There were some amazing memories from the regular season that Dragons Rhondorf fans won´t forget so quickly like the unbelievable buzzer beater by Kameron Taylor against the Fraport Skylines Juniors or his back to back home triple doubles against BBC Coburg and the Dresden Titans, but those were all put on the back burner as the real season began now with the playoffs where the focus is on the Pro B title. However the Dragons Rhondorf couldn´t have been drawn a more annoying opponent with MTV Herzoege Wolfenbuettel. Granted they had two wins less than Rhondorf and were in sixth place in the regular season while the troops of head coach Thomas Adelt finished in third place, but the guests are a very talented team that carry some BBL license players from BBL team Braunschweig that could be the x-factor in this series. The Basketball Lowen Braunschweig played the night before in Bayreuth and MTV Herzoege Wolfenbuettel had their German BBL license players ready to battle in Rhondorf which upped their depth a tad more giving them that advantage over the Dragons Rhondorf. Not only were many eyes on the Wolfenbuettel double license players, but also the duel of the night between the two guards Kameron Taylor and Demetrius Ward. It is always a delight to see two of the leagues best American point guards go head to head and they are the two players that carry their teams and get them going. The Dragons Rhondorf entered the game with a two game losing streak and had to win as going down 1-0 to Wolfenbuettel wasn´t on the Dragons menu while MTV Herzoege Wolfenbuettel entered the playoffs playing spirited basketball having a three game winning streak and won their fourth game in a row 83-76 taking a 1-0 playoff lead in the best of three series. MTV Herzoege Wolfenbuettel came into the game with 95 BBL games experience with their double license players and got 40 points from them overpowering the Dragons Rhondorf. After the victory the content American and heart and soul of the team Demetrius Ward reflected on the win, but also had an eye on his injured teammate German Tom Alte who went down hard with 7 seconds to go falling on Viktor Frankl-Maus´s foot that most likely ended his season. “The game plan was coming in here and limit our turnovers. We knew that Rhondorf have fast guards with Taylor and Frankl-Maus and like to play transition basketball. We played good transition defense and stayed consistent for the whole game. We stayed poised and just played our brand of basketball. We limited our 1-1 play and played team basketball. We did an overall good job paying attention to the scouting report”, stressed Michigan native Demetrius Ward. The Dragons Rhondorf played their hearts out, but were playing catch up basketball all night long and just couldn´t contend with the various Wolfenbuettel weapons over 40 minutes. After the loss, top Pro B player Kameron Taylor was more than disappointed about coming up short. “We were unable to get stops the whole game. They got too many easy baskets. When we did get stops, we couldn´t execute on offense. We tried to be aggressive, but they got in the lane too much getting easy baskets”, stated Maryland native Kameron Taylor.
This season Dragons Rhondorf guard Kameron Taylor has flashed that winning smile on most occasions simply because the regular season was a smashing success and loses weren´t as prevalent as last season where the team was denied the playoffs. On account of his MVP like season where he in most cases than not must have felt like a man playing against boys as scoring at times felt as easy as it was for Russell Westbrook to register triple doubles last season and nailing two back to back triple doubles against BBC Coburg and Dresden kept his smile in constant rotation as basketball life at the moment is in perfect harmony for him and the Dragons Rhondorf. With the regular season history, the playoffs are approaching rapidly and suddenly the Dragons Rhondorf will have to be extra sharp in every game, if they want to continue their quest of reaching the Pro B final and going for another Pro B championship. The club had a two week break until the playoffs begin this Saturday and of course some more valuable time for Taylor to get his warm and childlike smile a workout. He might have been daydreaming here and there while sitting at the annoying red light at the intersection Menzenberger street and Linzer street or waiting for the annoying long German commercials on television to be over imagining just how competitive the head to head duel will be in the next weeks with American Demetrius Ward. His smile may have been extra supercharged recently when he observed the ridiculous James Harden ankle breaker on Los Angeles Clipper Wesley Johnson as he starred him down for a split second and then shot an in your face three to supply you tube world with unending clicks, but was there anything that may have actually postponed that smile or even turned that smile into a sceptical one? Well if the knowledge that the MTV Herzoege Wolfenbuettel were the Dragons Rhondorf first opponent in the playoffs didn´t then it most likely may have got head coach Thomas Adelt a bit uneasy and hardcore knowledgeable Dragons fans as this opponent is no cake walk. But then again this opponent may actually be a blessing in disguise for the Pro B title contender Dragons Rhondorf. Even if many opposing team´s management think the world of him as this Saturday the representatives of one of the top German pro A teams will be in the Dragon Dome to watch him wheel and deal, Taylor can´t always play hero and in this series the Dragons Rhondorf might have to produce new heroes.
Demetrius Ward is a 27 year old 188cm guard from Detroit, Michigan that is playing his sixth professional season with MTV Wolfenbuettel Herzoege (Germany-ProB) and last season played 22 games averaging 19.0ppg, 6.4rpg, 4.2apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 49.1%, 3PT: 35.7%, FT: 83.6%. He played at Western Michigan from 2008-2012 playing a total of 129 NCAA games and as a senior played 31 games averaging 12.1ppg, 4.6rpg, 3.0apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 41.3%, 3PT: 31.5%, FT: 76.2%. He spoke German Hoops to about basketball.
Demetrius, thanks for talking to German Hoops. Where are you at the moment and what are you looking forward to most this Christmas?
Hello Miles I’m currently at home in Detroit. I am looking forward to spending time with my family during the break.
Before we talk about Wolfenbuettel, I have to remind you about this quote you gave me in your last interview in April 2017. “I definitely think I can make an impact in the Pro A on and off the court. I’m not a one dimensional player, I can create my own shot and also create for others. I guess all I need is a chance to show my talents at the next level”. Are you very disappointed you didn´t catch on with a Pro A team? What do you feel is missing for getting that opportunity?
It was disappointing but, I have a great opportunity here in Wolfenbuttel which maybe better than playing in the Pro A. I think I don’t have the representation or anyone pushing me to go to the Pro A. My time will come eventually or maybe its not meant to happen but I definitely can play Pro A.
Demetrius Ward is a 26 year old 188cm guard from Detroit, Michigan playing his fifth professional season with MTV Wolfenbuettel Herzoege (Germany-ProB). This is his fourth Pro B season with the club after having helped the team move back up from the Regionaliga last season where he played 21 games: 11.8ppg, 4.3rpg, 4.8apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 45.6%, 3PT: 34.2%, FT: 72.9%He played at Western Michigan from 2008-2012 playing a total of 129 NCAA games and as a senior played 31 games averaging 12.1ppg, 4.6rpg, 3.0apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 41.3%, 3PT: 31.5%, FT: 76.2%. He recently was promoted to player/coach and spoke to German Hoops after the big 87-69 win against the Artland Dragons.
Demetrius congrats on the big 87-69 win against the Artland Dragons snapping the Wolfenbuettel 7 game losing streak. How good does it feel getting revenge on the first loss to Artland?
Hello Miles, Happy New Year’s to you as well. It feels really good to get a win after all these tough losses we had.
Wolfenbuettel started off slow in the first quarter notching 13 points, but exploded for 30 points in the second quarter. What was key on the offensive end for more than doubling the first quarter points?
Most of our shots wasn’t falling in the first quarter. We also picked up our defense and was able to get a few steals and some easy baskets to build confidence.
How content are you with the team that even after the 30 point second quarter, the club didn´t let up and led by as much as 22 points in the third quarter?
I’m very pleased with our efforts in the in the game against Artland today. Artland is one of the best if not the best scoring teams on our side, and to be up as many as 22 we have to be pleased with that.
Khalil Kelley is a 203cm forward from Rancho Cucamonga, California that is playing his second professional season and first with MTV Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (Germany-ProB). As a rookie he played with the Uni-Riesen Leipzig (Germany-ProB) playing 28 games: 15.0ppg, 9.1rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 49.6%, FT: 63.8%. He racked up Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Center of the Year -15, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B 1st Team -15, and Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga Pro B All-Imports Team -15. He started his basketball career in 2010 with Pacific (NCAA) where he played until 2014 playing a total of 117 NCAA games. As a senior he played 29 games averaging6.1ppg, 5.0rpg, FGP: 48.8%, FT: 59.8%. German Hoops spoke to the American after signing with Wolfenbuettel last summer.
Khalil thanks for talking to German Hoops. Congrats on signing with MTV Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (Germany-ProB). How blessed are you start a new chapter in your professional basketball career?
I’m very blessed and grateful to Wolfenbuettel for the opportunity to play basketball professionally again after missing a season which was tough for me. I hope to make the most of this chance and by working hard this season I will.