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Basketball Bundesliga: Ulm after the gala against Bonn before the coronation

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Basketball Bundesliga: Ulm after the gala against Bonn before the coronation

Status: 06/15/2023 09:04 a.m

After a basketball gala, Ratiopharm Ulm is about to achieve the greatest success in the club’s history. After the clear 112:84 (53:30) in the third BBL final against Telekom Baskets Bonn, coach Anton Gavel’s team is only one win away from their first championship.

This could already be done on Friday (June 16, 2023, live ticker at sportschau.de) in front of their home crowd in game four.

In the sold-out arena in Neu-Ulm, the hosts shone from the start, winning the 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series was never in jeopardy. After champions Alba Berlin and cup winners FC Bayern, outsider Ulm could now also stop Champions League winners and main round winners Bonn.

“Obviously very frustrating”

“It’s obviously very frustrating”, said Bonn coach Tuomas Iisalo. Karim Jallow (24 points), Brandon Paul (23) and Bruno Caboclo (20) still stood out from the strong Ulm team.

Only three days after the clear 75:104 in Bonn, the Gavel team appeared to be well recovered. The first half turned into a basketball festival: Jallow contributed a quick 13 points, several spectacular alley-oops made the home fans cheer.

Ulm for a long time without losing the ball

In the meantime, Ulm had 15 assists as a team and not a single turnover, which is a rarity in basketball. The people from Bonn, who were actually considered favorites, seemed completely unnerved. This was particularly true of playmaker TJ Shorts, who allowed himself to be provoked in a private duel with Ulm’s Yago dos Santos. Shorts, the most valuable and best player in the league in the regular season, scored eleven points, but repeatedly made mistakes and lost possession.

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In the four previous duels with Ulm, Shorts had excelled with an average of 20 points and seven assists. This time the decision seemed to have been made at half time given the 23 point difference.

First championship for Ulm beckons

After 1997, 1999, 2001, 2008 and 2009, the people of Bonn are threatened with the sixth runner-up title in the Bundesliga. Ulm, on the other hand, could end the season as champions for the first time after the defeats in 1998, 2012 and 2016. Bonn’s coach Iisalo watched desperately from the outside as his team fell further and further behind.

Hawkins return questionable

Much will depend on Friday for the injured Javontae Hawkins to return. Center Michael Kessens will be suspended for the rest of the series after his push in game two. A possible fifth game would take place on Sunday at 3 p.m. in Bonn.

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