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Bayern fall to Red Star 90-79

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FC Bayern Basketball lost for the first time at home in the Euroleague as Red Star Belgrade finished the game on a 22-8 run to win 90-79 in Group A of the Regular Season.

Munich overcame a shaky start to take a halftime 43-38 lead and held on to that lead midway till the fourth quarter. The 6,171 fans witnessed a Munich meltdown during crunchtime as Belgrade hit key three-pointers to surge to the win.

Bayern were led by Dusko Savanovic's 19 points, however the most impressive stat was 19 assists by Serbian international Stefan Jovic. Vladimir Stimac enjoyed his return to the Audi Dome, scoring 18 points in 17 minutes against his former teammates.

Bayern will return to Bundesliga action on Sunday when they visit unbeaten ALBA Berlin at 17:00 CET. Munich will host Fenerbahce Istanbul on Thursday, November 19th and try to get back on track in Group A of the Euroleague. Tip-off is at 20:45 CET.

Scoring by quarter (FCBB - BLGD): 19-19, 24-19, 23-25, 13-27

FC Bayern Team: Dusko Savanovic (19 points/5 rebounds), John Bryant (12), Alex Renfroe (11), Nihad Djedovic (9), Bryce Taylor (9/5 reb), Anton Gavel (7), K.C. Rivers (6), Deon Thompson (6), Paul Zipser. DNP: Vasilije Micic, Andreas Seiferth, and Daniel Mayr.


Svetislav Pesic, Head Coach, FCBB: "Belgrade played excellent basketball from the first to the last minute. They were smart and defended well. I won't say that we underestimated our opponents, but we gave them to much room to run free. 19 assists by (Stefan) Jovic was unbelievable, something I have never seen. Ultimately we lacked the willingness to make the plays needed at the end."

Anton Gavel, Guard, FCBB: "We are familiar with this type of atmosphere from many arenas in Europe. We expected it. We did not defend well in the second half, and we allowed to many open shots. What is bitter, we clearly lost the game at the end." 

Bryce Taylor, Guard, FCBB: "They played very physical. (Quincy) Miller made unbelievable shots in his one-on-one situations, and (Stefan) Jovic got 19 assists. We have to play better on defense again and also win on the road."

Vladimir Stimac, Forward, Red Star Belgrade: "It was great to be here again. Of course I feel great after this win. FC Bayern is like my family. I wish everyone here the best. I love this team."


1st Quarter

After losing a thriller in Madrid last week, FCBB Head Coach Svetislav Pesic selected Alex Renfroe, Bryce Taylor, Nihad Djedovic, Dusko Savanovic and Deon Thompson for this important Euroleague game in Group A. Munich needed over 90 seconds for their first basket in the fiery atmosphere thanks to the many Red Star fans in attendance. Thompson scored to tie it at 2-2, and despite Savanovic's first three-pointer in the game, German international Maik Zirbes scored 8 points to help the visitors to the early lead (5-13, 6' minutes). John Bryant stopped the run with a three-pointer, but Red Star continued to run (8-17, 7').

After Savanovic scored, Bayern turned up the defense that led to a fastbreak, leaving K.C. Rivers to knock down a wide-open trey, timeout Belgrade (13-17, 8'). On the ensuing inbounds play, the Munich press forced Red Star to turn it over and Bryant scored off a nice dish from Anton Gavel and Djedovic tied it up. Bryant banked it home and the 19-17 Bayern lead (9'). Zirbes scored to tie it up once again but the teams had given each other and the fans notice that this was going to be a heated game.

2nd Quarter

Vladimir Stimac spent last year in Bayern red, this year put on the Red Star but let everyone know, he never lost his comfort zone at the Audi Dome. The Serb scored his team's first 11 points to give the visitors the 29-24 lead (14 '). Savanovic sparked the Bayern offense with five consecutive points to start a run to regain the lead. Taylor's dunk earned back the lead, and Belgrade had to call time again (31-29, 15'). Renfroe kept up the pressure, knocking down the long distance shot from beyond-the-arc to finish off the 10-0 run, and then ran down the court and slammed it home with authority, getting the Dome crowd onto its collective feet. Taylor's spin move, hangtime jumper gave Bayern the 40-32 lead (19') but the Stars scratched back thanks again to Stimac's last score of the quarter. Munich took the 43-38 lead into the halftime break.

3rd Quarter

Belgrade opened the second half with a gifted score, but Djedovic answered with a three-pointer and Deon stuffed it home (48-40, 23'). Quincy Miller and Marko Simonovic knocked down three-pointers to give a sign to the Audi Dome crowd of what was to come. Nikola Rebic added a three-pointer and a bucket to get the lead back for the visitors (53-55, 27'). Rivers' trey switched the lead back to Bayern and despite Miller's consecutive three-pointers, Renfroe made sure Munich led 66-63 heading to the fourth quarter.

4th Quarter

The final ten minutes was pure crunchtime, begging for a team to step up. Both teams were going to fight till the end. Rebic for another three-pointer and the lead (66-68, 32') but Taylor answered back for a trey (71-68, 33'). The lead continued to seesaw between the two determined clubs until Savanovic could not convert his free-throws and regain the lead. This proved to be the turning point as Red Star never looked back. Stimac broke the hearts of his former teammates and fans, converting a three-point play (73-77, 37'). Simonovic threw up a three-pointer as the shot clock wound down, timeout Bayern (75-80, 38'). Taylor's free-throws cut the deficit down to three points, but Rebic nailed his third shot from distance, timeout once again called by Pesic (77-83, 39'). Simonovic finished off Bayern, once more three-pointer and a fall away jumper (79-88, 40'). Bayern drop Round 5 to Belgrade 90-79 and fall to 2-3 in Group A.


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Sunday, 15th November, 17:00 CET
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Turkish Airlines Euroleague, Regular Season, Round 6:
Thursday, 19th November, 20:45 CET, Audi Dome
FC Bayern Basketball vs Fenerbahce Istanbul

Beko BBL, Gameday 9:
Sunday, 22nd November, 15:00 CET
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