Nothing more than a working victory at the Waterkant

Head coach Zeltinger needed to talk – RSV Lahn-Dill secured the points in Hamburg with 77:59

The RSV Lahn-Dill has hijacked both points from the Hanseatic city of Hamburg with a working victory. On Sunday afternoon, after the final siren, a 77:59 away win (17:23/41:35/61:49) at BG Baskets Hamburg shone from the scoreboard of the Arena in the Wilhelmsburg district, to which Hiroaki Kozai and Thomas Böhme contributed the most points from the point of view of Central Hesse.

Despite the clear success in the end, the RSV Lahn-Dill was able to convince in its appearance on the Elbe, but only in phases and still revealed numerous gaps in the defense. In the offense, the Hessian guests scored well from the middle distance with 61 percent, only beyond the three-man line they had left their otherwise good hand at home on the fifth matchday of the RBBL. Surprisingly, however, the error rate, which after forty minutes of play with eleven ball losses to book.

The hosts, inspired by the first win of the season the day before with 62:55 over the BBC Münsterland, started the game furiously. BG coach Peter Richarz was quickly happy about an 8:2 (3rd) and a little later about the 13:6 (6th) by Martin Steinhardt. The Wetzlarer seemed at this time not at all in the game and only a triple personnel change of head coach Janet Zeltinger should bring temporary improvement. But still the Storm and urge phase of the Hanseatic people was not over. The Iranian veteran Alireza Ahmadi countered a three-pointer of the substitute Hiroaki Kozai for his part with a goal from beyond the 6.75m mark.  After the end of the first quarter of the game with already 23 conceded points, no one in the RSV squad could be satisfied.

But from minute to minute, the guest from Hesse increased in the far north. First, the BG Baskets were attacked with a repeatedly interspersed Ganzfeld press before more and more concentration could be seen in one’s own forward movement. The quartet of Kozai, Brian Bell, Jannik Blair and Simon Brown quickly turned a 17:23 (10th) into a 27:25 lead (14th) in the second quarter. Exemplary in this phase is a scene just before the halftime break, when US center Bell grabbed the rebound and rang in a fastbreak with a pass to Hiroaki Kozai. The Japanese himself turned around four opponents and netted himself to the35:30 (17th), while the North Germans already had to go into the cabins with the mortgage of a high foul load.

At the beginning of the game, RSV had overslept the start, it was at the restart after the change of sides of the hosts, who initially did not come to his previously dangerous actions at all. In a flash, the BG Baskets had caught a 2:10 and had to counter the 37:51 (23rd) with an early timeout in the third quarter. When, towards the end of this section of the game, Hamburg’s best player to date, Alireza said goodbye with his fifth foul, at the same time his second unsportsmanlike foul, the preliminary decision seemed to have been made. But the hosts also sold themselves expensively as a result, continued to cleverly exploit unreturned RSV errors and kept the result within an acceptable framework from their point of view.

On the other hand, the Lahn-Diller again revealed the same concentration gaps as at the beginning of the game, which Janet Zeltinger clearly disliked: “I’m extremely dissatisfied with the performance we showed today, there’s nothing to sugarcoat. Congratulations to Hamburg for a very strong start, which made life visibly difficult for us,” said the Canadian head coach of Central Hesse after the final siren in Hamburg at the weekend, the Thuringia Bulls will be guests in Wetzlar for the first time this season. The top game of the RBBL will take place on Saturday evening at 19:30 in the Rittal Arena.

Hamburg: Mojtaba Kamali (20), Alireza Ahmadi (16/4 threes), Martin Steinhardt (11), Anne Patzwald (6), Luc Weilandt (4), Filip Jovanovic (2), Saman Balaghi, Janne Deutschmann, Maya Lindholm, Nezir Coskun (n.e.).

Lahn-Dill: Thomas Böhme (18/1), Hiroaki Kozai (17/1), Brian Bell (14), Jannik Blair (8), Simon Brown (6), Quinten Zantinge (6), Mark Beissert (4), Reo Fujimoto (4), Peyman Mizan, Dominik Mosler, Catharina Weiß.

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