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Southern Derby

Bayern too strong for Ulm

FC Bayern Basketball defeated ratiopharm ulm 87-76 in a BEKO Basketball Bundesliga southern derby on Gameday 29.

Munich snapped Ulm's six-game win streak thanks to their hot shooting from three-point range. Nihad Djedovic starred for the German league champions in his return from an eight-week injury layoff with 21 points.

The Reds are back in action on Friday night, April 17th, when they host the Brose Baskets of Bamberg. Tip-off between the Bavarian giants is at 20:00 CEST in the Audi Dome.

Scoring by quarter (FCBB - ULM): 28-15, 18-24, 18-16, 23-21

FC Bayern team: Nihad Djedovic (21 points/3 assists), John Bryant (14/6 rebounds), Bryce Taylor (11), Anton Gavel (9/5 ast), Lucca Staiger (8), Vasilije Micic (7/5 reb), Dusko Savanovic (6/5 reb), Yassin Idbihi (6), Robin Benzing (4), Vladimir Stimac (1). DNP: Mauricio Marin and Paul Zipser.


Svetislav Pesic, Head Coach, FCBB: "Playing in this atmosphere is really fun. Their fans supported the team for 40 minutes, but our fans also motivated us. Everyone saw that we had good control of the game from the beginning. However, whenever (Tim) Ohlbrecht was on the court, we had a problem. But when we defended the Ulm pick-and-roll, they had trouble finding another option. Overall we played good defense against a team that has a lot of offensive potential. That gave us self-confidence. Ulm made a lot of free-throws but that does not worry me, as we can control our destiny playing with that intensity. It is hard to lose when we shoot 61% from two-point field goal range."

Thorsten Leibenath, Head Coach, ratiopharm ulm: "It was a well-deserved victory for Bayern. We reacted too passively in the first quarter and gave Munich too many easy points. Then I was pleasantly impressed by our passion as we were able to tie the game in the second quarter. Such runs that we also had to do in the second half cost us a lot of energy. After that, we were even with Munich, but we made mistakes and FC Bayern took advantage. The three-point field goal percentage is not what we expect from ourselves, this is disappointing, but my team fought well and the defense played well during long stretches and put in a good performance. In my eyes, Nihad Djedovic was the player of the game."

Nihad Djedovic, Forward, FCBB: "It was a normal night for me. I had a serious injury, but I felt good in training all week. Thanks most definitely goes to the team. We have a good spirit. It is the only reason I was able to return this way."


1st Quarter
Head coach Svetislav Pesic had a wonderful Easter Sunday surprise for all Bayern fans - the return of Nihad Djedovic after an eight-week injury layoff. Djedovic took his rightful place in the starting five along with Anton Gavel, Bryce Taylor, Robin Benzing and John Bryant. Heiko Schaffartzik was granted a game off, his first in 75 games for Bayern.

Bryant returned to his old stomping grounds and scored with a jumper off-the-glass in the first possession. Djedovic shook off the cobwebs and was back in rhythm to tie the game (4-4, 3' minute). Both teams started the emotional slugfest at a fast pace (8-8, 5') but the Bayern defense was aggressive and forced Ulm to miss many shots up close. On the other end, Gavel and Lucca Staiger sparked Munich's offense with consecutive three-pointers and Taylor finished a drive with a short jumper (16-10, 7'). Staiger knocked down a wide-open trey from the corner and Taylor followed with an offensive putback, forcing Ulm head coach Thorsten Leibenath to call timeout (21-12, 8'). Djedovic's long-range make increased the lead to 13 points. The Reds built the lead thanks to a scorching 4-for-7 start from beyond-the-arc in the first quarter (Ulm 0-for-5). Djedovic was perfect from the field and scored 9 points (28-15, 10').

2nd Quarter
The second period began with a shock for FCBB, Savanovic injured his right hand and had to leave the court in pain but he would return. Bayern would extend their lead, taking advantage of a slow-reacting Ulmer defense, as Yassin Idbihi threw a 'touchdown' pass to a streaking Taylor for the fastbreak dunk (32-16, 12'). Former Red Philipp Schwethelm ended the drought for the hosts for their first three-pointer, timeout Bayern (32-22, 14'). The break in the action did not stem the hosts' momentum. Former NBA player Tim Ohlbrecht took over, scoring on three consecutive dunks to cut their deficit down to five points. Per Günther converted a free-throw after a technical foul against Bryant and followed with a three-pointer. Ohlbrecht's free-throws completed a run that erased Bayern's 16-point lead in five minutes (35-35, 17'). Munich finally reacted, Vasilije Micic setting up Savanovic for a score and following up with a three-pointer himself. Idbihi dunked it home right before the end of the half to secure the 46-39 lead.

3rd Quarter
Idbihi started the second half with a left-handed hook shot. After Ohlbrecht answered for the hosts, Djedovic converted a bucket "and one" for a three-point play (51-41, 22'). Savanovic and Taylor also found it easy to get close to the Ulm basket with close range shots and built another lead (55-41, 24'). In the middle of the quarter, the pace decreased between the two teams, as the referees' whistles made it difficult for both to find a rhythm. Ulm continued to struggle from three-point-land (2-for-20) and Bryant, a former two-time league MVP while at Ulm, secured a nine-point lead for the Reds with a turn-around fall-away jumper (64-55, 30').

4th Quarter
Just 50 seconds into the final quarter, Ulm were back within striking distance with a three-pointer and two free-throws (64-60, 31'). The southern derby would now turn into a thriller for the final minutes, as Bayern would now try to hold off a determinded Ulm. Team captain Taylor converted a three-point-play to keep the hosts at bay (71-64, 34'). Bryant displayed his range as he coolly knocked down back-to-back three-pointers to get Munich's lead back up to double-digits (77-66, 34'). Ulm would not back down, Günther's make from the arc cut their deficit down to 77-71, timeout Munich with 3:39 left. Ohlbrecht came alive again in the paint, scoring at will (81-76, 39'). However, Bayern's team peformance would finish the game. Bryant grabbed the offensive rebound and would later feed Savanovic under the basket for the score (83-76, 39'). Gavel scored the game's final four points to ice the game. FCBB's tough road to the playoffs finished with an 87-76 road win and the team celebrated with the fans who made the trip on the holiday.


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

BEKO BBL, Gameday 31:
Sunday, 19th April, 17:00 CEST
FC Bayern Basketball at FRAPORT SKYLINERS