ALBA Berlin rallied to victory on Friday against Panathinaikos OPAP Athens, and even though it might sound familiar that the German team made double-digit three-pointers, this time its biggest shooting boost came from an unlikely source.
Johannes Thiemann was the game's highest scorer, with a career-high 16 points, and he single-handedly turned the game around by knocking down 4 consecutive three pointers in a span of 2 minutes and 20 seconds to open the fourth quarter.
"I think I just had some open looks at the end of shot clock, which I had to take, and luckily, I made them," Thiemann said after the game.
This was the first time in his career that Thiemann made 4 triples, and he hit them on 5 attempts, but for the 2.05-meter big man it is not unusual to hit from long range. Coming into this game, he had shot triples with 35% accuracy this season and dropped at least one in each of the last previous games, including 2 of 2 last week against Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul.
Thiemann’s hand remained hot in this contest, too. He did made a pair with no other choice but to shoot as the shot-clock was expiring. Then, Thiemann continued his knack of hitting long-range shots knowing that the Panathinaikos big men would have hard time guarding him on the perimeter.
Finally, when Georgios Papagiannis was forced to stay really close and guard him outside, Thiemann followed up on his 4 triples by taking the ball to the rim. He scored all points in ALBA's 14-2 run to open the fourth quarter to turn a 50-53 deficit into a 64-55 lead.
"Obviously, in the fourth quarter JT (Johannes Thiemann) hit four, five shots in a row. That gave us a lot of energy and we just built from that," ALBA’s normal three-point ace, Marcus Eriksson, explained.
It was a much-needed win, too, as ALBA has previously lost 10 of its last 12 games. But Thiemann's shooting heroics prevented that negative trend from continuing.