Phillip Bach: 'There are crazy scores and results'
20-11-2012 01:00:00

 

Eredivisie

We are currently 4-5 in the league so far with wins against Rotterdam & Amsterdam (2 road wins) and Magixx and Groningen (2 home wins). The two games that we believe we let slide away from us were the games on the road against Zwolle and at home against Leeuwarden. The Zwolle game was especially disappointing as we had all the momentum going in our favor and then let them back in the game in the 2nd half. A lot of this was due to the fact that our experience level is not as high as some of the other teams and when you need a few crucial stops and smart decisions down the stretch, having been there before really helps, especially when you are on the road.

 

Our last game against Leeuwarden was, to put it simply, not acceptable. It was frustrating for all of us as we know that we are better than the result. Of course some shots were not falling and our offense lacked a bit of rhythm but when this happens, we need to be even better on the defensive end. On Sunday we had a quick shooting practice and then sat down as a team to watch the entire Leeuwarden game. Watching film is something that we do both before and after games as this really helps both preparation and also finding out the good and bad parts of each play and game as a whole.  After talking about the game, we are going to start emphasizing more communication, playing as a more collective team and also playing each possession 100% energy and effort. In any event, we are learning from our mistakes and the next time we are in the position we will be sure to put the other team away.

 

So far our league has seen some pretty crazy scores and results. Teams including us are winning and losing by 20 and 30 points on any given night and teams who are favored lose more often than not. I think that this is mostly due to the fact that it is still early in the season and players, coaches, and teams are figuring out how to play with each other and develop better chemistry so when things go wrong they can come together and come back before it turns into these blow-out games. Another key factor to our league has been home-court advantage.

 

Home court (Kingsdome).

 

While Holland is not very big, busing around the country to play teams the same night is tough on everyone mentally and physically. It is difficult to get yourself going right away and ready to play within an hour after stepping off the bus. For some of us this has been a challenge that we continue to get better at overcoming. On the long bus rides, a few of us will catch a quick nap; some will watch a TV shows or movies; and others will listen to music or chat with each other quietly. In the end, when you step off the bus it is game time and that is the mindset we all need to have when we go to play Nijmegen on Wednesday.

 

As I mentioned before our team is very young both in age and our experience level but we have plenty of talent that has yet to be seen. While everyone on the team has played elsewhere professionally prior to this season, aside from Storm and me, not very many of us have logged significant minutes. As a team, we need to work on our consistency as our team feels like it’s been riding a see-saw since our first game.

 

As I mentioned before our team is very young both in age and our experience level but we have plenty of talent that has yet to be seen. While everyone on the team has played elsewhere professionally prior to this season, aside from Storm and me, not very many of us have logged significant minutes. As a team, we need to work on our consistency as our team feels like it’s been riding a see-saw since our first game.

 

NBB Beker (Dutch Cup)

Last Wednesday night we moved onto the quarterfinals of the NBB Beker which is the equivalent of the FA Cup for soccer in England. Games will be played throughout the year and the team that wins the cup is given the opportunity to participate or qualify for competitions throughout all of Europe. This is similar in soccer where you have both the winners of the domestic cup as well as the league who have the chance to compete in Euro-league style competitions. One problem that the Dutch league is undergoing is financial problems (budget constraints) as even the team who won the league last year (Den Bosch) wasn't able to afford playing in the next level competitions. The main reason for these problems stem from the '08 global recession as well as the current Euro debt crisis which continues to stretch pessimism across all of Europe. This is more true for sports (other than soccer) as sponsors have become more hesitant to put up money when the returns are not necessarily guaranteed. While I am sure I don’t have all the specifics on this completely correct, I think you get the gist of it! Our next NBB Beker game is in January.

 

 

 

Slam Dunk Storm Warren in the Dutch Cup game against Rotterdam College Basketbal.




 

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Ranking

 

 

Nr  Team G Ptn
1 Leiden (ZZ Leiden)
12
2 Zwolle (Landstede)
5 8
3 Den Bosch (SPM Shoeters)
5 8
4 Den Helder Kings
6 6
5 Groningen (Donar)
5 4
6 Rotterdam (Challenge sports)
5 4
7 Leeuwarden (Aris)
6 4
8 Weert (Maxxcom BSW)
5 2
9 Amsterdam (BC Apollo)
5 0