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Bayern sink Strasbourg

Nihad Djedovic scored 22 points and Dusko Savanovic added 18 points as FC Bayern Basketball took advantage of timely shooting in the second half to break open a close game and defeat Strasbourg IG 76-61 in Group A of the Euroleague Regular Season 2015-16.

As expected, the French Cup winners played Bayern close throughout the game. Strasbourg came within one point of their hosts midway in the third quarter, however timely shooting from Savanovic and Djedovic extended Munich's lead and ultimately secured the victory going away. All Bayern players that entered the game scored to contribute to a balanced offense, and the intense defensive effort held the guests under 20 points in each quarter.

Bayern complete their five-game homestand on Sunday when they host BG Göttingen in the BEKO Basketball Bundesliga. The Reds will be looking to avenge a home loss last year to the newly promoted side, tip-off is at 17:00 CET.

Scoring by quarter (FCBB - SIG): 18-12, 13-17, 23-18, 22-14

FC Bayern Team: Nihad Djedovic (22 points/4 three-pointers/6 assists), Dusko Savanovic (18/7 rebounds), K.C. Rivers (8/), Bryce Taylor (7), John Bryant (7), Deon Thompson (6/5 reb), Alex Renfroe (3/7 reb/6 ast), Paul Zipser (3), Anton Gavel (2/4 ast). DNP: Vasilije Micic, Andreas Seiferth and Daniel Mayr.

POSTGAME REACTIONS:

Svetislav Pesic, Head Coach, FCBB: "We played one of our best games of the season today. Strasbourg had without question tremendous desire to win today's game. We found the right balance to control the game. There were a few moments where we were too satisfied with ourselves."

Anton Gavel, Point Guard, FCBB: "We turned up our defense today and that should be our level. We proved our win against BC Khimki was not a fluke, and most important is the 15-point differential."

Nihad Djedovic, Shooting Guard: "I believed today was tougher than against (Khimki) Moscow. Everyone said before the game that we are the favorites but Strasbourg has a top team. We played well on defense foremost and earned the victory. That was the most important."

Bryce Taylor, Shooting Guard: "This was an enourmously important victory for us. That is the second consecutive time that we held our Euroleague opponent around 60 points. That shows that defense is a key for us. We did that well today as a team."

Vincent Collet, Head Coach, Strasbourg: "We missed a great opportunity today. I am disappointed as I thought we learned something in the game against Belgrade. We didn't play today like we can."

GAME HIGHLIGHTS:

1st Quarter

FCBB Head Coach Svetislav chose Alex Renfroe, Bryce Taylor, Nihad Djedovic, Dusko Savanovic, and John Bryant for this pivotal Group A game in the Euroleague. Strasbourg opened the scoring, but Djedovic tied with a layup (2-2, 2' minutes). Down 7-4, Paul Zipser sparked the Bayern offense by grabbing the rebound to start the break. He found a streaking Renfroe running ahead of the defense, and the American slammed it home. Djedovic earned Munich's first lead shortly after with a three-pointer (9-7, 7'). The French were not backing down, as they first tied it, and recaptured the lead thanks to a rainbow three-pointer from Paul LaCombe (11-12, 9'). Bayern finished the quarter on a 7-0 run as Zipser made a three-pointer, Taylor scored a bucket and team transition down the court was finished off by K.C. Rivers to confirm the 18-12 lead after the first ten minutes.

2nd Quarter

Strasbourg shook off their poor finish in the first quarter and started the second period on fire, thanks to a pair of three-pointers from Louis Campbell to get within 20-18 (13'). Coach Pesic called timeout and the team responded with a run of their own. First Savanovic with a running jumper, Bryant sank a three-pointer from long distance, and Gavel picked off a pass in the paint and an outlet pass to Djedovic for the fastbreak score (27-18, 15'). SIG chipped away at the deficit with a 11-2 run and tied it all up 29-29 (19'). Djedovic wisely took it strong to the hoop, drawing a foul and his two made free-throws earned Bayern the 31-29 lead into the halftime break.

3rd Quarter

Munich came out in the second half eager to put their stamp on this game with an 8-0 run lead by Savanovic's bucket, a three-point play by Bryant and Djedovic with yet another three-pointer (39-29, 22'). Strasbourg were forced to call timeout and again responded, this time with a 14-5 run to get within 44-43 (26'). Bayern were not going to relent the lead, Savanovic drained a three-pointer from downtown, and Rivers followed with a three-pointer attempt from the wing... swish! (50-43, 28'). Djedovic finished the scoring in the quarter after the teams exchanged free-throws, FCBB led 54-47 heading into the final stanza.

4th Quarter

Strasbourg of course had one more run in them, former Basketball Bundesliga player Kyle Weems converted a three-point play and Jeremy LeLoup hit a three-pointer from the corner (56-53, 32'). Deon Thompson hit a short jumper and Savanovic proved true once more from beyond the arc, timeout SIG (61-53, 33'). The break didn't stop Bayern's clinching run. Djedovic for three to get the lead back up to double digits (64-53, 35'). Vladimir Golubovic who led the French with 22 points finished off a dunk to bring the score to 66-57, but Bayern captain Taylor put it away. First with a three-pointer, then followed that with a steal and skied for a lay-in, timeout visitors! (71-57, 37'). Rivers put a ribbon on the 20-8 run and Bayern's second Euroleague Regular Season win with a three-pointer at the end. The 76-61 win keeps Munich near the top of the group and in the positive in the all-important point differential.

UPCOMING GAMES:

Beko BBL, Gameday 6:

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

FC Bayern Basketball vs. BG Göttingen

Turkish Airlines Euroleague, Regular Season, Round 4:

Thursday, 5th November, 20:45 CET

FC Bayern Basketball at Real Madrid

Beko BBL, Gameday 7:

Sunday, 8th November, 17:00 CET

FC Bayern Basketball at FRAPORT SKYLINERS Turkish Airlines Euroleague, Regular Season, Round 5:

Thursday, 12th November, 20:45 CET, Audi Dome

FC Bayern Basketball vs Fenerbahce Istanbul