Basketball: Now the look goes down – Wiha Panthers also lose in Ehingen

Basketball, ProA: Team Ehingen Origin – Wiha Panthers Schwenningen 81:76 (22:14, 22:19, 11:30, 26:13). (pm) Wiha Panthers are still stuck in crisis. The basketball team Schwenningen also had to admit defeat at the bottom of the table in Ehingen. 81:76 on Donaustadters marks the fourth defeat in a row. Instead of squinting in the direction of playoff participation, the Panthers must now look back toward the relegation zones.

In the sports hall at Johann-Vanotti-Gymnasium in Ehingen, Panthers coach Alen Velcic sent a starting lineup consisting of three Germans and two Americans on the floor. Captain Chris Frazier, Robert Drijencic, Waverly Austin and the two Americans David Cohn and Grant Sitton started for Schwenningers.

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The excellent Panthers center Waverly Austin (on the ball) had to leave the field shortly before the end after an error.  Photo: Roger Mueller

The start of the game failed for Schwenningers. Two turnovers and three missed shots by the Panthers faced five points from the Ehingers. Head coach Alen Velcic did not hesitate and called his team to an early time-out after two and a half minutes. The Panthers took the lead (5: 6) with six quick points from Waverly Austin and Robert Drijencic, but the Schwenninger team continued to make mistakes. In total, the guests lost seven revenue in the first quarter alone. The Ehingers, on the other hand, scored from distance and from the free throw line and went into the quarter break with a clear lead (22:14).

The hosts also scored the first points in the second quarter before the Panthers responded with a 6-0 run (26:20). After a time-out in Ehinger, Takiula Fahrensohn lowered a long shot and Tyler Cheese brought the bottom of the table further ahead (33:20). The team from Doppelstadt now switched to zone defense, but continued to be vulnerable to long-range shooters Fahrensohn and Cheese’s strong individual moves. It was only thanks to captain Chris Frazier that Schwenninger’s deficit did not turn out to be even greater at this stage. The 31-year-old Panthers shooting guard lowered four three-pointers to keep his team inside the game. At 44:33 we went on break.

After the switch, the Panthers took control of the game and also lived up to their role as favorites in this phase. Grant Sitton continues where Chris Frazier left off in the second quarter, showing his accuracy from more than 22 feet. With a three-point shot, Frazier equalized in the 24th minute (51:51). In the attack that followed, the captain took his team’s first lead since the early stages (54:53) with the next three. Quatarrius Wilson extended the lead to ten points with a jump shot (53:63) before Ehingen’s Tyler Cheese reduced it to 55:63 before the end of the quarter.

In the last quarter, Schwenninger’s lead remained constant at first. But while the visitors’ offense faltered a bit, Ehingen worked his way up slowly through Bernat Vanaclocha and Takiula Fahrensohn and was again within striking distance two minutes before the end. Fahrensohn equalized 43 seconds before the end with a free throw to 74:74. Schwenningen’s top scorer Raiquan Clark, who was left without a point, made an unfortunate mistake with 20 seconds left, bringing Tyler Cheese to the free-throw line. Cheese sank both shots and gave Ehingen the lead (76:74). Although Demarkus Stuckey equalized with a lay-up with six seconds left, the accident took its course. Panthers playmaker Cohn admitted a technical foul for illegally crossing the out-of-bounds line. Tyler Cheese put the resulting free kick in his pocket to give Ehinger the lead (77:76). This increased after Munis Tutu secured a three-point lead with five seconds from the end with penalty kicks. The Panthers lost the ball with a throw-in, and Ehingen closed the first win of the season on the free-throw line to 81:76.

Already on Wednesday (19.30), Schwenninger Kirchheim Knights welcomes you to the catch-up match in Deutenberghalle.

For the Panthers played: Grant Sitton (25 points, 5 threes), Chris Frazier (20 points, 6 threes), Robert Drijencic (10), Demarkus Stuckey (8 points, 6 assists), Waverly Austin (6), Quatarrius Wilson (6 ), Till Isemann (1), David Cohn (0 points, 6 assists), Raiquan Clark, Kelvin Okundaye, Leon Hoppe and Adrian Bergmann.

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