German League finals, Game 5: June 25, 2009
June 25, 2009
EWE Baskets Oldenburg is 2009 German champ! ( Baskets Oldenburg is the German League champion! Oldenburg outlasted Telekom Baskets Bonn 71-70 in a thrilling Game 5 to the best-of-five series that featured five lead changes and four ties in the last five minutes alone. E.J. Rowland put Bonn ahead 67-70 with 43 seconds to go, but missed a chance to ice the game from the line 21 seconds later. Jason Gardner tied the game with a three-point play with 11 seconds to go and after a Bonn turnover, Je'Kel Foster sank the game-winning free throw with 4 seconds remaining, lifting Oldenburg to its first championship ever. Rickey Paulding was named finals MVP after finishing Game 5 with 20 points. Foster added 18 for the winners, Gardner scored 14 and Ruben Boumtje Boumtje posted 9 points and 9 rebounds. Rowland led Bonn with 22 points, Patrick Flomo recorded 18 points and 10 rebounds and Brandon Bowman finished with 14 and 8. It was a nerve-racking game that was high 0n turnovers – 15 for Oldenburg, 17 for Bonn – and featured poor free-throw shooting, but Foster was able to make the one that mattered the most in the end.

A pair of Brandon Bowman triples helped Bonn take a promising 12-18 lead late in the opening quarter, but Oldenburg responded with a 10-0 run led by Je'Kel Foster that bridged the first and second quarters to go ahead. The lead would then change hands a number of times before the half, which ended with the visitors nursing a 35-36 edge. Patrick Flomo and E.J. Rowland helped Bonn extend the lead to 6 points early in the third quarter, however Ruben Boumtje Boumtje brought the hosts right back. Still Bonn continued to roll as a pair of baskets by Flomo and another by Rowland gave the visitors their first double-digit lead, 41-51. Rickey Paulding ended the Oldenburg drought from the line, but Bonn maintained control and led 51-59 at the end of the third quarter. EWE battled its back with reserve Miladin Pekovic shining. His triple cut the gap to 2 and he followed that with a still and a dish to Marko Scekic to tie the game at 62-62 with five-and-a-half minutes remaining. Bowman ended the Bonn slide with a basket, but Paulding put Oldenburg ahead 65-64 with just under three minutes remaining. The lead would change hands on nearly every possession for the next two minutes, but Bonn got its big break when Jason Gardner missed twice from the line and Pekovic missed from downtown before Rowland scored at the other end to make it 67-70 with 43 seconds left. Pekovic and Paulding both missed from behind the arc and Bonn had a chance to seal the win, however Rowland missed a pair of free throws with 22 seconds to play. Gardner attacked the basket for a three-point play to knot the game at 70-70 with 11 seconds to go. After a Bonn turnover, Foster made a free throw to give his team the lead with 4 seconds to play. Bonn used a timeout, but was unable to set up a final shot as EWE Baskets celebrated the championship.

Finals Playoffs, best of 5 games
Record Team Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Game 4 Game 5
3 EWE Baskets Oldenburg (3) 72 79 78 66 71
2 Telekom Baskets Bonn (4) 74 70 81 82 70
German League Champion 2008-09: EWE Baskets Oldenburg

Finals Playoffs round games
Game 1 EWE B. Oldenburg vs. Telekom Baskets Bonn 72-74 June 14
Game 2 Telekom Baskets Bonn vs. EWE B. Oldenburg 70-79 June 18
Game 3 EWE B. Oldenburg vs. Telekom Baskets Bonn 78-81 June 21
Game 4 Telekom Baskets Bonn vs. EWE B. Oldenburg 66-82 June 23
Game 5 EWE B. Oldenburg vs. Telekom Baskets Bonn 71-70 June 25

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