"We are following the virus updates, but are very focused on our game."
Wed, 11/03/20, 13:15
Bayern travels to a duel at Khimki Moscow
In view of the dynamic development of the coronavirus issue, the sports world is in a difficult situation. This is also true for the Bayern basketball players, whose training is running at full speed again after a Monday off regardless of the virus. "Of course, this also affects all of us, we all have families, belong to public life and remain attentive to the daily updates," said FCBB coach Oliver Kostic. At the same time, says the Serb, "it is our job and also our firm intention to prepare for the next games. And I have to say that the players are showing an excellent reaction. We had a good game in Bayreuth and a very good practice on Tuesday evening. The mood is positive, we have Petteri Koponen back and everyone is very focused on our game in Moscow".
The FC Bayern Basketball team will leave for the Russian capital on Thursday morning. While the BBL will be discussing the next steps at an extraordinary AG meeting in Stuttgart, which will also be attended by Bayern's managing director Marko Pesic, the German champion will travel to the EuroLeague game with Khimki Moscow as planned. According to current information, spectators are to be allowed in the "Arena Mytishchi".
The game will start on Friday (13.3.) at 18:00 and MagentaSport will broadcast live from 17:45. Three home games are scheduled for the days around next weekend in the Audi Dome, with EuroLeague games against Fenerbahce Istanbul (Friday, March 20) and Alba Berlin (Tuesday, March 24) as well as the BBL duel with Vechta (Sunday, March 22). As soon as there is any news about these events and the further game operation, the FCBB will announce on its channels immediately.
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Reunion with Devin Booker and Stefan Jovic
However, the full concentration is first of all on the matchups at Khimki, who with 13 wins from 28 games are promisingly in the play-off race and currently occupy seventh place. Bayern (8-20) are coming with self-confidence after the respectable performance in Barcelona (80-83) and the convincing BBL victory in Bayreuth (91-75). "Khimki has their sights set on the goal of playoffs and will be highly motivated. But we want to play for victory too," Kostic said.
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The select squad of the ambitious suburban club around superstar and top scorer Alexey Shved (21.4 ppg, second behind Shane Larkin/22.2) includes two old friends: Devin Booker and Stefan Jovic, who won two championships (2018, 2019) with the Munich team. They are also among the leading players for Khimki. Center Booker (11.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg) has been in the starting five in all games while playmaker Jovic (7.6 ppg, 4.2 apg) has been mostly in the starting five as well. "We are looking forward to Book and Stefan, they are all playing a good season together", says captain Danilo Barthel, "but we have no presents with us, we want to give everything for a possible road win".
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