When one comes across the rare name Moses, one notices simply because the first thought that comes into mind is the famous religious leader and lawgiver to whom the authorship of the Torah is traditionally attributed to. The Moses is the most important prophet in Judaism as well as in christianity and Islam. Of course there have been other well known gentlemen that have been graced with the Moses name like NBA legend Moses Malone who was one of the first players to make the step from high school to the professional ranks where he lasted 21 years, won an NBA title in 1983 with the Philadelphia 76ers, won three MVP trophies and sometimes scribbled his name to autograph seekers in such an unreadable way that gave this young gun fits for years to fully accept if it had really been Malone that had written his name or not. Then there are Moses legends like Edwin Moses who has the name second and won Gold Medals at the 1976 and 1984 Olympics and won 107 finals in a row. Then there are also other famous Moses´s like the composer Moses Hogan, the entrepreneur Moses Brown or stage actor Moses Gunn. How common it is to find a Moses in Germany is statistically difficult to know, but one thing is for sure, there is a Moses this season living in Bremerhaven and trying to make a name in the Beko BBL. Moses Ehambe is a 28 year old 198cm swing man that has American/Congolese roots and is playing his seventh professional season. He played at Oral Roberts from 2004-2008 and then turned professional. In the last six seasons, he has played in countries like Spain and Venezuela, but spent much time in the States in the D-League looking to make the jump to the NBA. When looking at his game, the first thing that stands out is his shot. Many have described him as being the best shooter in the world in the last years and has been the most successful in the D-league. His stats don´t hide the fact that if he had to moonlight as a cowboy, his quick hand and release would come in handy with quickly pulling the gun and trigger. In a span from 2005-2012, Ehambe shot over 40% in every place that he played including his last three years at Oral Roberts and his next six destinations as a professional. In his last three stops, his shooting has slowed down a little as he shot only 35% from the parking lot with FIATC Joventut Badalona (Spain-Liga Endesa) where ex Bonn forward Tony Gaffney was his teammate and with Guaiqueries de Margarita (Venezuela-LPB) where he shot 28% his second worst since his freshman year in college. However it isn´t just his shooting that excels, but he can do many other things like His quick release and footwork are at a very high level. At 6’6″ 215 pounds he possesses great size, strength, and athleticism. He is very aggressive 1on1 and will help any team with his passion. His shooting touch is back again as through three games, he is averaging 16,3ppg, 3,0rpg and 1,0apg and is shooting 52,6% from the distance. It would be fun to see how many teammates of Ehambe have stated that he is the best shooter ever, but so far he has made a lasting impression on his teammates as his leadership is here as well which he shares with ex Alba Berlin forward Sven Schulze. “He is a great shooter and a great team-mate. He creates a lot of problems from the perimeter for other teams which allows our bigs more room to work inside when he is on the court. He is one of the best shooters that I have ever played with or seen. Sven is more outspoken and animated, whereas Moses is more subtle with his approach. Both lead by example and are great role models to learn from”, warned ex Giessen 46er Myles Hesson. The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven have only made the playoffs twice in 2006 and 2010 and three could be a charm as they may just have their savior to return back to the promised land with their own Moses Ehambe.
Since last reaching the playoffs in 2010, the team has lived in no mans land of the standings and had their worst finish at 12th last season. The club switched the reigns from Doug Spradley to ex Bayreuth basketball player legend Calvin Oldham and got off on the wrong foot starting the season with a seven game losing streak. The club was never able to win more than three games in a row and when they did they had poor competition as they beat TBB Trier twice and the Mitteldeutscher BC. Their biggest highlight of the season was beating Alba Berlin, but they also had solid results sweeping the season series with Phoenix Hagen and getting past the Artland Dragons. At times, their inability to put up points on the board was a problem as they only scored 80 points or more 11 times. They also had problems buckling down on defense at times giving up 80 points or more 17 times which when they had no offense going on that day almost always resulted in a loss. One has to give a lot of respect to manager Jan Rathjen who always stuck behind Oldham even in rough times especially at the start of the season where fans were getting restless and one could hear the first coach out chants. Rathjen continued to believe in the coaching qualities of Oldham as he remained on board for a second season.
The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven went through an extreme house cleaning saying farewell to eight players. Derrick Allen left to play in Braunschweig, Darius Adams took the bucks in France, German national player Philipp Zwiener took the short car trip south to Oldenburg, Stefon Jackson(Wurzburg) and Bazou Kone(Hamburg) went the German pro A route and guys like Brian Harper, Adas Justkevicius and Anthony Smith also departed. The club held three players with American Devin Searcy who had a solid season last season and is looking to become even more of a force in the Beko BBL. The club also retained the rights to the tallest Beko BBL player Nick Schneiders who is listed at 221cm´s and is a solid back up that brings instant energy inside as well as Justuf El Domiaty who also has shown flashes of good play coming from the bench. The club hauled in nine new players including experienced Sven Schulze who will help the team on and off the bench the way Derrick Allen did last season and the German can still hit the three pointer. The club also brought in Moses Ehambe who shares the main leadership role with Schulze and could be vying for the Beko BBL allstar day three point shooting crown and at the end of the season as the leagues best. The club hasn´t always had luck over the years with point guards especially under Doug Spradley, but last season had a real gem with Darius Adams and this season hope that Lorenzo Williams who played in Giessen years ago can supply the playmaking punch and has so far as he is averaging 14,7ppg, 6,3apg and 3,7rpg as soon the Adams who chants might start. The team also brought in American Tyrus Mcgee who is coming off his rookie season in the Spanish Leb Gold league and is a combo guard. He also has found no adjustment needed to the Beko BBL as he is averaging 13,0ppg, 6,0rpg and 3,0apg. Myles Hesson who played at the 2013 European championships with England brings the versatility at the forward position from Giessen and should fit in as an energy guy form the bench and give added athleticism to the team. The club also added American Andre Williamson who gives punch at the forward position and German Flavio Stuckemann that will help out at the point guard position. Jake Obrien will bring versatility to the forward position as he played with Giessen guard TJ Dileo at Temple and last season in the Ukraine and when the tension got to great there he moved to the D-league. Last but not least the team brought in Rodney Williams who is playing his first season in Europe after getting minimal training camp experience with the NBA 76ers and played in the D-league. The club seems a tad stronger than last season, but so far it looks like they have more of a shooting team than bang the ball inside team. It will be interesting to see how the inside out game will develop. If the club wants to reach the playoffs they will have to defend better than last season. This season they averaged giving up 85 points to Phoenix Hagen and Bamberg which can happen, but allowed very talented Ludwigsburg only 64 points that will give them self confidence. The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven are a team that have good chances to compete for the playoffs if they stay free from serious injuries. “We are a new team from last year and we have new goals, personally, and as a team and our aim is to win every game we play. If we give 100% every time we’re on court, sky’s the limit. Our biggest strengths are that we work together as a collective, everyone can contribute”, stressed Myles Hesson.
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 in 2012-2013, 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 lost 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. Last season the Fraport Skyliners won the season series 2-0. In Bremerhaven they won 88-72 as Andrew Rautins clobbered Bremerhaven with 32 points on eight three pointers. Jacob Burtschi registered 16 points and Danilo Barthel contributed 12 points. Bremerhaven was led by Darius Adams with 20 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Derrick Allen chipped in with 13 points and Philipp Zwiener had 12 points. In the return game in Frankfurt, Bremerhaven lost again with 72-65 as Frankfurt was led by Quantez Robertson with 15 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Bremerhaven was led by Darius Adams with 23 points while Derrick Allen added 12 points and Anthony Smith had 11 points. Currently if the season ended today, they would be in the Beko BBL playoffs having a record of 2-1 un seventh place while the FRaport Skyliners are in 12th place with a record of 1-3 and are looking to build on their one game winning streak by doing some damage on the road in the next 3 weeks.
The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven are led by Moses Ehambe played at Oral Roberts playing a total of 104 NCAA games and as a senior played 11.7ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 40.5%, 3Pts: 40.6%, FT: 86.0%. As a professional he has played in the D-league and Spain and Venezeula. Last season he played for the Iowa Energy (D-League) playing 52 games: 14.9ppg, 3.8rpg, 2FGP: 50.0%, 3FGP: 41.8%, FT: 82.6% and this past summer played for Guaiqueries de Margarita (Venezuela-LPB): 7 games: 7.6ppg, 1.9rpg, FGP: 52.9%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 84.6%. He won the D-league in 2011 with the Austin Torros. Tyrus Mcgee is a 23 year old 191cm guard from Stringtown, Oklahoma that can shoot and give Ehambe competition and attack the offensive boards and give Hesson competition. He started his basketball career at community college and then played for Iowa St. (NCAA) an das a senior played 35 games: 13.1ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.3apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 53.0%, 3PT: 46.4%, FT: 82.0%. Last season as a rookie he played for Leche Rio Breogan Lugo (Spain-LEB Gold) playing 32 games: 13.2ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.2apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 45.6%, 3PT: 39.8%, FT: 86.%. Last summer he played NBA Pro Summer League in Las Vegas (Golden State Warriors): 2 games: 6.0ppg, FGP: 40%, 3PT: 33.3%.Lorenzo Williams is a 29 year old 187cm point guard that played at Rice from 2003-2007 and as a senior played 29 games: 9.1ppg, 2.5rpg, 5.0apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 45.7%, 3Pts: 34.6%, FT: 71.4%. He is a classic point guard that makes the right decisions, can fill up the stats sheet, but also score at leisure. He has played in countries like Germany, Slovakia, Hungary and Latvia. As a rookie he played in the German Regionaliga for WEissenhorn. Last season he played for BK Ventspils (Latvia-LBL) playing24 games: 11.6ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.9apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 41.0%, FT: 82.4%; EuroChallenge: 11 games: 10.4ppg, 3.1rpg, 4.4apg, FGP: 54.1%, 3PT: 22.6%, FT: 73.0%; Baltic League: 16 games: 9.8ppg, 3.4rpg, Assists-4(4.4apg), 1.3spg, FGP: 50.6%, 3PT: 38.3%, FT: 72.7%. He won the league title with BK Ventspils. Devin Searcy is a 25 year old 208cm power forward from Romulus, Michigan that is entering his fourth 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. In 2012-2013 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 and last season for Bremerhaven played 32 games: 10.0ppg, Reb-4(6.8rpg), FGP: 54.3%, FT: 67.1%. Myles Hesson is a 24 year old 198cm forward that has come a long way having played his first three seasons as a professional in England for Birmingham, Essex and Liverpool. He then made the jump from the German Pro B with Weissenhorn to the Beko BBL with ratiopharm Ulm. Last season he played for the LTi Giessen 46ers (ProA) 33 games: 16.1ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 50.4%, 3PT: 30.1%, FT: 78.8%. Who could forget his 21 point 11 rebound effort against Germany in the 2013 European championships where Germany had to pack their bags and go home?
Sven Schultze is is a 36 year old 206cm power forward that was born in Bamberg. He is a very strong player with a deadly shot. With his size, he will post up the opponents small forwards and outrun the opponents power forwards. He is able to defend bigger players, but also agile enough to defend smaller ones. He can drop the three pointer in a variety of ways which gives you so many more ways of using him. He also is very dangerous on the fast break as he can with the speed of a point guard and then dunk. He started his career with Bamberg and then played for Alba Berlin from 1998-2002 winning four BEKO BBL titles. He then played for the Bayer Giants Leverkusen until 2005 before going south to Play in Italy in Milian, Udine and Biella. he also played shortly in Greece for Larissa. He finished the 2009-2010 season playing for Ferrara (Italy-SerieA): 13 games 8.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.2spg, FGP: 60.6%, 3PT: 41.5%, FT: 75.0%. He won a silver in Belgrad in 2005 at the European Championships and played at the Olympic games 2008 in Bejing. He played the last four years with Alba Berlin and last season played Eurocup 5 games: 1.2ppg; German League: 29 games: 3.2ppg.Andre Williamson is a 25 year old 202cm forward that started the season with Hapoel Afula (Israel-National League). He played at Appalachian St. (NCAA) from 2008-2012 and as a senior played 30 games: 9.6ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.2apg, 1.5bpg, FGP: 57.7%, 3PT: 47.4%, FT: 57.1%. As a rookie he played for Liege(Belgium and last season played for Karhu Kauhajoki (Finland-Korisliiga) playing 48 games: 16.1ppg, 8.6rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 57.0%, 3PT: 35.6%, FT: 67.4%. Jake Obrien is a 25 year old 206cm forward that is playing his second professional season. He started his basketball career at Boston University and then moved to Temple playing 34 games: 9.3ppg, 3.3rpg, FGP: 56.9%, 3PT: 43.0%, FT: 67.5%. Last season as a rookie he played Ferro-ZNTU Zaporozhye (Ukraine-Superleague): 18 games: 10.8ppg, 6.2rpg, 2FGP: 50.0%, 3FGP: 34.8%, FT: 78.4%, in Mar.’14 moved to Bakersfield Jam (D-League): 5 games: 4.0ppg, 1.0rpg. He is a versatile forward that can play inside out
Rodney Williams is a 23 year old 205cm forward from Minneapolis, Minnesota that is playing his second professional season and first in Germany. As a rookie he played for Delaware 87ers (D-League, starting five): 33 games: 9.7ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 55.6%, 3PT: 28.0%, FT: 75.5%. He played at Minnesota (NCAA) from 2009-2013 and as a senior played 33 games: 10.1ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.7apg, 1.3bpg, FGP: 52.0%, 3PT: 20.5%, FT: 63.2%. The American is a very athletic player that play the small forward position as well and provide mismatches and could compete with Hesson for whom will have more of the highlight videos. Jusuf El Domiaty is a 23 year old 189cm guard that is playing his third 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. Two seasons ago for Bremerhaven he played 15 games averaging 3,5ppg. His best games were a 11 point performance against ratiopharm Ulm and 10 points against Giessen. He can always hurt you with his timely shooting. Last season he played 26 games: 2.6ppg. Nick Schneiders is 30 and has the distinction of being the biggest player in the league at 221cm. He played three seasons in Braunschweig playing a total of 97Beko BBL games and was able to improve his scoring each season. In 2012-2013 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. Last season for Bremerhaven he played 29 games: 3.5ppg, 3.3rpg. Flavio Stuckemann is a 29 year old 187cm point guard that has extensive experience in Germnay. He played Beko BBL for Braunschwieg, Artland and Sc Rasta Vechta. In two seasons with the Artland Dragons he played 10 Eurocup games and six Eurochallenge games. He has seen it all going from the Artland Dragons back to the German Pro A with BG Karlsruhe in 2010 and then took another step backwards to the German Pro B with SC Rasta Vechta only to move up to the Beko BBL in 2013. Last season he played 29 games: 4.9ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.0apg. He is a point guard that does nothing brilliantly, but everything solidly.