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 tough 94-81 loss against the Fraport Skyliners in game one
Andrew thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. A tough 94-81 loss to the Fraport Skyliners Juniors. How tough was the long bus ride home?
The ride was ok. We are very positive about the upcoming games. We started the playoffs against Rostock just like this. So we understand what needs to be done.
What did you reflect most about the loss on the ´long bus ride home?
I thought we didn´t play at our full potential. The loss was against a good team who plays well inside and out.
You always talk about being aggressive, but with David Sturner and Walter Simon out, did you feel like you had to do even more than usual?
I didn´t feel like I needed to do more. With David and Walter out, that is 35 points and 15 to 20 rebounds that we missed. I just play to the flow of the game. We have 3 imports so someone will get the low minutes at times. I try to contribute with every minute I get.
The Dresden Titans started off well in the first quarter, but then got hit with a 22-6 run as Frankfurt led easily 28-12. What was most difficult in finding a healthy rhythm on defense early?
Frankfurt moves the ball very well. If your not focused on the defensive rotations, runs like that happens.
In the second quarter, the Dresden Titans came back thanks to the spark that Max Von Der Wippel gave as well as your three three pointers. When you hit those three three´s, did it feel like the Andrew Jones of old when you averaged 25,7ppg as a rookie with Dresden?
Not really. I always been able to put points on the board throughout my career. However, back then I was trying to make a statement when I first got here. So it was more common to see big numbers from me. Our team this year doesn’t need 25 points a game from me.
What did head coach Steven Clauss tell the team to do better in the second half during the halftime talk?
Rebounding killed us in the first half. Coach Clauss wanted us to understand that rebounding will help us control the game
However in the third quarter, the Dresden Titans let the Fraport Skyliners Juniors get rolling again. What do you feel is most unique about the Frankfurt offense?
They move the ball very well. They can score on the outside and inside. So they have scoring opportunities everywhere on the court
The Dresden Titans made a push at the end of the fourth cutting the Frankfurt lead to 11 points. How confident are you that a Sturner and Simon could still have been the difference in game had they been there?
Both Sturner and Simon are important pieces to our success. I am fully confident with them we are at our best. We definitely have the best chance of winning with them included
How important was the aggressive play of German Max Von Der Wippel for the remainder of the series and his confidence?
It is very important for Max to be confident and aggressive. Situations where teammates are sick or injured we need everyone one to step up. This is the perfect situation for Max to step his game up
The Dresden Titans now face a do or die game at home against Frankfurt. How confident are you that Dresden will win it´s third do or die game this season?
We have been in this situation before, so we know what to expect. We have a great fan base to help us through this game. So I am confident we will make it to the third game in Frankfurt
I believe that Dresden had too many careless mistakes. How confident are you that Dresden will have more possessions in game two to help get your offense going again?
We will see all those mistakes in video. The best thing about those mistakes, we have a chance to improve on them throughout the practice week.
The Fraport Skyliners Juniors have a very potent offense and players, but if you had to choose just one player to close out first who would it be?
I would have to say Kiel. He had a great game against us. We have to stop him as a team. Wing and guards have to help on the weak side. Of course that will leave the 3 point shot open. But, easy baskets inside will hurt us more than a three point attempt
You said after the game one loss, that Dresden will go into game two and play as if the number one team was there. What will be key in game two to tying the series?
Playing like its the last game of the season. Control the simple mistakes we had in game one.
No real surprises in the NBA playoffs, but the Boston Celtics did steal a game at home with Isaiah Thomas netting 42 points in the game. Is there anyway Boston can get by the Atlanta Hawks?
I was born in Atlanta. I am a strong supporter of the Hawks. But, I know the Hawks are good at getting to the quarter finals and then losing. So Boston wont make it past the first round.
Prince was big in another generation, but did he have any influence in your music taste when you were growing up?
Prince is a part of the Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston era. Those three influence everyone in some way if they know it or not.
What was the last movie that you saw?
I am currently finishing DareDevil at the moment.
Thanks Andrew for the chat.