Maodo Lo finished what he started to push ALBA past Bayern
ALBA Berlin exited the Audi Dome with a thrilling 75-76 win over Bayern Munich, which left plenty of smiles on the visiting team's faces. When the dust was settled, Maodo Lo was deservedly named as the player of the game.
The visitors were down by 1 point, 75-74, with just 6 seconds to play, but a terrific play by Lo, who got rid of his defender to drive and provide the assist to Yanni Wetzell for the winning slam, sealed the outcome in the closing moments.
“I think [Nick Weiler-Babb] is our best defender, and he was on him,” revealed Bayern head coach Andrea Trinchieri in the post-game press conference. “I believe Nick didn’t have a clear idea of what [time was left on] the shot clock and he went to him to avoid a three-point shot, and Maodo [Lo] made a great play”.
Lo’s assist was the cherry on the cake for him, as he finished as the game's top scorer with 16 points. But, his impact on the contest first came in the first quarter, as he gave ALBA the confidence it needed to beat Bayern for the first time in the EuroLeague.
The 30-year-old's first bucket came early in the game as he tied it at 4-4, then he scored the next 8 ALBA points to help his team grab a 14-20 lead that lasted for more than 20 minutes. Lo clearly set the tone for his teammates for the rest of the game.
“After every EuroLeague win, we are happy, we are relieved,” Lo confessed afterward. “It was a tough game against Munich, like it always is. All the games we had against them finished with a very low margin [of victory for either team]. Today, it was just 1-point difference. I’m very relieved that we won."
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