After last four defeats in series in the premier class, the Basketball Bundesligaan won on Wednesday at home against the Russian top team UNICS Kazan with 81:53 (36:26). For Alba it was the seventh victory in the 22nd game. Best Berliner Werfer in front of 1600 spectators were Maodo Lo with 16 and Jalenen Smith with 14 points.
At the German master, Topscor Marcus Eriksson was still lacking because of a foot injury. From the beginning, an intensively guided game developed in which both defensive rows dominated. Alba needed almost three and a half minutes, until Captain Luke Sikma could achieve the first points for his team.
Kazan did not stand better and awarded many throws. In the first half, the Playoffplatz candidate did not succeed a spacer – try at elf. However, the Berliners were also difficult to find good litter positions against the very agile Russian defensive. But they met slightly more frequently and that was enough to lead temporarily with eleven points (28:17).
After change, the Berliner then could even increase defensive even and again stopped the attacks of the guests. In the third quarter Kazan reaches just nine points and Alba could temporarily settle up to 23 points (53:30). That was the preliminary decision, because the Berliner could not take this lead to the end.
Ulm loses in Eurocup
At the Italian Club Reyer Venice Ratiopharm Ulm lost 79:89 (44:42) and is with a balance of 6: 6 victories in group B nevertheless on course round finale. The best eight teams of the two groups reach the K.-O.-round after the end of the preliminary round. The Ulm started weakly and left with 14 meters after ten minutes. In the second round, the guests showed a significant increase. Led by the US duo Semaj Christon and Jaron Blossomgame, the German club turned the game until the break and went to the cabin with 44:42. As in the first quarter, the ulmers presented in no good condition after the side change. The result after 30 minutes: 67:58 for Venice. This residue could no longer catch up with the team of coach Jaka Lakovic. The most successful shooter of the Ulmer was Sindarius Thornwell with 21 points.
Europe Cup: Crailsheim may hope for quarterfinals
However, Hakro Merlin’s Crailsheim may continue to hope for the move to the quarterfinals of the Europe Cup. The Bundesliga club won on Wednesday at the Antwerp Giants from Belgium with 79:69 (48:36) and is in Group J with a balance of 2: 2 performances in third place. The first two teams qualify for the K. O. Round. Best Sagittarius of the German Team was TJ Shorts with 23 points. The team of coach Sebastian Gleim dominated the match at the latest after the strong second quarter (31:21). Again and again, guests managed to quickly finish good phases of the Belgians. Therefore, the leadership did not give up the Crailsheimer after the side change and got the second success in the second group phase of the Europe Cup.