A 94-67 blowout home win over TSV Oberhaching Tropics set the tone for BBC COBURG’s official coronation as the 2016/2017 1. Regionalliga Southeast champions.
Despite the occasional “showtime” highlight – e.g. forward Jordan Burris elevating for two thunderous jams or knocking down NBA-range triples without hesitation, Steffen Walde dropping no-look dimes or young Daniel Eisenhardt calmly sinking the mid-range jumper he had worked on since he first practiced with the team - the game itself provided little more than an overture to the festivities that ensued once the final buzzer drew the curtains on a magnificent campaign that resulted in BBC COBURG capturing the league title and thus obtaining promotion to 2. Bundesliga Pro B.
The dominant team in the league, BBC finish with a 24-2 record, six wins ahead of 2nd-ranked Vilsbiburg Baskets. Simon Bertram’s troops also top the rankings in total points scored and allowed. In Burris (21.4 ppg, 8.8rpg, 2.2spg, 42.9% 3-point percentage), Walde (16.9ppg, 3.0apg, 59.8% field goal percentage) and Fabian Franke (20.3ppg, 7.5rpg) , the Upper Franconians feature at least three candidates for MVP or all-league honors. Head coach Bertram should be a shoo-in for Coach of the Year.
Therefore, the approximately 1,400 fans inside HUK-COBURG arena including a large number of Brose employees attending Brose Day had a lot to cheer about while watching in awe as a mesmerizing laser show illuminated the gym. The Coburg faithful grew even more ecstatic when said MVP candidate Burris announced that he would continue his Germany adventure and don the white and blue for a second successive season in 2017/2018.