After the last six wins in a row in the basketball Bundesliga, Alba Berlin has once again suffered a defeat. On Sunday night, the greatly weakened Berliners lost to the Chemnitz Niners with 64:81 (33:38). Alba remains fifth in the table after the sixth league defeat. Berlin’s best pitchers were Oscar da Silva with 18 and Jaleen Smith with 14 points.
In addition to long-term injuries Marcus Eriksson and Louis Olinde, captain Luke Sikma (ill), Tim Schneider (back) and Tamir Blatt (Crown) were also absent. But Johannes Thiemann was back in the game and the only 17-year-old youth player, Nils Machowski, was in the professional squad for the first time. However, Alba got off to a good start and after almost seven minutes was ahead by double digits (21:10).
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But then the Berliners began to have problems with the physique of the Chemnitz team. Alba committed many turnovers and too many mistakes against locals who seemed fresher. The German champions managed only twelve points in the second quarter. Then Chemnitz took the lead before half time.
However, Alba left the locker room with impetus and equalized again in the middle of the third quarter at 43:43. But then Berlin conceded a 0:9 run and fell behind again. At the beginning of the last section, the Berliners fought to get back to three points (59:62), but in the final phase they got more and more tired and the error rate was simply too high at the end. (dpa)