Brose Bamberg locked up third place in Group B of the easyCredit BBL Final Tournament 2020 by knocking off RASTA Vechta 100-82.

Jordan Crawford paced four players in double figures with 21 points for Bamberg, who finished the group phase with a 2-2 record and will take on EWE Baskets Oldenburg in the Quarter-Finals. Christian Sengfelder picked up 18 points, Kam Taylor had 14 and Assem Marei collected 10 points and 10 rebounds for Bamberg.

Vechta, who eliminated Bamberg from the playoffs last season, were led by Trevis Simpson with 28 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists while Matic Rebec had 16 points and 4 rebounds and Philipp Herkenhoff and Jaroslaw Zyskowski both chipped in 10 points. Vechta have failed to win a game in the tournament thus far for an 0-4 record and will take on HAKRO Merlins Crailsheim for ninth place on Tuesday June 16.

Tre McLean nailed a three-ball as Bamberg scored the first seven points of the game. Simpson was able to hit from long range but Sengfelder did at the other end as well and Paris Lee and Crawford added scores and the lead was 16-5. Crawford added a trey to start an 8-0 spurt and Bamberg led 26-10. The gap was 32-19 after 10 minutes.

The margin was up to 18 points – 37-19 – after a three-ball from Taylor and Vechta finally scored after nearly three minutes and got the deficit down to 40-31 with a 12-3 run including two triples from Rebec. Bamberg punched right back with a 13-3 run as Crawford had a three-point play and trey and Moritz Plescher was also on target from long range for a 53-34 cushion, which was 58-40 at the break.

Bamberg needed nearly 4 minutes to score their first points of the second half but Vechta were only able to get within 58-42. Taylor and Crawford both drained long balls and the advantage was up to 20 points – 64-44. Another Taylor triple made it 69-48. Vechta had a run of 11-2 to make it 71-59 and the gap was 73-61 after 30 minutes.

Simpson continued his strong game early in the fourth quarter in bringing the deficit down to 10 points – 75-65 – Bamberg answered with the next 12 points and it was 87-65. Vechta did not get closer than 18 points the rest of the way.

QUOTES: Bamberg’s Christian Sengfelder: “I think it was a step in the right direction. We had a little problem matching their physicality at the beginning of the third quarter. But we found a way and were able to comfortably bring home the win.”
(About the third quarter): “We couldn’t match them. They gave everything they had and it was impressive. We need to be a bit stronger next time.”

Vechta’s Philipp Herkenhoff: “I don’t think we should use it as an excuse that we had a smaller roster. We didn’t do what we wanted to in any game. We were never able to play well over 40 minutes. If you can’t play over 40 minutes in the BBL, you will lose every game like this.”
(Why didn’t it work out): “Tough to say at the moment. We will look at the analysis and see what we did wrong. But I think we didn’t have the energy we needed to keep up.
(About the game Tuesday for 9th place): “It’s not about energy but about the will to finish the tournament in a good way, and that is our goal.”


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