German basketball champion Alba Berlin suffered the following loss in the Euroleague. On Tuesday, in front of 4,500 spectators at the Max-Schmeling-Halle, the Berliners lost to leader FC Barcelona 79:95 (39:47). This further reduced the chances of the twelfth-place team making the play-offs. Berlin’s best pitchers were Oscar da Silva with 13 and Jaleen Smith with twelve points.
Coach Israel González had to do without international player Johannes Thiemann along with long-term absentees Marcus Eriksson and Louis Olinde. But Maodo Lo was there again. But his team needed to find a rhythm on offense. Too many free throws were given in the early stages.
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Alba fought very well defensively. Midway through the first quarter, the hosts leveled again at 11:11. However, the last tie must remain. Because whenever the Berliners broke through, the guests from Barcelona had an answer and coldly punished mistakes. And Alba made too many in the first part. Even after the change of sides, Barcelona were unimpressed and scored almost at will. The hosts didn’t have much to counter that at this stage. The deficit increased to 22 points in the third quarter (51:73). But Alba fought until the end and never gave up. However, the Berliners did not get closer than ten points. (dpa)