Our weekly roundup is a short one this time thanks to a lot of games in European competition this weekend. The German teams started to participate in the EHF-Cup, so only four games took place on the weekend. In Kassel second-placed MT Melsungen hosted league-leading Rhein-Neckar Löwen and showed everyone the team is for real in a hard-fought 25:23 (12:14) win.
In front of a capacity crowd in Kassel Johan Sjöstrand and a superb defense made the difference for the Hessians after a strong start by the lions, who lacked important shooting power from the back-court as Norwegian Harald Reinkind missed the game due to injury. Michael Müller, who scored six times, led Melsungen on offense, while Uwe Gensheimer (11/5) was Rhein-Neckar’s best scorer.
After receiving bad news on the financial front once again during the week the players of HSV Hamburg didn’t show any signs of frustration against lowly HBW Balingen-Weilstetten, although it wasn’t one of the best performances of the 2013 Champions League winner this season. The match was basically played without any defensive effort, especially before the break.
The Swabians looked very much into the game at the half being down by one (18:19). But Pascal Hens had a throwback kind of performance, scoring ten goals, to make sure the points stay in Hamburg. Fabian Böhm scored seven times for the guests. It just wasn’t enough, especially since Balingen’s goalkeeper’s took a day off with the final score being 35:32.
In Leipzig the Bergischer HC was trying to collect some very important points in its fight against relegation and the team of Sebastian Hinze put on an impressive defensive show for most of the game, before collapsing while being on the man-advantage. While SC DHfK tried to avoid an unexpected loss, the guests did them a big favor in crunch time.
The Bergischen Löwen went on a nine-minute scoring drought late in the game. Leipzig was down 23:25 with ten minutes to go, but led 29:25 with two minutes left in the game and won by a final score of 31:28. Philipp Weber scored seven times for the hosts, while Alexander Oelze scored eight times, including one penalty shot, for the BHC.
The fourth game of the weekend took place in Lemgo, where the TBV hosted Eisenach. The guests looked like a clear-cut favorite for relegation once the season started for many reasons, as they had lost their leading scorer, amongst others, also lacking chemistry with many foreign players joining the club in the summer.
Coach Velimir Petkovic has done a very decent job to say the least, as the ThSV currently sits in 15th place. But despite a solid first half the team from Thüringen couldn’t steal the win from a Lemgo side that feels just too comfortable at home. Tim Hornke (11/4) and Rolf Hermann (8) made sure the TBV now is six points clear of the relegation zone after winning 35:30 (16:15). Patrik Hruscak (7) led Eisenach.