What do basketball pros do when they have a day off between games?
Correct! They go to basketball.
Last Thursday, Alba Berlin played in the Euro League at FC Barcelona. Against the big favorites there was the expected clear defeat. After the 56:72, they went back to Berlin before the team made their way to Frankfurt on Saturday to regain the lead in the standings there on Sunday.
The defeat in Spain obviously hasn’t spoiled the pros’ interest in their sport.
Because on Friday, Malte Delow, Tim Schneider, Jonas Mattisseck, Jaleen Smith and head coach Israel Gonzalez attended an Alba women’s game.
As promoted women, they caused a sensation in the women’s basketball Bundesliga this season and made it into the play-off quarterfinals. There they won the first game after extra time 88:84 at Herner TC.
The second game was also dramatic, Alba won again after extra time (65:59) and advanced to the semi-finals.
Also thanks to the support of Schneider, Mattisseck, Delow, Smith and head coach Gonzalez, who cheered in the front row and turned out to be true fans.
Placed directly behind the basket, they bothered Herne’s players when they tried to take a free throw. They yelled and held up placards to distract the throwers. Mattiseck’s picture showed the club’s mascot, an albatross.
Delow cheers with Merkel poster
But Delow shot the bird!
The 21-year-old held up a photo showing Angela Merkel. The former chancellor jumps up in the picture and celebrates the German national team’s 4-0 win over Portugal at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
The Alba pros celebrated the victory of their colleagues after extra time against Herne with similar ecstasy. The women continue in the semifinals on April 9th at the Rutronik Stars Keltern.
The home game of the series, which is played in “best of three” mode, rises five days later. The good news for Delow and Co.: The men don’t have a game that day, so they can whip the women back to victory.