Despite the rump team: Alba surprisingly beats Bayern Munich

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Updated January 03, 2021, 8:09 pm

Berlin (dpa) – Alba Berlin has celebrated an important prestige success in the basketball Bundesliga despite major personnel problems.

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On Sunday, the weakened Berlin team surprisingly won against long-term rivals Bayern Munich after a strong performance with 85:72 (39:36). This means that Alba remains in the top tier of the league.
The -best throwers from Berlin were the outstanding Louis Olinde with 17 and Simone Fontecchio with twelve points.

Alba had to compete without the coach Aito Garcia Reneses, who tested positive for the corona virus, he was represented by assistant Israel Gonzalez. In addition, Peyton Siva, Luke Sikma, Marcus Eriksson and captain Niels Giffey were absent due to injuries. But center Ben Lammers returned after a week-long injury break. Despite the lack of top performers, Alba started the game very well.

Especially on the defensive, the hosts were very committed and initially left Bayern with hardly any good throwing opportunities. In addition, Alba kept winning the ball and was in the lead from the start. In the middle of the second quarter they were 28:20 ahead. Bayern stayed in the poor first half, but were not even in the lead.

After the break, Alba also had three-point throws and the Berliners were able to pull away again. At times, Bayern seemed at a loss against the strong defensive work in Berlin. In the last quarter, the hosts extended their lead to 20 points (75:55) with six and a half minutes before the end. In the final phase, Bayern came back a little, but Alba could not be denied.
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