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 after the 94-61 loss to the Fraport Skyliners.
Thanks Maurice for talking to German Hoops. A tough 94-61 loss against the Fraport Skyliners. How much stronger did this team appear than in the first meeting?
They were a better team with all of their players back and with the new addition Cobbs.
The Fraport Skyliners had the 53-33 lead at halftime. What were the main reasons for the Bakken Bears not being able to keep the game tighter after 20 minutes?
The Skyliners shot extremely we’ll in the first half. I think it was like 70% they shot from the field. And our end we shot terrible from the field.
What adjustments did the Bakken Bears want to make in the third quarter that didn´t really seem to work as the Fraport Skyliners were able to extend their lead?
We wanted to force them to take bad shots and pressure them more, but they did a good job at staying solid in the 2nd half.
How much did you feel the deeper bench of the Fraport Skyliners tonight? Guys like Mike Morrison and Justin Cobbs hadn´t played in the first game?
Their bench players out played ours. Morrison and Cobbs helped the Skyliners a lot in this game they played good.
You did a super job finding your teammates with seven assists, but had an unlucky shooting night at 1/10. Was this a combination of good Cobbs defense and easy missed shots or did one of these dominate your poor shooting night?
I was able to get the shots that I wanted it was nothing special Cobbs did I just couldn’t find my shot but I got good looks.
The Bakken Bears recently released American Semaj IngeHow much was his play missed on this night?
We could of useded Semaj big time especially defensively.
The four Frankfurt big men Johannes Voigtmann, Danilo Barthel, Johannes Richter and Mike Morrison shot combined 18/25 from the field. Was their play one of the main reasons why the Bakken Bears were unable to get over the hump and have a better chance to win?
Yes the bigs had a great game against us. They shot the ball extremely we’ll and they were able to finish inside.
Next week the Fraport Skyliners have a do or die game against Boras in Sweden. Boras had a shoot out at Okapi Aalstar and lost 119-118. Frankfurt lost to Boras 72-70 in Frankfurt. Who do you see advancing and why?
It’s going to be interesting to see who advance because they both are good teams. But we will see soon.
Thanks Maurice for the chat.