Victory over promoted Düsseldorf at Luxembourg

(thla.) Again less than 24 hours after the Liège game, the EIGNER Angels played their third and last tournament game against the promoted and upcoming Bundesliga rival Capitol BasCats Düsseldorf. They lost their first game the day before against Saarlouis with 63:92 and won against Grengewald in the evening. Here, Coach Imreh wanted to practice the defense systems that had been rehearsed in view of the stresses and strains of the tournament, especially in one-on-one. But that did not succeed at first. 9:0 after two and a half minutes, two turnovers and little defensive work forced Angels coach Ajtony Imreh first once to a loud timeout. After three and a half minutes Anissa Pounds closed the gap with three threes (9:9).

The EIGNER Angels were now awake. But the BasCats were also on top of their game and played the Angels‘ zone defense again and again (7th minute, 20:11). The team from Noerdlingen did not succeed in building up the usual defensive pressure and left too much to be desired, especially in the attack. They deservedly lost the first quarter with 24:16, because they allowed the BasCats too much „in their own house“, the zone. The start of the second quarter was diametrical to the first. 26:25 after two minutes played and already the fifth three-pointer by Anissa Pounds. However, Coach Imreh rightly criticized the celebration of the successful catch-up and the easy points of Düsseldorf. In the 15th minute then the first lead for the Bundesligadino from Noerdlingen (34:32). If one attributed a high wear to the Rieserinnen, this showed up now with the Düsseldorferinnen, which had to play two games on the previous day. On the other hand, the defense of the Kraterbasketballerinnen now also stood. A deserved 43:38 against a bravely fighting Bundesliga climber was the result. If one considers the power wear of both teams, a lively exchange of blows developed. The Angels were ahead, the BasCats tried to keep up (28th minute, 54:49).

However, the Nördlingen girls could not be satisfied with the rebounding. But towards the end of the third quarter, the fitness of the Imreh team seemed to prevail again. Especially Meg Willson with two great steals and attentive defense was instrumental in the 58:49. Crunch time began immediately after the start of the last quarter. With high intensity, both teams went into this game once again and got the last grains out of themselves. Here, the „One“-Team-thought of the Nördlingen EIGNER girls showed itself once again. Rarely that Düsseldorf was outnumbered in fastbreaks, again and again the Angels helped themselves out. 64:55 was the score in the 35th minute when Mariam Hasle-Lagemann grabbed two important rebounds for the Northernlingers, which they were able to convert into four points and forced Düsseldorf to take a timeout (68:57). But Düsseldorf countered with a 6:0 run. The Angels in turn countered this with five points. Above all Elina Koskiemes was in the last seconds the rock in the fire and threw with two Steals and three points the EIGNER Angels finally to the 74:69 victory against a strong rising from Duesseldorf after again intermediate two digit arrears.

CFO Peter Struck: We have experienced in the three days a relaxed, but focused and concentrated EIGNER Angels – team. We could test different things: in the first game a comeback after a high deficit with a narrow victory, in the game against Lieges we had to go beyond our physical limits. Against Düsseldorf it was always a close game with a lot of tactics, where we could test under competition conditions. Overall, we can be satisfied with two wins from three games in 67h.

In total played in this tournament:
Mona Berlitz (2 points Grenewald /1 point Liege / 0 Düsseldorf), Elina Koskimies (7/7/10), Sami Hill (24/10/10), Marina Dzinic (6/10/4), Mariam Hasle-Lagemann (2/2/9), Meg Wilson (10/6/19), Anissa Pounds (13/4/15), Bianca Helmig (3/13/7).