Thanks to a real power performance at the MLP Academics, the 50 medi fans were able to celebrate their second win of the season. After a largely balanced first half, medi bayreuth trailed by 11 points (58:69) shortly before the end of the 3rd quarter but managed to pull away with a 13:0 run in the final period to 85:78 (36th) and celebrate an 89:87 victory in the end.
It took a while for the first points to fall for Bayreuth. The hosts from Heidelberg were already 5:0 ahead before Cameron Wells scored successfully. From then on, a balanced game developed, which was also evident within the team. Already in the first ten minutes, all players entered their names on the scoreboard. The fact that the scoreboard showed 22:25 deficit after the first ten minutes was mainly due to the rebound inferiority (5:11).
The second period began with two successful three-point shots by Kevin Wohlrath. The hard-fought game from the first ten minutes continued. Both sides acted with high intensity and every basket success had to be worked hard for. In the middle of the second quarter, medi managed to pull away to five points (33:28) before going into halftime with a 40:43 lead.
After the change of ends, the hosts quickly managed to get the lead on their side and Heidelberg also had the momentum clearly on its side four minutes before the end of the third period. Close calls now seemed to be in favor of the home side, so that Head Coach Branislav Ignjatovic's team was able to take advantage of this to go on an 11:0 run and the Heidelbergers were able to pull away more clearly for the first time (69:58). Medi once again threw everything into the scales and was able to bring the deficit back into single digits (65:73) by the end of the quarter.
This trend continued in the final period. With a 7:0 run, the Bayreuth team was able to reduce the deficit to one point (72:73). The Heidelberg team initially had an answer and extended the lead again. But once again, Head Coach Korner's team went on a run. This time it was a 13-0 run that finally put the momentum on Bayreuth's side. Aggressive and effective defense forced the Heidelberg team to lose the ball. As their own offense also got better, medi bayreuth were able to pull away to 85:78 and ultimately win the game 89:87.
"Huge compliments to the opposing team. The game was anything but easy. If you don't play well, then at least play hard and that's what we did. Despite many absences, we fought the game home," explained Raoul Korner (Head Coach medi bayreuth) after the game.
Already next Wednesday the Bayreuth team will welcome the Dutch team Donar Groningen in the FIBA Europe Cup. Jump of the game is at 20:00 clock.