This success was only accidental

s.Oliver Würzburg – Syntainics MBC 92:86 (18:27, 25:24, 18:14, 31:21).

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Würzburg: Rodriguez 21, William Buford 18, Hunt 15, Møller 11, Stanic 8, Böhmer 5, Abu 5, Callison 5, Parodi 4, Albus.

Fist of joy and pride: Head coach Sasa Filipovski led Würzburg’s Bundesliga team up – and extended his contract. © Becker

Almost four and a half months ago, Basketball Würzburg was on the ground. On the day of December 13, 2021, the Bundesliga club had to report two “bangs”. On the one hand, the separation from head coach Denis Wucherer and on top of that the departure of main sponsor s.Oliver Würzburg after the end of the season. In addition, the “Baskets” faced a sporting free fall with a false start to just three wins from the first ten games.

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On Saturday, Würzburg offered “Tectake Arena” a picture that one should never have expected on the day just before Christmas. The 2103 spectators were in a party mood. The fans celebrated each other, the basketball venue Würzburg, the already regular (sporting) relegation and especially one man: head coach Sasa Filipovski.

Clear signal

Shortly before the bouncy ball in the match against Syntainics MBC, the club announced the extension of the contract with the Slovenian coach. And with three years to 2025. So a clear signal that the Bundesliga basketball continues in Würzburg. It has not yet been presented to the public how exactly it should succeed financially after the exit of the largest donors in recent years. The staff decision on Filipovski speaks a clear language, namely that basketball can continue ambitiously in the residential city.

“For me, this step is the opportunity to build something here in Würzburg,” explains the 47-year-old, who has turned down offers from international clubs to stay in Lower Franconia. “The city has great potential as a basketball venue. I value work ethic, passion and good cooperation not only in our organization, but in the whole city. “

Look forward

Under him, after the hard-fought 92-86 work victory against MBC on Saturday, the team now got ten wins in 20 games, including the club record of seven wins in a row. With the 110: 97 victory in Gießen on April 16, the season’s big goal of staying in the league was achieved much earlier than the boldest optimists had expected. The club has long rejoiced again, the fight for survival seems to be over. “People in Würzburg should recognize that we are part of this city. For me, it also means that we are constantly working to get better – the organization, the players and also the coaches,” says Filipovski, describing the challenge with “The Baskets”.

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That the internationally experienced head coach, who has previously worked for top clubs in Poland, Serbia, France, Russia and Turkey, even found his way to Würzburg, was thanks to manager Kresimir Loncar. The former Würzburg player is happy with his lucky hand: “In difficult times, you can best recognize the character of people,” says the 39-year-old Croatian: “Sasa was the ideal head coach for us in a very difficult situation.”

And he should also be the ideal coach for the future. Filipovski managed to form a functioning unit out of the squad and to make almost every single player better.

In the duo with Loncar, he kept his head cool even in the critical phase where the club was only able to make two extra signatures. Above all, with build-up player Charles Callison, the decisive reinforcement in the relegation battle could perhaps be committed in February.

hard to hold

But it goes without saying that future work at the Würzburg location will remain demanding, with a budget that will definitely be low again in the coming season compared to the league. In addition, success naturally arouses desires. A top player like Cameron Hunt will be hard to keep.

After the excellent sporting comeback, the people of Würzburg certainly need not worry. The basketball position once again exudes a spirit of optimism – thanks to Sasa Filipovski.

s.Oliver Würzburg continues on Tuesday night with the last home game of the season. Jump ball for the catch-up match on the 30th match day against MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg is at

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