Domestic leagues playoffs: Bayern defends German crown

Jun 23, 2019 by Euroleague.net Print
Domestic leagues playoffs: Bayern defends German crown

Bayern sweeps ALBA to repeat as German champion

FC Bayern Munich bested ALBA Berlin 93-85 in overtime on Sunday evening at Audi Dome to capture the German championship for the second year in a row. Bayern trailed by double figures for most of the game before a pair of furious fourth-quarter runs brought the hosts back. The win gave Bayern a sweep of the best-of-five finals. Vladimir Lucic led all scorers with 23 points and Nihad Dedovic, who was named finals MVP, produced 18 points and 6 assists. Danilo Barthel came up big late and finished with 15 points and Stefan Jovic added 12. Peyton Siva paced ALBA with 21 points and 5 assists, Johannes Thiemann scored 13 points and Niels Giffey 10. Dedovic helped Bayern jump out to an 11-5 start. ALBA took charge as Tim Schneider and Martin Hermannsson drained back-to-back three-pointers to fuel a run of 16 unanswered points bridging the first and second quarters to take a 15-28 advantage. The visitors remained in control and a triple by Derrick Walton Jr. made it 32-46 at the break. The margin reached 15 in the third quarter as ALBA coasted. Bayern entered the fourth quarter trailing 51-62. Barthel and Derrick Williams took Bayern on an 11-0 run early in the quarter to close the gap to 62-64. A 9-0 surge later in the fourth gave Bayern its first lead since the opening quarter, 73-71. Franz Wagner put the visitors back ahead with a three-point play. Lucic tied things at 76-76 with a triple with 41 seconds to go and neither team scored on its final possession of regulation, leaving the game to be decided in overtime. Barthel assisted or scored on all of Bayern's first 8 points of the extra session before Williams's tip-in with a minute to go made it 86-80. Maodo Lo free throws helped seal the win, series and championship.