Bayern at the top of the BBL


The Bayern Basketball team has been able to carry over this week's EuroLeague high into the BBL: The Munich team won the tough away game in front of 3,300 spectators at BG Goettingen 80-66 on Sunday without any problems, it was the third success in just six days. A nice side effect: With now 12-4 points, the FCBB is at the top of the BBL.

Head coach Andrea Trinchieri was absent this time due to bronchitis; he was replaced by Slaven Rimac in conjunction with Demond Greene and Djordje Adzic. Top scorers were Deshaun Thomas (18), Nihad Djedovic (15), Andreas Obst (11), Augustine Rubit (10), Nick Weiler-Babb and Gavin Schilling (both 7).

In addition to the convalescents Radosevic, Sisko and Zipser, the duo of Hunter/Lucic was absent.

After a 5-0 start of BG, Bayern took the lead 13-5. After 19-8 (7), they missed too many rebounds in particular and Goettingen was allowed to stay in the game 25-15.

After the restart in the second half the 38-37 (25) was the first deficit after the first minutes of the game, then they brought it to 50-42 and after a 15-0 run (65-47/33).

Next week, the FCBB will take on ZSKA Moscow in the EuroLeague (Nov. 25, 18:00) before a week of rest until the next home game against Asvel Villeurbanne (Dec. 2, 20:45) due to the international break.


BG Göttingen - FC Bayern Basketball 66:80 (33:34)

Top scorer BG Göttingen

Kamar Baldwin (15 Points)

FC Bayern Basketball

DeShaun Thomas (18 Points), Djedovic (15), Rubit (10 / 7 Rebounds), Weiler-Babb (7 / 5 Rebounds / 5 Assists), Schilling (7), Hilliard (6), Jaramaz (4), George (2), Walden, Obisie, Ogunsipe


Enrico Streit, Zulfikar Oruzgani, Nermin Hodzic



Points per quarter Bayern - Goettingen: 20-15, 14-18, 26-14, 20-19

Stats- two-point shooting: 61% (FCBB) // 38% (Göttingen); Three-point shooting: 41% // 33%; Free-throw shooting: 54% // 63%; Rebounds: 39//36; Assists: 20 // 11; Turnovers: 13 // 12.


Slaven Rimac: "It was our fifth game in nine days, it's never easy in this schedule. But we prepared well and knew that Goettingen is a very good team; they know how to attack and defend, we respect them. But in the end we showed more quality and also the necessary energy. We changed our defense a little bit in the middle and our ball movement was excellent. Then when Obst hit three threes in a row, we were able to pull away and we finished the game with our experience. It's a good win for us and positive was that from the fourth quarter we didn't have to spend so much mental energy. (...) I am glad that everyone played their role well today. This was a success of the team, but at the same time it should be a statement for our next games of this kind."

Roel Moors, Coach Göttingen: "Congratulations to Bayern, that was a very deserved win. We were closer at one point, but I don't think we ever really believed we could win today."                    

Game recap:

Munich had to do without Head Coach Andrea Trinchieri (bronchitis), who was replaced on the sidelines by his assistant Slaven Rimac. From the rotation, Othello Hunter and Vladimir Lucic took a break, but Joshua Obiesie and Marvin Ogunsipe were back in the squad.

After a good start by the hosts in front of 3,313 spectators, a 13-0 run by the FCBB ensured the lead and a first timeout by Goettingen coach Roel Moors (13-5, 6). Mainly due to the strong offensive rebounding by the Lower Saxons - Göttingen grabbed seven boards in the attack - the guests from Munich did not manage to shake off their oppenents completely: With a lead of 21-15 Bayern headed into the first quarter break.

The game remained quite even in the second quarter as well: The FCBB was not able to pull further away due to its strong fighting performance, but it also remained constantly in the lead. It was not until the final phase of the first half that the hosts were able to stalk closer: After DeShaun Thomas and Augustine Rubit missed two chances in the last minute, the home side reduced the gap to just one point. Munich went into halftime with a 34-33 lead.

Domination after the break 

Shortly after the start of the second half, Corey Walden picked up his fourth personal foul and initially had to take a seat on the bench. Goettingen briefly took the lead, but Thomas and Nihad Djedovic turned the game around again (42-38, 26). A three-point play by Gavin Schilling put the score at 50-42 shortly after (28). Goettingen was not beaten yet, but now faced an FCBB that rebounded better and better and could rely on Andreas Obst: The national player laid the foundation for the 60-47 lead before the final quarter with two threes in just over 90 seconds.

Obst's points were part of a 24-4 run by Bayern Basketball that would last until the 37th minute of play. At 74-51 thanks to a Djedovic bucket, the game was fairly well in the bag. Although the hosts did not give up, the FCBB now controlled the game confidently and celebrated the away victory in the end.

The Munich team now has the EuroLeague away game at ZSKA Moscow to look forward to on Thursday, while the BBL does not continue until December 4 in Weißenfels.


(c) Stickel