Created on 2015-02-05 at 10:00 AM
A tricky task awaits FCBB on Valentine’s Day: MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg visit the Audi Dome (14th February, 20:30 CET). John Patrick’s side won 98-76 in Oldenburg last weekend; a crucial victory in the race for the play-offs.
“They won in Oldenburg, which is no mean feat considering that they are strong at home,” said Svetislav Pesic ahead of the game. “We need to concentrate throughout the game if we want to consolidate our position in the table and then build upon it.” Table topping Berlin lost in Frankfurt recently (19-2), Bamberg remain second (18-3). Bayern are third with a 17-4 record.
Ludwigsburg were Bayern’s quarter-final opponents in the play-offs last season. The series was dramatic, least of all the fourth game, which the Basketball-Bundesliga Court of Arbitration nullified the result of, thus a replay was necessary. Marko Pesic felt that the 86-68 win in the rearranged fixture provided “the impetus for the later championship win.” Events brought the team closer together.
There are parallels between this campaign and the last one: Bayern are trying to finish as high up the table as possible ahead of the players; Ludwigsburg are fighting for a place in the end of season showdown. Patrick’s side have won 10 and lost 11 of their domestic games this season and are currently seventh in the table.
Their victory in Oldenburg was down to a 56% success rate from the field. Their recent upturn in form is partly down to new recruit D.J. Kennedy, who arrived from Russian side Krasny Oktyabr at the start of December. The American has been utilises as a “Point Forward” and has taken the league by storm: The former NBA star averages 21.8 points, 6.1 rebounds, three assists and 1.5 steals per game. He has the highest scoring average in the league at the moment.
Their playmaker is Kerron Johnson (15.1 p.p.g) and his offensive brilliance was rewarded with an all-star nomination in January. Center Jon Brockmann controls the boards. The 116kg star has a double-double average of 10.9 points and 10 rebounds. He is currently the league’s most successful rebounder.
Nihad Djedovic (Elbow) will be missing for FCBB, whereas the guests will be at full strength. Brockman, John Little and Johnson have been injured recently but they are all fit for the trip to the Audi Dome.
Bayern will be hoping to keep up their good home record against Ludwigsburg: The sides have met five times in the Audi Dome. FCBB have won all of the encounters.
BEKO BBL, Gameday 22:
Saturday, 14th February, 20:30 CET, Audi Dome
FC Bayern Basketball vs MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg
BEKO BBL Cup, Qualification Round:
Wednesday, 18th February, 20:00 CET
FC Bayern Basketball at ALBA Berlin
BEKO BBL, Gameday 23:
Sunday, 22nd February, 15:00 CET
FC Bayern Basketball at medi bayreuth