ALBA finishes season on high note with win over Zvezda
ALBA Berlin finished its Turkish Airlines EuroLeague season on a high note as it defeated Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade 81-58 at home. Peyton Siva collected 17 points and 8 assists to lead ALBA, which snapped a four-game losing streak for a 12-22 final record. Simone Fontecchio chipped in 13 points, Marcus Eriksson had 12 points and Jayson Granger added 8 assists for the winning side. Marko Simonovic scored 12 points to lead Zvezda, which finished second-to-last in the standings, one spot behind ALBA at 10-24. Jordan Loyd tallied 10 points and Landry Nnoko picked up 7 points and 11 rebounds against his former team.
Loyd started the scoring with a three-pointer for the guests. ALBA needed more than 2 minutes to score on an Eriksson three-pointer. Fontecchio followed with a three-point play and triple among his 8 points in a 13-2 run in building a 13-5 lead. Zvezda put together its first minor run of 3-8 including a Simonovic three-pointer to pull within 18-15. Simonovic added another triple and Zvezda trailed 24-22 after 10 minutes. Dejan Davidovac hit a layup to start the second quarter and knot the game at 24-24. ALBA punched back with Eriksson, Siva and Fontecchio all nailing triples in a 17-2 run for a 41-26 advantage. Nnoko scored 4 points against his former team only to see ALBA get the final 6 points of the first half for a 49-30 score at the break.
Ognjen Kuzmic made the first basket of the second half and was answered by Luke Sikma at the other end. Zvezda mounted a modest 2-6 run - including another Davidovac triple - to pull within 55-38. ALBA would have nothing of a comeback with Eriksson sandwiching three-pointers around a Johannes Thiemann triple in an 11-3 surge for a 66-41 cushion. Zvezda tallied the final 5 points and it was 66-46 after 30 minutes. Malte Delow opened the fourth quarter with a three-pointer and Christ Koumadje made it 71-46. Zvezda tried to make things interesting with 9 straight points on a Nnoko three-point play and triples from Aleksa Uskokovic and Loyd to trim the gap to 71-55 midway through the final frame. ALBA was not impressed and Jonas Mattisseck and Siva both drained three-pointers as the German champs went up 81-55 in the final minutes.
Five-game win streak
ALBA and Zvezda have faced off six times and the German champion has now compiled a 5-1 record, including five straight victories over the Serbian club.
Peyton Siva did a bit of everything for ALBA as he scored 17 points with 3 three-pointers to go with 2 rebounds, 8 assists and 2 steals for an index rating of 21.
A little help from my friends
While Peyton Siva was the main man for ALBA, the playmaker got plenty of help as all 12 ALBA players scored at least 2 points and Marcus Eriksson was the only one who didn’t grab at least 1 rebound.
ALBA dominated the game as it turned 19 Zvezda turnovers into 35 points while the guests got just 11 points off 11 ALBA miscues. ALBA also had a 20-9 advantage in second-chance points. And ALBA held Zvezda to just 27.8% shooting on two/-pointers.
Thursday, April 8, 2021