Alba celebrates Zoosman – Bayern lose in Milan

On Tuesday, both German teams, Alba and Bayern, were in action in the Euroleague. The Berliners did a really good job in Istanbul and won 66:57, the Munich team suffered a defeat. Ulm, on the other hand, had no chance in the Eurocup.

Alba Berlin celebrates victory in Istanbul
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Alba Berlin retained its chances of reaching the playoffs in the Euroleague. Two days after the weary 64:81 defeat in the Bundesliga against Chemnitz, the greatly weakened capital team won 66:57 (37:27) in Fenerbahce Istanbul and with the twelfth victory in the 26th match, they follow in eighth place, enough for the playoffs. Yovel Zoosman was the most successful pitcher in Berlin with 20 points.

Alba had to replace four players in Istanbul. In addition to long-term injuries Marcus Eriksson and Louis Olinde, there were two more corona cases in captain Luke Sikma and Tamir Blatt. The Berliners got off to a bad start and were quickly 0: 7 behind. It was only after just under three minutes that Ben Lammers scored the first points. A total of six turnovers in the first quarter initially prevented them from catching up before Zoosman was successful three times in three attempts from the three-man line, and Alba went into the quarter-break just three points after 16:19.

More concentrated than in the first ten minutes, Alba defended better against the hosts and scored fast points with a run of 27: 4 and a lead of 37:23 after 18 minutes. After the break, both teams neutralized each other and only allowed the opponent two points each up to the 25th minute. But thanks to two more threes from Zoosman, Alba was able to extend the lead to 44:31 and went into the final quarter with a lead of ten points (48:38). The hosts managed against the impending defeat with quick points, but Alba held out well until the end in a heated atmosphere.

Bayern lose in Milan

The basketball players from FC Bayern Munich delivered a brave performance against Armani Milan in the Euroleague on Tuesday, but eventually lost 77:84 (36:33). The Bundesliga team admitted their third defeat in a row in the Europa Cup. The best Munich pitcher was Vladimir Lucic (26 points).

Bayern played defensively in the replay of last year’s quarter-finals: they had only conceded five points after six minutes, and Milan scored no points in the first four minutes of the second quarter. The Munich team was not quite as convincing in the attack, but was still ahead with 36:33 at the break.

In the third quarter, the visitors lost the rhythm, after 14:23 they went into the last section with six points in deficit. There, Bayern were always successful at a distance and came back to a point. But in the final phase, Milan pulled out decisively with a 6-0 run.

Despite the defeat, the Munich team is still in eighth place with a record of 12:12 victories. Behind them stands Alba Berlin, the second German Euroleague representative.

Ulm clearly loses without four regular players

Meanwhile, Ratiopharm Ulm suffered a clear home defeat in the Eurocup: On Tuesday, the Bundesliga club lost to the Turkish club Frutti Extra Bursaspor 72:86 (34:53). Ulm’s coach Jaka Lakovic had to do without four regular players.

Ulm made a 3:16 false start and was already double-digit behind after four minutes. While the Swabians had to work hard for their degrees, the guests kept throwing open shots near the basket and after quick attacks. Thanks to Semaj Christon, Ulm’s best with 20 points, the hosts were able to balance the second quarter, but were still 34:53 behind at the break. In the second half, Ulm came no closer than 13 points.

Despite the defeat, Ulm had already qualified for the round of 16 in the Eurocup before the match. The last preliminary round is on April 5, after which the Swabians visit Valencia.

Fenerbahce Istanbul – Alba Berlin 57:66 (27:37)

Best pitchers for Istanbul: Mahmutoglu (16)
Best pitchers for Berlin: Zoosman (20), Smith (14) for Berlin

Armani Milan – Bayern Munich 84:77 (33:36)

Best pitchers for Milan: Shields (22), Melli (11), Hall (11)
Best pitchers for Munich: Lucic (26), Jaramaz (14), Hilliard (11)

ratiopharm Ulm – Bursaspor Basketbol 72:86 (15:32)

Best jugs for Ulm: Christon (20), Blossomgame (14), Jallow (12), Pretzel (10)
Best pitchers for Bursaspor: Hayes (25), Dudzinski (14), Needham (13), Bitim (12), Andrews (11)

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