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Justin Bibbs(Boston Celtics) Lives From His Artistic Precision

 

After a hard day of work outs at the Red Auerbach center in Boston, Boston Celtic rookie and Ohio native Justin Bibbs slouches back to his hotel like a tattered famished dog looking to shut off the basketball radar for a little time, but doesn´t do the typical free time activities that many guys might perform like breaking out the play station or walking the one block down the street to the sports bar to get the daily dose of sports, but sits down at a table with a piece pf paper and drawing utensils. The rookie looks like and plays like a very good basketball player, but he doesn´t only have precision artistic shooting on his resume, but also has artistic precision as he is a very talented drawer and has been doing it since he was a kid. When you ask the ex Virginia Tech guard about his zeal for drawing, his big eyes light up like the John Hancock building does when the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots win a world championship. “When I was growing up, I was always watching cartoons and after watching the matrix movie, I started to draw trial and error. It was self-taught and I still do it today. I did a Dwayne Wade drawing when I was in high school. It is weird when I was a kid, I drew a Lebron James, but now that I am of age and have the possibility to play against him, I would never draw him now. Now I like to draw entertainers and musicians. I like to take random pictures and draw away”, stressed Justin Bibbs. Every day the American could have serious aches and pains just from turning his head back and forth seeing the amazing basketball excellence of guys like Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward, Al Horford, Jaylen Brown or a Jaysun Tatum and just get total inspiration for new drawings, but instead would rather draw Celtic legends instead of his current teammates. “I wouldn´t want to draw a current teammate, but rather Paul Pierce. I always looked up to him growing up. He wasn´t just a shooter, but an all-around great scorer”, smiled Justin Bibbs. His favorite own drawing is a Kobe Bryant when he had the afro. He gave it to his grad assistant at Virginia Tech who was a big Kobe Bryant fan. Not only did his artistic precision begin at a young age, but so did his basketball precision.

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Miles Schmidt-Scheuber interviewing Justin Bibbs in Boston after a Boston Celtiics practice

Justin Bibbs was born on January 14th 1996 in Dayton, Ohio and began his basketball trade at Chaminade Julienne High School and received additional basketball training at Montverde Academy in Florida from 2012-2014 and helped lead the school to two state championships and had an unbeaten record of 28-0 in his senior year. Not only having this amazing winning record helped the smooth integration to Virginia Tech, but also being away from home helped with his maturity. “My time there helped me more off the court. By being away from home helped me early at Virginia Tech getting accustomed to everything and it made me less dependent”, stressed Justin Bibbs. He then played at Virginia Tech from 2014-2018 amassing a total of 128 NCAA games and averaged double figures in scoring in three of four seasons and reached two NCAA tournaments and a NIT Sweet 16. Bibbs was a solid scorer at Virginia Tech, but not a dominant scorer, but he wouldn´t trade that fact for anything, because he was a team player. “The way I played there is who I am today. I am a very unselfish player and am always willing to do the best for the team. I became the glue guy. I was guarding the opposing team´s best player chasing him around the court, but at the same time knocking down open shots and creating for myself”, stated Justin Bibbs. He became an impact player quickly as a freshman playing 29 games averaging 11.4ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 43.5%, 3PT: 41.3%, FT: 65.3% and has fond memories of his two teammates then Adam Smith who is balling in Europe and young German Malik Mueller. “You could say that the precision shooting of Smith rubbed off on me. I remember when he hit that first one, he would hit the next so we would design the next play for him. Mueller always talked about his home country Germany and compared the food and lifestyle to here. I am happy he is doing well in Germany and still keep in touch with him today”, smiled Justin Bibbs.

The American who lists 2018 Los Angeles Clippers draft pick Jerome Robinson of Boston College as his toughest opponent in the NCAA despite always beating him was a consistent player at Virginia Tech scoring in double figures in 76 of 128 games and reached 20 points or more in 10 games. His best scoring games were against Wake Forest where he dropped 32 points, he hit Grambling State for 31 points on seven try´s and scorched Washington for 30 points. He remembers the bad and good moments at Virginia Tech with a smile on his face where one would get the impression that his NCAA experience was a good one. “My last NCAA game against Alabama was one of my toughest loses. Going back into the locker room for the last time with the guys was a tough pill to swallow. I knew that I had given my best. My nicest moment was beating Duke on senior night where we were down by 20 at half-time and came back and won. Beating then undefeated UVM was also one of my best wins. The team wins stuck out more than my individual best games”, stated Justin Bibbs. In his senior year at Virginia Tech, he had his best scoring season playing 31 games averaging 13.3ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 58.6%, 3PT: 39.8%, FT: 74.5%. After shooting above 40% in his first three seasons including having the shooting out the lights mentality in his second season at 45%, he just missed the 40% mark at 39,8%, but knows that his development wouldn´t have been the same without his head coach Buzz Williams. “He has a great ethic and told me every day how important it is to be willing to work. I remember him telling us stories about how he coached Wes Matthews and Jimmy Butler and their strong will to work. Not every guy has the desire to work. He told us even when you don´t want to get out of bed, you have to go to the gym and get better. Getting better is his motto”, warned Justin Bibbs.

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Miles Schmidt-Scheuber learning about Boston Celtic Justin Bibbs in Boston

After his stellar NCAA career at Virginia Tech, he wasn´t drafted, but he showed his talent once again at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (Pre-NBA Draft) playing 3 games averaging 9.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.3apg, FGP: 40.7%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 50.0%. His sheer talent got interest from the Boston Celtics and they invited him to the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, NV playing 6 games averaging 5.0ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 44.4%. He put up solid stats in limited minutes and did the best he can in a world there where most guys play for stats and an NBA job. Bibbs was rewarded with an exhibit 10 contract. He now is part of the Boston Celtics and living the NBA dream. If he doesn´t make the team, he most likely will play in the G-League with Maine and injuring his hand that will have him sidelined for two months hasn´t helped his chances, but just being in an NBA atmosphere with one of the top organizations has kept him positive. What many don´t know is that his uncle is legendary ex NFL corner back Michael Haynes who won the Superbowl with the Raiders and is a 9 time NFL All Pro, but began his career in 1976 with the new England Patriots and played six seasons in New England. “Being part of the Celtics organization means a lot to me. It is such an honor to play for this organization. I feel the pride when I step into the building seeing all the banners and the retired numbers. The coaching staff expects excellence and Brad Stevens and Danny Ainge have been great. Every day they ask me how my hand is doing. It is a real blessing to be here. That I am here and my uncle played here is coincidental. I have been in contact with him and he will try to visit me soon. His son is a freshman at Boston College now”, said Justin Bibbs. Coming from the NCAA ranks to the NBA is never an easy transition, but he is coping with the slight changes. “The biggest transition has been the practices. We have to apply what we just learned from coach Stevens in 5-5 play. It is a very quick turnaround and you have to learn a lot quicker”, added Justin Bibbs. The big black eyes of Bibbs also light up when he describes the work ethic of his teammates. He couldn´t be in a better place than in Boston to soak up as much basketball know how from the experienced coaching staff and his teammates who come to work every day, because they know that after last season that something special is looming on the basketball horizon. “I appreciate most being around so many great professionals being able to watch their work ethic. Just watching Kyrie Irving do drills or seeing how Aaron Baynes is the first and last in the weight room and how they take care of their bodies is helpful. I am just a student and take in as much as possible and apply to my life”, stressed Justin Bibbs.

It is no secret that Bibbs who has been compared to CJ Miles is an exceptional shooter and being able to do one thing exceptionally well in the NBA is something that teams want and he is ok with that three and d label. His eyes light up again when he hears the label. “That is what´s it all about. This is something I want to get better at, but at the same time, I don´t want to neglect other parts of my game”, added Justin Bibbs. He knows that his shooting will turn heads, but also understands that his defense could make or break him and decide whether he is flying to cities like New York, Chicago and Los Angeles rather than to cities like Grand Rapids, Erie or Austin. “I want to show my willingness to have multiple effects on defense stopping my man from scoring. Having this willingness helps many guys stay longer on the court. I have gotten compliments on my defense here. I also want to work on my shooting and attacking closeouts and making different reads. Also being comfortable being a good one on one player”, expressed Justin Bibbs. Working on refining his defense is something that has gone well so far, but he knows that his shooting is his bread and butter and he is confident that he can shoot at  40% clip or better from outside in he NBA. “I haven´t changed up anything on my shooting techniques, but being prepared best for getting the ball. The NBA is a lot quicker so you have to have your hands and feet more ready than before”, said Justin Bibbs.

Bibbs has raved about the amazing work ethic that ranges from the coaching staff to the players and has that wow reaction every day when he sees Kyrie “uncle Drew” Irving do his magic, but also very thankful for his honesty. “All Kyrie does is wow. Whenever he has the ball and is doing his thing, you never think he can pull it off with the angles and the defense, but he always pulls it off. In open gym, no mater what team he is son, he keeps everyone accountable. If you slack, he will let you know”, commented Justin Bibbs. But it isn´t just the older heads and more experiences guys, but also the young blood like Jaylen Brown who has an intense work ethic, but also Jayson Tatum who he sees becoming an NBA superstar down the road. Back in 2015 Bibbs and Tatum were teammates on the American youth national team and he remembers seeing a guy that already had all the tools then for stardom. “I saw his potential back then when I played against him in practice and was teammates with him. He stood out there from the rest. It is cool that he did great at Duke and is doing great now in the NBA”, added Justin Bibbs. But it isn´t just the players that have had a very positive impact on him, but also the coaching staff especially Brad Stevens. “He is very open. Not only him, but all the coaches are very nice and care. They just want you to get better. Coach Stevens has taught me different ways how to play defense and showing me how to get on shooters well. The name J J Reddick continues to come up a lot in those discussions”, smiled Justin Bibbs. Being able to learn is always helped when the environment is stable and with the Boston Celtics the rookie feels very comfortable no player stands above the rest, but the term team is something that is seemingly etched in stone while ego´s are non-present. “I really didn´t know what to expect coming in, but it has ben a cool experience. I have had nice discussions with Daniel Theis about tattoos, but the allstars have been great also. Guys like Horford, Irving and Haywood are all nice people and cool to talk to. There are no ego´s and they are genuine good people and it is cool to see how they operate”, smiled Justin Bibbs. The NBA experience of Justin Bibbs is a little more than two months old and he is still far away from Europe, but he knows it will always be there. For now the American is very happy where he is with the Boston Celtics and is getting the total best NBA experience. In his four years at Virginia Tech, he always had the famous Buzz Williams phrase chiseled in his mind “Get Better”. “I already had the get better attitude at Virginia Tech as I got better, but it is even more prominent now in the NBA”, warned Justin Bibbs. He will do all he can to make the Boston Celtics with his nifty artistic precision and with his get better focus will make his chances greater. His neat drawing is only a side note, but one he has a lot of fun with and with a portrait of Kyrie Irving as Uncle Drew or showcasing Aaron Baynes fluffy beard in a new way will definitely give him extra points. But all in all it´s just about getting better and something his attitude will help him achieve on and off the court and that is really the only thing he knows and has done consistently since Virginia Tech so why not now in the NBA with the Boston Celtics:

 

Kevin Franceschi (BBC Coburg) I’m Playing With A Big Chip On My Shoulder And I’m Just Going To Bring Maximum Intensity

Kevin Franceschi is a 24 year old 190cm guard from Argenteuil, France playing his second professional basketball season and first in Germany with Pro B team BBC Coburg. Last season as a rookie he played with BEHAPPY2 – CB Myrtia (Spain-LEB Silver) playing 30 games averaging 9.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 49.2%, 3PT: 31.1%, FT: 62.2%. In the states he played with three schools with Weatherford JC (JUCO) playing 9 games averaging 5.6ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 37.5%, 3PT: 10.5%, FT: 22.2%, UMKC (NCAA) playing 25 games averaging 2.6ppg and with Oklah.Baptist (NCAA2) playing 22 games averaging 13.9ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 38.9%, 3PT: 21.5%, FT: 82.7%. He spoke to eurobasket about basketball.

Kevin thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. Where are you at the moment and how has your summer been? 

Thanks for interviewing me. I’m in Texas at the moment and my summer has been great, happy to see the people I’m close with here and work on my game. 

Congrats on signing with German Pro B team BBC Coburg. You come from France, but lived abroad the last 5 years. What do you know in general about the country Germany and it’s basketball?

Thank you. I know that the Bundesliga is one of the best and most respected leagues in Europe, and that Germany has developed their basketball a lot over the last few years. I’m excited about this coming season. 

After having a solid rookie season in the Spanish Leb silver league, with what expectations are you coming to Germany? What are your personal goals in your second professional season besides the obvious winning?

I expect a lot about myself this season, I’m playing with a big chip on my shoulder, I worked really hard this summer. I am not thinking about any personal awards now, I’m just going to bring maximum intensity and give my team the best chances to compete in the playoffs. 

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TJ Bray (Rasta Vechta) The Princeton Offense Taught Me How To Play Without The Ball And It Benefited Me Throughout My Career

TJ Bray is a 26 year old 196cm guard from New Berlin, Wisconsin that is in his fifth professional season and first with Rasta Vechta (Germany-ProA). He began his career in 2010 with Ivy league school Princeton (NCAA) and played a total of 115 NCAA games and as senior played 25 games averaging  18.0ppg, 4.7rpg, 5.2apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 64.9%, 3PT: 41.7%, FT: 80.1%. He turned professional in 2014 and played with Lighthouse Trapani (Italy-A2) playing 29 games averaging  9.5ppg, 3.9rpg, 3.0apg, 1.0spg, FGP: In his second professional season he played with Novipiu Casale Monferrato (Italy-Serie A2) playing 35 games averaging  14.7ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.1apg, FGP: 48.3%, 3PT: 39.7%, FT: 80.8%. Two seasons ago he got experience with Fit Brussels (Belgium-Euromillions League) playing 33 games averaging  8.2ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.1apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 41.7%, 3PT: 35.1%, FT: 62.5%. Last season he played with Kolossos H Hotels (Greece-A1) playing 27 games averaging  12.1ppg, 3.4rpg, 3.4apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 47.2%, 3PT: 34.9%, FT: 76.1%. He spoke to germanhoops.com earlier in the summer about basketball.

TJ thanks for talking to germanhoops.com Where are you at the moment and how has your summer been?

I’m living in Milwaukee for the summer. Milwaukee is home for me and it’s been great being back here getting to see my friends and family, working out, and playing some golf.

Welcome back to Germany. You were briefly with the MHP RIesen Ludwigsburg in 2016, but early season knee injury ended your season in Germany. How often was Germany on your mind in the last 2 years and the thoughts of coming back one day?

I thought about Germany a lot the past two years. I was very excited about my contract with Ludwigsburg and it turned out that I was correct in being excited. They’ve had two great seasons, in both Germany and Europe, so I was able to follow them very closely. The league as a whole has always interested me with the amount of success teams have had in European competitions. I think it’s a very good league from top to bottom and I’m excited to experience it.

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Joe Lawson (Crailsheim Merlins)I Definitely Have Been Waiting For This BBL Opportunity And I´m Not Afraid Of The Challenge

Joe Lawson is a 25 year old  201cm forward from Indianapolis, Indiana that will begin his fourth professional season and first with the Crailsheim Merlins. He played his first three seasons in the German Pro A. In his rookie season he played with the BiG Oettinger Rockets Gotha (Germany-ProA) playing 38 games averaging 11.6ppg, 4.9rpg, FGP: 59.8%, 3PT: 38.8%, FT: 69.4%. IN his second season he moved to the Ninners Chemnitz(Germany-ProA) playing 40 games averaging 15.4ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 58.2%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 81.4%. Last season he remained with the Ninners Chemnitz(Germany-ProA) playing 27 games averaging  12.9ppg, Reb-2(7.7rpg), 1.4apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 49.1%, 3PT: 34.2%, FT: 80.7%. He played at Indiana SE (NAIA) from 2010-2012 playing a total of 56 games and then moved to Indianapolis (NCAA2) where he played from 2013-2015 playing a total of 60 games and as a senior played 31 games: 19.2ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.1apg, 1.1spg, 1.5bpg, FGP: 58.5%, 3PT: 32.8%, FT: 78.0%. He talked to germanhoops.com during the summer about his basketball career.

Joe thanks for talking to germanhoops.com Where are you at the moment and how has your summer been?

No problem Miles I´m currently in Indianapolis working out preparing for next season. The Summer has been very busy between visiting family and playing ball in Las Vegas.

Our last and first interview happened in your rookie season with Gotha in November 2015. How has time flown by since then and is Germany your second home now?

Yes time is flying and I´m headed into m 4th season as pro. yes you can call Germany a second home. All my years as a pro I have been there and I’ve met people in Germany that I will stay in touch with for years to come.

Congrats on signing with new easyCredit BBL team Crailsheim. It isn´t often that Pro A players make the jump to the BBL, but many dream about it. Is this like a basketball dream come true for you as you will measure yourself against the best big men in one of Europe´s best leagues?

I believe if you keep working hard no matter what level your at you will end up where you need to be. I definitely been waiting for this opportunity and I´m not afraid of the challenge that’s before me.

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Rashad James Powers The Telekom Baskets Bonn Past s.Oliver Wurzburg 76-71 Winning 2018 Gezeiten Cup

After the huge 105-63 destruction that the Telekom Baskets Bonn performed over their Pro B farm team Dragons Rhondorf, the always boisterous Dragon Dome emptied rather quickly with the possibly of some wanting to reach that café on the Rhein and enjoy one of the last real nice comfortable summer nights of the year. In the quiet gym, a trio of Bonn Americans of James Webb, Charles Jackson and Rashad James came slowly slithering towards the VIP room as they almost combined for half of the clubs points and surely for them it was another normal day at the office, but if they truly knew that their new team was in the final again and would be looking for revenge the next day in the final against Wurzburg is more than unlikely, but as the final fast approached on Sunday, these guys were now aware of the revenge factor and had their game faces on. For s.Oliver Wurzburg they had had a tougher time reaching the final clawing out a difficult crunch-time affair against the Fraport Skyliners, but when it counted most they did the little things better especially in executing on one on one situations and being more aggressive on the boards and getting consistent offensive power from their ex Kansas(NCAA) ace Perry Ellis and getting timely baskets throughout the game from their guard power trio of Cameron Wells, Skyler Bowlin and Jordan Hulls as well as perfect role player Brad Loesing who Frankfurt could never really control over long phases of the game. Both teams were seeking that first title of the season and the Telekom Baskets Bonn would put a big dent into the Wurzburg ambitions of bringing home a second consecutive title as they controlled their destiny in crunch-time and were powered to the title by Mr clutch Rashad James who hit big shots in crunch-time and showed his scoring dominance leading all scorers with 28 points. Despite having just won a title even if it didn´t count, James didn´t bask in the glory of the win or his stellar play, but was already looking forward to the season and how good this team can still get. “We played very well and were strong as a team, but it is still early in pre season, but this win will continue to help us build. Our chemistry continues to be built and once we really start to click as a team, then we will be very scary”, warned ex Siena(NCAA) guard Rashad James. After the loss one could see it on all the faces of the Wurzburg players that they had expected so much more, but at the end of the day they couldn´t execute when they needed to. “We fought hard, but we missed too many open shots. It was just one of those days where they didn´t fall. When shots aren´t falling, then you have to do more at the other end, but we didn´t do that”, expressed 2013 NCAA finalist with Kansas Perry Ellis.

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Miles Schmidt-Scheuber interviewing Rashad James after he dropped 28 points in leading the Telekom Baskets Bonn to the 2018 Gezeiten Cup win over s.Oliver Baskets

The first quarter showed a strong Bonn side in the first five minutes while the Bavarian squad of head coach Denis Wucherer fought back hard in the last five minutes to shave a seven point deficit down to only two points. The Telekom Baskets Bonn got the quick lead 9-4 as James showed his presence early and just got aggressive and never let up for 40 minutes getting to the free throw line and finishing strong with a lay in. s.Oliver Wurzburg´s offense was stagnant in the first minutes so Cameron Wells had to create for himself and his quickness allowed him to score easily inside as he cut down the Bonn lead to 11-8. But the little Wells one man show didn´t faze Bonn as they upped their lead again to 18-10 as they got hot shooting from Montenegran Bojan Subotic and Charles Jackson and James getting to the free throw line. S.Oliver Wurzburg did close out the first quarter in fine fashion going on a 8-2 run as they got full German support as ex Bonn forward Florian Koch nailed a trey and ex Gotha forward Felix Hoffman also dropped a trey and made a tap in. The Telekom Baskets Bonn did keep the lead as New Jersey native TJ DiLeo scored giving Bonn the 20-18 advantage.

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The Fraport Skyliners Perform A Classy Rout Of The Dragons Rhondorf 99-36 Securing Third Place At The Gezeiten Cup

The one thing that every basketball team dreads is playing the first game on the final day during a tournament because that means they are playing for nothing, but pride as the two final teams can relax a bit more and rest their muscles while the two losing semi-finalists have to forgo a hearty lunch and play in the early afternoon. The Fraport Skyliners had a short recovery period after their disappointing 85-79 loss to s.Oliver Wurzburg as they had less than 24 hours to return to the court with a clash with Pro B team Dragons Rhondorf. It was obvious that Frankfurt was still very early in the pre season as they had some fine moments against Wurzburg, but that that feared defensive ensemble that head coach Gordon Herbert builds each season was still far away, but that is expected at this point of the pre season as the one on one defense and communication was a major work in progress. Their offense showed massive potential and Erik Murphy was a major bright spot that showed right away that he could do a lot more than shoot the ball and that his rebounding was efficient. So for the Fraport Skyliners meeting the weaker Dragons Rhondorf came just right for their team to continue to work on their offense, get some new added self confidence and also to work further on their shaky defense. For the Dragons Rhondorf meeting another easyCredit BBL team was another huge test that they most likely wouldn´t win, but just getting the experience to match against an ex NBA player, battle BBL legend Quantez Robertson and all the other talented players was like a gift where the young Germans and talented imports Raekwon Miller and Joe Mvoezolo could work on their game and match up against the best. Even if the Dragons Rhondorf made it a game for a quarter, they were unable to keep that consistent level as a nasty 24-0 run in the second quarter erupted the Fraport Skyliners in winning an immense lopsided game 99-36. After the big win head coach Gordon Herbert didn´t look happy or content, but the way he does after every game in that he knows that there is always room for improvement even after a 63 point drubbing of a Pro A team. “Our intensity was better on the defensive end and our team play was a lot better. It is hard for guys to find a rhythm when you play 12 guys so today we first played 10 guys and put in Vargas and Freudenberg in the second half. They gave us a lot of energy in the third quarter”, stated head coach Gordon Herbert. For the Dragons Rhondorf it was a worse performance than against Bonn where they lost by 42 points, but the club sees it as a learning experience and nothing else. “I thought we did many of the small things well, but we still have a lot of work to do. Important now is that we stay positive”, stressed Dragons Rhondorf head coach Thomas Adelt.

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Miles Schmidt-Scheuber and ex NBA player Erik Murphy at the 2018 Gezeiten Cup

The Dragons Rhondorf came out focused while the Fraport Skyliners may still have had their pre game video session in their minds which Gordon Herbert had implied after the loss to Wurzburg and weren´t as focused on the court while the Pro B team rushed out to a 7-4 lead surprising the guests. Rhondorf spread the ball around getting baskets from Joe Mvuezolo, Alex Moeller and a trey from husky forward Yannick Kneesch, but the Frankfurt side didn´t let this minor shock effect their game as they got calm and started to move their offense which led to sound execution with a 20 footer from ex Chicago Bull Erik Murphy, a trey by ex Baylor(NCAA) sniper Brady Heslip and a lay in by Canadian rookie Trae Bell-Haynes as Frankfurt led 12-7 as their 8-0 run was only a preview of what would later happen.

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s.Oliver Wurzburg And The Telekom Baskets Bonn Reach 2018 Gezeiten Cup Final

That first weekend in early September typically is a horror for American school kids as it is that last weekend of freedom, that last time on the beach, that last moment to sleep until noon or to be able to catch your favorite TV show as after that the new school year starts and that whole cycle and lifestyle gets back to normal. However in the German basketball community that first September weekend isn´t a horror for kids or adults, but the signal that the new basketball season is not far away. In the month of September there are countless basketball tournaments across Europe where teams prepare their new plays while new players get integrated. One of the first well known basketball tournaments that commence each pre-season in Germany is the Gezeiten Cup in Bad Honnef in the Dragon Dome where Pro B team and farm team of the Telekom Baskets Bonn Rhondorf play their home games. This year the other three teams that were invited were of course the Telekom Baskets Bonn, Fraport Skyliners and s.Oliver Wurzburg. Of all the four teams, Rhondorf had had the longest idle phase as their inspiring season had ended way too early in mid march in the playoffs against Wolfenbuettel. The s.Oliver Wurzburg team played six weeks more as the Americans booked their flights home at the begin of May as they missed the playoffs. For the Telekom Baskets Bonn and Fraport Skyliners, they reached the playoffs, but both bowed out in the quarterfinals. The Telekom Baskets Bonn gave a good fight, but were swept by Bamberg while the Fraport Skyliners gave the mighty FC Bayern Munich a nasty scare taking a 2-1 games lead, but then were rudely squashed by the 2018 cup winner losing by 35 points in game four and by 20 points in game five. All four teams had busily shopped over the summer and fans were greeted by the arrival of some very well known and exciting players as Bonn had reeled in ex NBA player James Webb, the Fraport Skyliners had hauled in Canadian sniper Brady Heslip and ex NBA player Erik Murphy and Wurzburg ex Kansas(NCAA) standout Perry Ellis. The first game on the schedule was a clash between head coach Gordon Herbert and the Fraport Skyliners against his ex team and first team he ever coached in Germany Wurzburg which was in the 2000-2001 season. S.Oliver Wurzburg met the Fraport Skyliners in the first semi-Final and squeezed out a nail bitter 85-79 while in the second semi-final the Telekom Baskets Bonn demolished their farm team Dragons Rhondorf 105-63, but that was expected as their was a huge class difference between the BBL and Pro B team.

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