Explosive home debut for brose bamberg

explosive home debut for brose bamberg

The first home game of the young bundesliga season has been a tough one for the bamberger brose basketball team. With alba berlin, one of the two german euroleague representatives is the guest on sunday evening (6 p.M.). In addition, the duel with the team from the capital is the remake of last season's cup final, in which the bamberger hauchdunn retained the upper hand with a score of 83-82.

While the bambergers had a whole week to prepare for the duel against the "albatrosses" after their victory in the cup eighth-finals in gieben last sunday, the "albatrosses" will be playing the first game of the season the match at brose arena is the fourth game in nine days for the berlin team. After the 92:81 cup win over wurzburg on saturday and the 101:78 against vechta on wednesday, they still have the euroleague opener against zenit st. Petersburg on the program.

Tight kick-off program

Brose coach roel moors, however, does not believe that the tough opening program will leave its mark on the opponents: "i don't think the berliners will be mude. They have a squad that will absorb the load without problems." Alba newcomer marcus eriksson even sees advantages for his team: "the fact that we are now playing so many games in quick succession helps us to pick up our rhythm. I think we're getting better from game to game now. " The swedish player is one of only three newcomers in the well-rehearsed berlin team, which was able to retain its top performers from last season – luke sikma, peyton siva, martin hermannsson and rokas giedraitis – and is therefore considered a rival of munich's bayern in the title fight this season as well. With 14 professionals, eight of them from abroad, the "albatrosses" are both quantitatively and qualitatively broadly positioned.

Physically standing up to the pressure

"The berliners play very fast, have a good offensive rhythm and circulate the ball well, says brose coach moors. 24 assists against wurzburg and 30 against vechta are proof of the unpretentious play of the well-rehearsed berlin team. Moors therefore demands: "we have to be physically strong against them. Once they get going, it's hard to stop them. That's why it's so important for us to cut off their systems early on with our defense."

In the two games so far the bamberg defense has been good. They allowed 75 points to bayreuth in the season opener, and only 66 to gieben a week ago. In both games, however, the upper franconians allowed themselves to sag after leading comfortably in some cases, which allowed them to love their opponents back into the game. An opponent of berlin's caliber is likely to punish poor concentration far more severely.

"It's going to be a tough game for us. But I'm sure that the crowd will be loud for more than 40 minutes and will be completely behind us, says brose newcomer kameron taylor before the home premiere in the brose arena, for which several hundred tickets were still available on friday.

Bamberger strong on the rebound

While those in the capital are dangerous from a distance due to their good protection, those in bamberg were allowed to have advantages under the boards. 13 offensive rebounds each in bayreuth and gieben they punctured in ten and. 15 points off second-chance points, with center assem marei jungst posting a double-double (17 points/ten rebounds) for the 46ers.

Guest check: alba berlin

The newcomer in the past three years, 25-year-old swede marcus eriksson played with herbalife gran canaria and previously with FC barcelona in the euroleague. The three-man specialist received a four-year contract in berlin.

US power forward tyler cavanaugh, also 25, has 50 nba appearances to his credit, but only played in the g-league for utah jazz last season. At alba he replaces dennis clifford.

The combo guard and young national player makai mason was courted by several bundesliga clubs. The 24-year-old german-american returns to germany after his college time at baylor university (texas). The absence of peyton siva (calf), last season's eurocup MVP, and stefan peno (knee) means that the berlin team will be missing two supporting players. Ex-bamberger johannes thiemann plagued by performance complaints. Mason also had to sit out at short notice against vechta due to fub problems. The key players due to the absence of siva and peno, the burden in the build-up to the game lies almost exclusively on the shoulders of martin hermannsson. The islander masters the task with flying colors. He provided ten baskets in the cup game against wurzburg and eleven in the league opener against vechta. Ten points against vechta led to a double-double. Sharpshooter eriksson hit three threes in each of the two games (55 percent) and scored in double figures in each (19/13). 

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