German Bundesliga: Phoenix Hagen upsets EWE Baskets

German Bundesliga

In Round 11 of the regular season of the German Bundesliga Phoenix Hagen upset EWE Baskets Oldenburg, 98:78, stunning the third-ranked team. They took a two-point lead at halftime and used a massive rally in the second half to steamroll over the visiting team. David Bell blew up for 23 points as he knocked down four of eight shots from deep to lead all scorers.

Three players from Oldenburg tallied 14 points apiece to pace the team, but it was not enough to stop their late-game implosion. Phoenix Hagen were able to force many turnovers with EWE Baskets garnering a total of 19 for the game versus their 11.

Bayern Muenchen continued on their winning ways as they dispatched with the Artland Dragons in a convincing win, 92:79. They sit comfortably atop of the league’s standings with only one loss out of 12 games.  Veteran big man, John Bryant led Bayern with a solid double-double, tallying a team-high 17 points while grabbing 11 rebounds. Bryant has truly been a force in the German league, ever since his rise to prominence during his three-season stint with Ratiopharm Ulm. He is a beast on the glass and is also able to nail long-range shots from downtown as well, making his rare skill set an asset for his team on both sides of the floor.

Ratiopharm has managed to stay competitive this season, even with Bryant’s move. They’re fourth in the league with a record of 8-4, tied with two other teams with a similar slate. They were able to easily cruise passed 15th ranked SC Rasta Vechta, 92:84. Cameron Long busted out with a game-high 22 points.

Second-ranked team, Brose Baskets Bamberg won against ALBA Berlin despite a 21-point game by Reggie Redding. Brose Baskets had a balanced offense and executed in transition, while unfortunately for ALBA Redding was only one of two players to manage hitting double figures for the game. All told the visiting Berlin squad was fortunate to come away with just a four-point loss to the hosts.

Both the Walter Tigers Tuebingen and s.Oliver Baskets Wuerzburg fell to their respective opponents, keeping both teams in the league’s cellar with identical 2-10 records. TBB Trier defeated s.Oliver Baskets 82:77 and the Walter Tigers fell to 13th ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven, 83:99.

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