Alba Berlin lost its first match in the semi-finals of the qualifiers against Rattiopharm Ulm. Berlin was now the top with 12 points, but gave up the match in the fourth quarter and lost 71:73.
Basketball players from Alba Berlin lost their first match in the semi-final against Olympique. After a long advance from Berlin, Ulm managed to turn the game around in the final quarter, defeating Alba by 71-73. The deciding factor was Dylan Ositkovsky from Ulm, who scored 21 points and 11 rebounds. Berlin’s top scorer was Biton Seva, with 15 points.
The Olympic team won the first quarter. The deficit in 16:20 from the albatross standpoint was mainly due to missing three-pointers. None of the six attempts wanted to get into the basket. It stayed that way in the second quarter, but the Alba players were still able to take the initiative by defending better and hitting more goals. In the first half it was 37:34 in Berlin.
Alba suffered two failures in the third quarter. Jonas Matisk first descended after colliding and injuring his shoulder. Additionally, Christ Commag made the fifth mistake and had to go to the bench. Nevertheless, the Berliners continued to demonstrate their offensive strength and were able to extend their advance to 57:49.
But then the match turned. In the final quarter, the Olm team fought their way again and scored 7-0. Two minutes before the end, Olm had been reduced to three points. Dylan Ositkovsky put Ulm ahead with a long hat-trick. Alba tied, Ulm got two free throws and converted both. The last attempt to save the albatross was unsuccessful in a possible extension. “The match was already in our hands, but then we let it slip,” said Niels Givi after the 71:73 defeat.
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