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Brose Bamberg loses in Oldenburg

Oldenburg, 04-10-2019

Brose Bamberg went down by 89:100 on the road at EWE Baskets Oldenburg in an encounter postponed from the 17th game day of the easyCredit German Basketball League. The visitors were too seldom able to take the home side’s three-point marksmen out of the game and so conceded 10 threes out of 27 attempts. Oldenburg also kept on finding chances to set up its centers. After trailing by 13 points at one stage (51:64 in the 24th minute), Brose fought back to get within seven midway through the final period (80:87 in the 36th minute), but that was not enough to unsettle Oldenburg. Bamberg’s top scorers were Rice (23), Rubit (19) and Zisis (15).

An encounter largely dominated by the two offenses ensued from the tip-off. Philipp Schwethelm left Brose trailing by six points with a bucket from downtown midway through the quarter (12:18). However, the visitors displayed no nerves, especially from the foul line, with the result that they drained 8 out of 8 free throws and the scores were tied at 26:26 at the end of the period.

The opening minutes of the second quarter belonged to Oldenburg’s Massenat, who chalked up the first six points. Mahalbasic topped that with two more to complete an 8:0 that left Bamberg straggling by eight points (26:34 in the 12th minute). Brose tried a lot, made good decisions in offense and steadily added points. The only thing was that the home side did the same at the other end, as Bamberg often gave it too many second chances to score. Oldenburg would finish up with 14 offensive rebounds and win the rebounding duel by 39:30. Bamberg was still eight points behind at the break (44:52).

The home side took a double-digit lead for the first time after just over 24 minutes and a further three by Schwethelm (49:59). Whatever Bamberg tried, Oldenburg struck back right away. However, Rice and Rubit in particular stepped up to the plate and Nikos Zisis also found his shooting form. Yet the visitors did not close the gap by any real amount and trailed by nine points going into the final period (65:74).

Head Coach Federico Perego commented: “Oldenburg deserved more to win today. They had more energy than we did. We didn’t get off to a good start. We fought back in the second half after trailing. A few turnovers and open shots were enough to put Oldenburg on the road to victory. Mahalbasic was a problem for us throughout. We tried with Alexander even though he missed training, but of course we weren’t able to ask as much of him as usual. Our lack of tall players then made the difference.”