Andre Marhold is a 23 year old 198cm forward that will be playing his second professional season and first in Germany for the Giessen 46ers. Last season he played for Chin Min Dragons UBC St. Polten (Austria-A Bundesliga): 7 games: 13.3ppg, 8.6rpg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 53.6%, 3PT: 66.7%, FT: 63.6%. He played at Duquesne (NCAA) and as a senior played 28 games: 6.1ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.6bpg, FGP: 52.9%, FT: 37.5%. He spoke to German Hoops before game one against the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg
Andre thanks for talking to German Hoops The Giessen 46ers have reached the 2015 Pro A final and already automatically qualified to play in the BBL next season. What was your general feeling coming into the season of the club? Did you think that the team had something special and was capable of moving up?
I was excited about the season I knew I was going to be on a winning team and it just seemed like a great opportunity and a good first step for me. I knew we had a special team after we beat a really good Gotha team in our league after that game the team really started to play well and we all started to play for each other all the selfish play in the beginning of the season was gone
The Giessen 46ers swept Heidelberg and Nurnberg to reach the final and have a 8 game winning streak at the moment. Is this the best basketball that the team has played this season?
We had a run before where we was playing great basketball as well but now everyone knows what it will take to win. Individually everyone knows their role and what strengths they can bring to the team to help us win. When everyone does their job it makes us feel unstoppable every game we play to win and everyone believes it we play to win in practice and the games are always close and aggressive sometimes more aggressive than the game
After winning game one against Rent4Office 85-80, you clamped down on defense even more holding them to 64 points average in the last two games. What was most challenging in containing Nurnberg on the defensive end?
I would say defending ball screens was our biggest challenge because their bigs did a great job rolling and there guards were really good at scoring off the screen finding their big guy rolling or making the skip pass to the open shooters. But whenever we pressured the ball and pushed their screens farther out it was a lot easy for everyone to rotate and contain them which forced them to take bad shots that lead to long rebounds and fast breaks
Another big strength of the Giessen 46ers is their value of team basketball, sharing the ball and just unselfishness. Is this the most unselfish team that you have ever played on?
Yes this is the most unselfish team I have been a part of everyone gets along with each other on and off the basketball court
Giessen now play a two game series against the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg for the Pro A title.
We know we have to play for each other and challenge ourselves individually in order to win every game and that’s the mindset we all have going into every game we all winners
How excited are you to battle Wurzburg again now in the post season where everything counts more than in the regular season?
I’m really excited about the battle that’s about to happen it’s going to be a war out there we need that championship
What kind of series can we await and what will be key to getting by Wurzburg? Is the Giessen defense at its season prime now ready to put Wurzburg in it´s place?
The best 2 teams in the league are ready to go at it and it will be a great show!
How vital will the play of Cameron Wells be for Giessen? He could be the x-factor in crunch time when the game is on the line?
We always want the ball in Cam’s especially at the end of the game, because he is a great play maker and he looks like an NBA PRO out there he’s and amazing guy on and off the court and I trust him on and off the court and he is the X factor he makes the team go we love him
Your teammate Aaron Hawley has displayed an amazing knack of making pretty exact animal sounds. What animal sound would you like to hear him present?
Hahaha I wily love to hear Aaron make the cow sound it’s hilarious every time.
Thanks Andre for the chat.