|02 January 2013|
Shortly before Christmas, EuroChallenge side Telekom Baskets Bonn decided to part ways with power forward Patrick Ewing Junior and start shopping around for a replacement.
They thought they had found their man a few days later when, on Boxing Day, the club announced they had inked a contract until the end of the current season with Marqus Blakely.
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Bonn head coach Michael Koch was so content at the time that he said the new addition was 'the missing piece' to his team's roster.
Shortly before New Year's Day though, the German side announced that the player did not pass the medical test and the contract has been voided.
"Right now, everything that can go wrong for us is being going wrong, we're affected by Murphy's Law," Bonn president Wolfgang Wiedlich commented.
The German club officials are now combing the market again in search for a player to bolster their frontcourt.
Bonn know they can scratch Jeremiah Massey off the shortlist of potential targets.
The American power forward's short-term contract with fellow EuroChallenge team Krasnye Krylia run out and he has actually moved to Germany, albeit in order to join BEKO Bundesliga champions Brose Baskets Bamberg.
Massey had agreed terms with the Samara outfit in November to step in for his compatriot Andre Smith, who has since returned from injury.
Aalstar Move Swiftly
Okapi Aalstar meanwhile, Bonn's rivals in Last 16 Group L of the EuroChallenge, have swiftly found the player they needed to fill a gap on their roster, ironically because of a failed medical test.
The Belgian club announced that guard Bradley Tinsley will replace his fellow American Jason Clark, who is sidelined due to injury.
Tinsley spent the past four season playing in the NCAA (Division I) and graduated from Vanderbilt University last summer.
He then signed a contract with EiffelTowers den Bosch but never suited up for the Dutch side, as he had sustained an injury while on holiday and the team's doctors did not give the go ahead for the move.
Aalstar however are satisfied that the player has now fully recovered and he is expected to make his European debut when his new team take on Belfius Mons-Hainaut in the Ethias League on Saturday.
Clark was instrumental in Aalstar's qualification to the second stage of the EuroChallenge as he averaged 15.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.7 steals per game during the Regular Season.
Tinsley meanwhile averaged 9.1 points and 4.1 assists per contest during his last season at Vanderbilt.