Friday, August 07, 2009

Osby in Germany

Bambale Osby (2006-08) has signed to play in Germany (translation) with Phoenix Hagen. This will be Hagen's first season in Germany's top league, the Bundesliga, having been recently promoted after finishing last season #2 in the lower ProA league.

Here is the relevant excerpt from the team's press release:
Osby is 23 years old, 2.03 m tall, 118 kg in weight and plays power forward and center. The man with Congolese roots played last year at Mobitelco Cluj in Romania. There, he reached an average of 10.7 points and 7.6 rebounds. "Boom", as he is nicknamed, previously played in college at the University of Maryland. In his senior season, he scored 11.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.1 blocked shots.

"Bambale Osby is exactly the player we wanted. He gives us what we need under the basket. He is strong on defense and rebounding, and he brings the necessary mass to dagegenzuhalten," said new Phoenix coach Ingo Freyer. Freyer was particularly impressed by Osby's appearance in a European Cup game against German champion Oldenburg, where he scored 18 points and 6 rebounds.

Last season, I felt that Maryland was definately lacking in dagegenzuhalten after Osby's departure. (Google translation doesn't know what dagegenzuhalten means; other free translation sites say it means, "on the other hand to hold," but that doesn't help in this context. Could mean defense under the basket? Could be offensive putbacks? Any German speakers out there?).


Anonymous said...

loosely translated, dagenzuhalten means to bang

Michelangelo said...

Makes sense. Thanks! I was trying to work backwards from a very literal translation.

Anonymous said...

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