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May 31st, 2008 · 5 Comments

Here are the first impressions from the semi-finals day of the NBBL Top4 in Langen.

  • ALBA Berlin defeated Breitengüssbach in a relatively poor semi-final behind the nice scoring effort of Thomas Schoeps
  • The second semi-final has been won like last year by Team Urspring. The guys from Southern Germany started with an incredible 16-2 run which they managed until the end of the game
  • The tropical weather in Langen made a really heavy atmosphere in the gym. Extremely high humidity and temperatures of more than 30 degrees Celsius impacted the games.
  • Maurice Stuckey came up with the most impressive performance of the semi-finals. One day after his 18th birthday, Stuckey hit 8 three pointers to score 28pts, grabbed 9 rebounds and stole 4 balls.
  • The awards of the NBBL season were for Christian Standhardinger (MVP), Mathias Perl (Best defender) and Kevin Bright (Best youngster, born in 1992 or before)
  • Bonn had to play without Sascha Wahlbröhl because he was not ready after his injury. For Urpsring, Thierno Agne had his comeback after a long pause.
  • Michigan recruit Robin Benzing was also in the gym. He controlled the tickets of the spectators…

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Kris // Jun 2, 2008 at 6:44 am

    Christophe, you mean Steven “I’m looking like 34 years old” Schoeps 😉
    I left the Langern- “sauna” yesterday and lost probably 10 kilos due to dehydration.

  • 2 Stephan // Jun 2, 2008 at 1:05 pm

    Christophe, just to mention, the coach of the Langen-team being thrown out by Breitengüssbach in the quarter-finals – despite being the big favorites – happens to be in same time the person organising the tournament in Langen. So, he ordered his boys to work at the tournament, I think that was a great idea to learn them modesty …
    To me, it was far more striking that not one coach nor manager of a first-league team was present!! So much about them and caring about Germany’s future elite players!

  • 3 Christophe // Jun 2, 2008 at 4:49 pm

    Thomas you mean

    well, there were some team represented. Bundesliga, ProA, NCAA or even from foreign leagues

  • 4 Kris // Jun 3, 2008 at 6:30 am

    Yes,you’re right, Thomas !
    Kamil Novak of the Skyliners was there on saturday, some guys from MBC Weissenfels as well.Vladi Bogojevic and so on and so on…

  • 5 Stephan // Jun 3, 2008 at 9:16 am

    Ok, Kamil Novak I do not know personally , Vladi was there as we was participating in the coach-clinic, Dirk Dittrich from MBC I haven’t see him and foreign coaches? I do know so many people in the scene and nobody made me aware of them … but to be serious, first of all the BBL-teams are spending quite some money on their NBBL-teams and secondly if you want to scout these players in a pressure situation where to go else? No, I disagree, for me this no-show is just a further proof that the BBL doesn’t care at all about their youth programs and future German players in their teams.
    PS: I do exempt Wolfgang Wiedlich of Bonn who was not only there, but also heavily discussing with Pete Miller after their Sunday game.

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