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Road win

Bayern escape Moscow with 81-70 win

FC Bayern Basketball needed a win on the road in a tough environment against BC Khimki Moscow to have any chance to stay alive this Euroleague season. Thanks to the return of Dusko Savanovic and Paul Zipser from injury, Bayern shocked their Russian hosts 81-70 in Group A. 

An uncompromising defensive effort and a dominating 49-29 edge on rebounds aided Munich (3-4) in the victory and handed Khimki (4-3) their first home loss. Savanovic who missed the past games contributed 11 points, 6 rebounds, two assists and three steals in his return, while Zipser added 10 points and 5 rebounds. John Bryant led all scorers with 17 points.

Bayern return home for a BBL game on Sunday, November 29th when they host the Crailsheim Merlins on "90's Night" with the Venga Boys, tip-off at 17:00 CET. The Reds hit the road for another important Euroleague game at Strasbourg on Friday, December 4th, and then an even more important game in the BBL, at defending champs Brose Baskets on Sunday, December 6th.

Scoring by quarter (FCBB - KHIM): 23-14, 19-16, 17-21, 22-19

FC Bayern Team: John Bryant (17 points/6 rebounds) Alex Renfroe (14), Dusko Savanovic (11/6 reb), Paul Zipser (10/5 reb), Bryce Taylor (9/6 reb), Nihad Djedovic (7/8 reb), K.C. Rivers (7), Deon Thompson (6), Anton Gavel (6 assists). DNP: Andreas Seiferth, Daniel Mayr, and Vasilije Micic.


Svetislav Pesic, Head Coach, FCBB: "When you play against a team that has so much offensive talent, you won't be able to match them on offense. We wanted to stop their transition game, and we did an excellent job today. 34 defensive rebounds is a season-high and the result meant an organized effort on defense. I congratulate my team, this win was very important for us. We played some very, very good games in the Euroleague, at Fenerbahce and at Madrid, but in the end lost the energy to bring home the win. The team was disappointed after that, but today the it all came together. We had intensity and energy this time from the first to the last minute."

Alex Renfroe, Guard, FCBB: "We gave it all today. We've experienced some hard days recently, therefore this win was important."

K.C. Rivers, Guard, FCBB: "Our start was important, we were right into the game. We defended well, we were solid on the rebounds and then later made some tough shots. Khimki fought till the end but we played harder against them."


1st Quarter

Alex Renfroe, Bryce Taylor, Nihad Djedovic, and Deon Thompson welcomed back Dusko Savanovic to the starting lineup as Head Coach Svetislav Pesic was hoping to snap a three-game losing streak in Group A. Taylor opened the scoring with a bucket (2-0, 2' minutes) and Savanovic followed with three free-throws for the 5-0 lead. Consecutive three-pointers by Tyrese Rice and Sergey Monia gave the hosts the lead (5-8, 4'). Thompson and Paul Zipser countered to earn the lead once more, but Petteri Koponen drilled a trey to tie the game (11-11, 7'). Undaunted, Munich finished the quarter on a 12-3 run thanks to six consecutive points by Zipser, followed by Bryant scoring Bayern's final six points to build a 23-14 lead after the first ten minutes.

2nd Quarter

James Augustine cut Bayern's lead down to 25-18, but scores by K.C. Rivers and Savanovic earned the Reds a double-digit lead for the first time in the game (29-18, 13'). Khimki were sparked by former NBA player Zoran Dragic; his three-pointer and basket bookended an 8-0 run to get within 29-26, River ended the run to hold the lead (31-26, 16'). Dragic kept coming and scored to keep Moscow close at 33-28, but Bayern found the hot shooting touch. Djedovic (17'), Bryant (18') and Renfroe (19') sank consecutive three-pointers, the 9-0 burst ensured Bayern would lead 42-30 at halftime.

3rd Quarter

Koponen and Augustine opened up the scoring for Khimki in the third quarter to stay with Bayern, but Renfroe scored consecutive buckets, the last thanks to a steal by Taylor, for a 15-point lead (50-35, 25'). The hosts crept back to within 10 points, but scores by Zipser and Thompson, punctuated by a trey by Rivers, Bayern were back up by 14 points (59-45, 29'). Khimki would make the final quarter interesting, finishing the third on a 6-0 run to cut Bayern's lead down to 59-51.

4th Quarter

Former Bayern point guard Rice continued the Khimki run starting the last quarter with a three-pointer, but current point guard Renfroe answered with a runner off the glass, a trey from downtown, and a couple of free-throws to get the lead back to double-digits (66-54, 33'). Koponen ended the Bayern run with a three-pointer but the Munich offense were in gear. Gavel's bounce pass found Savanovic open underneath for an easy layup (68-57, 35'). And then on a pick-and-roll play, Renfroe's pass was deflected but still found Bryant, his scored the layup, timeout Khimki (70-57, 36'). "Big Country" continued to be the focal point, he grabbed Savanovic's second attempt for the offensive rebound and score, then a couple of free-throws to keep Moscow from mounting a comeback (74-61, 37').

Coach Pesic did get concerned when Moscow scored on an easy transition basket to get back to within ten and he had to call timeout (74-64, 38'). But it was all Munich in crunch time. Taylor with a drive, shook off all the defenders for the score. The Bayern captain grabbed a huge defensive rebound, and later on the possession, Savanovic kept it alive with the offensive rebound, over to Bryant for the dunk, timeout Moscow (78-65, 39'). Taylor put the icing on this win with a three-point-play, Bayern earned their first road victory in Group A 81-70 and keep their Euroleague dreams alive.


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