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Match Report

Bayern fall again to Göttingen

FC Bayern Basketball lost their second game of the season against BG Göttingen, this time on the road 63-59. After controlling the first half, the defending BEKO Basketball Bundesliga champions were held to only 20 points in the second half. Bayern fail once again to clinch a spot in the playoffs after their second consecutive league loss.

FCBB will look to change their current losing streak as they host the Crailsheim Merlins on Saturday, March 28th. The home game will tip-off at 18:30 CET at the Audi Dome.

Scoring by quarter (FCBB - BGG): 19-15, 20-10, 5-17, 15-21

FC Bayern team: Bryce Taylor (12 points), Anton Gavel (9/3 assists), Heiko Schaffartzik (7), Robin Benzing (6), Vladimir Stimac (6/8 rebounds), John Bryant (6/9 reb), Lucca Staiger (5), Dusko Savanovic (5), Vasilije Micic (3). DNP: Yassin Idbihi, Jan Jagla and Paul Zipser


Svetislav Pesic, Head Coach, FCBB: "Congratulations to Göttingen, especially for the second half in which they always believed that they could win the game. We did not play perfect, but we played a solid first half. In the second half we only made 1 of 15 three-pointers. That was not the only factor for the victory for Göttingen, as they were not as scared on the defensive end in the second half as the first half. But one should not have to analyze this further - we simply didn't make our shots in the second half, including the open shots. That gave Göttingen more confidence."

Johan Roijakkers, Head Coach, Göttingen: "I'm satisfied with the entire game. We were in the game until the 17th minute of the first half. We were then penalized for every mistake that we made. But the mentality of my players is unbelievable, I am very proud of them."


1st Quarter
Head Coach Svetislav Pesic sent Anton Gavel, Bryce Taylor, Robin Benzing, Dusko Savanovic and John Bryant as the starting five onto the Göttingen home court. Munich got off to a good start, as the guests led 5-0 after the first 90 seconds. Göttingen had difficulty with the Bayern defense, committing early turnovers, forcing up shots and were held scoreless, trailing 10-0 after almost four minutes. After a timeout, the hosts climbed back into the game as Robert Kulawick scored a three-pointer and a tip-in off an offensive rebound to cut into the Reds' lead (13-9, 6'minute). Bayern were able to stay in front thanks to a balanced effort. Despite their troubles shooting from distance, FCBB led 19-15 after the first quarter.

2nd Quarter
After a minute in the second quarter, BG was in the lead for the first time thanks to another three-pointer from Kulawick (19-20, 12'). Benzing and Gavel answered with consecutive three's to regain the lead at 25-20, but spurred on by their sold-out arena, Göttingen could not be shaken off (24-27, 15'). The game remained tight and competitive, as both teams defended with intensity and thus points were at a premium. Savanovic demonstrated Munich's tough defense with an imposing block (31-24, 18'). This sparked Bayern to control the game on both ends. Göttingen were once again not able to solve Munich's aggressive defense. Heiko Schaffartzik and Lucca Staiger both connected from beyond the arc to help Munich finish the quarter on a 8-0 run and build their biggest lead of the afternoon, 39-25 at halftime.

3rd Quarter
It was Göttingen who got off to the better start after the break. Kulawick hit his third three-pointer of the game and Khalid El-Amin collected two assists including an alley-oop pass from an inbounds play that Raymar Morgan finished with an emphatic, one-handed dunk. Taylor connected for a three-pointer to keep the Reds comfortably in front (42-30, 23'). The Violents continued to resist, however, point-by-point they were suddenly back within striking distance (42-36, 26'). FCBB had lost their offensive rhythm, only Vladimir Stimac's offensive rebound and putback two minutes before the end of the quarter broke the Göttingen 10-0 run (44-40, 28'). With only a total of five points in the quarter, Munich only led by two points (44-42, 30').

4th Quarter
Taylor opened the final period with a bucket, but like his colleagues, was not able to score from the free-throw line (50% at this point in the game for the Reds). With Munich wobbling, Göttingen made their move. Morgan converted the assist from El-Amin for a three-point play and the lead (46-47, 32'). The lead would exchange hands over the next minutes, with all indications pointing to the game heading into a tight finish. After an El-Amin score gave the hosts the 53-50 lead, Taylor tied it again with a three-point play. As the game entered crunch time and Bayern were down by three points, Schaffartzik and Gavel with nerves of steel made all their free-throws for the lead (57-56, 39'). However, it was the home team that made the plays down the stretch. David Godbold grabbed the offensive rebound, and over to Morgan who scored to regain the lead. Morgan scored a game-high 20 points and grabbed the rebound on the next Munich possession. El-Amin displayed his leadership and March Madness championship experience, scoring on consecutive trips to ice the game (57-62, 39'). Göttingen defeat Bayern 63-59 to earn the season sweep for their second consecutive win in the league, while Bayern drop their second game in a row.


BEKO BBL, Gameday 28:
Saturday, 28th March, 18:30 CET, Audi Dome
FC Bayern Basketball vs Crailsheim Merlins

BEKO BBL, Gameday 29:
Sunday, 5th April, 15:00 CET
FC Bayern Basketball at ratiopharm ulm 

BEKO BBL, Gameday 30:
Friday, 17th April, 20:00 CET, Audi Dome
FC Bayern Basketball vs Brose Baskets