Kharchenkov debuts in Bayern's 82-69 win
Despite a shortage of personnel, the Bayern basketball team won at the MBC in a serious and comfortable manner: Andrea Trinchieri's team, which was thinned out due to a wave of influenza, won 82-69 in Weissenfels just 43 hours after the EuroLeague duel with Olympiakos. They especially dominated the second quarter, which they won 27-9 and controlled the best BBL offense so far.
In addition to Harris, George, Walden and Wimberg, who were already ill, Winston was also absent, as were Sisko and Zipser. Two ProB youngsters, Wulff and Kharchenkov, were added to the squad, with the latter now the youngest player ever in a Bayern jersey at 16 years and two months - and even the youngest scorer in BBL history with five points.
Syntainics MBC – FC Bayern Basketball 69:82 (26:47)
Augustine Rubit (23 Points/5 Rebounds), Niels Giffey (15/6 Rebounds/5 Assists), Andreas Obst (8), Freddie Gillespie (8), Ognjen Jaramaz (8), Vladimir Lucic (6), Ivan Kharchenkov (5), Isaac Bonga (4), Nick Weiler-Babb (3/6 Rebounds), Othello Hunter (2) und Luis Wulff.
Kostja Mushidi und Martin Breunig (both 14 Points)
Moritz Reiter, Nermin Hodzic, Andreas Bohn
Points per quarter Bayern - MBC: 20-17, 27-9, 15-21, 22-20
Stats: Two-point shooting: 56% (FCBB) // 46% (MBC); Three-point shooting: 38% // 28%; Free-throw shooting: 81% // 67%; Rebounds: 34//41; Assists: 20//15; Turnovers: 10//13
FCBB head coach, Andrea Trinchieri: "The good thing today is that we played as a team and controlled the game from the beginning. We had a good attitude and were able to distribute the minutes. We even had a chance to give our young guys some minutes, which is important. The bad news is that Isaac suffered what we hope is a minor injury. But we responded to it on the court very well as a team."
Niels Giffey: "I think we started well and played a strong first half. That allowed us to go into the second half with a buffer, which helped us. For me it's still a process, I have to find my role first and get into it a bit. In my position, it's pretty clear what I can do and what I can bring to the table. That's what I'm trying to bring to the table. My coach will have to say whether that's at position three or four. To make it in the EuroLeague now, we need a deep bench. It's very difficult to get road wins there, you need a long rotation for that. So I hope that soon everyone will be healthy again and can come to the hall."