Bayern survive grueling streak to reach German final
By Johnny Askounis/ [email protected]
After squandering a 14-point lead, FC Bayern Munich regained control and beat Telekom Baskets Bonn, 87-74, to win the easyCredit BBL playoff semi-final series 3-2 on Wednesday.
Nick Weiler-Babb went for 18 points, eight rebounds and three assists, while captain Nihad Djedovic had 14 points in Game 5. An improved defense holding the hosts to 17 points in the third quarter clawed back the two-point advantage numbers and dominance. dumped in the decisive series victory. Ognjen Jaramaz was sidelined along with longtime injured list tenants Corey Walden and Darrun Hilliard, but the team coached by Italian mastermind Andrea Trinchieri managed to clinch the ticket to the best-of-five series. championship against fellow Turkish Airlines EuroLeague entrant Alba Berlin.
BBL MVP of the Season Parker Jackson-Cartwright, scoring a league-high 25 points and providing ten assists, was not enough for the team guided by German league coach of the year Tuomas Iisalo . Although Javontae Hawkins suffered an ankle injury midway through the first period, Bonn came back from a 14-point deficit but ran out of gas in the closing stages of Game 5 do or die.
Since 1998, only three teams have won in 0-2 situations and Bonn have done so twice in the quarter-finals of the 2002 and 2003 Playoffs. The last offer fell through as the Munich outlet did the job after two straight losses and will seek the sixth national championship in team history at the end of the 2021-22 season.
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