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'We did not start well'

No 'treats' for Bayern against Milan in Euroleague

FC Bayern lost the third game of the Euroleague Regular Season 81-74 against Emporio Armani Milan. In front of 6,037 fans at home in the Audi Dome, Head Coach Svetislav Pesic's team courageously fought back from an early 15-point deficit. After the comeback, Bayern were unable to take advantage of their chances to win the game. Heiko Schaffartzik was the top scorer for FCBB with 15 points and John Bryant added another double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. In the end, however, it was not enough for a win against the Italian league champions.

Scoring by quarter (FCBB - EA7M): 21-25, 22-18, 16-13, 15-25

FC Bayern team: Heiko Schaffartzik (15 points/4 three-pointers), Dusko Savanovic (13), Vladimir Stimac (12), John Bryant (10/10 rebounds), Robin Benzing (8), Anton Gavel (6/4 assists), Vasilije Micic (4/3 assists), Nihad Djedovic (3), Jan Jagla (3); DNP: Lucca Staiger, Yassin Idbihi

POST-GAME REACTION:

Svetislav Pesic, Head Coach, FCBB: "We did not start well and Milan made every shot in the first five minutes. Later, we started to defend, but it cost us a lot of energy to get back in the game and recover from the first minutes. We needed this energy in the final five minutes. We were missing the necessary calm and forced our shots."

Luca Banchi, Head Coach, EA7 Milan: "To play 40 minutes against Bayern in this arena was a challenge as they have tremendous quality and play with intensity. Even though they were in the lead, we stayed calm and stuck with our plan. The reason for the victory was that we showed our strong character at the end."

Heiko Schaffartzik, Guard, FCBB: "We had this game won, but we let it slip through our hands. Now we must focus on Tübingen on Sunday as that will also be a tough game."

GAME HIGHLIGHTS:

1st Quarter
Anton Gavel, Robin Benzing, Nihad Djedovic, Dusko Savanovic and John Bryant opened up the third round of the Euroleague Regular Season in the Audi Dome. However, the starting five had a tough time from the tip-off, as the guests from Milan executed their gameplan with near perfection. Most of the 6,037 fans had to look twice at the scoreboard to make sure that it was their team that trailed 2-17 after the first five minutes. Daniel Hackett posed the biggest problem for Munich. The Italian champions made shots from all over the court (78% 2-point FG). Bayern were able to get back into the game with each minute. Benzing hit two three-pointers in a row (15-21, 9th minute) and suddenly the home team were back in it. Eleven seconds before the end of the quarter, Jan Jagla converted a three-point-play to cut the deficit down to 21-23 but Alessandro Gentile scored and Bayern trailed 21-25 at the end of the first quarter.

2nd Quarter
The initial uncertainty Bayern went through at the beginning of the game was no longer an issue as the team created easy shot opportunities that they converted, including Savanovic's jump shot to tie the game early in the quarter (25-25). Vladimir Stimac scored to give Bayern their first lead of the evening (27-25). The Italians reacted with an 10-2 run, but Savanovic's three-pointer kept it close (32-35, 15th minute). Both teams delivered an intense slugfest as the home crowd cheered knowing their team needed their vocal support. Thirty seconds before halftime Heiko Schaffartzik's three-pointer shook the Audi Dome and a buzzer-beater by Savanovic to tie the game at 41-41 added another exclamation point into the halftime break.

3rd Quarter
The teams were not giving up easy shots under the basket. Milan were not shooting at a high percentage anymore, Bayern also lost their shooting touch. Less points from both teams was the result of an intense game (45-45, 23rd minute). The Munich crowd did not let the scoring drought affect their increasingly louder cheering, especially after Stimac's spin move and bucket gave Bayern the lead again (48-47, 25th minute). A three-pointer by Joe Ragland, followed by another long-distance make from Hackett put Munich behind once again (52-56, 28th minute). Schaffartzik took over responsibility with a layup to start a run (55-56), Bryant scored for the 57-56 lead and Vasilije Micic connected with the clock expiring and Bayern led 59-56.

4th Quarter
Schaffartzik sank a three-pointer in his usual manner from the corner to continue the run from the last quarter (62-56). However a three-pointer by David Moss brought the Italians quickly back within striking distance (62-61) and teammate Marshon Brooks also scored from beyond the arc to give Milano the lead once more (63-64, 33rd min). The loud home court advantage did not impress the former NBA-pro Linas Kleiza, he coolly hit a three-pointer (65-67, 34th minute). Schaffartzik's shot didn't find its target and the ball went the other way to Brooks for a fastbreak dunk and a 67-71 deficit for the hosts (35th min). Bayern braced themselves against the threat of a home loss but they were unable to find an answer. Three minutes before the end, Schaffartzik's three-pointer resulted in a collective cheer from the home crowd (70-74) and Savanovic converted twice from the free-throw line to cut the lead down to two with 100 seconds left. However, Milan's Ragland with nerves of steel, calmly sank a three-point shot (72-77, 39th min). The deciding points were scored by Sarmando Samuels with 50 seconds left under the basket (74-79). Despite the united effort, Bayern had to accept defeat, final score 74-81.

UPCOMING GAMES:

Beko BBL, Gameday 7:
Sunday, 2nd November, 17:00 CET, Audi Dome
FC Bayern Basketball – WALTER Tigers Tübingen

Turkish Airlines Euroleague, Regular Season, Round 4:
Thursday, 6th November, 19:00 CET
Turow Zgorzelec - FC Bayern Basketball

Beko BBL, Gameday 8:
Sunday, 9th November, 17:00 CET
ALBA BERLIN - FC Bayern Basketball

Turkish Airlines Euroleague, Regular Season, Round 5:
Thursday, 13th November, 20:15 CET, Audi Dome
FC Bayern Basketball - Fenerbahce Istanbul

Beko BBL, Gameday 9:
Sunday, 16th November, 17:00 CET, Audi Dome
FC Bayern Basketball – EWE Baskets Oldenburg