BBC Coburg secured the first home win of the current season in the BARMER 2. Basketball Bundesliga ProB on Sunday afternoon in the HUK-COBURG Arena against the Orange Academy from Ulm. The home side took the lead in the first quarter and did not relinquish it until the end. In the 76-63 home win, Coburg's basketballers only got out of rhythm after halftime.
BBC coach Jessie Miller saw room for improvement in her team's win over the league's second-to-last team and was particularly unhappy with the team's rebounding output. "We didn't rebound well today. We have to get a grip on this problem. Especially when it goes against a team like today, who are good at rebounds. That brings the opponents back into the game," the Texan analyzed after the game.
The match began in a disjointed manner and was marked by fouls and missed attempts until the end. In the first quarter alone, the BBC committed twelve fouls, the guests five. Coburg's center Leon Bulic left the court after just two and a half minutes with three fouls to his credit. His counterpart from the young Ulm team, Antonio Dorn, made his mark on the defensive play of his team right from the start and dominated the boards. In the end, the account of the 19-year-old talent showed a breathtaking 20 rebounds and 15 points. Already in the first half, Ulm struggled at the free throw line, hitting only eleven of 22 attempts. The quota did not improve in the further course of the encounter, ultimately only 14 of 28 attempts went in for the Swabians. The BBC took a 22:13 lead from the opening quarter.
Coburg's basketball players then put their comfortable lead at halftime on the line once again in the second half. Because the Swabians were now scoring better from beyond the three-point line, the match became exciting once again. After a triple by Thomas Müller, the BBC lead melted down to 51:47 (28th). In this important phase, however, the BBC always found the right answers in time. Adrian Worthy kept his nerve at the free-throw line and extended the Coburg lead again.
In the final quarter, the Spaniard Joaquin Carrasco took over the direction. He scored nine of his 19 points in the final period. With a 47 percent shooting rate from the field, he was also much more efficient than the rest of the team, which missed a number of high-caliber shots and was also unlucky at times. Especially with the threes it did not go so well for the BBC. Here, only 22 percent of the throws found the target. The joy about the clear victory at the end could not cloud these facts on Sunday afternoon, however. Almost 500 BBC fans were happy about the 76:63 victory, with which the Vestädter can balance the win-loss record and now look upwards. Next Saturday, captain Sven Lorber and his team will travel to Ludwigsburg, the last team in the table, where they will try to secure their next victory.