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Lions end Bayern's win streak

FC Bayern Basketball suffered a painful defeat on Gameday 26 of the BEKO Basketball Bundesliga as the Basketball Löwen Braunschweig surprised the Reds 80-76 in the Audi Dome.

The Lions surprised Munich and most of the 5,807 fans by jumping out to a lead after the first quarter. Jan Jagla led a furious comeback with a hot-hand from three-point range and Bayern led at halftime. Braunschweig were not intimidated on this evening, going toe-to-toe with the defending German league champions in the second half and made the vital shots in crunch time. Jagla led Munich with 14 points, while Dusko Savanovic added 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the loss.

Bayern return to action on the road next Sunday, March 22nd at BG Göttingen as they look to avenge a home loss. Munich return home on Saturday, March 28th against the Crailsheim Merlins.

Scoring by quarter (FCBB - BRA): 14-24, 26-11, 19-16, 26-20

FC Bayern team: Jan Jagla (14 points/4 three-pointers), Dusko Savanovic (13/6 rebounds), Bryce Taylor (12/6), John Bryant (12/8), Anton Gavel (9), Vladimir Stimac (8), Paul Zipser (4), Heiko Schaffartzik (2/5 assists), Robin Benzing (2), Vasilije Micic. DNP: Lucca Staiger and Yassin Idbihi.


Svetislav Pesic, Head Coach, FCBB: "Congratulations to Braunschweig for an excellent game from the first to the last second. One cannot deny that my team didn't try everything - you can tell with our 20 offensive rebounds. We had the rebounds but we didn't take advantage of them and our free-throws. We missed seven, and that is crucial in such close games. We made wrong decisions in many situations."

Raoul Korner, Head Coach, Braunschweig: "I have to give a huge compliment to my team. They believed they would win for 40 minutes. We started the game well and controlled the game for the first 15 minutes. Then Jan Jagla gave us problems and gave the momentum over to Bayern. Halftime came at the right time for us, so we could regroup. We waited for our chance and made a couple of big shots and Munich did not. That's why we were able to win against this powerful team."


1st Quarter
FCBB Head Coach Svetislav Pesic sent Anton Gavel, Bryce Taylor, Paul Zipser, Dusko Savanovic and John Bryant to the floor as the starting five. Bayern turned the ball over twice and Braunschweig took the first lead. But Gavel stole the ball and fed Taylor who finished with a dunk to tie it up 2-2 early after 70 seconds. The Lions played their roll as party crashers impressively as they continued to play briskly and confidently. Kyle Visser dunked it home to increase Munich's deficit (4-7, 3'minute). Team captain Taylor converted a three-point-play to tie the game at 9-9 (5'). Jan Jagla took Bayern in front for the first time with a three-pointer (12-9, 7'). Braunschweig came right back, irritating their hosts in the Audi Dome by changing up their defense, applying pressure and forcing turnovers. The Lions finished the quarter on a 10-0 run, and Bayern trailed 24-14 after the first ten minutes.

2nd Quarter
The short break did not change the flow of the game, the Lions continued their frenzy and extended their lead to 30-16 (12'). The German league champions reacted, intensified their effort on defense and it worked. Jagla sank three three-pointers in a row to bring Bayern back into the game (27-30, 14'). A little later, Taylor connected for another three-ball, Lions head coach Raoul Korner had to call timeout as his team gave up the lead (33-32, 17'). The 18-2 run from the now focused Reds earned them a 40-32 halftime lead.

3rd Quarter
Braunchschweig started the second half with a three-point barrage to tie the game (46-46, 24') but Bayern continued to fight. Scores from Bryant and Savanovic helped keep the Reds in front (51-48, 27'). The Lions were thirsty for more Bayern blood, and climbed back in the lead (51-52, 28'), forcing Pesic to take a timeout. Gavel finished an explosive drive with a left-handed layup and then converted another fastbreak score thanks to Taylor's assist. Heiko Schaffartzik could only make one of two free-throws but Munich still led 56-54 heading into the final quarter.

4th Quarter
The matchup was turning into the thriller, as the lead changed hands on every possession. The crowd began to roar back after Paul Zipser's bucket took Munich into the 65-63 lead, and Savanovic tipped in an offensive rebound, Braunschweig called timeout (67-63, 35'). Immanuel McElroy responded with a three-pointer to keep the Lions close, but Munich kept their nerves and looked to Bryant and Savanovic, both made big shots from beyond the arc to extend the lead (73-68, 37'). Bayern looked to be heading down the right track for the win, but the game's leading scorer Tim Abromaitis who finished with 24 points connected for a three-pointer. Bryant committed a crucial turnover, and Trent Lockett gave the Lions the final lead of the night with another three-pointer. Bayern's offense could not recover, and Dru Joyce iced the game with free-throws. Munich's eight-game win streak in the league is snapped with the 80-76 loss.


BEKO BBL, Gameday 27:
Sunday, 22nd March, 17:00 CET
FC Bayern Basketball at BG Göttingen

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