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Bayern comeback falls short

FC Bayern Basketball lost their second consecutive road game in the final minutes after an 88-84 loss against the Telekom Baskets in Bonn. 

After stumbling out of the gate, the Reds found themselves down by 12 points after the first quarter and 16 point behind at halftime. Bonn's sharpshooters tallied 11 three-pointers in the first 20 minutes. Dusko Savanovic (20 points) and Vladimir Stimac (19 points/9 rebounds) sparked a furious comeback for the defending league champions that saw Munich take a short-lived lead. Supported by the soldout crowd, the Baskets prevented a complete meltdown and found their shooting touch in time for the win.

Bayern will look to snap their losing streak and build some momentum before the BEKO Basketball Bundesliga playoffs when they host first place ALBA Berlin Sunday at the Audi Dome. Tip-off between last year's finalists is at 17:00 CEST.

Scoring by quarter (FCBB - BONN): 22-34, 21-25, 20-15, 21-14

FC Bayern team: Dusko Savanovic (20 points/4 rebounds), Vladimir Stimac (19/9), John Bryant (15), Bryce Taylor (8/6), Nihad Djedovic (7), Vasilije Micic (6), Anton Gavel (3), Jan Jagla (2), Yassin Idbihi (2), Heiko Schaffartzik (2), Paul Zipser, Lucca Staiger.


Svetislav Pesic, Head Coach, FCBB: "Congratulations to Bonn for an excellent game, especially in the first 20 minutes. I have been a coach for 35 years and played professionally for 15, and I've never seen 90 percent from two-point field goal percentage and 61% from three-point range. Congratulations! I saw two different sides from my team. On one hand we were shocked by the 59 points in the first half, because we invested a lot of time to prepare the players against a team that is third in the league in assists and is very good offensively. In the second half, we had nothing to lose. The team reacted well and still had a chance to win the game."

Mathias Fischer, Head Coach, Bonn: "We played an incredible first half, the shooting percentages speak for themselves. The team wanted to win today, they were on fire, perhaps we are now in form for the playoffs. We began to falter in the second half. Bayern played well and earned free throws. We won because we played at home. The fans pushed us to victory."

Dusko Savanovic, Forward, FCBB: "We didn't start the game the way we wanted to start. Bonn is a very good offensive team. They were really good tonight from outside, and with the fastbreak. We found a way to tie it, but we didn't have it at the end. We have to play to win every game. We have to focus on everything in front of us."


1st Quarter
Anton Gavel, Nihad Djedovic, Bryce Taylor, Dusko Savanovic and John Bryant started the game for Bayern Basketball. Bryant scored the first points of the game with a dunk but Bonn was able to keep pace thanks to their early success from the three-point-line (6-9, 4' minute). Ryan Brooks then led an 11-2 run with consecutive three-pointers to build an 11-point lead (11-22, 6'). Gavel stopped the run with a trey of his own, however the pace of the game slowed down and Bayern were not able to catch up. Bonn caught their breath and thanks to another run, built up another double-digit lead and led 34-22 after the first ten minutes.

2nd Quarter
Taylor and Stimac started the second quarter with scores to bring the Reds back into the game (26-34, 12'). However Bonn's snipers got hot again. They used a 12-0 run to extend the lead to 20 points (26-46, 15'). Bryant scored twice to stop the deluge, but the Baskets finished the run with a pair of three's from Angelo Caloiaro (Bonn: 11 3ptrs in the first half) and a dunk from Dirk Mädrich (32-54, 17'). After Yassin Idbihi's bucket stopped the Baskets' run, Munich could only muster nine made free-throws the rest of the half as they trailed into the locker room (43-59).

3rd Quarter
If Bayern were to make a comeback, it had to start early in the second half. Big Country Bryant started on fire, first on an offensive put-back, followed it up with a three-pointer and then a turn-around baseline jumper (50-63, 24'). Bonn could only get buckets from Brooks, he scored 9 points in a row. Meanwhile Stimac scored from beyond-the-arc to stymie Brooks' run, and Micic finished the third quarter with a shot from distance to get the Reds closer (63-74).

4th Quarter
The defending German league champs had now tasted blood and Savanovic continued the Bayern run with a bucket to get his team back within single digits (65-74, 31'). However, an acrobatic, reverse layup by Steve Wachalski signaled Bonn may run away with the game (66-78, 32'). But Munich's engines were just beginning to rev up. Micic and Djedovic scored, and after a wonderful, spinning drive and score by Savanovic (72-78, 33'), Bonn had to call timeout. The break in the action did not stop the Reds. Djedovic continued the run with a score after Stimac cleaned up on the offensive glass, and Savanovic's three-point play completed the comeback. Munich led for the first time since the beginning of the game (79-78, 35').

Bonn lost their lead around the same time they lost their outside shooting touch (zero so far in the second). Caloiaro rescued the hosts with their only made three-pointer in the second half (80-81, 37'). Stimac scored but his miss free-throw ensured the game would only stay tied (82-82, 38'). After a Caloiaro free-throw earned the Baskets the one-point lead, the Reds were poised to retake the lead. With the game still open, Brooks stole an errant pass from Micic, charged down the court, and skied for the easy lay-in, increasing the Bonn lead (82-85, 39'). On Bayern's next possession, this time it was Savanovic with the turnover, Mickey McConnell secured the ball and the Bonn victory. The Baskets hit their free-throws to clinch it and sent the Reds home with the 88-84 loss.

The result is important for playoff seeding. If Bonn finish the season with two more wins, and Bayern lose their final two games, Bonn will pass Munich for the third seed in the playoffs.


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