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Valencia bury Bayern Eurocup dreams

FC Bayern Basketball exited the Eurocup competition after losing the second leg of their round of 16 tie against defending champions Valencia Basket 94-60 in Munich.

The Spaanish side held a 22-point advantage after the first leg and ended any hopes of a Bayern fightback with a dominant first half performance. Anton Gavel led the Reds with 14 points, and Paul Zipser added 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 steals in the loss.

Scoring by quarter (FCBB - VAL): 20-28, 11-22, 10-20, 19-24

FC Bayern team: Anton Gavel (14 points/4 assists), Paul Zipser (13/7 rebounds/4 steals), John Bryant (11), Vasilije Micic (8), Dusko Savanovic (4), Bryce Taylor (4), Jan Jagla (4), Lucca Staiger (2), Robin Benzing, Heiko Schaffartzik, and Vladimir Stimac. DNP: Yassin Idbihi

POSTGAME REACTION:

Svetislav Pesic, Head Coach, FCBB: "We played against a very good team. We worked hard in both legs, but our defense wasn't on point during tonight's first quarter. From that point on, winning the game becomes a lot more difficult. Of course, there are other reasons for the defeat. Valencia are on the next level - they were a basketball machine."

GAME HIGHLIGHTS:

1st Quarter
FCBB Head Coach Svetislav Pesic started with Heiko Schaffartzik, Anton Gavel, Bryce Taylor, Jan Jagla, and Vladimir Stimac. Bayern started in determined fashion: Jagla grabbed the offensive rebound off a Taylor missed three-point attempt and scored the first basket of the night. But the Spaniards started the evening on fire, jumping out to a 14-6 lead after a little more than four minutes, forcing Pesic had to call timeout. Bayern tried to stem the tide but Valencia were playing with confidence and soon led by double digits (11-21, 8'). The Bayern fans supported the team throughout the quarter but the visitors excelled with an impressive shooting percentage and 10 assists. Valencia led 28-20 after ten minutes.

2nd Quarter
Paul Zipser came off the bench and added impetus: He scored at the end of the first quarter and started the second with a layup to keep Munich close (22-30, 12'). However, the Spanish side took control and continued to score from beyond the arc (26-43, 16'). Bayern's deficit continue to grow and any chance for a miracle comeback became increasingly unlikely. Bayern trailed 50-31 at halftime.

3rd Quarter
Bayern fans were expecting their team to come out on fire in the second half, however, Pesic's team only scored once in the opening two and a half minutes. Valencia were now bursting with self-confidence while Bayern looked unsettled as the lead grew to 25 points (39-64, 28'). Despite the phenomenal support from the supporters, Bayern trailed 70-41 after three quarters.

4th Quarter
Entering the final quarter, the result was clear but Bayern tried to limit the damage. The Spaniards were now cruising towards the quarterfinals as their lead continued to grow (46-84, 35'). Valencia won both legs comprehensively, proving they are the better team for the time being. The final score saw the Spanish side win 94-60.

UPCOMING GAMES:

BEKO BBL, Gameday 26:
Saturday, 14th March, 18:30 CET, Audi Dome
FC Bayern Basketball vs Basketball Löwen Braunschweig

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