Historic evening for the Hamburg Towers. On September 27, 2014, Hamburg’s basketball players began their way in the second division with a win in Giessen (66:65). Yesterday they played internationally for the first time.
“Above all, we want to learn,” said boss Marvin Willoughby before the start of the EuroCup. And that is what his Towers did quickly. After a clear half-time deficit only 97: 106 (40:61) against the big title favorite Partizan Belgrade.
Trainer Pedro Calles proudly: “I’m not happy with the result. But I can’t be happier with the fighting spirit of my players. “
Even before the first jump ball, around 250 Serbian fans celebrated with a powerful voice, coach legend Zeljko Obradovic (61). The most successful coach in Europe has collected 63 (!) Titles in 28 years.
“Simply indescribable”, Justus Hollatz marveled. “A game that you won’t forget.”
The Towers held up for nine minutes in front of 1,579 fans, then the Serbian record champions (21 titles) pulled away for the first time – and Obradovic’s crimson face got a healthier color. Partizan was ahead in the third quarter with 28 points (43:71). But the Towers did not give up, defending themselves back into the game with their hearts. “We had nothing more to lose,” said Hollatz. “And you could see that Partizan was already sure.”
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Friday it’s off to Oldenburg in the Bundesliga (8.30 p.m., Magenta Sport). Top scorer Caleb Homesley (21 points): “If we continue like this, we will have a good season.”