FC Bayern wins 88:82 in Berlin and wins the German championship. – Sport

Ultimately, the FC Bayern basketball players didn’t care: the extremely unfortunate timing shortly before the opening game of the European Football Championship, the triumph on the court of their eternal rivals. When the final whistle sounded in the Berlin Arena shortly before 8 p.m. on Friday, the joy broke out. “Open end,” said Andreas Obst on the streaming service Dyn about the upcoming celebrations, but he also felt “great relief.” Alba Berlin once again demanded everything from the champions in the 88:82 victory, and in the final phase the hosts even had the opportunity to turn the game around. But in the fourth game of the best-of-five series, Bayern brought their third victory and thus the sixth German championship title (1954, 1955, 2014, 2018, 2019) in basketball to Munich – and fulfilled their own high ambitions.

In a high-class, energetic and, in the final phase, nerve-racking game, the cup winners deservedly beat Alba Berlin in the not sold-out arena in front of 9,668 spectators and celebrated the second double in the club’s history after 2018. The Munich team had won the last title five years ago; another failed attempt was not an option this season, as managing director Marko Pesic had emphasized again before the match: “We are not concerned with that.”

In the Euroleague, the Munich team fell short of expectations, finishing fifteenth, and were eliminated after the preliminary round – nationally, the Munich team, probably the best team in the club’s history, impressed across the board. However, another energetic performance was needed, because the Berlin team, which was weakened by a lack of replacements and had to do without a handful of regular players throughout the playoffs, was once again not showing any signs of this bloodletting.

Carsen Edwards is on fire in the second half and scores from distance with tremendous precision

From the first second, both teams played intense basketball at a high level. It was a duel worth watching – and Alba dominated at first. In the second quarter, the hosts pulled away with a 13:2 run to 34:24 points, which was the first double-digit lead in the game. The NBA-experienced pros Sterling Brown, who was Alba’s top scorer with 25 points, and Matt Thomas (8) in particular made their mark.

But the Munich team is also ahead in this area: Serge Ibaka, with his more than 1,000 appearances in the world’s best league, as well as the title with Toronto in 2019, outshines everything. Carsen Edwards has also gained experience in the NBA; the “scoring machine”, as coach Pablo Laso calls his best shooter, was almost unstoppable. Ibaka collected rebounds, Edwards points: At halftime (44:46), Bayern were back in the lead.

And Laso has options in his team that the competition can only dream of: First, playmaker Sylvain Francisco, who had missed the first finals due to injury, brought important impulses, then Edwards got hot. The guard scored with incredible precision from distance, was by far the best player on the court with 29 points – and every successful three-pointer by the American robbed the Berliners of more energy: Bayern won the third quarter with 21:6 points, the Berliners finally paid tribute to their efforts, the decision had been made. And again the Berliners did not want to accept defeat, came back and actually had the chance to equalize through Brown. But his shot bounced off the ring back into the field. A final moment of shock for coach Laso: “It was very hard, all the playoffs, but we deserved it, and now is the time to celebrate.”

National player Isaac Bonga, who celebrated his first German title, also saw it that way: “That sounds really good, now we’ll watch football and then we’ll celebrate.”

By Editor

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