The series moves to the small country of Andorra when MoraBanc hosts ALBA Berlin on Friday for Game 2 of the semifinals. It is already a do-or-die for MoraBanc, but the hosts have experience in this situation; they tied their quarterfinals series at home and won it on the road in Game 3 against LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne, so they are hoping to repeat that feat. ALBA comes with full confidence on a sweet moment, especially for guard Peyton Siva who was MVP of Game 1 right after earning quarterfinals MVP honors, too.
In Game 1
ALBA managed to protect Mercedes-Benz Arena with a 102-97 win. The hosts had a great first half on offense, dominating 59-43 at the break, but in the second half, MoraBanc was back with confidence and managed to rally within 99-97 with 47 seconds on a Michele Vitali three. A three-point play by Martin Hermannsson secured the win for ALBA. Luke Sikma had 20 points and 7 boards for the winners and David Jelinek had 16 for MoraBanc.
Andrew Albicy and Peyton Siva will be the stars of a duel in the backcourt in Game 2. Albicy is having his best season so far with MoraBanc and has averaged 11.6 points, 1.5 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 1.8 steals in 19 appearances this season, all of them as a starter. Siva came back from injuries this season and is shining more than ever with 14.7 points, 2.6 rebounds and a league-best 9.1 assists in 10 appearances for ALBA.
Keys to victory: MoraBanc
MoraBanc Andorra has already made history by getting to this point. But without the pressure of results, the team knows what it is to turn a series upside down and it will aim at doing that again. The hosts will have to control ALBA's start to the game to not let the visitors run away early. ALBA shot 11 of 22 threes in Game 1 and that must be a priority to stop. Also, containing players like Peyton Siva, Luke Sikma, Rokas Giedraitis and Martin Hermansson will be the main obstacles in a game that looks like it will fall on the offensive side again.
Keys to victory: ALBA
ALBA is just one win away from its second EuroCup Finals. However, it must try not to be over-confident because MoraBanc already showed it can defeat giants. The hosts won the rebounding battle in Berlin, so ALBA will have to try to control that aspect and also watch the turnovers. The 13 committed by the ALBA almost cost it the opening game of the series at home.