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medi Bayreuth fails to extend its winning streak in Weißenfels

Weißenfels, 04-28-2019

After two wins in a row, Head Coach Raoul Korner stuck to his starting five. As is now almost customary, the opening belonged to the opposing side. Bayreuth was trailing by eight points when Adonis Thomas put its first points on the board (2:8 in the 2nd minute). Yet the MBC was not disconcerted and instead opened up a 15:4 gap midway through the first period. Only then did the HEROES OF TOMORROW get into the game a little better. However, nothing from beyond the arc wanted to drop and so they trailed by nine points after the first ten minutes (16:25).

medi fought tenaciously to catch up with the Wolves in the second quarter, but never really got within striking distance. In particular, Andrew Warren was impossible to control. Whenever it looked like the HEROES OF TOMORROW were about to spark a run, the MBC’s shooting guard was always on hand. It seemed as if every one of his shots hit their mark, no matter how well medi defended against them. The American notched up 24 points in the first half alone. medi Bayreuth had most success when it moved the ball to near to the basket. Consequently, Bayreuth’s top scorers were Eric Mika (8), Andreas Seiferth (8) and De’Mon Brooks (9). However, its 3-point field goal percentage remained modest, with the result that it was not able to catch up and went in at half-time trailing by 43:53.

The lively attacking play continued after the break. First of all, the MBC extended its lead a little, but then the HEROES OF TOMORROW were able to reduce the deficit again. However, they did not manage to pile on the pressure. In particular in defense, the players of Head Coach Raoul Korner were able to stop the Wolves too rarely. When they did succeed, they failed to capitalize uncompromisingly enough on their chances in attack and so medi trailed by a margin that gyrated around the 10-point mark for the whole of the third quarter. Bayreuth went into the final period 65:76 behind.

Its intensity in defense was also not high enough to pose any serious danger to the home side in the final period. medi managed just once to reduce the deficit to single digits, when Nik Raivio made a three-point play midway through the quarter (79:88). After that, the MBC stepped up a gear again and left no doubt that it would run out deserved victors.

Raoul Korner commented: “Congratulations, Silvano, to you and your team for your deserved victory. Games like today are the very reason why we are rightfully where we are in the table. We don’t manage to pull up our socks for such a game and produce the intensity you need to win on the road. We conceded 108 points – that’s a joke. Andrew Warren looked like a young Michael Jordan in the first half. We didn’t play with the necessary energy. If you fail to do that again and again, then you don’t reach the playoffs and deservedly so. We have to realize that some time or other.”