Moors, Mönninghoff and Meinertshagen take stock of the season

Göttingen.A large part of the team spent nine months together, from Thursday, players, coaches and staff of the basketball Bundesliga team BG Göttingen so far go their separate ways. Reason enough to take stock of the season and talk to three men who have been in focus over the last few months and who represent different parts of “BG Construct”.

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CEO Frank Meinertshagen rated the season as “fundamentally positive”, which ended with 16 wins and a tenth place finish. “But the feeling is that we have not achieved everything,” he says, referring to the missed playoff participation.

The goal of being able to play in an international competition is still there. “For us, only the FIBA ​​Europe Cup comes into play. This would be a major development step for the entire organization of BG Göttingen. It extends to many areas: teachers, teams, but also office staff and marketing – for all would be an extra burden that we could learn from, “says Meinertshagen.

Frank Meinertshagen

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It will probably not be decided until June whether the violets will also be there internationally. “For example, it must be clarified whether the Russian teams should play. I have no idea how this is handled. We just have to wait and see. “

As CEO, Meinertshagen always keeps an eye on the numbers. BG had planned a 50 percent utilization of Sparkassen-Arena for the 2021/22 season – well, about a year ago. No match was sold out, the meeting against FC Bayern Munich in November 2021 was almost close to full capacity. “It was like a normal match. In the end, we are missing almost a million euros for the calculation itself. It was precisely this spectator income that was very difficult to calculate in light of the Corona situation,” explains the BG club manager.

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Meinertshagen says of the sponsors ‘and partners’ commitment: “There is always some variation, but our partners stood by us. We have achieved the best result ever, «says the 53-year-old, who has been responsible for BG Göttingen’s business for ten years. He also has a reason for this success: “More people are now working in this area. We have invested in staff, and as a result we have – admittedly – reached our ambitious goals. ”

That things did not go as well as planned is also due to Kamar Baldwin’s injury-related retirement. “It was thought that way. That he bears the burden. The overall package – offensive and defensive – was just right for him. He was also a real guy and a professional throughout,” Meinertshagen describes the calm American.

With Baldwin’s season out, the mentality is lost

Head coach Roel Moors also had Baldwin as the “go-to-guy” on the bill from the start. With his departure at the end of March, the team lost its mentality. “He just swept everyone away – with his attitude and professionalism,” said the Belgian.

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The 24-year-old guard officially had the role of leader on the pitch. “That was what he was hired for. We also announced this role in the team. After a couple of weeks of preparation, there were one-on-one discussions with the team so everyone knew what I expected from each one,” says Moors .

Roel Moors

Roel Moors

That Baldwin did not succeed speaks for the quality of the top scorer. A strong player was found with the signing of Jeremiah Martin, but he was not a sufficient replacement. The 43-year-old coach’s explanation: “Every change changes the chemistry of a team.”

Moors does not hide his disappointment at missing the playoffs: “Our goal was to fight for the playoffs to the end. Goals must be challenging, but also achievable. In the end, it is the result that counts. And it was disappointing for me personally. ” The level was no longer right in the final phase, one was no longer competitive. “The extra we needed was missing.”

The last battle in Munich, where the Moors had to serve a quarantine, he saw without intervening in between. “The first half was okay, but Munich increased the intensity in the second half.” Assistant coach Olivier Foucart took charge of the sideline. “We prepared the game together and made the game plan. In Munich at the time, Olivier had all the freedom. We had no communication during the match.”

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Mathis Mönninghoff and his milestones

Mathis Mönninghoff, the violet record player since March 8, because he has played the most matches for BG Göttingen, will, according to his own statement, still spend some time dealing with the missed playoff chance.

“It’s going to hurt all summer. The playoffs were our big goal before the season, we played mostly well. You don’t get such a chance so often, “says the 30-year-old, who is proud that his team has won at least one match against all other playoff participants with the exception of FC Bayern and Bamberg. “It was a great team, we all took care of ourselves. It was something special to have a Kamar Baldwin, who has so many basketball skills, in Göttingen.”

Mathis Mönninghoff and Kamar Baldwin after the narrow victory against Bayreuth.

Mathis Mönninghoff and Kamar Baldwin after the narrow victory against Bayreuth.

His personal conclusion is positive, even though a corona infection and a torn ligament handicapped him in the final stages. “It was setbacks, but I gave everything and I’m happy.” In addition to his status as a record player, Mönninghoff had two other milestones to celebrate this season: In December, he hit the 1500 point mark and a month later his 300 points. Play the game in BBL.

Shortly before the end of the main round, BG Göttingen announced the extension of the contract with the father of two: He will stay for at least two years with the possibility of a third season. “Of course I do not want to rest on my laurels, but this fact is good for the back of my mind,” says Mönninghoff, who is having a little holiday with his family, “but will soon be back in the gym”.

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Fans and teams meet in Monro’s Park on Wednesday

For two years, BG Göttingen’s fans had to do without an official farewell after the end of the season. This year, it is again possible to gather fans and teams before players, coaches and all staff around the team say goodbye to the summer holidays. BG invites all fans to the big closing party on Wednesday from kl. 17.30 in Monro’s Park (Göttingen, Hospitalstraße 29). The highlight of the celebration will be the auction of the original player jerseys in favor of BG youth work and an autograph session. There will also be a special sale of fan article. There are no longer statutory corona hygiene measures, but BG recommends that all fans wishing to attend the celebration test themselves for the corona virus beforehand to protect others and to wear an FFP2 mask.

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