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Bayern Falter in Frankfurt

FC Bayern Basketball lost their road game 76-73 in Frankfurt.

After dominating the first three quarters and building a 19-point lead, Munich allowed the FRAPORT SKYLINERS to come back, thanks to a poor final quarter in which they only scored 10 points. A decisive statistic in the loss was a clear rebounding advantage for Frankfurt (45-30). Bayern remain third in the BEKO Basketball Bundesliga standings, while the SKYLINERS qualified for the postseason with the win.

Scoring by quarter (FCBB - FRAP): 24-14, 19-16, 20-18, 10-28

FC Bayern team: Nihad Djedovic (17 points/5 rebounds), Bryce Taylor (15), John Bryant (13), Anton Gavel (11), Jan Jagla (8/7 reb), Dusko Savanovic (5/5 reb), Vasilije Micic (2/5 ast), Paul Zipser (2), Vladimir Stimac, Robin Benzing, Yassin Idbihi. DNP: Heiko Schaffartzik

POSTGAME REACTION:

Svetislav Pesic, Head Coach, FCBB: "It's a shame we weren't rewarded today. We played a very good game, but Frankfurt risked a lot, and sometimes a team can still win. We practically dominated the entire game, but everything that could happen, happened in the final seven minutes. It is amazing that we still lost the game. One has to congratulate a team that found the energy to comeback from a 15-point deficit. One has to question the coach, but also the other participants of this game. We hardly got any free-throws."

Gordon Herbert, Head Coach, Frankfurt: "Many thought the game was over. I have to congratulate my team, but they have shown many times that they do not give up. Bayern played extraordinary defense in the first 30 minutes. But my team showed a lot of character."

Jan Jagla, Forward, FCBB: "Respect to Frankfurt. They didn't give up. We completely lost our way, especially on offense where we made bad decisions. And then in this atmosphere, playing becomes difficult. We were not tired, we just lost our rhythm and Frankurt suddenly turned it on. Homecourt advantage will be a major factor in the playoffs, therefore the defeat today was bitter."

GAME HIGHLIGHTS:

1st Quarter
The guests from Munich started the game with Anton Gavel, Nihad Djedovic, Bryce Taylor, Dusko Savanovic and John Bryant. Bayern began focused and patient on offense. Bryant and Djedovic scored two-point field goals on the first two possessions. A little later, both would then connect from beyond the three-point line (10-5, 3' minutes). Frankfurt got back into rhythm and earned the lead a couple of minutes later (10-12, 5'). Bayern responded with a 12-0 run (9') especially Djedovic, back in form after his injury time off, with 10 points in the first quarter. Munich forced eight turnovers by Frankfurt and led 24-14 by the end of the first quarter.

2nd Quarter
The second quarter began with a technical foul on Frankfurt head coach Gordon Herbert. Taylor converted from the free-throw line (25-14, 11'), and then from the three-point line (28-14). Munich had the game in control. Despite Frankfurt's dominance on the offensive glass (7-0), the SKYLINERS continued to struggle from the field. The host needed two and a half minutes to score their first points of the second half (28-16, 13'). FCBB found it difficult under their basket but continued to work intensively to keep Frankfurt from getting close (32-19, 16'). Through their strong defense, Bayern found their offensive touch again and it was clear they were dominating both ends of the floor, taking a 13-point lead into the break (43-30).

3rd Quarter
Gavel needed only five seconds for a steal and the first points of the second half (45-30, 21'). FCBB were back on track as Djedovic and Bryant would score buckets to increase the lead (49-33, 12'). The SKYLINERS would wake up and get back into the game. Three wild three-pointers in a row by Sean Armand cut their deficit down to nine points (53-44, 25'). Munich head coach Svetislav Pesic called timeout. Vasilije Micic heeded his coach's words and set up Bryant for an easy score, right after forcing a SKYLINER turnover (55-44, 26'). A very long three-pointer from Jan Jagla held off another Frankfurt comeback. Taylor would also connect from the parking lot, the defending BBL champs were again comfortably in the lead, 63-48 heading into the final ten minutes.

4th Quarter
Coach Pesic called timeout after only 90 seconds into the fourth quarter as Frankfurt started with a 5-0 run to get within 10 points (63-53, 32'). Armand once again caught fire, giving the home side belief that a comeback was possible (65-58, 34'), Munich's attempts from distance were not successful, and Frankfurt's aggressive defense were looking to turn the momentum. Bayern had problems with the home team and started committing fouls on the three-point line (68-63, 35'). Savanovic's three-pointer stopped the SKYLINERS 19-5 run (71-65, 36'). With three and a half minutes left, the game was now completely open. FCBB were indecisive in crunch time and Armand had Frankfurt on fire as they took the lead with 48 seconds left (73-74, 40'). Thanks to the final brilliant spurt by the home team, Bayern lose in Frankfurt 76-73.

UPCOMING GAMES:

BEKO BBL, Gameday 32:
Friday, 24th April, 20:00 CEST
FC Bayern Basketball at Telekom Baskets Bonn

BEKO BBL, Gameday 33:
Sunday, 26th April, 17:00 CEST, Audi Dome
FC Bayern Basketball vs ALBA Berlin

BEKO BBL, Gameday 34:
Thursday, 30th April, 20:00 CEST
FC Bayern Basketball at EWE Baskets Oldenburg