Alba Berlin managed a surprise in the Euroleague. On Thursday evening, the albatrosses won at home in front of 4099 spectators against the Israeli series champion Maccabi Tel Aviv with 91:86 (45:35).
Berlin jubilation: Tamir Blatt (# 45) and Marcus Eriksson.
For the German champions it was the first success of the fourth this season and against Maccabi the first in the new Euroleague. The best throwers from Berlin were Marcus Eriksson with 19 and Christ Koumadje with 12 points.
Coach Israel Gonzalez did without Tim Schneider and Malte Delow this time. An intense game developed from the start, in which both defensive lines initially dominated. The Berlin team acted at eye level against the team led by superstar Scottie Wilbekin and repeatedly won the ball through good defensive work.
As the playing time increased, Alba found more and more solutions on the offensive. The German champions were mostly just in the lead. Above all, the 2.21-meter chicken Christ Koumadje was able to stuff the ball into the basket a few times. The Berliners played very variably and were able to break away in double digits for the first time.
Cheered on by the numerous Maccabi fans – some of whom ignored the mask requirement in the hall despite announcements – the guests came better out of the cabin and came closer to two counters (60:58). But Alba struck back and increased again to eleven points at the beginning of the last quarter (74:63). In the exciting and heated final phase, the Berliners were able to save the lead at the finish.
Alba Berlin – Maccabi Tel Aviv 91:86 (45:35)
Best thrower Alba Berlin: Eriksson (19), Koumadje (12), Lo (11)
Maccabi: Wilbekin (22), Zizic (17), Williams (15) Nunnally (10)