Berlin (dpa / bb) - The first painful cancellation of the Cup Final Four also had something good for Alba Berlin.
Until the game this Thursday in the arena at Ostbahnhof against the Basketball Löwen Braunschweig (7 p.m. / Magentasport), the Berlin Bundesliga club had a good week to recharge the batteries.
«It was fun again to be at home more.
And we're looking forward to going into a game with more energy, ”said guard Jonas Mattisseck.
The Berliners mainly used their free time to train.
What was rarely possible with the tight schedule this season.
«It has brought us a lot.
We made progress in the things we wanted to work on, ”said Mattisseck.
They want to implement that now against the table thirteenth from Braunschweig.
But Alba expects a difficult game.
"We have to be ready to play with a lot of intensity to be able to beat them," said winger Luke Sikma.
And Mattisseck also assumes a very physical opponent.
"It's always a fight against them and we have to prepare for a very physical game," said the 21-year-old from Berlin.
The fact that the view can be even more focused on the Bundesliga games is also due to the cancellation of the cup tournament.
"We are concentrating on the next BBL games, all of which are very, very important," emphasized Mattisseck.
And yet the rejection hurt the Berliners.
"It wasn't so nice because we were really looking forward to it and we were hot," said Mattisseck.
The tension was great and it was mainly the short-term nature that made it so difficult.
«The day was already going on somewhere.
You just got ready for a nap before the game.
And then the news came that we weren't playing, ”reported Mattisseck.
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