The Niners Chemnitz defeated the Merlins Crailsheim with 106:94 on Friday.
Chemnitz – the Niners Chemnitz pick up where they left off before the international break – inspiring their fans and winning. On Friday evening they defeated the Merlins Crailsheim with 106:94 (61:42). In the sixth meeting between the two teams, this was the first victory for the Saxons.
More than 4,300 spectators, including former Niners captain Malte Ziegenhagen and gymnastics world champion Pauline Schäfer, were amazed at the Chemnitz Exhibition Centre. In the first quarter, the hosts literally played their feared opponent against the wall.
After three minutes it was 12:0. Shortly before the end of the first quarter, coach Rodrigo Pastore’s team had already gained a 20-point lead at 34:14.
The Niners scored an incredible 36 points in the first ten minutes, Crailsheim had 19. In the second quarter, the Merlins caught on. They couldn’t make up ground.
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Chemnitz, who had to do without point guard Nelson Weidemann (foot injury), went into the half-time break with a 61:42 lead.
The third quarter also turned into a show of force. The Pastore-Five extended the lead with a 6:0 run. After 25 minutes, Jonas Richter made it 79:48 with two free throws.
That was the highest Niners lead in this unequal duel, which was decided early on.
With a score of 85:64, we went into the last quarter, in which the hosts got a little closer to their opponents, but didn’t let anything burn out. Kevin Yebo made it 100 with a dunk three minutes before the end of the game.
The best throwers were Mindaugas Susinskas (20 points), Arnas Velicka and Marko Filipovity (both 19).
The Pastore basket hunters will continue on Wednesday evening.
In the Europe Cup they have to go to Prizren/Kosovo. Opponent is the team of Golden Eagle Ylli.
In a week’s time on Sunday, the Chemnitz team will again be fighting Brose Bamberg in their own hall for the next Bundesliga points.