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Bayern bounce Bayreuth in derby

FC Bayern Basketball survived a feisty medi Bayreuth in the first half, but turned on both the offense and defense for a 94-65 blowout win in the BEKO Basketball Bundesliga.

Munich improved to 4-1 in front of 6,089 fans who witnessed a tight game until a decisive run at the end of the third quarter put away their Bavarian neighbors from Franconia. Five Bayern players notched double-figures, led by 14 points for both Nihad Djedovic and Paul Zipser. Captain Bryce Taylor signaled his return to form with 12 points.

Bayern Basketball will host their second Euroleague home game on Friday, October 30th when Strasbourg Basket visit the Audi Dome. Tip-off for this Group A matchup will be at 20:00 CET. Two days later, the Reds will look to avenge last year's BBL loss at home against BG Göttingen starting at 17:00 on Sunday, November 1st.

Scoring by quarter (FCBB - BAYR): 16-16, 24-18, 26-14, 28-17

FC Bayern team: Nihad Djedovic (14 points/5 assists), Paul Zipser (14/7 rebounds), Bryce Taylor (12), Anton Gavel (11/6 assists), John Bryant (11), Alex Renfroe (9/7 ast), Dusko Savanovic (7), Deon Thompson (6), Andreas Seiferth (5), Richard Freudenberg (2), K.C. Rivers (3/) and Daniel Mayr.


Svetislav Pesic, Head Coach, FCBB: "Bayreuth came into this game today very motivated. But we were focused from the beginning, even if we initially had some problems in defense to stop the fast-paced gameplan for Bayreuth. In the second half we were more consistent and made our shots on offense."

Nihad Djedovic, SG, FCBB: "We controlled the game and earned the victory. We needed a bit of time to find our rhythm. We had some problems in the first five minutes but we stayed calm and quickly took control of the game."

Michael Koch, Head Coach, Bayreuth: "We didn't want to retreat in Munich, we wanted to hold our own physically. We were very good in the first half. We were not able to stick to our gameplan in the second half and Bayern took advantage of our mistakes."


1st Quarter

FC Bayern Basketball Head Coach Svetislav Pesic opened the Bavarian Derby by starting Alex Renfroe, Nihad Djedovic, Bryce Taylor, Dusko Savanovic, and Deon Thompson. After Jeffrey Xavier opened the scoring for Bayreuth, Taylor tied it up with a jumper (2-2, 2' minutes). The vistors took control with a 7-0 run which included a three-pointer and a dunk, Coach Pesic called a timeout (2-9, 4'). The play he drew up in the huddle was executed to perfection as Renfroe alley-ooped it to Thompson for the slamdunk to end the Bayreuth run. Savanovic stole the ball and went coast-to-coast for the score, and Renfroe's bucket brought the Reds back to within one (8-9, 5'). Bayreuth got their lead back up to 14-10, then Paul Zipser entered the game and quickly tied it up with consecutive hoops, timeout medi Bayreuth (14-14, 7'). John Bryant's free-throws tied it up once more, and after ten minutes, the Bavarian Derby was tied at 16-all.

2nd Quarter

The game opened up in the second quarter as both clubs exchanged shots and leads. K.C. Rivers started it with a three-pointer for Bayern's first lead of the game, but Xavier tied it up (19-19, 12'). Zipser completed a reverse lay-in and was fouled, he converted the three-point-play, but Bayreuth countered with another three-pointer (22-22, 13'). Zipser connected from top of the key for the three-ball and Munich built their biggest lead of the night (26-22, 14') but a Xavier trey and an easy layup for Horton thanks to a defensive breakdown by Bayern, Coach Pesic had seen enough and called time (27-27, 16').

The team responded to whatever the coaching legend had to say, as Bayern took control of the latter part of the quarter. Gavel connected for three, Savanovic finished a post-up move with a spin and layup, and Bayreuth had to call time out (32-27, 17'). Savanovic added a three-pointer to extend Munich's lead to 35-27. The teams exchanged free-throws and right before the halftime break, Bayreuth got a three-pointer. However the Reds went into the lockers up 40-34.

3rd Quarter

Bayreuth were looking to crash the Audi Dome party by playing rude guests, starting the second half on a 5-0 run to get within 40-39 (21'). Bayern countered with a run of their own, started by Taylor's trey and the team captain finished it with dunk (47-39, 23'). After the Bayreuth timeout, Renfroe started a fastbreak, his pass found a streaking Djedovic for the easy layup and the 49-41 lead. Former Bayern player Bastian Doreth hit a three-pointer to make it 49-44 and from that point, Munich turned a switch and went on a run that would ultimately decide the game. Zipser drove baseline and finished a sweet reverse move off the glass, Thompson with a putback slam, and Djedovic sank consecutive three-pointers (60-46, 28'). Zipser finished off a dunk off a fastbreak transition, and Bryant's final bucket of the quarter completed a 17-4 run to build a comfortable 66-48 lead heading into the final 10 minutes.

4th Quarter

Bayern made sure their feisty opponents would not change the momentum and and buried their Bavarian neighbors by started the final quarter with a 10-0 run. Gavel starred in that run with a three-pointer and finished off a steal with a tough layup, forcing Bayreuth to call timeout (76-48, 32'). With the game all but decided, the question was if Munich could make a run for 100 points. The offense continued to roll, and after making it a 31-point lead at 86-55, Bayreuth attempted to make the final score respectable with a 10-2 run (88-65, 39'). But Andreas Seiferth scored twice and youngter Richard Freudenberg scored his first BBL points to finish off the game and the 94-65 win.


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Sunday, 1st November, 17:00 CET, Audi Dome
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