Alba continued his winning streak in the German Basketball Association – despite his tough schedule.
On Wednesday evening, the Berliners won the catch-up match at Merlins Crailsheim 78:70 (42:42). With a sixth straight win, Alba finished second as well. The best Berlin shooters were Glenn Smith, Krist Kumadji and Tamir Platt with twelve points each.
Coach Israel Gonzalez had to dispense with long-term absentees Marcus Ericsson and Ben Lammers as well as Tim Schneider due to a meniscus injury. In their ninth competitive game in April, Alba started with a heavy focus and led at 17:11.
But then the errors in the Berlin match increased. A few minor passes were left behind and the weak Crailsheimers repeatedly pressured the German champions’ defense with great speed and commitment. The guests returned and tied before the end of the first half.
And it stayed tight even after changing sides. Neither team was able to withdraw more than six points. However, in the last quarter, Alba managed to secure important rebounds, and up to three minutes before the end, he extended the lead by two numbers for the first time (76:65). Guests can no longer take the initiative.
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