The basketball Bundesliga starts the hot season phase. The duel of the title aspirants Bayern Munich and Alba Berlin served as a foretaste of the play-offs.
Ten victories in a row, a successful dress rehearsal against the worst competitor: Defending champion Alba Berlin goes into the hot phase of the Basketball Bundesliga (BBL) with a good portion of self -confidence. And the Berliners clearly have their big goal in mind: "We want to become German champions," emphasized wing player Louis Olinde after the 83:78 win at Bayern Munich at the end of the main round. The play-offs start on Friday.
The giant duel in the Audi Dome on Tuesday was only a foretaste. "We didn't put all the cards on the table, they didn't put all the cards on the table," said Bayern's assistant coach Slaven Rimac, who represented the chief coach Andrea Trinchieri, who was ill at short notice. The meeting of last year's finalists had no value for the table - but served as an important location before the knockout phase.
The Berliners are currently surfing on the wave of success, ending the main round in front of the Telekom Baskets Bonn. On Friday, the team of coach Israel Gonzalez is waiting for the Brose Bamberg play-off start. "Now it's about refining what you have built up during the season," said Managing Director Marco Baldi in Magenta Munich. Bamberg should only be an intermediate step on the way to the third championship title in a row for the ambitious and shaped Berliners.
For the Munich team, on the other hand, it counts to quickly check off the defeat at the main round. "We don't take a negative feeling. Play-offs are like a new season-everyone starts at zero," said Nick Weiler-Babb, who meets his team at the start of the Niners Chemnitz. The "fear opponent" has won all three season games against the favorite. "We have to regenerate quickly and improve some things - then we can take a look at the play -offs," emphasized international Andreas Obst.
In addition to the usual suspects from Berlin and Munich, Bonn, especially after a surprisingly strong season, jumped up to a title candidate. The Baskets around MVP Parker Jackson-Cartwright meet the Hamburg Towers in the quarterfinals, which have to cope with the Success Coach Pedro Calles departure after the season. Before that, Calles with his team still has a lot plans: "Our job is not yet done."