Before the Brose basketball team from Bamberg began preparing for Wednesday night’s (8 p.m.) Champions League home game against Peristeri BC, they first had to come to terms with the 78:81 defeat against the Ulm-based team. "We had to watch the last quarter again on video", said Christian Sengfelder.
In this one, the Bamberg team had squandered a ten-point lead on Sunday. They scored only two points in the last three minutes through set-up player Paris Lee, who did a poor job in this phase, however, because he had the ball in his own hands for too long and thus did not allow any flow of play. Throws under time pressure that did not find their target were the result. "We suddenly didn’t show the team play that has distinguished us in recent weeks and ultimately beat ourselves", commented captain Elias Harris on the end of the six-game winning streak.
Greeks are level on points
After three successes in a row in the Champions League, the Bundesliga third-placed team must stay on track in international competition. With a win over the Greek club, which is tied on points, the Bamberg team would move past the latter and into a play-off spot in Group C for the first time.
Ranked second in Greece
However, the task will certainly not be any easier than against the Ulm team, as Peristeri is second in the domestic league behind Panathinaikos Athens with five wins and only one defeat. On Sunday, the team of former Greek national coach Ilias Zouros beat PAOK Saloniki 80-76. Earlier, they had already celebrated their second away win in the Champions League with the 73:65 at Mornar Bar. The season opened with a 70-64 victory in Gaziantep.
Peristeri has the most balanced team in the Champions League. 42.6 points per game on average come from players coming off the bench. The Greeks also won the most balls (10.4).
Moors expects improvement
"Peristeri is a very experienced team with some players beyond 30 and a lot of games at the highest European level. It plays strong defense and allows the second fewest counter baskets in the league in Greece. We have to be prepared for that, says Brose coach Roel Moors, who expects a better performance from his team on Wednesday night than against Ulm: "It’s good that we can show that we can do better right after the defeat."
Guest Check: Peristeri BC
The club from Athens’ most populous suburb, with 139,000 residents, is one of six first division clubs from the Greek capital’s metropolitan area. Founded in 1971, Peristeri was one of the most important clubs in Greece in the 1990s and was one of the founding members of the Euroleague in 2000, before being relegated in 2004 due to insolvency. After years of consolidation, the team is now playing a role in Greece’s premier league again. Peristieri translates as dove, so this bird adorns the club crest. The team’s most dangerous player is point guard William Hatcher, who averages 14.8 points per game. Greek international Christos Saloustros (13.5), Steven Gray (12.2) – both are shooting guards – and center Mike Morrison (11.5) also scored in double figures. At the beginning of November, Peristeri signed Angolan World Cup participant Yanick Moreira and added a third center to the long guard lineup.
The Bundesliga players With Mike Morrison and Brayon Blake there are two US-Americans in the team of Peristeri BC, who were active in the Bundesliga last season. Morrison played 19 games for s.Oliver Wurzburg and was previously under contract with the Frankfurt Skyliners. Blake was teammate of Christian Sengfelder at the Basketball Lions Braunschweig. For the Lower Saxons, Blake averaged 8.9 points per game; for the Greeks, he only managed half that number.