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Bayern extend winning streak

FC Bayern Basketball continued their winning ways in the BEKO Basketball Bundesliga with a 102-76 win over MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg on Gameday 22.

The Valentine's evening crowd of 6,324 at the Audi Dome witnessed Munich's fifth consecutive win, 14 out the past 15, to keep pace with Berlin and Bamberg, the teams at the top of the standings. Bayern have also scored 100 points in their last three games. The Reds put forth a total team effort, totalling 24 assists as every player scored. John Bryant led all scorers with 23 points, while Dusko Savanovic added 22 points in only 19 minutes.

Scoring by quarter (FCBB - LUD): 33-19, 24-25, 23-12, 22-20

FC Bayern team: John Bryant (23 points), Dusko Savanovic (22/4 assists), Bryce Taylor (14), Vladimir Stimac (12/7 rebounds), Anton Gavel (6), Vasilije Micic (6/7 assists), Robin Benzing (6), Paul Zipser (4/8 reb), Jan Jagla (3), Heiko Schaffartzik (3/3 ast), Lucca Staiger (3).


Svetislav Pesic, Head Coach, FCBB: "We knew Ludwigsburg is playing well. They won in Oldenburg and had six wins in their last seven games. Therefore we focused on our preparation. We executed our game plan. But one should congratulate Ludwigsburg as they defended aggressively and battled till the end despite the big deficit. That was also good for us because then we also played till the end. I like such intense games."

John Patrick, Head Coach, Ludwigsburg: "First, I would like to congratulate Svetislav Pesic and Bayern. We knew that they made 23 three-pointers last time in Tübingen. They shot well once again today. They were able to penetrate well and often found the open man. (Dusko) Savanovic could not be stopped. He displayed his tremendous talent the way he played against our defense. We can only learn from this. Savanovic, along with the best defensive performance in the league against (DJ) Kennedy, were the keys to a well-deserved win."


1st Quarter
Anton Gavel, Bryce Taylor, Paul Zipser, Dusko Savanovic and John Bryant took the court as the starting five against the in-form MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg on Saturday night. The game started in the same manner that their last BEKO Basketball Bunsdesliga match ended - with a successful three-pointer by Zipser. The visitors came right back to take the early lead (3-4, 2'min). Savanovic would connect for another three-pointer and added a bucket, Taylor also scored, and the Reds took the lead for good (10-6, 4'). After the Ludwigsburg timeout, Bryant and Gavel also connected from three-point land (18-8, 5'). Opposing Head Coach John Patrick was not happy, perhaps the 100% 3-pt field goal percentage by the hosts upset him, and he took it out on the referees and earned a technical foul. After establishing their 
groove from outside, Bryant took over inside, scoring six of Bayern's points in a row, making it look easy after receiving a pass from Jan Jagla (28-14, 8'). Jagla would finish the scoring in the opening quarter, nailing a three-pointer and beating the clock. Bayern led 33-19.

2nd Quarter
After Ludwigsburg started the second stanza with a three-pointer, Vasilije Micic scored off the glass, keeping the instensity level up (35-22, 12'). Patrick's men started to defend better, but FCBB did not let up. If a shot missed the target, Vladimir Stimac was under the boards to grad the offensive rebound, and score if needed (40-25, 14'). Bryant and Savanovic took over in the middle part of the quarter. "Big Country" drove the lane from the top of the key and scored with a nice finger roll. 
Savanovic answered with a three-point-play. Bryant grabbed an offensive rebound and, with half the defenders on his back, laid it in. Savanovic would not be outdone, one more bucket and then a three-pointer. Bayern led 52-36 (17'). The Bundesliga's leading scorer DJ Kennedy finally got into the game, connecting on a three-pointer and followed up by hitting all his free-throws after being fouled on his next attempt from distance (55-44, 20'). Zipser extinguished the hot-hand of Kennedy, the young German blocked the American from behind as he drove for an apparent easy score. Bayern took a 13-point lead into the locker room, leading 57-44.

3rd Quarter
Taylor opened the second half with a tear-drop floater, and Savanovic with the steal and the fastbreak score the other way (61-44, 22'). The Reds were now playing with focus, while Ludwigsburg was forced to sit Kennedy after he earned his fourth personal foul. The usual suspects - Bryant with another finger roll score and Savanovic for three - built the Bayern lead up to 20 points (69-49, 25'). The defending league champions began to attack with patience and Bryant and Taylor found open shots from beyond the arc (77-51, 27'). Ludwigsburg started to show signs that they did not have the energy to stop the purring Bayern engine. A win was now only 10 minutes away as Munich led 80-56 heading into the 
final quarter.

4th Quarter
The game may have already been decided but Pesic's men did not let up. Stimac scored consecutive buckets, including a two-handed slam to finish off a spinning assist from Heiko Schaffartzik (84-58, 33'). Robin Benzing sank Bayern's 13th three-pointer of the game that took the lead upto 30 points (90-60, 36'). Lucca Staiger came off the bench and quickly connected from downtown. All Bayern players had scored (96-68, 38'). All was left was hit the 100-point barrier, and Benzing's free-throws made it so (100-70, 39'). Bayern now head into the domestic cup qualification game in Berlin riding high and confident after clinching their fifth consecutive league win and scoring 100 points in their third straight.


BEKO BBL Cup, Qualification Round:
Wednesday, 18th February, 20:00 CET
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BEKO BBL, Gameday 23:
Sunday, 22nd February, 15:00 CET
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BEKO BBL, Gameday 24:
Saturday, 28th February, 18:30 CET, Audi Dome
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