Start into the New Year with a homemade home-defeat

RSV Lahn-Dill lose against BG Baskets Hamburg
The eleven fold German Champions were well prepared tactically, 1.300 visitors came to give their support, everything was looking good. Yet RSV had to go home with their first defeat at home in 22 months when they were defeated by BG Baskets Hamburg 56:60 (17:18/40:32/49:48).
The absence of US-stars Michael Paye and Steve Serio logically can be an explanation, but definitely not an excuse. “Today we simply made more mistakes than our opposition, that is a sad fact.” said head-coach Zeltinger disappointedly after the game, when it still looked good in the middle of the third quarter. At that point the hosts were still leading 47:40 (27th min), whilst Hamburg’s top scorer Reo Fujimoto got his 4th foul. 
But this was followed by too many missed chances for RSV, the hit-ratio sank drastically, meanwhile the Baskets-trio Fujimoto, Kozai and Korkmaz came closer point by point, creeping up on RSV. So already in minute 32 the northern German team were leading 52:49, before National Player Thomas Boehme managed to draw again with a three. But that didn’t turn the game around again, despite another two baskets by Briton Joe Bestwick moving the score to 54:55 (36th min) and 56:56 (38th min). Korkmaz, who had changed from Galatasaray Istanbul last summer, finished the game off adding another four points. 
It took the Wetzlar team about five minutes to find their way into the game at all. The opposition was already leading 12:4, but then it was predominantly Thomas Boehme who added 13 points to the score and the first quarter could in the end be finished with an 18:17 lead for the hosts. The second quarter then went a lot smoother, and the teams went into half-time with a 40:32 on the scoreboard. This made the break after changeover all the more surprising. 
Whilst both teams held a great defence throughout the game, Hamburg were able to slightly increase their hit-ratio from 45 to 46 per cent, and RSV went down from 60 to 41 per cent. The aforementioned trio Korkmaz, Fujimoto and Kozai scored all 60 points for their team, and for RSV it was Thomas Boehme who shone, but his 27 points were not enough in the end.
Lahn-Dill: Thomas Böhme (27/2 Dreier), Joe Bestwick (17), Dirk Köhler (6), Jan Haller (6), Nico Dreimüller, Christopher Huber, Björn Lohmann, Felix Schell, David Amend (n.e.), Annabel Breuer (n.e.), Marco Zwerger (n.e.). 
Hamburg: Reo Fujimoto (23), Mustafa Korkmaz (20), Hiroaki Kozai (17/2), Mareike Miller, Jan-Niklas Neuroth, Robin Poggenwisch, Gesche Schünemann, Annika Zeyen, Desiree Miller (n.e.). 

RSV-Magazin Defense