Nobody sat in the Wilhelmsburger Inselpark anymore. What! For! A! Game!
The Hamburg Towers sensationally celebrated their first home win in the EuroCup: 100: 82 (41:50) against Lokomotive Kuban Krasnodar from Russia. Ironically against the front runner in Group A!
“I’m very satisfied and very happy because it wasn’t easy,” said coach Pedro Calles after the best game of the season. “The praise goes to the players.”
Hamburg’s basketball players started nervously against the team around two-time NBA champion Quinn Cook (28 / USA), throwing the ball away four times in the first three minutes.
But they hung in front of 1178 fans against the fifth of the Russian VTB, turned the game in the third quarter thanks to full steam defense with an 18-0 run (!) And at the end always had an answer ready.
“We understood better that we had to put a lot of energy into the entire game,” said Calles. The best thrower was Jaylon Brown (21 points). Caleb Homesley contributed 20. Center Maik Kotsar (18) fought like a bull.
“The third quarter stood out defensively, that decided the game,” said Homesley happily. However, warned: “It was just a game. But a step in the right direction. “
Saturday (8.30 p.m., Magenta Sport) it continues in the BBL in Würzburg.