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Berlin against Bayern - The history of a young rivalry

Since FC Bayern Basketball returned to the Bundesliga in 2011, they have formed an intense rivalry with ALBA Berlin. Both teams have met each other 18 times and regularly meet in the play-offs and in the cup. Eight wins for Bayern and ten for Berlin, shows that both teams are practically even. While Berlin has dominated in the cup, Munich have won the past two playoff series. Before the two teams square off once more in the semifinals, let’s take a look at the previous match-ups. 

2011-12 Season

Saturday, 26 November 2011, Matchday 10:
FC Bayern Basketball – Alba Berlin 79-85

The first match took place towards the latter part of 2011 in the Audi Dome. Alba walked into a sold out house as 6,700 fans were in attendance. DaShaun Wood was the man who stole the show, as the Berlin point guard dropped 27 points. It also didn’t help that all 11 of Alba's players put their names on the score sheet.

Saturday, 31 March 2012, Matchday 29:
Alba Berlin – FC Bayern Basketball 73-52

A weak fourth quarter in Berlin gave Bayern their second loss in their second meeting against Alba. In the last ten minutes Berlin went on a 26-9 scoring run as they outplayed Munich. For Bayern’s first game in the capital city, they kept it even with Berlin up as the game was tied up at the end of the third quarter. Leading scorer Jared Homan’s 18 points were not enough for Bayern’s first win over Berlin.

2012-13 Season

Sunday, 2 December 2012, Matchday 11:
Alba Berlin – FC Bayern Basketball 82-70

It was the first match with Svetislav Pesic under the helm as Bayern coach. Only a week on the job and not even he could stifle his former team, as Berlin cruised to their third straight victory. Berlin’s Yassin Idbihi was the leading scorer with 20 points.

Sunday, 10 February 2013, Matchday 22:
FC Bayern Basketball – Alba Berlin 79-61

An amazing performance by Tyrese Rice, finally gave Bayern their first victory over Alba. His 25 points was key in giving Bayern their highest win against their opponents. Robin Benzing also put in solid minutes with 19 points. Our Heiko Schaffartzik, who was then playing for Berlin, scored 21 points.

Saturday, 23 March 2013, Cup semi-final:
Alba Berlin – FC Bayern Basketball 92-83

In the semis of the cup, top seeded Berlin used the home field advantage to their strength as they picked up a win over Bayern. Bayern could not overturn the 14 point half time deficit and settled for third place, while Berlin went on to beat Ulm in the final.

Saturday, 4 May 2013, Game 1 Quarterfinal Play-offs:
FC Bayern Basketball – Alba Berlin 88-67

Munich got revenge for their loss in the Cup with a strong series performance against Berlin. A blow out home victory in the sold out Audi Dome was only the start of it. A 34-15 run in the third quarter was the difference maker as Robin Benzing and his troops were an unstoppable 14 for 26 from beyond the arc.

Thursday, 9 May 2013, Game 2 Quarterfinal Play-offs:
Alba Berlin – FC Bayern Basketball 73:79

Bayern rode the momentum from game 1 into Berlin. Led by Tyrese Rice who scored 21 points and Robin Benzing who had a double-double, Bayern finally got their first win in the capital city. It was another strong third quarter performance by Munich as they went on a 27-18 run.

Sunday, 12 May 2013, Game 3 Quarterfinal Play-offs:
FC Bayern Basketball – Alba Berlin 89:83

Bayern was determined to go for the sweep. With much help from their fans, Munich took a 16 point lead that they held over time. Berlin’s Heiko Schaffartzik was the leading scorer with 17 points. His 17 points were not enough as Bayern qualified for the semis, where they lost to eventual champions Bamberg 3-2 in a five game series.

2013-14 Season

Sunday, 10 November 2013, Matchday 8:
Alba Berlin – FC Bayern Basketball 94:74

Undefeated Bayern traveled to a sold out crowd in Berlin as 14,500 spectators watched as Alba achieved their most straightforward victory over Munich. Despite being tired from a previous Euro-league game, Munich remained first in the standings.

Sunday, 4 May 2014, Matchday 34:
FC Bayern Basketball – Alba Berlin 72:80

Before the last matchday, FCBB already wrapped up the number one spot. After ten minutes, the leaders were already ten points behind. A dominant Reggie Redding scored 21 points to kill off any sort of comeback from the home team. Alba won the head to head between both teams during the regular season, but the most important clash was still coming up.

Sunday, 8 June 2014, Game 1 Play-off Final:
FC Bayern Basketball – Alba Berlin 88:81

It was written in the stars, one versus two for the German championship. It was an intense battle between both heavyweights. But thanks to Bayern’s remarkable team play it was enough for game one. Four players scored double-digits and all of the bench players put points on the score sheet.

Thursday, 12 Juni 2014, Game 2 Play-off Final:
Alba Berlin – FC Bayern Basketball 95:81

Berlin did not have to wait too long for their answer. Since Munich had home court advantage, Alba had their backs up against the wall. But it was Alba’s concentration that made them deserved winners. Berlin won all four quarters as Malcom Delaney’s 24 points was not enough as Berlin tied up the series.

Sunday, 15 June 2014, Game 3 Play-off Final
FC Bayern Basketball – Alba Berlin 92:86

The third game of the finals in a sold out Audi Dome was neck and neck. It wasn’t until Bayern showed in the last minute what they were made of. Malcom Delaney scored 26 points and gave Bayern a 2-1 lead in the series as the thermometer hit 30 degrees in the Audi Dome.

Wednesday, 18 June 2014, Game 4 Play-off Final:
Alba Berlin – FC Bayern Basketball 62:75

It is a date that Bayern fans will remember for a longtime. It was 59 years since Bayern won their last title, but it was finally coming back to Munich. The fact that Bayern clinched the title in Berlin made it even more impressive. The key in the deciding game was incredible defense from Munich, who held Berlin to 62 points. Thompson, Taylor, and Schaffartzik were the leaders for Bayern on their big day.

Saturday, 27 September 2014, Champions Cup:
Alba Berlin – FC Bayern Basketball 76:68

The cup winners from Berlin, met the German champions from Munich. The hosts got off to a quick start just one week before the season began. The home team had a 20 point lead at the half which was too much for Bayern to overturn, as the first title of the season went to Alba.

2014-15 Season

Sunday, 9 November 2014, Matchday 8:
Alba Berlin – FC Bayern Basketball 83:80

Bayern had the opportunity to tie the game up with the last chance of the game but they blew it. As a result, Alba won the match by the narrowest of margins despite a strong performance by the away team. In the fourth quarter, Bayern lost Nihad Djedovic and Anton Gavel to very painful injuries. For Alba, it was their eight victory in their eight regular season match, as the team from the capital city stayed atop of the standings for most of the season.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015, Cup quarter-final
Alba Berlin – FC Bayern Basketball 74:69

Bayern looked like the certain winners with five minutes left on the clock as they held their opponents under control. In a rather hectic last couple of minutes, Berlin used their home court advantage to crawl back, as Bayern turned the ball over 13 times. Berlin only turned the ball over five times and clinched a spot in the semis.

Sunday, 26 April 2015, Matchday 33:
FC Bayern Basketball – Alba Berlin 70:68

This time around, Berlin dominated for long portions of the match, but lost it at the end. Bayern won the most recent clash thanks to a strong finish in front of the 6,700 fans who packed the sold out Audi Dome. Berlin was up by 13 points after three quarters, before Bayern kicked into another gear. Nihad Djedovic put in a top notch performance as he scored 21 points to kick start his team. A 25-10 fourth quarter run from Munich, ultimately cost Berlin the top spot in the standings.