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Kameha Cup

Bayern win third pre-season tournament

FC Bayern Basketball have won the “Kameha Cup” in Bonn: The German champions beat the Telekom Baskets (who hosted the tournament) 88-82 in the final on Sunday. The win marks Bayern’s third pre-season tournament victory, just 11 days before the season starts against Mitteldeutschen BC in the Audi Dome (Thursday, 2nd October, 20:30 CEST).

Head Coach Svetislav Pesic remained calm despite the result: “You can see that although we’ve trained a lot, we’re lacking a little bit of match sharpness. The players aren’t totally used to playing with each other yet” said the Serb after the trophy presentation. “If we want to reach the heights of last season again we need to improve our defensive game a bit.”

Polish Champions PGE Turow Zgorzelec, who are in Bayern’s Euroleague group, won the third place play-off against French top division side BCM Gravelines Dunkerque 81-77.

In front of 3,000 supporters in the Telekom Dome, Bayern started the strongest with Nihad Djedovic scoring a few baskets early on to give Bayern a 8-6 lead (4’). Bonn’s variable style of play created problems for Bayern. They put sever pressure on Bayern’s defence and thanks to three late 3-pointers ended the period in front (14-28).

Bayern stepped up their game in the second period and took control of the game. They made the Baskets work hard for every shot and they didn’t trouble the scoreboard. Bayern were stronger in terms of rebounds (10-2) in the second period and will need to keep up this form if they want to challenge for the title again. Their offensive game was energetic and varied, which resulted in their lead increasing. After a 23-0 run, Bayern held a 42-28 lead. The period ended with Steve Wachalski scoring a 3-pointer for Bonn which ended a pointless seven minute spell.

After the half-time break, the Baskets increased the tempo but Bayern more than matched them in the early exchanges. Heiko Schaffartzik sunk two 3-pointers which gave Bayern a 67-52 lead after 28’ – the widest points difference during the match. The Baskets fought back strongly and won more rebounds, taking a 68-73 (34’) lead after Wachalski’s 3-pointer. This sprung Bayern into action, as they fought back to take the lead and consolidated it with Anton Gavel’s 3-pointer, which gave Bayern a 81-73 lead with two minutes left to play, a lead which they didn’t surrender.

On Saturday evening, Bayern qualified for the final after beating Dunkerque 92-87 after overtime. Nihad Djedovic’s 3-pointer with 2.9 seconds left on the clock took the game to OT; World Cup runner-up Vladimir Stimac scored 14 points on his Bayern debut.

This Saturday (27th September) Bayern face ALBA Berlin in the Beko BBL Champions Cup. The match will take place in the O2 World Arena at 20:30 CEST.

FC Bayern team: Savanovic 8, Gavel 6/1 3-pointer, Schaffartzik 15/3, Djedovic 15, Stimac 7/9 Rebounds, Staiger 7/1, Benzing 2, Bryant 6, Micic 9/1, Idbihi 8, Jagla 5.