steals. Were you content with your defensive effort and does a more consistent offensive effort in game two give you hope that TV Langen will get the win at home?
I had an overall bad game and I’m not content with my performance at all but it’s playoff time and things like this can happen. This will be an important week for me and the team and I will be prepared to play better and ensure a winning effort
Mike Taylor and Kevin Smit combined for almost half of the points. Is TV Langen better warned now for game two about what adjustments that they will have to do?
We know what this two are capable of I’m sure that we will take them a little more serious come Saturday
Is this a game that TV Langen will be able to recuperate from mentally? The next game is a do or die game with no TV Langen players wanting an early summer vacation.
We understand the value of this game and we will take the necessary steps to keep this series alive
Will you do some extra work this week in preparation for game two? Does your game focus take a different preparation in the post season?
I will make a couple practice adjustments nothing to out of the norm
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Thanks Jermel for the chat.