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.
Congrats John on the huge 79-70 win over Deutzer. How good does it feel beating a 6-2 team?
Thank you it was a magnificent feeling to beat one of the top teams in the league. When we play like that I feel like we are one of the top teams in the league on any given night.
This must give you and the guys an extra boost with your self-confidence. How was the mood after the game? Do you guys have that ‘we still have a lot of unfinished business in front of us’?
Things are always better when your winning, guys are smiling and fans are celebrating, the goal is to build off this win and keep it rolling into next game.
Talk a little about the game. Was it as comfortable as the score shows or was it tougher to pull out than the result indicates?
It was more about just being disciplined and capitalizing on our offensive positions to score and make the extra effort on defense.
Deutzer is one of those scrapy teams that play well together and stick together well. Were you happy with how the team plan went through the 40 minutes?
Yes we were definitely happy with how we executed, we were also able to stay together ourselves and pull the win out.
Grevenbroich did a fantastic job on the boards. Where would the team have been without Dezemal Selimovic? He was a real work horse.
Yes He is one of the best bigs in the league and works his butt off on the boards. We definitely praise his effort and performance with games like this.
How did the team compensate the 20-12 turnovers where they had 8 turnovers more? Basketball sometimes works in a strange way?
Basketball is definitely a roller coaster at some points but we just managed to stay disciplined on defense which gave us more offensive opportunities in which we scored on.
What was it like playing against the two very scrappy German guards Patrick Reusch and Joachim Koschade? I know they kept you on your toes all night long?
It was a challenging night that I over came by just realizing how the defense was playing me and I was able to make the right play off their defensive schemes.
You had another great game scoring 30/5/8 but 5 turnovers. I guess the 5 turnovers don’t feel quite as bad when you get the win.
Just trying to make sure I’m doing everything I can on my end to secure the win, the 8 assists was big for me because I put emphasis on myself to make sure I made the right plays in certain timing and situations.
You shot the ball very well 8/15. What else besides finding your spots helped you achieve good shooting?
Well, Like I said before just knowing when to make the right play, sometimes plays need scoring and other times the play is to distribute so I would say that’s the biggest bonus to my game, being able to control the game, score when needed, and also getting my teammates involved all at the same time.
You next battle Leverkusen 2. Another good team with a 6-3 record. What will be key for getting win?
Just making sure we talk on defense, stay disciplined and make sure we make our shots on the road.
What is your take on Anthony Davis’s play at the moment. Many experts don’t see him as a top 5 NBA player now. Is he too much in shadow of Lebron?
I believe the Lakers and all the players will get things together, they just need some time to gel together.
Thanks John for the chat.