A groundbreaking double game day in the battle for the playoff spots in the easyCredit Basketball Bundesliga is ahead of Saxony’s best basket hunters. Already this Thursday, the Niners welcome the ninth-placed Hamburg Towers to their local Chemnitz exhibition center, while on Sunday they will meet the newly crowned cup winner ALBA Berlin at the same venue. Thanks to the new Corona protection regulation, access is allowed under 3G conditions. In addition to vaccinated and healthy spectators, visitors with a current negative test result can also be there live. Children and pupils are exempt from the burden of proof. The previous mask requirement will initially continue to apply, so that all seats can be used again, and more than 4,600 fans can flow into the exhibition center with the current hall setup. Tickets can be purchased either in the NINERS online shop or directly at the ticket office.
hoping for a victory
The first of the two upcoming games is a real key game. For the opponent Hamburg is in a ninth place in the table, which none of the current top teams want to occupy at the end of the BBL main round and therefore would just miss the playoffs. Of course, Chemnitz does not either, whose lead over the Towers is currently six points. In addition, thanks to the victory of 90:82 in the first stage, you have good chances in the race for a direct comparison. With a win on Thursday, the Niners were able to take a giant step toward the playoffs. A defeat of seven points or less would probably be the minimum goal, and the balance gives hope. In all three previous Bundesliga duels with Hamburg, Chemnitz left the field as the winner. And the shape curve of the towers did not necessarily point upwards recently. Coach Pedro Calles’ team has lost nine of its last 13 competitive matches in the league and Eurocup. Hamburg, however, is still a deadly opponent, precisely because the North Germans have players like Caleb Homesley (17 points per game), Jaylon Brown (14.3), Maik Kotsar (13.1), Robin Christen (8.0), Seth Hinrichs (7.9), Trevor Bluiett (7.7) or national player Justus Hollatz (7.6) have more than enough players to decide matches.
Berlin in good shape
This applies to the subsequent opponent from Berlin, which Chemnitz had to find out in the cup duel. From top scorer Marcus Eriksson (13.5) to Luke Sikma (10.1), national players Maodo Lo (7.9) and Johannes Thiemann (7.6) to Jonas Mattiseck (3.7), the 14th (!) Player in the core rotation, ALBA Team seasoned with the highest quality. The capitals were plagued by a few injuries in the first half of the season and therefore stumbled occasionally, but they have been in impressive shape most recently since the turn of the year. The “Albatrosses” won a total of 13 of their last 16 mandatory matches in the league, cup and Euroleague. And against Chemnitz, they have a completely flawless record with four wins from four games so far. So the role of the favorites is crystal clear, and the Niners are still hoping for their outsider chance, especially when they meet Berlin for the first time in their own hall in front of fans.
Donation opportunity at the fair
Away from the relatively small basketball world, the dominant theme is the tragic and disturbing war in Ukraine. The nines would also like to make their contribution to supporting the countless refugees and, above all, to helping the Caritas Association for Chemnitz and the surrounding area as well as the Chemnitz Volunteer Center. Therefore, the Niners look forward to welcoming more representatives of both organizations to the fair at the home game against Hamburg on Sunday. At the Caritas stand in the foyer of the hall, any spectator can find out about the helpers’ work and donate to their support. The income is primarily for the benefit of the refugees who are currently arriving in Chemnitz and the surrounding area, who need housing and daily necessities, as well as medical care and support in numerous organizational matters. In addition to the donation option at the Hamburg game, you can also donate directly to the following bank account at Caritas Chemnitz.
Caritas Association for Chemnitz and surrounding area registered association
DKM Bank Munster eG
IBAN: DE67 4006 0265 0017 5652 00
Purpose: Ukraine’s assistance to Chemnitz
For a donation receipt, you must also enter the address for the intended purpose. Further information at www.caritas-chemnitz.de or www.aktiv-in-chemnitz.de.