In the first Bundesliga play-off game in their history, the Towers were only a victim for Alba Berlin (59:82). In game two of the quarter-final series (Best of 5), Hamburg’s basketball players were at least occasionally an opponent. It wasn’t enough to win against the sovereign defending champion – 83:95 (41:48).
“In the end we lacked the energy,” said coach Pedro Calles. “But I can’t complain about the commitment and concentration of my players.”
After just 18 seconds, Max DiLeo threw himself in and stole the ball from Alba. The Hamburgers reached the play-offs with a delay of 50.5 hours. In the second quarter they even took a short lead (32:31). “There is a different body language,” said boss Marvin Willoughby happily at halftime. “Everyone was a bit paralyzed in game one.”
Shorts with a point record!
This time one thing in particular was unstoppable: TJ Shorts! The smallest man on the field (1.75 meters) achieved a career best with 27 points! “My performance is for the garbage because we didn’t win,” said the playmaker afterwards. “But I liked my team’s fight, how we came back after game one. We had our moments. “
After his 16-minute comeback on Thursday, however, top star Kameron Taylor (ankle) had to watch again. For him, the last surplus Jordan Swing rotated back. The sniper provided hope with 15 points – but then lost his last chance to himself and his team with five sometimes stupid fouls six minutes before the end …
The Hamburgers never found a decisive means against the variable offensive and deep bank of the Berliners. And now they need a miracle if they still want to reach the semi-finals.
“First of all, we have to recover,” says Calles soberly. “And secondly, we have to minimize our mistakes so that we have a chance of keeping Alba below 80 points.”
As a TV expert, Towers co-founder Pascal Roller feared that his ex-team would lack the energy for this: “Where does Hamburg want to get the power from, in the next games?”
The last hope for the Towers are therefore their fans. In game three on Monday (6 p.m., MagentaSport), 200 spectators are allowed to visit the Inselpark for the first time. Even Berlin’s Niels Giffey is pleased: “Strong. I think it’s good, I think it’s awesome. “