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 on the massive win against top team Ibbenburen. How big is this win after the last weeks that were so tough with the depleted lineups?
I appreciate it and it felt great, even when we were down double digits in the second half we showed we are not to be counted out. Love and proud of the way we fought for 40 minutes.
How possible could this win be for being the turnaround of the season as you continue to climb out of the cellar?
This plays a major role in our momentum going forward, I feel guys gained confidence in this last game and we learned more about ourselves especially with a full rotation of players to come in and give us a boost of the bench.
You haven’t played many games overseas yet, but was that the biggest win of your professional career?
This was huge, I might have to tie this one with the win against the #1 team in the first half of the season, both of them were a tough battle I really appreciated.
Talk a little about the game leading up to crunch-time. What do you believe was the team doing better in this game then in the last weeks?
I believed we stepped it up defensively as a team, guys helped the helper and we also finished plays down the stretch, I thrive off close games and crunch time, it’s the things I used to dream about as a young boy dribbling around in the driveway.
Talk a little about the crunch time. What was key in the closing minutes for Grevenbroich being able to pull out a huge win?
Just taking care of the ball and trying to capitalize off our stops on the offensive end
I believe when we take care of the ball, we are hard to beat.
Alejandro Vergara had a huge game with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. How big of an asset has he been since his arrival recently?
He has been a tremendous help to us on both sides of the floor, I love his game and what he brings to the table.
Anytime you cough up the ball 23 times and win you can thank God for the win. In what area’s of the game do you feel did the team compensate the many turnovers?
Maybe just careless mistakes, things we know better than to do but just had a mental lapses, I’m sure we’ll take care of that in practice this week, leading up to the next game.
You had a huge game with 32/7/3/2 stats. Despite having 5 turnovers, how much did your top class leadership qualaties take form the last weeks?
Just holding myself accountable on the floor when things don’t go the way we want them to, keep playing get stops on the defensive and just being vocal on the floor.
You next face BG Hagen who have 2 wins more. You lost the first game 93-83. What will be key in getting the win?
Just doing what we do on offense and getting stops on defense, that’s the biggest key for us, consistently getting stops for 40 min can take us to a different level.
In the first game against BG Hagen, German point guard Soren Fritze had 26 points. Will you observe extra film on him to shut him down?
As the old saying goes, ‘back to the drawing board’ and we’ll take it from there.
Thanks John for the chat.