The series is torn: The MHP Giants Ludwigsburg have lost against Dinmamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari for the first time this season in the Basketball Champions League. The bankruptcy became apparent early on.
Head coach John Patrick (right) lost with Ludwigsburg and Jonathan Behre for the first time in this year’s Champions League season.
picture alliance / Pressefoto Baumann
The MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg suffered a defeat in the Basketball Champions League for the first time this season. The previously undefeated group A leaders lost 75:82 (27:36) to the Italian club Dinmamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari on matchday four. The team from Sardinia achieved their first victory.
After just under six minutes, the Ludwigsburg had only scored two points and were already two-digit behind (2:14). The guests hit their threes too weak and committed too many ball losses. Nevertheless, the Bundesliga basketball team was able to shorten the gap between them a little (27:36).
Justin Simon (best thrower with 26 points) not only led Ludwigsburg after the break, with eight points in a 13-0 run the American had briefly put the guests in the lead. The game now picked up speed, with an 8-0 run Sassari regained momentum at the end of the third round.
In the fourth quarter, Ludwigsburg’s defense found it difficult to stop Sassari: The guests couldn’t get closer than three points. Despite the defeat, Ludwigsburg remains in first place in the table and has a good chance of reaching the next round. Two games are still pending in the group stage.