Dhe fairytale European tour of Bayern Munich’s basketball players remained in a thriller with no happy ending. In the decisive fifth quarter-final game of the EuroLeague, Bayern lost 89:92 (40:50) at Armani Milan on Tuesday evening, despite another race to catch up, and thus missed the historic entry into the Final Four in Cologne.
“I’m really proud of what the team has achieved in this series. How the team believed in victory right up to the last second is the story of this EuroLeague season, “said Managing Director Marko Pesic at MagentaSport:” It’s a shame, but you saw what the experience is all about. It won today. “
Bayern were the first German team ever to qualify for the play-offs of the European premier class. There, the team of coach Andrea Trinchieri had lost the first two games in Milan, but then reported back with two wins in their own hall.
In the showdown, Bayern bit their teeth on the offensive strength of the Milanese for the outstanding Shavon Shields (33 points). Jalen Reynolds (19) was Munich’s best thrower.
Bayern got off to a strong start in the Mediolanum Forum, leading 8: 2 and 14: 9, but then gave up the lead in the final phase of the first quarter and never got it back. Milan moved away to 16 points in the third quarter, the team of coach icon Ettore Messina seemed safe. Bayern did not give up, 14 seconds before the end after Wade Baldwin’s goal to 89:91 the sensation was palpable again, but could not be implemented.
Previously, the German player Tibor Pleiss and his Turkish team Anadolu Istanbul had won game five against Real Madrid 88:83 and thus reached the Cologne final tournament (May 28th to 30th). There Anadolu meets CSKA Moscow, which after three victories over Fenerbahce Istanbul reached the final four early on. FC Barcelona secured the last starting place with a 79:53 in the decisive duel against Zenit St. Petersburg, Barca now face the Bayern conquerors.