Hamburg (dpa / lno) – With the clear defeat in Oldenburg in the relegation battle of the basketball Bundesliga in their luggage, the Veolia Towers Hamburg are going into what may be the decisive game for the playoff participation in the Eurocup. Before the game on Tuesday (6.45 p.m. / MagentaSport) against the Italian representative Dolomiti Energia Trento, coach Benka Barloschky has little time to work through his team’s performance at 58:94 at the Lower Saxony. The conclusion of the 35-year-old after Sunday’s defeat was: “An amazing game from Oldenburg.”
Barloschky attested to his team that they held back in the first quarter. Nevertheless, admitted: “It was clear that it would be a physical and difficult game. As the game progressed, we didn’t do a good job of doing anything against Oldenburg’s physique.”
DeWayne Russell in particular had hardly got the Hamburgers under control in the first half. The American alone contributed 24 points to the hosts’ 54:29 half-time lead. “He was outstanding, but it was also players like Holyfield who hurt us with their presence and physique,” said Barloschky, admitting openly: “In the end it was damage limitation.”
Anthony Polite was similarly self-critical. “But even if games go like this, we have to find ways to stop the opponents on the defensive. But we didn’t succeed in that today either,” said the forward.
While the Towers fell back to 14th place after their 16th defeat in the 24th BBL game, the team is in eighth place in the Eurocup. With a victory against the direct pursuer Trento, participation in the round of 16 would be certain. “We have the opportunity to show a reaction. If we win, then we’ll be one round further. That’s an amazing success for the players and the organization,” said Barloschky: “It’s always nice when you’re playing for something . In general, I try to create the mood of achieving something, not avoiding something.”
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