GHP Bamberg70-68

19-16, 5-21, 21-18, 25-13

Honka Playboys

 

Date: 14.01.2004, 19:30hGroup:  CVenue:   Bamberg (GER) Spectators: 4000
Referees:  Serge De Coster (BEL), Istvàn Valovics (HUN)
TEAM LEADERS
GHP Bamberg Honka Playboys
Jason Sasser (25)PtsJyri Lehtonen (17)
Chris Ensminger (13)RebJyri Lehtonen (10)
Steffen Hamann (2), Rick Stafford (2)ASJyri Lehtonen (3)
Derrick Taylor (5)STJukka Hemdahl (2)
Mike Nahar (1), Rick Stafford (1)BSMarkus Hemdahl (3)

GAME REPORT

14.01.2004
GHP Bamberg 70 Honka Playboys Espoo 68

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Game MVP Jason Sasser is stripped from behind by Playboy Youngster Shawn Huff
GHP Bamberg overcame the ejection of head coach Dirk Bauermann to get one of the most spectacular comeback wins that season. In the third quarter the runner-up in last years German championship was almost twenty points down. Bamberg defeated a good team from Espoo with the final score of 70-68.

It seemed German coach Bauermann gave his team the advise to go straight to the basket and use the length advantages of Chris Ensminger and Mike Nahar.

But the Finish site was ready to face that challenge and surprisingly had some excellent locked shots in the first minutes of the game.

On the other side Espoo players, first of all new signing Jyri Lethonen (17 points/10 rebounds), stroke back with a couple of long distance shots to get an early 7-14 lead.

When 'Latvian bear' Uvis Helmanis entered the game he showed his ability to be the perfect 6th man for the home team. Bamberg showed not the best shape and improved with Helmanis on the court So they managed to close the first quarter with a 19-16 lead.

But the Germans showed a cruel performance in a disastrous second quarter by managing only 5 points. The Playboys had not much problems dominating the game at both ends of the floor - offensively with 7 long distance shots, defensively with 5 blocked shots - and went to the halftime with a comfortable 24-37 lead.

The second half started in shocking way for the home side since Bamberg's coach Dirk Bauermann was ejected from the game. The incident was exploited by the Finish team to increase their lead 26-45.

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Hit the game winning shot: GHP's Ageless Derrick Taylor (40 years old)
The game became rougher: Jyri Lethonen and Stephen Rich fouled hard and Olli Nikitin and Rich also went down to floor. This must have been the spark that started the home side's engine as the 4000 fans in the forum woke up the home site.

Bamberg played with a lot more energy, hustling for every loose ball and rebound. GHP started the last period with a 45-55 deficit. Despite having lost starting point guard Steffen Hamann who fouled out, they were eager to turn the game.

Forward Jason Sasser (25 points) caught fire and the young team from Espoo got more and more nervous.

With one minute to go Rick Stafford (17 points) gave Bamberg the the lead with a long 3-pointer (68-67). But Honka tied it from the line right away.

Ten seconds before the end 40-years-old Derrick Taylor had the game in his hands and took a jumper from the free-throw line. He would not miss and so Taylor gave his side a sensational 70-68 comeback win.

MVP of the game: Jason Sasser (GHP Bamberg) with 25 points

Top performers

GHP Bamberg Honka Playboys

Jason Sasser

 

Jyri Lehtonen

25Pts17
5Reb10
1AS3
1ST0
0BS1

Accumulated statistics

GHP Bamberg Honka Playboys
17/60FG M/A22/50
13/41 (31.7%) FG2P M/A14/31 (45.2%)
4/19 (21.1%) FG3P M/A8/19 (42.1%)
32/40 (80.0%) FT M/A16/25 (64.0%)
35 (11-24) Reb (O-D) 29 (3-26)
7AS8
9TO19
11ST3
2BS7
22PF28
70Pts68

PHOTO GALLERY

GHP BAMBERG
NameMinFG2P FG3P FGFTRebASTOSTBSPFPts
M/A%M/A%M/A%M/A%ODTot
4Ensminger, C. 312/728.62/728.60/00.06/875.058130210310
5Taylor, D. 281/1010.01/520.00/50.05/683.3044115017
6Hamann, S. 171/616.71/520.00/10.02/2100.0011210054
7Stafford, R. 324/944.42/450.02/540.08/1172.72352331418
9Helmanis, U. 202/540.01/333.31/250.01/250.0011010046
10Zapf, V. 10/00.00/00.00/00.00/00.0000000000
11Nahar, M. 170/40.00/40.00/00.00/00.0235100100
12Kullamäe, G. 180/40.00/10.00/30.00/00.0011011030
13Zdravkovic, R. 10/00.00/00.00/00.00/00.0000000000
15Sasser, J. 357/1546.76/1250.01/333.310/1190.92351010225
TOTAL17/ 6028.313/ 4131.74/ 1921.132/4080.0112435791122270
HONKA PLAYBOYS
NameMinFG2P FG3P FGFTRebASTOSTBSPFPts
M/A%M/A%M/A%M/A%ODTot
4Lehtonen, J. 304/1040.02/450.02/633.37/887.519103601417
7Hemdahl, M. 212/540.02/540.00/00.02/450.0044100336
8Huff, S. 324/1136.41/425.03/742.93/650.02021212214
9Nikitin, O. 272/540.01/250.01/333.30/00.0011140045
10Zitting, H. 223/742.92/633.31/1100.00/00.0022110057
11Väänänen, J. DNP
12Iisalo, T. 151/250.01/1100.00/10.00/00.0000110012
13Hemdahl, J. 171/1100.01/1100.00/00.00/20.0000022032
14Rich, S. 294/757.13/650.01/1100.04/580.00770200513
15Ulander, A. 71/250.01/250.00/00.00/00.0033010112
TOTAL22/ 5044.014/ 3145.28/ 1942.116/2564.032629819372868
Legend
MinMinutes playedTotTotal reboundsBSBlocked shots
M/AMade/AttemptsASAssistsPtsPoints
%Shooting percentagePFPersonal fouls*Starters
OOffensive reboundsTOTurnoversDNPDid Not Play
DDefensive reboundsSTStealsFGField Goals
+/-Team's net points while on courtCCommitted foulsDDrawn fouls

GALLERY

TOP PERFORMERS

GHP Bamberg Honka Playboys

Jason Sasser

 

Jyri Lehtonen

25Pts17
5Reb10
1AS3
1ST0
0BS1
35Min30

TEAM STATS

GHP Bamberg Honka Playboys
17/60FG M/A22/50
13/41 (31.7%) FG2P M/A14/31 (45.2%)
4/19 (21.1%) FG3P M/A8/19 (42.1%)
32/40 (80.0%) FT M/A16/25 (64.0%)
35 (11-24) Reb (O-D) 29 (3-26)
7AS8
9TO19
11ST3
2BS7
22PF28
70Pts68