John Murry (192-G-1995, 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 a 106-97 loss to Wulfen. With the loss the team has a three game losing streak. The team gave up more than a 100 points for the second consecutive game. How tough is it giving up so many points so late in the season where everything counts?
It can be frustrating at times because we beat ourselves by just turning the ball over early, then we have to fight and claw our way out of a hole when it gets late in the game, instead of taking care of the ball and being sound defensively that way we can squeeze out a win in the end.
It was another shoot out loss for Grevenbroich. Were there any moments where you could have won the game?
Yes, at points we were down 4 to 6 points, where all we needed was a stop and a bucket and just couldn’t get over the hump.
What was worse giving up countless three’s or having 20 turnovers?
It’s the turnovers that kill us and put us in the hole, 20 TO’s is almost 40 points depending on how you look at it, we definitely have to be better in taking care of the ball early on and down the stretch.
Wulfen had 6 guys scoring in double figures. How tough does it continue to be not having more support from more people?
It definitely plays a negative role in our depth, especially when it gets late in games and you need fresh legs to finish out the game, it simply comes down to sticking to defensive principles and reacting before hand, not after the ball is already in the air.
How much of a factor does the short rotation play concerning what happens on the defensive end?
That’s the story of the season for us, not being locked in on defense and taking pride in getting stops. It comes down to each individual being focused when it’s game-time.
You had an amazing game of 40 points. How taxing is it continuing to leave your heart on the court and not getting the win?
Mentally, it weighs a lot because you ask yourself, what more can you do but just staying positive through the whole situation is what makes the following day a little better when the sun rises.
You shot the ball really well. Was it finding your spots something that worked really well on this day?
Finding my spots, confidence, studying the game helps me so much. I spend tons of hours watching film and working on my game so that the live games will be easier as time goes on.
You next play the ETB Miners who you lost to by 11 points in the first game. How key will it be giving a better showing on the boards this time?
It will definitely be key for us to box out, especially with their taller line up, we will have to work even harder on the glass in order to make sure we stick the W in the end.
Thanks John for the chat.