Brose Bamberg prevailed 94:93 against MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg on matchday 31 of the easyCredit Basketball Bundesliga and took another step towards the playoffs. A strong first half, in which Brose was in some cases ahead by 16 points (36:20, 16th), was followed by an even second half, which in the end found a happy but well-deserved winner in Bamberg. The success consolidates Brose’s eighth place, but still needs two wins for the final safe participation in the postseason. The best thrower against Ludwigsburg was returnees Michele Vitali with 15 points.
Johan Roijakkers: “Both teams deserved the win. We had a good first half and Ludwigsburg a good second. It was an important victory for the playoff race that will continue on Sunday. “
It was a balanced start (7: 7, 3rd) in a game in which Brose had to do without Alex Ruoff (seventh foreigner) and Joanic Grüttner-Bacoul. He broke his hand again during training and will be out until the end of the season. The game showed early on that Bamberg was viciously defending and that Ludwigsburg had to work hard for every throw. That had an effect, because from minute four only the home side played. Or rather: only met the hosts. Ogbe, Sengfelder, Kravish, Hundt and Fieler ensured an 11-0 run and a double-digit lead (18: 7, 8th) within two minutes. And it stayed that way: the guests didn’t hit anything from the field. Only two free throws found their way into the Bamberg basket by the end of the quarter. Hundt and Fieler each sank the three for Brose at 25:10 after ten minutes.
It was clear that it couldn’t go on like this in the second quarter. And sure enough, the championship leader came up. Above all, Barry Brown caused the Bamberg defensive problems again and again. He contributed twelve points in the second ten minutes, the Ludwigsburg team scored a total of 27. And yet Brose stayed in the game and did not allow itself to be disturbed by good guest actions. The result: the home side defended the lead, which never fell into the single digits. At the break, Brose was in the front with 47:37. An expressive number to date: Brose has already distributed 13 assists, Ludwigsburg only six.
It took just under a minute in the second half before the Bamberg lead went into single digits: 49:42. It was not a high-class, but a very classy game between two teams that gave nothing to each other. On the contrary: Brose was able to extend the lead to twelve points again with three points from Hall and Vitali (62:50, 26th). Among other things, three distance throws hit by the guests ensured that the lead melted again. After Brown safely converted two free throws shortly before the end of the quarter, she was only three points, and after 30 minutes it was 69:66.
The leader of the table was still staggering, but not yet falling. It stayed that way at the beginning of the final section. Even more: after a good 35 minutes, da Silva was able to equalize the game for the first time since the first minute: 79:79. But Brose freed itself from the Ludwigsburg embrace. Hall, and two times Lockhart were successful, including a threesome. With 120 seconds to go, Bamberg was 92:86 ahead. That’s it? Not at all. A 7-0 run by the guests gave them the lead exactly 34.4 seconds before the end: 92:93. Kenny Ogbe refueled strongly on the other side and finished at 94:96. There were 26.7 seconds left on the clock. The last phases were then characterized by two step errors (Vitali and Bartolo) and a Bamberg pass relay, which brought victory in the last eight seconds over time.
Lockhart 8, Plescher 3, Seric, Fieler 14, Hall 9, Ogbe 11, Thompson 2, Vitali 15, Hundt 7, Sengfelder 5, Kravish 9, Larson 11