Swiss Central is experiencing dampers in Neuchâtel
After three wins in a row, Swiss Central suffered a significant defeat at Union Neuchâtel.
Swiss Central Basketball traveled to Neuchâtel on Saturday with ambition and self-confidence. After three wins against Lugano, Boncourt and the Starwings, Orlando Bär and his team had the chance to consolidate their place in the top third of the table with a win against Union Neuchâtel: However, the home team made it clear from the start that they had other plans. After the away win at the title favorites Geneva, the young Neuchâtel team managed to use their potential against Swiss Central. And how: After ten minutes, “Union” was leading 10: 4, at halftime the game was quickly decided (48:27). In the first three quarters, the guests from Central Switzerland simply found no remedy against the Neuchâtel offensive. In addition, several players had a bad day at SCB: Antwoine Anderson (11 points), Harding Nana (3) and Joël Fuchs (4) all remained far below their possibilities. Only Stan Leemans and Michael Philipps were up to date on Saturday, at least in terms of statistics.
“The tension wasn’t high enough”
“Neuchâtel played well, we played badly,” that is the simple but no less accurate conclusion from Orlando Bär. The SCB coach was not only disappointed with the playful appearance of his team. “At Neuchâtel you could tell that after the win in Geneva they were full of motivation and self-confidence. The home team pressed the accelerator right from the start, which unsettled some of us. ” After three successes in the series, SCB seems to quickly feel a bit “too comfortable” and safe. “The tension was not high enough for some,” criticized Coach Bär. “And of course you can’t afford that against a team like Neuchâtel.”
Now Massagno comes into the relay hall
However, the defeat in Neuchâtel is not a drama. With four wins and three defeats, Swiss Central’s record is still good. In the table, SCB is tied for points with Geneva (4th) in 5th place. Hardly anyone would have expected all of this before this season. Bear and his players do not want to be disturbed by the recent defeat. He promises: “Next week we will perform differently again in front of our home audience.” That is absolutely necessary: The second in the table from Massagno is a guest in the relay hall in Reussbühl. Just this weekend in Nyon suffered their first narrow defeat (76:78) of the season. Orlando Bär knows, of course, that Massagno is one of the top teams in the league. “We will work particularly hard in the coming days and do everything we can to create the big surprise against Massagno.” Next Saturday it will be the SCB players who want to hit the gas again from the start.
NLA, 7th round: Union Neuchâtel – Swiss Central 84:65 (48:27)
Central Switzerland: Anderson 11, Schubiger, Ganic, Philipps 16, Nana 3, Plüss 4, Fuchs 2, Leemans 13, Lehmann 8, Schärer 8. – Trainer: Bär / Valis. – absent: Jusovic (injured).