Johannes Thiemann, rose up and stuffed the Basketball with full force to the basket. It seemed, in view of the residue, and the opponent is a futile endeavor. Nevertheless, his colleagues were jumped and cheered him, and each other. The basketball players of Alba Berlin have demonstrated on Wednesday a lot of mentality and great fighting spirit. However, despite a strong final quarter, the Berlin-based documents in the first Eurocup-final duel in the mode "Best of 3" in Valencia 75:89 (13:20, 25:21, 15:30, 22:18). On the coming Friday with the second game in the series, then in the Arena at the Ostbahnhof (20 PM).
The approximately 8500 viewers in Berlin received only once, with a neat whistling concert. An exception is made for Alba's Luke Sikma, the former professional of Valencia. Shortly after, it was already going on. Both Teams were very nervous, nothing wanted to work. Alba played bad passes, and Valencia met in the basket. After two minutes, then the redemption: The Berlin Rokas Giedraitis sank a three. It was, in a sense, the second the beginning of the game, because henceforth baskets – unfortunately, fell from the point of view of Alba in the following minutes by the thrower of Valencia.
Will and Matt Thomas out did himself on this one. Matt Thomas hit safely from a distance, Wants to put his beefy body again and again profitable. So the residue of Alba grew. The reason for this was not so much the strength of the opponent, but the negligence of the Berlin under the basket. 14:5 and the rebound relationship was after the first ten minutes in favour of the Spaniards.
Therefore it seemed to the Berlin, the consequences of the serious, Center Landry Nnoko had is after only a few minutes his third Foul and coach Aito Garcia Reneses took him from the field, the Cameroonian is in addition to Luke Sikma is the strongest man in the Berliners under the Board. However, Alba is quite broad, and the whole time on the Berlin show himself as a master of compensation. In place of Nnoko Johannes Thiemann tried on the Position of the center and he did his thing as good as the 17-year-old Franz Wagner, Reneses also in this Phase, the trust gave.
There was a Surprise in the air
With the two in the game made Alba seven points in the piece, came on 32:33, also because Martin Hermannsson stepped on the accelerator now. The Icelanders met from the outside and also to his dribbling via basket casual. Only three points were in Berlin at half-time.
These first two quarters are likely to have made the guests courage. Valencia in Eurocup duel as a big favorite. The Spaniards have a much larger Budget than the Berlin. However, it was and will trust the Berliners to annoy Valencia. There are several reasons. A rematch is a useful means of creating Motivation in the Sport. The Berliner had denied nine years ago, her last finals in the Eurocup and documents Valencia. On the other hand, the current Berlin-based team under coach Reneses has lost in the last two seasons all of your three national finals. Against this small Trauma, Alba wants to fight.
The acts of the Berlin sacrifice. The third quarter was a good one. The superior Peyton Siva fired brave from a distance – with his fourth successful Threesome, he was like to 49:49. A Surprise was in the air. But Basketball can be a brutal game. In just a few minutes can turn a game.More about
Eurocup-final against Valencia, and For Alba Berlin are all good things fourJulian Graeber
That was on Tuesday in the middle of the third quarter. Alba suddenly lost his rhythm, was much too hectic. While the Spaniard played patiently and mostly successful-the-clock. Quickly it was 58:49. Nothing was more in the case of Alba, even the otherwise reliable Sikma bombed frequently. With 18 points behind Alba went into the final quarter against Valencia, which has lost in this Eurocup season, not a single home game. In Basketball everything is possible, but this was a mammoth task, and could not solve Alba. (Tsp)