HBL Roundup: Week 15

HBL Roundup: Week 15

The 15th week of the DKB Handball-Bundesliga had already started on Tuesday, when the Rhein-Neckar Löwen defeated the Füchse Berlin at home by a final score of 28:26 (14:11). The THW Kiel followed a day later, winning a crucial encounter against then second-placed MT Melsungen. The defending champion took the points with a 32:27 (17:15) victory. Magdeburg was able to beat Hannover in front of its own fans, amid controversy regarding coach Geir Sveinsson, 30:28 (12:11).

Friday Night Handball in Wetzlar saw the HSV Hamburg show continued progress developing a new team under outspoken head coach Michael Biegler, with the North Germans winning 29:23 (15:11), to the surprise of many. Five goals by Jannik Kohlbacher weren’t enough for the hosts, while Hans Lindberg netted eleven times. His teammate Adrian Pfahl, who scored six times, shined as well, although there’s widespread speculation that he will leave the club in the summer.

On Saturday the focus shifted to the bottom of the standings, for example in Solingen, where the Bergischer HC hosted newly-promoted TVB 1898 Stuttgart. Although the BHC was leading by three late in the game the guests were able to come back and steal a point, thanks to Michael Spatz, who was able to equalize from the penalty line and tie the score at 21 (13:12 at the half) with four seconds left.

Meanwhile the TuS N-Lübbecke is still winless after a home defeat to Lemgo. The TBV dominated right from the start, leading by seven after less than ten minutes and rolled to an easy two points with a 30:22 (16:8) victory. Nettelstedt seems to fall apart and although the gap towards salvation isn’t that big to overcome, it seems too big right now.

In Eisenach the ThSV was another team in desperate need of a win, but playing without two injured starters, Bogdan Criciotoiu and Azat Valiullin will remain sidelined for the next weeks, didn’t help its cause. After being down by five at the break (13:18), the hosts came closer and closer, but were never able to tie the score again and lost 28:32, despite eleven goals from Tomas Urban.

Balingen took profit of the situation and was the only team from the Flop 5 of the league to get a win, beating league newcomers Leipzig 27:25 (18:11). The East Germans had an off-day especially in the first half and were lucky to be down only by seven at the break. The game got closer towards the end but Balingen was able to hang on and celebrate two key-points. With the win the HBW moved out of the relegation zone for the first time since the start of the season.

In the final game of the week on Sunday the SG Flensburg-Handewitt continued its incredible streak at the hands of Frisch Auf Göppingen with a 28:23 (13:15) win. The German cup champion used a 13:5 run in the second half to take the two points prior to the key matchup on Wednesday against the Rhein-Neckar Löwen. While struggling a little before the break the team of Ljubomir Vranjes dominated later on.

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