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.
Grevenbroich suffered another tough loss this weekend to Hamm 104-93. Do you wonder a loss like this how well the team would have played with a full rotation?
Yea it’s all a learning curve, when your back is against the wall, you have got to figure out a way, having only 6 players is tough but still no excuse, we have got to give more to come out with the win.
Everybody knows times are tough now, but it only gets worse when a team has no bench. Grevenbroich only had 1 bench player. How tough was it playing for the second weekend in a row with a totally depleted roster?
It’s definitely tough, but like I said I’m not the type to make excuses, I believe we can make things happen if we all dig in deep and push ourselves just a few extra steps. It’s mind over matter and at the end, we all have to leave it on the floor.
Talk a little about the game. Were there any moments in the second half where Grevenbroich had chances to win the game?
Yes especially when we were winning with 4 minutes left to go in the game, it all came down to extra effort to secure the win.
How tough was the rebound work with 6 players? You lost it as a team 46-23. Could you see the fatigue in the faces of your teammates?
The 4th quarter, I definitely seen some fatigue, that’s when it matter the most which is why I said before we have got to dig deep and figure out a way to get what matters most and that’s the W.
There were positives with shooting an incredible 51% from downtown and having 13 turnovers. What other positives could you take from the game from a team perspective?
We all showed potential, effort, and grit which is things you need to win, and shooting the ball that well can definitely help us down the stretch, we showed that we can be a top contender with more guys being being in the rotation.
You had a massive game with 42/7/4/2/2. This is another game you probably couldn’t enjoy because of the loss. How do you rate your own game and consistency despite the losing?
I honestly felt like I left it all on the floor, playing 40 straight minutes has a significant role on anybody’s game, I gave everything I had in me so I wasn’t to disappointed but not completely happy of course because of the loss.
You next play Wulfen a must win. Grevenbroich is 3 wins away form 12th place team BG Hagen. What will be key to getting the win? Three point accuracy and turnovers were a problem in that game.
Yes just taking care of the ball and making smart decisions down the stretch along with a 40 minutes mental focus and that will get us a win.
Thanks John for the chat.