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Barcelona cruise past Bayern

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FC Bayern Basketball lost to a strong FC Barcelona team 99-77 in Round 6 of the Euroleague Regular Season.

A sold-out Audi Dome (6,700) witnessed Munich done in by a furious, long distance attack by the Spanish champions during the second quarter. Barcelona outscored Munich 38-22 and hit seven three-pointers to build an insurmountable 20-point lead. Bayern tried in vain to get back into the game in the second half, but the Catalans continued to score from all over the court and dominated the boards to remain undefeated in Group C (6-0). Nihad Djedovic was Munich's top scorer with 14 points but the German league champions' record falls to 1-5.

Scoring by quarter (FCBB - BARCA): 17-22, 22-38, 21-21, 17-18

FC Bayern team: Nihad Djedovic (14/5 assists), Robin Benzing (12), John Bryant (10 points/7 rebounds), Dusko Savanovic (9/3 assists), Vasilije Micic (8/4 ast), Vladimir Stimac (8/7 reb), Bo McCalebb (4/5 ast), Heiko Schaffartzik (4), Yassin Idbihi (4), Jan Jagla (3/3 reb), and Lucca Staiger (1). DNP: Paul Zipser


Svetislav Pesic, Head Coach, FCBB: "The second quarter went very badly for us. Barcelona took ten minutes to warm up. They started playing correctly the second quarter. We could not stand up to them at this stage. The second half was played more to our level. Our game had more substance in both defense and offense. We kept up, but it wasn't enough today. Congratulations to Barca. They are in very good shape. We are still struggling with our issues and try to get into a good rhythm. I am convinced we can do that. Then one or other achievements will follow."


1st Quarter
FCBB Head Coach Svetislav Pesic appointed new signee Bo McCalebb to the starting five along with Robin Benzing, Nihad Djedovic, Dusko Savanovic, and John Bryant for the highly anticipated "FCB" Duel. Benzing kicked up the BayWa Atmosphere-Meter for the first time with a steal and took it in himself with a layup for the opening score. Right after that, the Bayern defense once again caused a turnover, and the new guy McCalebb extended the lead to 4-0 in the first minute. The guests would soon show their quality as they would tie it and then take the lead after a small 6-0 run (8-12). Djedovic energetically drove towards the basket and would score again to cut into the early deficit (12-16, 8th minute). The star-studded Spaniards defended extremely attentive and effectively, making Munich work for every shot and thus they recorded a low point total by the end of the first quarter, trailing 17-22.

2nd Quarter
The quality of Barca is so extraordinary compared to other teams that the guest coach can only bring former NBA player Bostjan Nachbar into the game in the second quarter. He connected immediately on his first shot from behind the three-point line and that started a 14-2 run for the undefeated visitors to extend the lead to 36-21. Munich had little to counter, especially when they now had to contend against playmaker Juan Carlos Navarro who took over. His third three-pointer during the following minutes increased the Bayern deficit to 21 points (29-50, 17th min). Pesic's men were able to stop the run in the final minutes but Barcelona maintained their lead into halftime, 39-60.

3rd Quarter
Given the significant deficit, the prospects of a Bayern comeback were relatively modest, and the task was not made any easier as Barcelona continued their excellent shooting percentage from the first half in the opening minutes of the quarter, hitting four more three-pointers to build a 74-47 lead (25 min). Bayern fans paid respect to the Catalans' impressive performance, but continued to cheer on their team with passion and rose from their seats to give the Reds inspiration. Bryant was now able to get into the game, scoring his teams next six points during a stretch which ensured Bayern would finish even for the quarter, but still trailing by 21 points, 60-81.

4th Quarter
As expected, the Spanish champions did not let up in the final quarter. But neither did Bayern to the joy of their fans, exemplified by Savanovic's three-pointer to make it 67-89 (33rd min). Barcelona's Tomas Satoransky earned applause from the sold-out crowd for a spectacular finish of a fastbreak with an alley-oop dunk. Munich showed character and fought, but they played an opponent who were just on fire today and clearly superior. Yassin Idbihi answered with his own dunk on the other end of the floor. Bayern were able to prevent the Spaniards from hitting the century mark, but the loss was still theirs, 77-99.


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