Yannick Anzuluni is a 27 year old 205cm forward from Ottawa, Canada that also has the Congo citizenship. He is playing his fifth professional season and second in Germany and first with Rostock Seawolves (Germany-ProB). He played at Houghton(NAIA) from 2006-2010. He played his first two seasons as a professional with Quebec Kebs (Canada-PBL). In the 2012-2013 season he played for the Solarto Eagles Magdeburg (Germany-Regionalliga)21 games: 17.5ppg, 11.0rpg, 4.2apg, 3.0spg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 50.2%, 3Pts: 27.4%, FT: 80.2%. Last season he played for Pyrinto Tampere (Finland-Korisliiga): 1 game: 15pts, 5reb, 1ast, 5steals; Baltic League: 20 games: 8.0ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 57.6%, 3PT: 34.4%, FT: 63.2%, played mostly at Pyrinto Tampere II (Finland-1st Division): 28 games: Score-1(24.4ppg), Reb-3(13.9rpg), Assists-5(3.4apg), Steals-1(2.6spg), FGP: 54.1%, 3PT: 38.2%, FT: 80.9%. He spoke to German Hoops about basketball before game three against Hanau.
Yannick congrats to the amazing 75-70 do or die win in Hanau. Do do or die games get more fun through experience and success?
Yes, it definitely does, those types of games become so intense for players and nerve wrecking for the fans which makes it that much more fun to play.
How mad was the team after the game one loss at home against Hanau? Was it difficult waiting a whole week for game two?
We were a little mad for losing an important game like that at home and waiting a whole week to play again really increased our fire.
You lost game one 78-74 in crunch time. What lessons did the club learn from that first game?
We learned that to beat this team we will need to play extremely physical and were going to have to do all the dirty work like boxing out and getting on the floor for loose balls. In game two the ending was exciting and close again.
Describe the last minute where Rostock ended the game on a 4-0 run.
We finished the game like our life depended on it, we kept our poise and wanted it a little more than they did. How key was American Jarrell Crayton in the last 30 seconds.
One would have thought that you would make the points, but it was Crayton. How important is it always having that surprise effect?
Rell was great for us late in the game, he made some big plays down the stretch which led us to the win. That’s the type of team we are, we have a lot of good players and on any given nights someone has the ability to step up and make big plays.
You had another huge game and team basketball is always key, but how much do you love the moment of being the go to guy and having all this responsibility in every game?
I love it very much, being that go to guy and having all that responsibility is great for someone with my competitive spirit but the fact that it also lessen the pressure for my teammates is good for us.
You had your second game in a row with 22 points, but had 5 turnovers. Without 3-4 turnovers Rostock surely would have won by more. Against Frankfurt you also had five and four turnovers in separate games. How much has this stat annoyed you and what kind of Yannick Anzuluni will we see in game three?
I had much less turnovers in the first game and we lost so I don’t think any of those turnovers were decisive plays that would of made us won by more points but I still hate having them, but I play a lot of minutes and relied on to make a lot of plays so as long as I have more assists and steals than turnovers I feel like I made up for the lost possessions, I will play like I have been all season long, hard with a lot of energy and passion and with a big smile on my face.
How excited are you for another do or die game? Rostock easily beat Frankfurt in game three, but will we see another tight game in game three?
The first two game came down to the last minute so I assume that the next one won’t be any different but I’m very excited for it, a high pressure do or die game in front of our home crowd, couldn’t ask for a better game.
Will rebounding and doing the little things be key for moving on to the next round?
Matching their physicality, rebounding and doing all the little dirty work will be the things that will put us on top.
Duke vs Wisconsin. What is your final prediction and if Wisconsin can pull it out, where will it rack up as biggest Final 4 wins in the history of the NCAA tournament?
I think Duke will win it all but if Wisconsin pull yet another upset it with definitely be one of the most surprising NCAA champions in recent memory.
How did you enjoy your first Easter in Germany?
Was there anything special you experienced here that you had never seen elsewhere? I really enjoy the Easter Market, we don’t have anything like this back home so its pretty cool.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Thanks Yannick for the chat.