Berlin Bang Up Bayern
Beko BBL Game of the Week Recap
o2 World, Berlin, March 31 – Yassin Idbihi scored 15 of his team high 17 points in the fourth quarter as ALBA BERLIN blew open a close affair against FC Bayern Basketball and won going away 73-52 on Saturday night. The win was Berlin’s 11th in a row, at the same time snapping Bayern’s five game win streak and dropping them in the Beko BBL standings.
Bayern came in winners of their past three on the road and were intent on playing the rude guest role again, jumping out to a 12-2 lead after six minutes. All Star guard Heiko Schaffartzik woke up the home team with a three-pointer and Marko Simonovic added another one from long distance to cut the deficit to 16-12 going into the 2nd quarter.
ALBA continued their run, outscoring the Bavarians 13-2 with a balanced attack to start the second and built a 25-18 lead. However, Jared Homan kept Bayern close, scoring his team’s final eight points before the half, including a buzzer-beating dunk to bring the score to 33-32 at the break.
The two heavyweights continued to land punches at the restart. Homan bullying his way inside, and Bryce Taylor hitting three consecutive treys. With 2:55 to go in the 3rd quarter, Berlin led 43-42. And stepping to the line was Idbihi. He hit both free throws to give ALBA the lead. Ioannis Kalampokis hit a three-pointer for a little more breathing room, 47-43 heading to the final period.
Idbihi converted a bucket and a foul. After Simonovic hit a trey, Idbihi scored Berlin’s 12 of their next 15 points and effectively finished off Bayern. ALBA’s defense held Munich to only NINE points in the 4th period, 20 in the 2nd half, which prevented any answer for Idbihi’s run.
“Our bench players were really important for us today,” pointed out Berlin head coach Gordon Herbert. “They changed the end of the first and third quarters. I was satisfied with our intensity and aggressiveness. We weren’t hitting our shots, so we got back with defense and rebounds.”
Ironically, the loss for Bayern drops them to 6th in the league standings and if the playoffs started today, they would face Berlin. However, ALBA’s win streak gets them a 1/2 game behind secon- place ratiopharm ulm, who play today at the FRAPORT SKYLINERS. Regardless if they catch up this weekend, Berlin and Ulm play on April 11th that could decide the #2 seed for the playoffs.
For Bayern, their lack of flow and creativity in offense stalled their win streak. An ugly trend reared its head in the game, Munich were outscored for the second straight game in the 4th quarter, this time 26-9. In 29 games this season in the Beko BBL, they have been outscored 18 times at the end of games, and their record is 9-9, only winning because they had huge leads. If they are to make the playoffs and go deep into the postseason, finishing off games will be key.
“It was one of the worst final quarters we’ve had in awhile,” stated Bayern head coach Dirk Bauermann. “However we shouldn’t completely hang our head as we head home, we can build on what we did the first three quarters.”
Bayern will try to turn things back to the winning side when they host the Telekom Baskets Bonn on Saturday, April 7th. The game will be televised on SPORT1. Berlin are also home, hosting LTi GIESSEN 46ers on Easter Sunday.