Stanley Whittaker (183-G-1994, college: Keiser) is a 27 year old 183cm point guard from Philadelphia playing his third professional season and first in Germany with PS Karlsruhe. He played his rookie season in Lithuania and last season had his break through with UBSC Raiffeisen Graz (Austria-BSL) playing 24 games: Score-2 (21.5ppg), 6.3rpg, Assists-2 (8.0apg), Steals-1 (2.6spg), FGP: 49.3%, 3PT: 40.5%, FT: 78.4%. He played his college ball at Frank Phillips (JUCO) and Keiser (NAIA). He teams up every week with Miles Schmidt-Scheuber to talk basketball.
Ps Karlsruhe lost game one to Rostock 87-66. How much does this loss hurt? Did Rostock do their home work after being swept in the season series?
We feel it a bit because we wanted to protect our home court. We have another game to play in a couple days so we have to recover and get back focused on game 2.
The first half was a close affair as PS Karlsruhe led 36-33. What was the biggest focus at the half-time talk?
We just wanted to continue to defend at the level we defended at in the first half.
How vital was the brutal 11-0 run by Rostock to start the third quarter. Did this shock kind of set the direction of the game in favor of the guests?
They came out in the second half and made a run, the momentum shifted then and we were able to make a run ourselves to end the 3rd quarter.
But Ps Karlsruhe never gave up trailed only 56-52 after 30 minutes. They had you wrapped up pretty well in the third quarter. What kind of adjustments did they make on the defensive end?
They played a little zone, they were putting two on me to make it difficult and we kind of didn’t get anything going offensively, bad turnovers, stagnant offense, I take full responsibility of that. I have to do a better job at making sure we get better looks offensively
In the fourth quarter Rostock began on fire again with a 11-2 run. Was that the needed blow that didn’t allow you to get back over the hump?
That run kind of summarized the quarter, from there we didn’t much recover from it.
Then Tyler Nelson scored 10 unanswered points in a row. What made it so difficult to keep him better in check?
He came in a found a nice rhythm, he was pretty fresh. Not sure how many minutes he played up until that 4th quarter but he came in and made some big shots.
What positives can PS Karlsruhe still take from the game despite the guests hitting 12 three’s and only having 9 turnovers?
Just knowing we can play better basketball is a positive for our group, it was a bad second half for us, so we just can learn from it and be better in the next game.
You had 19/5/6/5 stats. What will you be focusing on most leading up to game 2 with your own game so you will be able to play even better in game 2?
Just playing with a little more poise, I felt like I was rushing a bit in the second half, but I’ll do a better job of limiting turnovers and creating better opportunities on both sides of the ball for our team.
Game 2 is a must win for PS Karlsruhe. What do you have to do better in game two to tie the series?
Play better in all. & value possessions.
Brooklyn is down 2-0 to the Celtics. Do you see the Nets coming back?
I hope so.
Thanks Stanley for the chat.