Brose captain nikos zisis speaks of a new beginning, for ilias kantzouris, who has been promoted to head coach, it is a test of character. In the first game after the separation from coach andrea trinchieri, the bambergers want to take a first step to bring a messed-up season to a rewarding end after all. "From now on, we have to prove in every game that we can do better than we have shown so far", says zisis before the euroleague home game on friday evening (20.45 o'clock) against red star belgrade.
With their third home win in a row in the konigsklasse, the bamberg team (eight wins/14 losses) drew level with the serbian champions, who occupy eleventh place. But after a competition-high four defeats in a row and the anemic performance in jena, the brose team is at rock bottom. Therefore, kantzouris demands a different performance from now on: "we are professionals and have to behave as such. This is the only way to get out of the situation we are currently in."
Since the achievement of the K.The first round in the euroleague is only theoretically possible, the bamberger could actually concentrate on the bundesliga, where they slipped out of the play-off places. But of such mind games the new headcoach holds nothing. "First of all, we need to get our self-confidence back. We have to defend better than in the last games. We want and we have to present a good game to our spectators", says kantzouris, who still wants to spare luka mitrovic, who has recovered from his injury, for the game against his ex-team.
Red star lost the first leg 69-75 and cannot afford a second defeat against the bamberger in the fight for the play-offs. However, the serbs have lost their last three away games in the euroleague and also drew the short straw in the cup final against local rivals partizan last weekend, so they will not be competing with a broad chest either. Zisis expects a duel at eye level: "the team that wants the victory more will win. We will have this will because we play from our fans. We gave them some bitter moments, so we want them to cheer tomorrow."
Opponent check: red star belgrade
Red star has won only two of its last six euroleague games. Before the break in the game last week due to the national cup competitions, the team of coach dusan alimpievic defeated armani milan 100:89.
However, they subsequently lost the serbian cup final against local rivals partizan 75-81. Red star leads the southeastern european aba league with 17 wins and three losses.
The red star's top performers are ex-bundesliga player taylor rochestie (14 points/5.4 assists on average) and james feldeine (12.1) as well as mathias lessort (9/5.3 rebounds).
The 2.06 m tall center had already signed a pre-contract with the bambergers last summer, but then made love to the nba and finally decided to play for the serbian capital club. With an average of 3.1 offensive rebounds, the 22-year-old frenchman leads this category in the royal class and is not only therefore one of the candidates for the "rookie of the year" in the euroleague.
Mallet says goodbye to the people of bamberg
The first stop on demond mallet's farewell tour is the brose arena in bamberg on friday evening. The american basketball player, who announced his retirement on wednesday at the age of 39, wants to say goodbye once again to the fans of all the clubs he played for in his 15-year professional career in europe.
Mallet was part of the bamberger team that brought the first german championship to regnitz in 2005. Mallet won other titles with rhein-energie koln (cup winner 2007), joventut badalona (spanish cup winner 2008 and euro cup winner 2008), spirou charleroi (belgian champion 2011) and maccabi tel aviv (israeli cup winner 2012). Most recently mallet was under contract to sluc nancy. He also played for the phantoms braunschweig, the artland dragons and turk telekom ankara. Ps