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Defeat in Speyer at the start of the second round

Speyer, 01-07-2023

More than 100 points against Speyer were not enough for a win for BBC Coburg in their second-round opener in the BARMER 2nd Basketball Bundesliga ProB. At Ahorn Camp BIS Baskets, Coburg's basketball players lost a hard-fought encounter only after overtime with 103:101. The hosts showed themselves motivated to the fingertips after the clear first-round defeat against the Vestädter and wrestled a victory from the team around Head Coach Milos Petkovic.

BBC started solidly. The match started promisingly for the Vestädter, especially in the first half. In the first period they quickly took a 4:0 lead through Petkovic and Suput. The hosts answered with a three-pointer by Jake Babic. After Lollis and Diala made it 7:4 for the Baskets just a little later, BBC coach Petkovic took his first timeout early in the game. The lead then changed hands a few times before the Upper Franconians were able to pull away for the first time through converted free throws by Suput.

Coburg delivered their strongest performance in the second quarter, which they won 27:21. The guests pulled away with three Blunt threes within 70 seconds. When Tyreese Blunt scored again from the parking lot just one minute later, Coburg took a 14-point lead. This was to remain the highest lead of the evening. Until halftime, Blunt scored once more from downtown and was also fouled on a three-point attempt. Consequently, the BBC took a 51:42 lead into the break.

It must have been clear to the Coburg players that the crazy three-point quota from the second quarter could not be maintained forever. In the third period, however, the BBC also went down because Speyer defended aggressively and forced the Vestädter to lose the ball already in the build-up to the game. After a long Coburg lead, the Baskets regained the upper hand 100 seconds before the end of the quarter with a three-pointer by Schally. With a narrow Speyer lead of 72:71, it went into the last quarter.

Until the end of the regular playing time, the Coburg team was able to equalize the slight disadvantage and initially save itself into overtime. Baskets captain Daryl Woodmore, who was once again his team's top scorer with 23 points, nailed two three-pointers in the final phase and thus secured Speyer the overtime. Woodmore exchanged blows with BBC guard Adrian Worthy in crunch time. With just under a minute left on the clock, the score was tied at 90, and overtime was needed to determine a winner.

Also in the overtime none of the opponents succeeded in decisively distancing themselves, furthermore the lead changed frequently. With two converted free throws by Tyreese Blunt, Coburg took a 101:99 lead with 57 seconds left. The dominant David Aichele, who was the most effective player on the court with 14 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks, answered with a basket to equalize. DJ Woodmore showed his persistence twelve seconds before the end, converted the miss of his colleague Quadre Lollis as an offensive rebound and immediately put the ball into the net for the 103:101 final score. Milos Petkovic took another timeout. However, Tyreese Blunt did not hit the decisive three-pointer from the corner.