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Rivalry renewed

Baskets bury Bayern 100-87

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FC Bayern Basketball and the Brose Baskets Bamberg revived their rivalry and relived the BEKO Basketball Finals from last summer playing an action-packed game. However, just like the Finals, Bamberg came out on top 100-87 thanks to a never-ending barrage of three-pointers and a distinct 33-25 edge on the boards.

Only two days after their road win in Strasbourg in the Euroleague, Bayern ran out of gas and lost their shooting touch in the final five minutes. The intense game between the Bavarian rivals included 13 ties, 16 lead changes and a combined 28 three-pointers.

K.C. Rivers and Dusko Savanovic led Munich with 18 points a piece, however they could not make up for BBL All-Stars Darius Miller (27 points) and Bradley Wanamaker (25 points).

No rest for the weary, as Bayern will host the defending Euroleague champs Real Madrid Baloncesto on Friday, December 11th. Tip-off set for 20:00 CET at the Audi Dome.

Scoring by quarter (FCBB - BAMB): 20-21, 26-22, 21-28, 20-29

FC Bayern Team: K.C. Rivers (18 points/4 assists), Dusko Savanovic (18/6 rebounds), Bryce Taylor (15/3 three-pointers), Paul Zipser (10), John Bryant (8), Anton Gavel (6/4 ast), Alex Renfroe (5), Deon Thompson (4), Nihad Djedovic (3). DNP: Daniel Mayr (dnp), Andreas Seiferth, Dejan Kovacevic.


Svetislav Pesic, Head Coach, FCBB: "Congratulations to Bamberg. That was a very good game, the best advertisement (for the BBL). In this situation, we all would like to win and celebrate. But on one side, a team was more fresh in the final five minutes. We played well and controlled most of the game, I am satisfied with our performance. But in the end, Bamberg made 10-of-12 shots, including five three-pointers. All in all, the impression is that offense won the game at the end. We could not find an answer to stop (Bradley) Wanamaker and (Darius) Miller, they both made the the difference at the end."

Andrea Trinchieri, Head Coach, Bamberg: "My players wanted to win without question. This was a great advertisement for German basketball. Both teams played very well, that was an unbelievable game, one of the best I have have seen this season. Our fans and homecourt advantage made it possible to win this tough game. We were forced to find our way at the three-point-line. I wish Bayern all the best in the Euroleague, as it would be good for German basketball to have a second team make the Top 16. I know they can make it."

Marko Pesic, General Manager, FCBB: "We played well for 35 minutes. It was obvious that we ran out of energy in the final five minutes. When you don't have 48 hours to recover and prepare, it will be a tough game in Bamberg. Although Bamberg really made every shot that they needed."

Bryce Taylor, Guard, FCBB: "We played well for so long, but they made every shot. Their three-pointers hurt us. We could have defended better."


1st Quarter

FCBB Head Coach called upon Alex Renfroe, K.C. Rivers, Bryce Taylor, Dusko Savanovic, and Deon Thompson to extend Bayern's winning ways after the important win on Friday in Strasbourg. Bayern captain Taylor drove through the lane for Bayern's first points (2-2, 2' minutes) and after Thompson's jumper fell to tie it early at 4-4, Rivers scored for Bayern's first lead at 6-4 (3'). The run continued with Renfroe and Taylor scoring buckets, the 11-2 run finished off by Rivers' pull-up trey (13-6, 5'). Niko Melli kept the Baskets close with a three-pointer and a jumper off the glass, but John Bryant hit a long jumper to keep the Red ahead (17-11, 7'). Bamberg were not going away, an 8-0 run earned them the lead at 19-17. Paul Zipser answered with a 'catch'n'shoot' three-pointer for the short-lived 20-19 lead, as Leon Radosevic got the home-court bounce on the rim, the ball falling in at the buzzer and the Baskets led 21-20.

2nd Quarter

After Nihad Djedovic opened the second quarter with a free-throw to tie the game, former Bamberg player Anton Gavel nailed the three after Bryant kept the possesion alive with the offensive rebound, timeout Bamberg (24-21, 12'). The three-pointers started to fall for the hosts, Bradley Wanamaker's three caught Bayern in the scoreboard (30-31, 15'). Savanovic's baseline drive-and-hoop and three-pointer got the lead back (35-33, 16'). Tied at 37-all, the teams exchanges three-pointers like heavyweight boxers trading haymakers in a prize fight. Strelnieks finished the transition with an open three-pointer, Rivers tied it with yet another step-back trey (40-40, 18'). Taylor from downtown - yes! Darius Miller right back with his first long-distance make, but Zipser once more for Bayern and his three-pointer confirmed the 46-43 lead for Munich at halftime. In the first half, both teams hit 50% from two-point field-goal range and combined for 12 three-pointers.

3rd Quarter

Miller guaranteed the sold-out Bamberg Arena crowd that the fireworks would continue, starting the second half with a dunk and Daniel Theis tied the game at 48-all with a three. Bryant answered coolly with a three of his own (51-48, 22'). Wanamaker got the lead back at 54-53 with a trey, Coach Pesic was not happy with the refs and was called for a technical foul. Luckily both the free-throw and ensuing possession did not net any points for Bamberg. Renfroe took the lead back from beyond-the-arc (56-54, 24'). Miller was heating up for the Baskets, he tied it up again, but Taylor kept Bayern in front (58-56, 26'). After Wanamaker's free-throw to complete a three-point-play to tie it (59-59, 27'), the teams exchanged free-throws the next minutes. Miller could not be stopped, one more three-pointer for the 66-63 lead, but Savanovic and Rivers crept the Reds back in front (67-66, 29'). Bamberg finished the quarter on a 5-0 spurt, Miller with 12 points in the quarter and the Baskets led 71-67.

4th Quarter

After a Finals series that went to the limit in June, it was no surprise that the first meeting this season was just as close. And it would continue into the final quarter. Gavel and Savanovic opened with consecutive three-pointers, timeout Bamberg (73-71, 31'). Taylor was left wide-open, he swished a three-pointer (76-71, 32'). However, Bayern would not have an answer for Wanamaker and Miller; their consecutive three's gave the lead back to the hosts, timeout Bayern (78-79, 34'). Miller, one more time from distance after the breather, and the Baskets were pulling away (82-78, 36'). German national player Theis completed the 11-0 decisive run with a slam dunk and the 84-78 lead. Taylor displayed Bayern's fight with a three-pointer from top of the key, but Bamberg once more with an answer, Wanamaker for three (83-89, 37'). Melli iced it with a three-pointer (85-94, 39') and Theis' thunderous slam provided the exclamation point. Bayern may have played the BBL champs toe-to-toe, but the win streak is snapped at four heading into a huge game on Friday.


Turkish Airlines Euroleague, Regular Season, Round 9:
Friday, 11th December, 20:00 CET, Audi Dome
FC Bayern Basketball vs Real Madrid Baloncesto

Beko BBL, Gameday 12:
Sunday, 13th December, 17:00 CET
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Turkish Airlines Euroleague, Regular Season, Round 10:
Friday, 18th December, 19:00 CET
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