December 19, 2021 – 5:34 pm Clock
Heidelberg (AP) – The German basketball champion Alba Berlin struggled to a laborious win on the eleventh game day of the Bundesliga. With the last throw by Maodo Lo, the team of Alba coach Israel Gonzalez won in the last seconds on Sunday with 83:81 (40:43) at the MLP Academics Heidelberg. The most successful thrower from Berlin was Center Ben Lammers with 14 points. For the hosts, ex-Alba professional Rob Lowery scored the best with 19 points.
With the Berlin team, captain Luke Sikma returned to the team after back problems. Forward Louis Olinde, who missed the Euroleague against CSKA Moscow on Friday with muscle problems, was there again. Guard Jaleen Smith, who traveled to the USA because of a bereavement in the family, was still missing.
The Berliners had a difficult week with the Euroleague games in Madrid on Tuesday and against Moscow. There was a lack of concentration and intensity against well-rested and well-adjusted Heidelberg residents. The hosts profited from the Berliners losing the ball and played quickly forward. In addition, they first controlled the rebound.
In the third quarter, the Berliners fell behind with ten points. Alba then held back and came close to two points. However, Heidelberg continued to hit difficult throws, so that the Berliners were behind with 58:63 before the final quarter. Alba mobilized the last of his strength, improved defensively and took the lead again for the first time in the middle of the quarter. But it was a very close game until the end. In the end it was Maodo Lo who scored with the final siren at 81:81 to win for Alba.
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