In their fourth Bundesliga game away from home in 14 days, the Brose Bamberg basketball team face the MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg on Easter Sunday (6 p.m.). Should this game also be lost – it would be the fifth defeat in the last six games – coach Federico Perego’s team will have to focus on securing fifth place in the table in the final spurt of the main round. Rank 4 and with it home rights in the first play-off round are no longer attainable in the form in which the cup winners have presented themselves in the past 14 days.
Perego: We work hard
"For us it is not the best phase of the season. We work hard every day to eliminate our mistakes. We are still in the middle of a process. The most important phase of the season is now coming. We are still in all competitions, have many games ahead of us and want to have a say everywhere", said the 34-year-old Brose coach after the defeat in Frankfurt on Maundy Thursday. In Ludwigsburg, his proteges were to back up their words with deeds.
Like the Fraport Skyliners, the MHP Giants still have a small chance of making the playoffs. With the 98:93 victory in Giessen, the Swabians have returned to the track of success after previously three defeats in a row. As tenth in the table, they are four points behind Wurzburg, who are in eighth place and thus in the last play-off spot.
First leg was fiercely contested
The Bamberg team already had a hard time against the Ludwigsburg team in the first leg of the match. On the third day of play, they only prevailed 93:91 after overtime. The winning shot was a lucky three-pointer by Patrick Heckmann that found its way over the board and into the basket. At that time Marcos Knight was not yet in the team of the Swabians. The powerhouse, still known from his time with the Baunach Young Pikes in Bamberg, has been playing for the Swabians since January and is the best thrower with an average of 17.2 points and also the best rebounder (7.0) on his team.