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Bayern cage Tigers 107-81

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FC Bayern Basketball defeated the WALTER Tigers Tübingen easily and confidently 107-81 and secured second place in the BEKO Basketball Bundesliga standings. In front of 5,019 fans, the German league champions were convincing from start to finish, outscoring their guests in each quarter. Vasilije Micic delivered a solid performance and led five Bayern players in double figures with 23 points in 17 minutes.


Scoring by quarter (FCBB - TUB): 29-19, 28-23, 28-21, 22-18

FC Bayern team: Vasilije Micic (23 points/4 three-pointers), Nihad Djedovic (17/3 assists), John Bryant (15/4 rebounds), Robin Benzing (13/3 three-pointers), Anton Gavel (10/7 assists), Heiko Schaffartzik (7/2 three-pointers), Lucca Staiger (7/2 three-pointers), Dusko Savanovic (5), Jan Jagla (4), Vladimir Stimac (4) and Yassin Idbihi (2).


Svetislav Pesic, Head Coach, FCBB: "We fought today, but without great success in our defense. Tübingen attacked very aggressively. In the second half our defense played better and we didn't allow Tübingen a high shooting percentage. We clearly won, but we need to work on our transition defense. The game today provided important insight before the tough games on the road in Poland and Berlin."

Igor Perovic, Head Coach, WALTER Tigers Tübingen: "Bayern played a very good game today. Of course, we knew before the game that they have players that can play well on both sides of the ball. Players like (Heiko) Schaffartzik, (Nihad) Djedovic or (Anton) Gavel can not only defend well, but also score points on offense. Bayern defended intensely today, especially at halfcourt. They were simply the better team."


1st Quarter
FCBB Head Coach Svetislav Pesic choose Anton Gavel, Heiko Schaffartzik, Robin Benzing, Dusko Savanovic, and John Bryant as his starting five. Sixty-six seconds into the game, Tübingen were forced to take a timeout after Bayern jumped out like a flash with a 7-0 lead. Bryant scored twice against Anatoly Kashirov and Benzing hit his first shot of the evening from behind the three-point line. The team from Baden-Württemberg reacted well after the timeout, thanks to Michael Cuffee hitting all his shots for 11 points, and brought the Tigers within 15-13. Coach Pesic took a timeout and Schaffartzik responded with two three-pointers in a row to extend the lead (21-13, 7th minute). The Reds impressed the fans with a very good field goal percentage (6-for-9 from three-point range) and a double-figure lead, 29-19 after the first quarter.

2nd Quarter
Two former Bayern players surprised the crowd at the beginning of the second quarter, first Aleksandar "Sasa" Nadjfeji connected with his second three-pointer, followed by Bogdan Radosavljevic who also connected from beyond the arc to cut their deficit (34-25, 12th minute). Munich responded with 9-0 run with a brisk style of play to get the lead up to 43-25 (13th min). The fans enjoyed the highly entertaining game because Tübingen kept up with the fast pace. Djedovic received loud cheers from the home crowd as he extended the Bayern lead to 20 points with an energetic dunk (52-32, 17th min). With the comfortable lead, the German league champs relaxed a bit on defense allowing the Tigers to inch closer after 20 minutes, Munich up 57-42 at halftime.

3rd Quarter
After the change of sides, the guests from Tübingen crept back to 61-49, but Gavel was fouled on a three-point attempt and confidently converted all three free-throws. Despite the huge Bayern lead, the game could not be described as exciting or entertaining. With nothing to lose, the Tigers continued to stay close with a mini-run (71-58, 25th min). The hosts woke up and the tempo returned in the middle of the quarter, another 9-0 run built an 85-63 lead for Bayern after three quarters.

4th Quarter
The crowd was aware of an iminent Bayern victory as FCBB Head Coach Pesic rotated all this players to give them playing time. As Vladimir Stimac scored to make it 95-70, every Bayern player had now scored in the game. The fans were in high spirits, starting the wave in anticipation of breaking the 100-point barrier. Stimac was the man again, scoring under the basket for the 101-72 lead (37th min). Radosavljevic, a crowd favorite during his time in Munich, performed well at the end and finished with 16 points and 4 rebounds, but it would not change the clear victory by the home side. Bayern win 107-81.


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