Created on 2014-10-04 at 17:00 PM
It was a topsy turvy play-off series: the quarter-final clashes between FCBB and MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg last season live long in the memory. After five dramatic games, including an unprecedented replay, FC Bayern progressed 3-1 and eventually went on to win the Championship. Five months after those meetings, Bayern return to the MHP-Arena: On Sunday 5th October Svetislav Pesic’s team play their second match of the season in Ludwigsburg.
As much as the games last season provided the foundations for the Championship, it’s worth remaining that the games were tough, especially the away ones, where Bayern had to cope without the injured Nihad Djedovic and Paul Zipser and the stresses of a rematch.
Djedovic is back in the strong, although Zipser remains on the sidelines, but is getting closer to a return. Bryce Taylor is still unavailable for selection, but Anton Gavel may make his Bayern debut: “we are hopeful” said Svetislav Pesic after the match against MBC.
The trip provides Bayern with a huge challenge. John Patrick’s team made a huge impression on the league. The team from Baden-Württemberg held on to key players Coby Carl, Michael Stockton and Shawn Huff whilst managing to strengthen the roster during the off-season. “Ludwigsburg have kept the squad together, especially their key players” said Pesic when asked about the opposition. New signing John Little will strengthen their defence, whilst Chris McNaughton is an experienced customer who will bring plenty of quality to the Center position.
Stockton has to sit the game out because of an ankle injury. As a result of this Folarin Cambell has been awarded a six week contract. The Guard, who has previously played in Quakenbrück and Bonn, last played for Italian Serie A side Enel Brindisi.
It was another new arrival who made a huge impression on his debut. Ludwigsburg’s new Point Guard Kerron Johnson scored a stunning 38 points in the 88-81 home victory over Bonn. He converted 14 of his 17 free throws. “They’ve improved all over the court” explained Svetislav Pesic. “They’re a force at home when backed by their own supporters. We need to be at our best if we want to win the game.”
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
Turkish Airlines Euroleague, Regular Season, Round 1:
Friday, 17th October, 21:30 CEST
FC Barcelona – FC Bayern Basketball
Beko BBL, Gameday 5:
Sunday, 19th October, 17.00 CEST, Audi Dome
FC Bayern Basketball – BG Göttingen