Brandon Shingles is a 28 year old 190cm guard from Albany, Georgia playing his third season in Germany and first with the Uni-Riesen Leipzig (Germany-ProB). He started his basketball career at Morehead St. (NCAA) and as a senior played 32 games: 4.8ppg, 2.2rpg, 4.8apg, 1.5spg. In 2010 he started his professional basketball career at Aschersleben Tigers BC (Germany-2.Regionalliga) playing 15 games: 14.5ppg. He led the team to the Regionaliga 2 title. In the 2011-2012 season he played for Guildford Heat (United Kingdom-BBL) playing 6 games: 7.5ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.8apg, FGP: 57.1%, FT: 31.3%; left in Nov.’11, then moved to BBC Febro Eagles Magdeburg (Germany-Regionalliga) playing 7 games: 16.1ppg, 7.1 rpg, 3.9apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 61.8%, FT: 63.0%. He then played for KB Drita Gjilan (Kosovo-SuperLeague) and two years ago for GBP Badajoz (Spain-EBA) playing 15 games: 15.5ppg, 8.3rpg, 3.6apg, 2.3spg, 2FGP: 60.8%, 3PT: 6.3%, FT: 57.3%. He spoke to German Hoops after the huge 84-83 win against the Giants Nordlingen.
Brandon thanks for talking to German Hoops Since the 79-66 loss in Frankfurt the Uni Riesen Leipzig are on a 3 game winning streak. What did the team finally notice after the Frankfurt loss that they needed to correct?
I think our whole attitude towards games have changed. We are finally getting comfortable playing with each other and are accepting the roles we have to play in order to win games.
Was the party feeling greater after the big 84-83 win against Nordlingen then the 13 point win against Speyer?
Nordlingen because we were down like 20 plus points and came back and got the win. That win showed tremendous heart form our team.
Nordlingen came out firing in the first quarter scoring 32 points. Did that scare Leipzig a bit?
Nordlingen came out firing on all cylinders. They are a good well coached team. We knew it would take a special effort to make it a game and we did .
The club cut it down in half in the second quarter limiting Nordlingen to 16 points. What adjustments did you make on defense?
Our defense was the key to this win especially when Magnus Heinrich came in the game. This game he was the captain of our defensive ship. His energy on defense was contagious to the whole team and that’s when everyone was locked in.
Nordlingen was up by 15 after three quarters. What was the most important thing that head coach that Tunar Isler gave the team for the last 10 minutes?
Coach Tuna kept us motivated the whole game. He never gave up on us and we really needed that.
You and Julian Scott figured in 23 of the last 26 points. That is almost total dominance. Could one say it was the American show in the fourth quarter?
I think the 4th quarter we played was Uni -Reisen Basketball. Selfless basketball. Julian came out the last quarter like a beast. I know how much he hates losing so I knew what I would expect out of him down the stretch.
You have praised Sasha Leutloff all season long. He came up big in the first three quarters. Are you expecting these big games from him more now that your more used to it?
Sascha to me is one of the best players in this league and he proves it night in a night out . He plays the game the right way.
How much better and fun does it get playing with Julian Scott each game?
I feel that our chemistry is getting stronger every day. Right now for us winning is fun.
Brandon Lockhart had 19 points. How much do you appreciate each new guard that you battle each week and what did you learn playing against him?
Brandon is a really good PG . Very quick and clever point guard. He does a good job of making his teammates better. Him and Jordan Talbert are a dangerous duo in this league .
You won the last two games by only a combined score of three points. Is this team becoming a better crunch time team?
I think you can say that. To be a good team even when things aren’t going your way you still find a way to win. I think that shows good character.
What is your favorite activity on a free Sunday after a big win?
I was a little sick this weekend but normally after a win I go to KFC bring it home and catch up on my American TV shows … Lol
What was the last movie that you saw?
City of God.
Thanks Brandon for the chat.