Terry Allen (203-F-93, college: Richmond) is a 27 year old 203cm forward from Manvel, Texas playing his sixth professional season and third in Germany and first with medi Bayreuth. The last 2 seasons he helped the Hamburg Towers ( 10.8ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 60.0%, 3PT: 34.7%, FT: 82.8%) and BG Goettingen (10.7ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 55.9%, 3PT: 40.9%, FT: 78.0%) reach the BBL playoffs. In his first three professional season he played with Egis Kormend (Hungary-A Division) averaging 16.6ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.9apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 60.3%, 3PT: 37.8%, FT: 73.0%; an din the FIBA Europe Cup averaged Score-2 (19.7ppg), 5.9rpg, 2.6apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 47.7%, FT: 82.0%, BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral (France-ProA) averaging 11.4ppg, 3.5rpg, FGP: 47.9%, 3PT: 32.2%, FT: 67.8%, and Ironi Nahariya (Israel-Winner League) averaging 11.9ppg, 5.3rpg, 2.2apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 48.9%, 3PT: 37.6%, FT: 72.9%. He spoke to germanhoops.com after the massive 85-72 victory over the Fraport Skyliners
Thanks Terry for talking to germanhoops.com. Congrats on the big 85-72 win over the Fraport Skyliners. Did Frankfurt get the severe brute of medi Bayreuth in the fourth quarter? How much did the unnecessary loss to Leiden in Fiba Europe Cup anger the team?
We have been struggling with injuries. We were very upset after the loss to Leiden. It is what it was. That loss will fuel us to go harder in the next game in Russia. It is really important to get BBL wins now in order to separate us from teams behind us. We want to win every game. We struggled for 3 quarters against Frankfurt. We couldn’t find a way to stop them. We had problems with their rebounding and they moved the ball well. In the fourth quarter we came together and got stops. We allowed only 7 points in the fourth quarter. Our defense carried us to the win.
The win was the third in a row in the easyCredit for medi Bayreuth. Are you guys slowly finding your groove in the BBL?
I would say that we are. We are learning to play through injuries better and with more energy and physicality. We are starting to figure out how to adjust and play the best we can with a short rotation. At the start of the season we had a full roster and we couldn’t get it done. Now with a shorter rotation guys are figuring out their roles better.
How big do you personally rate this win when a Cam Wells is missing and Marcus Thornton only scored 7 points. Other guys stepped up tonight.
It’s a team game. We were able to pull out the win with other guys in the fourth quarter. I remember telling the younger guys at the start of the season that they may not play much then, but they will get a chance later in the season. I told them to take advantage of their opportunities.
The first half was an up and down affair between both teams. Frankfurt got better into the game in the second quarter. What part of the game did Bayreuth get away from in the second quarter?
We let them get way too many offensive rebounds which allowed them to get easy baskets. If a team gets more posessions then it is more likely to get more baskets. Their big guys also took advantage of second chances. They also killed our pick and roll defense. They found a rhythm and it carried over into the third quarter.
The Fraport Skyliners kept control of the game after 30 minutes leading 65-59. What did head coach Raoul Korner tell the team in the huddle before the begin of the fourth quarter?
He told us that we needed to rebound the ball better. Rebounding had hurt us all night long.
Medi Bayreuth buckled down and went on a game changing 18-4 run to decide the game. What adjustments did you make on the defensive end?
Our zone and getting rebounds helped us most in the run. We didn’t give them as many second chances as we did in the first 3 quarters. That helped us take the lead. They couldn’t do pick and roll and make adjustments against our zone.
In the run, no American scored. This speaks for the contribution of the other players. How good is it knowing that other guys can take pressure off you and Marcus Thornton?
As a team we don’t think like our Americans have to score all the points. We try to play as a team and trust everyone. We have good German players that can do a lot. Kay Bruhnke hit two big three’s in the fourth quarter and Basti Doreth had a great game. It is hard to give our team a real description, because we can always come at you with different guys each night. Teams don’t know how to stop that.
This was the second least amount of points that the club gave up second to the MBC game. What steps did you witness on the defensive end tonight
In the huddle going into the fourth quarter we talked a lot and it fueled us to get stops. We don’t want to take a step back and play like at the start of the season. We want to keep building and have a successful game.
Bastian Doreth had another big game with 21 points. He hasn’t shown hiss coring much this season except for London and Bamberg. Do you feel like he should be more selfish at times and demonstrate his scoring ability?
No he is a point guard. He controls our offense and the way he plays is great. He gets all involved, but also can create for himself. It is easy to guard a scoring point guard. Teams have to play a different kind of defense against him. It is tougher for teams to stop him. Basti is a veteran and he knows when to take over in a game.
Kay Bruhnke was very efficient tonight netting 13 points in 15 minutes. How valuable is he for the team and what steps have you seen him make this season?
He is my guy. I talk to him and give him advice. He played great in the fourth hitting two clutch three’s. He put a cushion on the lead. He plays hard every day. He can play inside out, shoot, push the ball and play the 4/5. He is a great player.
How much of a pleasure is it sharing the floor with Marcus Thornton? You have played with many Americans in your career. How would you describe your chemistry on the court with him?
He is great to play with. He makes the game easier for everyone. He always draws multiple defenders, can get by defenders and is a great shooter. He also makes the game easier for our bigs. He is here to score the ball, but is also a great facilitator. He draws so much attention and his basketball package is great. I have seen him do things that I have never seen other guys do. He is all moment when he gets the ball.
Medi Bayreuth have some tough games coming up before and after Christmas against Bonn and Berlin. What does the club need to continue to do in the next weeks to be successful on the floor?
We only worry about the next game. We try to control what we need to control. Right now we are focusing on Russia and Braunschweig.
Let’s talk about your game. You had 11 points, 6 boards and 4 steals but was form outside. How content were you with your game?
I did what I could playing hard at both ends of the court and coach put me in at the position 5 at the end. I feel like I’m a great defender and read the game well and can get steals or make it harder for teams to score. If my three isn’t on, then I help my team with my defense.
After stops in BG Goettingen and Hamburg Towers is your role a different one in this team?
My role is about the same that I had the last 2 seasons. I feel like with my experience in Germany, I have been able to see the game differently and make better reads. I think that having played in Germany the past 2 seasons has really helped my basketball IQ. Rebounding, playing defense and catch and shooting is my game. I always play hard and if we win I’m happy.
Your shooting 43% in the BBL and Fiba Europe Cup the best in your career. How do you explain this consistency in shooting this season?
Catch and shoot comes naturally to me. I have put in a lot of work over the summers the last years perfecting my shot. If it goes in then it goes in. I’m confident in my shots and if I get shots then it is more likely that they will go in. It is nothing special. Coach wants me to shoot when I’m open. That’s my job.
You have always been consistent as a professional player and turning 28 in a few weeks Where do you still want to go with your game? How much potential do you still have?
I feel that I still have a lot of talent. I am a high calibur player that will be willing to do things that others won’t. I’m prepared to work every day and make my game better and help teams be successful. I helped Gottingen and Hamburg reach the playoffs which nobody expected.
Is Anthony Davis a top 5 NBA player right now? Shouldn’t he be doing more with that aging Lakers squad?
If the team was doing better then he would be, but for me he is a top 10 player now. He has been very injury prone in his career, but he is a great player.
Christmas is around the corner. What is your fondest childhood X-mas memory?
I remember being in grandma’s house popping fire works and playing with my cousins. I really miss being home as a pro. I do a lot of facetime during the holiday season.
Did you see the sequel to the classic Coming To America? Shouldn’t they have left it alone?
They should of left it alone. I didn’t like it. They created it too quickly. They didn’t put much money in. They made it too late. They should of made it sooner.
Thanks Terry for the chat.