Less than three days after their bundesliga home win over mitteldeutscher bc, basketball league team medi bayreuth will play the opening game of the second round of the champions league (bcl) at 6 p.M. On tuesday at besiktas istanbul, a club with a long turkish tradition and eighth in the league table.
In principle, the bayreuth camp does not have bad memories of besiktas istanbul. In the eighth finals of the champions league in february, the upper franconians surprisingly prevailed against the turks after a back-and-forth match.
In the middle of october the men from the bosporus had their revenge. At the start of the current champions league round, coach dusko ivanovic’s team took the points from the oberfrankenhalle with a score of 78-70. It was one of three victories for the istanbul choir in the current competition. Second best besiktas basket player (12.1 points per game) behind croatian center ivan buva (16.1) is german national team captain robin benzing (previously s.Oliver wurzburg).
Too many ball losses
"We simply have to take better care of the ball", medi coach raoul korner dictated to his team immediately after the happy 95:92 home victory against mitteldeutscher bc and in view of 23 ball losses into the prayer book. But there was a drop of bitterness in the success against weibenfels, because for US forward adonis thomas the game was over in the first half. As the examinations of team doctor holger eggers confirmed on sunday, thomas suffered a muscle injury in his thigh and will therefore not be available to the wagnerstadtern for the time being.
The use of veteran steve wachalski, who was once again forced to take a break due to injury against the MBC, also appears to be questionable.