Matt Bauscher Retires

Sometimes just seeing one game of a player can leave a lasting impression and even if Matt Bauscher (190-G-85, college: Boise St.) beat the Fraport Skyliners on a March day in 2012 with a buzzer beater it wasnt just that shot that will keep the name Bauscher in my memory bank, but the way he played the game. Matt Bauscher may only be 29 years old and probably in his best basketball age, but surprisingly he decided to hang up his sneakers for good today after a six year professional career where he made a name of himself in Holland. He also played briefly in Germany and Cyprus.

When I look back on that 2011-2012 season, it was a season to forget for the 2010 Eurochallenge winner BG Goettingen as they had only won 2 games leading up to the game in Frankfurt and really were only playing for pride as they knew that they would be returning back to the German second division after being in the Beko BBL for 5 years. For the Fraport Skyliners, they played an amazing second half of the season beating big name teams like Munich and Bamberg and it came down to a last game in Bonn to reach the playoffs which they lost. Guys like Jacob Burtschi or Michael Thompson surely will never forget this buzzer beater loss to BG Goettingen becuase a win surely would have pushed them into the playoffs.

When looking back at that buzzer beater win, I had to look back into my collection of German Hoops articles I have written. With 5.4 seconds to play, BG Goettingen had one more play to win the game and won it with a Matt Bauscher buzzer beater. I have hit some buzzer beaters in my career, but this was my first in Germany. I got the ball slipped as did Mckinney, kept my composure and just took the shot. It felt very good after it left my hand, explained Matt Bauscher. You have to tip your hat to Bauscher. He made the shot over two players, added Quantez Robertson. Bauscher made a tough play, but big time players will make big time plays, stressed Skyliner guard Devin Gibson. After playing in Holland the last three years, Bauscher was humble and lauding the BG Goettingen organization despite their hard times this season. It has been great playing for this organization. They have die hard fans. The fans have showed a lot more heart than what we could ever ask for. It has been a pleasure playing here, stressed 2009 Dutch scoring champ Matt Bauscher. There were quite a lot of memorable games in the 2011-2012 season, but the Justin Gray and Matt Bauscher buzzer beater games will always be in my mind.

Matt Bauscher never had it easy when it came to basketball as when he came out of high school, he was offered no scholarship to any school and decided to get away from Boise and went to Spokane community college. He then did get the chance with very hard work to play for Boise St. (NCAA) from 2005-2008 where he played a total of 92 NCAA games. As a senior he played 9.2ppg, 3.4rpg, 3.2apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 49.1%, 3Pts: 43.5%, FT: 50.0%.

Bauscher then started his professional basketball career in Holland and right away had no difficulty getting adjusted to the European style as he played for Aris Friesland Leeuwarden (Holland-Eredivisie) playing 37 games and leading the league in scoring with (22.2ppg), 3.9rpg, and was top assist man with (5.9apg), Steals-5 (2.4spg), FGP: 59.7%, 3PT: 37.4%, FT: 67.0%. He then played two seasons for GasTerra Flames (Holland-Eredivisie) where he helped win the 2010 Dutch league title. He really cleaned up with the Eurobasket awards winning four with All-Dutch Eredivisie Player of the Year -10, All-Dutch Eredivisie Guard of the Year -10, All-Dutch Eredivisie Import Player of the Year -10, and Dutch Eredivisie All-Defensive Team -10. In 2011-2012, he came to Germany and played for BG Goettingen (Germany-1.Bundesliga9 EuroChallenge: 2 games: 9.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.5apg; German League: 24 games: 10.9ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.9apg, FGP: 43.9%, 3PT: 30.5%, FT: 64.1%. In the 2012-2013 season he played for Eiffel Towers Den Bosch (Holland-Eredivisie) 39 games: 11.5ppg, 3.2rpg, Assists-5 (4.8apg), 1.6spg, FGP: 57.9%, 3PT: 36.0%, FT: 60.0%. Last season he got further experience playing for Petrolina AEK Larnaca (Cyprus-Division A) playing 15 games: 8.2ppg, 5.1rpg, Assists-1 (3.9apg), 1.1spg. In every professional season except for his time in Germany, the American was top 5 in assists. Bauscher was a team player and the best example for any basketball player out there that is fighting with the decision to keep pushing that basketball dream or not that even when the odds are against you, you should never give up and follow your basketball dream

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