Brandon Shingels(Uni Riesen Leipzig) We Learned To Play Through Adversity And Stay Together In The Triple OT Loss To Nordlingen

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 bitter 113-105 triple OT loss against the Giants Nordlingen.



Brandon a bitter 113-105 lost against the Giants Nördlingen . How do your muscles feel on Monday morning?

Thanks for the interview Miles. I’m a bit sore after a triple overtime game. Hahaha

What is the worst about a loss like this when the team played 55 minutes? The body or the mental part?

I think the body gets it the worst. Especially in a hard fought game like this was.

Do you sense that the 84-83 heartbreaking loss was in the back of the minds of Nordlingen for the whole 55 minutes?

Of course. We came back down from 20 to win. We knew the whole season they wanted revenge and they got the win .

The Uni Riesen Leipzig played a three OT game and you played 55 minutes. Can you remember ever playing so many minutes in one game?

I know I played in a double overtime conference championship my Jr. Year in college to go to the NCAA tourney. I think I may have played a little over 40 plus mins but never 55 mins.

Lets talk about the game as your memory is still fresh. At halftime, the Giants were leading 45-39. Was there any moment were you were feeling this could be a long afternoon/night?

We knew they were a good team and of their current winning streak. We know that every game is going be a grind so at half time we stayed positive and discussed on what we needed to do to fight back .

After three quarters of good scoring for Nordlingen, Leipzig buckled down in the fourth quarter taking the game in OT limiting the Nordlingen scoring machine to four points. What was key for limiting them so much?

Our pick and roll defense was much better in the second half. And we limited them do one shot per possession.

Leipzig had the 69-67 lead for three minutes until Leo Vrkas sent the game into OT with a bucket. He actually scored the last two baskets before OT. Did Leipzig suffer some defensive breakdowns in this phase of was the mental part also present?

We just had some breakdowns as you said and like a good team does they capitalized off our mistakes .

In the first OT, it was back and forth, but Jordan Talbert made big plays and got the Giants the lead, but Leipzig battled back with Sacha Leutloff drawing a foul and bringing the game into a second OT. How important does it remain for the big German to be able to take pressure off of you and Julian Scott at any time of a contest?

Like I said in a interview before, Sacha is one of the best forwards in this league. He brings it night in and night out. His ability to make plays takes pressure off our whole team .

In the second OT, it looked like Nordlingen would finally pull through and win as Janek Schmidkunz hit a three, but once again Leipzig never gave up and got to a third OT once again with free throws. How confident was your team just being able to do what you wanted to and draw the foul when it was needed?

We were very confident and most important we were having fun. I haven’t seen that look in our team eyes since before the Christmas break.

In the third OT Nordlingen had had enough pouring home 19 points. Was there a fatigue factor present in the third OT?

Yea both teams were running on fumes. Plus two of our starters fouled out and they had a little bit more left in the tank than we did .

Despite the heartbreaking loss was there anything possible that the UNI Riesen Leipzig could take that will be able to spurn them on to further success in the next games?

Of course. We learned to play through adversity and stay together. With this attitude I’m very excited about heading into the playoffs .

Is the fact that four players combined for 100 of the 105 points scare you a bit?

Not really. No one on this team is selfish. We just did what had to be done this game. Hopefully the points can be spread throughout our whole team the next game.

How proud are you that the club stuck with a very powerful Nordlingen team despite having a seven man rotation and five guys that combined for 259 minutes?

Very proud of our effort.

How do recap the NBA trade line deals? What teams did the best?

Jeff Green to the Clippers for Lance Stephenson. I think the Clippers got an important key to a deep playoff run.

What was the last movie that you saw?

Dawg Fight.

Thanks Brandon for the chat.


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