The Miles Vs Stanley Whittaker Weekly Basketball Conversation Volume 6

Stanley Whittaker (183-G-94, college: Keiser) is a 26 year old 183cm point guard from Philadelphia playing his third professional season and first in Germany with PS Karlsruhe. He played his rookie season in Lithuania and last season had his break through with UBSC Raiffeisen Graz (Austria-BSL) playing 24 games: Score-2 (21.5ppg), 6.3rpg, Assists-2 (8.0apg), Steals-1 (2.6spg), FGP: 49.3%, 3PT: 40.5%, FT: 78.4%. He played his college ball at Frank Phillips (JUCO) and Keiser (NAIA). He teams up every week with Miles Schmidt-Scheuber to talk basketball

A tough 85-75 loss against the Tigers Tuebingen. How much does this one hurt? I feel like in a way you let it slip away in the fourth quarter?

It sucks to lose of course but we have to learn from our mistakes. We have a short turnaround this week so we have to move forward and get back to work!

How bitter is it when three players combine for 59 points to beat you?

It’s tough because we didn’t do enough from a defensive standpoint to give ourselves a good chance at limiting their opportunities. We have to follow the game plan and execute at a higher level.

Ps Karlsruhe had a good start into the game, but in the second quarter lost control allowing 27 points and being down 42-36 at the break. What did the team get away from in the second quarter?

It all starts with our defense, we gave them clean looks at the basket, we also didn’t finish possessions gave up 13 offensive rebounds, and we turned the ball over too much. Those are recipes to losing ball games, so we have to clean up and be better in those areas.

PS Karlsruhe had massive difficulty controlling ex BBL player Mateo Seric. What gave the team the biggest problem with his game in the paint?

He is just a crafty veteran guy, very understanding of his game and sticks to what he knows. His teammates did a great job of getting him the ball in his spots. He is a good player, much respect to him.

Seric continued to be a menace in the third quarter and also hit a three pointer. You took control and hit back to back baskets in the last minute to give the team the 57-56 lead. Do you have the freedom and green light to take control whenever you want?

I just try to help my team as much as I can. I know my teammates trust me to deliver so I have to do a better job at doing so.

In the fourth quarter big three’s hurt you. Why couldn’t you strap down as a team on the defensive end?

Those 3s in the 4th quarter sort took like life out of us as a unit. We tried to throw different looks at them defensively to disrupt their rhythm. It didn’t go in our favor this time but we will continue to work on the defensive end and be better.

You didn’t have one of your better nights. Is the team missing someone that can pull the lever and take over when you have an off night?

Definitely wasn’t one a good night for me but that’s comes with the game sometimes. I’ll be better going forward just have to shake this one off and move forward.

You scored only 10 points, had 5 assists and 6 turnovers. What annoyed you more the shooting percentage or turnovers?

The turnovers because that’s stops us offensively from getting a shot in those possessions so I have to be better and take better care of the basketball going forward and I will.

Did the Tuebingen defense do anything out of the ordinary to limit you or was or was it more on you?

Credit to Tubingen, they were aggressive, denying me the ball, sending two defenders at me at times. It was a solid defensive performance from them collectively.

You next have the double weekend playing Nurnberg and Paderborn within 3 days. Will the team show it’s true colors during this weekend?

We have to lock in this week. Two good teams in front of us, we’ll prepare accordingly, take it one game at a time and hopefully we can come out victorious in both!

How did you experience Halloween in Germany? Are you surprised how Americanized it is here?

I didn’t get to experience it much but my some of my teammates got to enjoy some time at the theme park which they said it was really nice so I’m happy for them and about that.

Thanks Stanley for the chat.

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