ALBA Berlin decides the series against FC Bayern Munich early and is crowned German champion for the third time in a row.

The starting signal for the championship party!

ALBA Berlin decides the best-of-five series against FC Bayern München early and celebrates a 96:81 away win in game four in the first season under coach Israel Gonzalez.

For Oscar da Silva, a native of Munich who won the title with Berlin, the feeling after the match was “super awesome”. In an interview with Magenta Sport, he particularly emphasised the team spirit of the team. “To have achieved this with such a great group is incredible.”

ALBA captain Luke Sikma also focused on the team as the key to success: “I am so proud of the team. It was an incredible year with many ups and downs.”

This means Munich will have to watch ALBA celebrate the title at the Audi Dome for the second time in a row. Last year, it was also game four that decided it for the capital.

This year, the old and new German champions played themselves into a frenzy. This was exemplified by a crazy phase in the second quarter with Christ Koumadje in the leading role.

Koumadje turns up the heat in the second quarter

First, he dunked a rebound over an FCB defender to make it 41:22. Shortly afterwards, he converted a no-look pass from Luke Simka and then put another alley-oop pass from Malte Delow through the basket to make it 48:26. In total, the 25-year-old had eleven points and six rebounds.

This show by ALBA also caused FCB President Herbert Hainer worry lines at halftime at Magenta Sport: “Today, unfortunately, we didn’t get into the game that well.”

In the second half, the home side was able to reduce the deficit again as Berlin shifted down a gear. In the end, the victory and the associated start of the championship celebrations were no longer in serious danger.

Nick Weiler-Babb praises ALBA Berlin for the series

Nick Weiler-Babb also had to admit after the game that ALBA played “a damn good series”. But he also had compliments for his team. “We had a lot of hurdles and injury problems this season. We fought through it as a team. I have to give a big compliment to my team and the coaches.”

There was at least one reason for the Bayern fans to cheer towards the end of the game. Paul Zipser made a successful three-pointer shortly before the end of the game to make it 81:93 from Munich’s point of view. Last year, the 28-year-old had to undergo brain surgery and has been fighting his way back step by step this season.

That also put a small smile on Weiler-Babb’s face. “I am very happy for him. He worked so hard every day for this moment.”