AB, captain of the national team, in love with basketball – on first sight a surficial description, but after all a perfect resume. Mareike started her career with regular basketball, when she made her debut in the third division in Germany at an age of 14. After several cruciate ruptures doctors suggested quitting the sport early. But Mareike didn’t want to stop with basketball as she loved it so much. At the age of 18 she started playing wheelchair basketball.
The talented distance shooter played in the US for six years and learned how to handle the wheelchair – her sports equipment – perfectly. At the 2012 Paralympics in London the German national team won gold. At the final Mareike was the best shooter with 19 points. In Rio 2016 she won the silver medal and was as well the top scorer of Germany. Also in the Baskets jersey Mareike is featured by her ambition and special dedication for the game. Big aim of the 27-year-old is the world championships in Hamburg. Yet she misses the gold medal in this event.
Four crucial ruptures nearly finished Mareike's basketball career very early. But when she startet in the wheelchair with 18, she took a new heart. She learned how to handle her "sports equipment" and looks back to a triumphantly career already. There is a new great aim right ahead...
It's a tense mood in the team after the first defeat. Everybody knew, that the season wouln't be easy going at all times. The home game against the Rhine River Rhinos from Wiesbaden is a major challange for the Baskets so far. Captain Kai and his team have to deal the first crisis. Unfortunately play maker Ali is injured and his appearence on the court is incertain.
Not only the opponents on the court challange the BG Baskets. Also living next-door to one another is a major part, which demands well cooperation. The team has to grow together for success.
The BG Baskets go on their longest trip directely for the season opener. The whole team travels to Munich by train. From the station the team goes straight into the gym to meet their opponent - the 'Iguanas'. Captain Kai Möller motivates his team and knows, 'now it's hot!' A victory could be celebrated at the world famous Oktoberfest.
Six new signings gain the BG Baskets in this season. A lot to do for head coach Holger Glinicki in the short pre-season. How will he manage to bind the six men and two women together as a team? The athletes arrive in Hamburg successively and move into the Baskets' flat. Each of them got his or her unique story. The new beginning is on.
The film project VIERZEHNEINHALB joins the wheelchair basketball team of the BG Baskets Hamburg over the 17/18 season. A story about way more than sport. Nine players, seven different countries and countless of unique stories. But how does those different characters become a team? The single players with his or her own moving backgrounds have to build a unit, because cohesion only makes them capable of success. Get to know the athletes and join them on their challange. By the...