Bell & Co. with a strong performance at home against Hannover

RSV Lahn-Dill shows their development with an 85:59 win

RSV Lahn-Dill made the best use of the two-week break and presented themselves much more maturely after the extremely short preparation for the season in their home game against Hannover United. On Saturday evening, a well-deserved 85:59 victory (25:17/44:29/65:39) against Lower Saxony jumped out, in which the approximately 550 spectators in the Rittal Arena got their money’s worth.

Both teams started offensively furious and offered in the opening minutes already inspiring tempo basketball with a hit rate, which was the central Hessian host in the first quarter at spectacular 91 percent. On the other side, it was above all national player Jan Sadler who kept his team in the race with three threes between the fourth and seventh minutes of the game. The intermediate scores climbed over 10:10 (4th) and 16:13 (6th) correspondingly rapidly upwards, while the Wetzlarer Rollis until 27:19 (11th) were able to set off slightly for the first time. But the guests from the capital of Lower Saxony kept the game open until the middle of the second quarter and were even able to catch up again through the former Lahn-Diller Jan Gans at 29:27 (15th).

But at the latest in this phase, RSV Lahn-Dill not only had its rhythm offensively, but also defensively and game against the team of coach Martin Kluck was decided. Above all, newcomer Reo Fujimoto, like his Japanese compatriot Hiroaki Kozai decorated with silver, returned from the Paralympics in Tokyo, was now at his best. Whether from the middle distance, from the free throw line or beyond the 6.75m mark, with eleven points in a row within four minutes of play, the center knew how to convince the audience in the Rittal Arena. A 44:29 lead at halftime was evidence of the hosts’ strong first 20 minutes of play.

Already at the change of sides, the match of the fourth matchday in the RBBL was clear proof that the team of the German record champions is growing together more and more and is becoming a unit in a playful and tactical way. “Yesterday we showed that we are developing well and have already found our rhythm much better than two weeks ago against Cologne,” said Canadian head coach Zeltinger in her later analysis: “We had very good phases in our Defense, we made good throws ourselves and then converted them into points with a high percentage. We have to build on this and take the next step next week.”

From the cabin of the Rittal Arena, the hosts came again with a lot of momentum. RSV Lahn-Dill impressed with a wide range of times and points distribution, above all thanks to a cohesive team performance. And the result should be further impressive, as the lead increased from 48:31(23rd) over 67:39 (31st) to 85:45, after a three-pointer by Simon Brown (35th). Thus, the Wetzlar Rollis had won the game between the 15th and 35th minute of the game and a 48:18 run. What followed, however, was also the deserved reward for the never-ending guest from Hanover, who managed a good looking result in the last minutes until the final siren.

While the Lower Saxony offensive with Jan Sadler and Jan Gans as well as with ten Assists from Jan Haller were able to set accents, the RSV Lahn-Dill world champion Simon Brown and Paralympic winner Brian Bell convinced especially. While the Briton Brown impressed with ten points, nine rebounds and four assists, the US center Bell trumped with 19 points with a hit rate of almost 89 percent from middle distance.

For RSV Lahn-Dill, after two home games in a row, the business trip to BG Baskets Hamburg is on the agenda next weekend before the Thuringia Bulls hand in their business card in the Rittal Arena Wetzlar at the end of October.

Lahn-Dill: Thomas Böhme (20/2 threes), Brian Bell (19), Reo Fujimoto (15/1), Hiroaki Kozai (14), Simon Brown (10/1), Quinten Zantinge (4), Peyman Mizan (2), Dominik Mosler (1), Mark Beissert, Jannik Blair, Catharina Weiß.

Hannover: Jan Sadler (17/3), Jan Gans (16), Alexander Budde (6), Oliver Jantz (6), Christoph Lübrecht (6) , Mariska Beijer (4), Jan Haller (4), Vanessa Erskine, Tobias Hell.

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