Alba Berlin prevented the second defeat of the season in the basketball Bundesliga with a furious final sprint. Despite being 15 points behind, the champions defeated the penultimate medi Bayreuth in the fourth quarter with 91:83 (40:49).

With a record of 8:1 victories, the Berliners have drawn level with FC Bayern Munich (8:1), but are in first place in the table due to the better basket ratio.

Almost 48 hours after the clear 75:104 defeat in the Euroleague against Fenerbahce Istanbul, the game-stressed champion had big problems with his actual favorite opponent Bayreuth for a long time. After a strong second quarter (29:13), the guests led to the break with nine points. Bayreuth was still ahead in the fourth quarter with 15 points (76:61/32nd minute). Then Alba played big and decided the game with a 24:0 run. The best Berlin shooter in the 18th home win against Bayreuth in a row was Jaleen Smith with 17 points.

Ludwigsburg remains in the top group

The MHP giants Ludwigsburg (7:2 wins) remain in the top group after the 90:76 (40:37) against BG Göttingen (4:4). Isaiah Whitehead was the most successful thrower in fourth place in the Bundesliga with 24 points. 27 points from Mark Smith were not enough for Lower Saxony.

ratiopharm Ulm (4:5) is getting better and better after the false start and won the third win in a row at 91:80 (44:39) against the Hakro Merlins Crailsheim (3:6). The 23-year-old German center Nicolas Bretzel was the hosts’ best scorer with 21 points.

The MLP Academics Heidelberg also won 95:79 (41:45) against the Löwen Braunschweig (2:7) for the fourth time this season.