Berlin (dpa / bb) – Basketball Bundesliga team Alba Berlin wants to get a better starting position in the next basement duel in the Euroleague with the third win. “We want to keep improving and improving. Khimki is a good benchmark to see whether we have made it,” said Forward Luke Sikma before the game on Thursday in his own hall against the Russian top team Khimki Moscow (8:00 pm / MagentaSport) .
Especially at home, the Berliners want to use their supposed advantage without a spectator, even if so far only one success against the bottom of the table from Lyon jumped out. “It’s important that we manage to win a few of the home games. Because those should be the clearer games for us in a normal season. But without fans it’s a bit more balanced,” said captain Niels Giffey.
Like Alba, the Russians also had several corona cases on their team. In one game, the team could only play with eight players – and only because they put an injured player on the bench. Perhaps one of the reasons why the tied team around star player Alexei Schwed and Ex-Bayern Devin Booker are currently still one place behind the Berliners as the bottom of the table. However, Sikma warns of the upcoming opponent: “You have a lot of talent on the offensive and many good shooters. This is a very dangerous opponent with many experienced players.”