The meeting between Prometheus and Ratiopharm will take place on Wednesday, November 30, in Kaunas. The fight starts at 19.00 Kyiv time. The match will be broadcast live by Xsport and Setanta Sports Ukraine+ TV channels.
After a difficult victory over the Slovenian Cedevita Olympia, which became the first away victory for the current champions of Ukraine in the European Cup, Prometheus will host their next rival in the group stage of the second most important European Cup. The German Ratiopharm from Ulm will visit the Titans, but this match will be different from other home matches of the Ukrainian club.
It is known that Prometheus holds its nominally home matches in Riga, which at this difficult time has become a real second home for Ukrainian basketball. However, due to Arena Riga being busy, the Slobozhansky club was forced to look for another venue for the meeting with Ratiopharm. And here another Baltic country extended a helping hand to the Ukrainians. Prometheus will play the game with the Germans in Kaunas at one of the best European basketball venues, Zalgiris Arena, which regularly hosts Euroleague matches and is a favorite to host the Final Four 2022/2023 of the main European basketball competition.
Together with Prometheus, the German Ratiofarm will come to test the parquet at the home arena of Zalgiris. If the Ukrainian club is the debutant of the European Cup, then for the basketball players from Ulm this season has become an anniversary, the tenth within the framework of this tournament. However, during all this time, our opponent has not achieved much success in the international arena. The best results for the Germans are two quarter-finals in the 2012/2013 and 2021/2022 seasons.
This season, Ratiopharm is still among the middle peasants of the European Cup. After five games played, Anton Havel’s wards have two wins and three losses.
Here is a complete list of the results of basketball players from Ulm in the European Cup:
October 11. “Ratiopharm” (Germany) – “Venice” (Italy) – 81:80
19 October. Litkabelis (Lithuania) – Ratiopharm (Germany) – 80:76
October 26th. Ratiopharm (Germany) – Brescia (Italy) – 90:98 (OT)
10th of November. Bursaspor (Turkey) – Ratiopharm (Germany) – 86:90
December 8th. Ratiopharm (Germany) – Hoventut (Spain) – 54:68
Regarding the Ratiopharm roster, it is worth saying that the German club has long been known as a franchise that skillfully develops young talents. And now the team includes such promising young defenders as 18-year-old Juan Nunez, rented from Real Madrid (he is assigned the role of the main first number of the Spanish national team in the near future) and a very promising 19-year-old Montenegrin Fedor Zugic.
Prometheus went to Lithuania in full force, including the previously injured Ilya Sidorov. So, in the game with the German team, we expect the return of our defender after an injury received in the game for the national team and the long-awaited debut for the Titans in the international fights of big man James Dickey. Prior to that, the American played for the Ukrainian club only in the matches of the Latvian-Estonian Basketball League.
Games in Kaunas will stand out this season for the “titans” (looking ahead, I’ll say that two of them are planned so far). Still, not every day you get the opportunity to play in such arenas in official matches. Given that Ronen Ginsburg’s wards showed a real masculine character last week and won two very difficult matches with Cedevita Olympia and Ventspils, fans of the Sloboda team have the right to expect a continuation of the winning streak, and Zalgiris Arena has every chance of becoming a lucky place for Prometheus.
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