Dwayne Evans is a 24 year old 198cm forward playing his rookie season with the Gladiators Trier currently averaging 13,8ppg,7,8rpg and 2,5apg in the German Pro A. He started his basketball career with Bolingbrook, IL / Neuqua Valley in 2007 and as a senior averaged 16.9ppg, 12rpg, 3.2apg; 26-3 record; set school’s career rebounding record with 737 and finished second all-time in scoring with 1,122 points. He then played with St.Louis (NCAA) from 2010-2014 and as a senior played 34 games averaging 14.0ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.2apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 49.4%, 3PT: 27.8%, FT: 74.9%. He spoke to German Hoops before game 3 against the Kirchheim Knights.
Dwayne thanks for talking to German Hoops. Congrats on the 2-0 series lead against the Kirchheim Knights. The Gladiators Trier have won the last three games against Kirchheim. Could one say that you slowly have their number on the court?
I wouldn’t say we have their number until we are able to close out the series. We have been playing at a high level against them though and are looking to continue to do that
Does the Kirchheim and Hamburg 2-0 leads in the playoff series show just how competitive the German Pro A has been this season?
The Pro A has been a deep league all year with many “upsets” throughout the regular season so this is not surprising to those who play in the league
The Gladiators Trier won game one 82-75, but you made it exciting in the fourth quarter as you had a 17 point lead and Kirchheim went on a 15-6 run early to get back into the game. What was key for being able to get the win on the road?
We were able to execute down the stretch when we needed to and made free throws and were able to close it out
Would you agree that the Trier solid shooting over 50% from the field and outside was a big reason for getting the win since you lost the rebounding duel clearly and had 15 turnovers?
We do need to pick up on our rebounding and turnovers but we were able to get good looks at shots. But if we can combine all three that would be great
You have played against many very talented point guards this season, but was the 23 point, 15 assist effort by Richie Williams one of the best that you have seen this season?
Williams is a very talented player and we are trying to limit him as best we can, but he had a solid game but we came away with the win which is what matters.
How soothing is it having Simon Schmitz healthy again and contributing so well? He had 11 points in the game one and takes some of the pressure off you.
Simon has been huge for us since getting back healthy. He really organizes the game and is a lights out shooter from deep.
In game two, the Gladiators Trier won again 79-76. This was another exciting game that Trier was able to win at home in crunch time. What did the team learn from game one that they did better in game two?
We made some tactical changes on defense for game 2, but mostly we just fought with more heart and continued to be who we are as a team
There were numerous lead changes in crunch time. How proud were you off the effort of German Justin Raffington who made the big offensive rebound and put back to secure the win with 13 seconds to play as for once you didn´t have to make the big play?
Justin had a huge night for us and I couldn’t be happier because he deserves it. We had many guys who can step up and make plays and Justin came up big for us.
How motivated are you for game three not only getting the sweep, but getting more productive again scoring wise? You had 10 points in game two, but shot 1/7 from the field? Did you get away from parts of your game, but just shots not falling the way they should?
In game 2, I still got all the shots I wanted, but some just did not fall. I know I don’t have to score 20 every night for this team to be successful and I think that is evident from our record of 2-0 this series.
The Gladiators Trier can wrap the series in Kirchheim now. What will be most essential to doing and not forgetting on the court in game?
Limiting our turnovers and upping our rebounding will be essential to winning.
How key will it be having a better grip on top point guard Richie Williams in game three? In game two he was more than half below his points and rebound totals of game one?
Williams has been one of our major focuses since the series started and he will continue to be. We will do our best to corral him and make his shots as difficult as possible
The Golden State Warriors need two more wins against the Spurs and Grizzlies to have the most wins ever in a regular season. Will the Spurs let them get this record?
I don’t think the Spurs will have a choice, the warriors are on a mission this year.
Where do you rank the Villanova 2016 NCAA final in all-time best finals ever?
I think it has to be the best in my lifetime, only thing that would top if it is if SLU was in it.
What was the last movie that you saw?
Thanks Dwayne for the chat.