Andrew Jones is a 32 year old 191cm shooting guard that has been a professional basketball player since 2007 and has returned back to the Dresden Titans this season. He played at Miles(NCAA2) and has played in Germany for most of his professional career with four seasons with the Dresden Titans and three seasons with the BG Aschersleben Tigers (Germany-Regionalliga). He also gained experience playing with teams like Marietta Storm (SEBL), BC Celtics (SEBL), C.B. Aridane (Spain-EBA) and Universidad Tecnologica Equinoc. Quito (Ecuador-National League). Last season he played for BG Aschersleben Tigers (Germany-Regionalliga) averaging 19,9ppg, 6,5rpg and 3,9apg. He spoke to German Hoops after the thrilling win against BG Karlsruhe in game one of the playoffs.
Congrats Andrew on the 92-87 win against top ranked team BG Karlsruhe. How deep was the feeling of belief before and during the game that the Dresden Titans could win this game on enemy territory?
Thanks Miles! I believe you have to step on the court with the thought of winning. If anyone thinks different they shouldn’t be playing.
How does it feel all of a sudden to be the little darlings of the league together with the Giants Nordlingen?
Never really had that feeling. Just always knew we had a strong team after our finish of the season.
Nordlingen does it with a very thin rotation and Dresden does it with a bigger rotation and team basketball. What do you think do these two teams share in approach to these type of games when your playing the top teams?
When the playoffs start, everyone is a top team. The playoffs is the start of a new season. So teams have to come out with a different mindset. I believe our teams understand how serious each game means
Dresden had a weak first quarter scoring 9 points and gave up 15 points. In the second quarter seemingly out of the blue, both teams scored 33 points. Did both teams defenses take a nap?
Maybe 1st quarter nervousness. Once both teams got there rhythms, everyone starts feeling good
After a tight fourth quarter where BG Karlsruhe had their nose slightly in front, it was guard Philipp Lieser that got Dresden the lead back at 73-71. How much volumes does the tip in from the German speak for the team just helping each other out at any time all over the court?
We have one of the strongest German cores in this league. It’s the reason we are in this position now
In the last few minutes, Dresden had the slight lead with big guard play with buckets from Lieser and Randall Holt. BG Karlsruhe never gave up tying the game on occasion, but won with four David Sturner free throws. What was key in the crunch time for ultimately getting this big win?
I think we were prepared well from the Rostock games in the first round. Each game was a fight. I believe it carried over to the Karlsruhe game
Dresden didn´t win the rebound duel against the talented BG Karlsruhe glass cleaning team, but still scrapped 53 rebounds and only had 7 turnovers. How important were these two facets of the stat sheet for the team success?
Going against Smallwood and Black is a tough job already on the boards. But we made sure we attacked the glass regardless. The 7 turnovers was key to having more opportunities to score.
How important was the 20 point 14 rebound effort from American David Sturner who didn´t back away from the Smallwoods and Black´s down low?
It was an exceptional game for David. He is very strong on the outside and inside. He is difficult to matchup with.
You also have found an offensive groove in the last games having 12 points. You picked your spots well in game one. Are you feeling more confident than usual currently with your offensive game?
I just make sure I put pressure on the opposite team by attacking them on offense and defense.
How does it feel not being the team under pressure in game two as it is a do or die game for BG Karlsruhe. How will the Dresden Titans approach going into game two?
We are going against a good team in Karlsruhe. So we are taking this game serious. If we can close this game out at home, it will be great for us.
What things will the Dresden Titans need to do better in game two? Can Dresden afford to be a bit more risky and key in more heavy on their key players just to wrap up the series now and not have to go back to Karlsruhe?
We have to play with the same principles we always had. Our depth is an important part to our success. So every player has to be ready to go hard this Sunday.
The Golden State Warriors won a tight game against the Grizzlies coming back from 10 to win. They need to win their last two games against the Spurs and Grizzlies to have the best NBA record of all time. Seriously will the Spurs let this happen?
Both teams are very good, so it’s hard to say. But I think the Spurs are not concerned about records. They just want the championships.
Where do you rank the exciting Villanova buzzer beater win in alltime NCAA final games?
The way both teams played to lead up to that shot is up there with the great NCAA games. Top 5 at least!
What was the last movie that you saw?
Thanks Andrew for the chat.