Missing out on the play-offs in the champions league and outside the play-off range in the bundesliga: the first half of the season went anything but smoothly for the bamberg-based brose basketball team. The first-round exit from the european competition, which is only third-rate internationally, has tarnished the image of the former series champions, but perhaps it also has something good in it: the bambergers, who were also eliminated from the cup, can now concentrate fully on achieving at least one of their three goals for the season.
"We now have four games until the national team break, three of them in the national league. We want to win all of them, then the world will look a bit friendlier again", says brose coach roel moors ahead of sunday’s home game (3 p.M.) against the frankfurt skyliners. Let the team follow his words deeds, then they would be back in the geschaft. Fourth-placed oldenburg has only two points more on its account than the bambergers.
A home win over frankfurt, the team with the weakest offense in the bundesliga (74.8 points on average), should be a must. The task will be far more difficult the following weekend in vechta. On tuesday, 11. February, another home game is scheduled against promoted hamburg towers before the three-week break in the country.
First of all, however, the bambergers have to get the defeat in peristeri out of their heads. Once again this season, their nerves played a trick on them in the final minutes, as they failed to score a point in the last 1:20 minutes of the game. "We watched a lot of video, analyzed our mistakes from the peristeri game, but also took away what we did well. We will try to continue to implement this in the next games. But it is not so important who the opponent is. We have to focus on ourselves, improve our game and go all the way", says the team’s leadoff man retin obasohan ahead of the duel with the hessians.
The table 14. (10:22 points) comes to bamberg with major personnel problems. Top scorer lamont jones (17.9 points average) is highly doubtful to play due to a torn muscle bundle he suffered two weeks ago. According to coach sebastian gleim, ex-bamberger leon kratzer, who had to miss his last game against rasta vechta due to back problems, is also "pretty much a certainty" another time out.
Nelson weidemann is back
Richard freudenberg is suffering from a bursitis, an edema in his ankle and a partial tear in his achilles tendon and will be absent for at least six weeks. Gleim will probably have to make do without three of his "first five" players and give up 36.5 points on average for this performance carrier. For the bambergers, nelson weidemann paid in peristeri after his ligament tear back to the squad and was allowed on sunday for the first time since the 4. January will be back on the parquet floor.
Guest check: frankfurt skyliners
The ex-bambergers: leon kratzer and daniel schmidt take very different roles in the hesse team. As a starting center, the 22-year-old kratzer is a top performer, averaging 9.7 points and 7.5 rebounds. Per game he stands for 21:16 minutes on the parquet. Schmidt receives far less playing time (6:45). The 29-year-old point guard is averaging 1.3 points and 1.2 assists from his few minutes on the court. The coach: sebastian gleim took over from gordon herbert before the start of this season. The 60-year-old canadian, skyliners coach since 2013, is taking a sabbatical, which is initially scheduled for one year. Gleim (35) was previously coach of the frankfurt prob and NBBL team. He will be assisted by long-serving assistant coach klaus perwas. The current form: with two defeats in a row, the frankfurters come to bamberg. Last sunday they lost at rasta vechta with 65:73. Previously, there was a 74:87 in their own hall against the EWE baskets oldenburg. With only three wins from the last ten games, the balance of the hessen is negative in recent weeks.