The final tournament of the basketball Bundesliga is in full swing and the Berliners are currently on top course. Alba has won all three games so far – and hit the hundred mark against Vechta.
Alba Berlin also won its third game at the final tournament of the basketball Bundesliga. On Saturday evening, the Berliners beat Rasta Vechta without problems with 102: 72 (58:31). This means that Alba is at least in second place before the last group game on Monday against the MHP giants Ludwigsburg. The quarter-finals had already been determined. The best Berlin throwers were Peyton Siva with 16 and Rokas Giedraitis with 15 points. “The first half was particularly dominant, and how we ended it was very good,” said Albas Lorenz Brenneke at MagentaSport. Vechtas head coach Pedro Calles criticized the weak appearance in the first half: “We slept through the first 20 minutes.”
Coach Aito Garcia Reneses gave winger Luke Sikma a break, but Tyler Cavanaugh was in the squad for the first time at this tournament. The Berliners began to concentrate straight away. After only five minutes, they led in double digits for the first time (14: 3). If there were still rebound problems in the first two games, Alba dominated under the baskets this time.
There was also a good rate for the three-point throws – eight goals in 13 attempts in the first half. In addition, Alba allows only a few offensive actions due to a good defensive work against a weakened substitute Vechta. At the end of the second quarter, the Berliners were already in the lead with 30 points (51:21). It was only shortly before the break that Vechta found his offensive rhythm better.
With the clear lead in the back, Alba acted a little more carefree after the break and did not defend as intensely. This made it easier for Vechta to score. But since the Berlin team continued to score well, the clear leadership held. In the last quarter, the young players got a lot of playing time. Alba remained confident until the end.
On Monday, Alba will have to fight a tough Ludwigsburg
On Monday, Alba will play against the equally immaculate MHP giants Ludwigsburg (8:30 p.m. / MagentaSport) for the victory in group B. The eight-time champion was already qualified for the knockout round before the game on Saturday evening.
In the fight for further play-off places in Group B, Brose Bamberg previously saved his chances with a 99:83 (58:36) against the Fraport Skyliners. In the direct duel against Vechta on Monday (4.30 p.m. / MagentaSport), Bamberg has the progress in their own hands.
The Franks can even afford a defeat of less than 28 points. Vechta’s own win is also enough to move on to the quarter-finals. The game-free Frankfurt meanwhile have to hope for a Bamberg victory or a clear success for Vechta.
Bamberg shows strength through team balance
Bamberg, on the other hand, showed a significant improvement after the clear 74: 103 loss to the MHP giants Ludwigsburg on Thursday and put Frankfurt in its place early in the game. Above all, the team balance became Bamberg’s trump card, seven players scored double-digit points.
“Defensively we weren’t quite as good in the second half, 83 points are too much. But we wanted to show a different face and get the important victory,” said Bamberg’s Christian Sengfelder at MagentaSport.