MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg

Jason Boone (MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg) I’ve Never Enjoyed Playing With Someone As Much As I’ve Enjoyed Playing With John Little

Jason Boone is a 30 year old 198cm power forward/center from Sugar Loaf, New York that is playing his ninth professional season and eighth in Germany and first with the MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg. He played three seasons with the s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg and three seasons for BG Goettingen. He played at New York University(NCAA 3) from 2003-2007. In his senior year, he played 28 games averaging 14.1ppg, 9.6rpg, 2.4bpg, 2.9apg, FG: 63.0%, FT: 64.3%. In 2007-2008, he turned professional and played played at Bernau(Regionalliga) before making the jump up three leagues to MEG Goettingen. In 2008-2009, he averaged 4.4ppg, 4.0rpg, FG: 53.7. In 2009-2010, he won the Eurochallenge for BG Goettingen playing EuroChallenge: 16 games: 10.7ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 59.6%, FT: 53.8%; German League: 35 games: 9.1ppg, 6.1rpg, FGP: 60.3%, FT: 55.9%. Last season he split time with Torku Konyaspor (Turkey-TBL): 14 games: 6.1ppg, 4.2rpg, 2FGP: 60.7%, FT: 46.2%, in Mar.’15 moved to SO Maritime Boulogne (France-ProA) playing 12 games: 9.7ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 63.6%, FT: 51.4%. He spoke to German Hoops about basketball before the game against the Fraport Skyliners.

Jason thanks for talking to German Hoops. Merry Christmas 2015. After having spent Christmas in Germany now at least 8 times, have you been celebrating it once at night the German way, twice, the German and American way or just the American way in Germany waking up in the mornings and opening up the presents?

Merry Xmas to you as well. I’ve been fortunate enough to become really close with a number of families in Germany. And because of that, I’ve only celebrated Christmas the way that they do. If we’re being honest though, I like it better.

After being in Germany for so many years, what have you been able to appreciate most about the German Christmas in Germany?

I love the Christmas Market and the way it brings a city together. But I appreciate how the German Christmas doesn’t feel as commercialized. They focus more on the important things that Christmas represents.

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Rocky Trice Isn´t Slowing Down With Age Giving The MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg That Game Changer On Offense And Defense

For the most hardcore BG Goettingen fan having Khalid El Amin back on the roster must have been an early Christmas gift for their temporary dismal season, but one thing will never change for them is being able to see ex players and coaches back in the Beko BBL. Especially in Ludwigsburg, it must be a treat being able to see guys like John Patrick, Jason Boone and Chris Mcnaughton strutting their skills all over the court weekend after weekend, but this season another ex player has joined an already very full ex BG Goettingen reunion with Roderick Trice that one could shyly ask where is Chris Oliver. Well Oliver hasn´t belonged to those guys that has stayed faithful to the Beko BBL or his old BG Goettingen teammates as he has been mainly in countries like France and this season is balling in Japan. Roderick or as he is called Rocky Trice is a 31 year old 185 cm shooting guard who may be 31 years old, but doesn´t have to be afraid to be called an old head by the 10 year younger players since the club is stacked with many veteran players with 31 year old point guard Mustafer Shakur, 33 year old Chris Mcnaughton and Adam Waleskowski, 31 year old Shawn Huff and 30 year old Jason Boone. Trice who hails from Swainsboro, Georgia feels right at home with all the other experienced players around him which is a big factor for the team success. This is the ninth professional season for the American and after turning his back on the Beko BBL the last three years and playing in Poland, returns back to an even more competitive and fast growing league and isn´t slowing down with age. After winning the NIT tournament with South Carolina(NCAA) in 2005 and 2006, the American is still searching for his first professional title. He has been a bit unlucky as he left BG Goettingen in 2009 a year before Patrick and co won the Eurochallenge moving to Ulm and left in 2012 right as that club was developing and moved to Poland where he was an allstar in 2014 and reached the Super Cup final in 2015 with WKS Slask Wroclaw (Poland-TBL). Now Trice is back in the Beko BBL and as hungry as ever a she has joined an ever developing Ludwigsburg team under John Patrick and this could be the season where Ludwigsburg win a title with their best chances in the cup where it takes only 2 wins on a weekend where everything has to be clicking. This season Trice is on a very talented Ludwigsburg roster with 12 guys that can lead the team in scoring, but the American who grew up idolizing Penny Hardaway is holding his own and has been a consistent supporter this season scoring in double figures six times in the Beko BBL and five times in Eurocup. He was a big factor in the two Eurocup wins against Alba Berlin and Enei Brindisi netting 16 points in each game. He is fourth in scoring, second in rebounds and first in assists and steals in the Beko BBL. Especially his defense continues to be his bread and butter. He led the German Pro A in steals with Cuxhaven as a rookie in 2008 and then led the Beko BBL in steals with BG Goettingen and ratiopharm Ulm in 2009 and 2010. Everything is clicking for Ludwigsburg at the moment and on Sunday it will be the battle of Rockey Vs Tez to see who digested their Christmas dinner best, but don´t tell Tez that he will be Mr T in this classic showdown in Frankfurt.

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DJ Kennedy Could Be That Upset Ace For The MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg In The Playoffs

The Beko BBL playoffs are still five weeks away and in that time the jockeying for playoff places can be as wild and unpredictable as the Atlanta Hawks season has been finishing first in the Atlantic East, but if you’re a Ludwigsburg supporter one can always dream what may happen. Last season 2010 Eurochallenge winner John Patrick had the reigns for a whole season after coming in as a fireman in January 2013 and led the team to the playoffs taking a game from FC Bayern Munich. This season Patrick has great chances to reach the playoffs again and with another very strong roster with that NBA flair as present as always with guys like Jon Brockman and Michael Stockton will be very focused to this time kick out on of the big three in the Beko BBL. The club could very well battle the Fraport Skyliners for that eighth spot if it comes to push and shove in the last two weeks. Both teams have a similarity in that both brought in players that in a way have turned around their season. In Frankfurt, rookie Justin Cobbs was brought in and with his stellar play the club would not be in the Eurochallenge Final 4 with his perfect 10-0 record or fighting for the playoffs. In Ludwigsburg, the club brought in ex NBA player DJ Kennedy who played 2 NBA games with the Cleveland Cavaliers and was close to making the Grizzlies and Mavericks rosters in December. The wins didn´t come as rapidly as in Frankfurt with Cobbs as he lost his first four games, but since then the team is 10-4 and had massive wins against Alba Berlin, Bamberg and Oldenburg and the Pittsburgh Native who played 129 NCAA games for ST John´s has been a central figure in this second half success. The American started the season with Krasny Oktyabr Volgograd (Russia-VTB) VTB United League: 4 games: 19.3ppg, 6.0rpg, 3.3apg; Eurocup: 3 games: 16.3ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.7apg, 1.7spg, but despite good stats left only two months in and not because of the bitter cold. “The weather wasn’t a factor for me I’m from Pittsburgh so that wasn’t a big deal for me. I just think with the hiring of a new coach and the president wanting to go in another direction.  So it was best that we came two a mutual agreement for both sides to move on”, stressed Kennedy. He hit the German basketball scene like lightening and has scored 20 points or more 10 times including a 31 point outburst against Tuebingen, 29 points against MBC and hurt Oldenburg with two 26 point efforts. After the 0-4 start, Kennedy credits his teammates, getting a feel for each other and coach Patrick as why the team has had success. “I really feel our success lately has been because we have a better feel for one another now and we all are on the same page as a collective group and it shows. This is a Great group of guys very competitive, humble, unselfish and works hard every day. We are all learning from each other and it’s great to be a part of this group. Coach Patrick has been great for me, lot of my success so far has a lot to do with him. We have a great connection. He is very hands on as far as fundamentals and defense and stresses the little things that makes a big difference. I have a lot of respect for him”, stressed DJ Kennedy. In the first meeting in Ludwigsburg, Cobbs won the point battle against Kennedy 27-24, but the ex NBA player left the floor as the winner 88-75. On Easter Monday the ex NBA player Kennedy and possibly future NBA player Cobbs will duel again as a win for either team will bring them a step closer to the BBL playoffs. Kennedy as Cobbs will be instrumental for their teams in their quest to kick out a big three in the first round of the playoffs.

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Adam Waleskowski (MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg) Johannes Voigtmann Can Be Considered One Of The Top Passing Big Men In The BBL

Adam Waleskowski is a 32 year old 203cm power forward that was born in Cape Girardeau in the United States that also has the German citizenship that is playing his second season for Ludwigsburg. He played at Florida St. (NCAA) from 2001-2005. He played at Erdgas Ehingen/Urspringschule (Germany-2.Bundesliga) from 2005-2007, but in the second half of the 2006-2007 season moved to Etendard de Brest (France-ProB, starting five): 18 games: 14.2ppg, Reb-3(8.3), 2.5apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 54%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 75.0%. In 2007, he recieved the German Citizenship and played for Besancon Basket Comte Doubs (France-ProB, starting five): 26 games: 14.0ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.3apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 55.8%, 3PT: 30.4%, FT: 70.6%. In 2008-2009, he played for JSF Nanterre (France-ProB), French League: 7 games: 7.6ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 59.5%, FT: 37.5%; left in Nov.’08, in Jan.’09 moved to Achilleas Kaimakliou (Cyprus-Division A, starting five): 11pts, 17reb, 1ast, 1steal, in April ’09 signed at Besancon Basket Comte Doubs (France-ProA): 4 games: 4.8ppg. In 2009-2010 he played for Achilleas Kaimakliou (Cyprus-Division A). In 2010-2011, he played for  BG Goettingen (Germany-1.Bundesliga): EuroCup: 8 games: 3.6ppg, 2.1rpg, left in Feb. ’11; German League: 20 games: 8.1ppg, 3.4rpg, FGP: 56.9%, 3PT: 18.2%, FT: 76.7% In 2011-2012, he played for Pizza Express Apollon (Cyprus-Division A): 7 games: 6.4ppg, left in Dec.’11, in Mar.’12 moved to Astrum Levice (Czech Rep.-NBL): 9 games: 10.9ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 48.6%, FT: 76.5%; played also at Onyx Levice (Slovakia-Extraliga): 4 games: 4.3ppg.In 2012-2013 he played for  Sigal Prishtina (Kosovo-SuperLeague, starting five), in Jan.’13 signed at Duesseldorf Baskets (Germany-ProA): 24 games: 13.3ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 58.2%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 68.8%. Last season for lUdwigsburg he played 26 games: 7.8ppg, 3.7rpg, FGP: 49.6%, 3PT: 35.7%, FT: 73.5%He spoke to German Hoops after the 88-75 win against the Fraport Skyliners.

Adam thanks for talking to German Hoops. Before the current 2 game winning streak, Ludwigsburg were riding a 6 game losing streak. What were the main reasons for the club having such a long dry spell?

This was a tough time for our team. We were not actually playing bad basketball, rather than losing close games. I think there were just a few small problems that were causing us to come up short, and we were really struggling to finish games out in the fourth quarter.

American DJ Kennedy is really tearing up the BBL now. In the last 4 games he is averaging 25 points per game. The club could be 4-0 in this span had they won tight games against Oldenburg and Braunschweig. How important has he been for the team and what extra dimension besides scoring does he give the team?

For sure DJ has been a great addition to our team. He really has a winning mentality, and besides being a great scorer and 1 on 1 player, he is a great rebounder and has picked up our defensives schemes very quickly.

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When Will All That Special NBA Atmosphere And Talent Of The MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg Equate Into More Wins?

It seems that with every passing unspectacular season, the lust to have a winning formula again with the combination of shear desperation of getting back to the Beko BBL playoffs is getting greater and greater each season for MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg. Since leaving the BBL in the 90s and moping around in the Regionaliga via the second Bundesliga, the club finally returned back to the big show in 2002. After finishing their first two seasons in 12th and 14th place, the club had three very successful seasons finishing in eighth, sixth and second place. In the 2006-2007 season, they were one of the big surprises in the league and belonged to the best teams that season. However since 2007, the club has been buried in no mans land in the Beko BBL and last season were only saved by a wild card otherwise they would have been back in the second Bundesliga. Ever since the glory days of Silvano Poropat in 2006-2007, the club has changed their head coaches increasingly the way Tom Brady lost his receivers last season and this season has to mold rookie receivers into guys who won´t drop the ball. In this time, the club has had the services of Rick Stafford, Tolga Ongorin, Marcus Jochum and Steven Key. None of these coaches garnered the franchise better than a ninth place finish. Last January, the club was at the bottom of the Beko BBL standings as winning had become as difficult for the Stuttgart neighbor as it is for Boston Redsox player Mike Napoli from cutting off his ZZ Top looking beard. The club removed Steven Key and inserted John Patrick as a type of a fireman to rescue the team. It is never easy to come in blind in a season, and he helped the team get some wins, but we wasn´t able to save the team from having to declare a wild card. The team got the wild card and kept John Patrick.It really doesn´t matter where Patrick has been, if it was in Japan with Toyota Alvark, with BG Goettingen or the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg, he was able to build winning teams and with the case of BG Goettingen make successful teams out of low budgets and sending unknown rookie players on to bigger and better teams after letting them develop in Goettingen. So last season for a change Patrick now was able to form his own team and it blended it nicely with players that had youth, experience and special desire that helped the club reach the playoffs and give FC Bayern Munich a good run for the money in the playoffs. It is obvious that the club wants to nurture and build a winning tradition with titles and playoff appearances in the future and what the better man to have at the helm than Mr Patrick. Already last season Patrick put together a very strong roster and brought that NBA flair to the small schwaben pueblo Ludwigsburg with Michael Stockton and Coby Karl. This season is no different as these two Americans remained and Patrick also brought big man Jon Brockman on board who has his own fear the beard and probably could scare Shaq at a weak moment when he hasn´t had his daily dose of Big Mac´s. A fourth player that has NBA air is DJ Kennedy who played two NBA games as a rookie for the Cleveland Cavaliers. For the other players it will never get boring on road trips as Karl can babble on for hours about his legendary dad George who has seen it all in the NBA while Stockton can praise and beam about his younger brother David who currently is a rookie in the D-league with Reno and if he keeps up his current assist beast mode might get a call up from the NBA and also debate who looks more like his dad him or his brother. Coupled with break out star Kerron Johnson and solid veterans like John Little, Adam Waleskowski, Shawn Huff, Chris Mcnaughton and Patrick Flomo, this should be a team that should be wrecking havoc each weekend, but currently have only won four games and at the end of the Beko BBL standings. The question is when will this team break out of their funk. Patrick may not have had the injuries that the Fraport Skyliners had, but maybe he should give Gordon Herbert a call and ask for some tips about who they were able to go on a winning streak? One thing is for sure, Herbert won´t send him Justin Cobbs as he has been a huge reason for the turnaround, but Patrick doesn´t need reinforcements, but just wins.

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Coby Karl Was Mowed Down By A Seemingly Invisible Shaq Leading To The Shocking Adam Waleskowski Game Ending Winning Shot Propelling Ludwigsburg Past Frankfurt 77-76

The number six has been present in the minds of the Fraport Skyliners in the last weeks as injuries and consecutive loses go hand in hand like Gold Medals and snow storms for citizens of the country Russia. Currently going into the next game in Ludwigsburg, the 2000 Beko BBL cup winner and 2004 Beko BBL champion has lost six games in a row and were still seeking their first victory in 2014. Winning six of seven games in a span from the middle of November to the end of December seems as ancient as remembering the last game Fraport Skyliner captain Marius Nolte played. The number six also has to do with the most number of injured players that Frankfurt has had out this season as they played in Oldenburg and almost won. One has to also mention that since the last game that Andy Rautins played was at home in the win against Vechta. Since then the club has only lost and there has been speculation that the ex NBA player might not even return back this season after having gone to the States to see medical specialists. The Fraport Skyliners already had one phase during this current losing streak where they had two weeks off between games, but couldn´t pull out the win in Oldenburg. Coming in Ludwigsburg, they had their second two week period off between the last loss in Bonn and wanted to make better use of the long preparation against John Patrick and co. The Fraport Skyliners with continued injured players on their game plan menu strutted into Ludwigsburg as motivated to finally break their long winning drought as Jason Collins is too show the world that he still has the basketball brute in him getting a 10 day contract from the Brooklyn Nets, wrestler Jake the snake Roberts telling a national TV audience “If the devil can’t defeat me, cancer doesn’t stand a chance in hell”, or singer Chris Brown getting through 90 days of anger management rehab school.The Fraport Skyliners prepared for the Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg with a week of  team building and intense practices on the Spanish island of Mallorca, but weren´t rewarded, but moreover heartbroken losing a nail bitter at the end in Ludwigsburg 77-76. Despite the bitter loss, the Fraport Skyliners were able to take many important basketball ingredients from Mallorca which was already incorporated into their game in Ludwigsburg. “The trip to Mallorca was important and we needed to to get away.We connected as a team. We stepped up as individuals in our play which carried over to the team as a whole”, stressed Fraport Skyliners guard Ramon Galloway. After the loss, Fraport Skyliners head coach Gordon Herbert exited the locker room with his hair standing up as if he had seen a ghost on the court and was also positive about the Mallorca training camp results up to that last play. “We came together as a team in Mallorca.  We focused on roles and goals and team building. I think we made strides with that, but we worked also much on free throw defense, but it didn´t help us at the end with the Waleskowski bucket which is just frustrating”, commented Canadian Gordon Herbert.

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The Grant And Harris General /Protégé Connection Trying To Lead The Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg Into the 2014 Beko BBL Playoffs

The basketball world in the small quaint  88,200 populated Ludwigsburg where yummy Spatzle tastes even good for breakfast for some hasn´t had a real uproar since the 2006-2007 season where they were the second best team in the regular season and reached their last playoffs with a club of more or less lesser known players. Since then they have moved into a new bigger arena, but with many different coaches and ex NBA players were hanging out in no mans land and even worse where near the bottom at 16 and 17 the last two seasons. This season, the club has John Patrick again with a new hand picked roster, very talented players and the interesting duo of Grant And Harris, the  General /Protégé Connection Trying To Lead The Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg Into the 2014 Beko BBL Playoffs. Currently the club is fighting for the playoffs and the questions is where would the team be today without the services of Keaton Grant and CJ Harris. The club has been up and down the whole season never having more than a little three game winning streak, but the current position not only has to do with the mastermind coaching of 2010 Eurochallenge winner John Patrick, but the Grant and Harris pair. Grant is a 27 year old combo guard from Florida that played at Purdue with NBA players like Robbie Hummel and Jajuan Johnson and has vast experience having played in the D-league, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Greece. He is like Ulysses Grant  who was the 18th American President and was a general in the American civil war. He is the commander of the Ludwigsburg offense having scored in double figures  18 times and had big games in the wins against Frankfurt, Artland and Tuebingen. Grant is still looking to fill his title case as so far he has only won a Big Ten tournament in 2009 with Purdue. His desire to get better and help Ludwigsburg to the playoffs is relentless. “I think my season is going well, but I can always rebound and defend better. I want that we win more games in the second half and I want to take my game to a new level. I want to be able to put myself to be a better player each day and just reach my fullest potential”, stressed Keaton Grant. CJ Harris on the other hand is a 23 year old 191 point guard from Winston-Salem, North Carolina that played at Wake Forest. He is like a basketball version of Neil Patrick Harris who was known as Being Tv´s Doogie Howser who had a genius intellect and was the youngest licensed doctor in the country at age 14 that couldn´t buy beer, but prescribe drugs. Harris may not be the total equivalent of what TV doctor Harris was as a doctor, but so far as a rookie, he has had a very strong  season where at times his genius play on the court is superior to other players of his age. He has scored in double figures 12 times and had a stretch at the start of the season where he scored 20 or more points in three straight games against Frankfurt, Oldenburg and Ulm. Who could forget his 26 point shooting clinic in Frankfurt where he took over the second half like ex Skyliner Dashaun Wood in his former Frankfurt days and without his production his team wouldn´t have won. He has been in a little slump as of late, but those are always meant to be broken with hard work. His development as a rookie is credited to John Patrick. “I have learned that you have to play tough every night whether your playing the best or worst team in the league. Every team will come at you and you have to be ready. He takes no game for granted and he preaches good preparation for each game”, stressed CJ Harris. The American also has the praise of teammate Grant. “Harris has been our unsung hero player. He is shooting over 50% and just does his job each day”,added Keaton Grant. It will be interesting to see where the general Grant and kid basketball protégé Harris have the Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg in May 2014.

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Can John Patrick Perform His Magic Again And Turn Around MHP Riesen Luwdigsburg Into A Winner

It seems that with every passing unspectacular  season, the lust to have a winning formula again with the combination of shear desperation of getting back to the Beko BBL playoffs is getting greater and greater each season for MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg. Since leaving the BBL in the 90s and moping around in the Regionaliga via the second Bundesliga, the club finally returned back to the big show in 2002. After finishing their first two seasons in 12th and 14th place, the club had three very successful seasons finishing in eighth, sixth and second place. In the 2006-2007 season, they were one of the big surprises in the league and belonged to the best teams that season. However since 2007, the club has been buried in no mans land in the Beko BBL and last season were only saved by a wild card otherwise they would have been back in the second Bundesliga. Ever since the glory days of Silvano Poropat in 2006-2007, the club has changed their head coaches increasingly the way Tom Brady lost his receivers last season and this season has to mold rookie receivers into guys who won´t drop the ball. In this time, the club has had the services of Rick Stafford, Tolga Ongorin, Marcus Jochum and Steven Key. None of these coaches garnered the francise better than a ninth place finish. Last January, the club was at the bottom of the Beko BBL standings as winning had become as difficult for the Stuttgart neighbor as it is for Boston Redsox player Mike Napoli from cutting off his ZZ Top looking beard. The club removed Steven Key and inserted John Patrick as a type of a fireman to rescue the team. It is never easy to come in blind in a season, and he helped the team get some wins, but we wasn´t able to save the team from having to declare a wild card. The team got the wild card and kept John Patrick.It really doesn´t matter where Patrick has been, if it was in Japan with Toyota Alvark, with BG Goettingen or the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg, he was able to build winning teams and with the case of BG Goettingen make successful teams out of low budgets and sending unknown rookie players on to bigger and better teams after letting them develop in Goettingen. Patrick now was able to form his own team and has blended it nicely with players that have youth, experience and special desire that has been seen in the early going. It is early and currently the team is in seventh place with a record of 3-2 and with time the team will build even more chemistry. In the case of Patrick, one could say three is a charm as he led BG Goettingen to the playoffs numerous times and won a Eurochallenge, led Wurzburg to the playoffs in their first season and kicked out Alba Berlin and now with his third team in Germany Ludwigsburg might have that special spice to have the club magically succeed. If there is any coach that could do this then it is John Patrick.

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Zach Peacock Unleashes The Ultimate Mad Baller Keeping The Fraport Skyliners In The Beko BBL With77-72 Victory Against Ludwigsburg

There are situations that are never easy, but at times when times arent easy one may rather be in an uneasy position like seeing Lebron James go 0/12 from downtown out of the view of a diehard fan, being caught in an annoying traffic jam on the highway on the way to an event or walking through a park and getting some nasty and unexpected droppings from above from a passing pigeon. However one of the most unwanted circumstances for a professional athlete is an unpleasant do or die situation. A do or die game is an experience for a player that involves a desperate effort to succeed or face dire consequences. The last time the Frankfurt Skyliners were involved in a do or die game Fraport Skyliner big man Johannes Voigtmann was learning his craft at German sport handball as he hadn´t even started to play basketball yet, guard Dwayne Wade was two months away from his first NBA title with the Miami Heat, Adele was still an unknown swan on the music scene getting ready to spread her wings and adore the public with breathtaking music and Germany was getting ready for their soccer world cup in their own country. Frankfurt had been in some do or die games like back in 2010 in game five of the finals losing in Bamberg or 2011 game five of the semi finals losing at home to Alba Berlin, but never as threatening like in 2006 where they had to beat the EWE Baskets Oldeneburg which they did 70-58. In that game, American Kavossy Franklin led the team with 22 points and captain Pascal Roller steered 18 points to the victory and staying in the league. The club has done great things since then reaching the playoffs four times, reaching the 2010 Beko BBL finals, having an MVP player with Dashaun Wood or future NBA player with Jon Leuer and developing the Germans this season, but all those things were only memories and their whole beko BBL existence could have beeen washed out after their 40 minute performance against the Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg. The Fraport Skyliners knew what awaited them, a hard fought battle like 10 battle of Wurzburg´s in one against the Schwaben team, but they were able to keep their nerves and composure betaing them 77-72.The players playing in the game had been in dor or die games before so this was nothing new. “I had been in a few do or die games to get into the playoffs, but nothing like this game. I wasn´t nervous at all and loved the atmosphere. Celebrating after the win with the fans felt like we had won the championship”, stressed Fraport Skyliner forward Laquan Prowell. After the loss Neckar Riesen guard Wayne Bernard had  along face after losing his third do or die game in his career. “I had lost these type of games with MBC and Giessen, but I didn´t think about the importance of the game as I go into each game the same way always trying to play with much energy”, added Wayne Bernard. Skyliner Devin Gibson was all smiles after the win as his record in do or die games improved as it took him about 10 seconds to remember his status in these type of games. “I am 7-3 in do or die games now. Whenever the fans are really loud, we step it up even more. We have the best fans in the league. I was as confident as could be going in. We weren´t going to take this loss”, expressed Devin Gibson.

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Will John Mr Oldschool Bowler Remain In The Beko BBL?

The Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg announced today what many had been speculating about the last months as no contract extension was amde thus finalizing the departure of John Bowler. Bowler is a 28 year old 206cm power forward/center that had played two seasons with the schwaben team. Last season, his playing time had been cut short due to an injury and he was only able to play 18 games. He averaged 11,1ppg, 4,7rpg, 1,2apg, 51,1%fgp and shot 50,0% from outside. In his shortend season, the gregarious big man was able to score in double figures in 11 of 18 games. His best effort of the season was 22 points, seven rebounds and two assists against the Walter Tigers Tuebingen. He played a total of 52 Beko BBL games for Ludwigsburg.

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