Bayern stays atop the BBL with 89-72 win in Bremen
The basketball players of FC Bayern Munich won their fifth game of the BBL season and are now 5-0 and still atop the standings. In the 89-72 victory in front of 6,320 spectators in Bremen, the German champions only had a hard time against the Eisbären Bremerhaven in the first half, but were then able to play a better second half and hold their perfect record in the German league. Captain Danilo Barthel was the top scorer for the injured Bayern squad -who had to do without the sick Derrick Williams and Leon Radosevic - with 21 points.
Points per quarter Bayern - Bremerhaven: 15-12, 23-29, 30-19, 21-12
FCBB Stats: Danilo Barthel (21 points, 6 rebounds), Nihad Djedovic (18), Stefan Jovic (15), Vladimir Lucic (9 pts. 6 rebounds), Petteri Koponen (8), Devin Booker (8), Alex King (3), Maodo Lo (3), Braydon Hobbs (2), Marvin Ogunsipe (2), Robin Amaize, Nemanja Dangubic (9 pts. 6 rebounds), Robin Amaize, Nemanja Dangubic (2)
FCBB Head Coach, Dejan Radonjic: "Congratulations to the team for the victory. Bremerhaven played excellently in the first half, especially in the second quarter with 29 points. In the first half, they hit eight out of eleven threes, which is quite extraordinary. But after the break we defended better and were also stronger on offense. All in all, it was a good victory, because wins are very important in our schedule. In general, I'm very satisfied with our performance in the last few games."
Bremerhaven head coach, Arne Woltmann: "Congratulations to Bayern on their deserved victory. We had set ourselves the goal of stopping the Bayern's transition game but with 16 turnovers it's hard to prevent fast breaks. That was the result of the pressure that they created."
Nihad Djedovic: "We also played solidly in the first half and only missed some shots and our defense was okay. However, Bremerhaven is individually well positioned, they also hit most of their threes in the first half. But after the break we hit our throws and deserved the win. It was a good, solid performance from us."
FCBB coach Dejan Radonjic started game five of the BBL at Bremerhaven with Stefan Jovic, Nihad Djedovic, Vladimir Lucic, Danilo Barthel and Devin Booker. The Bavarians found their way into the game and were able to score the first points of the game with Booker and Barthel putting the ball home. The hosts then fought their way into the game and were able to take the lead for the first time with thre minutes to play in the quarter. The guests from Munich could clearly notice the strains of the last weeks. Nevertheless, Bayern defended well until the end of the first quarter and only allowed a total of twelve points. At the buzzer, Maodo Lo provided for the 15-12 lead for the visiting team.
In the second quarter Bayern allowed 29 points to Bremerhaven who hit an incredible 8 of 11 threes in the first half. In the middle of the quarter, the polar bears had their highest lead in the entire game at 26-22 but Bayern answered with an 8-0 run and took the lead back with a Jovic three. At the half, the home team held a small lead at 41-38.
Led by Jovic who hit six out of seven shots, the visitors got a perfect start into the second half: With a 9-0 run in only 69 seconds, the Munich team took the lead. The Serbian, Jovic contributed six points to this run and the lead was up to 47-41. Barthel sput up eight points of his own in the third quarter and helped take the first double-digit lead 65-55. Alex King had a nice "and-one" and he provided the last points for FCBB before the final quarter.
BAyernshowed up on the scoreboard in the last section after just five minutes by Vladimir Lucic. But the defense stood and the team held a comfortable lead. The champions then decided the game early with a 15-3 run and a 20 points lead at 85-65. Shortly before the final siren Marvin Ogunsipe got the final bucket with a dunk 89-72.
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