On January 11 Brose Bamberg leaves the German winter behind and heads to the warm and sunny Tel Aviv for round 17 of the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague. Jump ball in the Menora Mivtachim Arena is at 8.05 pm German time. Telekomsport will broadcast the game, commentated by Michael Körner, against Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv live.
19 degrees celsius are predicted for the Israeli metropolis on Thursday. The atmosphere might be even more heated in the hall. Maccabi (8th) needs the points to solidify the playoff seat. Brose (13th) urgently needs a victory to gain confidence after losing four straight games in the EuroLeague and to even be able to think about the post season.
Even though Bamberg could beat the three time EuroLeague champion twice last season, the start to this season failed. The German champion lost in the first round of the campaign with 71:88. Maccabi guard Pierre Jackson showed his second best performance of the season with 27 points. His new best just took place recently when he scored 29 points against Real Madrid. Keeping his scoring low will be one of the main tasks of Brose Bamberg’s defense. Tel Aviv’s second best scorer in mid October was Michael Roll. The forward had 18 points which he could only come close to one more time during the following 15 games. Besides Pierre Jackson (15.3) Norris Cole (14) and Deshaun Thomas (12) deliver constant scoring. Cole though will probably miss the game against Bamberg due to a muscle injury. He might miss multiple weeks. Alex Tyus and Jonah Bolden are the team’s best rebounders with 5.8 and 5.4 boards. The team of head coach Neven Spahija grabs a total of 37.7 rebounds a game which is the league’s best, while their defense is much weaker. Their opponents score 81.6 points on average which is the second worst value.
In the first leg Bamberg lost the game due to missing consistency and the clutchness of Jackson. He scored nine points during the last four minutes after Bamberg had shown a strong outing for the first 33 minutes. For the Germans the consistency and the accuracy of Dorell Wright (11.8 points) and Ricky Hickman (11.7) will be key. While Wright kept his scoring back with only four points in the BBL game against Ulm, Hickman showed his strength with 21 points, eight assists and four rebounds. In the EuroLeague against Khimki Wright contributed with 20 points while Hickman stood at six. Hickman knows the baskets in Tel Aviv quite good as he has won the EuroLeague with Maccabi back in 2014. In Tel Aviv he has scored his career high of 30 points.