Thursday night in Wiesbaden, Saturday night at home against Frankfurt.
After more than two years of pandemic, Corona still provides for innovations. This is currently the case for RSV Lahn-Dill, which for the first time has to play two Hesse derbies within 48 hours. On Thursday evening, the 13-time title holders host the Rhine River Rhinos from Wiesbaden at 7:00 p.m., and on Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m., Thomas Böhme & Co. welcome the ING Skywheelers from Frankfurt to the Buderus Arena Wetzlar for the 18th and final matchday.
The game in the Hessian capital had to be moved at short notice about ten days ago, after the Rhinos had to complain about a total of three corona cases in the team and thus had to temporarily stop training. Now it comes on Thursday in the Wiesbaden district Klarenthal to the catch-up game of the 17th game day between the two Hessian teams, which are both already qualified ahead of time also for the playoffs.
Just last November, the Rhinos sniffed an away win in Wetzlar for more than three quarters of the game before they ultimately had to make the journey home with a 70-79 defeat, which was only about one hundred kilometers away. Four players from coach Paul Bowes’ team made life extremely difficult for the Wetzlar team with their double-digit point output. Centers André Hopp and Matthias Güntner scored 16 points, Frenchman Louis Hardouin and Canadian Arinn Young eleven points each. On the hosts’ side, it was Thomas Böhme and US boy Brian Bell who turned the game around in the final quarter.
For the Rhinos, the game against Lahn-Dill is the first of a total of three games within eight days on the home stretch of the RBBL Hauptrunde 2021/2022. If they win at least two of the duels at home against Lahn-Dill and Trier or in Cologne, they still have a chance to finish third in the final standings and could in turn become semi-final opponents of RSV Lahn-Dill in the playoff semifinals. Thus, the game on Thursday evening receives an additional boost.
Home game on Saturday in the Buderus Arena
Only about 48 hours after the make-up game in Wiesbaden, RSV Lahn-Dill has to play again, this time for the regular 18th and last matchday of the RBBL main round. On Saturday at 7:30 p.m., the Buderus Arena will host the Skywheelers from Frankfurt, who must win in Wetzlar in order to have a chance of staying in the league. In the event of a defeat on Saturday evening in the Buderus Arena, the relegation of the traditional Frankfurt club in the league would be sealed in sporting terms.
Tickets for the Hesse derby on Saturday in the Buderus Arena are available online at rsvlahndill.de/tickets-termine, by phone at the RSV office at 06441 / 2002 5900 or at the Buderus Arena box office on Saturday from 18:00.