Offensively strong hosts
Best “Albatross” was Jaleen Smith with 24 points, Zoosman and ex-Bamberg Maodo Lô also scored in double digits. In general, the Berliners have found each other, especially offensively, to the letter. At the beginning of the season there was still one or the other, also individual, slack, the attacking machinery has been running at full speed for months. Israel Gonzales’ men have averaged 87 points per game so far, which is the best result of all BBL teams behind Bonn (87.9).
They are particularly accurate from the three-point line, and in Eriksson, Schneider and Sikma they have three players who hit a good 40 percent of their distance shots. It’s not just one player who regularly runs hot, it’s the whole team that can score. That is what makes Berlin so unpredictable. But the Capitals also have the best defense in the entire league and allow only an average of 72.9 points so far.
Not so long ago, Brose had to experience on his own how ugly a match against Berlin can be. With 57:89, Bamberg was shot out of the hall almost three weeks ago without a chance.
Of course, this game, this result is still in our minds when it comes to preparing for the quarterfinals series. The fact that Brose is in the playoffs for the 21st time in a row is something the team has worked hard for and more than deserved over the past few weeks, having won nine of their last eleven games. Since Monday, the whole focus has been on the matches against Berlin. The situation makes it possible – it sounds easier than it obviously is – to turn the home advantage around with a won match in the capital. But it is a dream of the future, the task lies in the here-and-now. And head coach Oren Amiel currently has everyone on board, so with the exception of Patrick Heckmann, who is still injured, he can draw on plenty of crew.
Everyone on board
Like the Berliners, he can rely on many players, especially offensively, who can make the difference on a good day. Justin Robinson (20), Omar Prewitt (12) and Tomáš Kyzlink (12) were Bamberg’s best pitchers against the Hamburg Towers in the main 77:67 victory in the playoffs. Equally notable are Kenneth Ogbe and Chris Dowe, who primarily did a strong job defensively against Hamburg’s longtime favorite Caleb Homesley, keeping the top scorer at eight points. Brose Bamberg will be just as focused on Friday in Berlin and defy the big name and mood.
And often a clash between the leader of the table and the eighth was closer than expected on paper. The best example: Brose also finished as number eight in the quarter-finals last year, delivering a tough five-match battle against league leader Ludwigsburg, who had just four defeats in the main round. In addition to this game, a total of five other such duels were to be played in a crucial fifth game in recent years. Berlin was involved twice. In 2006 against Oldenburg and in 2009 against Paderborn, the capital team needed the decisive match to advance to the semi-finals. The capitals were also – and now it is becoming interesting from Bamberg’s point of view – the first team that, as the leaders of the table, did not manage to assert themselves against the eighth. In 2007, the quarter-final series against Quakenbrück was clearly and quickly lost 0: 3. This accident then happened to a winner of the main round only once more. In 2010, Oldenburg was beaten by Braunschweig in four matches.
Bedding senses a possibility
Bamberg’s leading wolf Christian Sengfelder appealed to his team: “Of course we still played three weeks ago in mind. Such a thing must and will not happen to us again. We must be much more physical on Friday. They imposed on us their will, both offensively and defensively.We need to be better prepared for that.We need to get them out of their comfort zone.They did what they wanted.Our goal must be to steal one of the two games this weekend.Maybe they underestimate us a bit after their clear victory two weeks ago. We certainly sense our chance. ”
Sport1 broadcasts the entire quarter-final series between the capital and the cathedral city live on its platforms. While the start of Friday can be seen in a free livestream on the internet, games 2 and 3 will be broadcast live on free-to-air TV on Sunday 15 May from 6pm and Thursday 19 May from 7pm. Should the quarter-final series go into overtime, Sport1 will also show matches 4 (optional 22 May at 18 in Bamberg) and 5 (optional 25 May at 20.30 in Berlin) on free TV. two / red