Three days before the playoff start, Meister Alba Berlin set a signal in the Basketball Bundesliga with a victory at the permanent rival FC Bayern Munich.
The main round winner won the exciting dress rehearsal 83:78 (41:34), the prestiget duel no longer had an impact on the table, both teams did not work with the last consequence.
The Berliners will meet the former series master Brose Bamberg (8th) in their first quarter -final game on Friday (7 p.m./Magenta Berlin set).
FC Bayern, third, only learns on Wednesday evening whether it will be in the first round against the MHP giant Ludwigsburg or the Niners Chemnitz.
FC Bayern comes into driving too late
The Munich team had to do without their health -struck head coach Andrea Trinchieri, assistant Slaven Rimac took over and saw a false start. It was quickly 0:10, until the host’s first basket took more than five minutes.
Cup winner Alba had almost a week break before the catch -up game and looked fresher. Bayern lagged behind for a long time, but the Euroleague quarter finalist increased after the break – the game was completely open.
Yovel Zoosman brought the victory of the Berlin team around top scorer Jaleen Smith (24 points) seconds before the end at the free -wire line under the roof and subject.
In the playoffs, three wins are necessary to progress in every round. Due to the main round win, Alba always has home advantage, also in a possible final series.
In the previous year, the Berliners had prevailed 3-1 against Munich in the duel for the title.