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Mar
0

Podcast: Interview with Larry Gordon of Bundesliga Cinderella story Phoenix Hagen (plus Euroleague patter and review of Rollerball)

Larry GordonEpisode #28 of the heinnews/BallinEurope co-produced podcast series is now available online. This week, we’re proud to have as a guest Larry Gordon, currently starring for upstarts Phoenix Hagen of the German Basketball Bundesliga. A product of NCAA Division II college Cal Poly Pomona, Gordon not only brings his electrifying spark plug of a game to Hagen but also makes for a nice symbol of his team’s recent fortunes.

After something of a troubled early upbringing, Gordon only took up basketball at about age 12 but his natural gifts (among them incredible leaping ability) got him a starting spot on the (Calif.) Montclair High School varsity team, with whom he’d average 24.6 points and 13.2 rebounds per game.

He then went on to play at Cal Poly after receiving offers from a handful of Division II schools; though his alma mater could be considered the go-to choice for a local boy, Gordon put a little more thought into his decision with an eye on the future: “I didn’t want to rebuild,” he explained, “I wanted to be in a team that was already good and bring what I have to make them even better.”

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May
0

Welcome back: Dukes return to Austrian finals after 22 years, face Swans Gmuden

Bobb, the Duke of Clutch

The heartily-named Xion Dukes Klosterneuburg will be playing to end its 22-year title drought in the Austrian domestic league championship series. David Hein reports on the team’s success against Bulls Kapfenburg in the semis as well as the Dukes’ upcoming opponents Allianz Swans Gmuden.

Xion Dukes Klosterneuburg reached the finals of the Austrian Admiral Basketball Bundesliga for the first time in 22 years as the nine-time champions roared back to beat ECE Bulls Kapfenberg, 98-90, to clinch their semifinals series 3-1 and set up a finals date with Allianz Swans Gmunden.

Trailing 87-80 on the road with just over four minutes left, Curtis Bobb nailed a three-pointer to start an 18-3 Dukes run and put Klosterneuburg back in the finals.

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Apr
1

Austrian League semifinals: Gmuden Swans come back at home, Bulls Kapfenberg snatch home court

Four teams remain in the Austrian basketball playoffs and BallinEurope contributing writer David Hein is paying close attention, giving us another roundup of recent action there.

Top-seeded Allianz Swans Gmunden roared back from a double-digit third quarter deficit to beat WBC Raiffeisen Wels in overtime in Game One to defend home court in the Austrian Admiral Basketball Bundesliga semifinal playoffs while ECE Bulls Kapfenberg stole home court advantage by beating Xion Dukes Klosterneuberg.

Morris Curry stayed red hot, scoring 31 points – including two free throws with three seconds left – and Dan Oppland collected 21 points and 19 rebounds as Gmunden beat fourth-seeded Wels 87-84 in overtime.

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Apr
5

Chalk talk in Austria: Top four seeds advance to playoff semis

With one eye on German basketball and another on European hoops in general, BallinEurope supposes David Hein is keeping his third eye viewing the happening in Austria’s Admiral Basketball Bundesliga. Today, the heinnews.com guy updates us on the playoffs over there which, despite some shocks in the tournament’s early going, has settled down a bit…

Despite the lowest three seeds all stealing home court advantage in the first round of the Austrian Admiral Basketball Bundesliga playoffs, the top four seeded teams all overcame surprises to book their spots in the semifinals.

Top seeded Allianz Swans Gmunden and No. 3 ECE Bulls Kapfenberg both dropped the first game in the best-of-five quarterfinals but knocked off BC Vienna and UBC Carefuel Güssing Knights, respectively, both winning in four games, 3-1.

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Apr
5

Oberwart Gunners capped: Austria to have fifth new champion in five years

Farokhmanesh, Wels send Gunners home

With the Beko BBL in the homestretch of the regular season and the Austrian playoffs underway, BallinEurope’s man in Germany, David Hein, finds himself overdosing on basketball these days. Hein rounds up the latest events in the ÖBL tournament below, including the bouncing of yet another defending champion from contention…

There will be another new champion of the Admiral Austrian Basketball Bundesliga as WBC Raiffeisen Wels swept title holders Oberwart Gunners in the first round of the playoffs while the top three seeds all regained home court advantage after game one losses.

For the fifth straight year, the Austrian champion was unable to defend its crown as Gunners join Allianz Swans Gmunden in 2008, BSC Raiffeisen Fürstenfeld Panthers in 2009, Wels in 2010, and Swans again in ’11. The last repeat champion was Gmunden, who won three straight titles beginning in 2005, a run that ended Kapfenberg’s four-year run from 2001 to 2004.

Wels finished their 3-0 sweep of the fifth-seeded Gunners as Ali Farokhmanesh drained a three-pointer at the buzzer for an 83-80 win in Oberwart. Farokhmanesh, who scored a game-high 21 points including five three-pointers, knows a thing or two about big triples: It was his long ball that allowed number nine seed Northern Iowa to knock off overall number one seed Kansas in the second round of the 2010 NCAA tournament.

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Apr
0

Upsets galore as underdogs steal home court advantage in Austrian playoffs

Wow, things in the Austrian playoffs started with a lotta oddity. David Hein fills us in on a troika of upsets in Bundesliga play…

The first round of the Austrian Admiral Basketball Bundesliga playoffs tipped off in thrilling fashion with the lowest three seeds UBC Carefuel Güssing, BSC Raiffeisen Fürstenfeld Panthers and BC Vienna all stealing home-court advantage while defending champions Oberwart Gunners lost their opener at WBC Raiffeisen Wels.

Stjepan Stazic’s three-pointer with two seconds left gave Vienna a 77-76 game one win yesterday against top seeded regular season champions and 2011 finalists Allianz Swans Gmunden, who failed to hold a 14-point lead with 12 minutes to play.

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Apr
0

Swans Gmunden top seed for Austrian playoffs, All-Star participants announced

In Austria today will be held what is certainly Europe’s latest all-star festivities; indeed, the Bundesliga playoffs begin on Sunday. BallinEurope contributing writer David Hein updates us on the playoff picture and well as a rundown on all-star event participants.

The 2011 finalists Allianz Swans Gmunden have secured home-court advantage over the course of the Austrian Admiral Bundesliga playoffs while defending champions Oberwart Gunners must steal a road game in their best-of-five showdown with fourth-seeded WBC Raiffeisen Wels.

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Mar
0

Swans Gmunden double up on free-falling Xion Dukes, Austria Bundesliga still tight

Probably the tightest race in European basketball as domestic leagues head into the stretch in approaching tournament time is that of the Austrian Bundesliga. Checking in with an update on recent happenings there is David Hein

With four game days left in the season, nothing is decided in the Austrian Admiral Basketball Bundesliga as three games separate the top five teams. Both Allianz Swans Gmunden and Ece Bulls Kapfenberg have put together winning streaks at just the right moment while Xion Dukes Klosterneuberg cannot get out of their freefall.

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Mar
1

Game of the month, season, century: Bulls Kapfenberg top Raiffeisen Wels in four OTs

From the In Case You Missed It Department, David Hein reports to BallinEurope on recent events in the Austrian Bundesliga and most importantly on a ridiculous quadruple-overtime game that went down in late February amidst an incredibly tight race for the playoffs there.

Publicly accessible highlights of this “Thriller für die Ewigkeit”, ECE Bulls Kapfenberg’s 60-minute 137-127 victory over WBC Raiffeisen Wels, are lacking on YouTube, Daily Motion et al (not too much of a market for Austrian basketball it seems…), but a comprehensive highlight clip may be seen at the Admiral Basketball Bundesliga official website.

The race in the Austrian Admiral Basketball Bundesliga can hardly get any closer as the top five teams are just one game apart in the standings three games into the second stage of the season.

Regular season winners Xion Dukes Klosterneuberg dropped their third straight game to fall to 17-6 and are now in a tie with 2011 runners-up Allianz Swans Gmunden. Following these, knotted up at 16-7 are WBC Raiffeisen Wels, reigning champions Oberwart Gunners and ECE Bulls Kapfenberg while Carefuel Güssing Knights are 11-12 as the final team in the six-team second stage.

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