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Dazzling Debuts

Bayern make it rain in stunning season opening win

Newcomers K.C. Rivers and Alex Renfroe both made smashing debuts in front of their new home crowd as Bayern Basketball deflated the EWE Baskets Oldenburg 82-56 to open the BEKO Basketball Bundesliga season for both clubs.

Bayern dominated the Baskets for the entire 40 minutes in front of 5,811 fans at the Audi Dome, including former FC Bayern President Uli Hoeness. Despite not having team captain Bryce Taylor, Maximilian Kleber and Vasilije Micic, who were all nursing early season injuries, Munich did not miss a step as Rivers led the way with 21 points and 5 assists. Renfroe is new in a Bayern jersey but not to the league and he demonstrated his skills adding 15 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Nihad Djedovic contributed another solid game with 18 points and 5 rebounds. 

The relatively easy win also allowed Bayern's youngsters to enjoy valuable time on the court as Karim Jallow (18 years old) and Richard Freudenberg (17) made their BBL debuts.

Munich also invited special guests to the home opener. 25 young refugees were able to come to the Dome in the official Bayern Basketball team bus and enjoy the Reds' first win of the new season.Bayern travel to Hagen for the next game on Wednesday and return home on Sunday, October 11 to host the Telekom Baskets Bonn. Tip-off is at 15:00 CET.

Scoring by quarter (FCBB - OLD): 20-12, 24-10, 21-17, 17-17

FC Bayern team: K.C. Rivers (21 points/4 rebounds/5 assists), Nihad Djedovic (18/5 reb), Alex Renfroe (15/8 ast), Deon Thompson (7), Dusko Savanovic (6), John Bryant (5/7 reb), Daniel Mayr (5), Paul Zipser (3), Andreas Seiferth (2), Anton Gavel, Karim Jallow and Richard Freudenberg.POSTGAME REACTION:Emir Mutapcic, Head Coach, FCBB: "The first game of the season is never easy, but I am satisfied. I have to congratulate my team. We are not in the best physical condition, but we earned the victory. We moved the ball well that helped create good shots. 24 assists speaks to that. We were not satisfied with our defense last season. This season we have a clear goal, to be identified by our defense."

Mladen Drjencic, Head Coach, Oldenburg: "We did not start out bad. But we had to improvise as we got into early foul trouble. We started to shoot from distance instead of trying some 1-on-1 plays. In the second half, we wanted to keep it close and play more aggressive on offense, but we were not mentally ready. Bayern were simply more physical, faster and individually stronger today."GAME HIGHLIGHTS:1st QuarterThe atmosphere was festive at the Audi Dome on the final weekend of the Oktoberfest, as fans were dressed in traditional outfits and enjoyed the musical stylings of the Neubiberg Brass Band. Assistant Head Coach Emir Mutapcic was pressed into duty as Head Coach due to Svetislav Pesic's suspension. Mutapcic sent Alex Renfroe, K.C. Rivers, Nihad Djedovic, Dusko Savanovic and John Bryant to tip-off the new season.Bryant opened the season's scoring with a turnaround jumper after only 18 seconds (2-0). Bayern tried to run but Oldenburg were able to hold Munich in check by only allowing free-throws. Rickey Paulding tied up the game with his second three-pointer for the visitors (6-6, 3'). Newcomer Renfroe started to rev up the Bayern offense, first with a basket to regain the lead and then knocked down a three-pointer (12-6, 4'). Both teams sputtered in the following minutes, forcing Mutapcic to call a timeout after the Baskets scored (12-8, 7'). Deon Thompson returned to the Bayern scoresheet and then Rivers heated up, scoring six points in a row to build a 10-point Bayern lead (20-10, 9'). The Reds led 20-12 after the opening quarter.

2nd Quarter

The Baskets scored first in the second stanza, however Bayern had shaken off the off-season rust with another 6-0 spurt highlighted by a thunderous slam from Thompson. Timeout Oldenburg as Munich led 26-14 (13'). Vaughn Duggins tried to keep his team close with a three-pointer and another jumper (28-19, 5'). Despite the new additions, Bayern displayed their defensive intensity and offensive firepower in the following minutes that decided the game. Savanovic started the run with consecutive baskets, Djedovic finished after a sweet dish from Rivers, and the Bosnian was the recipient once more, this time from Renfroe, his basket completed a 10-0 run (38-19, 17'). Djedovic hit from beyond-the-arc to break the 20-point barrier (41-20, 18') and Bayern took a 44-22 lead into the break.

3rd Quarter

If the game felt settled in the first half, Bayern were intent in making it official. The league finalists from last season continued with their trademark mix of offensive spurts and defensive stubborness. Bryant scored, Oldenburg turned it over, Renfroe scored. The Baskets turned it over again to Djedovic and he scored (50-22, 21'). Timeout Oldenburg as Head Coach Mladen Drijencic tried to regroup his team. Oldenburg flashed some life, coming from scores by Nemanja Aleksandrov, but he was no match for Rivers. The American connected from downtown twice and scored 8 consecutive points for Bayern (58-31, 26'). His final three-pointer of the quarter completed yet another offensive barrage and increased the Bayern lead to 65-39 after three quarters.

4th Quarter

Djedovic reminded the Baskets that the season has started, scoring consecutive buckets, including one in transition that demonstrated Oldenburg's defeated attitude and their coach had to call timeout once more (70-41, 32'). This signaled Mutapcic to start calling in the younger players to get valuable playing time. Daniel Mayr, Karim Jallow and Richard Freudenberg earned valuable minutes in the 82-56 win against the Baskets.UPCOMING GAMES:Beko BBL, Gameday 2:

Wednesday, 7th October, 20:00 CET

FC Bayern Basketball at Phoenix Hagen

Beko BBL, Gameday 3:

Sunday, 11th October, 15:00 CET, Audi Dome

FC Bayern Basketball vs. Telekom Baskets Bonn

Turkish Airlines Euroleague, Regular Season, Round 1:

Friday, 16th October, 18:45 CET

FC Bayern Basketball at Fenerbahce Istanbul

Beko BBL, Gameday 4:

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

FC Bayern Basketball vs. Mitteldeutscher BC