Alba vs Bayern? No, the final of the basketball league is called Bonn versus Ulm. A series that nobody would have bet on before. But which unites the currently best teams.
With their fast-paced basketball and 25 league wins in a row, the Telekom Baskets Bonn have also impressed NBA star Dennis Schröder and are now the favorites in the final series against ratiopharm Ulm.
“Ulm definitely has a good momentum, Bayern knocked it out. But Bonn won the European Cup. Bonn is fine, I like the point guard,” said the national team captain of the German Press Agency, looking at Bonn’s star TJ Shorts .
The American was again the best thrower in the Rhineland with 20 points in the 82:73 at the MHP giants Ludwigsburg on Saturday evening. The Bonners are in the final for the first time in 14 years and are hoping for the first championship in the club’s history. Opponents from Friday are the surprise team from Ulm, which, after defending champion Alba Berlin, also knocked Bayern Munich out of the playoffs, the second Euroleague team.
Ulm ends Andrea Trinchieri’s Bayern time
“We’ve been preparing all year to play against Alba or Bayern Munich in the finals,” said Bonn coach Tuomas Iisalo. “But I’m 100 percent sure that the two best teams at the moment are in the final,” said the coach of the year.
While the Bonn team was expected to reach the final against opponents such as Chemnitz and Ludwigsburg, the Ulm team’s winning streak came as a surprise. Only going into the playoffs in seventh place, coach Anton Gavel’s team had the hardest possible path to the final. “But we’re playing our best basketball right now and that’s exactly what we wanted to do,” said Ulm’s international Karim Jallow. Like Philipp Herkenhoff, he has extended his contract in Ulm by two years.
With a sensationally clear 3-0 win in the semi-finals, Ulm also ended coach Andrea Trinchieri’s time at Bayern. “That was my last game in my time as Bayern coach. It’s over, it was a great ride. I think this group deserved a title more,” said the Italian. Trinchieri took over in the summer of 2020 and won two cups. However, the former Bamberg coach was denied a German championship.
Another “B” dominates the league this year
Bayern were unable to use the fact that defending champion Alba Berlin was weakening this year to win the title for the first time since 2019. “He never had his full squad available as planned before the season. I feel sorry for him in particular,” said managing director Marko Pesic, sending a big compliment to the outgoing Italian. “He’s a pro who sees basketball as a calling, not a job.”
Trinchieri will now have to watch the final series in front of the television. For the first time since the EWE Baskets Oldenburg 14 years ago, the German champions will no longer be called Berlin, Bayern or Bamberg. With Bonn another “B” dominates the league this season.
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