Rhein-Neckar Löwen and record champions THW Kiel continue to put pressure on Bundesliga leaders Berlin Fuchs.
With a 37:28 (16:14) win over TBV Lemgo, Leuven consolidated its second place behind the table leader, while Kiel maintained third place with a 30:26 (12:10) win over Frisch auf Göppingen, a game in hand. .
Berlin will not play HSV Hamburg until Sunday evening. Bottom of the table HSG Wetzlar moved out of the danger zone early on with a 29-26 (13-11) win over relegation rivals GWD Minden.
Knorr and Gensheimer are the top shooters for the Lions
The Lions only underlined their claim to Lemgo after a change of dominant looking sides. National player Yuri Knorr was Mannheim’s top scorer with eight goals, Uwe Gensheimer with six.
Nor did not hide his satisfaction with the progress after the break. “The first half wasn’t quite right, but after that we got on a straight run and were able to keep the energy level up. That’s what sets us apart.”
Ekberg with ten goals for Kiel
Sweden’s Niklas Ekberg was the standout player for Killy in their second straight win with ten goals. Norwegian Kevin Gulliksen’s eight goals were not enough for the visitors to prevent a sixth defeat in the last seven league games.
Even before launch, THW had reason to be happy. The cup winner extended the contract with former national player Steffen Weinhold for another year, until 2024. The fullback will begin his tenth season with THW next year. “Stephen has become a true Kiel veteran. The older he gets, the more important Stephen becomes. An absolutely intelligent player, strong in defense and with a lot of will,” coach Filip Jicha said of the 2016 European Championship and Olympic bronze medalist.
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