The team of head coach Goran Lojo was clearly improved compared to the defeat against Osnabrück (56:82), but in the end they were left empty-handed. It won’t be easier for the Göttingen women on Sunday either, when they will compete in last season’s double winner in Keltern.
After the game against Osnabrück there was no sign of the Veilchen, they took the lead (6: 2/3) and gained respect for themselves through two blocks from Viki Karambatsa in defense. From the beginning, the game was characterized by a physical hardship, but the Medical Instinct Veilchen needed a few minutes to adjust to it. There were several breaks in treatment, for example Karambatsa got an elbow blow in the face, which broke two teeth – but she was charged with a foul.
Many questionable decisions by the referee team resulted in a game that was delayed again and again, in which the flow of play on both sides never really came about. With a 19:19 it went into the second quarter, in which the Göttingen women initially took the lead again (23: 19/12.) And saved this four-point lead in the half-time break (33:29).
In her strongest appearance so far in the Medical Instinct Veilchen jersey, Kat Tudor scored another three after the break, which was answered with another run by Herne. Within just three minutes, the guests took the lead, which they were not to give up until the end of the game. The Göttingen women, who had to start again weakened due to the renewed failure of Ruzica Dzankic, continued to fight and even after the third quarter (48: 51/30.) They still had it in their hands to win the game. With an 18: 6 run, the guests finally set themselves apart. – Violet points: Tudor (2), Pullins (2), Brabencova (13), Reichert (10), Karambatsa (4), Crowder (11).
Violets travel to the double winner on Sunday
With Osnabrück as runner-up in the preseason and the Herner TC, which is currently in strong shape, there are two difficult tasks behind the Medical Instinct Veilchen. It fits into the picture that at the end of this “mammoth week” the reigning German champions and cup winners from Keltern will receive the Göttingen women on Sunday afternoon.
The double winner, trained by Christian Hergenröther, has three wins and three losses after the first six match days in the DBBL. The Rutronik Stars started the season flawlessly with three wins, followed by defeats against the Rheinland Lions, the Hanover Lynx and the Kingfishers from Freiburg. Even on the international stage, things haven’t worked out for the stars so far. So none of the last six games could be won across all competitions.
Not only the Göttingen women had an English week thanks to the catch-up game on the fourth match day in the DBBL against Herne. For Keltern, who represents German women’s basketball in the EuroCup, there was nothing to be won on Wednesday at 60:90 in Brno, Czech Republic. For both teams on Sunday it is about making amends and ending the respective series of defeats.
Richard Crowder, Managing Director of Medical Instinct Veilchen, ascribes the role of favorites to the hosts, but is optimistic: “We will have to play with a lot of energy again and then see what the game has to offer. However, the role of favorites lies with the hosts. “
By Kathrin Lienig