The upset stomach medi’s Head Coach Raoul Korner suffered before his team’s game against SYNTAINIC MBC was not a harbinger of things to come. It was only at the start of the encounter on the 19th game day in the easyCredit German Basketball League that medi Bayreuth had slight problems with the visitors from Saxony-Anhalt and their excellent shooting from beyond the arc. However, the HEROES OF TOMORROW took total command from the second period onward in front of 3,208 spectators in Bayreuth’s Oberfrankenhalle to run out completely deserved winners by 104:86 (55:43).
The MBC’s Managing Director had called for 100-percent fight and passion from his team before the encounter in Bayreuth – and that is precisely what he saw in the first period. The Wolves got off to a magnificent start, notching up an excellent shooting percentage and seven threes out of just nine attempts. Yet medi Bayreuth refused to let itself become disconcerted and kept in contention. Although just about everything came off for the visitors in offense, Bastian Doreth and his team trailed by just 22:28 after the first period.
However, the visitors had apparently shot their bolt by the start of the second quarter and managed to drain just one of their nine attempted threes in the second ten minutes. medi Bayreuth now also got better into its stride at the other end and, following a number of tactical changes, needed only two minutes to turn the game around and begin to dictate the run of play. After Bryce Alford tied the scores at 31:31, the HEROES OF TOMORROW produced a 17:4 run to storm 48:35 ahead in the 17th minute. medi went in at half-time with a 55:43 advantage and was not only on top in terms of the scoreline.
Raoul Korner’s players came back out full of zest and put more and more points between them and the MBC. The bucket from downtown by Bryce Alford to make it 76:52 in the 27th minute not only gave medi its highest lead of the evening, but also as good as sealed victory, since the home side remained extremely focused and played out the game in commanding fashion.
All in all, the eighth win of the season for the HEROES OF TOMORROW was down to three things. After the Wolves’ very strong shooting percentage in the first period and the fact that there were only few rebounds, medi dominated below the boards from then on, as can be seen from the fact that Evan Bruinsma (9 rebounds) and his teammates won the duel in that department by 43:34.
The HEROES OF TOMORROW’s team play was yet again magnificent. 26 assists and just three turnovers are excellent statistics. In particular, the way Lukas Meisner and Andreas Seiferth combined was stunning at times.
The bench scoring is also testimony to medi’s all-round team performance. It clearly won the duel of the bench players by 43:15 and also scored far more points in the paint than the opposing side (52:30).
Lukas Meisner from medi Bayreuth commented: “I think we can leave the arena today with a pretty good feeling. We had a few difficulties at the start, but we eventually managed to dominate the game completely. I’m pleased that everyone did their bit and am delighted at this important win.”
The HEROES OF TOMORROW now have a game on the road before the break for the internationals: The team of Head Coach Raoul Korner travels to Lower Franconia this Wednesday to face s.Oliver Würzburg in the s.Oliver Arena (tip-off: 7 p.m.).