November 10, 2019, 5:30 pm
Munich (dpa) Bayern remains number one in German basketball. The champion decided the summit meeting with last year's finalist Alba Berlin for himself. A former Berliner surprisingly became the match winner.
By Manuel Schwarz, dpa
FC Bayern Munich has also shown its extra class in the basketball league and snatched the lead from the standings Alba Berlin with a success in a direct duel.
One day after the footballers' victory against Borussia Dortmund, the Munich basketball players were not shocked in the top game. The hard-fought 84:80 (41:38) left the German champions as the only team unbeaten in the league.
"It was about the first place, that was important to us," said Alex King at Magenta Sports. The former Berliner was the most successful launcher with the decentralized hosts of coach Dejan Radonjic with 19 points. The guests from the capital to coach Aito Garcia Reneses did not pass the 17 counters of Rokas Giedraitis.
In front of 6,500 spectators in the sold-out Audi Dome, the two German top teams and Euroleague participants only provided a luster for each phase – which was also due to the failures. The Munich had in the short term to do without veteran Nihad Djedovic, who suffered from a Kniereizung and Bayern did not want to take any risk. In addition to the longer injured T.J. Bray had to replace Munich so another point guard. The same thing happened to the Berliners, who ran aground without Peyton Siva (muscle injury on the thigh).
After the recent crashes in the Euroleague – Munich lost at Fenerbahce, Berlin in Tel Aviv – the two top teams wanted to show a response in the Prestige duel. Finally, only one team remained unbeaten in the Bundesliga and the MHP giant Ludwigsburg (92:83 in the surprise team of the Hakro Merlins Crailsheim) after 24 hours again displace from the top of the table.
And the duel was contested. The Berliners relied on their defense and first of all the impressive marksmanship of Rokas Giedraitis, who sank five out of six trio attempts before the break alone. The Bayern put under the basket on the former NBA star Greg Monroe, its tactical cleverness and rebound strength.
"You can see that top teams are playing against each other," summed up Uli Hoeneb at half-time at Magentasport, even though the exhausting Euroleague trips left their marks. Hoeness sat for the last time as Bayern President in the Audi Dome, at the annual general meeting on Friday he can not be re-elected.
After Berlin had led in the second quarter in phases with ten points, the fatigue was noticeable and Bayern caught up. "Unfortunately, we were not able to match the intensity throughout the match," said Jonas Mattisseck, only 19, from Berlin. Thanks to their experience, the people of Munich drew away and did not allow themselves to be successful in the second half of the match.