Christian Held Was Instrumental In Till Gloger´s Play This Year Believing He Can Play A Major Role For A Championship Team

Till Gloger (204-C-1993, college: Maine) is a 29 year old 204cm forward from Bochum, Germany that played his 6th professional season and second with the Rostock Seawolves (Pro A) averaging 11.7ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 58.9%, FT: 71.8%. In his first season with Rostock he averaged 7.8ppg, 1.9rpg, FGP: 60.8%, FT: 74.0%. He belonged to the best power forwards in the Pro A from 2018-2020 with the Romerstrom Gladiators averaging 11.8ppg, 5.0rpg, FGP: 55.2%, FT: 82.1% and 15.8ppg, 4.5rpg, FGP: 62.1%, FT: 68.1. In 2017-2018 he played in the BBL with the Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels (BBL) playing 29 games averaging 3.7ppg, 1.7rpg. He played his rookie season with the Uni Baskets Paderborn (ProA) playing 30 game averaging 14.5ppg, 4.4rpg, FGP: 54.8%, 3PT: 26.7%, FT: 82.1%. He got valuable experience overseas in the States playing at Maine (NCAA) from 2012-2016 playing a total of 116 NCAA games. As a senior at Maine he played 30 games averaging 14.5ppg, 4.4rpg, FGP: 54.8%, 3PT: 26.7%, FT: 82.1%. He spoke to after the 2021-2022 season.

Thanks Till for talking to Where are you at the moment and how is basketball life treating you?

I am still at Rostock now before I am leaving to go on vacation next week. Basketball life is treating me well. It was a hell of a ride this year and I am happy to enjoy the offseason a bit before getting back on the court.

How blessed are you to come back after a cancelled season where no one knew what really could have happened to the Rostock Seawolves and come back this season and win it all?

It was truly a pleasure to win the Championship after all the burdens which came along with Covid.

What kind of an experience was it coming home and being welcomed by the fans?

It was great to have our fans back in the gym. Our fans welcomed us back with all their support and we couldn’t have won the Championship without them.

Many have said that the Rostock fans are the greatest basketball fans in Germany. What is the thing that you cherish most about them?

Yes, I agree. The Rostock Seawolves fans are the greatest fans in Germany. Their support was relentless. Even after setbacks they came out and showed all their love and support for the club. It was a pleasure playing in front of such an amazing crowd.

Congrats on winning the title over the Tigers Tuebingen. They were the number one team in the Pro A in the standings. The games were tight. How much of a role did your team experience play?

I think that our team experience helped us to make big plays at the right moments. Tuebingen had an extremely talented young team and we knew that we had to play our best basketball to beat them.

What were the key reasons for the Rostock Seawolves being able to defeat Tuebingen in the finals?

I think that our defense in the first home game was the key to win the title. In fact, the 8 point lead going into the final game at Tuebingen was a great advantage. The second game at Tuebingen was a tough battle and we succeeded because of our team depth.

How taxing was the four game series against Jena? What do you believe was key for getting the series win?

The series against Jena was definitely one to remember. It was extremely important to stay the course and refocus before every game. I think our team play was the key to win the series.

What was your fondest moment in game 4 in the 77-76 win against Jena?

My fondest moment in game 4 was Tyler Nelson’s buzzer beater. I will never forget this moment and the joy we felt as a collective when the ball went in.

The team had a 3 game losing streak going into the playoffs but then had a 8-1 record to finish the season. What was key after the game one loss to PS Karlsruhe for the turnaround? Was there a team meeting or something? What happened then that allowed the team to sparkle the rest of the way?

Yes, there was a team meeting after the last regular season loss against Karlsruhe. We talked in depth about what we needed to do to change the losing streak around. I think we needed to regroup and find back to our strengths which helped us to win along the season.

What was the biggest strength of the team? Was it a combination of all knowing their roles and having that touch of unselfishness?

The biggest strength of the team this year was that every single one of us was willing to sacrifice for the team success. Everyone played his role and knew what he had to do in order to help our team win.

How much of a pleasure was it being teammates with guards Jordan Roland, Tyler Nelson and Brad Loesing. What did each guy give the team best for the success?

It was truly a pleasure to play with my teammate guards this season. I think that Jordan, Tyler and Brad were probably the best teammates you can ask for as a big man. Everyone was able to make the right reads in the right moments.

Chris Carter just keeps grinding. After helping Vechta and Chemnitz reach the easyCredit BBL, he did it a third time with Rostock. How difficult is it seriously to be able to do this a third time?

I mean helping a team move up isn’t easy.

How much respect do you have for the man Chris Carter?

Chris Carter is a legend in Pro Basketball in Germany. He won the title three times and played in each team a major role. He knows what it takes to be a winner. I have my biggest respect for his work ethic and his leadership.

Do you agree with me that he is the ultimate player that sacrifices own stats for the good of the team?

Yes, the only thing that matters for Chris is winning. He is willing to sacrifice and leave it all on the floor to win the game. His feel for the game and his ability to defend the best guards in the league are outstanding.

How key was the scoring and rebound effort of Nijal Pearson. What did you appreciate most about his game?

Nijal is a warrior on the floor. His scoring and rebounding were tremendous for us to close games. I appreciated most his ability to fight and be the X factor to win games.

Let’s talk about your game. You averaged 11.7ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 58.9%, FT: 71.8%. How content were you with your game?

I was content with my performance this year. After playing a smaller role last year, it was truly a blessing to have greater responsibility this year and help our team to win the Championship for Rostock.

After playing a lot less minutes, you played 11 more this season. With the tough season you had last season how refreshing was it for you this season to find back to your game?

It was extremely refreshing for me to come back and find back to old strength. It took some time at the beginning of the season, but as the season progressed, I felt more and more comfortable to fulfill my role.

How was instrumental was head coach Christian Held to helping you back to your game besides just giving you the minutes again?

Christian played a major factor for my development this season. He trusted me and believed me to play a major role for a Championship team. I am very thankful for his trust.

Last summer you worked on your rebounding and athleticism. Did that grind take strides in your game this season?

Yes, even though I am still not the greatest athlete, I think that I progressed with my athleticism which helped me to improve my rebounding.

You had many great games this season, but was your 21 points in the clinching game 4 win over Jena your most memorable?

Yes, it was the most memorable game for me this season because every single possession mattered, and every mistake could turn the outcome of the game. I will never forget this game as we moved up to the EasyCredit BBL with the Tyler’s buzzer beater.

What is the next step for you? I can imagine the logical step is back to the BBL with Rostock?

Yes, I still have a contract for next season and I am very happy to return to Rostock next season.

On what areas of your game will you keep working on this season to keep moving up the basketball ladder?

Overall, I will keep working on my athleticism and my defense for the challenge in the BBL.

Who was the toughest guard that you faced this season in the Pro A?

I think the toughest guard I faced this season was Whittaker from Karlsruhe. In my opinion he was the best one on one player in the Pro A last season.

What is your take on all the bashing guys like James Harden and Kevin Durant are getting?

I don’t follow the NBA that much in general. Harden and Durant have proven that they are among the best players in the world, so I don’t understand the bashing.

Is Luca Doncic a top 5 player finally or even a top 3 player now?

Yes, I believe that he is on the rise to be a top 3 player in the future.

Is there any team that will beat the Golden State Warriors for the final this season?

I don’t think so. I am rooting for the Warriors and hope that they win the Championship.

Thanks Till for the chat.

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