John Murry (192-G-95, college: Austin Peay) is a 26 year old 193cm guard from Indianapolis, Indiana that is playing his third professional season in Germany with BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-Regionalliga). Before that he had experience with the Kitchener-Waterloo Titans. He played two years at Owens Community College playing 63 games and two years at Austin Peay State University (NCAA) playing 56 NCAA games and as a senior averaged 16.7ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 54.0%, 3PT: 33.9%, FT: 81.1%. He and Miles Schmidt-Scheuber talk weekly about basketball.
Another game and another loss. Grevenbroich is now 0-4. How tough is basketball life at the moment for you and the organization?
It’s very tough but also a challenge that we have excepted. It’s a challenge to look in the mirror and fix the things we need to work on to be better everyday.
The close games usually hurt the most. Why couldn’t Grevenbroich pull out the win in crunch-time?
We need to make better decisions down the stretch and take care of the ball and things will be better not just in the end but all game long
Taking care of the ball continued to be a major problem again. You had 21 turnovers as a team. Do you feel like this has become amental problem?
Yes, it’s all mental at this point, we have to do a better job of taking care of the ball and making plays in the end.
The team continues to rebound the ball very well. What continues to be the secret of rebounding so well? Especially Dzemal Selimovic was a beast with 7 offensive turnovers.
Dzemal is great for us on the glass and does things we don’t take for granted.
Grevenbroich has a very slim 6-7 man rotation. Do you feel like this could give the team problems as the season continues?
We all need to step up and play our role as strong as possible like I know we can.
What was it in general playing against American Kendall Stafford? He was contained pretty well with only 8 points.
You had a good scoring and rebounding game with 28/10, but I can imagine that the shooting percentages is one you will continue to want to correct this week?
Yes, it’s just continuing to stick to my craft and focus on finishing plays.
Losing is never easy. What do you try to mentally in a losing streak. What else can one do besides remaining positive?
As the old saying would go, ‘take it back to the basics’ I watch a ton of film daily. I want to be better for myself that way I can be better for the team and pull out with a team win.
You next face off against 4-1 team Ibbenbueren. What will be the focus this week in achieving that first win?
Just sticking to what we do and moving the ball, sticking to our defensive principles and making shots down the stretch.
Halloween is around the corner. What are your memories of Halloween as a kid? What do you remember being your favorite costumes?
I remember being outside playing ball in the park on a Halloween night, my friends and I were clowning each other about who was scared to walk home at night when it was dark.
Thanks John for the chat.