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Frankfurt Game 2

Frankfurt tie series with blowout win

FC Bayern Basketball lost Game 2 of the quarterfinals 93-69 against the FRAPORT SKYLINERS in the BEKO Basketball Bundesliga Playoffs.

Frankfurt overwhelmed the defending league champions in front of a crowd of 4,710 fans with an aggressive defense and impressive three-point shooting percentage. Munich lost every quarter, thanks to too many turnovers (17, 10 for Frankfurt) and allowing the Skyliners to grab 16 offensive rebounds. The game fell apart for the Reds in the second half, allowing 56 points as Frankfurt cruised to the blowout win.

The series continues on Thursday, May 14th with Game 3 at the Audi Dome, tip-off at 17:00 CEST.

Scoring by quarter (FCBB - FRAP): 14-17, 18-20, 19-27, 18-29

FC Bayern team: John Bryant (16 points/6 rebounds), Nihad Djedovic (14), Jan Jagla (12/3 three-pointers), Vladimir Stimac (6), Anton Gavel (5/4 assists), Vasilije Micic (5), Paul Zipser (4), Heiko Schaffartzik (3), Yassin Idbihi (2), Bryce Taylor (2/7 rebounds), Robin Benzing, Dusko Savanovic.


Svetislav Pesic, Head Coach, FCBB: "Congratulations to the coach and (Frankfurt), they deserved the victory today. There is not much to analyze, they were superior, especially in the third quarter. The played very aggressive and we were not able to get into our offensive gameplan. They forced us into 17 turnovers and collected 25 assists. Now we need to focus again and try to win the next game on Thursday."

John Bryant, Center, FCBB: "Frankfurt played a very physical game. We were not able to adjust, especially after halftime. Now is the time to rally and be ready for Game 3. We must accept the challenge and hit back."

Gordon Herbert, Head Coach, FRAP: "The last five minutes of the first quarter were decisive, as we were able to fight back and catch up. I enjoyed our game, but Bayern is still the champion. That was just one game."


1st Quarter

FCBB Head Coach Svetislav Pesic confided in Vasilije Micic, Nihad Djedovic, Robin Benzing, Dusko Savanovic and John Bryant as the starting five for the first road game for the defending champions in the playoffs. Bryant completed a three-point play after a fine pass from Micic to open the game (3-0, 1' minute). Bayern came out aggressive on offense, wanting to run, but the big advantage came under the basket. Bryant scored the first seven points for Munich (7-3, 4'). And as in Game 1, Bayern dominated the opening phase of the game thanks to exceptional work on defense. Frankfurt Head Coach Gordon Herbert had to call timeout after almost five minutes with Bayern leading 11-3. The Skyliners were getting outrebounded (7-2 for Munich). The timeout helped as the hosts evened up the play, both teams now playing solid defense. Frankfurt cut into the deficit thanks to careless play by FCBB (13-12, 9'). Sean Armand's three-pointer at the buzzer earned Frankfurt their first lead of the game, 17-14, after the first quarter.

2nd Quarter

Bayern regrouped during the break, Jan Jagla sank a three-pointer and Vladimir Stimac got the lead back for the Reds (20-17, 12'). Frankfurt, who will have to continue in the postseason without Johannes Voigtmann (ligament injury in Game 1), started to experience foul trouble. Mike Morrison already collected three fouls against Bryant. However, the Skyliners could not be shaken off despite Munich controlling the offensive glass (25-25, 16'). Bryant once more put his stamp on the game to give the visitors the lead (29-25, 17'). The home side responded with a 7-0 run to regain the lead, capped off by Quantez Roberston, who found his rhythm with a three-pointer (29-32, 19'). Munich lost concentration in the final seconds of the first half, and thus went into the halftime break with a five-point deficit (32-37, 20'). FCBB were struggling with eight turnovers and only 17% from three-point range.

3rd Quarter

The restart was not good for Bayern. Frankfurt came back on the court full of energy and built a double-digit lead (32-44, 32'). Yassin Idbihi broke the scoring drought for FCBB, finally adding points after two and a half minutes (34-44, 23'). Munich continued to have problems with the speed of the smaller Frankfurt team, especially with Armand and Justin Cobbs who both presented problems (39-53, 26'). While Bayern was not able to find the shooting touch on offense, the Skyliners were able to make shots at will (45-58, 29'). Jagla's trey kept his team within striking distance at the end of the third quarter (51-64, 30').

4th Quarter

Any plan for a Bayern comeback was slow to develop, especially as Frankfurt were solid on offense and continued to give Munich fits with their aggressive defense (53-71, 32'). A declining shooting percentage down to 40% made any chances for a run impossible and thus, no chance for a comeback. Bryant and Paul Zipser gave Bayern short-lived hope with a 7-0 run (62-74, 35'). The Skyliners were not impressed, and got back on track. They closed out on a run and won 93-69 to even up the series at 1-apiece.


BEKO BBL Playoffs, Quarterfinals
FC Bayern Basketball vs FRAPORT SKYLINERS
Series tied 1-1

Game 1 - at FCBB 83, FRAP 72

Game 2 - FCBB 69, at FRAP 93

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

Game 4 - Sunday, 17th May, 17:00 CEST, in Frankfurt

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

*if necessary