Created on 2015-11-02 at 09:00 AM
FC Bayern Basketball improved to 5-1 in the BEKO Basketball Bundesliga with an impressive 114-73 thrashing of BG Göttingen Sunday afternoon at the Audi Dome.
K.C. Rivers led all scorers with 23 points thanks to six made three-pointers and Alex Renfroe contributed 14 points, 4 rebounds, 7 assists and 2 steals. The balanced Munich offensive performance included six players in double figures and a new BBL record of 35 assists in a game. Bayern won all five games in this recent homestand to prepare for what will be a tough November schedule.
Bayern will travel to Spain this week to face powerhouse Real Madrid in the Euroleague on Thursday, November 5th (tip-off 20:45 CET) and then visit Frankfurt to take on the FRAPORT SKYLINERS on Sunday, November 8th at 17:00 CET. Munich will return home on Thursday, November 12th to host Red Star Belgrade starting at 20:45 CET.
Scoring by quarter (FCBB - BGG): 21-15, 30-19, 25-17, 38-22
FC Bayern Team: K.C. Rivers (23 points/6 three-pointers), Alex Renfroe (14/7 assists), John Bryant (13/8 rebounds), Paul Zipser (13/3 3ptr/6 ast), Nihad Djedovic (11), Andreas Seiferth (10/5 reb), Deon Thompson (8), Bryce Taylor (7), Karim Jallow (6/4 ast), Daniel Mayr (5), Anton Gavel (4/5 ast) and Dusko Savanovic.
Svetislav Pesic, Head Coach, FCBB: "We prepared for this game a great deal because we have many important games in November. We started very focused, which made me very happy. Göttingen had 16 offensive rebounds last season in Weissenfels, today we controlled the rebounds, and that is a good sign. We also defended well and had a good attitude. That satisfies me."
Johan Roijakkers, Head Coach, BG Göttingen: "Congrats to Munich. Bayern were the best team for the 40 minutes. At no point tonight were we in the game."
FCBB Head Coach Svetislav selected Alex Renfroe, Nihad Djedovic, Bryce Taylor, Dusko Savanovic, and Deon Thompson as the starting five against BG Göttingen to avenge their two losses from last year. After playing less than 48 hours ago in Euroleague, Bayern would have to put forth an effort to prevent another shocker by the visitors. Renfroe got things started with a bucket and then converted a three-point play (5-2, 2' minutes). He started a fast-break by knocking away a pass, the loose ball was picked up by Taylor who found Djedovic ahead in transition for the easy bucket (8-4, 6'). Djedovic repaid his teammates by finding Paul Zipser on the break for the hoop, Göttingen called timeout (11-4, 5'). The visitors took advantage of the breather and got back to within two points, but K.C. Rivers scored five points in a row including a three-pointer, and Taylor scored a layup-and-one on a strong baseline drive. After the first ten minutes, Munich led the tight game 21-15.
After both teams struggled in the first quarter, the flow opened up in the early minutes of the second, and Bayern's offense benefitted. Rivers answered Göttingen's first points with a trey. Anton Gavel was also accurate from distance to earn Munich their first double-digit lead of the game (29-17, 12'). Rivers then officially entered the zone, not only making the next three shots from beyond the arc during the 18-7 run, but was fouled during one made shot and thus converted a four-point play (39-24, 16'). Göttingen answered with consecutive scores and Coach Pesic called timeout. After the reset, Munich went on a 10-0 run, finished up by Renfroe scoring the last five of those points (49-28, 19'). Despite a couple of three-pointers by Göttingen at the end of the quarter, Bayern took a 51-34 lead into the locker rooms at halftime.
Bayern's offensive balance was on full display in the third quarter. Djedovic opened the period scoring eight points during the 12-6 run, knocking down consecutive three-pointers, forcing Göttingen to call time (63-40, 24'). Andreas Seiferth displayed signs of returning to form after his injury and adjusting into the Bayern lineup, he grabbed an offensive rebound and laid it in for the bucket (65-42, 25'). Göttingen kept scratching back with a score here and there, but never threatened to respond with a run. Meanwhile, the Reds kept coming. Taylor with the steal, the bounce pass ahead to Renfroe to finish the fastbreak score with the dunk (68-44, 26'). Renfroe returned the favor later, after Taylor stole the rock again and passed it to Renfroe, he was more than happy to give it back to his captain for the slam dunk (74-46, 18'). The game was all but over, Munich led 76-51 after three quarters.
Göttingen decided if they weren't going to beat Bayern on defense, they might as well join them and score points, and that opened up the offensive floodgates much to the enjoyment of the Audi Dome crowd. Taylor started the final 10 minutes with an easy layin, thanks to an assist from Gavel who stole the ball. Zipser found the outside shooting touch and sank consecutive three-pointers for a 30-point lead, timeout Göttingen (84-54, 32'). Bryant started the next break with a block, Zipser pushed it ahead and found Rivers alone up front for the score. Bryant was rewarded later and he converted a three-point play (89-57, 33'). Youngster Karim Jallow thanked Coach for the playing time with a bucket and Zipser could not miss from beyond-the-arc (96-62, 35').
After the Göttingen timeout, Bryant forgot to return to the court, leaving Munich with only four players. But the Californian made it up, got back on the court and then scored. Seiferth's free-throws earned the Reds the century mark (100-62, 37'). Rivers added to his game-high 23 points with his final three-pointer. Daniel Mayr also earned playing time, finished off a two-handed jam and seconds later, completed a three-point play (108-66, 39'). Jallow drained a three, and Seiferth finished off Bayern's scoring with a three-point play. Munich head into an important road trip to Madrid in the Euroleague with a dominating 114-73 win and improve to 5-1 in the Basketball Bundesliga.
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 Red Star Belgrade