Eisvogel Freiburg in the Final Series – SWR Sport

Eisvogel USC Freiburg plays in the German Basketball Championship Final Series. Opponents are the Lions of the Rhineland. Respect is great but so is self-confidence, says Louisa Neufer, a basketball player in Freiburg.

“It feels like a dream now, I can’t quite realize we’re in the final now,” beamed Luisa Nufer. SWR Sport spoke to her before Game 1 of the series finale on Friday (April 22). From the start you can feel the player, team and entire club’s anticipation for the upcoming matches.















Exciting semi-final until the last second

Even the semi-finals against the defending champions from Killtern could hardly be surpassed in terms of excitement and drama. Neufer tells a thriller about basketball and is still thrilled that this movie had a happy ending for the women of Freiburg. Leading 1-0 with going into the second game of the semi-finals (the best of the three), the Kingfishers then went into the second game on Easter Sunday, in which they were long behind. A few seconds before the end of the match, the score was 91:91. However, Killtern missed a three-point shot and Isvogel then scored to win 93:91. This is the second time after 2011 that they have reached the final series of the German Basketball Championship.

“Mega is full of confidence”

Louisa Marie Neufer plays a shooting guard on the women’s basketball team in the German Bundesliga and is studying mathematics and sports to become a teacher. But she must wait for her studies now, her entire focus is on the upcoming games against the Rhineland Lions. It concerns nothing less than the German championship.

The strength of the Freiburg women is the team spirit, they are winning collectively as in the semi-final against Killtern. Describing coach Harald Jansson’s team spirit, the 19-year-old says, “We’re full of self-confidence. I think this is the craziest team I’ve ever played with.” “Every player on the team is part of this great puzzle.”

It is a “very great feeling” that they have only reached the final for the second time since 2011. She adds that the team also has a chance to win “because we are good enough”.

Save energy for a grueling final streak

The workload that awaits kingfishers with the final series is enormous. Possibly up to five matches, always in quick succession, plus a long distance of over 400 km between Freiburg and Bergisch Gladbach, with the Rhineland Lions playing their home games. No wonder the training workload of nine units per week has been somewhat reduced. The focus is now on target setup and analysis of opposing game systems. And despite the long flight, it’s important to be “straight ready” on Friday.

Rhineland Lions: Leader after the main round

Even if the Freiburg women’s basketball team wants to impress as a team, play quickly, and as a young team, and wants to bring sharpness and liveliness to the confrontation, a strong opponent awaits them in the Rhineland Lions. The kingfishers lost both games in the main round (89:96 and 55:61) and the Lions have several experienced players. “This is our biggest fear,” says Luisa Nofer. She suspects that the Rhineland Lions want to use their tactics to take fast Freiburg defender Shiori Yasuma out of the match and thus upset Freiburg’s younger players. But: “I think we just have to face that and prepare for them to try to get us out of balance.” By the way, Yasuma, along with Hana Little and Krista Reid, is one of the top scorers in the kingfishers game.

Home rights with the Rhineland Lions

Since the Freiburg Ladies finished the main round behind the Rhineland Lions at the table, Bergisch-Gladbach have a ground advantage in the last series – which is why the first game will take place there too. This does not make it easier for the Freiburg women: “The first match is an away game, it will be difficult,” Neufer said. She is looking forward more to the second game, and then to Freiburg: “We simply have the best fans in the entire Premier League, the loudest and I think also the most common. He always gives a great feeling and a lot of energy.

Title opportunity exists

Despite the opponents’ experience and the long journey away, the kingfishers firmly believe in their opportunity. In any case, there are realistic chances to “win it”. She herself wants to mobilize all her energy and support the team, not easily give up a single ball, make Freiburg fast and score points quickly.

She can wait until her class starts again next Monday, says the student teacher, still laughing. For them, it starts only after the final series. Luisa Nufer’s focus is on the unique opportunity to win the German Basketball Championship – with self-confidence and team spirit.

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