presented by
Home loss

Bonn hold back Bayern 91-84

FC Bayern Basketball lost for the first time in the BEKO Basketball Bundesliga season with the 91-84 defeat against the Telekom Baskets Bonn. 

The Audi Dome crowd of 5,647 witnessed a fast-paced game which included a weak performance by Bayern in the third quarter and, despite a frenzied finish, Bonn were able to come out with the win. The Baskets enjoyed a solid three-point field goal percentage (40%) and made twice as many from distance than their hosts (12-6) and took advantage of a sloppy defenisive effort by Munich.

After their season debut in the Euroleague on Friday against Fenerbahce in Instanbul, Bayern return home to host Mitteldeutscher BC on Monday night, October 19th. Tip-off is set for 20:00 CEST.

Scoring by quarter (FCBB - BONN): 22-22, 28-23, 17-24, 17-22 

FC Bayern team: Dusko Savanovic (27 points/5 rebounds/4 3ptrs.), Nihad Djedovic (20), Alex Renfroe (13/5 reb/8 assists), K.C. Rivers (6), Deon Thompson (6/6 reb), John Bryant (6), Paul Zipser (4), Anton Gavel (2/4 ast), and Andreas Seiferth. DNP: Bryce Taylor, Sebastian Schmitt and Daniel Mayr.


Svetislav Pesic, Head Coach, FCBB: "Bonn executed their gameplan from the first minute to the last. I understand that I will have to accept losses like these during the season, but I really hoped for a home win today. Nevertheless I fear that we could lose games this way as we have had problems during our preparation. Today we were always one or two steps slower than the opponent and only reacted. We need to be in better physical condition. We had some phases in which we fought, but it was not enough against a well-organized team like Bonn. We never found our rhythm."

Nihad Djedovic, Shooting Guard, FCBB: "We knew that we are not invincible. But to lose at home is especially bitter. We did not play good defense today, and that affected our confidence in offense. We urgently need to improve and correct the simple mistakes. Today we were not at our level. Nevertheless, we shall look ahead and keep our heads high."

Mathias Fischer, Head Coach, Bonn: "After inconsistent practices due to all our injuries, I did not expect success today. This is a big win for our team, and of course I'm very satisfied. We moved the ball well and kept even with them in the rebound statistics. I am especially proud of every player who contributed today. I hope that this victory gives us a boost." 

Dirk Mädrich, Center, Bonn: "We played solid for 40 minutes. 90 points in Munich is already an accomplishment. Today was the result of a strong team performace with clearly improved defensive performance."


1st Quarter

FCBB Head Coach Svetislav Pesic selected Anton Gavel, Paul Zipser, Nihad Djedovic, Dusko Savanovic and Deon Thompson as the starting five for the second home game of this young BBL season. Bayern's defense had an effect at the beginning as Bonn forced up missed shots and Munich were able to secure the rebounds. In the middle of the quarter, Djedovic stole the ball and converted the layup for the 10-3 lead. Whomever thought that this would be a one-sided affair would be disappointed, as a little later, Bonn made three three-pointers in a row, the 9-0 run took them into the lead (12-14, 8'minutes) and forced Pesic to call timeout. The guest continued to make their shots and were ahead by a nose, however K.C. Rivers tied the game with three seconds left for the 22-22 tie after ten minutes.

2nd Quarter

The lead exchanged hands several times at the start of the second quarter, however a 7-0 run by Munich increased their advantage to 33-27 and this time Bonn's Head Coach Mathias Fischer called time (14'). The break did not stop Bayern's momentum. Savanovic sank consecutive trey's to build a double-digit lead for Munich (39-27, 17'). Bonn stubbornly stayed in the game, but Bayern's answer continued to be Savanovic. The forward scored 15 points in the second quarter alone including a buzzer-beater before halftime and the 50-45 lead for the Reds. 

3rd Quarter

Bonn came out of the locker rooms on fire, surprising Bayern with an 8-0 run to retake the lead (50-53, 23'). The Reds lost their shooting touch for almost four minutes until Djedovic scored the first basket in the first half (52-55, 24'). But that didn't change much as it seemed something covered Bonn's basket and thus Bayern needed till the 27th minute to score again (54-60). Pesic's men continued to fight through their slump, and John Bryant tied the game at 67-all with a mere 16 seconds left before the end of the quarter. However Jimmy McKinney hit a buzzer-beater and earned the slim 69-67 lead for Bonn after 30 minutes of play. 

4th Quarter

Once again, the guests had the better start and continued to stay ahead of Bayern with a 5-0 run. Zipser tried to stem the tide with a steal and dunk and keep his team close (69-74, 32'). Five minutes before the end of the game, Munich were within two points (75-77, 35'). Dirk Mädrich silenced the Audi Dome with a three-pointer (75-80, 36'). Munich continued to play catchup the remainder of the game, got to within 84-82 with 80 seconds left thanks to Djedovic. Eugene Lawrence converted his two free-throws and after a missed layup by Alex Renfroe, nailed a three-pointer to clinch the game.


Turkish Airlines Euroleague, Regular Season, Round 1:

Friday, 16th October, 18:45 CEST

FC Bayern Basketball at Fenerbahce Istanbul

Beko BBL, Gameday 4:

Monday, 19th October, 20:00 CEST, Audi Dome

FC Bayern Basketball vs. Mitteldeutscher BC

Turkish Airlines Euroleague, Regular Season, Round 2:

Thursday, 22nd October, 20:45 CEST, Audi Dome

FC Bayern Basketball vs. Khimki Moscow Region

Beko BBL, Gameday 5:

Sunday, 25th October, 17:00 CET, Audi Dome

FC Bayern Basketball vs. medi bayreuth