Bryant Bounces Baskets
Ratiopharm Arena, Neu Ulm, October 13 – Ratiopharm Ulm celebrated their third win this season as they beat the s.Oliver Baskets of Würzburg 95-88. Per Günther led all scorers with 21 points and John Bryant added 16 points and 14 rebounds as Ulm won their second consecutive game. Jimmy McKinney scored 17 points with five three-pointers in the losing effort.
The first two quarters were very balanced, but it was in the final 1:32 of the second quarter that the home side was able to increase their lead to nine points advantage thanks to Bryant. Last year’s league MVP Bryant closed the first half with 10 points and hustle with rebounds on both ends of the floor, adding an assist and a block. His buzzer-beater ended the first half 50-41 for the home side.
In the second half, the home side kept going and repelled all Würzburg’s attempts to come back in the game. The Baskets were able to cut the lead to seven points. ratiopharm ulm’s point guard Günther took over and closed the quarter by making three of four free throws. Very important was also the contribution of Keaton Nankivil. He closed the third quarter with a spectacular dunk and a three pointer in the last seconds, extending the lead to 13 points at 74-61.
The fourth quarter did not go as the home fans expected, as Ulm let Würzburg come back in the game. It was Dwayne Anderson from the bench who led his teammates by scoring 7 points in the final quarter. His efforts fired up the visitors, who were able to cut the lead to only one point with 4:18 left (78-77).
That was enough for Leibenath, who was frustrated with his team’s turnovers which cleared the way for Würzburg and the poor offense. Until that point Ulm were able to score only four points, a free throw from Allan Ray and a three pointer by Lance Jeter.
After his timeout, the home side extended their lead to four points thanks to a crucial three pointer by Esterkamp. Then Günther, Ray and Esterkamp closed the game from the line, while Anderson missed a very important three pointer with 50 seconds left.
The home fans were relieved as Ulm avoided another home defeat, after the very bitter one suffered to Ludwigsburg in their home debut.
Ulm will play next week in Berlin against ALBA, while The Baskets (2-2) will host EWE Oldenburg.