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Game 3

Bayern Strike Back To Take Series Lead

FC Bayern Basketball promised to answer the loss in Game 2 and did so in style in Game 3. Captain Bryce Taylor scored 23 points and Nihad Djedovic added 19 more as Bayern ran away from the FRAPORT SKYLINERS 82-64.

The sold out Audi Dome witnessed a complete Bayern performance at both ends as Svetislav Pesic's men took a 2-1 series lead back to Frankfurt. The defending champs shook off any ill-effects from the Game 2 loss by starting out with aggressive defending, which created transition opportunities and got their offense in gear. In the first half, Munich controlled the boards (26-12) and the action on the court (13-5 assists) to build a half time lead they would never lose.

Bayern look to close out the series on Sunday, May 17th in Game 4 in Frankfurt. Tip-off is at 17:00 CEST.

Scoring by quarter (FCBB - FRAP): 25-18, 21-10, 17-20, 19-16

FC Bayern team: Bryce Taylor (23 points/6 rebounds), Nihad Djedovic (19), John Bryant (9/6 reb), Vasilije Micic (8), Anton Gavel (8), Dusko Savanovic (6/6 reb), Heiko Schaffartzik (3), Robin Benzing (3), Yassin Idbihi (2), Vladimir Stimac (1), Jan Jagla and Paul Zipser.

POSTGAME REACTION

Svetislav Pesic, Head Coach, FCBB: "We played outstanding in the first half. We were very focused and took away Frankfurt's aggressiveness on both offense and defense. Frankfurt only had one offensive rebound by half time, we controlled the boards well. I have to congratulate my team. But satisfaction is the greatest enemy of top athletes. Frankfurt have big plans for the play-offs and we cannot let up now."

Gordon Herbert, Head Coach, FRAP: "Congratulations to Coach (Pesic) and his team. Their first twenty minutes were extraordinary. Their aggressiveness, their rebounding and their teamplay was on another level than ours."

GAME HIGHLIGHTS

1st Quarter
Vasilije Micic, Bryce Taylor, Nihad Djedovic, Dusko Savanovic and John Bryant were chosen as the starting five by FCBB Head Coach Svetislav Pesic for pivotal Game 3 of the quarter final series. Bayern showed no lingering effects from the blowout loss in Game 2 at Frankfurt as Micic scored the first points of the game and Bryant followed up with an offensive put-back for the early lead (4-2, 2' minute). Frankfurt took a lead with a three-pointer, but gave up the ball to Taylor who was fouled on a dunk attempt. Munich's captain converted both free-throws, and on the ensuing possession thanks to the technical foul, Savanovic scored to complete the four-point trip (8-5, 3'). The Skyliners continued to be careless with the ball, and that had the Reds revving up their offense. Micic with the steal set up Taylor for the slam. Bryant received a nice dish from Savanovic for the easy layup. Taylor capped the 7-0 run with a three-pointer, timeout Frankfurt (15-7, 5').

The Skyliners answered after the reset with four straight points, but Bayern were not going to slip up as they did on Tuesday. This time they continued to be aggressive on defensive and attacked in transition. Djedovic connected from beyond the arc and Anton Gavel finished a drive with a floater for Munich's first double-digit lead (21-11, 8'). Vladimir Stimac missed two free-throws but made it up one possession later, chasing down a loose ball and feeding Taylor who slammed home another one (23-14, 9'). Bayern finished the first quarter with a 25-18 lead thanks to their control of the glass (11-5 rebounding edge) and forcing three turnovers.

2nd Quarter
Heiko Schaffartzik got Bayern back up by 10 points at the beginning of the quarter, connecting for a three-pointer. Munich were now in rhythm offensively, displaying smooth ball movement, and finding the open man. Gavel was the recipient this time, he also made his shot from distance (31-19, 12'). Bayern were clearly the fresher team, as Savanovic scored easily in transition. When Munich missed, they were first to the ball. Taylor flew through the lane for a thunderous put-back slam, raising the Audi Dome roof (35-21, 16'). Djedovic continued the Red Wave, scoring easily twice after wonderful passes from Gavel (41-23, 17'). As the clock wound down at the end of the quarter, the Bosnian found the bottom of the net for a three-pointer and the 46-28 half time lead.

3rd Quarter
Munich did not ease up after the break. Djedovic stole the ball and took it the other way for a fastbreak layup, and followed that up with a three-pointer (51-28, 22'). Bryant made a turn-around 'J' look easy and Taylor grabbed the loose ball and scored. A 10-3 run to start the second half finally forced Frankfurt's Head Coach Gordon Herbert to call timeout (56-31, 25'). The Skyliners decided to apply a full-court press and finally figured a way to slow down the defending champs. Munich were frustrated and confused, turning the ball over to the now awake Skyliners. Austin Cobbs completed a three-point play, and Mike Morrison dunked it home and also converted his bonus free-throw to cap an 11-0 run. Pesic called timeout and his men found a way to stop the run and take a 63-48 lead into the final quarter.

4th Quarter
Taylor took charge at the beginning of the final ten minutes, opening with a score. After Savanovic added a bucket, Taylor layed it in and earned the free-throw, Munich were once again back up by 20 points (70-50, 32'). The former Oregon Duck was not done, hitting from downtown and then beating the shot clock for another score (75-54, 35'). The Skyliners were officially done, and with players fouling out, Coach Herbert had to call in his reserves. Robin Benzing iced the game, connecting for three after Micic stole another Frankfurt pass. Bayern answer the Game 2 blowout with one of their own, winning 82-64.

UPCOMING GAMES

BEKO BBL Playoffs, Quarterfinals
FC Bayern Basketball vs FRAPORT SKYLINERS
FCBB lead best-of-five series 2-1

Game 1 - at FCBB 83, FRAP 72
Game 2 - FCBB 69, at FRAP 93
Game 3 - at FCBB 82, FRAP 64
Game 4 - Sunday, 17th May, 17:00 CEST, in Frankfurt
Game 5* - Wednesday, 20th May, 20:00 CEST, Audi Dome

*if necessary