Brandon Spearman is a 23 year old 190cm guard playing his rookie season in Germany for SC Rist Wedel. He started his basketball career in 2010 for Dayton(NCAA) where he played 36 NCAA games. He then moved to Indian Hills CC (JUCO) and finished his last two seasons at Hawaii (NCAA) and as a senior played 26 games averaging 11.2ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 57.8%, 3PT: 33.0%, FT: 52.8%. Currently the American has one game left in the regular season before the playoffs start and is averaging 16,8ppg, 5,3rpg and 1,4apg. He spoke to German Hoops after reaching the 2015 Pro B final.
Congrats Brandon on reaching the 2015 German Pro B final. SC Rist Wedel reached the final with a 6-1 playoff record. How do explain the strong post season record? Did the three game winning streak at the end of the season get the team in the right frame of mind?
Well we just have been playing as a collective group this second half of the season. We worked hard to be in this position to play in the finals.
SC Rist Wedel jumped off to a big start in the first quarter and that momentum pretty much carried the team to the win. At halftime, you led comfortably 43-28. What did head coach Michael Claxton tell the team to be most focused on in the last 20 minutes?
Just to continue putting pressure on them. We were playing a great team that had the ability to strike back. But we didn’t want that to happen we stayed disciplined on the task at hand.
How proud are you of the team that it was able to play a 40 minute game pretty much consistently on offense. If you had to give the scouting report a grade what would give it and how the team was able to follow it?
We played extremely well it wasn’t just us on the court the coaches were giving it there all and so were our fans. I’m very proud about the outcome. Excited for the championship ahead.
Iserlohn´s two import player Orlan Jackman and Matt Cavanaugh combined for 30 points. How key was it keeping the rest of the German players in check?
Those guys can play they played really well for their team this series when Iserlohn needed buckets or stops they delivered. Defensively we made the right adjustments and came out with the win.
Every guy of SC Rist Wedel produced in some way, but how key was having a focused German Christoph Roquette who had a team high 6 assists from the center position?
Christoph is a great offensive treat and has the ability to do many things. I’m not surprised at all that he had 6ast. As a team we move the ball well.
Was it a big surprise, but just a part of basketball that both top regular season teams Rostock and Iserlohn got swept by Oldenburg and SC Rist Wedel?
We were just worried about ourselves, we just focus on the next opponent, we have Oldenburg next that’s all. Me and teammates are focused on.
SC Rist Wedel now face Oldenburg in the final who are looking to defend their title. How excited are you about the two game final competition? Have you felt the revenge factor from guys like Watkins, Roquette or Bocke after they lost to them last season after having won game one?
You really have stepped it up in the playoffs averaging 18ppg in the seven games. How motivated are you to win this title after coming in midseason and will you step it up a notch?
My teammates have been looking for me they know where I like to have the ball and I just deliver the best way possible. But I wouldn’t be playing this good if it wasn’t for my teammates.
Both teams split the season series and won their respective games at home. What kind of series can we await and what will be key to winning the title?
I’m not sure what’s ahead in the finals. But I know for sure we are ready to take on any challenges.
Do you see any upsets happening in the first round of the NBA playoffs?
No upsets in the first round but have the Chicago Bulls in the NBA Finals.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Thanks Brandon for the chat.