Brose faces Panathinaikos

On Friday (8 pm CET) Brose Bamberg’s wild ride continues. The German champion will face the leader of the Greek league and the current fourth of the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague in the BROSE ARENA for round 21. The game will be presented by Burger King.

Seven wins and 13 losses are the current record of Brose Bamberg. With only ten games left, the run for the playoffs seems to be over for the German champion. The distance between Bamberg (14th) and the eighth seed are currently four wins. Brose did not only lose their last two games against Barcelona and – despite a strong performance – CSKA Moscow but also suffered a heavy defeat against Bundesliga rival Telekom Baskets Bonn. On top of that Leon Radosevic joined Brose Bamberg’s injured list. He is questionable for Friday. Whether Andrea Trinchieri will be back on the sideline will be decided at short notice.

Just in this tough situation the next European giant is a guest in the BROSE ARENA. The four time champion came out on top in 2010/2011 for the last time. The only time Panathinaikos lost against Bamberg was in the following season. The only player who is still on the roster from that time is the MVP of November Nick Calathes who lately found his rhythm. He is averaging13.9 points per game which marks the best scoring output of his career. An impressive coast-to-coast play decided Athens’ last game against Zalgiris Kaunas as Calathes scored the deciding lay up to give them the 94:93 win. It only took him 4.7 seconds. In the first leg he put up 23 points. Four players are averaging more than ten points: super athlete James Gist, Nikos Pappas, KC Rivers and Chris Singleton. They all contribute to the team’s scoring average of 78.3 points. Singleton and Gist are also the top rebounders of Panathinaikos.

If the miracle of November 2011 repeats itself it would be balm for the soul of Bamberg’s players and fans. The nine times German champion is on a roller coaster ride of emotions during this season. They have offered everything from stunning comeback wins to unbelievable losses. And this is why everything is possible for them. The team’s top scorers are Ricky Hickman (11.8) and Dorell Wright (11.1). Dejan Musli (6.3), Wright (5.6) and Augustine Rubit (4.7) take care of the rebounds. In this category Brose (31.6 rebounds) is almost at the same level as Panathinaikos (32). Athens also stands for close games as they only score about two points more than they allow their opponents per game.

If Brose manages to convert their anger and frustration into positive energy, the game on Friday in the BROSE ARENA can be a close contest. Because what would be better to shake of the frustration than beating an apparently overpowering opponent?

Ilias Kantzouris: „We have to bounce back and show a reaction – as a team. We know very well who our opponent is. Still in this moment we don’t need to look at them but focus on us.” 

Patrick Heckmann: „Panathinaikos is currently playing extremely well. The have great individual players but also know how to operate as a team and they are very athletic. The style of play is very tough and quick. That is what we have to be prepared for. We have to show a lot more energy, ambition, will and passion than in the last game. We have a lot to make up for. We have to play cleverly and defend physically. It will be tough but with our fans in the back we will give our best to win this game.”

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