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Winning streak extended

Bayern cruise past Würzburg

FC Bayern Basketball are gathering momentum before the calendar year ends, crushing the s.Oliver Baskets 103-79 to win their fourth consecutive game in the BEKO Basketball Bundesliga.

Munich celebrated Boxing Day in front of 6,459 fans in the Audi Dome with a fast-paced, well-played display on both ends of the court to build a double-digit lead and cruise to the win. Six Bayern players scored in double-figures, led by their captain Bryce Taylor with 20 points.

The Reds will finish 2015 on the road against the WALTER Tigers Tübingen on Wednesday, December 30th (tip-off 20:30 CET). Bayern will begin 2016 hosting ratiopharm ulm for the first of four games in as many weeks. The teams are drawn in the same Eurocup Last 32 group and will play a home-and-home series but this initial meeting will be a BBL matchup. Tip-off at the Audi Dome is January 3rd at 17:00 CET.

Scoring by quarter (FCBB - WURZ): 23-22, 30-20, 24-21, 26-16

FC Bayern Team: Bryce Taylor (20 points/5 assists), John Bryant (16), Nihad Djedovic (15), Paul Zipser (15), Dusko Savanovic (12/8 rebounds), Alex Renfroe (10/9 ast), Deon Thompson (8/5 reb), Andreas Seiferth (5), Richard Freudenberg (2), Anton Gavel, and Daniel Mayr. DNP: Vasilije Micic

POSTGAME REACTION

Svetislav Pesic, Head Coach, FCBB: "We played against a very well-prepared opponent today. Würzburg always kept fighting and never gave up. Our job was not easy and perhaps the final result does not reflect that. Würzburg fought back, but in the end, we had simply more weapons."

Paul Zipser, Forward, FCBB: "We did not only play well together on offense, but especially focused also on team defense. We put good pressure on our opponents, and that was very important."

Doug Spradley, Head Coach, Würzburg: "Bayern were definitely the superior team. I was not at all satisfied with the intensity and focus that my team displayed today. We did not bring forth the performance that was needed to have a chance here. Munich defended very aggressive in the second half and we were not ready for the battle."

GAME HIGHLIGHTS

1st Quarter

FCBB Head Coach Svetislav Pesic sent out Anton Gavel, Bryce Taylor, Nihad Djedovic, Dusko Savanovic and John Bryant as the starting five for the Sunday Bavarian Derby on Boxing Day. The Baskets jumped out to the early lead, but Djedovic sank a three-pointer for the lead they would never lose (5-4, 3' minutes). Taylor displayed major up's today, first by rocking the rim with a put-back slam dunk off a Savanovic missed three-pointer (13-8, 5'). Würzburg crept back to tie the game at 15-all, but Alex Renfroe and Paul Zipser came off the bench and each connected from downtown, timeout Baskets (21-17, 8'). The visitors kept it close, a three-point-play and a bucket right before the buzzer meant only a 23-22 lead for Munich after the first quarter. 

2nd Quarter

The Baskets kept coming early, tying the game at 27 apiece, when Zipser took over. First a stop-and-pop and swish on a jumper from the German international, then a three-pointer to break yet another tie (32-29, 13'). Andreas Seiferth finished with nice-looking reverse layup (36-31, 14'). Then it was Taylor's turn. The team captain scored off the break and alley-oop started by Renfroe's steal for the three-point-play (41-31, 15'). Taylor added a couple of more free-throws then drilled a long jumpshot (45-36, 17'). Bayern's final eight points were scored from the charity stripe but it was good enough to go into the halftime break up by 11 points (53-42, 20'). 

3rd Quarter

Bayern turned up the intensity in the third quarter, and the points piled up for them. A 9-0 blitz in the opening minutes finished off by Taylor with a fastbreak dunk and he followed that up with a three-pointer that built the lead up to 20 points (62-42, 22'). Würzburg chipped away, got back to within thirteen points and Coach Pesic called timeout (66-53, 26'). Taylor ended the visitors' run with a three-pointer that beat the shot clock (69-53, 27'). After Deon Thompson layed it in easily in transition, Bryant finished off the quarter with consecutive scores, including a spin move in the post, off the glass (75-61, 29'). The Reds were looking good heading into the final quarter up 77-63.

4th Quarter

The Baskets have stayed in cup and playoff spots so far this season and they displayed that fight at the beginning of the final period, staying with Bayern and keeping the deficit at 13 points, but after leaving Renfroe all open at the top of the key for a trey and allowing Zipser to score on the fastbreak, Würzburg called timeout (88-70, 35'). Renfroe did not relent, a quick steal and breakaway dunk to get Munich back up by 20 points and Taylor wrapped up the final holiday present for the fans with a three-pointer (95-72, 36'). Zipser connected for the three-pointer that put a final bow on Bayern's win, getting over the century mark (102-76, 38'). Bayern take care of the Baskets, cruising home 103-79 for their fourth win a row.

UPCOMING GAMES

Beko BBL, Gameday 16:
Wednesday, 30th December, 20:30 CET
FC Bayern Basketball at WALTER Tigers Tübingen

Beko BBL, Gameday 17:
Sunday, 3rd January, 17:00 CET, Audi Dome
FC Bayern Basketball vs ratiopharm ulm