The Miles 2020 BBL Munich Tournament Diary With Jaleen Smith(MHP Riesen) Vol 4

is a 25 year old 193cm guard from Freeport, Texas that is playing his third professional season and first with the MHP Riesen. Last season he played with the MLP Academics Heidelberg (Germany-ProA) averaging 12,7ppg, 3,9rpg and 2,7apg. In his rookie season with Heidelberg he averaged 7,6ppg, 2,8rpg and 2,9apg. He had a stellar four year career with New Hampshire (NCAA) from 2013-2017 where he played a total of 120 NCAA games. He improved his scoring, rebounding and assists average each season and as a senior he played 32 games averaging 15.8ppg, 6.4rpg, 4.3apg, FGP: 52.4%, 3PT: 35.8%, FT: 78.1%. He is conducting a special diary from the BBL tournament in Munich with

Miles Schmidt-Scheuber and Jaleen Smith in the Fraport arena in Frankfurt in 2020

A new first for you. No winner in the first game between Ludwigsburg and Ulm as it ended 71-71. With what kind off feelings did you go back to the locker room knowing you wouldn’t be coming out for the OT? 

With the game finished, I didn’t know how to feel after the game. Either to be defeated or happy about the game. 

What do you feel are the advantages and negatives of ending a game like this as you prepare for the do or die game in 48 hours? 

An advantage to a game like that is we don’t lose any points and we basically start 0-0 again. The negative is We don’t gain any points from the game so we have to come out attacking from the beginning. 

The MHP Riesen had a slim 36-34 halftime lead. You had a done great job keeping Goodwin and Harvey combined to 3 points in 24 minutes. Was the 2 point lead a surprise? 

No the lead was no surprise. We just let one guy go off against us that shouldn’t have and they stayed in the game because of it. 

Nick Weiler-Babb was superb in the first half with 17 points. What had been missing in some games before that we didn’t see this explosiveness?

Some people just have a slump and all it takes is one game for someone to get out of it and I think this is the game Nick gets out of it. I know he wanted to bounce back after the series against Munich. 

Ratiopharm Ulm got a lead again in the second half, but as usual the MHP Riesen fought back and the last minutes were a real battle. What were you most proud about your team accomplishing down the stretch? 

We just stayed together and never gave up. We just kept pushing and sticking to our game plan.

How big could that game ending block by Marcos Knight have mentally on the MHP Riesen? Was that block like a blessing in disguise for the team?

Yeah it was big especially having the game ending in a tie like it did. 

When you were a freshman at UNH you played your first game against Boston College losing 58-50 but scoring 14 points. Do you remember that game and when you came to Germany were you ever aware that you had played against Patrick Heckmann in your first NCAA game? 

I remember Heckmann in college I think they had him at a wing at the time, but yes I remember playing against him 

You played against him again for the first time in 6 years winning by 31 points and he scored 2 points. In the playoffs he had 16 points and 8 rebounds. Can you still remember how he was as a senior at Boston College and now see how his game has progressed?

He looked more confident this time around more than the first time around and I think that’s because of the playing time he has been given. 

How good was it to have Zamal Nixon back who played 9 minutes. Do you see him playing a bigger role in the deciding game? 

Yes, he’s going to be a big part in how we play out in this tournament. He’s a PG that can control the game which we need in our offense.

You had 4 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals. When you have 2 guys like Weiler-Babb and Knight combine for 45 points, you know early your focus is on the playmaking. Do you feel like it is these type of big games where your playmaking profits the most by playing with great players? 

Yeah for sure I know if those 2 or Thomas Whimbush is on fire then all I have to focus on is defense and running the offensive show. I can get a basket every now and then but my job would be to get those guys involved.

Can we await a real dogfight in the deciding game. Both teams shot poorly from outside. How key could the three point accuracy play a role on Tuesday? Do expect to get extra shots up before then? 

Expect more shots to be made the next game. I think both teams were seeing how the other one would be and nobody figured the other out. I’m always going to get extra shots no matter how my games goes.

You have 48 hours until do or die. Will you look at any basketball videos for inspiration or will you just leave it to knowing and trusting your self in a big time atmosphere?

I always look at our games after were done to look at different reads on offense and how each team plays their defense so you can find the open player.

Thanks Jaleen for the chat.

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