BBL: Basketball party in orange: Ulm German champions for the first time

Basketball state of emergency in orange: Ratiopharm Ulm has crowned its sensational playoff run with the first German Bundesliga championship title.

BBL: Basketball party in orange: Ulm German champions for the first time

Basketball state of emergency in orange: Ratiopharm Ulm has crowned its sensational playoff run with the first German Bundesliga championship title.

Coach Anton Gavel's team won the fourth final game on Friday evening with 74:70 (43:41) against Telekom Baskets Bonn and won the series in best-of-five format with 3:1. It is Ulm's first title since winning the cup in 1996 and the biggest success in the club's history. The club had previously lost three series of finals for the championship in 1998, 2012 and 2016.

This time it was different: after a series of victories over the dethroned champions Alba Berlin and cup winners FC Bayern Munich, Ulm crowned the outstanding playoffs with the final triumph over Champions League winners Bonn. The new master's best thrower was Yago dos Santos, who scored 25 points. T.J. shorts to 19 points. After 1997, 1999, 2001, 2008 and 2009 it is the sixth runner-up for Bonn.

The home fans had it on T.J. Apart from shorts

On a wonderfully sunny summer's day, the most important game in the Ulm club's history was already present well before the late start at 8:30 p.m. Numerous fans dressed in orange shirts lined the meadows and parks on the Danube, both final home games were sold out in just 60 seconds. "Let's bring the title to the Danube! Two cities, one dream," wrote the supporters on a huge white banner. The club's hall is in Neu-Ulm - and was again sold out with 6,000 spectators.

The home fans were once again aiming for one: Bonn's star player Shorts, who was voted the best player in the regular season but weakened massively in the final series. Shrill whistles and deafening boos ensued as soon as Shorts had the ball in his hands.

Ulm as a tireless team without fear

"I don't care about the audience, I only hear my fans and my family in my head," said the star player after game three, in which he was also booed and provoked. But this time, too, Shorts seemed insecure and tired. He only hit one of his first eight throws. His team managed an 8-0 run in the second quarter just as he was sitting on the bench.

Ulm showed themselves to be a tireless team, not afraid of the final coup. While the collective of the Gavel team shaped the final series, Bonn, the winner of the main round, ran out of players in the end. Captain Karsten Tadda and Javontae Hawkins were injured and center Michael Kessens was suspended. Coach Tuomas Iisalo was only able to fill ten of the twelve possible squad positions on Friday. Ulm's lead was twelve points at one point, but shrank to two points before half-time.

"Of course it's a pity that we couldn't keep the lead. We have to take better care of the ball," said Ulm's sports director Thorsten Leibenath at Magentasport. But after the break, Bonn - now led by Shorts - took control and took the lead. Ulm lined up misthrow after misthrow for minutes. Bonn went into the final quarter with a comfortable cushion, but the hosts didn't give up and turned the game around with a furious 18-0 run.

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