Logan Stutz is a 26 year old 205cm forward from Kanas City that is playing his fourth professional season and second with the ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen. He started the season with Bike-Cafe Messingschlager Baunach (Germany-ProA).Last season he played for LF Basket (Sweden-Basketligan): 17 games: 13.9ppg; Balkan League: 13 games: 9.3ppg, 5.8rpg, 2FGP: 56.4%, 3FGP: 43.8%, FT: 63.0%, in Dec.’13 moved to Balkan Botevgrad (Bulgaria-NBL): 18 games: 6.7ppg, 4.7rpg, FGP: 60.0%, 3PT: 31.3%, FT: 80.8%, 5.2rpg, Blocks-2(1.8bpg), FGP: 63.5%, 3PT: 35.3%, FT: 71.9%ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen (Germany-ProA): 28 games: Score-1(20.1ppg), Reb-5(8.1rpg), 1.2apg, FGP: 64.0%, 3PT: 32.4%, FT: 74.0%. He started his basketball career at Washburn (NCAA2). In 2011-2012, he was a rookie and played for BG Topstar Leitershofen/Stadtbergen (Germany-ProA, starting five): 11 games: 16.1ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.2spg, FGP: 68.1%, 3PT: 12.5%, FT: 76.8%, left in Dec.’11, in Jan.’12 moved to WBC Raiffeisen Wels (Austria-A Bundesliga): 16 games: 4.2ppg, 2.3rpg.He spoke to German Hoops after the big 60-57 win.
Logan congrats on the huge 60-57 win in game three against Rent4Office Nurnberg. How quiet was the Nurnberg arena as the buzzer sounded. How much did the saying “Anything in basketball is possible” take effect in the last three minutes?
Thanks Miles! It was a tight game all second half, we had our moments and they had theres, but once again the execution down the stretch its what sealed the victory for us, even when our backs where against the wall.
With 2.52 to play Essen was down 57-54 as anything was possible. Essen closed out the game with a 6-0 run. It wasn´t pretty, but Essen came up big when they had to. What was key at the end for Essen to come away with a real tough win on the road?
It wasn’t pretty but a win is a win. The key was staying positive and fighting every second that we could. It came down to defense and a few offense of rebounds. We controlled the hustle plays in the last 3 minutes.
Chris Alexander was big again getting two buckets inside in the last minute. How much does his experience and play infect his teammates throughout a game?
He leads us, and he does a great job. He knows when to go get a bucket and when to get people involved. His experience and will to win has become contagious on the team.
Essen kept Hobbs and Pena to 1/13 shooting in the game. This has to have been a huge key since had they hit a few more buckets then Nurnberg would have won. Did the team as a whole key in on them more or was it just great team defense?
The credit goes to the team, but starts with the guards. Our guards have been applying pressure at a high intensity and they expect everyone else to follow.
This was a defensive game as both teams had poor shooting percentages. Essen has improved their defense in each game throughout the series. How proud are you of how the club has buckled down on defense as the series moved on?
We spend much of our time focused on scouting and our defensive rules and I give a lot of the credit to our coaches for putting us in the right position defensively to be successful. Its good to see the it all come together and get better.
The Wohnbau Baskets Essen were down 1-0, but now are 2-1 and one game away from a date with the Giessen 46ers in the semi finals. How has Essen grown as a team in this series?
Its been about focus and toughness. Everyone in this league can do it it just comes down to the right timing the right focus and the right effort and right now it is working for Essen
In 24 hours Essen can close out the series. Both teams know each other in and out now. What will be key for getting by Nurnberg in game four on your home court?
Our home court advantage is big, we need the right energy and atmosphere in the gym. Then we just have to take care of business.
Wurzburg was swept 3-0 by the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg. What was your overall impression of the season of new team Hamburg Towers?
I only got to play them once this year and it was in Hamburg. I think the potential for basketball in Hamburg is amazing. They had a great gym, great fans, and great city. I think one area they would have wanted to improve on was finishing the year strongly. The pro A is a long season and mostly one game a week. The coaches and organizations have a hard job making sure their players are still at a high level in the last few months. I am sure they will improve on this in the next years.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Thanks Logan for the chat.