Bayern wins game before duel against Olympiakos

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The Bayern Basketball players are going into the next difficult EuroLeague home game with a tailwind: The German champion won their eighth straight BBL game on Sunday evening, in front of 5,250 spectators in Leipzig. The Central German BC was defeated with a final score of 81-66. The standings leaders, who thus remain undefeated, will receive the twelve-time Greek champion Olympiakos Piräus in the Audi Dome on Tuesday evening (20.11., 20:30) in the EuroLeague. Like the traditional Final Four candidate, the Munich team is currently middle of the pack with a 3-4 record.

At MBC Bayern left satisfied with a solid performance for their eighth success in the eighth game. All players received playing time and scored points. Top scorer was Derrick Williams (19).

Points per quarter: 21-19, 15-16, 25-17, 20-14.

FCBB Stats: Derrick Williams (19 points), Danilo Barthel (13), Devin Booker (9), Nemanja Dangubic (8), Braydon Hobbs (8), Nihad Djedovic (6), Alex King (6), Petteri Koponen (4), Marvin Ogunsipe (4), Maodo Lo (2), Stefan Jovic (1) and Robin Amaize (1).

FCBB head coach,Dejan Radonjic: "I am satisfied with the victory, it is again very valuable for us given our schedule. The MBC played really well in the first half and in the break it was time for us to discuss how to play with more energy. The second half was much better. Now we only have one day to prepare for Olympiakos before flying to Gran Canaria the next day. It won't be easy, but we will give it our all."

Derrick Williams: "I'm happy to be the top scorer, but victory is more important. We didn't play well together in the first half. We did much better in the second half and found our balance. In the EuroLeague you won't win any games in which you don't play so well. Now we're playing against Olympiakos on Tuesday, we're looking forward to it."

1st quarter:
FCBB coach Dejan Radonjic started with Stefan Jovic, Nihad Djedovic, Nemanja Dangubic, Danilo Barthel and for the first time also with Marvin Ogunsipe just two days after the exhausting EuroLeague game against ZSKA Moscow. It was the youngster Ogunsipe who scored the first points on the scoreboard after a nice pass from Stefan Jovic out of a fastbreak. Afterwards, the Leipzig crowd saw a game that went back and forth with neither team able to control the flow. At the end, however, Bayern held a small lead at 21-19.

2nd quarter:
In the second quarter the hosts fought back with all their might, so the game remained tight. A highlight on the Munich side was Alex King, who scored on a beautiful take to the basket and followed it with a three-pointer.  The hosts made it difficult for the Munich squad and took the lead again with a bucket from Trevor Relefor 31-29. Bayern, who made life difficult for themselves with eight turnovers in the first half, were able to take the lead shortly before the buzzer. Petteri Koponen hit a deep ball as time expired and took the lead 36-35. 

3rd quarter:
Bayern started with a quick four points into the second half and the top team in the BBL began to slowly pull away. Three minutes before the last quarter break, the champion really picked up speed. Led by Williams (six points), the Bavarians started a 12-1 run and were finally able to stand out more clearly (59:50/29.). The American forward puncuated his a quarter where he scored eleven points with a monster dunk and a lead for his team heading into the final quarter. 

4th quarter:
Williams led Munich to its first two-digit lead of the game at 63-52 which began a dominant quarter where Devin Booker took the driver's seat with seven points in the final quarter. In the middle of the quarter, after a successful free-throw by Robin Amaize, each and every Bayern player had reached the stat sheet. Braydon Hobbs scored the last points with a deep three in the final minute and finished the scoring at 81-64. For Bayern the EuroLeague will continue on Tuesday and Olympiakos Piraeus will be waiting for them at the Audi Dome.

Upcoming Games:
Tue, 20.11., 20:30: FCBB - Olympiakos Piraeus (EuroLeague)
Thu, November 22, 21:30: Gran Canaria - FCBB


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