Created on 2014-07-16 at 10:00 AM
When the 2014/15 Basketball Bundesliga season kicks off in October, FC Bayern Basketball will have a big act to follow, namely their own. June 18, 2014 was a historic day for the team as it won its third national title. It was their first since 1955. A 59-year wait finally came to an end.
Indeed, it was a truly unforgettable season for the team after they came so close the year before. In the 2012/13 season, Bayern reached the semi-finals of the Basketball Bundesliga only to lose the series 3-2 against reigning champions Brose Baskets. Like its soccer counterpart, the players rallied around each other and turned the disappointment into title-winning momentum.
The championship was the crowning achievement of years worth of work and development within the team. After struggling in lower divisions for years, the team finally made the jump to the Bundesliga in 2011 after an impressive campaign where they secured promotion with seven games to spare.
After an absence spanning nearly two decades, FC Bayern Basketball at last returned to the top flight. In their first season back they finished fifth in the standings. The following season, they finished fourth and reached the semi-finals. Then came the 2013/14 season.
Bayern finished the regular season in first place with a league-high 29 wins out of 34. They led the BBL in offense, scoring 2940 points and averaging 85.5 points per game. Svetislav Pesic’s team beat Ludwigsburg, Oldenburg and Cup winners ALBA Berlin in the final to lift the trophy for the first time in nearly six decades. To top it all off, Bayern Point Guard Malcolm Delaney was named MVP for the regular season as well as the Finals.
FCBB also had a memorable run in Europe’s premier club basketball competition, the Euroleague. There they reached the Top 16 for the first time in team history, playing some impressive basketball along the way. It was a season no one will ever forget and a great foundation going forward.