In my last post I mentioned Brandon Hogg’s having turned himself into a high-scoring guard for USI’s basketball team a few years ago. Well, he’s continuing his efforts in a European professional league, helping his team to within one victory of a final four berth in a German Pro B league. Hogg is averaging a team-high 19.7 points as well as 5.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists for the Noerdlingen Giants, who won a quarterfinal playoff game on Saturday. Hogg finished with 22 points, seven assists, six steals and five rebounds as they beat Schwelm — which is in first place in the Group North division — 111-103 in overtime on Saturday in the second of a three-game series (Schwelm won the first game, 92-76). The rubber game is scheduled for Tuesday night.
Noerdlingen, which is in Group South, has won six of its last seven games and has a 13-9 record while Schwelm is 17-5. Hogg’s other significant stats: He’s averaging 38.5 percent (42-for-109) from 3-point range and 79.2 percent (152-for-192) from the free-throw line. Noerdlingen, by the way, is located in Bavaria in southern Germany and has a population of about 24,000 — almost exactly the same population as Hogg’s native Edwardsville, Ill.