Berlin (dpa / bb) - At Alba Berlin, the comeback of the previously injured Luke Sikma trumped the grief over the defeat in the basketball Euroleague.
«It was a good feeling to be back on the field.
I wanted to do my part again and help the team, ”said the 31-year-old after the 70:82 against Armani Milan.
With him and playmaker Peyton Siva, two important players are back.
So only Marcus Eriksson and Niels Giffey are missing.
But their return also brings problems.
"Going straight back in without training is not that easy," said national player Maodo Lo.
And the lack of match practice was both still to be noted.
The duo have to find their rhythm again after the break.
In addition, the team has to adapt again.
“This is of course a new challenge,” said Sikma.
The American relies on the time factor.
"We have to be patient in this situation until everyone is back in shape," he said.
With more alternatives in the squad, the burden can be distributed over more shoulders.
"Hopefully this will give us a boost of energy," Lo said.
That could be helpful for the tough weeks ahead.
Alba will continue on Sunday in the basketball league at the Basketball Löwen Braunschweig (8.30 p.m. / Magentasport).
The Berliners want to use the time until then to improve further.
"We have at least a few days to train again," said Sikma.
ALBA Berlin squad