European Competitions

Tall order for Heroes Den Bosch

The task this Wednesday is clear for Heroes Den Bosch. To win. And not by a small margin. No, there must be a gap of 16 points to reach the next round of the FIBA Europe Cup.

By: Rob de Keijzer
Foto: FIBA Europe Cup

The Russian Parma Parimatch is not an easy opponent to deal with. To meet this team now, in the decisive phase, is no mean feat. Apart from being a tough team, Heroes Den Bosch also has the misfortune of having to play behind closed doors in their own Maaspoort. And that just might make the difference.

The fans aside, after the first defeat this season of Erik Braal’s team, in and against the same Parma Parimatch, it did not go crescendo for Heroes Den Bosch. At home they lost by two points to Benfica and last week the team went down without a chance in and against the Czech Opava. Therefore, the task now is to show in this do-or-die game that the team can also deal with these setbacks.

In the first game, it was only Mike Carlson who could measure up to the Russian team in terms of scoring. The experienced American scored 18 points. The usually better scoring Edon Maxhuni (2 points), Clay Mounce (4 points) and shooter Austin Price (5 points) struggled thoughout the game and could not really support Carlson in the fight for victory. Parma Parimatch had three players in double figures with Jeremiah Hill (16 points), Adas Juskevicius (15 points) and Nikolai Zhmako (14 points). Also, center Artsiom Parakhouski’s 17 rebounds (15 of which were defensive) were too many for the Bossche team to be able to make a fist or get a second chance at all after a shot attempt.

Heroes Den Bosch will have to pull out all the stops on Wednesday night to reach that second round. Nothing is impossible, but while the Maaspoort can sometimes get a bit heated when things get tense, Wednesday night it will have to come down to the players. Let’s hope that this FIBA Europe Cup, after a great start, will not fade out like a night candle.

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