EWE Baskets Oldenburg are close to making the playoffs in the Basketball Bundesliga (BBL). The cup finalists consolidated their fourth place in the table on Tuesday with a hard-fought 82:78 (40:39) at the Würzburg Baskets, another win would certainly be enough to advance to the quarterfinals.
The Oldenburgers have their first chance on Sunday (6:00 p.m. / MagentaSport) at home against Brose Bamberg. The Franconians (14 wins, 16 defeats) lurk in tenth behind the eighth from Würzburg (15:15) and still have chances of participating in the championship round.
Meanwhile, BG Göttingen suffered a setback in the fight for the quarter-final ticket. The fifth in the table (16:12) lost 85:94 (48:55) to newly promoted Rostock Seawolves, who as a new ninth with a 14:15 balance remain in the playoff race.
medi Bayreuth can hardly be saved. The bottom of the table was defeated by the Niners Chemnitz in their own hall after a serious slump in the second half with 86:102 (52:44) and conceded the 24th defeat in the 29th game. In the relegation battle, the Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt (8:20), the Syntainics MBC from Weißenfels and the Löwen Braunschweig (both 9:19) are far away.
In Würzburg, DeWayne Russell made the decision with two converted free throws three seconds before the end. Hassani Gravett (17 points) was the top scorer in Oldenburg. “We dedicate this win to Alen Pjanic who unfortunately got seriously injured – that was for him today,” said coach Pedro Calles. Pjanic broke his left arm and will not be able to play again this season.
Würzburg Baskets – EWE Baskets Oldenburg 78:82 (39:40). – Best throwers: Whittaker (22 points), Hunt (13), Böhmer (10) for Würzburg – Gravett (17), Klassen (13), Agbakoko (12), Drechsel (12), Russell (11) for Oldenburg. – Viewers: 2159