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BBC Coburg loses to FC Bayern Munich II

Coburg, 02-02-2019

BBC Coburg has suffered a bitter setback in the battle for a playoff berth in the BARMER ProB South 2nd German Basketball League with a deserved 71:87 (35:52) defeat against the reserve side of FC Bayern Munich at home on Saturday evening. With three games remaining in the regular season, it now runs the risk of having to participate in the playdowns.

It could have been a historic evening in the HUK-COBURG arena in a game that drew an excellent attendance of around 1,600 spectators. A home win against the German champions’ budding talents would have put qualification for the playoffs for the first time in BBC Coburg’s history within its grasp.

In front of the large crowd, however, the team of Head Coach Ulf Schabacker, which was missing Daniel Krause and Andy Rico, relapsed into old habits from the start of the season the home fans had thought their side had overcome once and for all. Instead of intimidating the young visitors with intensity and physical defending, Coburg gave them too much freedom – and the upshot was an alarming field goal percentage of 78 for Bayern in the first half. Instead of driving to the basket uncompromisingly, the home side fired away shots from outside in uninspired fashion – three buckets from beyond the arc out of 15 attempts before the break strongly suggest that this approach did not reap rewards.

Yet all this criticism of the home side should not distract from Munich’s performance. Head Coach and former international Demond Greene had prepared his squad excellently and impressed on it just how important the encounter was. In contrast, the home side seemed strangely haphazard to begin with and then later increasingly unnerved at its own lack of fortune with its shots and at Munich’s poise. The encounter was as good as over by half-time (35:52).

After the restart, the club from Upper Franconia at least showed a sharp improvement in attitude. It now defended more attentively and reduced Bayern’s shooting percentages to more normal numbers. However, little managed to click in attack again and no Coburg player scored at an above-average rate, with the result that the BBC was not able to make any substantial ground and so get the crowd back behind it.