Alba’s strong comeback is not rewarded
On the second matchday of the Euroleague, Alba Berlin suffered its second defeat. The Bundesliga team came back brilliantly against Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz from Spain, but were unable to turn the game around.
Albas Sterling Brown (right) against Tadas Sedekerskis.
At the start of the new Euroleague season there was a direct meeting between the two German teams. Bayern were able to prevail in the duel between the two BBL clubs against Alba Berlin with 80:68. After the defeat at the beginning, the Albatrosses wanted to get their first win on Thursday against Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz from Spain.
The first half was very even, the game was more dominated by the offensive. At the break, Alba had already scored 47 points, but also allowed 51.
The first two points after the break went to the Albatrosses, but then Vitoria stepped on the accelerator. With a 13-0 run, the Spaniards quickly increased their lead to 15 points. The guests then carried this into the final quarter, after 30 minutes the score was 76:61.
But Alba came on really strong in the last quarter. Led by a great Gabriele Procida (twelve points in the end), the Berlin team got there point by point. And after a three-pointer from world champion Johannes Thiemann 46 seconds before the end, it was suddenly a very close game. After good defense, the hosts even had a chance to equalize, but Matt Thomas missed. In the end, the scoreboard read 91:86 for the Spaniards and the second defeat in a row for the Germans.
The best basket hunters of the game were Alba’s Tim Schneider and Codi Miller-McIntyre from the Spaniards with 17 points each. The Berliners continue on Sunday with the cup round of 16 against Braunschweig, before the next game in the Euroleague next Wednesday at Virtus Bologna.
Alba Berlin – Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz/Spain 86:91 (47:51)
Best throwers for Alba: Schneider (17 points), Thiemann (13), Procida (12), Spagnolo (12), Olinde (11)
Best Launchers for Baskonia: Miller-McIntyre (17), Moneke (15), Sedekerskis (11), Costello (10) for Vitoria