Nobody talks about beautiful basketball, clever ideas or great moves in the DFL final. Alba Berlin could become champions on Sunday (3pm Sport1 and Magentasport) with another win in Munich – after 81:69 on Saturday, title defense is close. Marco Baldi doesn’t want to hear that. “The series is completely open, nothing is over yet,” the Berlin coach confirmed despite a 2-1 lead to the owners. “The dry question now is who can fill out the last part and stick to their game.”
This sounds easy, but under the circumstances, it is very difficult. Both teams have had a very long season, Bayern Munich will play their 90th (!) game of the season on Sunday. The comeback, like so many in recent months, is getting harder and harder for Munich as more and more players are getting injured and sick. Both Vladimir Lucic and top scorer DJ Seely both had minor ankle injuries on Saturday but had to keep playing.
Also in the fourth game, Munich expects pain – now only will. “We have to stand up and show ourselves,” coach Andrea Trencheri demanded. “This is something myself now. This is the key to tomorrow.”
His Berlin teammate Aito Garcia Rensis also emphasized the mental challenge in the series, which was overcome in a maximum of seven days. It’s hard for basketball pros to stay updated in their heads. Especially if you don’t have much experience. “It’s tough for me and I’ve played hundreds of matches,” said the old Spanish master.
If Alba wins again, then, as in the previous season in the Quarantine Tournament, the BBL Championship Trophy will be presented in the Perennial Contender’s Hall, of all venues. “Munich has always worked miracles and played a season that was very important for German basketball,” Berlin playmaker Modu Lo said at Magentasport. “You have to trust this team with everything.”
If Bayern draw 2-2 in this series, the decisive match will take place on Tuesday (7:00 pm) in Berlin.
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