ALBA BERLIN avoided any kind of misstep in Game 1 of the easyCredit BBL Final Tournament 2020 by dominating BG Göttingen with a 93-68 victory in Game 1 of the Quarter-Finals.

Peyton Siva had 15 points and 5 assists to pace five players in double figures for Berlin, who would need to lose by at least 26 points in Game 2 on Saturday to miss out on the Semi-Finals since the scores of the games are added up and the team with more points advances. Tyler Cavanaugh picked up 13 points, Luke Sikma and Niels Giffey both scored 11 and Rokas Giedrats had 10 points for Berlin, who have yet to lose in the tournament thus far.

Göttingen turned the ball over 25 times and would need a mini-miracle to reach the Semi-Finals after their fourth straight loss. Mihaljo Andric did score 13 points and Jito Kok added 10 points for Göttingen.

Siva started the game with a three-pointer and his second triple gave Berlin a 12-8 lead. His next long ball started a 10-0 run and Berlin were leading 22-9. Leon Williams and Alex Ruoff both hit from the outside at the other end but the margin was 23-17 after 10 minutes.

Jonas Mattisseck and Marcus Eriksson both found the target from beyond the stripe in an 8-0 start to the second quarter and five different Berlin players scored in a 10-0 surge as the game was already getting out of reach 41-20. Göttingen twice were able to score two straight baskets but still trailed 52-29 at the break.

Hundt hit a three-pointer early in the third quarter but Berlin ended any doubts with a 18-0 run to move ahead 72-32. And the advantage was 78-41 after 30 minutes.

A three-ball by Sikma and a Cavanaugh three-point play increased the gap to 86-44 before Göttingen went on an 25-2 surge – with treys from Andric, Marvin Omuvwie and Dominic Lockhart- to pull within 88-69. But Berlin ended the game up 25 points.

QUOTES: Berlin’s Malte Delow: “Very nice. Of course as a young player you are always happy if you get playing time. You have to be ready to give everything you have. And when you win, it’s all that much better.”
“The first half was really good. We came out with a lot of energy and showed that we don’t want to give anything away. Of course the last quarter didn’t have so much energy and we are aggravated that we gave away so much of a 43-point lead. In the second game we have to show from the beginning that we are the better team and then I think we will be in the Semi-Finals.”

Göttingen’s Bennet Hundt: “The first half is over. We were able to make up a few points at the end. Now we have to keep our heads up. The next game is coming up.”
(About Game 2): “All or nothing. What was it, 25 points? We have to give everything we have and hope for a miracle.”


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