Home premiere against the Basketball Löwen Braunschweig. It was already the case in the last Bundesliga season that the South Lower Saxony duel was on the schedule for the first home game for BG Göttingen. In September 2019, however, there were more than 3000 spectators in the hall, in November 2020 the stands will be empty. After the BBL final tournament in Munich and the preliminary round of the cup in Vechta, the violets will now experience their first ghost game on Saturday (8.30 p.m.) in the Sparkassen-Arena.
In September, the Braunschweiger were guests in Göttingen – for a test match in the basketball center. The Basketball Lions won this game 87:85 and were the physically superior team in this early phase of preparation. The renewed derby is a basement duel when looking at the table, which is still not very meaningful after a game day with many failures. Both teams started the season with significant defeats.
In the BBL-Pokal the Basketball Löwen Braunschweig had won against the EWE Baskets Oldenburg, at the BBL season opener they could not confirm this performance, instead they showed two faces. In the end, head coach Pete Strobl’s team lost 83: 111 (50:50). After two quarters at eye level with the Oldenburgers, the thread broke at Braunschweig in the second half.
Test match: BG Göttingen against Basketball Löwen Braunschweig
Karim Jallow showed a very committed performance just a few days after a nose operation and came up with 21 points, playmaker James Robinson made 13 points and provided eight assists. However, Bryon Allen, who recently played strongly, could hardly set any accents. “We were well prepared. We came into the game with a lot of energy, fighting spirit, heart and passion. In the third quarter we got good throws, but as a young team we made mistakes on the offensive and defensive, so Oldenburg could punish us immediately, “said Strobl after the opening game – in the league game one after Scott Eatherton and Thomas Klepeisz, the lot of experience to Spain and to ratiopharm ulm.
At the home game against Oldenburg, NBA guard Dennis Schröder, sole shareholder of the Basketball Löwen, was in the Volkswagen Hall and – as with the cup games – followed the game live. We’ll wait and see whether he will accompany his team to Göttingen.
At the end of November, three Braunschweig players will take part in the preliminary round matches for the European Championship qualification. While national coach Henrik Rödl has appointed the two lion captains Karim Jallow and Lukas Meisner to the provisional squad, Big Man Martin Peterka has been nominated for the Czech national team.
Löwen head coach Pete Strobl says about the appointment of his three protégés: “I am very happy for all three of our players. It is a great honor for them and of course for our organization too. I am especially proud of the hard work Karim and Lukas put in to reach this level. And I think it’s a sign of what we can still achieve here. “
Martin Peterka has been an integral part of the Czech men’s squad for several years, with whom he finished sixth at the World Cup last year. His Löwen team-mate Karim Jallow has now made seven international matches for the German A-team and had already played an important role in the first “FIBA window” at the beginning of the year. It is different with Lukas Meisner. The Braunschweig player has played in the German A2 squad in the past and could now make his debut in the DBB team of national coach Henrik Rödl. The Löwen-Forward wants to use the upcoming BBL games with good performances in order to recommend itself to the 13-A-squad. It will be nominated on November 19th.