Monday, July 18, 2011

Ibekwe Re-signs with BBC Bayreuth

Ekene Ibekwe (2003-07) joined BBC Bayreth mid-season last year and quickly established himself as one of the team's best players. Last week, Bayreuth rewarded Ibekwe by signing him to a one-year extension (translation) to his contract:
The fifth position of BBC Bayreuth's team for next season is filled. Ekene Ibekwe, who joined the team in early February, will also contribute in the new season, wearing the Bayreuth jersey. The 25-year-old power forward has extended his contract by one year.

In his debut in a BBC uniform, the 2.06 meter tall American with Nigerian roots celebrated a win on 6 February in an away game in Göttingen. The Los Angeles-based powerhouse played in a total of 15 games last season for BBC. He averaged 11.5 points and 5.7 rebounds, with a player rating of 12.3. The 26 year old was important, necessary for victory in the league. Six times the power forward was the highest scorer and best rebounder for the team.

"Ekene is to some extent responsible for the reversal of last season; he played with heart and passion, and he was a large part of our success in securing a playoff spot. I am pleased that we succeeded, after intensive and really tough negotiations, in convincing Ekene to pick up for another season with Bayreuth. Of course his popularity with the fans and sponsors did not escape us, so we hope his new obligation will be a good a sign for the fans and sponsors," said BBC general manager Uli Eichbaum.

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