Basketball Bundesliga: BG Göttingen triumphs against Hamburg Towers

The Bundesliga basketball team in BG Göttingen received the Göttingen S-Arena Hamburg Towers on Sunday, which was just on points before the match day. In front of 2413 spectators, the Violets won in a game that was exciting to the last with 83:80 (43:43).

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The Violets still had a score to settle with the Towers from first leg. In November, they suffered a hefty defeat of 37 points in the Hanseatic city, where they only got 46 points themselves. The Göttingen team scored only four points in the third quarter. The Violets had big plans for the second match – especially as the guests from Hamburg are direct competitors in the battle for the play-off places.

BG Göttingen vs. Hamburg Towers, BBL 2021/22

BG Göttingen vs. Hamburg Towers, BBL 2021/22

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Before the match started, Kamar Baldwin was said goodbye. When the BG players ran in, the top scorer from Göttingen high-fived with his left arm in a sling his teammates. He no longer plays after his serious injury from the Würzburg match. When he said goodbye, he received a standing ovation. “MVP! MVP!” shouted the Violet fans, an acronym for Most Valuable Player. Baldwin wished the team success and thanked the fans: “It was great!”

Then came the time. The Violets had the first attack. Jeremiah Martin gave the home team the lead, but the visitors equalized. Hamburg then lacked a shooter. Harper Kamp and twice Jeff Roberson put the Göttingen team ahead 9: 2, Harald Frey increased it to 12: 2 with three more points. The hall shook for the first time. The Hamburg coach took a first break. It worked. The visitors fought their way to two points (14:12). The first quarter ended with 22:16.

Hamburg’s Maik Kotsar scored the first two points in the second half, while Göttingen’s Mathis Mönninghoff held back. However, the violins could not continue, the guests came up on a point (26:25). Roberson’s five points in a row again created respite, but no rest. Hamburg remained tuned (34:32). Here’s how it went: The home team presented, the guests could not be shaken off and even managed to equalize. 43:43 the teams went into the locker rooms.

After the break, Göttingen initially had the speed on his side again. Frey made three points with the first attack after the break. Kotsar was only able to convert one of his two penalty throws. Martin went to the basket and scored, Kamp increased to 50:44. As a result, the home team forced Hamburg to make mistakes, but did not benefit from them in their own offensive (53:48). The picture remained the same: Göttingen scored but could not break away. With a lead of four points (64:60) we went into the last section.

BG – Towers 83:80 (22:16, 21:27, 21:17, 19:20)

bg: Martin (18pts / 0 trebles / 3 rebounds / 2 assists), Frey (14/4/5/4), Roberson (14/1/4/1), Vargas (0/0/6/0), Hujic (6/1/0/0), Hartwich (0/0/3/2), Moenninghoff (2/0/1/0), Kamp (6/0/2/4), Brown Jr. (19/1) / 1/3), Grimes (4/0/3/1). Team values: Field throw 31/57 (54%), threes 7/22 (32%), free throw 14/22 (64%), rebounds 31 (7 off./24 def.), Assists 17, turnovers 14, offenders 26 .

Towers: Brown (17/3/1/1), DiLeo (5/1/1/1), Homesley (17/1/4/5), Meisner (6/0/6/0), Christen (3 / 1/1/1), Kotsar (15/0/10/1), Hinrichs (10/0/1/1), Bluiett (0/0/0/2), Edigin (0/0/1/0) , Hollatz (7/0/3/8). Team values: Field shots 28/61 (46%), threes 6/26 (23%), free throws 18/27 (67%), rebounds 31 (10 off./21 defense), assists 20, turnovers 10, errors 23.

Stephen Brown raised the score to eight points for the hosts (69:61), but the visitors did not let themselves be shaken off and even took the lead for the first time in the match (69:70). Suddenly it went the other way: Göttingen had to chase after a deficit (73:78). Frey shortened by a three, Roberson equalized, Brown took the lead (81:78). The audience loved it. In the end, players and fans celebrated a victory of 83:80.

“I’m incredibly proud of my team today,” said BG coach Roel Moors. “We reacted and played with a lot of energy.” He saw confident players. “The team has always believed in itself.” Although it was often close, his team controlled most of the match and won deservedly. “We have to take that with us into the next match.”

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