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Bamberg Baskets lose despite good performance

Bamberg, 04-30-2024

Strong performance, but still a setback for Bamberg Baskets in the battle for the play-in spots. Whereas rival Hamburg won its game against Crailsheim, Bamberg was beaten 79:89 at home by runners-up Telekom Bonn. Bamberg now has to make up two wins on Hamburg with three games left to reach the play-in games.

Yet the players of Head Coach Arne Woltmann could not be blamed for the defeat against Bonn - they showed great commitment, fight and passion. Bamberg quickly took a 6:0 lead thanks to two threes by Justin Gray, but the home side conceded too many turnovers and so let Bonn into the game. The club from the Rhineland did not concede a single turnover and was able to pull 19:25 ahead at the end of the quarter. Bamberg only woke up again after the visitors had opened up a 26:36 gap: Stanic got things going with a steal and a great lay-up, Johnson and Woodbury drained threes and two lay-ups and Heckmann added a lay-up to make it 41:41. After the break 41:46, Bonn opened up a double-digit gap again and, after 45:56, it was Adrian Nelson who put Bamberg back within striking distance with seven points. Zach Copeland even gave his side a one-point lead. It remained close right up to the final minute, but after Trey Woodbury's three to make it 79:81, Bamberg's basket remained nailed down, while Bonn was able to add eight points.

Arne Woltmann (Head Coach Bamberg Baskets) commented: "I'm proud of the way my team fought. We really put everything we had in the tank into the game, but unfortunately we weren't rewarded for that. It was a one-possession game with a minute to go after Trey's three. Unfortunately, we weren't able to score a basket and we couldn't get the stops in defense either. "

Bamberg Baskets visit bottom-of-the-table Crailsheim Merlins on Saturday, May 4, 2024. Tip-off is at 6:30 p.m