Created on 2014-11-16 at 17:00 PM
FC Bayern Basketball defeated the EWE Baskets Oldenburg 80-65 on Gameday 9 of the BEKO Basketball Bundesliga season and reclaimed second place in the standings.
The defending German league champions excited the crowd of 6,349 at the Audi Dome with a furious 15-0 run to close out the game. John Bryant delivered an impressive performance with another double-double, scoring 25 points and grabbing 10 rebounds, contributing to Bayern's success. Munich also controlled the boards, outrebounding Oldenburg 46-33, on their way to victory.
Scoring by quarter (FCBB - OLDB): 16-12, 24-15, 17-22, 23-16
FC Bayern team: John Bryant (25 points/12 rebounds/5 assists/3 blocks), Nihad Djedovic (20/4 reb/3 assists/2 steals), Jan Jagla (12/6 reb), Heiko Schaffartzik (6/5 reb/7 ast), Vasilije Micic (5/5 ast), Dusko Savanovic (4/6 reb), Vladimir Stimac (4/4 reb), Robin Benzing (4/3 reb), and Lucca Staiger. DNP: Yassin Idbihi, Paul Zipser and Mauricio Marin.
Svetislav Pesic, Head Coach, FCBB: "The game went as expected. Oldenburg is a very dangerous opponent who never gives up. We allowed Oldenburg to find their way back into the game in the third quarter with our turnovers. We shot over 60% from two-point range, and grabbed 15 offensive rebounds and 46 rebounds in total. That is our best performance this season and the reason for our win. In addition, we defended Adam Chubb and Philipp Neumann very well."
Jan Jagla, Power Forward, FCBB: "We worked well together, especially under the basket, taking (Adam) Chubb out of the game. I hope this give us the impetus for the upcoming games."
Sebastian Machowski, Head Coach, Oldenburg: "Bayern was the more constant, and the more consistent team today. Even though we may not have executed the way we wanted to in the first half, we displayed a lot of heart and character today. We were able to fight back from the big deficit and we actually led in the middle of the (final) quarter. At this juncture in the game, I thought that we were playing our system, moving the ball, and defending in the back. Unfortunately, I learned a lesson in the final minutes. If you want to beat the German champions, you have to hold this level for 40 minutes."
Before the start of the game, Bayern fans warmly and happily greeted Paul Zipser upon his return from his lengthy injury time and availability once more for action. FCBB Head Coach Svetislav Pesic went with Heiko Schaffartzik, Vasilije Micic, Robin Benzing, Dusko Savanovic and John Bryant as the starting five with second place in the standings on the line. After Bryant tied the game at 2-2, both teams were not able to make the shots they wanted. Benzing broke the spell after two minutes with a bucket, and Micic followed with a three-pointer (7-2, 4th minute). The Munich defense was aggressive and focused up front. And that helped Bryant and Nihad Djedovic to extend the lead (14-7, 7th min). Timeout Oldenburg, which helped the guests and hurt Bayern's rhythm, as the Baskets finished the quarter with a scoring spurt. However Munich led 16-12 at the end of the first quarter.
Thirty-four seconds after the start of the quarter, Coach Pesic had to take a timeout and that was not a good sign. Oldenburg continued their run from the end of the first quarter, scoring twice and tying the game (16-16, 11th min). The Baskets were now in the game and displayed the quality mirroring their second place spot in the standings by taking the lead by completing the 11-0 run (16-18, 12th min). The German champions would respond and fight back with a 9-0 run themselves (32-24, 18th min). Micic established himself well during this phase, defending incredibly, skillful in the attack and the initiator for the Bayern game. A highlight for Micic was stealing the ball and finishing the other way for a dunk for the 38-27 lead. Schaffartzik converted two free-throws to complete another run, 8-0 this time, for the 40-27 lead at halftime.
Micic had some fun with the fans, showing off his tongue after a nice assist to Bryant for the first points of the second half (42-27, 21st min). Bayern pushed on, highly motivated to continue where they left off at the end of the first half. The Baskets hung around thanks to Rickey Paulding and Nemanja Aleksandrov, who's two three-pointers cut the Oldenburg deficit down to single-digits, 48-40. Munich continued to show a solid attitude and held off the Baskets attack with good defense. The result being an eight-point lead heading into the final quarter (57-49).
The Bayern engine stalled at the beginning of the final quarter. The ball just didn't seem to fall into the basket, and the guests took advantage of the opportunity. After the three-pointer from Aleksandrov, they were ready to take over the game (57-55, 33rd min) but Jan Jagla's dunk allowed the fans to relax for the moment (59-55, 34th min). However, 90 seconds later, Adam Chubb converted a three-point play and another bucket for the lead (62-63, 35th min). Jagla was fouled while taking a three-pointer and he hit all three resulting free-throws. Victory was attainable for both teams at this point in the game. However, Bryant took over, scoring three baskets to start crunchtime (72-65, 39th min) and continued to exert his dominance on the boards. Oldenburg needed to answer quickly, but were prevented by the Munich defense. At the end, Bayern were able to exhibit 'showtime' on the court to the delight of the fans: Djedovic finished a nice give-and-go from Benzing with an alley-oop layup. Munich earn the standing ovation from the fans and a win to regain second place, winning 80-65.
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