The defender had to pause for two games after his assault on the second matchday. “I’m overjoyed to finally be able to play again! It was hard not being able to help the team. But I know it was my fault,” said the American point guard.
The point guard had to pause for two games after his assault on the second day of the game. “I’m so happy to finally be able to play again! It was hard not being able to help the team, but I know it was my fault,” said the Tigers’ American point guard.
Coach Nándor Kovács’ protégés will be playing at Empor Berlin this weekend. And judging by the table and the results so far, it should be the duel of the unlucky ones of the season so far. Because like the Tigers, the boys from Prenzlauer Berg only have one win of the season on their credit side.
But after the opening defeat at championship favorites BBC White Devils Cottbus, the team around coach Patrick Köthur improved a lot. A 49:64 against last year’s runner-up Berlin Baskets was followed by an unfortunate 73:76 defeat against the then table leader Hallescher SC. A week later, Empor had even more bad luck when they lost 70:71 to second-placed BG Zehlendorf.
So the Tigers should be warned and not be misled by their place in the table. The big advantage in the team from the capitals is their balance. In addition to the top scorers Christian Zühr, Sebastian Zacharias and Sebastian Neumann, numerous role players also contribute their points and make SV Empor unpredictable.
There should also be a duel between the jumpers this weekend. Sascha Szymczak, who was born in Wolmirstedt and after all German Dunking Champion 2003, laces his shoes for the Berliners. But Aschersleben doesn’t need to hide behind it, since they have Steffen Müller, who has been delighting the audience with spectacular flying interludes for years.
Coach Nándor Kovács was able to draw on his entire squad this week and is therefore optimistic going into the match: “We’ve improved both physically and tactically. We now have to travel to Berlin with full concentration. If everyone there performs normally, we definitely have a chance of winning, even if you shouldn’t underestimate Empor.”