In confidently, Alba Berlin triumphed in the extraordinary final tournament of the basketball Bundesliga and won his longed-for ninth championship. The capital city club prevailed on Sunday in Munich with 75:74 (42:35) in the second final against the MHP giants Ludwigsburg and won the title for the first time since 2008. Already the final first leg had won with 88:65 and replaced the early defending champion and host FC Bayern.
The best Alba throwers in the largely spectator-free Audi Dome were Niels Giffey and Martin Hermannsson, each with 14 points. This left coach Aito Garcia Reneses’ cup winner team unbeaten in their tenth game of the tournament at Corona times, celebrating the double for the first time in 17 years. Outsider Ludwigsburg had to do without his top player Marcos Knight, who was injured in the foot, and was clearly inferior when he participated in the final.
“Alba is a worthy master. You have generally had a strong season and already won the trophy. Alba was clearly the best team in the tournament, ”said BBL boss Stefan Holz of the German press agency and also congratulated the final opponent. “Ludwigsburg was more than an insider tip and played a great season, perhaps the best in its history.”
Alba’s high standards
As with the cup triumph four months ago, Alba was able to overcome his final trauma. In the past two seasons, the Berliners had failed at Munich and had given Aito a total of five title chances in finals.
“We have been to Alba 34 times across the competition in 30 years in all competitions – that shows our aspiration, it shows how we have always reinvented ourselves. But of course, the salt in the soup is the title, ”said managing director Marco Baldi at Magentasport. “It is a total pleasure to win a title. The development of Alba Berlin will not have a dramatic impact on this.
For example, it is open whether the 73-year-old Aito might still have a season in Berlin. Top performers such as Peyton Siva and Luke Sikma still have a contract beyond the summer, but the whereabouts of the strong Icelandic Martin Hermannsson remains unclear.
Alba plays off experience
Two days after the clear first leg victory, Alba left no doubt about the title win from the start. Sikma showed a backward dream pass over his head to Center Landry Nnoko. Ludwigsburg was leading 9: 5 early, but Berlin’s Swede Markus Eriksson turned the game with two long-range throws.
Alba was unerringly from the three-point line and played off his experience. With a 15 point lead towards the end of the third quarter, the game seemed decided, but Ludwigsburg struggled again. Again, several German youngsters were able to prove themselves with the giants, including the coaching sons Johannes and Jacob Patrick.
For the finalists, the time in the common quarantine hotel ended after more than three weeks on the final day. “It could not have gone better,” said head of the league Holz the tournament. The next season should start no later than mid-October – the league then hopes to see spectators in the arenas again.