Of course, Oldenburg’s 75: 106 bankruptcy was still a problem. One week ago, FC Bayern’s basketball players traveled to Lower Saxony with a B-selection and some talents from the second team. Munich’s sporting director Daniele Baiesi again stressed the need for the measure on the Magentasport microphone, the players’ health would have made this indispensable. Bayern even accepted the risk of losing ground in the battle for a good starting position for the championship play-offs in the Basketball Bundesliga (BBL). The competition from Würzburg and Weißenfels had even diagnosed distortions of competition, whereby the criticism was primarily directed at the game plan and thus the BBL. Because last Saturday’s match was embedded in the crucial Euroleague match between Munich and Belgrade the day before and the three subsequent away matches in Istanbul (Monday in Fenerbahce and Wednesday in Efes) and Madrid (Friday).
In Sunday’s match at the Gießen 46ers, just 48 hours after the triumph in Madrid, when Bayern ended the Euroleague main round with a 97:88 victory over the royal team, coach Andrea Trinchieri Darrun Hilliard, Vladimir Lucic and Othello Hunter again rested crucial players, the squad was still much better cast. The Munich team had traveled directly from Madrid to central Hesse, so they were initially looking for their own rhythm. At the break, the favorite still led 48:39. Above all, Deshaun Thomas, the top scorer with 34 points, made it clear to the relegation candidates that players in his class can hardly be held for Gießen’s defenders. In the end, the visitors, for whom Andreas Obst (15), Jason George (14) and Augustine Rubit (13) scored double digits, achieved a victory of 95:85, climbed back to second place in the table and are optimistic about the rest of the BBL season.
After Easter, Bayern start the Euroleague play-offs with two away games in the main round leading Barcelona
The victory in Gießen was of course overshadowed by the triumph of the Spanish noble club Real Madrid on Friday, which they should have noticed attentively, especially in Barcelona. Even before the last main round, it was clear that Bayern would go into the Euroleague play-offs in eighth place after the two defeats in Istanbul (they lost 76-81 at Fenerbahce and Efes). Opponent is thus table leader FC Barcelona, an excellent ensemble around the top star Nikola Mirotic, which the statistics after the main round also show as the best player in the league. Mirotic had decided to return home three years ago despite a very lucrative offer from the NBA and now leads a squad that is almost exclusively filled with top players – for example with playmakers Nick Calathes and Nicolas Laprovittola, who also have a Have an NBA past , like most of their colleagues.
Anything other than elimination against the title favorites would be a surprise, but the Munich pros have at least given their coach an idea of how the sensation could be created. With another half like in Madrid, where Bayern swept the favorites with 38:13 points in the last quarter. There was more at stake for the Madrilenians, who had qualified for a long time than for FCB, a victory would have brought Madrid in second place, so Real fell back to fourth place and now face Tel Aviv instead of the supposedly weaker Monaco.
Bayern, on the other hand, gained confidence on their trip with three first-class matches in five days. As in a training camp under extreme conditions, Trinchieri used his staff sparingly and gained the important insight that each player can make an important contribution. Youngest George, for example the long-injured captain Nihad Djedovic, or Obst, who was recently weakened by Corona. FCB were already the better team against Fenerbahce in the second half, and against the defending champions, Efes Bayern were largely on equal footing. The international freestyle begins with the matches on Tuesday and Thursday after Easter (April 19 and 21) with the Catalans, before then there is a little more at home against MBC (Wednesday at 19) and in Ludwigsburg (Saturday at 20.30). to fulfill the duty.