Created on 2015-06-01 at 15:00 PM
After a 101-88 loss in game three against Alba Berlin, Bayern have their backs up against the wall as they try to avoid elimination. Game four will take place Tuesday June 2 at 20:00 CEST in the Audi Dome as it’s do or die for the Reds. A loss will see them crash out of the playoffs and fail to repeat their championship. But a game four win will take the series back to Berlin for a final clash in game 5. This time, Bayern won’t want to waste the chance as they desperately need to force game five. “We don’t need to change much,” said Bayern coach Svetislav Pesic. “If we play just like we did for the first 35 minutes in Berlin then we will win. It will also help if our fans are in full force.”
On Sunday the team faced off against Berlin in a very intense battle. Bayern battled back from a double digit deficit and took the lead in the latter stages of the fourth quarter (74-71 and 76-76 31’ minute). “We had many chances to win the game in Berlin,” said Svetislav Pesic on Monday before the last practice. He also added, “We also took the lead at the right point of the game”.
In the fourth quarter, Bayern lacked precision as they missed some vital free throws. “In the deciding minutes of the game we got three technical fouls and one intentional foul, that rarely happens,” said Pesic. “I don’t want to speak about the referee but would rather help him as his job is not easy at all. For the next game, it would be for the better if the players had the chance to decide the game themselves.”
Bayern have proved that they can cope very well with setbacks and deficits as they showed that last season. The stats speak loudly for Bayern as Alba has yet to win in the Audi Dome in all five attempts. Additionally, Munich has won all of their home games during the 2015 playoffs. “With the fans behinds us we can win. We want to go to Berlin again,” said leading scorer Nihad Djedovic.
Bayern are confident that Heiko Schaffartzik will be back for Tuesday night’s encounter after straining his calf. “I’m going to go out and say that he will be back for Tuesday,” said Svetislav Pesic about the captain of the Germany team.
Halftime show from "GOP Varieté"
Some great basketball isn’t the only thing those attending the Audi Dome will enjoy. Artist Sante Fortunato from the Munich “GOP Varieté-Theater“will be performing at the half time show with a hula hoop dance ritual. The 26-year-old artist is from a Portuguese Canadian dance family and is a graduate of the National Circus School of Montreal.
Playoff Semi-finals against Alba Berlin:
Game 4: Tuesday, 2 June, 20:00 (Audi Dome)
*Game 5: Thursday, 4 June, 20:00 in Berlin
(* If necessary)