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The 97 – 89 win of Alba Berlin over MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg concluded the first stage of the German easyCredit BBL League’s 10-team tournament. Thanks to this result, the “Albatrosses” grabbed first place in Group B and avoided a quarterfinals clash with defending champion Bayern Munich that finished third in Group A.
Alba forward Luke Sikma came one rebound shy of the triple-double by posting 15 points, 10 assists and nine boards in just 26:28 minutes. Marcus Eriksson dropped 15 points on 5/7 triples to help Alba get the victory.
Thomas Wimbush scored a game-high 30 points for Ludwigsburg that was left with the second place.
The final standings are as follows, per BBL. Four teams have advanced from each Group.
|1||ratiopharm ulm||4||8 : 0||+ 4|
|2||EWE Baskets Oldenburg||4||6 : 2||+ 3|
|3||FC Bayern München||4||4 : 4||– 1|
|4||BG Göttingen||4||2 : 6||– 3|
|5||HAKRO Merlins Crailsheim||4||0 : 8||– 4|
|1||ALBA BERLIN||4||8 : 0||+ 4|
|2||MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg||4||6 : 2||– 1|
|3||Brose Bamberg||4||4 : 4||+ 2|
|4||FRAPORT SKYLINERS||4||2 : 6||– 1|
|5||RASTA Vechta||4||0 : 8||– 4|
The playoffs begin on Wednesday (17/6). The series winner will be determined via the aggregate score of two games:
Here are the matchups:
Ratiopharm Ulm – Skyliners
Bayern Munich – Ludwigsburg
EWE Oldenburg – Brose Bamberg
Goettingen – Alba Berlin
Photo: David Hein