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Alba Berlin : The cool Eurocup Finalist

in The end, it was again a close one. Of course, you have to say in the case of Alba Berlin in this Eurocup season. Already in the first game of the semi-final series against BC Andorra Alba was comfortably in the lead and in the end it once again exciting, the lost the first game of the quarter-final against Malaga, in Alba, in the meantime, with 21 points led, not to mention. And yet, the Berlin after the 87:81 victory in the Pyrenean mini-state for the second Time in their club history in the final of the Eurocups.

"It was a very complicated game, because it is so difficult to control the emotions," said Alba's coach Aito Garcia Reneses, than to him directly after the grueling game of already the microphone was held under the nose. "We have located with many of the points in the lead and then started to play pretty bad, because we have engaged in thoughts, with the end of the game, although still some minutes to play."

With 16 points in Berlin were just seven minutes before the end of the Game the front. But then Andorra sensed again Tomorrow - and the amount of air: about 1000 meters altitude home ground had already provided in advance for fear that the Berliners, with their fast style of play could come at the end in the truest sense of the word in the air. To date, Andorra had won all of its home games in the Eurocup. "You are a really tough Team, especially at home," said Alba-Guard Peyton Siva.

And so had the Team from Andorra, driven by his French point guard Andrew Albicy, who hit three threes in a row, a 16:2 run to follow. The 81 to 83, two minutes before the end of the game threatened to tilt. But, as the whole batch is marked Alba in the decisive stages of the Big Points.

previously, Siva and Joshiko Saibou had taken care of with some wild threes from the distress again and again, for relief, if it was once closely. Especially in the zerfahrenen first half had helped the people of Berlin. There, the referee for a free throw, had fun at the Festival. Alba managed better, to the fairly small line, and remained cool, while the players and coaching staff of Andorra increased quickly in the alleged injustices. Also the over 3500 home fans had found after the game, quickly your culprit for the defeat. And so the Team on halste, technical and unsportsmanlike Fouls, and Alba play benefited from some three-point.

the Team of Andorra from this neck blows again and again, the recovery was mainly due to Center Jerome Jordan with his 17 points, and the Alba Board player Landry Nnoko and Johannes Thiemann abarbeiteten long unsuccessful. The last bit of the Rotation of the fallen, Dennis Clifford was able to collect in less than ten minutes of playing time a couple of plus points.

Initial break, then a rematch

in The end, it was Rokas Giedraitis, who kept his nerve and with luck and scored the decisive four points for the final of the Berlin. "My Team has done a great Job, because we need to bring to League, Cup and Eurocup together," praised Coach Reneses, despite the nail-biter to the end. "This is very difficult for our club, but this is important, and we are happy to be in the final."

By the second victory in the semi-finals, the Berlin players are rewarded not only for a truly compelling Eurocup season, but also a couple of calmer days, because the Wednesday set, a third decision game. Alba now has until the next match on Sunday, in a week eight days game free. After the grueling past few weeks, one can speak almost of a luxury for the people of Berlin. Next, the rematch is scheduled in Bamberg for the bitter a lost Cup final.

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Julian Graeber

And revenge is also a good cue for the entry into the Eurocup finals: Alba is on Valencia. The Spaniards won on Friday with their second victory against Kazan and faced the Berliners already in 2010, in the case of Alba's first final in the Eurocup. At the time, conquered Valencia in the final game of the Final Four in the Spanish town of Vitoria at 67:44. But much has changed since then. Today, the former end result sounds more likely after mid-term. For Alba. It is then at the end, but once again pretty tight.

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