Solid 93-80 win over Oldenburg

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The Bayern Basketball team is keeping its eyes on the top of the Bundesliga standings: Only 40 hours after the EuroLeague thriller against Real Madrid (80-76 loss), head coach Andrea Trinchieri's team easily defeated the Oldenburger Baskets 93-80 and moved up to second place, tied in points with new first-place Hamburg as well as Bonn and Bamberg (10-4 each). 

The Cup winner was never behind in front of 3,100 fans and showed an overall very concentrated performance with good shooting and clear rebounding superiority (32-22). Six players scored in double figures and the team provided a total of 25 assists. Top scorers: Deshaun Thomas with 17 points, Vladimir Lucic with 14 and Othello Hunter with a double-double of twelve points and ten rebounds.

The Munich team - still without Leon Radosevic, Zan Mark Sisko and Paul Zipser while Augustine Rubit and Ognjen Jaramaz were on a rest break - led by double digits for the first time at 34-24 (16th); the 55-34 (24th) was the highest lead of the game and the success was never in danger. Only the free throw rate was not ideal (68%).

The FCBB now have a few days to breathe before the next energy-sapping phase with hugely important games: again it's five games in ten days, with the EuroLeague guest game in Monaco (Friday), the Cup quarterfinals for the Top Four entry in Chemnitz (Sunday), the third Double Week with home games against Fenerbahce and Panathinaikos (Tuesday/Thursday) and an away game at BBL fifth-place Göttingen (Sunday).  


FC Bayern Basketball – EWE Baskets Oldenburg 93:80 (46:30)


Nick Weiler-Babb 10/5 Rebounds/4 Assists, Deshaun Thomas 17/5 Rebounds/4 Assists, Corey Walden 8/7 Assists, Othello Hunter 12/10 Rebounds, Joshua Obiesie, Vladimir Lucic 14, Jason George, Andreas Obst 11, Nihad Djedovic 10, Marvin Ogunsipe, Darrun Hilliard 7/4 Assists, Gavin Schilling 4.

Topscorer EWE Baskets:

Cameron Clark (15 Punkte)


Moritz Reiter, Christof Madinger, Armin Mutapcic



Points per quarter Bayern - Oldenburg: 21-17, 25-13, 24-28, 23-22

Stats: ZTwo-point shooting: 60 % (FCBB) // 50 % (Oldenburg); Three-point shooting: 48 % // 50 %; Free-throw shooting: 68 % // 81 %; Rebounds: 32 // 22; Assists: 25 // 19; Turnovers:  9 // 10


Andrea Trinchieri:. "This was a solid, respectable game with good moments, six players in double figures and 25 assists. That's the best way to come back. So it was a good day in the office. (...) I'm happy with Andi's minutes, even though he's still not in shape; but I think he was good. All the other minutes were well distributed, except for Deshaun, but he was hot today and we used him a lot. We had a good start from Corey, he got the game going in the right direction. (...) And we had a good nine-and-a-half rotation, which is okay, even if it could be better. (...) But if you don't play on Friday, you have to have double the energy on Sunday, double the commitment, double the influence with a lot of power. That's how you help the tired players. You have to start well and be ready at both ends of the court, on defense in pick-and-roll and rebounding, and on offense in finishing. But sometimes our players who are at this level for the first time are scared of what they have to do. Their computer software is then blocked, they think too much. At the same time, you just have to understand your role and be a star in that role. (...) Maybe we need four fouls from a player until the bonus (...), or a foul outside on the dribble instead of a basket from the opponent. (...) Your role has to be to do what the team expects you to do." 

Andreas Obst: "We let up a bit in the third quarter, Oldenburg got a bit hot. Then it looked a bit tighter, but I think we showed a solid performance the whole game - offensively and defensively and we can be satisfied with that. (...) Personally, I still feel a bit away from my old form, but I'm working hard on it. It's getting better and better and I think it's just a matter of time. (...) I think we will try again against Monaco to come back with a win in the EuroLeague and start a series that we lost this week against Real. That's why it's important for us mentally to win another game."


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