The Rhine-Neckar lions have maintained their lead in the HBL even after the 17th game day. The top rider won his 16th game this season at 31:22 (14:15) against the VfL Gummersbach and with 32:2 points further clearly ahead of the followers THW Kiel (26:6) and SG Flensburg Handewitt (25:7).
The previous surprise team MT Melsungen lost in the second game of the evening at HSG Wetzlar 25:29 (13:14) and thus cashed in the third consecutive defeat. With 24:10 points Melsungen remains fourth, Wetzlar (22:12) moved forward to place six. The most successful goalkeeper among the guests was Johannes Sellin (8 Tor e), at Wetzlar convinced Maximilian Holst (10).
The lions, last beaten in the Champions League of Pick Szeged from Hungary, had a hard time against Old Master Gummersbach in the first half. In particular, Captain Uwe Gensheimer hardly entered the game, until the break the national player scored only one goal. The superb gamer Andy Schmid, with nine hits in aisle one, almost single-handedly ensured that the lions kept in touch. Overall, as the best pitcher of the game 14, the Swiss scored goals.
After the break the top rider then ensured clear conditions. With 17:7, the lions ran over the now overcrowded landlords and secured the next victory.