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HBL Roundup: Week 17

HBL Roundup: Week 17

The 50th season of the DKB Handball-Bundesliga reached its midway point on Sunday, when the last teams played their 17th game of the campaign. It all started back on Wednesday, when the HSV Hamburg hosted the Füchse Berlin in what many expected to be the last home game for the former Champions League winner because of the permanent financial problems that surround the club. The players didn’t seem to have lost their focus during an impressive 36:29 (19:12) win.

The match-day continued on Friday with two very interesting games. The Hessian derby featured the HSG Wetzlar and the MT Melsungen, two teams that surprised many in the first few months of the season. Wetzlar controlled the match early on, but Melsungen looked like the winner late in the second half, before Wetzlar’s final run gave the team a 29:25 (14:13) victory.

In Mannheim the Rhein-Neckar Löwen hosted the VfL Gummersbach and the lions fans started to worry a little bit when their team was down 14:15 at the half. But recently acquired goalkeeper Borko Ristovski had his first strong outing for the yellow and blue, while playmaker Andy Schmid was outstanding once more, scoring 14 times on route to a 31:22 win.

The focus shifted to the relegation zone on Saturday, especially in Solingen, where the Bergischer HC faced the TBV Lemgo. Coach Sebastian Hinze was under huge pressure with his side being on a nine-game winless streak. But the slide ended thanks to Max Weiß, he become the hero when he scored into an empty net with one second left, as his team won by a final score of 31:30 (15:14).

Fans in Nettelstedt witnessed a horrible game as the SG Flensburg-Handewitt took home two points with a 25:19 (15:12) win at lowly TuS N-Lübbecke. The hosts are still without a win (and two draws) after the first half of the season. Coach Goran Suton was fired weeks ago and a lot of players already signed elsewhere for next season. Right now there’s no chance the team will stay in the league.

The same goes for Eisenach, which is just one win, thus two points away from salvation, but the ThSV was embarrassed by Hannover in front of its home crowd, losing 24:36 after a quite close first half. The hosts where down by three (12:15) at the break and the fans were hopeful when the game resumed after the break, but left the arena in disbelieve after the final whistle.

Magdeburg, after stunning most people during the 2014/15 campaign, continued its sluggish season with a 24:32 (12:16) loss at Göppingen. While Frisch Auf is known to be very strong at home and the guests known for not being that strong away from their own building, the result showed one more time that last year’s fourth place might have been a fluke indeed.

The arena in Leipzig was sold out for Sunday’s clash with reigning champion Kiel, but even more than 6.300 fans weren’t able to push SC DHfK to an upset victory against the THW Kiel. Christian Dissinger continued his hot streak and scored eleven goals for the zebras, who’s 38:33 (21:13) win was their eight consecutive in the league.

The week concluded with HBW Balingen-Weilstetten hosting newly-promoted TVB 1898 Stuttgart in what turned out to be another intense and exciting game from the relegation zone. Most would have expected HBW to dominate the game, but the guests incredible fighting spirit saw them come back yet another time and Michael Schweikardt scored the winner in the last minute. Stuttgart won by a final score of 25:24 (12:11).

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