The MHP giants Ludwigsburg do not want to be scared by a possible duel with the so far outstanding Alba Berlin in the finals for the German basketball championship. “It’s two games, it’s a final – anything is possible,” said board member Markus Buchmann of the German Press Agency after Ludwigsburg’s first ever entry into the Bundesliga playoff showdown. «There is no need to discuss that Alba has the stronger individual players. But it is a team sport and our team has shown what it is capable of during the course of the tournament. We are looking forward to this festival. »
The surprise team of coach John Patrick won 94:85 (42:46) against ratiopharm Ulm in the semi-final second leg at the championship tournament in Munich on Tuesday evening. This gives the Ludwigsburg-based company the chance to win their premiere title. «It was a team success. Everyone played well, I’m proud of everyone, »said Marcos Knight, who once again excelled at Magentasport. The 30-year-old US professional was once again the outstanding player on his team with 26 points, 13 rebounds and three assists.
In the finals on Friday and Sunday, Ludwigsburg should go as an outsider. Alba Berlin has a 29-point cushion from the first leg before his second semi-final against EWE Baskets Oldenburg tonight and is top favorite for his ninth championship. “It is difficult, they have so many weapons, ten people who can score 20 points,” said Ludwigsburg coach John Patrick about the capital club. “We have to have a great game plan and everyone has to perform if we want to win against Alba.”
Gallery: Historical draw! Everything at zero at Ulm and Ludwigsburg (sport1.de)