One win away from the BBL Finals
Frustration and disgruntlement could be read on the faces of the 5,700 fans after the final siren. Once again, they had supported their team with fire and passion in the second home game against Telekom Baskets Bonn but no one was more disappointed afterwards than the exhausted group in the Bayern Basketball team locker room. There was no lack of commitment in the 83-80 loss and equalizer in the easyCredit BBL playoff semifinals - in the 79th game of the season, it was rather a lack of freshness and a little good luck against a very energetic challenger.
Sold-out Telekom Dome
So it will now be decided in Munich's 80th outing of the season (Bonn: 44th) whether the Bavarians will make it to the BBL finals again on their third attempt or the Telekom Baskets, who have come back from an 0:2 deficit and earned the right to go home after finishing second in the regular season. Maximum excitement is guaranteed: Except for the first game each of the other three has come down to the wire.
The game in the Telekom Dome, which is fully booked with 6,000 spectatoars, will tip off at 20:30 on Wednesday evening. The FCBB is offering a fan ride, and there will also be free public viewing in the Audi Dome (booking required via the homepage). MagentaSport and Sport1 will broadcast live.
Positive energy for Bayern
The FCBB won the first two away games in Bonn (80-68, 82-81). This was followed by two Bonn away wins. Head coach Andrea Trinchieri therefore has to call for a return to the necessities fulfilled last week: "Defense and defensive rebounds," the Italian warns. The Baskets were able to grab ten of their 13 offensive rebounds in the second half on Monday - no less than 15 more shooting attempts were allowed. In this way, the Bavarians were noticeably under pressure at the end and offensively out of step.
The hall at Bonn's Hardtberg has seen just one fifth playoff game so far; in the 2014/2015 quarterfinals, the Baskets, fourth in the regular season standings, lost to fifth-place Ulm 86-79. The FCBB have played a decisive fifth game eight times since their BBL return in 2011, winning it five times. Bonn and Bayern have met 27 times in the Bundesliga so far, with the record standing at 17-10 in favor of Munich.
THE PLAYOFF SEMI-FINAL (Series: 2-2)
Game 5, Wednesday, June 8, 20:30.: Bonn - FCBB