The much longed-for liberation in the relegation battle in the form of a victory was unfortunately denied medi bayreuth again on Friday evening in the home game against the Rostock Seawolves. In the game of the 16th matchday in the easyCredit Basketball Bundesliga, the Bayreuth team lost 83:92 to the North Germans and thus suffered its fourth defeat in a row in front of 2,667 spectators in the Bayreuth Oberfrankenhalle.
Right from the start, the guests from Rostock were the tactical team and were able to dominate the rebounding, especially in the first phases of the game. Accordingly, medi Head Coach Lars Masell was forced to take the first timeout of the evening after just four minutes in order to readjust his boys. However, his counterpart on the side of the guests probably did the same, because the Seawolves did not let up at all. However, since Brandon Childress scored quickly with a successful three-point shot and Ahmed Hill in succession, they "only" went into the first quarter break with an eight-point deficit.
However, this deficit grew again at the beginning of the second period, so that Lars Masell pulled the ripcord again at 18:32 and asked his team for the next timeout. From then on, his boys acted more aggressively, especially on defense, and forced the Seawolves to make mistakes, which medi was now able to use to its own advantage, closing a 14-point gap.
In the third quarter, the game became faster and the intensity increased on both sides. Bayreuth fought tirelessly and now looked for the move to the basket more often, which the Rostock team could defend only with difficulty. Point by point, medi crept closer to the Hanseatic city, but whenever one thought that the momentum had turned in favor of the hosts, the Rostockers proved the medi fans wrong. They allowed Bastian Doreth & Co. to get as close as three points, but then it was again quick points from the guests that put an end to all hopes. Nevertheless, medi remained within striking distance after the third quarter with 59:64.
The final period was emblematic of the entire game. The Bayreuth team put in a lot of effort and even came within two points, but, as so often this evening, the Rostock team responded immediately, turning a 69-71 deficit into a 69-78 one within two minutes. medi recovered from this deficit and was again able to create a one-possession game, but here, too, the North Germans had the better answer and thus deservedly came out on top in the end.
Lars Masell (Head Coach medi bayreuth): "Congratulations to Rostock, I don't want to say much about the game. Our situation is damn tough. Only as a united team we can find a way out of this misery. We have to make it as a team and that's all I have to say about it."
Next Sunday (29.01.) the next task for medi bayreuth is on the agenda. The Telekom Baskets Bonn are guests in the home Oberfrankenhalle. Jump on the 17th matchday is at 15:00. Tickets for the game are available HERE!