Chase Adams is a 27 year old 188cm point guard from Baltimore, Maryland is playing for the Finke Baskets Paderborn (Germany-ProA) this season. He started his basketball career at Centenary (NCAA) in 2006 where he played three seasons and a total of 89 NCAA games. As a senior he moved to Pittsburgh (NCAA). He turned professional in 2001 and played briefly in the ABA and in the UBL before making Germany his home as he played for teams like Dortmund, Bochum, and Science City Jena. He spoke to German Hoops after a big win against the ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen.
Chase thanks for talking to German Hoops and congrats on the 67-64 victory against the ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen. It was the third two game winning streak of the season. How vital was it beating direct competitors in the standings with Rhondorf and Essen the last two weekends?
These were MUST wins and major confidence boosters. Much respect to both teams they took us all the way to the end; winning such close/intense games will help us in the games to come. Finishing out games was one of our weak points.
Essen had a strong first quarter and Paderborn a potent second quarter and the Finke Baskets led 38-34 at the break. Was buckling down more on defense in the second quarter a key element that head coach Uli Nachster wanted the club to focus on?
Coach made a good call by switching up our defensives and we put a lot of emphasis on limiting Bowman´s touches. When we buy into the game plan and everyone is focused we can compete with anyone.
Why were the Finke Baskets Paderborn not able to slam the door on Essen in the second half? Essen made a 8-0 run at the end of the third to tie the game at 50-50 and simply hung around in the fourth never letting you breathe comfortably until the horn sounded after 40 minutes?
We just weren’t making shots and we were going away from what was working. To put a team away, especially in the 4th, you have to make the easy opportunities. Missing layups and Free throws kept the game close.
How proud are you of the team that despite you and Steven Bennett having quieter nights combining for 10 points, it was still able to grind out a big win?
I Love it!! Knowing that my teammates can pick up the slack like that will benefit us in the long run. We didn’t always have that throughout the season and now we are pushing for the playoffs we will need players to step up however they can on any given night.
The team has some good size, but still lost the rebound battle as they had trouble containing American Stan Brown. After scoring only three points in the first game, he made amends scoring 24 points and hauling down 13 boards. What was so difficult in keeping him in check?
When we are in zone it’s always hard to box out, It surely didn’t seem like they won the rebound battle. We might have to review the tape on that one because that’s what helped us to keep them at bay.
Despite losing the rebound battle 185cm point guard Dominik Wolf grabbed 9 rebounds. How important is it having a guy like German Wolf setting the tone that under the boards everyone has to help out and not just the big guys?
Dominik is an amazing athlete and finally he got to show off some of his talents. He truly has a knack for grabbing offensive rebounds; that lifted us early in the game.
If Paderborn hadn´t started so well, then the club would most likely be in the basement. Before the win against Rhondorf the club was suffering a 11 game losing streak. Was the despair very bad or was that belief that the team would turn it around always there?
Heads were done and confidence was low but each week we prepared for a win. It was just a matter of time before we started clicking on all fronts. Now it’s all about consistency and not getting complacent. I stated we would be in the top of the league at the beginning; that didn’t work out but I believe we are a playoff team still.
How big was the pickup of American Steven Bennett? He didn´t have his best game against Essen, but before that was a big scoring option in every game?
Steve-O is exactly the pick up we needed. I call him “An instant Bucket” because he is a tremendous offensive threat off the bench. He will bounce back and it will make us more dangerous around the perimeter.
Does the arrival of Steven Bennett take some pressure off your game? Now you don’t have the whole load on your shoulders.
Yes. Now teams can’t just lock in on one of us and this allows me to bring more intensity on the defensive end. I used to get exhausted late in the game because I couldn’t take a break and now I can play with the same intensity from start to finish.
Your averaging 12,5ppg, 4,4rpg and 4,6apg. Your scoring has been down as you scored in double figures in nine of your first ten games and now four times in your last 11 games. You are also taking less shots. Has your role changed or are you paying very close attention to shot selection?
Honestly I’m just trying to get my teammates more involved and I’m trying to bring it on the defensive end. If I can lead these guys by being unselfish and doing all the intangibles that aren’t on the stat sheet I can live with that. The team is better than the individual and it will all come together with patience; letting the game come to me.
Your defense has been very strong all season long as your averaging 2,1spg. Often the defense ignites the offense of a team. Is this something that could restart your offensive scoring capabilities?
Most definitely and that’s always my first priority. The same aggression I put on defense will correlate to me attacking the basket and shooting my 3s again it’s just a matter of time.
Do you see it being justified that ESPN has Lebron at #3 of the best NBA players of alltime list before guys like Magic, Bill Russell and Larry Bird?
I saw that but I’m just happy my guy Allen Iverson is being inducted into the Hall of Fame. LeBron is a Beast though it’s well deserved.
Now with the Super Bowl history what sporting event do you follow? Are you an NCAA madness freak?
It’s all about the NBA, I’m not an NCAA fan.
What was the last movie that you saw?
Thanks Chase for the chat.