Berlin (AP) - The German basketball champion Alba Berlin picks out the positive elements in the hunt between the Bundesliga and the Euroleague.
«I am happy with our game.
We have taken another step to improve our young players, ”said interim coach Israel Gonzalez after the 76-84 defeat at Anaolu Efes Istanbul on Tuesday evening.
And national player Johannes Thiemann added: “We fought, gave everything and presented ourselves well.
And it wasn't a game in which you planned to win. "
In any case, the Berliners' view must quickly move forward again.
The Euroleague at home against Armani Milan (8 p.m. / Magentasport) continues on Thursday.
And again, sensible preparation is not possible.
The team won't come back from Istanbul until early Wednesday evening.
It will also be the sixth game in just twelve days.
And yet Alba has to find energy again quickly.
In Istanbul she was visibly missing in the end.
«The battery was empty and we got a few unfortunate whistles.
You just notice at some point that you can't play with the whole squad, ”said Thiemann.
Alba had to do without Luke Sikma and Niels Giffey again.
And Marcus Eriksson, who was still in the squad against Gießen on Sunday, had problems again and he had to pass.
But Peyton Siva celebrated his comeback after an injury break.
“It's incredibly important.
Because you already notice the burden.
So it's good if you can distribute it a little more, ”said Thiemann.
The playmaker (five points, two assists) could still see the long break.
Thiemann is optimistic that he will quickly find his rhythm again.
"He knows the system, so it's easier," said the center.
ALBA Berlin squad