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Decisive last minutes

Skyliners topple Bayern

FC Bayern Basketball suffered their second defeat of the BEKO Basketball Bundesliga season after the 74-69 loss against the FRAPORT SKYLINERS.

Three days after the thriller in Madrid, Bayern were locked into an even matchup against Frankfurt. However, in the final minutes, Munich (5-2) could not stop Jordan Theodore, who scored 14 points in crunch time as the Skyliners (5-2) rallied and broke open the tight game. Bayern aided their hosts with 13 turnovers in the second half. John Bryant led Munich with 17 points and 10 rebounds.

Bayern will return to the friendly confines of the Audi Dome, where they hold a five-game winning streak, to host Red Star Belgrade. The Euroleague Group A game will tip-off at 20:45 on Thursday, November 12th. After a visit next Sunday to the German capital to face ALBA Berlin, Munich are back home to face Fenerbahce Istanbul on Thursday, November 19th.

Scoring by quarter (FCBB - FRAP): 16-17, 16-11, 16-21, 21-25

FC Bayern Team: John Bryant (17 points/10 rebounds), Nihad Djedovic (16/6 reb), Dusko Savanovic (16), K.C. Rivers (8), Deon Thompson (4), Paul Zipser (3), Anton Gavel (3/5 assists), Andreas Seiferth, and Alex Renfroe. DNP: Daniel Mayr and Karim Jallow.


Svetislav Pesic, Head Coach, FCBB: "Congratulations to Frankfurt's head coach and players. I believe we gave out physically at the end and that made the difference. In the first half we were able to control the action, our defense was good. We lost concentration in the second half as we turned the ball over 13 times - that is simply too much. We were only able to react to Frankfurt's aggressive defense and didn't play our offense. They had a good balance between their inside and outgame game, (Mike) Morrison at 17 points. All in all, their victory was deserved."

Nihad Djedovic, Forward, FCBB: "We made too many mistakes. Frankfurt earned the win. We have to correct these mistakes. We have to focus a little more in the last minutes."

Gordon Herbert, Head Coach, FRAPORT: "Thanks to the fans, that was a tremendous atmosphere that our players enjoyed. What decided the game was we were able to put pressure on Munich's offense with the halfcourt pressure. (Mike) Morrison played well and (Jordan) Theodore finished strong individual plays. We played great team defense."


1st Quarter

FCBB Head Coach Svetislav Pesic called on Anton Gavel, Bryce Taylor, Nihad Djedovic, Dusko Savanovic, and John Bryant as the starting five against the FRAPORT SKYLINERS. Frankfurt's turnovers helped Munich get an early lead. Djedovic scored off the first turnover to get the first points on the board at 2-0, his 1,000th point with Bayern. After Gavel hit a three-pointer for the 5-3 lead, Djedovic followed with another three after another Skyliner turnover (8-3, 4' minutes). The hosts got their act together thanks to Danilo Barthel, his dunk and three-pointer tied the game (10-10, 6') and consecutive three-point plays by Mike Morrison surged Frankfurt into the lead (12-17, 8'). Bayern took advantage of yet another turnover as Djedovic scored the final points of the quarter, but the Skyliners still led 17-16 after the first ten minutes.

2nd Quarter

Deon Thompson scored to start the second quarter to get the lead back for Munich but it was short-lived as the Skyliners got back in front 23-20 (14'). Bryant scored on an offensive rebound and Savanovic followed with a three-pointer, Munich took the lead (25-23, 16'). After Taylor helped extend the lead to five points, FRAPORT had to call timeout (29-24, 18'). Paul Zipser's three-point play helped maintain the Bayern lead that they took into the locker rooms (32-28, 20').

3rd Quarter

Bayern came out of the halftime break stumbling by committing two early turnovers, and Frankfurt took advantage with consecutive three-pointers to tie the game (34-34, 23'). Bryant converted a three-point play and added another bucket for a personal 5-0 run converting consecutive Frankfurt turnovers, timeout by the hosts (41-36, 25'). The Skyliners regrouped to get within 41-40, but K.C. Rivers connected from beyond-the-arc (44-40, 27'). Rivers scored again for the 48-42 lead, but FRAPORT ended the quarter on a 7-0 run to take a 49-48 lead into the final ten minutes.

4th Quarter

Frankfurt's run continued into the final quarter as they extended their lead to 53-48 and Bayern continued to turn the ball over. Savanovic and Rivers made up for the miscues, sinking consecutive three-pointers for the lead, timeout Skyliners (54-53, 34'). The hosts recovered and Aaron Doornekamp's three tied it up again at 56-all (35'). Bryant was fouled twice and he made all his free-throws to build a 60-56 lead. However Frankfurt started a run during crunch-time that would decide the game.

And Munich will have nightmares of Jordan Theodore who took over for FRAPORT. First, consecutive scores by the American around a Bayern timeout put the Skyliners up 61-60 (37'). Savanovic turned the ball over, and once again Theodore scored to extend the lead to 63-60, timeout by Coach Pesic (38'). His team did not respond favorably, another turnover led to a dunk by Mike Morrison. Theodore would effectively put the game away with a pair of three-pointers, timeout Bayern (66-71, 39'). Frankfurt held off any last-ditch effort by the Bavarians, Theodore scored once more to finish with 22 points and finish off Bayern 74-69.


Turkish Airlines Euroleague, Regular Season, Round 5:
Thursday, 12th November, 20:45 CET, Audi Dome
FC Bayern Basketball vs Red Star Belgrade

Beko BBL, Gameday 8:
Sunday, 15th November, 17:00 CET
FC Bayern Basketball at ALBA BERLIN

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