Ale Div. Posted May 5, 2006 Report Share Posted May 5, 2006 Germany - Favorites prevail the first round of the Playoffs By Josie Esch The BBL Playoffs have started this weekend with no surprises: all the favorites (RheinEnergie Köln, GHP Bamberg, Eisbären Bremerhaven and ALBA Berlin) have won their matches and lead their Best-of-five series with 1:0. After GHP Bamberg’s Demond Mallet hurts himself just before the start of the Playoffs (cruciate ligament crack) also the Telekom Baskets Bonn have to play the rest of season without one of their main players: Jason Conley got a capillary crack in his foot and is going to get operate next week. The second round of the quarter finals is going to be on Thursday, 4th May. RheinEnergie Köln – EnBW Ludwigsburg 94:68 (44:33) Köln-Coach Sasa Obradovic: “We have started very nervously, probably because of the lack of playing time in the last couple of weeks, but we dominated every part of the game. I’m very happy about the victory but that’s just one step in a long series of steps and Ludwigsburg is known for their strong home field performance. ” Ludwigsburg-Coach Silvano Poropat: - Köln: McGowan 23, Ivory 17, McElroy 14, Gortat 9 (11reb), Nadjfeji 8, Sljivancanin 8, Jordan 6, Grünheid 6, Talts 2, Vucurovic 1, Strasser Ludwigsburg: Goljovic 18, Love 9, Green 8, Scott 8, Jazvin 7, Nesovic 6, Jelesijevic 5, Boddicker 4, Mittmann 2, Kesselring 1, Kalamiza GHP Bamberg – Telekom Baskets Bonn 78:66 (40:31) Bamberg-Coach Dirk Bauermann: “We have done our homework well and thoroughly. We knew that it would be difficult. But we have started well and defend on a very high level. After that Bonn showed a very good passing game and hit difficult three-pointers. But we kept calm and reacted intelligent in the Defense especially the tall players shown themselves very dedicated.” Bonn-Coach Michael Koch: “Bamberg has defend for 40 minutes very aggressive, which caused huge problems. But we came back thanks to our three-pointers. My team has fought till so that I can’t reproach anything. Today we have lost because of three strong phases of Bamberg and that we couldn’t shorten the distance in the end. We’ve missed Jason Conley badly.” Bamberg: Garrett 20, Nelson 13, Helmanis 12, Hamann 10, Begley 8, Ensminger 7, Archibong 4, Phelps 2, Nahar 2, Stafford Bonn: Wisniewski 15, Perincic 13, Janza 10, Mihajlovic 9, Meeks 7, Kolodziejski 6, Tomeljak 3, Paravinja 3, Black Eisbären Bremerhaven – Artland Dragons 81:76 (36:27) Bremerhaven-Coach Sarunas Sakalauskas: “You could see clearly, that theirs no big difference between the fourth and fifth position. The Dragons have a lot of potential, but in the first half we managed it to stop Quakenbrück in the Defense. Add to it we created the better shots in the first 20 minutes. In the second half the Dragons were faster and more aggressive than we were. We permitted too many easy shots. That’s what we have to avoid. The victory was very important. The psychological pressure is now on Quakenbrück. They have to win at home and not fall behind. Nevertheless we have to be attentive, because the Dragons are very strong at home and their fans are going to be hot, too. ” Artland-Coach Chris Fleming: “I don’t want to curtail the performance of Bremerhaven, but I don’t agree with several decisions of the referees. For two times I’ve asked the refs to pay attention on the boxing out after the free-throws that it go on correctly. But nothing happened. And then Prewitt gets an unsportsmanlike foul. The referees gave just 19 fouls to the Eisbären but 27 to us. Add to it they got 33 free-throws, we just 12. Just after the incidents last weekend in Bamberg, you ask yourself where is that going to.” Bremerhaven: Fenn 21, B. Jones 16, Jacobson 14, Wallace 10, Jocys 8, Bennett 7, Bynum 5, Dawidowski, Maneikis, Stein Artland: Rivera 20, Walker 17, Bulic 10, D. Hall 9, Smith 8, Prewitt 6, Lampley 4, Bailey 2, Rohdewald ALBA Berlin – EWE Baskets Oldenburg 102:92 (59:47) Berlin-Coach Henrik Rödl: “As expected it was a very though match. Oldenburg is much better than their eighth position. That’s going to be a difficult series. We had to get focused again after the highs in the cup, what we overall succeeded. Both teams are going to concentrate on their Defense after the high number of points. ” Oldenburg-Coach Don Beck: “ALBA started after their success last week as expected with much enthusiasm. They have hit very well and played aggressive. I’m proud of my team that they have fought back and made the match marginal again.” Berlin: Greene 23, Stanojevic 18, Lollis 16, Mazeika 13, Hollis 13, Whitehead 7, Ford 7, Canak 3, Kulawick 2, Arigbabu Oldenburg: Penigar 16, McCoy 14, Edwards 13, Blanchard 12, Johnson 9, Valters 8, Dixon 8, Strauch 7, C. Brown 5, Burke, Popescu 2.5.2006 www.basketball-bundesliga.de www.basketball-bundesliga.de Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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