Alba Berlin celebrated an important victory in the fight for a good play-off place and took revenge for the defeat in the cup final six weeks ago. On Sunday, the capital club won in front of 6,000 spectators at Brose Bamberg with 69:66 (33:33).
Because Alba has completed two games less than the franc, the team remains behind Bamberg fifth place. Best Berlin throwers were Landry Nniko with 12 points and Johannes Thiemann with 11 points. “It was a tough fight. Things were not going well for both teams, “said Thiemann at Magenta Sport, adding to the lost Cup final. “I would have preferred the other way around. But it is a little satisfaction. “
Alba came offensive initially not into play. In the first six minutes only get four points. Of nine attempts beyond the three-point line, not the only one found their way into the basket. At the end of the first quarter, the team of coach Aito Garcia Reneses was already 9:20 behind.
In the second quarter, the Berlin came better in the game. A good defensive work led to ball winning. Alba struggled slowly. In the middle of the second quarter, the Berliners turned the game with a 14-0 run. At 27:25, Luke Sikma took the lead for the first time. Thereafter, Alba extended the lead to four points (29:25).
Hermannsson sets the final point
But this did not last long. Both teams made a surprising number of mistakes and missed many throws. But the game was now much more balanced. The leadership changed back and forth. So it was even after the third quarter draw (50:50).
The decision had to fall in the final quarter. Although Alba was mostly up here, the guests could not escape more than four points. When Martin Hermannsson put Berlin in front with 68:64, 30 seconds before the end, the match was decided.