So here we are in December. The season starts its Winter break FINALLY !!! So what has happened? Well lets start with saying the first 3 games our Boys where in the Middle of the Pack trying to find themselves. We got Voeder by 4 pts and our first win for a young first year u 16 team, who last year placed 2nd in the Oberliga. Losing to Harkortsee by 9 pts, the season started to look a bit different then last year. But then something happened, the game vs Siegen was a picker upper, the 14pts vengence win gave the guys the belief that they could play in the league. And since then Barmen has been finding ways to score and play defense. Winning the last four games. Marlor BC changed up the tabelle, when they took their team out of the league ( for reasons unkown ), helped Barmen out a lot jumping from 4th to 2nd place, AGAIN a PICKER UPPER for the Boys who already had momenten from the win with Siegen. Having the last 2 games on the road, last week in Horst, winning that game and then Sunday in Düsseldorf !!!!! Did I say Düsseldorf?
Yes, Düsseldorf, who were sitting in 1st place in the Tabelle at 5-2 with 68pts (24) more the Barmen 5-2 with 44pts, a BIG TEAM! I mean i dont understand how they lost the 2 games they did. But Barmen came in with deep in concentration, focus, and a coach who knew after seeing how big D.Dorf was, had to talk and keep the guys relaxed. Reminding them why we are here and what was on the line was not the thing to say at the time, ( too much Pressure ) but talking about Siegen did help, cause Siegen beat D.Dorf.
So First Quarter, BANG !! Our boys start off Running, getting out to a 8-2 lead at the 3 min mark and scoring from different players, which was good to see early. And it continued when again Barmen went on another 7-2 run and the score was 6-18 at the 8 min mark and finishing the quarter out 12-22. "THATS ALL WE NEEDED!!" stated the coach. "this changes the strategy of the game and puts them on their heels."
2nd quarter, Barmen played right along with D.Dorf who tried to get on a run and getting alot from their bigman in the middle L. Rauch who started the push, but E.Bodur kept barmen up with scoring 5 of barmens 13 pts to keep barmen up by 6 pts at the half 34-40. The talk at half time was to keep them going, motivated, the boys saw the score and belived they could win!
3rd quarter Barmen was STRONG winning the quarter by 8 pts 14-22 and having a commanding lead 62-48. Again all around scoring, the team was like a machine newly oiled. And D.Dorf was starting to look desparate.
4th quarter D.Dorf do all they can do to come back they were active and working but Barmen resting its starter, still found points during the period at the 37 min barmen was still up 65-72 and then the starter came back in to try to keep the score safe. D.Dorf got as close as 3 pts in the last quarter before E.Bodur put it out of reach in the last 10 sec with making a freethrow.
SO Barmen takes control of the league with a 69-73 win vs D.Dorf. This is where all the things we do in practice pay off, but now we have to take practices to another level if we want to continue to defend 1st place .
E.Bodur 19pts ,6reb 3ast,2 stls
B.Sismann 15pts,3 stls
P. Schwenteck 11pts 6rebs
N.Höhle 10pts, 2 stls
M.Kinder 10pts, 9 rebs (4off)
Barmen : FG 52% , FT 41% , Rebs 41, blks 6 , 16 ast .
HAVE A GREAT HOLIDAY AND NEW YEARS !!!