Tie: ludwigsburg and ulm in close fight for finals

Tie: ludwigsburg and ulm in close fight for finals

The battle for a place in the final of the basketball championship tournament between the MHP riesen ludwigsburg and ratiopharm ulm turns into a heart-stopping decision.

The semifinal first leg of the two surprise teams ended in munich with the first bundesliga draw in decades, after the 71:71 (36:34) the decision will be made in the second duel on tuesday (20.30 o’clock/magentasport). According to the BBL, the last time a playoff game in germany’s top league ended without a winner was in 1975.

The best scorer for ludwigsburg was marcos knight with 24 points, for the ulm team, which remains unbeaten in the tournament, derek willis scored 19. Ludwigsburg aims for the first final appearance in its history, for ulm it would be the first final appearance since 2016.

Ugly" is how giant coach john patrick described the game to magentasport. "We can play much better."Ulm coach jaka lakovic took a positive view of the game, which was dominated by defense: "i think we played a solid game." That had previously

Both teams started nervously, initially looking for their offensive rhythm. Having won all their games by ten points or more so far in the tournament, the team of slovenian coach lakovic had a hard time with the physical defense of ludwigsburg. "It’s playoffs, everything is a matter of the head now," riesen coach patrick had already announced before the game. "We are in war mode for the playoffs."

For the ludwigsburg team, nick weiler-babb stood out at first and was largely responsible for the 21:14 lead with ten points in the first quarter. Two experienced german pros brought ulm back into the game: set-up player per gunther provided structure in ulm’s attack, patrick heckmann scored with a high percentage. An intense, but not very high-class semi-final developed at eye level.

In the third section, too, no team was able to pull away at first, but the tiredness in the seventh tournament game was clearly noticeable, especially for the ludwigsburgers. Many throws fell short, while ulm scored more easy baskets as defensive intensity waned. Above all, however, the indefatigable knight gave ludwigsburg a good chance in the return game.


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