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Basketball Bundesliga: Brose Bamberg loses to Alba Berlin

Bamberg, 10-31-2021

Brose Bamberg has lost its lead in the Basketball Bundesliga. On the sixth matchday, Roijakkers' team suffered an 89-101 loss at home to German champions Alba Berlin and slipped to fourth place in the main round.

The hopes of the Bamberg team that the Euroleague participant would play exhausted in the Brose Arena after a "double English week" with four games in eight days were not fulfilled. Especially at the end, Berlin seemed fresher, also because they were able to reintegrate three long-injured players into the team. In addition, the Berliners had picked Omar Prewitt as the Bambergers' weak point, constantly annoyed the Bamberg point guard in attack with two counterparts and attacked in return at the back against his defense. Coach Roijakkers took the American off the court early in the second quarter and left Prewitt out entirely. Berlin had the better start, went on a 0:9 run to lead 5:13, with a spectacular dunk Kenneth Ogbe (12 points) tore the 3800 fans from their seats, Bamberg was back on it (12:15). Especially the interplay of Christian Sengfelder and Patrick Heckmann (12 points), complemented by the strong passes of playmaker Justin Robinson (10 assists), worked well. In the middle of the second quarter, Berlin had a ten-point lead (25:35), but Heckmann's layup, four points by Sengfelder and Trevis Simpson's only three-pointer brought the home side back to 32:35 and they went into the break with a 38:43 gap.

But it was the threes that prevented Bamberg from taking the lead. Only seven of Bamberg's 32 shot attempts ended up in the basket. With a more or less normal rate, Bamberg would have had a chance to win, especially since they only lost four balls in the build-up to the game despite Alba's strong defense (season average 15.1 so far). Justin Robinson (23 points) kept the home side within striking distance with his ten points in the third quarter, and the score was 63-71 going into the final period. Thanks to six points in a row from top scorer Christian Sengfelder (29 points) and a three-pointer from Justin Robinson, Bamberg cut the deficit to 72-78 with five minutes to go. With a 0:11 run within two minutes, Berlin pushed the tempo once again, 72:89, the game was unfortunately decided.

Johan Roijakkers (head coach Brose Bamberg): "I'm not happy about the defeat, but I can't be too unhappy about how we played. We took excellent care of the ball, distributed it well. In the third quarter we scored well, but didn't get any stops at the back. Unfortunately, that didn't stop in the final period. If we had hit the threes a little better, it could have been a different outcome. All in all, we played ok, but need to step it up defensively."

Next Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021, Brose Bamberg will have to face the Fraport Skyliners away in Frankfurt from 3 p.m. on. Roijakkers' team should not underestimate the Hessians, however, as the Skyliners recently scored their first win of the season away in Ulm.