The ART Giants create the sensation

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The ART Giants create the sensation

In the third and decisive match in the play-off semi-final, ART Giants defeated Orange Academy Ulm 86:71 (35:33) and thus secured promotion to the 2nd Basketball Bundesliga Pro A, the second highest division in Germany. “This is cool. I’m so proud of the squad,” coach Florian Flabb said enthusiastically.

When the final whistle sounds, there is no restraint: the players shout their joy, the enthusiastic spectators give standing ovations and celebrate their heroes. Lennart Boner grabs the microphone and shakes his head. “I’m speechless. Madness!” shouts the ART Giants center fielder to the fans and tones the humba, which his team and audience celebrate loudly.

Jacob Engelhardt and Franklyn Aunitz later make the dive before Aunitz pours beer on his surprised teammate Quadre Lollis. The young autograph hunters will also get something for their money. The Düsseldorf team had recently achieved something historic: In the third and decisive match in the play-off semi-final, they defeated the Orange Academy Ulm 86:71 (35:33) and thus secured promotion to the 2nd Basketball Bundesliga Pro A, the second. highest division in Germany.

“This is cool. I’m so proud of the squad,” said coach Florian Flabb excitedly. The performance in the second half was crucial to the victory. The hosts came out of the locker room with much more energy. Captain Andrius Mikutis and American Booker Coplin kept going after the basket, while pointguard Franklyn Aunitz contributed with a three-pointer.At 48:38, the hosts achieved a double-digit lead for the first time, extending it to 61:48 by the end of the third quarter.

“They took our three-pointers from us. That’s why we went more and more into the basket, attacking the holes again and again and hitting hard shots,” the coach explains. at the beginning of the last quarter Mark Gebhardt took control and gave his team a lead of 69:52 Most recently, when Lennart Boner completed a theft with a crashing dunk to 74:55 (36th), the decision was made.

After the final whistle, club chairman Tim Uhden had only words of praise. “What Florian Flabb has achieved here is unique,” he said excitedly. “We had a couple of problems at the beginning of the season. But how Florian developed the team and how the team grew together, you only get that every ten years. Everyone tears up for the other, everyone rejoices together. It’s great team chemistry. “This was the key to success,” Uhden stressed. The commitment of Booker Coplin, who was active in the United States in the third division of college, was also a true stroke of luck.

With their participation in the playoff finals, the ART Giants acquired the sporting right to advance to Pro A. They would like to perceive that as well. “We thought long and hard about what we would do if we actually made it to the playoffs,” reveals Uhden, who also thinks of the example of WWU Baskets Münster. A few years ago, they decided to be promoted because they did not feel ready for the more professional Pro A. Last year, they failed in the play-off semifinals, this time as the big favorite in the quarterfinals against Ulm. “Now we can screw up – who knows when we’ll get a chance like this again? However, we have no interest in a suicide mission. Our goal is to try to tackle this task with new possibilities,” says Uhden. Introductory talks with the city has already taken place. “There is certainly a lot of enthusiasm in Düsseldorf. That is why we want to take the step, “Uhden announces.

ART Giants: Coplin 26, Gebhardt 15, Aunitz 10, Boner 10, Mikutis 9, Lollis 8, Mpacko 8, Uzoma, Engelhardt, Pobric, Pook.

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