Alba Berlin got off to a successful start into the new year and celebrated its fifth consecutive competitive win. On Sunday, the German champions won after a second-half performance increase at the Hamburg Towers by 88:80 (41:46). Alba climbed to third in the basketball league table. The best shooters from Berlin were Oscar da Silva, with 15 points, and Marcus Ericsson and Maudu Lu, with 12 points each.
Coach Israel Gonzalez had all the players available. Tamir Platt and Tim Schneider got their break this time. Lo and Ben Lammers are back compared to their New Year’s Eve match against Würzburg. From the start it has evolved into a very intense game very quickly.
Driving usually changes back and forth, and neither team has been able to break away. But Alba made more mistakes and had trouble stopping Hamburg’s attack on his own. In return, Berliners awarded many distance throws. The gap at the break grew to five points for the first time.
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After the break, Alba managed to improve and it was no longer easy for the hosts to get points. The Berliners reclaimed the lead and managed to make it into the double digits for the first time five minutes from the end (74:64). And the hosts couldn’t take that away. (dpa)
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