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Bayern stunned at the buzzer

FC Bayern Basketball lost Game Two of the BEKO Basketball Bundesliga Finals 80-78 in dramatic fashion when Dawan Robinson scored with only :01 left, Bamberg's only lead in the game.

Munich last-chance inbounds pass and shot were short and the Baskets escaped Munich with the win to even the best-of-five series at 1-1. Bayern controlled the game from the outset and built an 18-point lead during a furious run in the middle of the second quarter.  The soldout crowd at the Audi Dome anticipated a Bayern race to victory from that point but Bamberg started to chip away at their deficit. The second half was a complete opposite story for the teams, Bayern were unable to stop Bamberg's Daniel Theis and the Baskets finally caught up in the final minute and took the lead in final second.

Game Three will be Sunday back in Bamberg where Munich hope to shock Freak City once more after winning in Game 1. Tip-off is at 19:00 CEST.

Scoring by quarter (FCBB - BAM): 20-13, 29-22, 16-23, 13-22

FC Bayern team: John Bryant (16 points/6 rebounds), Nihad Djedovic (15/4 reb/7 assists), Vladimir Stimac (12/5 reb), Heiko Schaffartzik (10/6 assists), Dusko Savanovic (9/8 rebounds), Bryce Taylor (7), Anton Gavel (6), Robin Benzing (3), Vasilije Micic, Paul Zipser, Lucca Staiger. DNP: Jan Jagla


BEKO BBL Playoffs, Finals
Best-of-five series tied 1-1

Game 1 - FCBB 84, at BAM 73

Game 2 - at FCBB 78, BAM 80

Game 3 - Sunday, June 14, 19:00 CEST at Bamberg

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

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

* if necessary


Svetislav Pesic, Head Coach, FCBB: "The game went exactly as we expected. Bamberg showed much more energy and aggressiveness. We all saw that in the second half. They scored six points in the last three minutes from offensive rebounds. We did not have enough strength in these moments. John Byrant sat on the bench with four fouls and we were forced to go with a small lineup. Our opponents took advantage of that. If you don't score in the decisive moments, that is of course disappointing. It's now 1-1 (in the series), and we move on to the next game." 

Andrea Trinchieri, Head Coach, Brose Baskets: "We managed to win a game that after 30 minutes looked very, very bad for us. We played incredibly bad. We had no offense, no defense, and we got no support from our bench players. In the second half we showed our passion and our determination to create something special. Now we have a best-of-three series, and we start again on Sunday."


1st Quarter

FCBB Head Coach Svetislav Pesic called upon Anton Gavel, Bryce Taylor, Nihad Djedovic, Dusko Savanovic and John Bryant as the starting five. The champs were ready to take control of the series by dominating the opening minutes. Savanovic opened with a jumper and then a smooth baseline drive by defender Elias Harris to stuff it home (4-0, 2'minutes). Gavel followed with a three-pointer and just like that, the Reds were up 7-0 and the Baskets had to call timeout (3'). Bamberg finally got on the scoreboard four minutes into the game, but Bayern continued to pound it easily inside. Djedovic scored on a drive, Stimac with an easy layin, and Djedovic converted a three-point-play (16-4, 6'). Stimac got another score thanks to an assist from Djedovic. Later, Heiko Schaffartzik was handed the ball off a rebound and raced down court for the coast-to-coast layup (20-10, 9'). Despite Harris' three-point-play closing the quarter's scoring, Munich led 20-13 after the first ten minutes.

2nd Quarter

After the visitors opened the scoring in the second quarter, Bayern made one of their trademark runs. First starting inside, Bryant scored. The new-found accuracy from beyond-the-arc over the last two games was next as Schaffartzik and Djedovic showed off from distance (28-15, 12'). Djedovic followed with another hoop, timeout Bamberg (30-15, 13'). Bayern were not done, Bryant slammed it home and Djedovic hit another three-pointer, as the Reds were running away (35-17, 15'). The Baskets started to show life with a 6-0 spurt that worried Coach Pesic and he called timeout (35-23, 16').

Heiko came out after the huddle and nailed a trey, and Bryant continued to score at will inside, first a bucket then a three-point-play (43-29, 18'). When the Baskets started to shake off their slow start, this time Bradley Wanamaker with a three-pointer, Bayern answered. Djedovic slipped through the "mozarella defense" (Bamberg Head Coach Andrea Trinchieri would call it after the game) for the slam (45-32, 19'). And when Ryan Thompson completed a three-point-play, Stimac beat the clock with a score. Bayern Basketball led 49-35 at halftime.

3rd Quarter

Bayern won on the road in Game 5 at Berlin in the semifinals and Game 1 of these Finals in Bamberg, so Pesic's men knew they still had 20 minutes to put away a hungry and dangerous visitor. And they came out with the effort. After Schaffartzik had to force a shot to beat the shot clock and missed, Bryant worked hard to get position and grabbed the rebound and scored (51-37, 21'). Taylor converted both free-throws in the next possession to get the lead back up to 16, but then German international Daniel Theis heated up.

First with a dunk and he then knocked down both his free-throws. Wanamaker followed with a score, and Janis Strelnieks finished the 9-0 run with a three-pointer. Bamberg were back to striking distance (55-48, 25').The Baskets got to within 57-54 thanks to another Theis score, when Gavel and Taylor shook off the team's slump and awoke the soldout crowd with three-point-bombs (63-56, 29'). Taylor especially, as he once again had to call 'bank' on his shot off the glass. Stimac again closed the quarter with a score. Bamberg were in the game now, but Bayern were still in control, as they led 65-58.

4th Quarter

Up till now, Bayern kept Bamberg from scoring in bunches. However, in the fourth, Theis and Company was not going to be denied. He started with a three-pointer, however fellow German Robin Benzing countered with his only three-pointer of the game. Bryant stepped outside and gleefully connected for a trey (71-63, 32'). Theis scored again and Thompson jammed it home, Bamberg stayed close (71-67, 34'). But Taylor drove to the hoop for the two-handed slam and Stimac scored to keep Munich safely in front for now (76-69, 36'). After Trevor Mbakwe dunked it for a score, Stimac missed both free-throws, and Wanamaker answered with a bucket. Timeout Bayern as the game was now dangerously close (76-73, 38').

Robinson drew a foul and could only convert one of this free-throws, but a costly Munich turnover by Djedovic allowed the Baskets a chance to tie. Miller evened the score for the first time at 76-all (38'). Schaffartzik was fouled and he coolly hit both ends, Munich up 78-76, but still one minute left. Robinson would miss the shot, but Mbakwe with a huge offensive rebound, tied up once again (78-78, 39'). Taylor went for the win in a big way, he missed from long distance. The Baskets had one more posssession and as the clocked ticked to zero, Wanamaker drove the lane, found Robinson who layed it in as the clock expired! Did he beat the clock?? After the referees conferred, they agreed, he scored with :01 seconds left. One last prayer for Bayern, but Djedovic's shot hit the side of the backboard. Bamberg take back homecourt with the 80-78 win and now host Game 3.


BEKO BBL Playoffs, Finals
FCBB lead best-of-five series 1-0

Game 1 - FCBB 84, at BAM 73

Game 2 - Wednesday, June 10, 20:00 CEST, Audi Dome

Game 3 - Sunday, June 14, 19:00 CEST at Bamberg

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

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

* if necessary