Weißenfels (dpa) – Brose Bamberg, Rasta Vechta and Telekom Baskets Bonn started with clear victories in the German basketball cup.
In Weißenfels, Bamberg and new coach Johan Roijakkers prevailed in front of 150 fans in the duel of the semi-finalists of the previous season against ratiopharm Ulm with 74:65 (35:29). In the second game in Saxony-Anhalt, the local Syntainics MBC won 99:94 (52:44) against the Merlins Crailsheim.
Host Vechta defeated the Gießen 46ers in their first group game 99:85 (56:41) and Bonn also prevailed in their own hall with 90:76 (44:36) against the EWE Baskets Oldenburg. Due to the high number of corona infections, both games had to be played without a spectator.
The Ulm team, who were already active in the European Cup, got off to a better start in Group C, but Bamberg fought their way back into the lead with a strong start in the second quarter. The Swiss francs remained decisive and continuously expanded the lead to a maximum of 13 points. Ulm came up again thanks to a good three-way quota, but no longer passed Bamberg.
Vechta lived up to its favorite role against Gießen in Group B from the start and was clearly ahead at the break. In the second half, Vechta only managed the lead. The victory in Group A of Bonn against last year’s finalist Oldenburg was more surprising. Bonn turned the game in his favor in the first quarter and did not give up the lead until the end.
Game days two and three will take place on October 24th and 25th. The final tournament, for which only the four group winners qualify, is to take place on November 1st and 2nd in Munich.
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