The MHP giants from Ludwigsburg had an easy game against the Bamberg basketball players. With a convincing performance over the entire playing time, the Ludwigsburg team marked their third victory in the group phase.
The MHP giants Ludwigsburg continue to polish their reputation as a secret favorite at the championship tournament of basketball players. Against the former series master Brose Bamberg, they continued their winning streak in the group stage on Thursday evening in Munich. The team from Bamberg in the Audi Dome dominated the team, which had already qualified for the playoff quarter-finals, at any time at 103: 74 (51:36). It was victory number three in the third group game of the giants at the tournament, which took place without spectators due to the corona pandemic.
Fraport Frankfurt had previously achieved its first victory with an energy performance in the third attempt. The Hessians prevailed in an exciting and very physical game against Rasta Vechta with 63:59 (31:34) and saved their chance for the playoffs.
In addition to Ludwigsburg, Alba Berlin, ratiopharm Ulm and the German champions Bayern Munich have already reached the quarter-finals. Two-meter man Thomas Wimbush II was the best launcher with 20 points. “We wanted to make a statement,” said Wimbush at Magentasport. Elias Harris was the best Bamberg shooter with 16 points. In their second tournament loss, Upper Franconia had no chance and was totally disappointed. “We had no energy,” said Christian Sengfelder: “The pressure is definitely there now.”
Vechtas Josh Young (left) in action alongside Frankfurt’s Akeem Vargas: The Frankfurt basketball team ultimately prevailed in a competitive game. (Source: Tilo Wiedensohler / dpa)
In the second half, the Frankfurt team had to get by without their trainer Sebastian Gleim, who had to leave the interior of the hall at the end of the second quarter due to excessive complaints. After this “premiere” in his coaching career, he followed the game in the live ticker. “I still saw her as very special,” said Gleim. The victory feels “like a reward”.
Best launcher in Frankfurt was Yorman Polas Bartolo with 16 points. “It was a really tough game from both sides,” said the experienced German-Cuban. At Vechta, which, like Bamberg, had to suffer the second defeat, the American Trevis Simpson was the top thrower with 19 points.
“It was an unfortunate defeat”
Only in the second quarter did Frankfurt take the lead for the first time without the battered top scorer Lamont Jones. Shortly before the break, they lost their emotionally charged coach Gleim after two technical fouls. The 35-year-old was too violently excited after a failed basket campaign by 17-year-old Ken Schoormann.
Gleim’s assistant Klaus Perwas took over – with success. Gytis Masiulius decided the balanced game with a basket goal from close range and an additional free throw, which he also transformed. “It was an unfortunate defeat, said Vechtas Max DiLeo. But he was” still hopeful that we could reach the quarter-finals “.
Victories from Ulm and Oldenburg on Wednesday
In Group A, ratiopharm Ulm won 92:80 on Wednesday evening against the still winless Hakro Merlins Crailsheim. The best pitcher at Ulm was Dylan Osetkowski with 17 points. After the third win in the third group game, Ulms Gavin Schilling confidently announced: “If we continue to play like this, I think that nobody can stop us.”
Previously, driven by Rasid Mahalbasic (22 points) in the Lower Saxony duel against BG Göttingen, Oldenburg had clearly prevailed with 80:62. “We had more energy and focus than against Ulm,” said Oldenburg’s veteran Rickey Paulding after the first success.