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Game 3

Bayern Buried in Freak City, Bamberg Lead Finals

FC Bayern Basketball lose Game Three of the BEKO Basketball Bundesliga Finals 91-79 to the Brose Baskets and now trail the best-of-five series 2-1.

The Baskets' accuracy from the three-point-line was the main reason for Munich's struggles as the hosts hit 13 of their first 19 shots from distance. Bayern committed to many turnovers to stop Bamberg's offense during a critical 18-3 run in the third quarter that broke open a close game. Bamberg finished the job in the fourth with another run aided by the three-pointer.

Bayern will host Game 4 on Wednesday night at the Audi Dome (tip-off 20:00 CEST) and hope to extend their title defense and delay Bamberg's championship dreams.

Scoring by quarter (FCBB - BAM): 18-21, 26-23, 14-26, 21-21

FC Bayern team: John Bryant (20 points/5 rebounds), Robin Benzing (12), Nihad Djedovic (11), Dusko Savanovic (7/6 assists), Paul Zipser (7/6 reb), Bryce Taylor (7), Heiko Schaffartzik (6), Vladimir Stimac (5/5 reb), Vasilije Micic (3), Lucca Staiger (1). DNP: Jan Jagla and Yassin Idbihi.

FC BAYERN BASKETBALL VS BROSE BASKETS

BEKO BBL Playoffs, Finals
BAM lead best-of-five series 2-1

Game 1 - FCBB 84, at BAM 73

Game 2 - at FCBB 78, BAM 80

Game 3 - FCBB 79, at BAM 91

Game 4 - Wednesday, June 17, 20:00 CEST, Audi Dome

Game 5* - Sunday, June 21, 15:00 CEST, at Bamberg

* if necessary

POSTGAME REACTION:

Svetislav Pesic, Head Coach, FCBB: "Congratulations to Bamberg for a deserved victory, they played good basketball from the outset. But an old addage says the opponent plays as good as you allow them. Bamberg is very good, but not that good that they should be scoring 91 points. Nevertheless, respect to Bamberg, this was our worst defensive performance of the season. In the first half our offense helped us out. But overall our defense was a disaster, especially in the third quarter. We allowed 14 points in a row and didn't commit one foul. Fouls are part of the game of basketball. Of course, we missed Anton Gavel in the lineup."

Robin Benzing, Forward, FCBB: "Giving up 91 points to Bamberg makes it difficult to win here. We did not manage to disrupt their rhythm. We should have defended more aggressively. Bamberg's three-point field goal percentage says it all. We have to defend a lot better on Wednesday, then we have a chance to fight back."

Andrea Trinchieri, Head Coach, FCBB: "We were better coming out of halftime, with more focus. We then played better on defense, and we put pressure on the defensive rebound."

GAME HIGHLIGHTS:

1st Quarter

Bayern Basketball Head Coach Svetislav Pesic chose Heiko Schaffartzik, Bryce Taylor, Paul Zipser, Dusko Savanovic and John Bryant as the starting five of this pivotal Game Three. Bamberg finished Game Two scoring the last four points, and started this game scoring the first eight points (0-8, 2' minutes). Bayern had plenty of time to catch up and they did. Savanovic got Munich on the scoreboard, Bryant displayed determination with a baseline drive and layup, and Schaffartzik sank a three-pointer (7-10, 4'). Bryant continued the early hot-hand, scoring three consecutive times for the defending champs to earn the lead (15-14, 7'). Bamberg showed off their long distance shooting skills in the first quarter with four, the last one from Janis Strelnieks from way behind the arc gave the hosts the lead. Despite Robin Benzing's three-pointer, Bayern trailed 21-18 after the first quarter.

2nd Quarter

Munich continued the scoring run at the start of the second period, Vladimir Stimac first with the tough lay-in. After birthday boy Lucca Staiger converted a free-throw thanks to a technical foul on the opposing bench, Nihad Djedovic with the drive and score, and Benzing once more for three, timeout Baskets (26-22, 12'). Both teams were now warmed up and the game went to the next level with an intense back-and-forth exchange of points. Strelnieks and Ryan Thompson were leading the way for the hosts, meanwhile Bayern countered with their big man Bryant, who scored the team's next seven points (34-35, 15'). Savanovic converted both free-throws for the lead, but the Latvian Strelnieks could not be stopped, especially when presented with an open look on a three-pointer (36-38, 16'). Coach Pesic was not happy and called timeout. Savanovic responded with a three-pointer and the lead but missed free-throws prevented Munich from further extended it (41-38, 18'). Daniel Theis dunked it home and would later score again to tie up the game (42-42, 19'). Schaffartzik scored, but Strelnieks ensured a dead-even game heading into the locker rooms (44-44, 20').

3rd Quarter

Bayern came out of the halftime break playing a bit sloppy, committing turnovers and giving up free points on a goaltending call. Djedovic righted the ship with a trey and Bryant scored to regain the lead (49-48, 23'). Bamberg quickly took it back as Darius Miller got hot, connecting twice for three-pointers and Coach Pesic had to call timeout (49-56, 25'). The Baskets were just getting revved up, scoring another six points to complete a 14-0 run and when Coach Pesic called time again, the 18-3 run had done its damage (52-66, 28'). Benzing scored consecutive baskets to get Munich back to within 10 points however Trevor Mbakwe tipped in a miss to keep Munich at a distance, down 70-58 after three quarters.

4th Quarter

Bayern started the fourth quarter with hopes to chip away at Bamberg's lead and after Djedovic's basket and Taylor's free-throws, the lead was down to single digits (62-70, 31'). However, the Baskets went on another run started by three consecutive three-point bombs - Bradley Wanamaker, Thompson and Miller (64-79, 33'). Strelnieks completed the 13-4 spurt that effectively buried Munich's chances in Game 3 with a steal and a score (66-83, 34'). Bayern tried to climb back out of the deficit, but Mbakwe shut the door, scoring Bamberg's next 7 points (73-90, 38'). The Baskets take a 2-1 series lead with the 91-79 win. Bayern will look to extend the series to the limit by winning Game Four on Wednesday.