In the last quarter of the first final, Bayern was no longer strong enough. The defending champion Alba is quickly taking advantage of the weak stage for the guests.
Alba Berlin benefited from the fatigue of its rival Bayern Munich in the first basketball final in the German League.
The Berliners, who had been resting for a week, defeated their eternal rival, who had exhausted him in five matches in the semi-final against Bonn, 86:73 (40:43). “It was a kick in the ass,” Bayern coach Andrea Trinchieri said 48 hours after the last semi-final match on Magentasport. In a fast-paced match at the Mercedes-Benz Arena which was balanced over three quarters with many goals behind the three-point line, Jovel Zussmann was the most successful shooter with 14 points for Alba and Andreas Obst of Munich with 17 points.
Three points first final
In an early chaotic phase with several turnovers, the hosts managed to keep Bayern in check until three minutes before the end of the first quarter, before Andrea Trencheri’s Bayern Munich side managed to lead the score 15:13 for the first time. But the Berlin players were quickly repelled by Zusmann, who regained the lead with two three-point shots, so that Alba entered the first quarter break after ten minutes in 22:20.
The guests got off to a quick start with five consecutive points. But Alba recovered at the same speed and advanced again two out of three throws in 30:27 (min. 13). Two and a half minutes before the teams changed hands, Bayern managed a five-point lead for the first time at 40:35, which they took with them to the dressing room with a three-point lead. “We made some stupid mistakes,” said Johannes Thiemann of the Alba Center, praising the entire team. “It’s been like this all season, we are well balanced as a team. That’s why we managed to win.”
Alba decides the match in the final section
So the Berliners started catching up in the third quarter and went into the final division just one point behind (62:61). In the 33rd minute, Christ Komadi equalized for Berlin at 65:65, and one minute later Tamer Platt scored Berlin’s first lead in a long time with three successful pointers to 68:65.
Bayern were tired after five semi-final matches against Bonn, while Alba was able to rally his strength after a week of rest following a 3-0 sweep against Ludwigsburg. The 11-0 series secured an initial decision in the final, which will continue next Tuesday with the second game in Munich. At 79:68, 2:21 minutes before the end, the match was finally decided. “We have to defend better than we did in the first half,” said Zusman, looking forward to the second game. “We’re ready.” (dpa)