The MBC “Wolves” won tonight’s game with 96:73 against Swiss top team Benetton Olympic Fribourg. The MBC had the worse start. After five minutes Vyacheslav Rosnovskiy made a three pointer for the 17:7 lead of the Swiss team. MBC Weißenfels was led by Marius Petravicius, who made 8 points and 7 rebounds during the next five minutes. After the first qaurter Fribourg lead with 24:23.
The second quarter Mitteldeutscher Basketball Club put a strong pressure on Fribourg and allowed only eleven points in the entire quarter. Mainly the young guys of Henrik Dettmann got their chances and built up a solid half time lead (48:35).
During the last twenty minutes the game was decided by a 19 point difference against Fribourg. Today’s top scorer Paul Burke sank a 2-pointer for the 56:37. After the third quarter the score was 74:57.
The best player on the court was Marijonas Petravicius, who showed a double-double with 14 points and twelve rebounds. MBC team captain Stephen Arigbabu sank the last point with a free throw to make the final score 96:73.
Mitteldeutscher BC now leads Group B in the Central Conference of the FIBA Europe Cup Men, one point ahead of the Hungarian` Debrecen.
Game MVP: Marijonas Petravicius (MBC)
Patrick Koller, Headcoach, Olympic Benetton Fribourg:
“We knew from the beginning that it would become a hard game against the MBC. Weißenfels plays in the German Division better week by week. When we play in the Europe Cup we face the problem that our players are too small. Comparing the rebounds shows our problem. Our bench was a bit short while the MBC could use ten players.”
Eric Poole, Fribourg:
"It was a good feeling to come back to Germany and to play against the grown “Wolves”. Weißenfels had a taller team. That made quite a difference."
Henrik Dettmann, Headcoach, Weißenfels:
“We knew that Fribourg put its confidence in the three key players Fergerson, Rosnovskiy and Poole. At the beginning we seemed to play like tired soccer players, so this was a good opportunity to bring new power to the game by the young players from the bench. Today we have seen that we have two strong players for every position.
Marius Petravicius, Weißenfels:
"We played well together as a team and we deserved the victory.”