Maurice Acker is a 27 year old 176cm point guard that was born in Kansas City, Kansas, but grew up in Hazelcrest, Illinois and is playing his first season for the Bakken Bears (Denmark-Ligaen). He started his basketball career in 2005 at Ball St and then moved on to Marquette (NCAA) where he played from 2007-2010 and as a senior played 34 games: 8.7ppg, 1.8rpg, 3.7apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 44.3%, 3PT: 49.5%, FT: 72.7%. Concluded the season season ranked second in the nation and first in the BIG EAST in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.1). Led the BIG EAST in 3-point field goal percentage (.495). He started his basketball career in 2011 with Bucaneros de La Guaira (Venezuela-LPB): (Elimination Round) 15 games: 8.2ppg, 1.0rpg, 2.6apg, 1.6spg, 2PT: 40.0%, 3PT: 33.0%, FT: 92.0%. In 2011 he also played for Quebec Kebs (Canada-PBL): 18 games: 8.5ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.7apg, FGP: 40.9%, 3PT: 38.5%, FT: 80.0%. In the 2011-2012 season he moved to Magixx KidsRights Nijmegen (Holland-Eredivisie) playing 31 games: 14.0ppg, 2.3rpg, Assists-3(4.1apg), 1.4spg, FGP: 47.2%, 3PT: 32.0%, FT: 79.3%. In the 2012-2013 season he played for Trefl Sopot (Poland-TBL, starting five): 4 games: 10.5ppg, 1.0rpg, 1.8apg, then signed at BK 04 AC LB Spisska Nova Ves (Slovakia-Extraliga, starting five): 37 games: Score-1(23.9ppg), 2.5rpg, Assists-1(6.7apg), 1.3spg, FGP: 48.6%, 3PT: 37.2%, FT: 84.4%. Last season he played for Denain ASC Voltaire (France-ProB, starting five): 42 games: Score-4(17.0ppg), 2.6rpg, 4.3apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 50.7%, 3PT: 39.3%, FT: 88.8%. He spoke to German Hoops before the Eurochallenge game against the Fraport Skyliners.
Maurice thanks for talking to German Hoops. The Bakken Bears had a league free weekend. Did the team use this time for extra preparation for the next Eurochallenge game against the Fraport Skyliners?
Yes we were able to get a lot of time to practice and focus and what we needs to get better at. Practice has been very competitive after the loss to Boras so it needs to translate over to the games.
The Bakken Bears are 0-4 in Eurochallenge play. The club has lost by an average of 11 points per game. What have been the main reasons for not being able to get over the hump and win some games?
The main reason I would say is our 4th quarter execution hasn’t been good. The first 3 games we were winning going into the 4th. Our intensity as a team just drops and we get out rebounded and forget our defensive principals which cause the 4th quarter collapse.
The Bakken Bears lost last week 90-70 to Boras. When looking at the stats there wasn’t much difference eventhough you got outrebounded 52-45 and Christian Maraker had a huge game with 22 points and 20 boards. Was there anything positive that the team could take into the next game against the Fraport Skyliners?
Boras just outplayed us!! Whenever you have one player goes off for 22 points and 20 rebounds then it’s a very slim chance you will win that game. Our intensity level lacked from the beginning of the game so we dug a hole that we couldn’t get ourselves out of.
You had your best game so far in the Eurochallenge with 25 points against Boras and have scored in double figures in each game. How happy have you been with your Eurochallenge performance so far?
I’ve been playing okay!! but I feel as though I can definitely play better to help my team win!
The next game is against the Fraport Skyliners. The Bakken Bears cant advance, but the Fraport Skyliners have another must win situation and will be very focused to win the game. Will the Bakken Bears be able to match that focus despite having nothing to play for except for pride?
Just because we can’t advance doesn’t mean we are not going to play to win! It’s a home game and we want to protect our home court no matter what. The key will be to out rebound our opponent and play extremely hard until the final buzzer goes off.
You will have to play against rookie Justin Cobbs from California(NCAA). How much are you looking forward to playing against him and how important will it be keeping him out of his comfort zone?
He’s young but he’s good so I’m looking forward to matching up against him. It will be real important to our team to make it difficult for him. It will be a big win for us! We can’t take this team for granted because they have many injured players because they already proved that they can beat us. So we just need to play hard and aggressive for 40 minutes and see how it plays out at the end.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Pursuit of happiness
Thanks Maurice for the chat.