For the second time in three weeks, the gieben 46ers and brose bamberg meet each other. After the 72:66 victory in the cup competition at the hessen, the bambergers are aiming for their first home win in this bundesliga season on saturday (6 p.M.).
In only their second game at home in the brose arena this season, coach roel moors’ team will also be looking for the right response to the largely poor performance in nymburk last wednesday. “The coach has given us a good plan, but we haven”t implemented it. You sometimes have lows like that in the season, unfortunately. Of course we want to avoid that, but that”s part of the game, and we just have to react better to that next time.”, said wing player tre mclean after the 71:91 defeat in the champions league opener at brosebamberg.Tv. “It is good that we play again on saturday already. You don”t forget this game, but it is no longer so present in your mind and you get rid of the taste of defeat.”
Especially defensively, the bambergers have to improve a lot. Against weibenfels and nymburk they each conceded over 90 points. Therefore, the game against the weak-started gifted team will not be a self-runner, especially since the brose team struggled for a long time in the cup victory over the hessians. The decisive factor was bamberg"s clear rebounding superiority (42:24) and the brilliant performance of assem marei, who had a double-double with 17 points and ten rebounds reached. On the gieben side, the player stephen brown had a successful debut with 20 points in the jersey of the 46ers, for whom it is this season exclusively about the class preservation. Just how difficult the fight against relegation can be was recently demonstrated by the clear 75:99 home defeat against the promoted hamburg towers, which the gieben fans acknowledged with whistles. So the guests also have something to make up on saturday night.
"It is important for us to start the game with the right attitude from the beginning. That’s what we lacked in nymburk. We are still looking for our defensive identity. But I hope we take another step in the right direction against gieben", said brose coach moors, who will decide in the short term whether newcomer retin obasohan will be part of the team. The belgian, who signed on thursday, trained with his new team for the first time on friday.
Guest check: gieben 46ers
The form the gieben 46ers are still waiting for the first win this season. In the bundesliga, they lost 92-108 to the crailsheim merlins and 75-99 to the upstart hamburg towers. And then there was the cup defeat by bamberg. Season-long the 46ers have won only two of 13 games since march. Power forward stephen brown (22 points average) and shooting guard teyvon myers (17.5), who came off the bench, drove the giebens. Veteran brandon thomas (15) and power forward luke petrasek (11) also have a double-digit scoring output. Center colossus john bryant is not yet as dominant as last season, but is approaching a double-double (9.5 points/9.5 rebounds on average) to. The tactic "we have to control the ball and play fastbreaks when the opportunity arises. But we also have to play in a structured way so as not to produce too many turnovers. And we have to keep the rebound duel balanced," says, trainer ingo freyer told the newspaper "giebener allgemeine.