News : Bavaria fights for a decisive match against Milan – Sport
The Euroleague journey of the basketball players from Bayern Munich continues after an impressive race to catch up. The team of head coach Andrea Trinchieri also won the second home game of the quarter-final series against Olimpia Milan on Friday evening after a crime in the final phase with 85:82 (40:50) and equaled in the “best-of-five” series after 0 : 2 deficit to 2: 2.
“It was an unbelievable game, we never gave up. We are ready, we are hungry,” said Bayern’s Vladimir Lucic, who turned 80:82 into victory with five points in the last 23 seconds, at MagentaSport. National player Paul Zipser said: “That just suits us. We were behind in the series, we were behind today, and then we just played. It is time to take our first win in Milan.”
On Tuesday there will be a showdown in Italy for entry into the Final Four tournament in Cologne (May 28th to 30th). For Bayern, who are the first German team to take part in the play-offs of the European premier class, Wade Baldwin convinced with 18 points and Zipser (16) as the best thrower. At Milan, the ex-Bavarian Malcolm Delaney stood out with 28 points.
In the Audi Dome, where the Munich team prevented the quick end with a 85:79 on Wednesday, an intense and balanced duel developed right from the start. The experienced Italians became more and more accurate and gained a comfortable lead in the second quarter with a 13-2 run. Especially against the dazzling Delaney, the Munich had no recipe. While the 32-year-old barely missed a throw, Bayern struggled with their quota from the triple line.
Driven by Trinchieri, the hosts fought sacrificially for their last chance in the second round. Zipser in particular kept hopes alive with two worth seeing dunks and important three-pointers. In a hectic final phase, Bayern turned the game around and took the lead again three minutes before the end thanks to the nervous Lucic.