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Euroleague game 4

Bayern lose to Polish champs

FC Bayern Basketball lost to Polish champions PGE Turow Zgorzelec 89-78 in the fourth round in Group C of the Euroleague Regular Season. In front of a crowd of 2,230, the German champs' performance was not enough on the international court and thus they suffered their third loss in the group. The main reason for the defeat along with the poor defensive performance was the rebounding battle, clearly won by Turow Zgorzelec 41-24. Vasilije Micic missed the game due to an infection, further weakening the Bayern rotation already missing captain Bryce Taylor and Paul Zipser, both out with continued injuries.

Scoring by quarter (FCBB - TUR): 22-17, 17-25, 20-28, 19-19

FC Bayern team:  Nihad Djedovic (16 points), Robin Benzing (12), Dusko Savanovic (12), John Bryant (11/10 rebounds), Anton Gavel (8), Yassin Idbihi (6), Lucca Staiger (5), Heiko Schaffartzik (3/4 assists), Jan Jagla (3), and Vladimir Stimac (2).

POST-GAME REACTION:

Svetislav Pesic, Head Coach, FCBB: "Congratulations to the Head Coach and the team from Turow, they displayed an excellent performance here like they did against Fenerbahce. Turow was fresh, motivated, played physically and with intensity, especially on the offensive rebounds. Even though we won the first quarter, we never found our rhythm, especially in defense. And without defense, we didn't work well on offense. We were not on our level."

Dusko Savanovic, Power Forward, FCBB: "This is a tough loss because we wanted to win here, especially looking at our place in the standings. Now we have to prepare for the game in Berlin. We did not play to our level and that is disappointing."

Nemanja Jaramaz, Guard, Turow Zgorzelec: "The most important thing was that we played together. Tony Taylor controlled the game as a point guard. That was the key to victory."

GAME HIGHLIGHTS:

1st Quarter
Head Coach Svetislav Pesic once again had to do his best improvisation act with Vasilije Micic unable to play. Pesic chose Heiko Schaffartzik, Anton Gavel, Robin Benzing, Dusko Savanovic and John Bryant as the starting five. Bayern defense was focused at the beginning, and Benzing scored the first points of the game after a minute and a half. Both teams found it tough initially on offense, playing mostly under the boards. Bryant picked up two early fouls and Pesic had to sit his big man as a precaution. Shortly, the teams picked up their efforts shooting from outside. Savanovic connected on consecutive three-pointers to tie the game (13-13, 6th minute). After the first timeout, Nihad Djedovic with the steal and the layup, Benzing followed with a three-pointer, and once again Djedovic scored to finish the small Bayern run and extend the lead to 20-15 (8th min). After the fast-paced opening ten minutes, the German champs lead 22-17 in Poland.

2nd Quarter
The start of the second quarter remained as intense as the first quarter. The hosts tried to force the action, Bayern answered with success from long distance (4-for-6 three-pointers after 13th min). The game was competitive and close. With luck, three-pointers from Turow's leading scorer Damian Kulig found their targets and a lead change in the game (27-30, 14th min). Bryant and Djedovic responded to the Polish run with scores of their own (31-30, 16th min). However Bryant picked up his third foul and had to return to the bench right before the half. Turow Zgorzelec continued to hit their two-point field goals as well as their three's to build a slight lead before the half (31-39, 19th min). Savanovic brought Bayern back into striking distance at halftime (39-42). The small deficit for FCBB was remarkable considering Turow was hitting 71% of their shots.

3rd Quarter
At the restart, Yassin Idbihi celebrated his Euroleague debut for this season. The experienced center scored Bayern's first points of the half (41-44, 21st min). Both teams were playing at a fast pace, thus leading to turnovers on both sides. Munich settled down despite the rebounding deficit (11-22 after 25 minutes). Gavel for three and Benzing with a floater to make it 46-50, Idbihi and Benzing once again scoring (49-50, 25th min). But as soon as Bayern had the momentum on their side, the hosts responded with a run (49-58, 26th min). The game now became a three-point shootout. Munich's Djedovic and Schaffartzik connected from long-distance (57-61, 28th min). Turow continued to find open shots from long range and built a double figure lead (57-67, 29th min). Bad luck for Munich when Schaffartzik's buzzer beater was a tick too late and thus Bayern trailed by 11 points after three quarters, 59-70.

4th Quarter
Bayern had not yet given up of course. Jan Jagla scored the first three points for his team. After the combination from Schaffartzik to Bryant, Bayern were back to within six points (64-70). But another run by Turow kept Bayern at bay (64-76, 34th min). Pesic's men braced themselves for the defeat but continued to try to find their rhythm on offense. Four minutes before the final horn, Lucca Staiger shortened the deficit with five points in a row (71-78, 36th min), briefly giving the guests a little hope. But the run in the final moments was a little too late, as the Polish champions nipped the run in the bud and won the game, 89-78.

UPCOMING GAMES:

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