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Bayern open Bundesliga season with big win

In the first home game of the season, FC Bayern Basketball gave Mitteldeutscher BC no chances to spoil the beginning of the season and won handily 86-63 in front of 6,073 fans at the Audi Dome.  The German League Champions played with many new players and won with a remarkable team performance:  all players dressed scored, including five in double figures.  John Bryant recorded an impressive double-double in the first game of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Scoring by quarter (FCBB – MBC): 22-15, 21-19, 20-13, 23-16.

FC Bayern team: Vladimir Stimac (14 points), Robin Benzing (13 / 3 three-pointers), Nihad Djedovic (11), John Bryant (11 / 10 rebounds), Jan Jagla (10 / 2 three-pointers / 6 Rebounds), Dusko Savanovic (8), Vasilije Micic (8 / 6 assists), Lucca Staiger (6 / 2 three-pointers), Heiko Schaffartzik (5 / 6 assists), Yassin Idbihi (DNP), Bryce Taylor (DNP), and Daniel Mayr (DNP)


Svetislav Pesic, FC Bayern Basketball Head Coach: “Today, we once again experienced great atmosphere in the Audi Dome.  That is the kind of spirit one should wish to start the season.  Basketball is a game that lives on the correct balance between offense and defense.  Your team has a lot of talent on offense, you could see that tonight.  But we are not yet at the level defensively that our team should be.  For my standards, that was not enough.  In the second half, our defense played much better, but we still didn’t play to our level.  We were still not able to find that balance and we will have to invest more hard work.”

Silvano Poropat, Mitteldeutscher BC Head Coach: “We started the game very well, very aggressive.  We were successful and self-confident.  As Bayern increased the intensity and scored three, four times consecutively, we lost our way.  We tried to get back in the lead by the end of the first quarter, but it wasn’t enough.  We did not count on earning points in the standings in Munich, but we had hope.  We have many new players that have never played in the Bundesliga and have never played in such a physical game.  I hope and wish that we learn very quickly this season and get used to playing at this level.”


1st quarter:

Head Coach Svetislav Pesic called on Heiko Schaffartzik, Nihad Djedovic, Robin Benzing, Dusko Savanovic and John Bryant to form the starting five for the Champions.  After only two minutes, Coach Pesic had to take a timeout as his team was surprisingly down 8-0.  Robin Benzing allowed the fans to settle in their seats with his first three-pointer of the season.  The first lead for the defending champions would follow after John Bryant scored to make it 10-9 in the fifth minute. Newcomers Vladimir Stimac and Vasilije Micic flashed their skills and contributed significantly during a 10-2 Bayern run to give the German Champs a 20-12 lead near the end of the first quarter.  The visitors were able to cut the Bayern lead down to 22-15 after the first 10 minutes.

2nd quarter:

Munich continued their effective play several times and Bryant was right in the middle of the action.  Bayern missed many easy opportunities to extend the lead.  Coach Pesic saw this and called timeout to talk to his players as their advantage was cut down to 31-25.  He was able to find the right words, as a little later Robin Benzing hit his third shot from beyond the three-point-arc for a double-figure lead in the 17th minute.  The Wolves from Weissenfels were able to stay in the game, battle back to stay close, only down 43-34 at halftime.

3rd quarter:

The Champions started the second half with intense defense, controlling the paint and making sure they grabbed every rebound.  Vladimir Stimac displayed a warrior-like mentality in the paint, Nihad Djedovic flashed signs of his form before his injury, and Jan Jagla celebrated his return with a three-pointer to the delight of the fans as Bayern led 52-37 in the 24th minute.  The lead at the end of the quarter was 15 points, head coach Svetislav Pesic made quick substitutions with a 63-47 after 30 minutes.

4th quarter:

Munich would not allow their guests to score a bucket for over two minutes at the beginning of the final quarter.  After Vasilije Micic’s bucket gave Bayern a 20-point lead (67-47 after 33 minutes), MBC Head Coach Silvano Poropat was forced to take a timeout.  The team from the eastern part of Germany battled back to make it 69-57, but Jan Jagla ruined any hopes for the guests with a three-pointer and two free-throws to make it 74-57 near the end of the game.  A clear victory was in sight for Bayern.  The fans enjoyed the successful start of the season by cheering the team till the final buzzer.


Beko BBL, Gameday 2: 
Sunday, 5th October, 17:00 CEST
MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg – FC Bayern Basketball

Beko BBL, Gameday 3: 
Wednesday, 8th October, 20:30 CEST, Audi Dome
FC Bayern Basketball – FRAPORT Skyliners Frankfurt

Beko BBL, Gameday 4: 
Saturday, 11th October, 20:30 CEST
Phoenix Hagen – FC Bayern Basketball