EuroCup: Hamburg Towers want to extend winning streak

The foot stays on the gas. Towers trainer Pedro Calles (38) gave his professionals only one day off after the record win against Crailsheim (113:63) on Friday. Because Hamburg’s basketball players have to play again on Monday.

In the EuroCup, the third game in six days is against Panevezys/Lithuania (7.30 p.m., Magenta Sport).

“We mustn’t get too worked up about victories and have to keep our feet on the ground and work hard,” says point guard Justus Hollatz (20).

If you win the Corona catch-up game, there is even 5th place in Group A – and thus a (supposedly) easier opponent in the play-off round of 16!

Homegrown Hollatz has been in top form for weeks. Against Heidelberg (100:76), the national player set a BBL record for German players with 15 assists (since electronic data collection began in 1998). Against Crailsheim (14 assists) he almost immediately rehired him just six days later.

“50 percent is on me, 50 percent on my teammates,” says Hollatz. “I try to stage them as best as I can and they put the balls in. We’re just getting better and better into the rhythm. We play well together as a team. I think you can see that we are having fun on the field.”

On November 10, against Panevezys, the Towers achieved their first Euro victory in their history. But Calles warns urgently: “I expect a completely different game. We have to keep the energy up.”

Good: Top scorer Caleb Homesley (25/back) is about to make his comeback.


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