Created on 2015-02-04 at 09:30 AM
FC Bayern Basketball picked up their fifth consecutive win in the Eurocup to confirm top spot ahead of the final gameday. The German Champions beat French side Dijon 84-74 in front of 2,612 spectators.
The key factors that contributed to Bayern’s victory were strong defensive performances and control of the boards. The German champions picked up 13 offensive rebounds (Overall: 33-22). The focal point of all things good for FCBB was Dusko Savanovic, who grabbed 29 points. The win was marred by an injury picked up by Nihad Djedovic, who left the court midway through the final quarter, having taken a heavy knock to the elbow. He was taken to hospital for examination. Bayern’s final game in the Eurocup last 32 takes place on Wednesday, 11th February (20:15 CET), when Brose Baskets Bamberg travel to the Audi Dome for an all-German derby.
Scoring by quarter (FCBB – Dijon): 24-19, 21-22, 20-8, 19-25.
FC Bayern team: Dusko Savanovic (29 points / 7 rebounds), Nihad Djedovic (14), John Bryant (14/7), Bryce Taylor (7/ 5 assists), Anton Gavel (6/7 rebounds /4 assists), Vladimir Stimac (6), Heiko Schaffartzik (3), Jan Jagla (3), Robin Benzing (2), Vasilije Micic, Lucca Staiger and Paul Zipser (dnp).
Svetislav Pesic: “We put in a great performance from the first buzzer. After the break we defended well for 11 or 12 minutes against a strong Dijon offense. It was the first time this season that I had the feeling that the team would win a game thanks to good defense, which is a great sensation for every coach. Nihad got injured and we now need to wait and see what the doctors have to say.”
Dusko Savanovic: “We won the game, but we lost a player, which is saddening for us. If I had the choice, I’d rather have lost the game if it meant Nihad wouldn’t have got injured.”
Head coach Svetislav Pesic’s starting five consisted of John Bryant, Anton Gavel, Nihad Djedovic, Bryce Taylor and Dusko Savanovic. Bayern started strongly and scored the first two baskets of the game (4-0, 1’). Bayern set the tempo early on and their aggressive defensive performance forced turnovers. FCBB were strong at the other end of the court too and managed to march into an early lead (9-9, 3’). The Reds’ concentration was impressive and allowed them to control the boards early on (Rebounds: 9-2) and create a double digit lead for the first time (18-7, 6’). The German Champions had the game firmly in their grip in the first seven minutes and were successful from downtown (3/6 from beyond the arc), which helped extend their lead to 24-7. As the quarter drew to an end, Bayern took their eye off the ball, which allowed Dijon to go on a 12-0 run. Bayern led 24-19 at the first pause.
Dusko Savanovic stopped the rot with a three-pointer to put Bayern’s first points of the second quarter on the board (27-24, 12’). After 13 minutes Bayern’s lead, which had been 17 points at one point, had been reduced to just one. Dusko Savanovic grabbed the bull by the horns and helped Bayern develop another comfortable lead. His third successful three-pointer of the evening made it 30-26 (14’) and he continued to keep the scoreboard ticking over (38-28, 18’). The experienced Serb was ably assisted by Nihad Djedovic: The Forward had a 100% two-pointer success rate in the first half (5/5). The French side battled back and narrowed Bayern’s advantage to four points at the break (45-41, 20’). Dijon sunk 69% of their shots from inside the zone.
Dusko Savanovic’s hot streak continued in the third: The number 20 scored Bayern’s first five points of the quarter as well as clinging on to an offensive rebound (49-43, 22’). The levels of offensive action dropped midway through the period but Bayern soon stepped up their game to create an 11 point advantage (56-45, 25’). John Bryant made the most of his height advantage under the hoop to increase the lead (60-45, 27’). Bayern’s defense stood out in the third quarter – Dijon only managed to score eight points in the 10 minutes (61-45, 28’). Bayern went into the final break with a 16-point advantage (65-49, 30’).
Bayern defended intensely throughout the final period, extinguishing hopes of a Dijon fightback (69-52, 33’). The French side didn’t want to lose and consequently be eliminated from the competition, but Bayern stood firm. Nihad Djedovic unluckily fell on his left arm and had to leave the court with an elbow injury midway through the quarter (69-61, 36’). Bayern recovered from the loss of their top scorer in the BBL thanks to Dusko Savanovic. His three-pointer ensured a double digit lead was in place going into the final two minutes (75-64, 38’). Bayern saw out the rest of the game with ease to complete an 84-74 victory, which saw them seal top spot in Eurocup Group K.
BEKO BBL, Gameday 21:
Sunday, 8th February, 17:00 CET
FC Bayern Basketball at WALTER Tigers Tübingen
Eurocup Last 32, Round 6:
Wednesday, 11th February, 20:15 CET, Audi Dome
FC Bayern Basketball vs Brose Baskets Bamberg
BEKO BBL, Gameday 22:
Saturday, 14th February, 20:30 CET, Audi Dome
FC Bayern Basketball vs MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg
BEKO BBL, Gameday 23:
Wednesday, 18th February, 20:00
FC Bayern Basketball at ALBA Berlin
BEKO BBL, Gameday 24:
Sunday, 22nd February, 15:00 CET
FC Bayern Basketball at Medi Bayreuth