Brose Baskets Bamberg takes back German League crown
After one year away, the German League trophy has returned to where it resided all decade until last season as Brose Baskets Bamberg led from tipoff to final buzzer in a tense 88-84 victory Sunday against FC Bayern Munich in the do-or-die fifth game of their playoffs final series. Bamberg claimed its seventh title in 11 seasons and narrowly avenged the loss to Bayern last season that had broken its four-season winning streak from 2010 through 2013. Bamberg used a 9-0 start to Game 5 and stellar defense to keep Bayern at bay, 26-19, after 10 minutes. Bamberg's lead hit double digits as Janis Strelnieks shot from deep and Bradley Wanamaker dunked to make it 33-21 early in the second quarter on the way to a 49-36 halftime advantage. With Trevor Mbakwe ruling the boards and Ryan Thompson making free throws, Bamberg soared ahead 55-37 in the middle of the third quarter, which eventually finished 63-50. Lucca Staiger's three-pointer let Munich cut the difference to 63-55 in the fourth quarter before Darius Miller stepped up for Bamberg with 9 points in a row to make it 72-61. John Bryant and Bryce Taylor responded for Munich, but Mbakwe and Strelnieks returned the difference to 15 points, 82-67, with 3 minutes left . Paul Zipser's free throws trimmed Bayern's deficit to 84-77 going into the final minute, after which Vasilije Micic hit a three-pointer and Taylor dunked to make it 85-82 with 21 seconds left. Strelnieks split his free throws before Bryant scored in close at 86-84, but Dawan Robinson saved the day with 2 free throws as time ran out on Bayern's comeback. Mbakwe led Bamberg with a monster double-double of 20 points and 13 rebounds. Miller added 12 points, Strelnieks 11 and 8 assists, while Thompson and Daniel Theis chipped in 10 points each and Wanamkaer dished 8 assists. For Bayern, Bryant scored 16 points, Staiger 12, Zipser and Taylor 11 each.
Llull puts Madrid a win away from Spanish title
Turkish Airlines Euroleague champion Real Madrid is one victory away from becoming the Spanish League champion once again after following Sergio Llull's incredible first-quarter explosion to a 100-80 win over FC Barcelona in Game 2 of their best-of-five final series. Madrid leads the series 2-0 and can complete a triple-crown season - including the Euroleague and Spanish Cup titles - as soon as Game 3 on Wednesday in Barcelona. Llull made 5 of 5 three-pointers in the game's first 10 minutes as Madrid rocketed in front by 31-10 and never looked back on the way to victory. Llull made 1 of 3 attempts from the arc the rest of the way and finished with 24 points to go with 5 assists. Rudy Fernandez followed with 17 points, including 3 triples without a miss, while Gustavo Ayon added 12. Barcelona got 24 points and 5 rebounds from Justin Doellman, while Ante Tomic scored 11 and Tomas Satoransky 10.