After a mixed first half of the season in the upper district league, in which the TSV staffelstein men’s basketball team is in sixth place in the table, coach mario reitz’s team impressed with a victory in the district cup. By the 54:49 at BBF kups the staffelsteiner qualified for the final-four-tournament of the cup, which will be played at the end of march.
The district league team from kups had surprisingly defeated the favorite and district upper league team post-SV bamberg with 87:86 in the preliminary round – so the staffelstein team was warned against the surprise team from kups.
"It was clear to us that we could not take the opponent lightly. However, we didn’t expect BBF kups to come out fighting.", said reitz. "This had little to do with gentle basketball then. But we are even more happy that we held out for 40 minutes and won the game in the final quarter."
In the beginning both teams acted nervously. The staffelsteiner showed too much respect and also had considerable problems in the first quarter with the hard defense of the host. After the first period the guests were leading with 11:10.
The close game continued in the second quarter. No team allowed the opponent easy baskets. So the game was completely open at half-time 23:21 for staffelstein. The third session was even more intensive. However, the guests from bad staffelstein allowed themselves a short weak phase. This was used by kups to turn the game around and take a five-point lead. (39:34; 27.). In addition, staffelsteiner daniel saulich and leonard gartner were already charged with fouls and were ordered to the bench by coach reitz.
Now andre and marco feulner kept the staffelsteiner in the game. They skillfully directed the game and played out their experience. TSV came back, at 40:38 it went into the last quarter. Reitz demanded concentration from his team. That was the only way to turn the heated and hard-fought game around again. The staffelsteiner put it into practice. The feulner-brothers now got support from johannes schoger, leonard gartner and daniel saulich. Shortly after the restart staffelstein equalized and took the lead in the 33rd minute. Minute again the lead (42:40). In the 37. In the second minute, staffelstein pulled away to 49:44 and held this five-point lead until the final buzzer.
Again against a district league team
" Now we have reached the final-four for the second time in the club’s history", mario reitz was satisfied. At the end of march, another district league team, spvgg rattelsdorf II, will be waiting in the semifinals. Mbo