Will Reinke is a 24 year old 208cm center from Lawton, Oklahoma that signed with German Pro A team BiG Oettinger Rockets Gotha (Germany-ProA) for the 2014-2015 season. Last season he played for CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu (Romania-Liga Nationala): 6 games: 6.7ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.5spg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 48.4%, FT: 83.3%. He started his basketball career in 2009 for Stephen F. Austin (NCAA): 29 games: 4.1ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.0bpg. He then transferred to Oklah.Christian (NCAA2) playing his last three years there and as a senior played 26 games: 19.0ppg, 9.6rpg, 2.5bpg, FGP: 57.3%, 3PT: 41.7%, FT: 74.3%. He spoke to German Hoops before game three against the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg.
Will congrats on the 66-61 win against the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg evening the semi-finals series at 1-1. How happy and proud are you of being the first team to get a win off Wurzburg in the playoffs?
We are happy to get a win, but still hungry for 2 more. We know that Wurzburg is a very good team and we will have to continue improving each game to win the series.
Gotha had the comfortable lead going into the fourth and didn´t let Wurzburg make a run. In the Giessen series, Nurnberg made a run in the fourth, but Giessen held it off. TJ DiLeo stated that the club doesn´t panic anymore and has developed this trait well throughout the season. Was not panicking and playing the Gotha style a reason you held out to win?
We didn’t panic because we knew they were going to be aggressive and make a run. So we tried to continue to attack on offense and not relax at all.
Both teams shot extremely bad from the free throw line. Is this something the team will practice more going into the Friday game were critical free throws could decide the game?
We will absolutely continue to work on free throws. If we would have shot better from the line in game 1, then we might be up 2-0. So I personally will be shooting some extra free throws and I know we will as a team before the next game.
Gotha has held Wurzburg to an average 60,5 ppg in the first two playoff games while in the regular season games gave up an average 82 points. What adjustments or defensive schemes has the team practiced better in this series?
We have prided ourselves on defense all year. We have just stuck to our rules this series and the low scoring reflects that.
Gotha goes into game three going back to Wurzburg. Does Gotha have the momentum now and what will be key in getting the win?
We have momentum that we needed and put some pressure on them, we will have to continue to attack the basket offensively and hit more of our free throws if we want to win.
Do feel that the series will end with defensive battles taking over?
We want a defensive battle, that is our style and gives us the best chance of winning against Wurzburg, so I hope the defensive battles keep going.
The rebounding duel was pretty tight and surely without your 13 and 13 effort Gotha would have had problems winning this game. Is the fact that you know the opponent better with experience help you in game two to a very solid performance?
Yeah, I wasn’t as aggressive as I should have been game 1. But that game helped me see opportunities where I could look to be a little more aggressive scoring and rebounding in game 2.
Giessen leads the other semi final series 2-0 against Nurnberg. Do you see Giessen sweeping this series?
It will be tough to sweep Nurnberg, they have a lot of talent and fight. But Giessen is tough so I will be interested to see what happens.
Do you see any NBA upsets happening in the first round?
I don’t see any upsets, but since the Thunder are out of the picture I haven’t really been watching haha!
Thanks Will for the chat.