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Bayern Breeze Past Bayreuth

FC Bayern Basketball showed no ill effects from their midweek Cup loss in their 83-64 win at medi Bayreuth Sunday afternoon.

The Reds proved they recovered from Berlin in winning their sixth BEKO Basketball Bundesliga game in a row. The packed Oberfrankenhalle witnessed a start-to-finish domination by Munich on both sides of the ball. Dusko Savanovic led all scorers with 16 points, 12 of them coming in the opening quarter that set the stage for the Bayern romp. The win, coupled with Berlin's loss in Ludwigsburg, move the defending league champions into a tie with ALBA for second place in the standings.

Scoring by quarter (FCBB - BAYR): 25-16, 21-16, 26-14, 10-18

FC Bayern team: Dusko Savanovic (16 points), Heiko Schaffartzik (14), Vasilije Micic (14), Bryce Taylor (10), Paul Zipser (7), John Bryant (7/8 rebounds), Anton Gavel (6), Yassin Idbihi (5), Vladimir Stimac (4), Lucca Staiger, Robin Benzing and Jan Jagla.

POSTGAME REACTION:

Svetislav Pesic, Head Coach, FCBB: "We are in a good run, because we are playing defense again. From our side, it was a very good performance on defense, I am very satisfied especially in the third quarter. We won it 26-14 and had only one turnover. We brought pressure and were focused and when a team has that in basketball, offense inevitably comes from that. We were well-prepared and defended (Je'Kel) Foster well in the low post. The performance today was a complete package, from the first minute till shortly to the end, we played good basketball."

Michael Koch, Head Coach, Bayreuth: "Congratulations to Svetislav and Bayern, the victory was clear and deserved. Bayern is a team that is physically superior to us in every position. We had weak phases during the game, our rebounding was a disaster. Bayern was a bit too much for us to handle. Repect to Munich that they played as they did after the game in Berlin."

GAME HIGHLIGHTS:

1st Quarter
FCBB Head Coach Svetislav Pesic started with Anton Gavel, Bryce Taylor, Robin Benzing, Dusko Savanovic and Vladimir Stimac on the floor. Savanovic came out of the gates on fire, scoring Munich's first 12 points from all over the court, in all manners in the first four minutes - a jumper, coast-to-coast layup, drive, dunk and finally a post up, spin and scoop. After a Bayreuth timeout, the other Bayern players got onto the scoresheet, as Gavel sank a three-pointer to make it 15-5 (5' min). Former Munich player Je'Kel Foster sparked his new teammates into the game with a little run (21-16, 9') but free-throws from Vasilije Micic and a Paul Zipser drive and score ended the first quarter 25-16 in Munich's favor.

2nd Quarter
Micic scored the first bucket of the second quarter, fooling his defender, drove past him and easily laid it in (27-16, 12'). Bayreuth showed some fight in the early going, Lukas Palyza connected on consecutive three-pointers, forcing Coach Pesic to call timeout (30-26, 14'). Taylor recovered some of the lost momentum by scoring a layup before the shot clock expired (32-26, 15'). The defensive intensity increased over the following minutes as the teams battled it out in the Oberfrankenhalle, until Heiko Schaffartzik nailed a trey, allowing the traveling Bayern fans sitting in the upper terrace to celebrate (35-26, 17'). Munich started to pull away, closing out the quarter on an 11-4 run which included Yassin Idbihi's 2000th career point in the BBL. Bayern led 46-32 at halftime.

3rd Quarter
The defending league champions started the second half in the same manner as the first, and the hot hand this time belonged to Schaffartzik. The German international scored the first six points to increase the visitors' lead up to 20 points (52-32, 22'). Munich were now determined on defense and maintained a comfortable lead that would guarantee another road win. Bayreuth were denied every chance to swing momentum to their side, especially as their fans were now out of the game. Zipser closed out the dominating ten minutes with a drive through the porous defense and finished with a left-handed slam. Munich led 73-46.

4th Quarter
With newly appointed German National Team Coach Chris Fleming in attendance, Zipser continued his audition for a spot on the team with a three-pointer to begin the final quarter (76-46, 31'). The big cushion allowed Pesic to freely rotate his players and get everyone playing time to shake off any lingering effects from their loss in the Cup competition. Despite only scoring 10 points in the fourth quarter, Munich can be satisfied with the 83-64 final, extending their win streak to six and moving up to second place in the Bundesliga.

UPCOMING GAMES:

BEKO BBL, Gameday 24:
Saturday, 28th February, 18:30 CET, Audi Dome
FC Bayern Basketball vs TBB Trier

Eurocup, Eightfinal, 1st Leg:
Wednesday, 4th March, 20:45 CET
FC Bayern Basketball at Valencia Basket

BEKO BBL, Gameday 25:
Sunday, 8th March, 15:00 CET
FC Bayern Basketball at Mitteldeutscher BC

Eurocup, Eightfinal, 2nd Leg:
Wednesday, 11th March, 20:45 CET, Audi Dome
FC Bayern Basketball vs Valencia Basket