Created on 2015-01-14 at 17:30 PM
Nihad Djedovic and Vladimir Stimac each scored 16 points as FC Bayern Basketball dominated the Brose Baskets in Bamberg to claim a 90-52 win in Matchday 2 of the Eurocup Last 32 round.
The German league champions solidified their place at the top of Group K with a focused and impressive effort from buzzer to buzzer in front of a sold-out Bamberg Arena (6,800). All players who entered the game scored. Bayern came into the matchup with their roster weakened thanks to injuries to Vasilije Micic, Robin Benzing and Bo McCalebb as well as late withdrawals Jan Jagla and Paul Zipser, both of whom suffered from illness. Munich forced 21 turnovers, while only giving it up 10 times, and outrebounded their hosts 40-28.
Bayern return to BEKO Basketball Bundesliga action on Saturday, January 17th, hosting the Eisbären Bremerhaven. Tip-off is 18:30 CET at the Audi Dome.
Scoring by quarter (FCBB - BAMB): 22-6, 24-14, 19-21, 25-11
FC Bayern team: Nihad Djedovic (16 points/7 rebounds), Vladimir Stimac (16), Bryce Taylor (15), Dusko Savanovic (10/7), John Bryant (10/7), Heiko Schaffartzik (8/5 assists), Yassin Idbihi (6), Anton Gavel (4), Lucca Staiger (4), Lucca Staiger (3), Mauricio Marin (2). DNP: Paul Zipser and Jan Jagla.
Svetislav Pesic, Head Coach, FCBB: "We learned from our last trip here. One should not overvalue this win, nor the 17-point loss here - the difference is not too big. This was a game where everything worked for us and Bamberg did not play to their full potential. We improved our defense, which led to a perfect game. We received a wake-up call from them last time out, but the players worked hard and spoke a lot amongst themselves and with me. And now you see the result and they can once again believe in themselves."
Anton Gavel, Guard, FCBB: "Everything worked for us defensively. It was important that we started strongly. The shots were falling and from that, our self-confidence returned."
A week and a half after their first game in the BEKO BBL, Bayern and Bamberg returned to Franconia to meet in the Eurocup Last 32. FCBB Head Coach Svetislav Pesic named Anton Gavel, team captain Bryce Taylor, Lucca Staiger, Dusko Savanovic and John Bryant as the starting five in the "Frankenhölle". Bayern started on fire, defending aggressively and displaying confidence on offense. Bryant scored three buckets in a row and after Staiger's three-pointer made it 11-0 (4th minute), Bamberg's Head Coach Andrea Trincheri called a timeout. Still, the hosts were not able to regroup. It wasn't until five and a half minutes into the game that Bradley Wannamaker finally scored for Bamberg (15-2). Through focused defense and strong team play, Bayern finished the first ten minutes leading 22-6.
Bayern continued to control the game on the court in the second quarter, starting off with a 6-0 run (29-6), forcing Trincheri to call his next timeout. Twelve turnovers by Bamberg (4 for Munich) was a clear indicator of the early successful performance by the Munich defense. The offense was not far behind, Taylor converted a three-point-play and followed up with a three-pointer (44-17, 17th min) which exemplified Bayern's dominance on this evening. The Reds were up 46-20 at halftime.
The Bamberg supporters were hoping for their team to respond in the second half, but Djedovic put a stop to any positive runs the Baskets were planning with a half-court make and then a three-point-play. Bayern's defense and high shooting percentage continued. Yassin Idbihi scored to increase the lead to 33 points (53-20, 22nd min). Bamberg did not give up and continued to battle, which paid off. A 12-0 run by the Baskets instilled hope in the home crowed (61-39, 29th min). Savanovic scored the last points of the third quarter with a beautiful drive, Munich led 65-41.
The game was not yet decided and the hosts knew this, trying to tip the scales back in their favor and avoid the home loss. Bayern were now a little passive on offense, and lost their high defensive level. Coach Pesic sensed the momentum shifting and rightfully called a timeout (65-47, 32nd min). The words were heeded, and Munich reacted well as their concentration returned in the final minutes. Bamberg were now spent of energy, dismissing any chance to turn around this game. The numerous Bayern fans who made the trip were joyous after the win thanks to the remarkable team performance, blowing out Bamberg 90-52.
Beko BBL, Gameday 18:
Saturday, 17th January, 18:30 CET, Audi Dome
FC Bayern Basketball vs Eisbären Bremerhaven
Eurocup, Last 32, Round 3:
Tuesday, 20th January, 20:30 CET
FC Bayern Basketball at Union Olimpija Ljubljana
Beko BBL, Gameday 19:
Saturday, 24th January, 20:30 CET
FC Bayern Basketball at Artland Dragons
Eurocup, Last 32, Round 4:
Wednesday, 28th January, 20:15 CET, Audi Dome
FC Bayern Basketball vs Union Olimpija Ljubljana