Thriller in „München Nord“ – Upset minded Jahn boys come up short against TBMN-MTSV

It wasn’t quite David versus Goliath, but fans familiar with the U16 basketball scene in München, could see a definite advantage for Team Basket München Nörd, alias MTSV Schwabing, early Saturday morning at the Morawitskyhalle. And that is just the way the game began as the JBBL´er from TBMN Schwabing jumped all over the hesitant Jahn boys to lead 13-2, after just 3 minutes into the game. A quick wake-up call, in the form of a time out by Jahn, and the insertion of Boris Novakovic into the game, proved to be just what Jahn needed.

Novakovic teamed up with Patrick Churchill and Billy Bessoir to jumpstart the Jahn offense, and Jahn trailed by six after 10 minutes of play, 22-16. David Gorbunov, playing in only his second game of organized basketball, and Max Rankl got into the act early in the second quarter and Jahn took a brief 28-26 lead. Chris Würmseher, who finished the game with 43 points, then led Schwabing on an 8-2 run and Schwabing was back in command. That lead was also short lived, as Bessoir scored 6 straight to give Jahn a 36-34 lead. Schwabing, again, flexed their muscles and finished the quarter with an 8-0 run to take a 42-36 advantage at intermission.

Novakovic scored the first 5 points in the third quarter and Jahn was back on Schwabing´s heels. There were seven lead changes in a wild third quarter and Jahn was able to pull ahead by 3, 64-61, heading into the fourth quarter. The final ten minutes seemed like an eternity for Jahn. One by one, Jahn´s big men were sent to the bench with foul trouble. Linus Juritza, last season´s leading scorer, went first with 6 minutes remaining. Joshua Meineke and Filippo Sticher followed soon after and Jahn was left using a four guard offense against the more physical Schwabinger. Minutes later, Novakovic suffered leg cramps and had to leave the game with the score tied at 71.

Jahn, however, did not flinch. Gorbunov hit inside to give Jahn the lead by two, but Würmseher answered and the teams traded baskets until the final 22 seconds. With the score tied at 79, Jahn had possession and called time out in order to hold the ball for a last shot.

After the time out, Jahn was able to run the clock down to 12 seconds, but an untimely shot gave Schwabing possession and Würmseher was fouled with 6 seconds remaining. After the free throws, Schwabing led by two 81-79, and Jahn´s desperation 3 pointer with one second remaining missed it´s mark.

Bessoir led Jahn with 18 points. He was followed by Novakovic´s 16. Patrick Churchill and Max Rankl added 13 and 12 respectively as Jahn.

Quelle: TS Jahn München Basketball (http://www.ts-jahn-basketball.de/)