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May
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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
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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