Equalization in the BBL final at Alba: FC Bayern wins thanks to Lucic dominance

Equalization in the BBL final at Alba
FC Bayern wins thanks to Lucic dominance

They made up for their first defeat: Extremely focused Bayern give Alba Berlin no chance in the end. In the final series it is now 1: 1, the outstanding man on the pitch was Lucic.

Thanks to great nerves and an outstanding Vladimir Lucic, the basketball players of FC Bayern managed to equalize in the final series of the Bundesliga against Alba Berlin. 24 hours after the opening defeat, the Munich team prevailed against the defending champion with 76:66 (35:26) and now have the home advantage.

The Serbian top star Lucic was Bayern’s best thrower with 26 points in front of 2000 spectators, even 15 points from Ben Lammers were not enough for Alba. The next two games will take place in Munich on Saturday and Sunday, with 1,300 fans being allowed in the arena. A possibly decisive fifth game would take place in Berlin on Tuesday.

The Alba and Munich have faced each other six times since 2013 in the playoffs, each time Bayern prevailed. And again the Munich are now the favorites. The guests started much more concentrated than in the first game. After numerous foul whistles against his team, coach Andrea Trinchieri had demanded that his players should be less “bad guys”. And the Italians’ protégés followed.

Albas Luke Sikma at the basket: In the end it wasn’t enough for the Berlin team.

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Fully focused, the Munich team turned up early after a balanced initial phase. At 6:11, Berlin coach Aito Garcia Reneses took the first time-out after five minutes – it didn’t help. With a 12-0 run, the Munich set apart. Above all, Lucic, vehemently booed by the home crowd, showed his extra class and scored as many points with seven points as the Alba team combined.

Alba fought her way back into the game

The last ailing Peyton Siva returned with the Berliners, the US playmaker was initially noticeable of the lack of rhythm. “They came out with more energy and we missed a lot of easy throws,” said Siva at Magentasport. 10:29 Alba was already behind, but fought his way back into the game, whipped by the spectators. The Berliners dominated the rebounds and scored twelve points in a row.

Trinchieri complained to the referees at halftime despite the nine point lead when his team had already disappeared into the dressing room. In the second half it was the heated duel expected. After a tight decision against Bayern, Trinchieri conceded a technical foul because of a wild complaint, which further heated the mood. With a threesome, Markus Eriksson gave the game the first Alba lead at 43:42. No team was able to break away decisively until the final phase. Alba developed second chances several times, but Bayern was ripped off. Lucic sank several important throws – and led the Munich team to victory with a top career point.