Created on 2015-06-19 at 13:30 PM
All of German Basketball will be holding their breath this Sunday as a champion will be crowned. The ballers from Bayern München faced much adversity this season, but have reached a final game five in Bamberg. After an 83-73 victory to even the series at two a piece, Svetislav Pesic’s troops will want to defend their title in the 67th BEKO BBL final. “It is a final. We have already accomplished so much. We have found new strengths throughout the year. I am 100 percent certain that we will still be physical and that we shall find the mental strength to win the game,” said coach Svetislav Pesic before the final encounter
Savanovic and Jagla in mourning
Sport was not the only thing that Pesic’s touched on when speaking on Friday. Two of his players sadly lost their fathers this week. Dusko Savanovic found out on Tuesday evening about the passing of his father, while Jan Jagla received the news on Friday morning that his father passed away after a serious illness.
Since Tuesday, both players had to deal with the emotional strain in game four. “I don’t know how they did it,” said FCBB CEO Marko Pesic. Captain Bryce Taylor added: “We have overcome so many problems that most people don’t even know about.”
"The preparation is not as easy as we wished, but that is life,” said Svetislav Pesic. “We still have plenty of motivation, the players do as well despite dealing problems off the court,” said the coach.
Over 600 fans will be making the trip to Bamberg. The squad will want to ride the wave of the game four momentum and be crowned champions after a long season. In the semifinals, FCBB were down and nearly out as Berlin had a 2-1 series lead. But the reds crawled back to win the series 3-2. Now, Bayern have the chance to do the same in Bamberg.
It is the 42nd game five in the history of the Bundesliga since the 1998-99 season. 27 times, the home team walked away as winners. Although München are not considered the favourites against Bamberg, they will try to win their third away match in front of 6,800 fans.
“The pressure is on both teams. Both have invested so much to come this far,” said Bryce Taylor before the showdown. “This season was a wild roller coaster ride. I am very excited for this special game. We have previously won twice in Bamberg. We just need to avoid distractions and concentrate on the game.”
It is still unknown if Anton Gavel will play on Sunday. Gavel is still battling an injury to his hip as the defensive specialist will decide ahead of the game.
BEKO BBL Finals:
Sunday, June 21, 3 p.m. CET, Bamberg