The play-offs in the BBL started on Friday. Master Alba Berlin finished off Bamberg. Bonn and Hamburg went into overtime with the better end for Telekom Baskets. FC Bayern clearly prevailed against Chemnitz.
Johannes Thiemann (#32) prevails against Bamberg’s Christian Sengfelder (left).
Defending champions Berlin have confirmed their role as favorites and clearly won the first play-off duel with old rivals Brose Bamberg. The winner of the main round from the capital won on Friday evening with 114:89 (61:45) and showed an excellent offensive performance. In the series in best-of-five mode, the Berliners lead 1-0. Already on Sunday (6 p.m.) Alba can follow up in front of her own audience, only then does the series go to Franconia. Whoever wins three games first goes into the semi-finals.
Bamberg coach Amiel: “It was disrespectful”
The champion’s best throwers were Johannes Thiemann (19 points) and Jaleen Smith (16). Bamberg’s defense acted much too laxly for long stretches, the game, which resembled an offensive spectacle, was almost decided in the third quarter. Omar Prewitt scored 17 points for the guests. Alba has already celebrated the twelfth league win in a row. “It was an embarrassing first half. It was disrespectful. We have to show that we deserve to play in these play-offs,” said Bamberg coach Oren Amiel on “MagentaSport”.
Bayern defeats the feared opponent
After three previous defeats of the season, the Munich team beat their feared opponents Niners Chemnitz 77:53 (36:31).
Hawkins is on the spot twice for the overtime thriller in Bonn
Telekom Baskets Bonn had a much harder time, winning their first home game against the Hamburg Towers only after overtime with 100:98 (91:91, 41:42). The outstanding man of the game was Peter Jackson-Cartwright with 36 points. The match winner was Javontae Hawkins, who decided the game with a three point one second before the end – he had previously equalized in regular time.