It took five games until the duel between the former Göttingen coaches in the playoff quarter-finals of the basketball Bundesliga was decided. The fifth and last duel in this series was decided by the MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg in their own hall against Brose Bamberg with 95:73. The former BG coach John Patrick has sent his successor Johan Roijakkers into the summer break early.
After the two defeats in Bamberg, Ludwigsburg offered a strong energy performance in the decisive game and made it to the semi-finals as the last team. The main round first never let the guests get into the game and dominated for 40 minutes at both ends of the field. The giants have remained unbeaten in their own arena for more than two years.
Ludwigsburg started on the defensive with a lot of intensity and forced the guests to make many emergency throws late in the shot clock in the first few minutes, the Patrick team was already in a double-digit lead (26:16) by the first quarter break. Bamberg lost the ball four times in the first three minutes of the second round and had nothing to counter the energy of the hosts in this phase: They meanwhile moved away to 41:22. Thanks to Chris Sengfelder, Bamberg came back to 13 points by the break (50:37). Jamel McLean made some strong finishes – after Bamberg had come up to nine points after the break – for the highest Ludwigsburg lead (68:46). This meant that the last tooth was pulled out of the guests, who lost a total of 18 balls. The giants fought 15 offensive rebounds, which led to 23 points after second chances. On the defensive, the recently so hot Bambergs were kept with only five of 24 three-pointers (20.8 percent).
John Patrick was then satisfied: “That was our real face. I am very satisfied. I said before the game: If we play normally and play our game, then we will win. We did that, ”he said afterwards in the MagentaSport interview. Johan Roijakkers then spoke of a deserved victory for the opponent: “Unfortunately, everything I mentioned in advance wasn’t there. I think it all has to do with the fact that they got the rebounds. We played a good series. Many players have developed and got better, unfortunately we didn’t get the result we wanted. But I am satisfied. “
For the people from Ludwigsburg, it will continue on Saturday at 8.30 p.m. in their own hall. Then there is the southern duel in the semifinals between the MHP Riesen and FC Bayern Munich, which prevailed 3-1 against the Hakro Merlins Crailsheim in its quarter-final series. “We are of course the underdog. But we have home advantage. Bayern were one of the best teams in Europe this year and we have a lot of respect for Bayern, but we will give everything ”, Patrick promised in an interview on Thursday evening.
In the second semifinal series, Alba Berlin and ratiopharm Ulm face each other. The first meeting will take place in the capital on Sunday at 2 p.m. The rested Berliners, who prevailed 3-0 in the quarter-finals against Hamburg Towers and thus impressively returned the favor for the two defeats against the Hanseatic League in the main round, are favored against the southern Germans. The team around ex-BGer Dylan Osetkowski needed four games against EWE Baskets Oldenburg to advance to the next round.