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Bamberg storms into second place after winning on the road

Bonn, 11-10-2019

That was more than commanding! Brose Bamberg strolled to a 106:81 victory on the road at Telekom Baskets Bonn to jump into second spot in the easyCredit German Basketball League. The visitors’ fifth league win in a row was already sealed by half-time, when the team of Head Coach Roel Moors was leading 55:28 after outplaying Bonn with its best performance of the season.

It was a gala display of basketball that Bamberg conjured up for 33 minutes in Bonn’s Telekom Dome: Moors’ team shredded the nerves of Bonn’s attackers with compact, tough and skillfully shifting defense, whereas at the other end its confidence in shooting grew with each bucket. Playmaker Paris Lee proved himself a genuine floor general, making seven out of ten of his direct assists before the break, which his teammates capitalized on from beyond the arc in particular. Bamberg drained ten threes by half-time, a figure that increased to an outstanding 14 out of 26 by the end – the best mark it has achieved this season. Kameron Taylor (18 points) and Christian Sengfelder (14) soon stretched the lead from 7:6 to 15:8 and then 28:14 at the end of the period. Bonn found Bamberg’s defense hard to crack in the second quarter, too: The home side managed to add just 14 points in front of 5,800 fans, whereas Bamberg amassed a further 27 to lead by 55:28 at half-time.

Shortly after the break, Sengfelder extended the gap to 30 points (62:32) with his third three, after which Bamberg increasingly shifted its attacking efforts to below the board. The beneficiary of that was center Assem Marei, who repeatedly drove Bonn’s defenders dizzy with his movements and was able to score dependably with lay-ups. The Egyptian top scorer chalked up 13 of his total of 19 points in the third period and also snapped up 11 rebounds. Indeed, Bamberg were far superior to the club from the Rhineland in that department: 41:26 rebounds speak volumes – and Bamberg was able to add 14 points off its second chances to score in offense. And Moors’ team was finally on top of its game when it came to free throws: whereas its percentage fluctuated between a weak 60 and 70 percent in recent games, Bamberg scored 20 out of 21 this time. Youngster Nelson Weidemann impressed with six out of six attempts and, with a total haul of 14 points, produced his best game for Bamberg to date. The upshot was that the visitors led by 90:57 going into the final period – the game was long over. Yet to the Head Coach’s displeasure, Bamberg then decided to play out the game and conceded eight turnovers, allowing Bonn to put a slightly better complexion on the final score (106:81).

Brose Bamberg’s Head Coach Roel Moors commented: “I’m very happy about the performance we showed in offense and defense over 33 minutes. Of course, there are points I could criticize, such as the fact that we let the other side get away with far too much in the final seven minutes. But all in all, I can’t ask for much more of my team. Our attitude was outstanding, we passed the ball very well in attack, in defense we forced our opponents into taking a lot of difficult shots and we had a comfortable lead for almost the entire game.”

Brose Bamberg now faces an encounter in the Champions League when it travels to VEF Riga, which is next-to-bottom in the group, on Wednesday, November 13, 2019. The tip-off is at 6 p.m.

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