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Bayern bounce back on the road

FC Bayern Basketball bounced back from their woeful offensive display on Friday in the Euroleague loss to Real Madrid by building a huge lead against the Giessen 46ers and holding off for the 87-61 win.

Dusko Savanovic scored 17 points and K.C. Rivers continued his hot shooting with 15 points thanks to three three-pointers as Munich built a 29-point lead by the beginning of the fourth quarter. Along with the offensive display, Munich dominated the glass, outrebounding their hosts 44-30. The 46ers opened up offensively in the fourth quarter, but the win was never in danger.

The win was key for Bayern as they will travel to Belgrade on Friday to decide their Euroleague fate. A win against Red Star and they qualify for the Top 16. Tip-off at 19:00 CET. The Reds return home on Sunday, December 20th to host the Basketball Bundesliga's second-best team, MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg at 17:00 CET at the Audi Dome.

Scoring by quarter (FCBB - GIES): 20-10, 26-21, 28-7, 13-23

FC Bayern Team: Dusko Savanovic (17 points), K.C. Rivers (15/3 three-pointers), Alex Renfroe (12/8 rebounds/5 assists), Paul Zipser (11/7 reb/3 blocks), John Bryant (8/9 reb), Deon Thompson (8), Bryce Taylor (5), Anton Gavel (5), Andreas Seiferth (2), Karim Jallow (2), Daniel Mayr (2). DNP: Dejan Kovacevic.


Svetislav Pesic, Head Coach, FCBB: "We had a lot of respect for Giessen, they play solid, organized basketball and they beat experienced teams like Ulm and Bamberg here at home. Therefore we prepared ourselves even if we didn't have that much time after our game Friday night. We defended well and stopped Giessen's transition offense by controlling the defensive rebounding. That showed that my players were focused and wanted to deliver a good game - which they did. It is always tough when one plays on Friday and then again on Sunday. A tight two days of preparation is not enough time, no matter if you play Giessen or Bamberg. But we will accept the situation as it is. We have to slowly start winning games in the Bundesliga to earn a good seeding for the playoffs."

Denis Wucherer, Head Coach, Giessen: "Congratulations to Coach (Svetislav Pesic) and his team for the well-deserved win. We realized early that individually and as a team, we reached our limit. We were not physically mature enough to go up against a team like Bayern Munich."

Anton Gavel, Guard, FCBB: "It was important that we started well and to go up by 10 points after the first quarter. We knew how hard it was going to be to play here. We won the game with defense. This win was important before our tough challenge in Belgrade."


1st Quarter

Less than two days after playing in the Euroleague, Head Coach Svetislav Pesic selected Alex Renfroe, K.C. Rivers, Bryce Taylor, Dusko Savanovic and Deon Thompson as the starting five on the road against the Giessen 46ers. Munich suffered an offensive outtage in the second half in the key loss against Real Madrid, therefore Bayern needed a fast start to get their confidence back. After winning the tip-off, Thompson dunked it home to open the scoring. Savanovic converted a three-point-play, Rivers scored, and Thompson finished off the early 9-0 run (3' minutes). The opening minutes frustrated the 46ers, and a technical foul was called. Rivers converted the free-throw. After Paul Zipser dunked it home, and Giessen turned it over, Head Coach Denis Wucherer called a timeout (14-4, 7'). Zipser scored twice, including a dunk for a 20-6 lead (9'). Giessen finished the quarter on a 4-0 spurt, but Bayern held a 20-10 lead after the first 10 minutes.

2nd Quarter

Giessen started the second quarter with a three-pointer to continue their run, but Renfroe's three-point-play got the Reds back on track and back up ten points (23-13, 11'). Rivers followed with a trey and Bryant scored to extend the lead to 15 points, the 46ers called timeout (28-13, 13'). Giessen started a 13-3 run to get back to within 31-26 (17'). The hosts crept to within 33-29, when Savanovic turned the tide with a three-point-play. Munich finished off a 13-2 run with a pair of three-pointers by Renfroe and Savanovic and take a 46-31 lead into halftime.

3rd Quarter

The lesson was learned Friday after Bayern's meltdown in the second half against Real Madrid, and they turned up the defense in the third quarter. Renfroe scored to give Bayern 50 points, and Rivers extended the lead to 20+ points with a five-point streak (59-36, 26'). Zipser added a trey to round off the 12-0 run, Gavel started the next series of points with a three-ball himself. Rivers continued his offensive hot-hand from Friday, scoring the final points with a three-pointer, ending the 10-0 run and Munich led 74-38 after three quarters.

4th Quarter

Zipser opened the fourth quarter with a bucket, the score indicating Bayern had the game in hand at 76-38 (31'). With Bayern bringing in the youngsters to get some playing time, the 46ers finally developed an offensive rhythm, knocking down five three-pointers during a 21-7 run to make the game respectable at 83-59 (39'). However, the lead was never in jeopardy and Bayern will take the road win 87-61 in Giessen.


Turkish Airlines Euroleague, Regular Season, Round 10:
Friday, 18th December, 19:00 CET
FC Bayern Basketball at Red Star Belgrade

Beko BBL, Gameday 13:
Sunday, 20th December, 17:00 CET, Audi Dome
FC Bayern Basketball vs MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg

Beko BBL, Gameday 14:
Wednesday, 23rd December, 18:30 CET
FC Bayern Basketball at Basketball Loewen Braunschweig