Medi Bayreuth has averted relegation from the basketball Bundesliga for the time being. The bottom of the table won 113:107 (55:36) at the Fraport Skyliners from Frankfurt and prevailed in his 15th away game of the season for the first time in a foreign hall.
In the event of a defeat, Upper Franconia would have been the first to be relegated. With a record of six wins and 24 defeats, the Bayreuthers are still at the bottom of the table, with a deficit of three wins to the non-relegation places and four games remaining, staying up in the league is unlikely.
Bayreuth got off to a furious start, had a double-digit lead after just three minutes and scored ten of their 13 three-pointers in the first half. So the guests pulled away to 55:36 at the break. Even if the Upper Franconians conceded 40 points in the third quarter, they saved their lead over time – mainly thanks to Ahmed Hill, who was on the floor for the whole 40 minutes. With 37 points, Hill was just one point short of the BBL season record. The Frankfurters continue to occupy the second relegation zone ahead of Bayreuth.
At the top of the table, Alba Berlin scored its eleventh win in a row with a 104:79 (51:46) home win over the Rostock Seawolves and remains at the top of the table ahead of Telekom Baskets Bonn. The defending champion determined the second half with 53:33, Jaleen Smith scored 16 of his 21 points in the first half.
FC Bayern Munich is still in third place, beating Hakro Merlins Crailsheim 78:69 (28:31) and unbeaten for ten games in a row. Bayern didn’t find their rhythm for three quarters, but turned the game around with a 13:3 start in the final section. Andreas Obst led the guests with 24 points.
The EWE Baskets Oldenburg made the play-offs perfect as the fourth team after Alba Berlin, the Telekom Baskets Bonn and Bayern. The cup finalist booked his ticket with a 104:95 (49:52) against Brose Bamberg.