With The Beko BBL regular season winding down teams are battling and jockeying for positions as the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven traveled to Wurzburg for a rare Wednesday evening clash with the Bavarian club fighting for that last playoff place while the Eisbaeren looking for that secure spot in the standings not in danger of reaching position 17. The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven still had to settle a sour score from the humiliating 70-55 loss earlier in the season at home to Wurzburg where the Bavarian team had a great defensive showcase dismantling the Eisbaeren offense to 30% shooting from the field and 18% from the parking lot while holding Oklahoma native Jacob Burtschi to one point and playmaker Stanley Burrell to one assist. Bremerhaven was looking for their second win in a row after celebrating a big win at home against Tuebingen, but once again were able to produce very little offense losing 63-53 falling to 13th place in the standings. Despite scoring only 53 points, one has too mention that they were without starting point guard Stanley Burrell who wa sill and didn´t make the trip and American Terrell Everett who was injured. Wurzburg controlled the game and despite a few runs by Bremerhaven in their comeback were able to shut the door in the fourth quarter , but couldn´t make any ground on Phoenix Hagen who beat the Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg. “We can´t make any excuses that we lost because Burrell and Everett couldn´t play. You have to do the best that you can with what you have. Wurzburg played very good defense and forced us too many turnovers and we missed many open shots. We ahd too work for every shot. They were simply better than we were tonight”, stressed Eisbaeren Bremerhaven American Keith Waleskowski. The win against Bremerhaven was more than important and a duty as they have tough games coming up against Bamberg and Ulm. “After two loses, we had to find our rhythm again. WE woke up in the third quarter and we finally understood that every game counts now. Burrell didn´t play, but they had good guards and Canty hit some big shots. Our defense held them too 53 points. We knew that if we continued to pressure them that they would get tired”, stated Wurzburg American Frank Robinson.
Despite Easter vacation being over, the game being in midweek and FC Bayern Munich playing Champions league, the s.Oliver arena was sold out as 3,140 person filled the stands. Anthony Canty got Bremerhaven on the board first hitting a three pointer after Jacob Burtschi did a good job finding him out of the double team. However the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg weren´t impressed as John Mr pit bull Little brought back memories to the 2012 playoff series against Alba Berlin where he suddenly was a vicious scoring threat as he hit two three pointers early in the first quarter giving Wurzburg their first lead 8-7 after German national player Philipp Zwiener had scored inside. Wurzburg was a little sloppy in the first minutes on offense, but slowly found their groove. Philadelphia native Dwayne Anderson scored on a dunk after getting an extra pass from Chris Mcnaughton as Wurzburg led 10-7. Bremerhaven then executed on a perfect fast break as Scott Morrison grabbed the rebound fed Zwiener on the outlet pass and he found Stefon Jackosn for the easy lay up. Morrison ten scored inside giving Bremerhaven the 11-10 lead. However Wurzburg closed out the first quarter with a 7-1 run to lead 17-12. Little hit a jumper, Anderson dunked again and ex Ludwigsburg American Frank Robinson dropped a three pointer. Wurzburg was shooting very well at 47% from the field and 50% from outside while Bremerhaven was struggling shooting 33% from the field and 20% from outside. Wurzburg had the 8-6 rebound edge, but both teams had six turnovers a piece.
The s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg kept control of the game in the second quarter despite the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven fighting in their come back effort. Wurzburg got out of the gate fast in the second quarter going on a mini 4-0 run as Jason Boone and Frank Robinson scored inside as they led 21-12. Wurzburg was having problems bringing the ball ahead and many of the guards had to help as Wurzburg as making life very difficult for Canty. “I had never heard of Canty, but he did a pretty good job against our press. I was surprised how confident he was”, said Frank Robinson. “Canty was in a tough situation . Their defense cost us much energy with bringing the ball forward. Sometimes when we did a good job bringing the ball forward, we then had problems in our set offense getting a good shot. He hasn´t seen many minutes this season, but he did a good job handling the ball and hit some big shots. It was a good experience for him and he had a chance to grow up as a player”, stressed Keith Waleskowski. Burtschi then hit a big three pointer as Bremerhaven trailed 21-16. Breemrhaven was defending pretty well, which was keeping them in the game, but at times Wurzburg was able tos core easily as Chris Mcnaughton wa sin his own world down low finding his timing quick and sinking a hook shot and Mike Lenzly who had been very quiet in the game nailed a three pointer as Wurzburg had their biggest lead of the game at 26-16. The Eisbaeren kept scraping away and all of a sudden lept out on a 9-3 run to cut the Wurzburg lead to 29-25. Zwiener and Mcnaughton traded put backs down low and Jackson then connected on a three pointer. Andrew Drevo then hit two free throws. Wurzburg closed out the second quarter strong with a 7-3 run as Lamont Mcintosh nailed a jumper over Drevo. Lenzly scored inside and Alex King executed on a three pointer via the soft touch rainbow. Bremerhaven was very fortunate that Canty hit a buzzer beater double clutch three pointer that found kind help form the back board as Wurzburg led 36-28. Wurzburg was shooting 54% from the field and 42% from the three point line while Bremerhaven was shooting 31% from the field and 33% from the three point line.
The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven came out of the locker room focused going on a 5-0 run to cut the Wurzburg lead to 36-33. Canty scored on a pretty floater and Burtschi connected on a jumper from the corner. Wurzburg then went on a 6-0 run to extend their lead to 42-33 as Frank AIR Robinson made consecutive dunks with one being more spectacular than the other. Dwayne Anderson found Robinson on the first dunk with a perfect ally-op pass and on the second dunk Robinson who hails from Compton, California took flight it seems in Compton and landed in Long Beach dunking over a helpless Philipp Zwiener. “I told Dwayne Anderson that that was my best game dunk ever. When I attack the rim I don’t plan. This was a perfect chance to wake up the team”, stressed Frank Robinson. The dunk really did spark Wurzburg as they went on a 9-0 run after Morrison scored inside extending their lead to 51-35. Lamont Mcintosh was a menace in this run on offense and defense as he hit two jumpers, but also chased Jackson on the fast break blocking his lay up attempt form behind. Bremerhaven was fortunate to cut down the lead a bit ending the third quarter with a 5-0 run as German Jusuf El Domiaty hit a three pointer and Jackson nailed free throws as Bremerhaven trailed 51-42 after three quarters.
With 10 minutes to play, it didn´t help the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven with coming back letting the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg cruise out on a 9-0 run to extend their lead to 60-42. Dwayne Anderson scored all nine points in the run hitting two three pointers making a perfect impression of his injured teammate Jimmy Mckinney who is usually parked in the corner having those hands ready for the quick release. Anderson also gave Robinson a rest slamming home a dunk. Bremerhaven had one last gasp going on a 7-0 run to cut the Wurzburg lead to 61-53 with two minutes to play. Zwiener hit a runner and three pointer and Drevo connected on a runner. However Wurzburg clamped down at the end not allowing any more Eisbaeren to score and Robinson and Anderson nailed free throws sealing the 63-53 win. “They made a run, but all teams make runs. We made many stops. Mcintosh played very well in the second half. I have known him for years, but he surprises me in every game. He is our Jason Terry”,
added Frank Robinson. “We went on a run and even though they missed free throws, we couldn´t capitalize on it. When we needed big baskets, we made turnovers or missed shots. That was the story of our night”, added Keith Waleskowski. The s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg were led by Dwayne Anderson with 12 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. Frank Robinson also chipped in with 12 points. John Little contributed 10 points. The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven were led by Philipp Zwiener with 12 points and seven rebounds.