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Frankfurt Game 1

Bayern Open Title Defense with Win

FC Bayern Basketball opened their BEKO Basketball Bundesliga title defense by running away from the FRAPORT SKYLINERS 83-72 in Game 1 of their quarterfinals series.

The game exemplified playoff intensity as both teams were nearly even for the first three quarters. Bayern took advantage of timely three-point shooting to win going away in the final 10 minutes.

Nihad Djedovic led the defending German league champions with 17 points and Heiko Schaffartzik added 16 points including four timely three-pointers in the win.

Bayern take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five series which continues Tuesday in Frankfurt. Game 3 will be back in the Audi Dome on Thursday.

Scoring by quarter (FCBB - FRAP): 18-19, 21-18, 15-16, 29-19

FC Bayern team: Nihad Djedovic (17 points/8 rebounds), Heiko Schaffartzik (16/4 3ptrs), John Bryant (11/7 rebounds), Dusko Savanovic (9/3 3ptrs), Bryce Taylor (8), Vladimir Stimac (7), Jan Jagla (6/5 rebounds), Robin Benzing (3), Vasilije Micic (2/4 assists), Anton Gavel (2), Yassin Idbihi (2). DNP: Paul Zipser

POSTGAME REACTION:

Svetislav Pesic, Head Coach, FCBB: "Today was a tough game against an opponent who had big plans. The first game of a playoff series is always difficult, and Frankfurt played good basketball today. They were well-organized. Frankfurt got 31 of their 72 points off the fastbreak. A game like that is difficult to win, but we won it. The victory was well-deserved because we got the defensive rebounds in the final moments. If you dominate the rebounding, that automatically builds your self-confidence. Our transition defense has improved a bit, which gave us the necessary strength today."

Klaus Perwas, Assistant Coach, FRAP: "There's not much to say. Bayern was the better team today, especially in the fourth quarter. That was the story from today's game."

GAME HIGHLIGHTS:

1st Quarter

FCBB Head Coach Svetislav Pesic called on Vasilije Micic, Bryce Taylor, Nihad Djedovic, Dusko Savanovic and John Bryant to open up Bayern Basketball's title defense in Game 1 of this quarterfinal series against the FRAPORT SKYLINERS. The team started slow, unable to score for the first two minutes. Team captain Taylor was fouled and sent to the charity stripe, but he missed both free-throws. However Jagla tipped in the second miss for Bayern's first points (2-2, 2' minute). The Skyliners were in contol of their gameplan and went on a 6-0 run, finished off by a dunk by Quantez Robertson (2-8, 4'). Micic, Jagla and Bryant scored to keep the Reds close and Benzing knocked down the team's first three-pointer (11-13, 6'). However, consecutive three-pointers by the visitors opened up an 8-point lead and Coach Pesic called timeout (11-19, 9'). Savanovic got Bayern back on track with a three-pointer, and Djedovic forced a turnover and went the other way for the easy score. A 7-0 run helped Munich get back to within one point at the end of the first ten minutes (18-19, 10').

2nd Quarter

Both teams opened the second quarter with baskets, but Vladimir Stimac's three-point-play evened the score for the first time since 2-all (23-23, 12'). Savanovic earned Bayern their first lead with another three-pointer (26-23, 13'). A Bryant offensive-rebound putback and Djedovic free-throws opened up a seven point lead, but Bayern-killer Sean Armand started to heat up, connecting for the three-ball on opposite sides of a Munich timeout to keep Frankfurt close (30-28, 16'). Djedovic's three-pointer gave Munich a little breathing room (33-28, 17'). Mike Morrison's athleticism kept Frankfurt from falling further behind with a fantastic dunk finish off an alley-oop from Armand, and then completed a three-point-play ensure the Skyliners would only trail by two points at the break (39-37, 20').

3rd Quarter

Fraport continued to battle in the third quarter, quickly tying up the game at 41-all (23'). The game's intensity officially entered playoff-mode as both clubs exchanged buckets and leads. Bryant regained the lead for the Reds, Justin Cobb's prayer off the glass went in for three (43-44, 25'). Djedovic answered with a trey as well, but Cobb evened it up again (46-46, 27'). Heiko Schaffartzik's three-pointer swished in for the lead, but Robertson was just as accurate from beyond-the-arc (49-49, 28'). Pesic had to call timeout to regroup his men but it didn't help as Frankfurt took the lead right after. Schaffartzik one more for three and the lead (52-51, 29'). Armand, who frustrated Munich last month during Fraport's comeback win, scored again. Yassin Idbihi made certain Bayern would head into the final quarter with the lead (54-53, 30').

4th Quarter

The game was tied three times and the lead exchanged six times in the third, what was in store for the fans in the fourth quarter? The defending league champions came out looking to take over this game. Taylor scored for some breathing room. Schaffartzik came up trumps again from distance, he sank consecutive three pointers to open up Munich's biggest lead at nine points (62-53, 34'). The Skyliners would not back down, a 6-0 run forced Pesic to call time (62-59, 36'). The champs responded. Bryant and Taylor connected on back-to-back three-pointers, Munich were back in control (68-59, 37'). Frankfurt did everything possible to steal a win in Game 1 in Munich, but Savanovic nailed in the winning moment with a three-pointer and a 10-point lead (78-68, 38'). Djedovic and Gavel converted the necessary free-throws to complete the 83-72 win and a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five series.

UPCOMING GAMES:

BEKO BBL Playoffs, Quarterfinals
FC Bayern Basketball vs FRAPORT SKYLINERS

Game 1 - FCBB 83, FRAP 72 (FCBB lead 1-0)

Game 2 - Tuesday, 12th May, 18:30 CEST

Game 3 - Saturday, 14th May, 17:00 CEST, Audi Dome

Game 4* - Sunday, 17th May, 17:00 CEST

Game 5* - Wednesday, 20th May, 20:00 CEST, Audi Dome

*if necessary