Rostock defeats the Tigers and misses the tournament

Eight points before the final whistle – that was the bottom line for the Tübingen Tigers on Saturday. He should have been at least eight points ahead to prevent a play-off defeat in normal time due to the first leg result.

They also managed to call up playmaker Ato Kivimaki, who returned to the team after sustaining a foot injury but did not start. Before the match, Erol Ersek and Till Jönke announced their contract extension to loud applause from 2,600 spectators (the season’s record). Ersek will stay with the Tigers for at least another year, and Jönke’s new contract will run for two years.

Ryan Michael gave the Tigers a 2-0 lead, and both teams defended aggressively, so those were the only two points from the first three minutes of the game. Free throw by Daniel Kepler and three pointers by Timo Lanmüller made it 6-0 from Tübingen’s point of view. Top scorers from Rostock, Nigel Pearson and Tyler Nelson slowly recovered, each contributing seven points to the Seawolves’ 22:16 score after the first quarter. 14 points need to catch up with Tübingen.

In the end, the disappointment was huge: Tigers Tübingen lost to Seawolves Rostock in their second play-off final. Pictured: Axel Grundler

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Tough killer: the second leg final between Tübingen and Rostock on Saturday in...
Tough killer: The second leg of the final between Tübingen and Rostock on Saturday at the Paul Horn Arena. Photo: Axel Grundler

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Tough killer: the second leg final between Tübingen and Rostock on Saturday in...
Tough killer: The second leg of the final between Tübingen and Rostock on Saturday at the Paul Horn Arena.
Matthew Cerek (left, Tigers) vs. Till Gloger (right, Rostock Seawolves). Photo: Axel Grundler

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Tough killer: the second leg final between Tübingen and Rostock on Saturday in...
Tough killer: The second leg of the final between Tübingen and Rostock on Saturday at Paul Horn Stadium: Daniel Kepler (left, Tigers) assists Gianni Otto (Tigers right). Photo: Axel Grundler

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Tough killer: the second leg final between Tübingen and Rostock on Saturday in...
Tough killer: The second leg of the final between Tübingen and Rostock on Saturday at the Paul Horn Arena. Photo: Axel Grundler

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Tough killer: the second leg final between Tübingen and Rostock on Saturday in...
Tough killer: The second leg of the final between Tübingen and Rostock on Saturday at the Paul Horn Arena. Photo: Axel Grundler

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Tough killer: the second leg final between Tübingen and Rostock on Saturday in...
Tough killer: The second leg of the final between Tübingen and Rostock on Saturday at the Paul Horn Arena. Daniel Kepler (Tigers) looks thoughtful. Photo: Axel Grundler

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Tough killer: the second leg final between Tübingen and Rostock on Saturday in...
Tough killer: The second leg of the final between Tübingen and Rostock on Saturday at the Paul Horn Arena. Photo: Axel Grundler

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Tough killer: the second leg final between Tübingen and Rostock on Saturday in...
Tough killer: The final second leg match between Tübingen and Rostock on Saturday at the Paul Horn Stadium: Ato Kivimike (left, Tigers) against Brad Losing (right, Rostock Sea Wolves). Pictured: Axel Grundler

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Tough killer: the second leg final between Tübingen and Rostock on Saturday in...
Tough killer: The second leg of the final between Tübingen and Rostock on Saturday at the Paul Horn Arena. Tiger trainer Daniel Jansson. Pictured: Axel Grundler

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Tough killer: the second leg final between Tübingen and Rostock on Saturday in...
Tough killer: The second leg of the final between Tübingen and Rostock on Saturday at the Paul Horn Arena.
Tigers fans are amazing. Pictured: Axel Grundler

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Tough killer: the second leg final between Tübingen and Rostock on Saturday in...
Tough killer: The second leg of the final between Tübingen and Rostock on Saturday at Paul Horn Stadium: Ryan Richard Mixel (Central Tigers) against Chris Carter (Center right, Rostock Sea Wolves). Photo: Axel Grundler

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Tough killer: the second leg final between Tübingen and Rostock on Saturday in...
Tough killer: The second leg of the final between Tübingen and Rostock on Saturday at the Paul Horn Arena. Timo Lanmüller (left, Tigers) vs Jordan Rowland (right, Rostock SeaWolves). Pictured: Axel Grundler

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Cheers to the Tigers: In the first half they went up by 9 points - that was...
Greetings to the Tigers: In the first half they led by 9 points – that was enough for the championship. Photo: Axel Grundler

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Exciting final home match: Isaiah Crowley (In the Age of the Tigers) vs. Najal Pearson...
Exciting final home match: Isaiah Crowley (right, tigers) vs. Nigal Pearson (centre, Rostock Sea Wolves) and Timo Lanmüller (left, tigers). Pictured: Axel Grundler

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Exciting final second leg match: Bakari Dibba (Center, Tiger) against Michael Jost...
Exciting final second leg match: Bakary Dibba (centre, Tigers) against Michael Jost (right, Rostock C-Wolves) and Nigel Pearson (left, Rostock C-Wolves). Pictured: Axel Grundler

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In the end, the disappointment was great: the Tübingen tigers were defeated by the sea wolves ...
In the end, the disappointment was huge: Tigers Tübingen lost to Seawolves Rostock in their second play-off final. Ryan Richard Mixel (Re) hug coach Daniel Janson. Photo: Axel Grundler

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In the end, the disappointment was great: the Tübingen tigers were defeated by the sea wolves ...
In the end, the disappointment was huge: Tigers Tübingen lost to Seawolves Rostock in their second play-off final. Photo: Axel Grundler

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At the signing hour, there was a big rush after the great season overall:...
After an overall great season, there was a big rush in the signing session: Joanic Grüttner Bacoul (Tigers) signs a young fan’s shirt. Photo: Axel Grundler

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At the signing hour, there was a big rush after the great season overall:...
In the signing session, there was a big rush after the great season overall: Ryan Richard Mixel up front. Photo: Axel Grundler

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Till Joshua Junkie (left) and Joanik Gruetner-Bachol (right) consoling themselves against…
Till-Joscha Jönke (left) and Joanic Grüttner Bacoul (right) comfort each other. Photo: Axel Grundler

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Despite the defeat, the fans were satisfied with their team: Till Josh Junki, Goa ...
Despite the defeat, the fans were happy with their team: Till-Joscha Jönke, Joanic Grüttner Bacoul, Ryan Richard Mikesell. Photo: Axel Grundler

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Farewell to the fans: Errol Antonio Ersek (left) and Till Joshua Junke in fans B…
Farewell to the fans: Errol Antonio Ersek (left) and Till Joshua Junki at the fan block
. Photo: Axel Grundler

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Excited for the good season.  Pictured: Axel Grundler
Excited for the good season. Photo: Axel Grundler

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Mathieu Ceric (tigers, left) and Bakari Dibba (tigers, right) at the fans block.  picture:...
Mathieu Ceric (tigers, left) and Bakari Dibba (tigers, right) at the fans block. Pictured: Axel Grundler

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Celebrate the championship at the Paul Horn Arena in Tübingen: The Rostock Seawolve ...
Celebrate the championship at Paul Horn Arena in Tübingen: The Rostock Seawolves. Pictured: Axel Grundler

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Michael Bamberg (wearing a plaid suit) comforts even Junkie.  Pictured: Axel Grundler
Michael Bamberg (wearing a plaid suit) comforts even Junkie. Pictured: Axel Grundler

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The second quarter started with some errors on both sides, with the guests from Rostock having a fifth foul before they got their first point. Five free throws and two points from Serik put the Tigers back in the lead (23:22). The Rosstockers needed nearly five minutes to make their first point at 28:23 – on a free throw. But Tübingen kept pressing, and Isaiah Crowley’s 37:29 layup was the first time Tübingen equaled his eight-point lead from the first leg. A few moments later, Ryan Michaels sank three minutes to 40:31. A result in which the Tigers can celebrate the championship after the final whistle. A resonant hit by Gianni Otto from behind midfield had the Tigers cheering in the halftime break: 47:38.

However, Rostock came out of the locker room more accurately, with Sea Wolves leading 52:50 after several three-pointers. What followed was an intense match phase in which both teams played at eye level. Tübingen managed to lead by a point in the quarter break, 59:58 after the third round.

The picture was the same after the break, and Tübingen could not pull off any further. Five and a half minutes from the end, Rostock was in the lead with a ratio of 69:66. And the fans lashed the tigers again

Korb, Daniel Keibler made a three-point shot by Timo Lanmüller to make it 72:70, there is still one minute to play. However, a draw to 72:72 sealed the fate of the Tübingen team and Rostock was already starting to celebrate. The final score was 78:77 for Rostock, and the Tigers were unable to reward themselves with a championship title despite a solid season going to the rookie team in Rostock.

Ryan Michaels was the top scorer of the match, scoring 24 goals, and in Rostock Tyler Nelson was the top scorer with 19 points.

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Here’s how the Tigers playoff date went:

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