The FC Bayern Munich basketball players still need a win against the MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg in the playoffs of the Basketball Bundesliga in order to reach the semi-finals. The main round winner won his away game 84:73 (45:37) and took the lead in the “best of five” series with 2:1 victories. The fourth game will take place again on Friday in Ludwigsburg, with a win Bayern will reach the semi-finals.

Although the guests didn’t find their rhythm from a distance, they scored at a high percentage in the zone, scored 26 points in the first quarter and maintained an eight-point lead at halftime. Silas Melson (24 points) kept the hosts in the game at halftime with 16 of Ludwigsburg’s 37 points.

Bayern pull away in the final phase

At the beginning of the second half, Jeff Roberson led Ludwigsburg back, who were able to briefly equalize the game. The Munich team only scored twelve points in the third period, but went into the final period with a 57:53 lead. The hosts always remained within striking distance before Bayern took a decisive lead in the final phase with a 7-0 run. Serge Ibaka scored 16 points, nine rebounds and five assists and led the Munich team in all three categories.

The Würzburg Baskets also still lack success to advance. The Franconians also lead 2:1 after an 82:79 (44:34) against defending champion ratiopharm Ulm. The Würzburgers again had to do without their top scorer Otis Livingston, who was named the league’s most valuable player in the main round and received the MVP trophy before the game. Both teams will meet again in the fourth game on Friday in Würzburg.