Wizards require a lot of energy

An important home game awaits the Merlins on Saturday Crailsheim in the Basketball-Bundesliga. Im cauldron “Arena Hohenlohe” receive them from the table neighbors Braunschweig. With the support of the fans, as was the case recently with the brilliant derby victory against Ulm, they also want to go off the floor with a home win against the lions. Jump ball is at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday.

The Basketball Lions Braunschweig had a bumpy start to the season and have been fighting to stay up in the league from the start. Jesús Ramírez’s side never found a consistent rhythm to play, not least because they were repeatedly struggling with injury-related absences. Of the 25 games played, they were able to win seven, 18 times the team went from sole shareholder and NBA star Dennis Schroeder as the loser from the floor and is currently in 16th place in the table.


The team’s top scorer is the German international David Kramer. The sniper pulls the trigger from beyond the three-point line more than eight times per game and sinks almost 33 percent of the shots. Scored with 17.6 points per game chandler by far the most points of all German players in the BBL and is recommended after this individually strong season for higher tasks.


“One of the ‘games of the season’ is coming up on Saturday, but from now on there are only important games for us. Braunschweig has a strong squad, especially after signings Myles and Sleva. You play with a lot of commitment over 40 minutes. We have to be prepared and match the energy. If we can do that, we’ll have a good game. Our big advantage is that we can play in front of our amazing fans. They support us and create a hype with which we can win the game. We have to be ready and focused throughout the game,” said Merlins head coach Nikola Markovic ahead of the game.

The Crailsheim team would like to celebrate their sixth home win on Saturday. James Batemon will also be an important factor in this. Since his arrival in Crailsheim In mid-January, the guard steadily improved – last weekend in Heidelberg he celebrated his BBL best performance with 28 points. Also the recently absent due to illness Fabi Bleck and Moe Stuckey, who guaranteed the 101:91 victory with 26 points in the first leg, is expected back in the squad on Saturday.

In general, the Hohenloher have had good experiences in the duels with the lions. Including the victory in the 2022 cup semifinals, the magicians won the last eight direct duels. cdud


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