Weißenfels (AP) – A corona affair with defending champion Alba Berlin and a loss to Bayern Munich determined the start of the German Basketball Cup.
Bayern lost at the end of the first matchday in Weißenfels against medi Bayreuth 89:95 (40:42). Alba’s match against Braunschweig had been postponed shortly.
Meanwhile, the MHP Giants Ludwigsburg have not shown any nudity. The finalist won his first Group C match in Weißenfels against s.Oliver Würzburg 78:67 (41:37), tied with Brose Bamberg. In Group B, BG Göttingen have two points after 79:64 (44:31) against the Frankfurt Skyliners as host Vechta.
In Group D, Bayern is already under pressure as only the first reaches the final in Munich. Bayreuth stayed at Weißenfels for a long time and clinched the decisive series 11-2 against the favorites at the start of the fourth quarter. The day before, hosts Syntainics MBC had won 99:94 against Merlins Crailsheim.
An Alba player tested positive for the corona virus on Saturday. Berlin won the Euroleague at CSKA Moscow on Friday. In Alba Group A, host Telekom Baskets Bonn surprised with a clear 90:76 against last year’s runner-up EWE Baskets Oldenburg.
Ludwigsburg struggled a lot, only encountered a few lines. It wasn’t until the last trimester that you stood out. The day before, Bamberg had won in the duel of the semi-finalists of the preseason against ratiopharm Ulm with 74:65.
Göttingen started off furiously and kept pace. Ultimately, a victory not necessarily expected against Frankfurt. As expected, Vechta dominated Gießen’s 46ers and only managed to take the lead at 99:85 in the second half.
Game days two and three will take place on October 24 and 25. The final tournament will take place on November 1 and 2 in Munich.