Bernd Kruel (209-C/F-76) is a 37 year old 209cm center that will be playing his 17th season in Hagen this upcoming season. He started his career with Brandt Hagen in 1993 and played there until December 2003 as team withdrew from the Beko BBL. He then joined the Opel Skyliners in January 2003 and helped the team win the Beko BBL title in 2004. He helped the team reach the 2005 Beko BBL final. He then played for the Telekom Baskets Bonn from 2006-2008. In 2008, he returned back to Hagen to play for Phoenix Hagen and helped the team reach the Beko BBL in 2009. The German spoke to eurobasket about basketball during the last season.
Since 2006, you have returned back to Frankfurt many times to play your ex team. Is it still special to return back?
Yes it is still special to come back to Frankfurt. I have many nice memories from my Frankfurt time and I see many old friends.
You are 37 now and you return back each season to continue your career. I guess there are still enough fish in the river Volme in Hagen for the big storch to eat?
Yes there are still many yummy fish in the Volme. I feel good and am fit physically.
What aspirations do you still have at the age of 37? Winning a title wont be easy in Hagen.
I know that it will be hard to win a title. I just want to help continue to develop the team and be successful. I want to annoy the top teams and not fight against staying in the league like we did last season. That is just too much for my nerves.
How do you see the small ball play with Phoenix Hagen and less emphasis on center play?
I think it is a pity that it is like that here, because I think that it is better to have a balance between inside out play. However we also know that if we hit our shots then we can beat anyone. I am used to this style and if we are successful with it then I am ok with it.
It is no secret that Phoenix Hagen can score with the best of them, but why doesnt the team come to play defense more often?
We defend ok, but as you saw in Frankfurt then when you give up 100 points on a regular basis then it is still hard to win even if we score a bit more. The problem is that we use much energy with our style on offense. We run much and get up and down and we get tired.
You played together with Ingo Fryer in the 90s with Brandt Hagen. What is your relationship like today?
We have a normal relationship. It is often the case that players might not come to terms with ex teammates that are the coach, but with me its no problem. I am like a second coach to him on the court and when I often see things, I try to give my know how to him and help out.
You are a very versatile big men. What is a strength in your game that doesnt get noticed right away?
I think that I can read the game very well and that I understand it. I like an organized defense and team play. It isnt important that I dont score much, but the most important thing is that we win.
What has been the most amazing thing that you have seen Mark Dorris do on the court?
Just seeing his quickness. So often players think that they have a grip on him, but then he weaves around you without problem. I rather am annoyed and pushed around by big men then having to contain a guy like that.
What is your memory of the Michael Hakim Jordan tirade in Frankfurt in 2010?
That tirade was perfect. I believe each team has one or two speeches like that during the season. I think that they are necessary. There are always guys like Jordan who wake up a team. Jordan was loud and picked the right words. If a player doesnt get loud then a team can have real problems.
Does Michael Jodan have the talent to go to Hollywood?
He was already in a picture with Phoenix in der asche.
Why was Jacob Burtschi such a good Monopoly player?
I was never at those games, because they take too long for me. He didnt have much of a chance against me with backgammon.
Who were your basketball idols as a kid?
Michael Jordan. Back in the day it wasnt like now. The NBA wasnt on German TV yet. I only was able to see pictures in American newspapers. I dont have any idols now, but enjoy watching the European style seeing Euroleague games.
You played many years with Brandt Hagen. Why wasnt there more titles won?
We did win a cup and reached the final. I think that it was another time where there were only two international players allowed and the rest were all Germans. It was similar to today where there were a few top teams that had more money than the rest. We always fought to get good players even if it was hard. I had a lot of fun playing for Brandt Hagen.
You played together with Hansi Gnad. What was the most important thing that you learned from him?
He was a top player at that time. He was your classic center that played physical. Even though I am a center now, I was playing the wing then and he was a center. I just tried to pick up as many things form his game that I could insert into my game.
You came to the Opel Skyliners in the second half of the 2003-2004 season. Did you ever think that you would win the title a few months later?
I never thought that we would win it all. I knew that we had a good team and that I could be a good puzzle piece for success. We didnt have it easy going to five games in each series. But one saw soon that we had so many weapons and always played hard.
What was your nicest memory of Pascal Roller on the court?
He was a great player. He was so quick and he always had a positive face on the court. It was always fun to play with him and we were successful on the court. He was a great teammate.
How tough was it going against John Bowler in practice each day?
He was a very annoying player that used his body well. He could jump very well for his size.
Who was the best teammate that you ever had in your career?
There have been so many that it wouldnt be fair to name just one. They all had great characters. If I had to name one then it would be my first point guard in Hagen with Keith Gatlin.
Have you made a bet with Chris Ensminger as to who will retire first?
I think that he will play until his mid forties. I have to see how my bones hold up. I will continue to play as long as I still have fun.
How did you bring Matthias Grothe to laugh?
I dont do it as much anymore. But back when we played together I would rub his nose when he was snoring on the bus.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
The life of Brian. I have seen it three or four times.
DBBL Round 3 of Semi-Finals. Keltern advance into Finals - 1 hour ago
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Keltern - Marburg 88-74 Keltern held off visiting Marburg to ensure DBBL Finals appearance. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Gruner Stern Keltern made 29-of-33 free shots (87.9 percent) during the game, while BC Pharmaserv Marburg only scored thirteen points from the stripe. 25 personal fouls committed by BC Pharmaserv Marburg helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American p... [read more]
Keltern held off visiting Marburg to ensure DBBL Finals appearance. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Gruner Stern Keltern made 29-of-33 free shots (87.9 percent) during the game, while BC Pharmaserv Marburg only scored thirteen points from the stripe. 25 personal fouls committed by BC Pharmaserv Marburg helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American point guard Quenese Davis (170-88, college: San Diego St.) who led her team to a victory with 15 points. Serbian Maja Vucurovic (187-91, agency: ProDep Management) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Five Gruner Stern Keltern players scored in double figures. Gruner Stern Keltern's coach Christian Hergenroether used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international power forward Svenja Greunke (188-89) answered with 17 points and 8 rebounds and American guard Katlyn Yohn (181-91, college: Bradley) added 14 points in the effort for BC Pharmaserv Marburg. Top scorers: Keltern: M.Vucurovic 16+4reb, Q.Davis 15+2reb+3ast, E.Mayombo 14+3reb+1ast, M.Markovic 14+2reb, M.Pokk 11+4reb, R.Ciappina 9+4reb Marburg: S.Greunke 17+8reb, F.Schaake 16+1reb, K.Yohn 14+2reb+3ast, D.Voynova 9+5reb, T.Baker 7+2reb, J.Koeppl 7+5reb
DBBL Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Wasserburg reach Finals - 2 days ago
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Marburg - Keltern 76-64 Marburg fired past Keltern to force the decisive third game in the series. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. BC Pharmaserv Marburg made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Gruner Stern Keltern turnovers. The former international power forward Svenja Greunke (188-89) orchestrated the victory by scoring 27 points and 9 rebounds. Bulgarian power forward Diana V... [read more]
Marburg fired past Keltern to force the decisive third game in the series. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. BC Pharmaserv Marburg made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Gruner Stern Keltern turnovers. The former international power forward Svenja Greunke (188-89) orchestrated the victory by scoring 27 points and 9 rebounds. Bulgarian power forward Diana Voynova (192-88, college: Duquesne) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Belgian Emmanuella Mayombo (170-92, agency: LBM Management) replied with 14 points and 5 rebounds and American point guard Quenese Davis (170-88, college: San Diego St.) added 4 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Gruner Stern Keltern. Top scorers: Keltern: E.Mayombo 14+5reb+3ast, M.Pokk 14+3reb, M.Vucurovic 11+3reb, M.Markovic 10+3reb+1ast, A.Teilane 9+7reb+1ast, Q.Davis 4+11reb+6ast Marburg: S.Greunke 27+9reb+2ast, D.Voynova 17+4reb, F.Schaake 11+4reb+1ast, K.Yohn 7+3reb+5ast, T.Baker 7+6reb+3ast, P.Bradley 5+3reb+1ast
Wasserburg topped Saarlouis to advance into DBBL Finals. The game was mostly controlled by TSV 1880 Wasserburg. TV Saarlouis Royals was better in third quarter 19-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. TSV 1880 Wasserburg forced 21 TV Saarlouis Royals turnovers and outrebounded them 37-18 including a 18-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. TSV 1880 Wasserburg players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. American forward Rebecca Tobin (195-88, college: Arizona St.) had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import point guard Sheylani Peddy (170-88, college: Temple, agency: LBM Management) chipped in 17 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 7 steals during the contest. TSV 1880 Wasserburg's coach Georg Eichler felt very confident using 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Portia Durrett (185-92, college: Oklahoma) responded with 19 points and 7 rebounds and international point guard Levke Brodersen (170-94) scored 8 points and 9 assists. Top scorers: Saarlouis: P.Durrett 19+7reb, S.Niedola 13+2reb+2ast, A.Tisdale 10+2ast, L.Brodersen 8+4reb+9ast, N.Mossong 3+2reb+1ast, H.Eckerle 2 Wasserburg: R.Tobin 18+13reb+3ast, S.Peddy 17+7reb+4ast, A.Fikiel 12+4reb, S.Lucet 8+5reb+2ast, M.Deura 7+1reb+4ast, A.Tarasava 6+4reb+5ast
Goettingen earn North, Heidelberg claim South titles - 2 days ago
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North Wolfenbuettel - Goettingen 46-56 Goettingen celebrated North title. They upset Wolfenbuettel on the road to sweep the championship series. The game was mostly controlled by Goettingen. Wolfpack Wolfenbuettel managed to win second period 16-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Wolfpack Wolfenbuettel to just 7 points in first quarter. The best player for the winners was Trinidad and Tobago center Verdin... [read more]
Goettingen celebrated North title. They upset Wolfenbuettel on the road to sweep the championship series. The game was mostly controlled by Goettingen. Wolfpack Wolfenbuettel managed to win second period 16-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Wolfpack Wolfenbuettel to just 7 points in first quarter. The best player for the winners was Trinidad and Tobago center Verdine Warner (196-92, college: Shaw) who had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 17 rebounds. Czech guard Katarina Flasarova (171-85) chipped in 15 points. American guard Alysha Womack (170-91, college: Monmouth) produced 12 points and 8 rebounds and her fellow American import forward Alli Gloyd (185-92, college: Arizona) added 8 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Top scorers: Wolfenbuettel: A.Womack 12+8reb+2ast, A.Gloyd 8+5reb+3ast, A.Draganova 7+6reb+2ast, T.Simon 6+6reb+2ast, N.Rosemeyer 5+4reb+1ast, F.Behrendt 4+1reb Goettingen: K.Flasarova 15+3reb+1ast, V.Warner 12+17reb+2ast, J.Crowder 9+6reb+1ast, A.Pierce 9+5reb+4ast, I.Visgaudaite 5+4reb+2ast, J.Hirmke 3
Heidelberg rallied past Bamberg on the road to claim South title. Don Bosco Bamberg was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. BasCats Heidelberg had a 19-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. American center Erica Carlson (193-88, college: Dixie St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. Center Viktoria Krell (183-85, college: Lindsey Wilson) contributed with 8 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. BasCats Heidelberg's coach Dennis Czygan allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American power forward Tori Waldner (196-93, college: Penn St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 15 rebounds and 5 blocks and Estonian forward Janett Perv (179-91) added 20 points and 4 steals (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) in the effort for Don Bosco Bamberg. Top scorers: Bamberg: J.Perv 20+4reb+1ast, T.Waldner 16+15reb, L.Sokman 13+2reb+2ast, S.Zeis 4+4reb+1ast, R.Hesselbarth 3+4ast, A.Furman 2 Heidelberg: E.Carlson 12+10reb+2ast, S.Benavente 11+3reb+5ast, M.Angol 10+5reb, H.Chatzitheodoros 8+3reb+3ast, V.Krell 8+11reb+1ast, S.Kranzhoefer 8+3reb
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