medi Bayreuth’s campaign in the MagentaSport German cup is over in the very first round. The HEROES OF TOMORROW lost their game at SYNTAINICS MBC in Weißenfels on Saturday evening by 79:91 (40:52) and so were eliminated in the last 16. In front of 2,100 spectators in the Stadthalle Arena, the home side dominated proceedings from the outset. The Wolves quickly built a lead, which they held onto commandingly and even stretched to 21 points at one stage (77:56 in the 30th minute).
“We didn’t play well right from start to finish. We lacked passion and energy. It’s only the second encounter of the season, but it seems we aren’t ready to play important games. Today’s was very important and we definitely need to work on ourselves, otherwise we have a really tough season ahead of us,” said medi Bayreuth’s forward Lukas Meisner afterwards.
The Wolves were fired up for this cup encounter from the first second. By the end of the game, medi Bayreuth had taken more shots and won the rebounding duel by 37:32, but the team of Head Coach Wojciech Kaminski carved out the better chances and, thanks to its far superior shooting percentage, notched up a comfortable start-to-finish victory in which the HEROES OF TOMORROW did not have the lead at any single time. The home side moved the ball very strongly, especially in the first half, when it scored either from in the paint directly below Bayreuth’s basket (26 out of 52 points) or drained buckets from beyond the arc (8). The two other points in the haul of 52 before the break were contributed by Cameron Jackson with the home side’s only two (!) free throws in the first half.And Weißenfels’ offense remained superbly productive in the second and third periods against a Bayreuth defense that often appeared sedate. 27 points in the second quarter and a further 25 in the third gave the Wolves a decisive 77:58 advantage after 30 minutes.
Raoul Korner, Head Coach of medi Bayreuth, commented: “First of all, congratulations to the coach and team on deservedly advancing to the next round. It’s not only a sobering result for us, but also the sobering recognition after our two games that we’re not a good team at the moment. And that we’re far removed from performing as we’d like to. Our play is adequate in every department. We’ve no identity at the moment and lack confidence in playing together. We have to get back to work speedily on the things we need to remedy.”
Head Coach Raoul Korner now has a little over a week to prepare his team for its next encounter on the road: The HEROES OF TOMORROW travel to the Arena Hohenlohe on the second game day of the easyCredit German Basketball League this Sunday, October 6, 2019. The tip-off against HAKRO Merlins Crailsheim is at 3 p.m.