With a strong third quarter, Bayern Munich’s basketball players laid the foundation for their opening victory in the BBL semi-final play-offs.

Coach Andrea Trinchieri’s team beat the resurgent Telekom Baskets Bonn 80-68 (33-35) to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five series. Game two will take place on Monday (8.30pm), also on the Rhine.

“You have to find your way into the series, we only did that in the second half today,” Trinchieri said on MagentaSport: “It’s 1-0 now, no more, no less. Bonn will come back strong, so we have to raise our level game by game.” Bonn coach Tuomas Iisalo saw “not the best game” of his team, “against one of the top teams in Europe you have to deliver more. We have 48 hours to find solutions.”

Bayern Basketball dominate

After an even first half with constantly changing leads, the guests from Bavaria pulled away slightly in the third period with 26:16 points and did not relinquish this advantage in front of 6000 spectators in the Telekom Dome. In the last quarter, the trend continued in favour of the Munich team, and in the end, they had a commanding victory.

Vladimir Lucic and Ognjen Jaramaz were the best scorers for Bayern with 19 and 18 points respectively. Parker Jackson-Cartwright scored 14 points for Bonn, who had finished second to Bayern in the main round.

Bonn are in the last four for the first time since 2009, the Baskets have not yet won the title, they have been runners-up five times. Munich are aiming for their sixth championship.

On Friday, defending champion Alba Berlin had successfully started the semi-final play-offs, continuing their winning streak. After the “sweep” in the quarter-finals against Brose Bamberg, the main round winner won the first duel with the MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg in the round of the last four with 89:84. It was the 15th Bundesliga victory in a row for the Berliners. Both teams will meet for the second duel in the capital on Sunday (18:00).